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News from the Conning Tower: new release round-up

Blimey Charlie, it’s been busy.

Several new releases to catch-up on, so straight to business, if you please.

Flavigula: Jēmaraz
Jēmaraz is an album incorporating ambient krautrock soundscapes, samples and live instrumentation that will delight fans of progressive and art rock. Each composition on Jēmaraz creates colourful, heady landscapes that are simultaneously dark and light, disorienting and hopeful.

Bob from Flavigula says:
Flavigula began as Bob’s clouds of abstractions that wanted to be put to “tape”, as it were. Endless swaying and looping improvisations for ambient guitar gradually gave way to more concise composing, especially after Christian’s input brought more focus. The majority of the pieces here are impressionistic portrayals of long abandoned cities situated on unsure shores painted in minimalistic, jazz tinged hues. Martes Flavigula wavers in the haze.

Incentive: Presence
Presence features Incentive’s established dark sonic signature of rhythmic noise and melody, but with rawer production value, reflecting the theme of existence and death onto the album. A work painstakingly perfected for this exact moment in time — found sounds, digital synths, and painful vocals will be appreciated by listeners who find catharsis in dark experimental music.

Presence is being offered as a cassette, CD, or digital download. It is also available as a digital download from Incentive’s own Circle With A Dot imprint.

SCHTUMMM™: Music To Be Despised
Music To Be Despised is a complex sonic journey, gently shifting moods between ambience and explosive rhythmic energy. A work of generative electronic brilliance, Music To Be Despised is a work that challenges the listener while maintaining a consistent beauty throughout.

SCHTUMMM™ is a project by Craig Manga whose other projects include Mangabros and Modwump (who have also released work with the Submarine Broadcasting Company.)

Outpost magazine said:
This wasn’t planned. It could never be. This is the music of serendipity, of experiments into aleatoric composition. Recorded piano, guitar and bass notes fed into the belly of the machine, then randomised by various software/DAW mutilations. Electro-acoustic brushstrokes, modular synth and various found sounds add texture and distress to the melting pot. It is unclassifiable, possibly unlikeable, but difficult to ignore.
Imagine Eno + Aphex Twin + John Cage fused in Cronenberg’s teleporter at a DNA level. This is 21st century Modern Classicism for the marginalised.

News from the Conning Tower: Modwump

Sound the ‘important news’ klaxon! This week sees the release of the debut album by Modwump. Entitled Animal Bitrate, it’s pretty different to anything we’ve released before. It’s noisy, beaty, cheeky, dancey, glitchy, provocative and impossible to ignore.

Modwump are Sheffield-based duo/trio Craig, Tim and Frankie, risen from the foundry ashes of wonk-prog outfit Mangabros. They forge their twisted monstrous sound from dismantled modular synths, rewired electronic toys and junkyard percussion, fed through a crooked mile of guitar pedals and FX. They’ve dropped the vocals and narrative this time round to have much more fun with sonic exploration. Here, at last, is dance music for chronic wallflowers who daren’t dance.

 

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A review of Animal Bitrate from Doncopolitan blog will give you a flavour of the album:

“Modwump’s debut album ‘Animal Bitrate’ has retro leanings, it is constructed to be experienced in two gulps (like in the good old days, for cassette and future vinyl incarnation). It gives rise to a new definition for the term “steampunk”. It is a primitive, primal sound, of primary colours, outlandish feverish dance moves, scavenged from broken circuitry, discarded junk percussion and modular fractured otherness. It has a brutal absurdity, teetering on the insane, and – above all – it has the ability to amuse us. MODWUMP’s first outing is pure unadulterated FUN.”

The album is available as a digital download and a limited edition cassette. Each cassette will come with a souvenir wooden hex-section winding device, so you can relive the excitement of spooling in loops of cassette tape, just like when your mixtape got eaten by the car stereo. Happy days.

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Official release date is Friday 26th July. Until then you can here selected tracks here: