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Augustus Muller (Boy Harsher)

My Animal (Original Soundtrack)

    Augustus Muller (Boy Harsher) announces the score for the movie My Animal, directed by Jacqueline Castel feat. Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games, Star Wars) and Bobbi Salvör Menuez (I love Dick, Something In The Air). The score marks Muller’s debut as feature film composer.

    My Animal (premiered at the 2023' Sundance Film Festival), screenplay written by Jae Matthews (Boy Harsher), tells the story of Heather, a strong, defiant young woman who lives in a rural northern town and desires to play on the local hockey team. She meets and falls deeply in love with Jonny, a figure skater new to the area. Their relationship flourishes despite Heather’s hidden personal struggles with her alcoholic mother, her unaccepted sexual orientation, and a familial curse which transforms her, her twin brothers, and her father into feral wolves once a month. Heather and Jonny’s tryst soon clashes against their small community, exposing the truth and prompting a passionate, violent night of personal transformation.

    Augustus Muller wrote and recorded the score at his home studio, primarily used hardware and analog synthesizers, in Northampton, MA. With director Jacqueline Castel, Muller pays homage to Klaus Schulze music for ‘Angst' and John Carpenter's 'Assault on Precinct 13' as major influences. Muller embarked on his composing career in 2019, crafting captivating scores for two short films for the adult film site, 'A Four Chambered Heart'. The scores, titled 'Machine Learning Experiments', were released in 2020, showcasing his talent with their innovative soundscapes. In 2023, Muller joined forces again with 'A Four Chambered Heart', composing two more scores, entitled 'Cellulosed Bodies'.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Transformation #1
    2. Sanctuary
    3. A Walk Home
    4. A Soft Howl
    5. Winter Drone
    6. Patts Theme
    7. Casino Drive
    8. The Slots
    9. Transformation #2
    10. Drone (Dream Theme)
    11. Soft Love
    12. Soft Love (Slow)
    13. Hockey Tryouts
    14. Back Of Your Car
    15. Making Love
    16. Climbing Sadness
    17. Heart To Heart
    18. Crybate
    19. Sudden Loss
    20. Out Of Time
    21. Climbing Sadness (The Funeral)
    22. Outside The Rock
    23. Somethings Building
    24. Transformation #3

    Boy Harsher

    Careful - 2023 Reissue

      The ten songs on Boy Harsher’s second full length album, Careful, spanning forty-four minutes, contain eerie narrative soundscapes that are both bracing, high tempo and dynamic. The album delivers manifold emotions, from the nostalgic yearning of “LA” to the gripping intensity of “Come Closer”. The nervousness of Augustus Muller's bent, out of tune synths paired with the lush and sometimes brittle vocals of Jae Matthews, delivers an unsettled, yet fulfilling encounter with Boy Harsher. Careful summons a new spirit for the young band - that of growth and desire. 

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Keep Driving
      2. Face The Fire
      3. Fate
      4. LA
      5. Come Closer
      6. They Look You Gave (Jerry)
      7. Tears
      8. Crush
      9. Lost
      10. Careful 

      Boy Harsher

      Country Girl (Uncut) - 2023 Reissue

        Boy Harsher's entire catalogue as strictly limited indie editions on colored vinyl. Country Girl marked a distinct sonic shift with the band, as the EP was the first group of songs written in their new home in rural Massachusetts. The novel isolation of the Northeast gave Jae and Augustus plenty of time to write and explore new sounds, while reminiscing about their time in the south. The move also put the band within driving distance of New York City which was another important factor in their progression.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Motion
        2. Electric
        3. Country Girl
        4. February
        5. Underwater
        6. Send Me A Vision
        7. Westerners
        8. Swing

        Boy Harsher

        Lesser Man (Extended Version) - 2023 Reissue

          Boy Harsher's entire catalogue as strictly limited indie editions on colored vinyl. Lesser Man (Extended Version) is the first release of Boy Harsher`s imprint, Nude Club Records, originally released on cassette by Soft Science in (2014), and Night People (2015). The album was reissued by the infamous Berlin goth label aufnahme + wiedergabe in Nov 2017 on 500 copies, and sold out in less than two weeks.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Lust
          2. Modulations
          3. Pain
          4. Run
          5. Crimea
          6. Love
          7. Spell
          Bonus 1. Pain (The Soft Moon Remix)
          Bonus 2. Pain (Radio Edit)

          Boy Harsher

          Yr Body Is Nothing - 2023 Reissue

            Boy Harsher's entire catalogue as strictly limited indie editions on colored vinyl. Yr Body Is Nothing was originally released by DKA Records. All three LP pressings sold out in a matter of weeks. With a heavy emphasis on rhythm and atmosphere, the 10-songs presented here showcase a songwriting and production style that is sophisticated and unique, dark but powerfully uplifting. The sound is paradoxically massive yet minimal, providing the perfect space for Jae Matthews’ rich, deep, and emotive vocals to occupy as she, along with co-pilot Gus Muller, pulls the listener ever deeper with each passing song.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Intro
            2. A Realness
            3. Yr Body Is Nothing
            4. Last Days
            5. Suitor
            6. Morphine
            7. Save Me
            8. Deep Well
            9. Big Bad John
            10. Cry Fest

            Augustus Muller (Boy Harsher)

            Cellulosed Bodies (Original Score)

              Augustus Muller (Boy Harsher) teams up again with Four Chambers to release Cellulosed Bodies, which features two scores, Crash and Automation, through imprint Nude Club Records. Four Chambers is the self-described “project” of experimental pornographer Vex Ashley, filmmaker, photographer, and cultural phenom. Both scores serve as accompaniments to films released by Ashley last year through Four Chambers.

              Crash and Automation demonstrate Muller’s mastery of stark, industrial soundscapes. Yet, Muller takes the compositions further - introducing club elements such as ‘nu disco’ tendencies and vocal samples. Thus, he embraces the theme of body meets machine as explored in the visual content of the films.

              Crash is an homage to David Cronenberg’s 1996 film of the same name. Both Ashley and Cronenberg explore the eroticism of car accidents, a fetish that feels both mechanical and gory. This violent juxtaposition is Muller’s ultimate inspiration. Featured in Crash, “Body and Machine” is a pulsing, synth anthem, exhibiting both synthetic echos and playful plucky highlights. “Perverse Technology” is a groovy and discordant number, where “Sharing a Smoke” has a somber austerity, you can almost see the hands pass across leather seats, shattered glass against sweaty bodies, and open-mouth kisses in the headlights.

              Automation experiments came from the isolation brought upon the pandemic, which turned many into digital fiends. Ashley explores the fixation of technological intimacy, with Automation, a sci-fi feeling porn that features a severe computer entity and trapped prey, succumbing to pleasure. Unlike, Crash, Muller uses less “industrial” sounds in Automation, instead favoring synthetic instrumentation. “Who is in Control” and “Observation” are chilling examples of this - compositions that feature oblique strings and organ like synthesis. Songs such as “Subdue Yourself”, featuring vocal samples of dominatrix Miss Marilyn, are deftly human, yet “speak” from the perspective of the machine.

              Ultimately, both sides of Cellulosed Bodies play with the mercurial erotic relationship between body and machine. A soundscape that is both haunting and humble, Muller’s follow-up with Four Chambers features some of his best score work.

              “You belong to the machine, you are nothing, you are use, you are there to be taken...”

              “Cellulosed Bodies (Original Score)” is the second collaboration between Augustus Muller and Four Chambers. In 2020, the Soundtrack “Machine Learning Experiments” was already released as a two-part soundtrack on CD and LP.

              TRACK LISTING

              Side A - Crash:
              1. Fur And Metal
              2. Sharing A Smoke
              3. A New Wound
              4. Perverse Technology
              5. Body As Machine
              6. Shattered Glass

              Side B - Automaton:
              7. Initialize
              8. Next Subject
              9. Endoscopy
              10. Examination
              11. Acceptance
              12. You Belong To The Machine
              13. Observation
              14. Stretching / Invading
              15. Who Is In Control
              16 Subdue Yourself

              Boy Harsher

              Burn It Down

                Fan favorite dark dance outfit Boy Harsher have contributed a sumptuously eerie track for the David Gordon Green directed finale to the iconic Halloween franchise. Sacred Bones and Nude Club (Boy Harsher’s imprint) are joining forces and releasing a proper 12” maxi single containing four versions of the track “Burn it Down,” to be released in tandem with the original score provided by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies.

                Boy Harsher said of the experience: “During an extremely brief period of rest between tours, we got this call from the music supervisor of Halloween. The director, David Gordon Green, had listened to our music and wanted to use something for the final installment in the trilogy - Halloween Ends. We flew to New York the next day to meet the team and discuss the possibilities. It was totally surreal. Obviously we’re huge fans of Carpenter and the franchise is a fav, but to work with Gordon Green was also so special, his early films (George Washington, Undertow, Snow Angels) were heavy influences on our work. The real kicker is that Halloween Ends was shot in Savannah, GA - the birthplace of Boy Harsher and where we met. Unbelievable. It all felt too synchronous, and we knew we had to make something work although we were about to leave for a multi-month tour that week. We flew home to Massachusetts, dug through old demos, and found “Burn It Down”. In the end it was the perfect energy for the bittersweet love affair between Allyson and Corey, so during a couple days off - we cleaned it up and made it come alive.”

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Mine says: Mega new/old track from Boy Harsher on this 12" that features 4 versions of an old demo they dug out to be featured on the soundtrack for 'Halloween Ends'. After a foray into the film and soundtrack world with their 2022 horror short film 'The Runner' and accompanying soundtrack LP (my album of the year!) it seems more than fitting that they now lend their eerie cold wave sounds to an instalment of the Halloween franchise. I put this on the shop stereo this week and noticed both Tim and Andy sneaking over to check out what was playing...

                TRACK LISTING

                1 Burn It Down - Rework
                2 Burn It Down
                3 Burn It Down - (Instrumental)
                4 Burn It Down - Rework (Instrumental)

                Boy Harsher

                The Runner (OST) - 2023 Reissue

                  Boy Harsher’s latest release, ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’, is an exorcism.

                  Augustus Muller and Jae Matthews’ fifth release entitled ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’ is not a traditional album. Rather, it is the soundtrack to a short film, also entitled ‘The Runner’. The film, written, produced, and directed by the duo, is a searching horror film, attached to a meta-style “documentary” about Boy Harsher’s recording process. The album includes several distinct components: cinematic arrangements, vocal features, and of course classic Boy Harsher dark pop.

                  Last year, in the midst of the obvious chaos (the global pandemic), but additionally with Jae’s MS diagnosis, Augustus started working on moody, cinematic sketches. It was uncertain what these pieces would become, other than catharsis. In Jae’s period of convalescence, she kept thinking about this sinister character: a woman running through the woods. Together, they developed this idea further into a film. They were unable to tour, a drastic (and isolating) shift in their career, and making ‘club music’ did not feel right. But there was so much they needed to get out. The next Boy Harsher release would be a reconciliation of this time. The album processes feelings of universal anxiety and the confrontation of at home illness. A necessary expulsion during a time of unrest.

                  The album opens with “Tower”. The only track on ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’ that Boy Harsher has previously played live, but never recorded. The song is an incantation, with its pulsing synth and Jae’s begging vocals. A spell about desire and impending destruction. Jae asks 'But are you honest? Do you trust? You trust in me?' Questions answered by her desperate yells. It starts both the film and the soundtrack with a heavy presence.

                  Two songs on ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’ feature vocalists other than Jae Matthews. He allows a distinct sound for both vocalists and really leans into the possibility of divergent genres. “Machina”, is a HI-NRG homage, performed by Mariana Saldaña of Boan, and “Autonomy” a new wave tribute, performed by Cooper B. Handy of Lucy. Augustus Muller fully embraces the soundtrack ethos, by creating fictional ‘bands’ to generate additional content.

                  ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’ is exactly what’s in the name: a soundtrack. At first the shape of the release was nebulous - yet once realized the album is dynamic. It serves as the story of the running figure and her musical accompaniment. Those expecting a traditional release will be surprised, but not disappointed.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Mine says: Cold wave darlings Boy Harsher return with a new record as well as a horror film written, produced, and directed by the US duo. The accompanying soundtrack is everything you could want from a Boy Harsher album. Dark and mysterious, yet catchy and danceable, it is up there with some of their best work.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Tower
                  A2. Give Me A Reason
                  A3. Autonomy (Feat. Lucy - Cooper B. Handy)
                  A4. The Ride Home
                  B1. Escape
                  B2. Machina (Feat. Ms. BOAN - Mariana Saldaña)
                  B3. Untitled (Piano)
                  B4. I Understand

                  Boy Harsher

                  Lesser Man

                    Lesser Man (Extended Version) is the first release of Boy Harsher`s imprint, Nude Club Records, originally released on cassette by Soft Science in (2014), and Night People (2015). The album was reissued by the infamous Berlin goth label aufnahme + wiedergabe in Nov 2017 on 500 copies, and sold out in less than two weeks. Remastered by Thomas P. Heckmann at Trope Mastering, Lesser Man (Extended Version) includes the dark wave hit, “Pain” and the unreleased track “Run” which was recorded during the Lesser Man session. LP version includes digital download code + 2 bonus tracks: “Pain (radio edit)” and “Pain (The Soft Moon Remix).”

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Lust
                    2. Modulations
                    3. Pain
                    4. Run
                    5. Crimea
                    6. Love
                    7. Spell
                    Bonus1. Pain (The Soft Moon Remix)**
                    Bonus 2. Pain (Radio Edit)**


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