Sonic explorers Nathan Moody and HHNOI (a.k.a. Marco Petracca) have teamed up to produce Future Rituals, an evocative forthcoming collaborative full-length that bravely explores the depths and fringes of electronic music. What’s even more interesting is that all of the sounds are derived from a custom-built sound library crafted by Moody.
Ahead of the album’s release on June 14, we thrilled to world premiere the stunning music video for HHNOI’s “Long” directed by the talented American visual artist Rachel Palmer.
Palmer juxtaposes pulsating otherworldly animated lightscapes and syncs them with the track’s soaring synth lines and beats unfurl. Believe us when we say that it’s quite the cosmological spectacle to behold.
Palmer had this to say about process behind making the video: “Having performed live with HHNOI, I‘ve been fascinated by the organic and unpredictable quality found within the repetition of rhythms, melodies, and sequences made by modular synths. Similar organically evolving mutations of structures can be found in my visual art. My concept for ‘Long’ pairs the track’s aesthetics with audio-reactive particles dancing to its granular, yet solid nature, forming detailed and complex patterns: lively organisms flourishing on a dark canvas, similar to the music.”
Birmingham, England-based four-piece FABRIK’s sound is a sultry mélange of trip-hop and rock. In 2017 they released their self-recorded debut album, City Islands, and received plenty of critical claim. In fact, the LP was nominated for Best Album at the 2018 Birmingham Music Awards.
The foursome are back with Other Islands, a four-track remix EP out on May 16. We’re thrilled to world premiere the eye-catching self-directed music video for “Tesseract” remixed by NO SKIN, an underground California producer who they met on Bandcamp, off the release.
Amid a backdrop of stunning, borrowed slo-mo visuals, NO SKIN’s woozy, hypnotic remix boasting cut-up vocals and head-nodding beats soars into the cosmos.
Says the band of the clip, “The video is taken from a beautiful scene in an underground ‘70s punk film called Jubilee. The idea of a ballet dancer on wasteland seemed to visually echo NO SKIN’s juxtaposition of the ethereal vocal against a tough beat.”
Suns of Arqa, a world music outfit founded by Michael Wadada 40 years ago, boasts a sound that’s informed by dub, electronic music, and Indian classical. To date, more than 200 collaborators – everyone from Youth to John Leckie – have worked with the group.
SoA take a much deserved victory lap with the release of Heart of the Suns 1979-2019 (Interchill), a 13-track retrospective, out May 17.
We’re pleased to world premiere the video for the album’s opening track called “Gavati.”
Here’s director Brian Hyphen told us about the video:
“Often when you first hear a tune, it conjures up a vivid image that stays with you every other time you listen back to the same tune. I first heard ‘Gavati’ by Suns of Arqa in the early 1990s and was struck immediately by the sarangi intro, which instantly made me feel the warmth that you feel when sitting by a fireside staring into the fire, or sitting on a mountain watching a sunset. The bass and drums add a smoothness which I felt was best represented in black and white to contrast the vivid imagery of fire and the Sun. ‘Gavati’ remains one of my favorite Suns of Arqa works.”
To succinctly summarize the life and work of avant garde electronic musician/composer Robin Rimbaud (a.k.a. Scanner) is no easy feat.
In the early days of his career he utilized technology to transform voyeurism by using radio scanners to record people’s conversations. Born with a voracious appetite for music, Rimbaud moved on to helm multi-media projects since post-9/11 life made it difficult to travel with his gadgetry.
Since then he’s collaborated with classical musicians, music icons like Bryan Ferry and Laurie Anderson, and fashion luminaries such as Steve McQueen and Stella McCartney. He’s also curated events at London’s ICA and has worked with dance companies.
On September 29 Glacial Movements will present Scanner’s new full-length, The Great Crater. The album explores the tale of strange circles that were discovered in 2014 by a group of scientists flying over Antarctica.
We’re pleased to world premiere the video for opening track “Cast to the Bottom” directed by Uršula Berlot and Sunčana Kuljiš Gaillot. It’s a visually arresting animation that coalesces with the track’s evocative ambient soundscape.