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

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DROPPING MAY 5th 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

EP32 Reds

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.

NEWS: Band of Holy Joy album & tour!

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The Band Of Holy Joy release a new album called Easy Listening via Exotic Pylon Records on 24 February 2014. 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

Believe!

NEW RELEASE: EP31 Dolly Dolly – Antimacassar

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November 21st on CD and download. Pre-order here.

“England my England / You flickering island of endlessness upon endlessness / A cold mist of your fibrous trolleys stifles the sun/ and the arrow aimed at your heart fidgets with smoky spasms”

Exotic Pylon is overwhelmingly thrilled to present something very different and very special – the long-awaited debut album from a true original: Antimacassar by Dolly Dolly.

Dolly (sometimes known as David Yates) is a Berkshire-based spoken-word artist, poet, events curator, radio playwright and belongs in the lineage of British surrealists. Antimacassar’s twisted insights were created via a process of cut-ups, automatic writing, and dream diaries channelling the skewed atmospherics of such luminaries as David Gascoyne and Roland Penrose after a collision with the Beats. At turns playful, darkly whimsical, disorientating and sharp Dolly Dolly’s words and voices destabilise familiar scenes into overcast alien shapes. Imagine if Tom Baker’s Tardis became a Stone Tape jukebox…

Aiding and abetting Dolly on this maiden voyage are some of the finest artists from the UK underground:  Ekoplekz, Position Normal, Moon Wiring Club, Regal Worm (an offshoot of I Monster), Time Attendant, Steve Christie and Language, Timothy!

Dolly Dolly recently featured in Mark Fisher and Justin Barton’s On Vanishing Land. You can catch the two extraordinary radio productions he created for Resonance FM‘s Weird Tales for Winter here.

NEW RELEASE: EP22 Michael D Donnelly – I’ve Come to Love You Forever

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Releases 28th November on CDr and download. Pre-order here.

I’ve Come to Love You Forever is the strangely beautiful debut album from Michael D Donnelly (Delicate Awol, Rothko, Elite Barbarian) which melts down early Jah Wobble, Dickie Landry, Archie Shepp, My Bloody Valentine, Stephen Mallinder, Kevin Drumm, Autechre and a host of others to sculpt an addictively original, largely instrumental sound world.

Utilising bass guitar (deployed in a variety of different modes), synthesiser, cheap kids keyboards, various percussion (cattle bells, thumb piano, glock) drum machine, sampler and found sounds the end result is a haunting slab of rust-coloured brittle cinematic post-rock – a lone British Tortoise rewired for a cybergothic post-Terminator landscape. Sinister, exploratory and spacious with a paradoxically clattering liquid production I’ve Come to Love You Forever sees Donnelly assert himself as a truly distinctive voice.

Michael D Donnelly played bass with Delicate Awol from 2000 to 2003  before joining the second version of Rothko with founder member Mark Beazley and Tom and Ben Page (now of Rocketnumbernine and also ex of Delicate Awol) until they disbanded in 2010. During this time he also joined Ben Page in Elite Barbarian releasing their debut album on Front & Follow.

Begun in 2011, the album was recorded in Mile End and mixed by Donnelly and Mark Beazley in Walthamstow with Mark contributing bass to some of the tracks.

The album will be preceded with a mind-wrecking piece of animation by Scott Byrne of Schema Film for Behind the Laburnum

NEW RELEASE: EP30 Kemper Norton – Carn

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28th November 2013 on CD and download. Pre-order here.

Carn is the startling new album from Kemper Norton and something we hold to be an entirely unique artistic vision.

Born of personal experience and “based around two uncanny experiences I had at two different locations – one in Cornwall, one in Sussex…” Carn’s self-defined slurtonic world encompasses drone, glitch, drift, folk song and divine melody. These 12 hypnotic investigations occupy a unique emotional landscape where the uncanny melts into a wide-eyed surrender of moment and memory and even those darker shadows are bathed in a sidereal halo of warm light. A mixture of traditional and synthetic utilising laptop, harmonium, voice, Casio and found sound Carn is the sound of the children of Coil reaching maturity…

Kemper Norton was recently interviewed by The Quietus and was part of a major feature in The Wire last year with Hacker Farm and IX Tab (audio here and PDF available on request).

Carn follows on from the highly acclaimed Rough Music EP on Front & Follow (as part of the Collision / Detection series) and a much lauded appearance on the recent Outer Church compilation (Kemper Norton having appeared live at The Outer Church on many occasions). He has also prepared a remix for the new cassette from OC supremo Joseph Stannard aka Canonbury.

Kemper Norton will be launching the album with a live appearance at Catch! Bar in Shoreditch London on Wednesday November 13th alongside Slow Listener and further acts to be confirmed. Tickets available here.