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Discover: We Are All Molecular Collaborators. Tai Shani’s “The Neon Hieroglyph” and Acid Trip Politics + Maxwell Sterling’s Queer “Turn Of Phrase”

Presented as one of the many digital projects gravitating around Manchester’s Virtual Factory, “a space for fully immersive and groundbreaking digital experiences”, The Neon Hieroglyph is the brainchild of Tai Shani, an artist who has exhibited both in Britain and internationally, interested in exploring forgotten histories and tales. Uniting poetry, sculpture, documentary filmmaking, CGI and performance art, Shani creates a visual essay unlike any other, … Continue reading Discover: We Are All Molecular Collaborators. Tai Shani’s “The Neon Hieroglyph” and Acid Trip Politics + Maxwell Sterling’s Queer “Turn Of Phrase”

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Discover: Samora Pinderhughes’s Protest Art

Samora Pinderhughes is a composer and pianist who aims to stay involved through his music, blending soul, jazz and poetry in order to move the listener, to really alter the way they see the world. He uses theatre and film, music and haunting lyrics in order to make powerful resistance art, and his complex jazz compositions are simply stunning. Pinderhughes’s latest video is “Masculinity”, aiming … Continue reading Discover: Samora Pinderhughes’s Protest Art

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Music News (Feb 20 2022): Let’s Eat Grandma. CLBRKS. Sabrina Carpenter. Zella Day. Hurray For The Riff Raff. Caroline Polachek. Alison Wonderland. Pom Pom Squad.

Let’s Eat Grandma start out the year with a celebration of friendship, play tennis in “Happy New Year” video One heartwarming (and even tearjerking) masterpiece that we’ve missed: British experimental pop Let’s Eat Grandma started out 2022 in great style, delivering a stunning electronic anthem that plays out like an M83 and Ladyhawke collaboration. Heavy synth-work, unique phrasing and iconic lyrics depicting the mending of … Continue reading Music News (Feb 20 2022): Let’s Eat Grandma. CLBRKS. Sabrina Carpenter. Zella Day. Hurray For The Riff Raff. Caroline Polachek. Alison Wonderland. Pom Pom Squad.

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Opinion: The Rise And Fall of Soundcloud. Christian Ward. Roxanne de Bastion. Lyndsie Alguire. Roniit.

[EDIT June 1 2022: We are now on Soundcloud and are aiming to promote musicians who are still active on the platform. Soundcloud definitely isn’t quite as dead as we initially thought it was, and if some artists have grown out of it, there are still some who haven’t abandoned it, and a new generation who has seemingly used it since 2016 onwards] In 2009, … Continue reading Opinion: The Rise And Fall of Soundcloud. Christian Ward. Roxanne de Bastion. Lyndsie Alguire. Roniit.

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Discover: Max Richter, Vivaldi, Time and the Defiant Solitude of “My Brilliant Friend”

There is no way I could write anything about “My Brilliant Friend” without using the ‘I’-voice. Before the COVID age, I found it easiest to read literature while being far away from home. Whether it was business or pleasure, I would take in the city sights by day, do the work which was required of me, and by night I would curl up in my … Continue reading Discover: Max Richter, Vivaldi, Time and the Defiant Solitude of “My Brilliant Friend”

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Album Review: Braids – Shadow Offering (2020)

Braids is a Canadian electronic/art-rock trio, consisting of Raphaelle-Standell Preston, Austin Tufts and Taylor Smith. Catching our attention with ‘Amends’ (from their second album, “Flourish/Perish”), the band simply stood out with their reverb-heavy production style which placed it somewhere between the deeper, more soulful sound of Hundred Waters and the experimentation of Young Magic. With unpredictable song structures and heavy use of polyphony, Braids went … Continue reading Album Review: Braids – Shadow Offering (2020)

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Six Degrees Of Separation #1: Breanna Box -> Moss Kena -> Holly Blakey-> Ani Klang -> Gal Musette -> Katy B

We continue our most experimental section, “Discover”, with an idea that came to us on a whim: we started by wanting to showcase videos with great art direction and accompanying tracks to match the visuals, but with the Internet truly being a place for (music) discovery, sometimes just googling an artist’s name can result in an entire ecosystem at one’s fingertips. Taking inspiration from the … Continue reading Six Degrees Of Separation #1: Breanna Box -> Moss Kena -> Holly Blakey-> Ani Klang -> Gal Musette -> Katy B

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Music News (Feb 6th 2022): Drum & Lace. Mitski. James Blake. Interlay. Wild Rivers. New German Cinema. LNDFK. QZB. Water From Your Eyes.

Drum & Lace announce full-length LP, delight fans with shimmering “Creatura” This is perhaps old news for most people, but Drum & Lace’s music is just amazing, and we feel some more appreciation is a must for this producer. Delighting fans of poetry with her warm, exquisite, ambient synth-heavy soundtrack for “Dickinson”, Drum & Lace (Sofia Hultquist) shared “Creatura”, meant to showcase her new LP … Continue reading Music News (Feb 6th 2022): Drum & Lace. Mitski. James Blake. Interlay. Wild Rivers. New German Cinema. LNDFK. QZB. Water From Your Eyes.

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Discover: Charles Ives’s Microtonal Music and “Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke”

Eric LaRocca’s novella, “Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke”, is just one of the books that make a great first impression: as soon as one eyes the description’s tagline and glimpses the disturbing cover, they will most likely want to read it, if only to have an opinion on it at the end. The sort of Internet fiction that recalls both the writing … Continue reading Discover: Charles Ives’s Microtonal Music and “Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke”

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Lost Gems: ZOMBIE-CHANG – Petit Petit Petit (2018)

Zombie-Chang is the moniker of Tokyo-based singer/songwriter and electronic musician, Meirin. She has described her music as anti-folk and anti-EDM, though one can draw comparisons to modern electronic musicians that take inspiration from a multitude of genres, rap, pop, dance etc. At the same time, her work carries a very distinct Japanese sound and her vocal delivery fits perfectly will find favour with fans of … Continue reading Lost Gems: ZOMBIE-CHANG – Petit Petit Petit (2018)