Exotik Pylon Radio Show – 070714

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Lighting bolt invitation and we’re back on air on glorious Resonance FM. I’ll admit to not being satisfied with recent radio forays, looking to recapture a bit of past magic so slightly enslaved knackered not able to move on or if not on then at least sideways. I said yes this time as the time slot was good (Exotik Pylon only works at night) and I had an immediately strong intuition for ideas. I only have my intuition to trust and i had not time to assemble comrades for the openingi night so i just did it. Something clicked in advance – i’ve forced space for myself with a crumbling mind and found time to read and listen. SO, Inalnd Exotica – internal fantasyscapes – exotica is pure beautiful fabrication so we re-route into the life of the infinite Escher bodybrain. It worked. Upload link at this space within 48 hours.

Meantime. Playlist.

The Art of Noise – Donna (Into Battle With the Art of Noise)
Eduard Artemiev – Untitled (OST Solaris)
Creation Rebel – Section 3 (Starship Africa)
Nijiumu – Part 03 (Era Of Sad Wings)
Michael Stearns – As the Earth Kissed the Moon (excerpt) (I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America, 1950-1990)
Sublime Frequencies – Cremation Ceremony (Night Recordings from Bali)
Nino Nardini – Victoire dans l’espace (Musique Pour Le Futur)
The Present – Space Meadow (The Way We Are)
Sylvester Anfang – Het Zilte Nat (Sylvester Anfang II)
Yello – Crash Dance (You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess)
Dolphins Into the Future – Observations Through The Halocline Of The Worlds Part I (The Music of Belief)
Nelson Riddle – Out of the Night (Sea of Dreams)
10-20 – Reed Bed (Magnet Marsh)
Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo – Space Reflex (Moon Gas)
Thomas Köner - Nieve Penitentes (Teimo)
Heart – Soul Of The Sea (Dreamboat Annie)

New Release: EP37 Time Attendant – Bloodhounds

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Releases 7th July 2014 on Vinyl and download.

Buy on Bandcamp here.

Haunted soil… Abstract electronic transmissions from A Field in England…

Set within a landscape of sugar beet factories, deep murky fishing ponds and nettle strewn country lanes, Bloodhounds is a sonic exploration of a childhood spent in the English countryside.

Time Attendant is Paul Snowdon, a painter and musician recovering from a rural Northern upbringing by eking out a liminal existence across South East London bunkers. Following on from the highly acclaimed Treacherous Orb EP (More Than Human) and from startling contributions on The Outer Church compilation (Front & Follow), Moon Wiring Club’s specially curated Down By The Silver Sea (Gecophonic), and an astonishing set in late 2013 (accompanying the silent film L’inferno (Helios Film version, 1911)) at the BFI in London, Exotic Pylon is slobberingly psyched to present Time Attendant’s debut album Bloodhounds which drops on vinyl and digital on July 7th 2014.

Continuing and expanding upon the strange strain of medieval acid (©Kek-w (Hacker Farm)) first explored on 2012’s debut 12” Tournaments Snowdon has pushed his highly original and peculiar vision into the strangest of corners collaging stuttering sine beats, lost in fog voices, surreal fanfares and sci-fi dub reverb around a minimal but endlessly flexible array of analogue boxes with just a modicum of digital post-production. This is genuinely Radiophonic – an unconscious misuse of equipment to paint inexpressible sound worlds, Snowdon being as influenced by contemporary electronica as he is by the secret history of electronics reared in academic laboratories from the early 20th century and onwards.

Like unearthing lost Brutalist architecture at a village fete, Time Attendant brings out the paradoxical pains and pleasures from an environment where the concepts of industrial and rural are rendered meaningless. Like the beautifully unique paintings that Snowdon creates Bloodhounds is the pinnacle of his sonic vision thus far – an earthbound sci-fi expose of the mud and stone beneath our feet.

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New Release: EP44 The Lowland Hundred – The Lowland Hundred

EP44 The Lowland Hundred

Released: June 16th 2014 on CD and Download.

Pre-order from Bandcamp here.

The Lowland Hundred is the third album from the Aberystwyth-based duo of Paul Newland and Tim Noble. It completes a loose trilogy of albums that conceptually explore a spectral and fading assortment of memories, landscapes and communities – a warm melancholia rooted around a psychogeographical exploration of the sublime and picturesque landscape of Mid Wales. With their extended, subtle and complex approach to song structures and Newland’s astonishing voice previous albums Under Cambrian Sky and Adit have drawn comparison to Talk Talk, Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers amongst others. The haunted middle-aged doubt of The Blue Nile seems just as relevant and the duo’s hugely affecting, impressionistic landscape-saturated sound links back to an older tradition of composers such as Debussy and Ravel.

Sometimes great art falls through the cracks though, and nobody hears. So Newland and Noble have retreated into the studio, deeper than ever before and have now re-emerged with The Lowland Hundred. And it is an unqualified exceptional monumental masterpiece. The Lowland Hundred is what happens when artists give up on worrying if their particular obsessions have a place left in the world and chase a vision down to its core regardless of the outcome.

The result then are these four fearless songscapes, in retrospect the logical outcome for the duo but initially shocking as to how far out The Lowland Hundred have drifted. Vast waves of analogue and digital noise and silence, field recordings and Foley work, piano and guitar all spun into a remarkable sonic novel – Proustian recall from fog, hills and ice sung out by Newland’s extraordinary siren tones. I can’t compare it to anything so I’m not even going to bother but atmospheric reference points might be the Tim Buckley’s Lorca and middle point between Scott Walker’s Climate of Hunter and Tilt matched to the radical inventiveness of Disco Inferno’s D.I. Go Pop. Yes it really is THAT good.

It’s impossible to say where this album belongs. It doesn’t belong to a scene or a movement or even a recognisable time and place (time and place disorientate wildly here). But it belongs to anybody who believes that the Song still has power, can still throw out new illuminations, colours and shadows. This is dense meditation that will live inside the listener for years to come.

The Lowland Hundred is the sound of joy, of heartbreak and of undaunted vision.

CREDITS
Vocals – Paul Newland
Additional Vocals – Alison Matthews
Everything Else – Tim Noble and/or Paul Newland

Produced By The Lowland Hundred
Mastered by Benge

Design By Stuart Thompson
Cover image and photographs by John Shelton

All Songs Written By Paul Newland and Tim Noble.

New Release: EP39 Isobel Ccircle~ – Fluttercage

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Releases May 26th 2014 on CD and download.

Pre-order from Bandcamp here.

Exotic Pylon is proud to present Fluttercage, the debut album from Matt Bower and April Larson aka Isobel Ccircle~. Matt Bower (The Revenant Sea, Wizards Tell Lies) whose influences run the gamut from the Radiophonic Workshop to Pan Sonic via Tom Waits is Yorkshire-based whilst April Larson keeps Snakes and self-releases oneironautic CDr’s from her native Louisiana.
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Looking through a pile of CDs. Stopped at one I saw only seconds before. Temporal distortion? Can’t recall the artist or title. Then it got dark but I could make out a figure on the roof of the tower block. Man or woman? Is that significant? Too much to think about. Tired.

2.
Finally taped up the scissors. Put them to the back of the drawer and went to bed, but couldn’t sleep. Took the scissors out of the drawer again, snuck downstairs to the bins. Opened up a black bag, put the scissors in, tied it up again – really tight. Managed to get to sleep after a while as I couldn’t hear the scissors so well.

3.
The bathroom. Turned off the light as I entered. Spheres bulged out of the walls. Perhaps bulged isn’t the right word. Colder, more metallic. Put my ear to the floor and I could hear everything all the way down. Creaking, breathing, scuttling. Must have been there 45 minutes, an hour. What do they keep in the basement?

4.
She slammed her hand down on the phone, cutting me off from the emergency services and the world outside. “What are you doing?” she shrieked. Laughter from the living room. I could only look at her in horror. Why did she do that? Why didn’t she understand? That facial expression. Never seen it before. Not on her face. Where do I remember it from? Having trouble keeping these thoughts in order.

5.
I have to go now. Isobel is waiting.

Text by Joseph Stannard (The Outer Church)

New Release: EP15/18/23 Joseph Nanner – Atmospheric Slow Jams for the Pilots / New Star Broadcasting

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DROPPING June 6th as limited double cassette pack or as 2 individual digital mini albums here and here

Joseph Nanner’s primary liaison is a seemingly normal man named Owen who is currently living in the Midgar of our modern world: New York City. Exotik Pylon is absolutely overjoyed to be presenting Owen’s debut release under the Nanner nom de plume – two extraordinarily turbo-textured Technicolor mini albums available as a cassette double-pack and separate downloads.

Atmospheric Slow Jams for the Pilots and New Star Broadcasting are companion pieces inhabiting a neon dreamworld – a blissfully captivating overload of kinetic-vignettes orbiting a future Earth were the advent of space travel fulfils all the neuromantic visions of Sci-Fi Anime.

Crash-landing on the dancefloor, Joseph Nanner throws a cartoon-techno galactic narrative around fizzing beats and raw drum-machines, gargantuan synths, interruptions from Japanese pop radio and woozy space ambience all wrapped around a stripped-down architecture parallel to travellers like Hype Williams, Zomby and Dam Funk.

Simplicity is the key here. And TUNES. These sometimes rapid-fire/ sometimes sleepy constellations are absolutely saturated in melody as hooks erupt like flares and fly at an extraordinary rate, appearing and disappearing in the blink of an ear. From the first second you’re instantly teleported to a hyper-real zone of Wormholes, Hyper Gate Guardians, Creepy Night Flights and Aqualounge’s. These are Manga rocket-ships in a bottle.  Joseph Nanner is about why and how we explore synthetic worlds, and what they mean. Joseph Nanner is about creating huge worlds but only giving small glimpses of them at a time

Acclaimed artist Joey Holder has produced a video for Neon Runway which we will be releasing shortly. Atmospheric Slow Jams for the Pilots and New Star Broadcasting were mastered by Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique).

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New Release: EP32 Ekin Fil – Reds

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Releases March 10th 2014.

Buy limited edition Mini CD in DVD Case.

Unsongs…

Ekin Üzeltüzenci reconfigures the disorientating psychogeography of her native Turkey  into space-blasted songs that are as deeply haunting as they are out of reach.

Utilising abrasive over-powered organ, electronics, synths, guitars and drenching everything in a milky way of dense enveloping reverb Ekin’s own presence is as charismatic as it is slippery – a voice calling out from thousands of miles away dissolving and vanishing – a wraith-like hallucination.

Following highly acclaimed releases on Root Strata and Students of Decay and working in a similar twilight zone to Jessica Baliff and Grouper, Reds represents a further broadening of Ekin Fil’s sound as contained bursts of noise strain through the shadows. Imagine Eraserhead taking place on Solaris with Fats Waller’s Wurlitzer and the girl in the radiator drifting from one dead satellite to another…

These lost transmissions are most evidenced on Uranus and North where gravity is completely sucked away exposing a future-blues Kosmische whereas Long Still, Minus and Silence Repeats are (marginally) more earthbound as the ghosts of emotions wander the midnight-blue back streets of Istanbul.

Reds is psychedelia cast adrift from the chord and Exotik Pylon is honoured to present a small portal into Ekin’s captivating and beautifully strange world.

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Reds was written, played and produced by Ekin Fil except for the lyrics on Silence Repeats which were written by Mesut Kondu. The EP was mastered by Mark Beazley and the artwork was by Ümit Kurt from images by Emre Aksoy.

New Release: EP25 The Lord – Gettin’ Off the Meths

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Pre-order CDr in knitted handmade bag.
Drops March 31st 2014.

this can be paid by any method you like but I prefer time travel…

The Lord is Paul Mill from West Yorkshire. Gettin’ Off the Meths snuck out a couple of years ago and we’re properly psyched to be reissuing this crazy cave of a debut as the follow up to 2011’s Jesuit Trifle Syndrome and the acclaimed contribution to Front & Follow’s Collision/Detection series from 2012-13.

The Lord lives in a sonic landscape that is just right out there – a splattered planet of unravelling junk noise, found sound and angular looping chaos. I once thought I had read that The Lord sounded like Bobby McFerrin in a bin which is great but it’s only one fragment of a cracked galaxy. This is an absurdist liminal zone where repetition slips its own net and remakes itself in front of your very ears.

So, When I Was a Girl trips over a stuttering doo wop deep well and crashes through an exploding carnival of frazzled rockets, rapid spinning top noise and dumb horror bass. The Court of Dr Flimsy for instance sounds like a battered troupe of minstrels stumbling upon several species of small furry animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pict. There is an interesting social message… is a gargantuan collapse of found noise, vocal hallucinations, spiked fireworks and Sunset for Alice plays sinister games with vague reverberations, strange strings and an escalating sense of quietly gathering tension.

But inside of the chaos there’s a strange sophistication and a subtle hypnosis – a mesmerising world strewn with its reality bends and folding time. It’s a Surrealist paradise and an illogical nightmare.

Gettin’ Off the Meths comes in a very limited handmade knitted bag cut from socks, towels, dressing gowns etc. It’s not like anything else really but why would you want that anyway?

New Release: EP24 Madden / Dylewski – Works on Foil

Available only as ULTRA limited SD Card in foil bag from here.

Dylewski has produced a trailer which collapses excerpts from the whole project (click the link for full effect)…

 

Exotic Pylon is truly proud to present Works on Foil, 5 extraordinary explorations of visceral hypnosis…

“Halfway through making the audio for this release I realised my next-door neighbour was Steven Mallinder form Cabaret Voltaire. I took it as a sign from the godhead and decided to press on with the abstract. I invited him in one night as I was making the track called Strip. To make the audio I was holding a metal spatula which had 2 x guitar pickups stuck to it magnetically. I used this like an electromagnetic wand to sweep up and down a flickering strip-light (have you ever tried to make a strip-light flicker? You know, like you see in subways in bad 80′s post-apocalyptic films? Well I have, and it’s fucking tricky…).  Steve said it was like nothing he had ever heard. I liked that coming from him. Bartosz makes visuals like nothing I have ever seen. I like that coming from him.”
Caleb Madden, October 2013

Bartosz Dylewski is a Polish Born Visual Artist/Programmer and graduate of The National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz. Influenced by early 20th Century abstract art (Dada, Constructivism, Vorticism, The Stijl and Bauhaus) alongside early Computer Art (Bell Labs, Stan Vanderbeek, BELFIX), Brion Gysin’s Dream Machine and recent accelerated audio-visual work by the likes of Alva Noto and Ryoji Ikeda he has developed a rich, powerful and mesmerizingly individual aesthetic glitching images audio feeds from live performances.

As Terror Wogan, Caleb Madden has been working with extreme Processing for a while now.  The musical component of Works on Foil was generated from steel sheets, LED scrolling badges, liberated guitar pickups, a spatula, our aforementioned strip-light and a broken CD player playing CD’s glued with tin foil (“I know there is nothing new or clever about glitching CD’s, but … the satisfaction when you give yourself up to glitch entirely, no editing at all just let it play until it dies….its a magical thing when it works…”).

Works on Foil arose from a series of dialogues between the duo concerning current audio-visual hierarchies and their desire to collapse their specific practices into each other.  These 5 pieces are presented as wholly integrated multi-media transmissions (these are NOT music videos) on a limited edition foil-packaged SD card with the specific intention of usefully trashing your perceptual abilities.

“This is meant to be played loud, not just on your PC speakers accompanying the visuals. No. LOUD. With Subs. And get a projector and beam it onto your wall, lie down, or stand up, but please take it as it was meant to be taken, like drugs, hard drugs.”

New Release: EP33 Band of Holy Joy – Easy Listening

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Pre-order CD in wallet with 20 page booklet here.

Releases February 24th 2014

Showing great style in the older districts of melancholy and ruin…

It starts with hushed lullaby tones, gentle plucked violins, fragile guitar and the shadow of a bird in flight before exploding into thick saxophones, cavernous drums, fleeting electronics, string swells and troubled souls burning through the night to the sound falling cows in Dalston Kingsland. Will These Things See You Right opens Band of Holy Joy’s latest greatest album Easy Listening – a set that finds Johny Brown’s ragamuffin street warriors hit yet another artistic peak – a rejuvenated collective on a relentless mission. Away from the complex conceptual conceits of How to Kill a Butterfly and the raging Casio trauma of City of Tales, Easy Listening has a defiantly old –school manifesto – a beautiful collection of brilliantly sculpted, profoundly resonant, captivating, thrilling, devastating SONGS…

So we move through the destructive magic of George Best (When a Gift is a Curse) to the death of Ian Tomlinson (in a harrowing radically revised version of Met Police Tried to Hide PC’s Disciplinary Record) to lonely late night observations on London buses. Always open to the fullness of life, Band of Holy Joy are never ones to merely wallow and Easy Listening also finds the group in extremely playful mode as Open the Door to Your Heart swerves around a totally unique DIY Sci-Fi northern soul planet with some truly cyborg-bliss backing vocals. All of this culminates though in the most epic song of their entire career, the monumental and divine Train Ride to Another Place – nine minutes of reflection, redemption and a triumphant YES to life – weeping strings, plangent guitar, insectoid electronics a huge locked groove, sha la la la la’s as we all choose live to kick through another day.

There is still only one Band of Holy Joy and here they are at their finest.

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In honour of the release they are playing a short string of dates around the north of England and Scotland in the same week.

Thursday 27th Feb – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 28th Feb – Edinburgh Neu Reekie
Saturday 1st Mar – Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Sunday 2nd Mar – Newcastle Cluny 2

Band of Holy Joy:
Johny Brown Lyrics and vocals
Chris Brierley Strings
James Stephen Finn Guitars, synthesizers, piano, organ, backing vocals and bass guitar on ‘Weird Beautiful Time’
Conor Harrington Bass guitar
William Lewington Drums, percussion and backing vocals
Peter Smith Saxophones, organ, percussion and backing vocals
Kacper Ziemianin Electronics
Inga Tillere Photography, design and visuals

Additional musicians:
Kate Arnold Hammer dulcimer and backing vocals
Jon Clayton Cello
Graham Dowdall Electronic percussion
Jen Macro Backing vocals
Lucy Parnell Backing vocals
Peter Robinson Trumpet

All songs written, arranged and performed by Band Of Holy Joy,
except ‘Open The Door To Your Heart’ written by D. Banks and D.Elbert.
Produced by Jon Clayton and Band Of Holy Joy.
Recorded and mixed at One Cat.
Mastered at Trace Recordings by Mark Beazley.
Logistical visions Tim Melia

Schema Film Video for Behind the Laburnum

I’ve been saying this for years and will continue to do so until I draw my last breath. Scott Byrne is a genius.

Behind the Laburnum features on Michael D Donnelly’s I’ve Come to Love You Forever which you can buy here.