You Can Never Leave in The Wire

Such a great review of You Can Never Leave by Antonio Poscic in the newest edition of The Wire, and not just because he has nice things to say about my contribution. More below:

Elizabeth Joan Kelly makes a flock of strings and percussion flicker like a failing simulation, while Apta, Moray Newlands and The Snaps Jar use the collapsing elation of synths and motivational messages to cut through the fabricated optimism and false sense of safety with unsettling satire. Despite its crowdsourced nature, You Can Never Leave is cohesive and succeeds where many highly conceptual works fail. It really makes you feel the misanthropic essence of capitalism.

You Can Never Leave is available on Bandcamp, and The Wire is available in print or online.

Released: You Can Never Leave

Out today, Front & Follow’s You Can Never Leave, a compilation of tracks inspired by this very Lynchian advertisement for luxury housing. All proceeds go to Coffee4Craig, which provides vital support for Manchester’s homeless and people in crisis. The lads are also hosting an episode of Gated Canal Community Radio Sunday at 6pm BST / 12pm CST on Reform Radio that will include tracks from the comp as well as music from each of the contributors’ back catalogues.

If you haven’t seen it already, you can watch my track accompanying the ad here. My inspirations were the SNL digital short “Everyone’s A Critic,” Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and the time I accidentally dumped a lifetime supply of pine nuts into my bag at the Whole Foods bulk dispensers and was too embarrassed not to pay for them, aka ultimate privileged-person-problems.

You Can Never Leave Review and Radio

You Can Never Leave, including my track “The Insufferable Shame Of The Pine Nut Bulk Bin,” was reviewed in A Closer Listen. An excerpt:

Some of the titles are particularly amusing:  “The Insufferable Shame of the Pine Nut Bulk Bin,” “Find Your Epic (A New Level of Hell,” “The Sauna Must Be Booked 24 Hours in Advance.”  Is this really heaven, or a scrubbed nightmare?  Precisely how happy is the upper class?  What would occur if a resident were to skip one of those cappuccinos? 

The compilation was also highlighted on Unofficial Britain, and Kate Bosworth played a few tracks on Dark Train.

Pre-order today and you get my track immediately. The full compilation is out on June 25. All proceeds go to Coffee4Craig, which provides vital support for Manchester’s homeless and people in crisis. You can watch my track accompanying the ad here.

Two new compilations

I’ve got tracks on not one, but two new compilations!

Today, Ball of Wax releases Volume 64: The Music of TELEPHONE, a compilation of all 80 (!) music tracks included in the international game of artistic telephone that I participated in this spring. My song “Nest” is in the mix.

And today, Front & Follow announced the pre-release of You Can Never Leave, a compilation of tracks inspired by this very Lynchian advertisement for luxury housing. You get my track, “The Insufferable Shame Of The Pine Nut Bulk Bin,” immediately if you purchase today, and the full compilation is out on June 25. All proceeds go to Coffee4Craig, which provides vital support for Manchester’s homeless and people in crisis.

You can watch my track accompanying the ad here.

Out now: Strange Selectors Compilation

And it’s out! Strange Selectors, from new label Werra Foxma Records, with my track “The Heart Sounds Like Heavy Artillery,” releases today. Proceeds go to MSF UK / Médecins Sans Frontières. Available for digital download or CD plus loads of goodies on Bandcamp. This is a great mix of electronic tracks, artfully curated by Letters From Mouse, Lee Pylon, DJ Bleek & Kate Bosworth.

Pre-order now: Strange Selectors

Releasing September 28, the first compilation from new label Werra Foxma Records kicks off with my track “The Heart Sounds Like Heavy Artillery.” Proceeds go to MSF UK / Médecins Sans Frontières. Preview on Bandcamp and get your order in for the CD — the artwork is gorgeous and comes with loads of goodies.

Pre-orders Available: ISOLATION AND REJECTION

ISOLATION AND REJECTION will include 5 volumes of rejected sounds, collated by Front & Follow and The Geography Trip. And it’s for a good cause: buy this fantastically eclectic compilation and contribute to the good work The Brick in Wigan does supporting people who are homeless and/or struggling with poverty/debt relief. Pre-order and get my track “Waking Up With A Cat On My Face” and others now. Vol 1 is out 26th June, and can be pre-ordered NOW:

Delia Derbyshire charity compilation

I’m so pleased to be on an upcoming charity compilation curated by John from Sound Effects Of Death And Horror (SEODAH) and released by Wormhole World. It features 13 artists who have joined together to celebrate the work of Delia Derbyshire, Wendy Carlos and other electronic pioneers, and proceeds will go to support Delia Derbyshire Day, a charity with the objectives of advancing the education of the public in music technology and the history and art of British electronic music via the archive and works of Delia Derbyshire.

Pre-orders will open on Friday 10 April when a lead track by ME! will be launched, and the album will be released on May 15.

There’s a nice write-up and the full track listing up on Louder Than War, check it out!

What Penumbras on COUNTERZINE

Tomorrow is the release day for ShopLand World, a compilation album of music written for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets on Strategic Tape Reserve’s label. COUNTERZINE has a sneak preview and review of the album up, with these generous words to say about my submission “What Penumbras:”

a frantic but industrious piece that captures the childhood nostalgia of beelining from megastore to megastore in the quickest, most efficient way possible so as to experience as many wares as possible before die Ausgangssperre. A sure-to-be favorite for fans of the practical aspects of tiny supermarkets: smaller stores means more stores and less distance between each one, a prime selling point of ShopLand this track expertly communicates.

Preview all 25 tracks on COUNTERZINE today, and get your pocketbooks ready for the beautifully designed cassette tapes that will be on sale tomorrow!