02 August 2012

British Weirds

For a while I've been nursing an obsession with a group of artists/labels/writers inhabiting a kind of TG- & Coil-influenced, but genre-agnostic, style. They're all UK-based but I don't know if you could call it a scene, even though they all know each other to a greater or lesser extent. Some are urban and dark, some rural and lovely but a thread of some Coil-ian uncanniness binds them. Maybe they're sidereal?

Ship Canal
Mancunian, but now based in Glasgow, Ship Canal is coming from a totally here-and-now decaying Britain but with haunting atmospherics conjured from no-budget electronics and ripped-off software. Has the wit (and brass neck) to call a track "Massive Coil Rip Off". Check out this amazing video for "A Fucking Cuddle" from his debut CD-R "Please Let Me Back Into Your House":


Hand Loom Lament
Ship Canal's digital label specialising in "[d]issociated echo phantasies and budget dole noise for no one in particular". As well as his own tackle, current recommended releases are the melodious synth/tape drone-noise of Emma Stirner, and the totally skint council estate ambient of Austerity Britain.

Further resources:
http://handloomlament.tumblr.com/
http://handloomlament.bandcamp.com/

Debut Ship Canal CD-R available from 19F3:
19F3

Hacker Farm
Their tagline: "Make-do and mend. Broken music for a Broken Britain.". The dynamic West Country duo of Kek-W and Farmer Glitch specialise in DIY junk-shop circuit hacking, like Luigi Russolo meets The Good Life. Almost indecently obsessed with obsolete tech (they advertised their debut "Poundland" on short wave radio for Felicity's sake!) and perverse recycling strategies like constructing a Celeron-powered PC in a bedside cabinet. Obviously, this is behaviour that I think should be heartily encouraged.



Further resources:
There are many media resources, manifestos and mad ideas available on their website:
Hacker Farm

19F3
The "non-boutique nano-label" of writer and Hacker Farm-er Kek-W. Only two releases have emerged so far, but what releases they are! I've mentioned Ship Canal above, but the other is the techno-fantastical "Oneiric Hardware" by Werneck-Wretchmond - described as "manipulated field-recordings sourced entirely from server-arrays, hard-drives and PC peripherals".

Further resources:
19F3

Kemper Norton
Also hailing from Western parts, though with an aesthetic that is somehow more spiritual than Hacker Farm, Kemper Norton deal in a pastoral loveliness that they describe as "slurtronic folk". Songs feature an assortment of acoustic instruments, electronics, strange effects and affecting strangeness. The most recent EPs are available on the Bandcamp site, earlier stuff is harder to track down and left as an exercise for the reader.



Further resources:
http://www.kempernorton.com
http://kempernorton.bandcamp.com 

IX Tab
The almost reluctant musical outlet of ace blogger Loki23 (see An Idiot's Guide To Dreaming in the sidebar over there --->), IX Tab has the most musical DNA in common with Balance & Christopherson out of all these projects. Sidereal processed melodies and chatter lead you through a warped, psilocybic mindspace. Or some such. Try the acid test with "The Line of Wounds (Comus a Come)" from debut album "Spindle & The Bregnut Tree":

Further resources:
IX Tab
"The Humchatter EP"

1 comment:

  1. Lovely words, cheers... If we weren't a scene before; we are now...

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