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Searching For Dimorphodons EP

    Searching for Dimorphodons is the debut EP from multi-instrumental artist, producer, guitar builder, eccentric and visionary Dimorphodons, who describes his sound as “the fantasy world I’d like to live in”.

    Trawling through psychedelic mind palaces and off-piste historical moments, the Searching for Dimorphodons EP presents five varied tracks representing a different time and place. Ranging from the Jurassic to the present day, each one is a kaleidoscopic take on psychedelia, with nods to sunshine pop and swamp rock along the way.

    EP opener and title track Searching for Dimorphodons is a searing freakbeat hymn sung from the dual perspectives of palaeontologist Mary Anning and a long extinct proto-bird. An intense exorcism of rattling drums, 12-string electric guitars, a delirious meandering melody, and sunshine pop harmonies, Searching for Dimorphodons is an exploration of a life lived in two concurrent timelines, separated by millennia.

    Snodohpromid takes us on a more experimental and ambient trip, a sound painting of an ancient swamp where half-speed birdsong and field recordings of mushrooms squeaking in a pan sonically depict the calls of long departed prehistoric creatures.

    Petty Things Are All I Have and Know explores what Dimorphodons describes as “the tension between the life desired and the life attainable” to a backdrop of timeless British chamber pop. The song moves in a fluttering pace, with lush harmonies and hymnic crests, a Wilson-esque mini-symphony to unreachable dreams.

    Next, another track indebted to Dimorphodon’s obsession with ’60s pop, this time the imagined narrative of The Factory moves away from the Jurassic and into more introspective realms, a person reflecting on the life lived and unlived, Lowry’s smoggy and short-distance horizons put to song.

    And lastly, an untitled track of which the artist himself says: “I don’t know what this is. I like the way it wisps in and out and then goes away.”

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Searching For Dimorphodons
    2. Snodohpromid
    3. Petty Things Are All I Have And Know
    4. The Factory
    5. [untitled]

    Hand Of Glory records asked twelve artists for an original Christmas song.

    Here are twelve tracks that sum up the many experiences of Christmas, from lush widescreen pop (Webb Brothers), to sparkly Saturnalian disco (Mary Epworth) to dystopian Fall-esque horror (Extradition Order).

    Other standout tracks include Young Knives’ dark medieval-esque ‘Low Carol’, Kiran Leonard’s sprawling proggy epic ‘Huygens probe’ and Papernut Cambridge’s charming and magical ‘93 Million And One’.

    TRACK LISTING

    Mary Epworth - The Wolf And The Woods
    Young Knives - Low Carol
    Extradition Order - Be A Ghost
    The Count Of Chateau Noir - Awake Awake
    Papernut Cambridge - 93 Million And One 
    Citizen Helene - On Christmas Day
    The Webb Brothers - Are You Coming Home For Christmas?
    Kiran Leonard - Huygens Probe
    Aliens Pat - Santa Fell Down The Chimney
    Jon Epworth - Atheist
    The Outdoor Types - The Unwritten Christmas Card
    Richard Holley - Old Year’s Night


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