I Am Demo Suzuki: New Acts For June
, June 24th, 2013 10:28
Sophie Coletta might have knocked out half her teeth, but nothing's going to stop her trawling the internet & various inboxes for the best recent unsigned and self-released music
Welcome to June's selection of unsigned demos, a soundtrack to the dense muggy heat that has settled itself over our gloriously ever-revolving landscape. Since the last installment I have smashed in the teeth that I spent an entire childhood fixing and find myself now staring down into the gaping, hopeless abyss that is postgraduate unemployment whilst slumped on the sofa watching Wimbledon and eating copious amounts of cheese. Reality is futile. Here are some tracks that abandon the mundane nature of certainty and celebrate the unknown delights of utopian existence. Load them onto your portable music player of choice whilst you unreservedly sweat your way through British transport systems, hoping for something a little more exhilarating. See you in July.
Jupiter-C are a futuristic inspired electronic duo from Manchester, consisting of Ashiya Eastwood (vocals, bass, synth/programming) and David Kane (guitar, vocals, programming). Meeting in 2008 through mutual friends and running in the same circles at various club nights, the two connected over a shared love of dystopian landscapes and composers Philip Glass and John Carpenter. After exchanging creative ideas back and forth for several years they first started writing music together in late 2012.
'Insect Eyes' introduces a dark, musky landscape, drawn out vocals delicately hanging tension over its simmering percussion before the extra-terrestrial synths invade, dragging any nostalgic sentiment into an entirely different universe. 'Signs' continues the apocalyptic setting, a wasteland full of neon lights, forgotten dreams and mind-controlling authorities. Eastwood's vocals are somewhat hypnotic; deliberately spaced out melodies that create an embittered, forward-facing sound that transcends all notions of feasibility.
Jupiter-C play their debut gig at Café Crema, New Cross on Saturday 13th July and are hoping to release 'Insect Eyes'/'Signs' on or around 15th July.
Surgical Vacations – Surgical Vacations
Surgical Vacations is the experimental brainchild of 'Buggy Baby James' and 'Flavor Downey Jr.' of Crystal Innz, whose collection of socio-invasive recordings of a bed bug ridden night in a filthy hotel after an ATP in Neptune, New Jersey is also worth checking out for a thought-provoking listen. Whilst this self-titled album exhibits some inconsistencies, and is all in all a difficult listen, its rebellious voyage of plastering innumerable caustic sounds together provides a glimpse into avant-garde production as far away as possible from a certain recent mainstream hip hop release.
Opener 'Carolina Pride' boasts percussion lines that are hollowed out by insistent synths and buffeted along by a jarring human call that falls confusingly somewhere between laugh and cry, woman and child. There's much human interference in this album, from the anguished political monologue of 'I've Attended Every Meeting' to the “Keep on smoking that crack bitch” call that quickly becomes the very skeleton of 'Still Smokin''. Its difficult to pin this album down in terms of genre; at times it feels like a collection of hip hop instrumentals, at others it appears too extreme, too cluttered for any other addition to be layered over the top. It's corrosive and often brutal in its delivery, but somewhere beneath the surface lies an irresistibly incongruous sensibility.
The Baltic States
Liverpool duo Helen Morrison and Jev Maligins have built something of an aural facade their latest single 'Kontrol'. Beginning with stark minimal bassline it soon unexpectedly morphs into a dancefloor-calling pop anthem with its bursting chorus and strident stabbed chords. It soars and swoops in all the right places, its sunrise harmonies evoking something of a cinematic tendency.
Mekonion is the solo project of Dubliner Darren Bourke, whose ominous titling and greyscale images of what appears to be a decomposed bird immediately signal a darkened and menacing soundscape. There's even somewhat of a spiritual ambiance, what with many of Bourke's techno leaning tracks finding their place amongst the sub-labeling 'Hirsig', a reference to the 'scarlet woman' of occultist Aleister Crowley.
Standout tracks include '2:15am', with its machinist slithers cauterized between what sounds like a synthetic recreation of the sound of flowing liquid. The squeaky, harmonica-esque squeak that follows pinpoints a place of reference before all is lost in an ocean of elliptical shudderings.
By contrast, 'An Unprepared World 2' has something of an optimistic overtone to it, undulated grooves desperately clinging on to the track's frame as they are dragged along to the relentless pace of the devout kick snare. All of Bourke's tracks are available to download via his Soundcloud page.
If you are a new artist, in whatever genre, and would like to be included in a forthcoming Demo Suzuki please email firstname.lastname@example.org with links - not MP3 attachments - and Sophie will give you the attention of her ears