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Hyperdawn

Bleach

    Hyperdawn is the moniker of Salford based experimentalists Michael Cutting and Vitalija Glovackyte. Off the back of their prolific individual projects, ranging from multimedia performances to studio releases, orchestral works to solo live sets, the duo has steadily developed a distinctive voice as Hyperdawn, forging modified keyboards, homemade instruments and reel to reel tape recorders. Their debut album Bleach takes their physical, process-based aesthetic with imperfections of warped tape and faltering hardware and pushes it towards the boundaries of pop music. Hints of verse-chorus structures are now apparent with the use of Vitalija’s voice as an essential introduction, giving the duo’s rough grained instrumentals a new level of poignancy.

    While the reel to reel machines provide the album’s characteristic sound, this isn’t music for the analogue purist. Digital processes have their place here, countering the warmth of valve amplifiers with glitchy pitch-bending effects, matching un-quantised tape loops with high frame-rate playback. Bleach displays a delicate balance between new and old, skeletal and substantial, rigour and recklessness. The result is a broken pop music borne out of hours of improvisations and experimentation that feels at once completely foreign and entirely familiar. Ambiguous textures and structures are contextualised by Vitalija’s confident vocal delivery. Beats are left off-kilter, intonation is approximate, while clicks and pops protrude over decaying instrumentals, suggesting music that is already disintegrating in time.




    TRACK LISTING

    1. Bleach 04:56
    2. Millennial Pink 07:18
    3. Laugh And Laugh 03:24
    4. Plastic 04:23
    5. End Of The World 05:31
    6. Avalanche 07:04
    7. Early Hours 03:21

    Introducing Bunny Hoova. Producer and band leader otherwise known as D.Loman. 2019 marks the release of the auspicious debut album ‘LONGING’.

    Originally from Rotterdam now residing in Manchester, Bunny Hoova has found a comfortable home amidst the city’s burgeoning music scene. Three years in the making LONGING connects her movements from studying at the Conservatory of Amsterdam to her new found home in the Rainy City.

    Anchored around a slurred, soulful vocal, the 13 tracks interweave treated samples and guitars with spare, low key drums; all glued together by Hoova’s imaginative production. Striking her own wavvy line between garage art-pop and ramshackle soul.

    Tiny Mix Tapes - “LONGING jukes and jolts, consistently pulling the rug out and offering another fine moment of pop seduction.” Hard to disagree; these sickly sweet vignettes are bona fide songs, and ones of communicable realities and experiences at that, but they never succumb to formula or linearity.

    AQNB - lusciously unstable jumble of rhythm guitar, beats and percussion that is perfectly lo-fi in its execution.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Emily says: LONGING offers a series of meditations on love, insecurity and technology, occurring within an ever-shifting, fragmented reality. Each track feels like peering through a keyhole into a different state of mind, with a current of detached melancholia running throughout. Bunny’s lyrics range from abstract, to confessional, to confrontational, depicting her struggles at a personal level and with the world at large. In its most tender moments it still feels discordant, with Bunny’s barbed guitar accompaniment and fractured production techniques. It is a perplexing first effort which is constantly at odds with itself – acidic yet soulful, splintered yet cohesive as a whole.

    Them There present Schaus with his debut LP, Handshake. 9 expertly crafted songs & insights into love, life & technology on 12” that are at once deeply absorbing and playfully skittish.

    Handshake is a machine for lost moments and lingering regrets, an artifice built on romantics’ nostalgia and 90’s pop sympathies. As the record starts, Schaus’ voice pours in from the aether - a trembling, protean, expressive warble - weaving together the landscape of his memory in a language that’s equal parts esoteric and facile. The songs, built on bouncy keyboards, brooding synthetic bass, and hazy, absentminded guitars, predict and subsequently confound expectations of pop conventions. Schaus stalls, dodges, jukes, and jolts. Handshake inspires active listening; it holds you in rapt attention like the pulsing ellipses preceding a lover’s text.

    TRACK LISTING


    1.Slush
    2.After Work 03:46 Video
    3.Fickle Medium
    4.Hit
    5.Kawaii
    6.Friends
    7.Galileo's Song
    8.Phantom Vibrate
    9.Roseville


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