Listen to InTechnicolour’s Debut EP now, out on Small Pond.
“A childlike sound-world hides a slightly unnerving psychedelic undertone, simultaneously pleasing restless feet and hazy minds”
– Daniel Mackenzie, Lost Property
Inwards is the alias of Kristian Shelley, a multi-instrumentalist and music programmer from Worcestershire, UK. His work exists in the experimental domain and draws influence from the far borders of dance music, using modular synths with acoustic and electronic sources to create a nostalgic and colourful sonic palette.
Crackling with the freedom and spontaneity that characterises his studio productions, Inwards live performances vary from one environment to the next, taking on organic forms through the manipulation of his electronic instruments. Gaining a reputation for his absorbing shows, which are often complemented by live visuals, he has played alongside the likes of Lapalux, Forest Swords, Adam Betts (Three Trapped Tigers), Tyondai Braxton (Battles) and Ulrich Schnauss, and at festivals including The Great Escape and Brighton Digital Festival.
Signing to Small Pond in 2017 after capturing attention with a series of DIY releases, Inwards invites you into a dark yet playful and psychedelic world of sound on his debut album.
Wild Cat Strike reveal a freshly sharpened spin on their signature sound – an idiosyncratic, noisy-beautiful brand of alternative rock that is brimming with post-rock and folk influences.
Gigging since 2012, with sets at festivals including 2000trees and Y Not adding to recent support slots for bands including The Xcerts and regular headlines in their hometown and beyond, this Brighton based four-piece have developed into a formidable live outfit while building up momentum in the studio via a flurry of EPs.
With a visceral yet nuanced vocal style, frontman, guitarist and songwriter Danny Byrom finds influence between Bright Eyes and Bukowski. Max Boughen (guitar), Chris Whitehorn (bass) and Joe Caple (drums) complete the immersive sonic backdrop. As personal and lyrically charged as ever, their new songs find Byrom ruminating on life, death and memory, painting a sad and candid landscape shot through with glimpses of light.
Whereas their most recent EP ‘I Want To Be The White That Sleep Within Your Bones‘ boasted huge instrumental soundscapes, each song averaging 8 minutes in length, Wild Cat Strike maintain their experimental charm and flair for sonic abrasion but now confine it to a more disciplined format. That’s not to say that the cacophony isn’t there; it is. These days, however, it is concentrated into succinct and arresting songs that hook hard on the heartstrings, and demand repeat listens as they criss-cross in and out of chaos.
Wild Cat Strike’s compelling new recordings have found the perfect niche on Small Pond, with two back-to- back singles coming in late 2017 and early 2018.
Wild Cat Strike (‘wa?ld ‘kæt ‘stra?k) n.
1 The feeling of folk-like intention with aggressive
2 The experience of immersion in sound
3 The manic shift between harmonious beauty and cacophony: [<Lat. ferus cattus inpello] Synonyms; None.
Luo is the alias of Brighton-based electronic musician Josh Trinnaman – a forward thinking experimental electronic producer and engineer who’s work has seen critical acclaim from the likes of Huw Stephens on Radio 1, Clash Magazine, Notion + more.
Having built his name as a solo performer (supporting the likes of Death Grips and Venetian Snares), Luo has now transcended into a full 4-piece live group to expand the compositions into new territories.
The album features an explosive collection of percussive sounds, arp-ing synthesisers and guitar drones, all presented via Trinnaman’s focused electronic production.
The opening track sets the tone with a beautiful ambient introduction, moving forward into an arrangement containing all the elements which are set to be featured across the rest of the album, from intricate live drums to brass arrangements and cut up vocal samples.
Moving forward through the album, tracks like ‘Octopus’ and ‘Intertwined’ showcase the incredible live drums talents of Sam Hughes, and invite the listener to indulge in the beautiful soundscapes created around such huge breaks.
Even after numerous listens, the record is often quite difficult to place, but in the most enticing way.
FFO: Venetian Snares, Boards Of Canada, Tycho, Squarepusher
Luxembourg legends Mutiny On The Bounty have been producing music for over 10 years and don’t show any sign of stopping
After a string of incredible left-field released, in 2015, we released Mutiniys third full-length record ‘Digital Tropics’ – Arguably the bands best work to date.
If you haven’t heard what Mutiny On The Bounty can do we thoroughly recommend listening to their latest release. Out now on Small Pond.
More than two years have passed since the riff-forging Danes of Town Portal released their début album Chronopoly; a cult favourite among math connoisseurs and nerdy alt. rock fans alike, but a well-kept secret to most. May 2015 finally sees the release of the follow-up The Occident, honing familiar expressions into a refined, darker aesthetics that merges adventurous complexity with measured temperance.
Make sure you listen to The Occident, Out now, on Small Pond.
Recorded in the Meadow studio at the edge of Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains, Alarmist’s debut LP ‘Popular Demain’ is an almost orchestral expanse of colour and meandering lines, tightly wrought around a rhythmic core of double drums and guitars.
A natural evolution from the sound established in their previous EPs, the album carries on the genre-defying fusion of influences that has gained the band a growing international following.
Primitive Korgs, Casios and tape-degraded voice samples find themselves densely packed with an organic mass of winds, percussion and prepared piano, forming a soundworld that somehow finds common ground for jazz-infused math-rock, warped experimental pop melodies and brutalist slabs of pulsing electronics.
Listen to ‘Popular Demain’, out now, on Small Pond.
Featuring members of Delta Sleep, The Physics House Band, Calico and Porshyne, Brighton Quintet InTechinicolour are ready to destroy with their uniqure and compromising sound.
Over A year in the making, InTechnicolours debut EP is a raw and compelling release which should resonate with anyone who’s spent time listening to the likes of Kyuss, Karma to Burn, Baroness, Mastodon, Deftones and Queens of The Stoneage.
Listen to InTechnicolour’s Debut EP now, out on Small Pond.
Initially emerging in 2011, Valerian Swing cemented their place as one of most interesting bands in the Italian heavy scene, with their second album “A Sailor Lost Around The Earth”, and then at an international level with 2014’s ‘Aurora’.
Now 2017 sees the return of Valerian Swing following a change of personnel. One that saw the exit of bassist Alan Ferioli in favour of baritone guitarist Francesco Giovanetti. The trio went and created their fourth full length album, during a period of personnel, artistic growth and maturity that has seen them gradually expand their spectrum of sound beyond the boundaries of just being ‘heavy’. This latest chapter has resulted in new album ‘Nights’ that is undoubtedly their most accessible, rich and varied record to date.
Composed last summer over a relatively short time period (by their standards) and recorded at the turn of 2016 in Bologna and Reggio Emilia, ’Night’s saw the band work with long time friend and sound engineer Raffaele Marchetti. Mixing of was handled by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, Botch, Russian Circles, Caspian) at Red Room Recording in Seattle.
‘Nights’ is a record that showcases Valerian Swing’s sublime technique and speed but unlike previous albums the aim was to focus more on the melodic construction of their songs and less on the extreme. The result is an album that explores more expansive post-rock, rhythmic and cinematic sounds.
At certain points throughout ‘Nights’ especially with the added vocal elements, some tracks verge into experimental pop territory, an area the band were unafraid to visit. The influence of new baritone guitarist F. Giovanetti (and synths) on Valerian Swing is evident. His place in the band allowed guitarist/vocalist Stefano Villani to lead them in a more free way allowing for experimentation with computers, electronics, processed vocals and devices different from the guitar.
Having played all over the world, including the SXSW, and having shared stages with bands of the caliber of Russian Circles, Boris and This Town Needs Guns, Valerian Swing will bring their eclectic ’Nights’ in concert, first in Europe from the end of April – including a slot at Colossal Weekend in Copenhagen with Deafheaven, Oxbox and many others.
’Nights’ will be released in UK via Small Pond on 12th May.
The Physics House Band have toured and performed notable shows with Jaga Jazzist, Maps & Atlases, Lite, ALT-J, Bosnian Rainbows, Tera Melos, Zechs Marquise, Django Django, 65 Days of Static, Three Trapped Tigers, Mono + more.
Their highly anticipated second release ‘Mercury Fountain’ was released via Small Pond on the 21st April 2017.