Boris a Bono

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18 Jan 2017

…there’s something crazy going in the forest over there: R Seiliog EP review



Aneglur is the closest Welsh translation that could be found for the word obscure. The direct translation would be not clear, indistinct. It is from obscurity that R Seiliog appears on the radar. Transmitting from a market town in North Wales, stories of hearing bass frequencies on the Denbigh moors*, and his love affair with the countryside all resonate. Capturing sounds as some kind of aural diary. Approaching his music from a sound art background R Seiliog has embraced the philosophies and practices of Schaeffers musique concrete and le objet sonore only to mould them in to his own hypnotic interpretations. This is not academia, this is artistic expression through sound. In all of his works there is no lead, no vocal to guide, no distinct choice of language to place. 


The clash of different languages used in track titles (see Cloddio Unterdach) is reflective of the clash of styles within the music and the clash of genres that one would experience growing up in the obscurity of the Welsh countryside with only poor radio signals (pre-digital) to guide. To be fully instrumental benefits the artist’ palette. It is his microscopic attention to detail in this carefully designed sound world (Listen to In Hz for a full explanation). There is an important connection with the Welsh language, as a musician, R has performed with Welsh artists in bands but there is no clear affiliation with a particular scene in his music. The artist benefits from being an ‘outsider’, that these sonic pieces are born from obscurity reinforces the allure of his experimental electronic music. There have been studies** as to whether persons with a different mother tongue hear music differently. The conclusion that this is not the case is of great importance when considering these works. Language barriers do not exist here only ones own perception and emotional attachment to sound. 

Shedhead EP was released last year via Cardiff label Turnstile Records.   

* I have borrowed information and the blog title from an interview conducted by Anastasia Connor for DIS - http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4150712-shed-music--dis-meets-r-seiliog 


R Seiliog performs tonight (19th Jan) in Brighton, Hope and Ruin (Free event) - https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org/events/2622-r-seiliog-free-show

17 Jan 2017

Late Junction at Chapter Arts



BBC Radio 3’s Verity Sharp brought her experimental music show Late Junction to Cardiff last week with three special performances from artists based in Wales. The event was held at the excellent Chapter Arts Centre in Canton, Cardiff and was free event. The size of the audience was encouraging and a definite sign that there is a strong interest in experimental electronic music in the Welsh capital. The first act to perform were the Swansea duo Deaf Pictures. A collaboration between guitarist Daniel Linn-Pearl and violinist Rose Linn-Pearl. Presenting a sonic landscape that filled the theatre with sublime drone from Daniels electric guitar  using extended techniques including the use of a light controller and violin bow. A mixture of improvisational and minimalist compositions married with the use of looper pedals and various fx with the beautiful performance of Rose’ violin over the top. 


Farmhand is the pseudo name to Shapes label boss and Islet band member Marc Thomas who has taken a step back from running the label to focus on farming in the welsh hills. His solo performance was a delight to behold with plenty of banter thrown in for good measure. Consisting of a selection of field recordings, drum machine rhythms and a trusty synth his tracks were short and sweet. Sometimes messy, at one point Marc politely asked the BBC producer not to put a particular track on the show (this track happened to be my favourite from his set). An electronica induced psyche out and an enigmatic stage presence made this a joy to behold. Laughter is a wonderful cure.


Finally to the stage the Swansea Laptop Orchestra introduced a completely different aspect to the possibilities of electronic music through a sometimes academic but always entertaining approach to live electronic music performance. Three musicians, three laptops and an array of interesting and innovative controllers. Their set went from Indian classical through to much more experimental compositions that celebrated the computer as an instrument. There was a brief discussion on performing electronic music live and the importance of gesture in performance. The SLO  manage to get rid of the stereotypical ‘checking your emails on stage’ look and are bringing a new approach to experimental music performance. Consider the school of IRCAM in France, the spectral compositions of 20th century Modernists combined with amazingly playful future music instruments. 

You have another chance to listen to the event on Verity Sharps 'Late Junction' show on 26th January. 

14 Jan 2017

Emika to release first full length orchestral work Melanfonie




Emika is set to release her latest LP and first fully orchestral work Melanfonie on 31st January after a four year journey of composition that was finalised with recording sessions in Prague. Funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised €25,000 towards the project. This is a musical success story that is well worth paying attention to. Emikas career has been one of great interest within the world of electronic music with affiliations to the seminal label Ninja Tune and explorations in the sound worlds traversing Techno and DubStep.

The UK producer now residing in Berlin is known for creating dark and melancholic songs that pick up on the forward thinking styles emanating from the turn of the century. Her voice carries the music and so to step back from this role and allow for other musicians gives a great insight in to her compositional prowess and classical music composition background. Emika’s second album 'DVA' released on the above mentioned Ninja Tune label featured the track 'Dem Worlds' that introduced a collaboration with soprano Michaela Šrůmová from Prague. On 'Melanfonie' this collaboration comes to fruition alongside Emika’s deep understanding of electronic music sound composition. Utilising the sound-space of the former Communist Party studio in Prague and employing the 50 piece Prague Metropolitan Orchestra to transform her compositions. The arrangement of the instruments were placed to better suit the needs for her bass heavy and wide atmospheric sound design.



Emika has pulled together an exceptional work broken down in to traditional movements. This is an exciting step forward for electronic music producers interested in learning from the classical world. Other artists in this field include Goldie, Jeff Mills and Carl Craig, all electronic music pioneers who have ventured in to the world of orchestral arrangement to push their musical careers to new levels and at the same time bridging the divide between two different social and cultural phenomena.

Melanfonie introduces a new palette of sounds from Emika and what an amazing piece of work this is. The sense of community through collaboration and social funding adds a dynamic to the work and should be noted as a key moment in the artists development. It takes a lot of self belief to be able to get to where Emika is right now and without the solid back catalogue of self produced works perhaps this album would not have been given the exposure it needed to be completed. There is still an exciting realisation that if an artist puts her heart and soul in to a project the possibilities of success are very real. 

Melanfonie gets released via Emika Records on 31st January. You can pre-order now through - emikarecords.com/

11 Jan 2017

Nat Osborn Band Live at GwdiHw Review


Nat Osborn from Brooklyn New York brought a stripped back version of his live band, Nat Osborn Band, to GwdiHw Cardiff tonight treating the audience to an all original set. The trio including Nat Osborn on keys and vocals, Reuben Cainer on bass and Will Haywood-Smith on drums met in the bustling live music scene in New York and began playing together four years ago although the band itself have been working for much longer than that. There is a very raw connection that comes through as a trio and although he prefers to perform with a full band it was a great opportunity to hear Nat's songwriting talents take centre stage. Mixing up traditional songwriting with the inventiveness of free form jazz improv. With pop sensibilities and a great vocal range the set captivated the small but attentive audience from the start.  

There were songs about the city and love, plus an extra special appearance from the supporting Jack Mac brass section to finish off the night. Stand out songs where the opener ‘Cagey’, a song about living in New York city, the slow and atmospheric "Leave All This To Me", which included some great soundscape from bass player Reuben Cainer, who took advantage of his Line 6 M9 pedal to create a deep, textured background, and the excellent ‘Too Late’ which came to life with the added brass (who had only just met and practiced once in sound check!). It’s moments like this that make live music scene in Cardiff so exciting and worth braving the cold. A great performance with bucketloads of soul. 

Berlin based label Project Mooncircle have been bubbling away like a delicious winter stew for 15 years!



Berlin based label Project Mooncircle have been bubbling away like a delicious winter stew for 15 years! To celebrate the labels milestone they have put together a retrospective documentary on the label plus a 39 track compilation which covers the vast range and originality of the labels output. 

Buy the 15th Anniversary Compilation here ( http://projectmooncircle.com/releases/15th-anniversary/ )

Watch the beautifully filmed documentary here ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4f8n3D1Opo&feature=youtu.be )

Take a look at the seemingly endless list of artists here ( http://projectmooncircle.com/artist/ ). 

This label has always been a reliable place to go when needing a little inspiration not just from the music but also from artwork and general ethos. 


Go check it out, listen to Project Mooncircle ...

13 May 2015

All My Friends and EMW Present Superhand, 5th Spear and Ghostlawns at GwhdiHw


All My Friends and Electronic Music Wales are bouncing to be able to present one of Wales' most exciting experimental, electronic, downright darkly hypnotic acts - Superhand.

Described as by turns "ethereal and twisted electronica" and "Alt-Electronic-Rock Genius" (Louder Than War), the part Welsh, part Swedish duo have been getting rave reviews for May's 'American Teeth' EP, and we can't wait to see the work in full.

The LP draws on an extraordinary array of collaborators - being produced by Mike Mason and mixed by Mike Mason (Grammy award winner, no less who's worked with Placebo & UNKLE). Atop that, members & collaborators of The Cure, Primal Scream and Radiohead helped draw out the nuances and dark subtleties that inform American Teeth - making it a potent, dramatic mix.

Informed by Electronica, Psychedelic music, blues and more, it's all drawn into a stunning, cinematic mix which is going to be a treat to enjoy live.

Support comes from 5th Spear & Ghostlawns.

SUPERHAND - http://www.superhandland.com/
5TH SPEAR - https://www.facebook.com/5thspear
GHOSTLAWNS - https://twitter.com/ghostlawnsUK

29 Apr 2015

All My Friends debut nights in Cardiff. Tonight!



All My Friends are hugely excited to kick off as a promoter with a huge launch party with 2 gigs in one night! We are kicking off with 2 separate shows in 2 venues, with 6 bands & DJs extravaganza with an experimental amalgam of Electronic, Punk and Indie music at Gwdihŵ Café Bar & Undertone

Inspired by the dance-punk spirit of the eponymous LCD Soundsystem song, we're infusing the two venues with bits of both - with Heyrocco's 'Disney Grunge' headlining Undertone as part of their UK tour & the gorgeous, Jon Hopkins-esque, ambient dance soundscapes of Cotton Wolf at Gwdihw. 

Tickets are separately priced at £5 at Undertone & £4 at Gwdihw, with All My Friends DJs at both venues after and free entry for either club night with either ticket.

As James Murphy said - That's how it starts.

TICKETS -
Cotton Wolf - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/315516
Heyrocco - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/311584
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Gwdihw | Cotton Wolf, Karenin & Parcs plus All My Friends DJs | Wed 29th | 8PM | £4

We've been lucky to get a wonderful bill of Electronic, Ambient and atmospheric dance crossovers, with the gorgeous electronica soundscapes of Cotton Wolf headlining. Variously described as “meticulously crafted...Jon Hopkins like ambient dance” and a “brighter Boards of Canada”, they perform the trick of producing synth-led, sometimes meditative, sometimes outwardly beautiful digitalism which cracks and bleeps in a way that ushers you into it’s world.
Support comes from Karenin and Parcs. All My Friends DJs will play their eclectic mix of Alt, Electronica, Indie-Punk & Experimental tunes ‘til late.

COTTON WOLF - https://www.facebook.com/cottonwolfworld
KARENIN - https://www.facebook.com/karenindontmakehiphop
PARCS -https://www.facebook.com/pages/PARCS/720149271395300
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Undertone | All My Friends & Jealous Lovers Club Presents | Heyrocco with Birdcage & Mumbleman & DJs
We're stoked to welcome the compelling, dark yet nostalgic pop, ‘Disney Grunge’ of Heyrocco fresh off a string of shows in South By South West.
The trio may be known for their dark, nostalgic pop tunes, but they are full of “a corrosive mixture of The Cure & Mudhoney, conjuring all manner of adolescent fury” (Clash Mag), making them a particularly energizing mix of something like Nada Surf, Broken Social Scene and early Pumpkins - grunge with moments of sugar-sweet catharsis.
Plus Birdcage & Mumbleman & DJs ‘til late.

HEYROCCO - https://www.facebook.com/Heyrocco
BIRDCAGE - https://www.facebook.com/Birdcagewales
MUMBLEMAN - https://www.facebook.com/mumblemanmusic