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Above 24 year-old Sae Heum Han’s desk hangs a blue and white crochet crucifix given to him by his grandmother. This object doubles as the artwork for "Serenade", Han’s second mini album as mmph. Separate from any religious connotations, the crucifix represents love, loss and hope - themes mmph explores on the release.

"Serenade" follows his debut "Dear God", which was released on Tri Angle earlier this year. Since the release of "Dear God", mmph has worked on his own evolving sound while also producing new music for the likes of David Byrne, serpentwithfeet and Lauren Auder. Classically trained since childhood, Han attended Berklee College of Music to study cello before shifting his concentration towards electronic production & sound design, a pivot that resulted in the birth of this project, mmph.

mmph’s compositions exist at the intersection of analogue classical music arrangement and forward thinking electronic sound production. While "Dear God" processed the way in which certain personal tragedies had eclipsed Han’s personal love affair with music, "Serenade" evokes a newfound expressive romanticism utilizing a broader palate of orchestral and electronic sounds.

Melodically focused, orchestrally informed and rhythmically driven, each of "Serenade’s" five songs utilize a different classical trope to create Wagnerian suites in miniature. "Minuet" is a stately dance in triple time (performance), "Tragedy" is a play (death), "Elegy" is a mourning poem (death) and "Serenade" is a courtship song often played in the open air (love).

Fusing synths choirs, arpeggiated (sometimes plucked) strings and steel string guitars, mmph creates a sense of extraordinary melodrama that feels more at home against the romantic backdrop of a Turner seaside cliff than a college student’s basement. Against these romantic landscapes, the baroquefeeling mini-operas of mmph’s "Serenade" comes to life. 


With the release of 'Communion', the follow up to his acclaimed EP (and Tri Angle debut) 'Baptizm', Rabit shows no signs of letting up. As a sound designer Rabit has continued to push himself into new and compelling territories, reshaping various ‘club’ sounds into something alien and unpredictable, but with the release of this album he’s heavily politicized his music in a way he’d only hinted at before.

The deeply personal aspect of his creative process, and what has been described as an “intangible something“ in his music, resonates with listeners on a gut level, both pushing and pulling the listener into a world of destruction and rebirth. ‘Communion’ is a complex, disorientating album, and one that feels especially timely considering it was primarily inspired by issues relating to sexuality, gender, ownership of our natural bodies, societal and governmental injustices, and media manipulations, the discussion of which have been so prevalent of late. Consequently ‘Communion’ runs the full gamut of emotions; confusion and bewilderment transforming into anger and confrontation, finally ending up in a place of possible hope; the sound of earthly chains on the soul being broken.

The debut, self titled album from The Haxan Cloak, solo project of multi instrumentalist Bobby Krlic, appeared seemingly out of nowhere in 2011 with an impressively fully-formed sound that blew away anyone who heard it. Recorded over the space of three years, ‘The Haxan Cloak’ was a wildly ambitious fusion of malevolent strings, junkyard found sounds and primitive percussion. In the two years since the release of his debut, Krlic relocated to London, dropped the epic 32 minute-long 'The Men Parted The Sea To Devour The Water' on Latitudes and then began working on its epic follow up, and Tri Angle Records debut, ‘Excavation’.

Bolstered by the concept he was developing for his follow up, and a desire to explore new terrains, Krlic has evolved his sound to incorporate more of his electronic influences. The result is an album awash with serrated beats and cavernous sub-bass, meshing with the classical drones and ghostly details The Haxan Cloak fans will have already been accustomed to.

'Excavation’ should appeal to fans of Tim Hecker, Fuck Buttons, Empty Set, Raime and Andy Stott, among others.

After two outstanding EPs in 2010 by Balam Acab and oOoOO, Tri Angle release their first long player! How To Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) is set to be one of the breakthrough artists of 2011 with a crossover appeal pitched somewhere between Burial and Panda Bear.

The album, consisting of tracks which initially emerged in the form of online EPs How To Dress Well distributed from his website, is a beautifully evocative listening experience which re-imagines How To Dress Well’s passion for commercial R&B as something spectral and haunting, utilizing the kinds of harmonies one might find on records by 90s R&B luminaries such as Shai and Bobby Brown, as well as his own astounding vocal talents, to create heartbreaking lo-fi hymnals, which occupy the emotional grey space between hopeful and hopeless. As an album "Love Remains" signals the arrival of an innovative artist who has rightfully been tipped as one of this years most exciting breakout acts.


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