Simon Klee set for new release on Subexotic

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Subexotic is delighted to be working with up and coming electronic producer Simon Klee. Otherwise known for his excellent ‘Anticipating Nowhere’ mix-cast, Simon’s foray back into music making has resulted in a captivating journey through a visceral and shifting soundscape. With a release date of 3rd April, you can preview the forthcoming EP ‘When the tide went out’, including limited edition lathe cut vinyl package, on Bandcamp.

New Counter Silence release

Southend based composer/producer Counter Silence’s third studio release is the sparkling EP ‘This is only part of the story’.

Starting with brief piano phrases, and raw sounds from either field recordings of Southend seafront, and / or recordings of everyday objects hit, brushed and scraped. Theses are then layered over over, changing tempo or processing to carve it anew, to create a new sonic landscape.

These tracks are conceived with the idea of a relationship, a concatenation of brief meetings, or moments; from its beginning to a possible ending. These moments are not meant to be taken particularly literally, but are about the feelings and reactions both good and bad that occurs during the lifetime of a relationship, if only glimpsed, for we only ever know part of the story.

The limited edition lathe cut transparent vinyl EP bundle comes beautifully packaged within artwork specially produced by Counter Silence. Release date 28/2/2020.

New Blank Disco release

Subexotic founding artist, Blank Disco, gets back on the music making trail with an EP showcasing a strong selection of twisted, muscular, busy-tech electronica. The Data Slut EP covers themes of confusion; fractured technological content; the uncanny cracks in immersive self-identity; and the joy of a heating duct on a cold night; restlessly shift in a dizzying texture of compulsive listening.

This is available now as a limited edition, heavyweight clear vinyl lathe cut and print work, all produced by the artist’s own hand, as well as the usual digital download formats.

Counter Silence debut album – Out Now!

Subexotic returns to the fray this month with the release of Knowing the right question to ask, the debut LP from Counter Silence, otherwise known as Southend based composer/producer Col Ventura. Drawing comparisons with the classic work of Harold Budd and Brian Eno, as well as the more recent solo forays of The Necks’ Chris Abrahams, Knowing the right question to ask is a beguilingly immersive, spectral and otherworldly work.

The album kicks off with an early highlight in the shape of ‘A distance left to travel’, with its slow motion bell-like tones eerily reminiscent of a music box winding down to stillness. Piano appears to be more conventionally utilised on ‘In the brightness, we would linger’, but the notes seem almost to have been dragged backwards out of a silence into which they had previously disappeared. The tempo is upped by Side 1 closer ‘The balance of possibilities’, with its chiming jauntiness suggestive of a malfunctioning automaton playing the marimbas. Side 2 opens with ‘Wonderlust’ departing most clearly from the album’s core focus on keyboard work, with its gentle ebbing and flowing drones offset by an accumulation of distant gong and wind chimes. The album reaches an apotheosis of radiant sonic stasis with the blinking starfield of ‘All secrets dance in time’, before the final piece, ‘We, who stand still’, insinuates the tiniest hint of unease into proceedings, with its queasy slithering quality suggesting the nightmare that clings to the underside of the dream.

Knowing the right question to ask has already received some welcome exposure with the inclusion of the track ‘When the clocks have stopped’ on The Wire magazine’s Wire Tapper 33 compilation CD, and airplay on BBC Radio 3’s influential Late Junction programme.

Head over to the Subexotic online shop to secure your copy of Knowing the right question to ask – available on digital (MP3 or WAV), CD, or vinyl.

Counter Silence featured on Late Junction

The Counter Silence track ‘When the clocks have stopped’, recently included in The Wire magazine’s Wire Tapper 33 CD, made an appearance on BBC Radio 3’s influential Late Junction programme this week. Late Junction host Max Reinhardt has also previously played music from fellow Subexotic artist Blank Disco, and we are proud to have received ongoing support from such a prestigious source.

‘When the clocks have stopped’ is taken from Counter Silence’s debut album, Knowing the right question to ask, which is released on 3rd February 2014.

Counter Silence album release date announced, and video unveiled

Release date for the spellbinding new Counter Silence album, Knowing the right question to ask, has now been set for 3rd February 2014. The album will be available on hand cut vinyl, CD and download, and includes ‘When the clocks have stopped’, which was recently featured on The Wire magazine’s Wire Tapper 33 compilation CD. For those of you who can’t wait until February, there are still a few special sneak preview vinyl copies available in our online store.

As a taster for the release, we’re pleased to be able to unveil a suitably enigmatic video for the track ‘Wonderlust’. Based on an original film by artist Tess Allard (aka Jeremy Exists), the video was shot on one of the last batches of Kodachrome stock ever to be processed. Enjoy!

Counter Silence limited pre-release LPs available now!

We have a strictly limited pre-release stock of the debut album from Counter Silence, Knowing the right question to ask, available to purchase now on hand-cut vinyl. We’re making these available to coincide with Counter Silence’s appearance on this month’s Wire Tapper CD, and it really is a limited supply, so don’t sleep. You can snap a copy up direct from our online store.

A date for the album’s full official release will be announced soon.

Counter Silence featured on The Wire Tapper 33

The Wire Tapper 33

Subexotic recording artist Counter Silence makes an appearence on the latest edition of The Wire magazine’s Wire Tapper CD. The disc comes attached to the cover of the November issue of the influential publication, which hits the shops today. The featured track, ‘When the clocks have stopped’, is taken from Counter Silence’s imminently forthcoming album, Knowing the right question to ask.

For a full tracklisting and more information, head over to the Wire Tapper 33 at the The Wire’s website.

Introducing Counter Silence

Counter Silence

Subexotic  Records are excited to unveil the latest addition to our roster – Counter Silence, aka Southend based composer/producer Col Ventura.

The debut album from Counter Silence, entitled Knowing the right question to ask, is in the can and release plans are well under way. The LP is likely to be hitting the shops in the next few months, and we’ll be announcing an exact release date shortly. We’re also very pleased to be continuing our ongoing involvement with The Wire magazine’s Wire Tapper series of compilation CDs, with a track from Counter Silence scheduled for inclusion in the November issue (out on October 17th).

Knowing the right question to ask is an assured collection of ambient pieces, both exquisitely dreamlike and achingly melancholy. Painstakingly constructed from intricately layered minimalist piano, subtly developing drones, and beautifully judged reverberation, Counter Silence music is spectral, otherworldly and strangely alluring.

The most obvious points of comparison for Knowing the right question to ask probably lie  with the early work of Harold Budd, together with the string of 1970s albums with which Brian Eno pretty much single-handedly defined the ambient genre. On a more contemporary note, the album at times possesses  a vibe that recalls the solo work of The Necks’ Chris Abrahams. Col also cites Miles Davis’ classic In A Silent Way as an aesthetic touchstone, and one can sense him reaching towards that feeling of cocooned immersion which Davis achieved so perfectly with his electric jazz landmark.

In keeping with his art school background, Col draws as much inspiration from the visual arts as he does from music, and in particular he aspires towards the shifting colour fields and dense layering found in the work of the abstract expressionists. Indeed, the visual arts connection extends to Col producing all the artwork for Knowing the right question to ask, and it is clearly no coincidence that the striking cover image was produced by layering multiple versions of a basic sketch and applying effects until a kind of uncanny organic abstraction is achieved, mirroring the techniques used to create his music.

Counter Silence. Against silence? Or silence as a kind of implacable response? The name is ambiguous, and deliberately so, perfectly evoking the music’s sense of existing at the cusp, emergent but veiled in a shroud of intangibility. The silence is golden.

Check out the Counter Silence artist page for more information and to stream a track from the album.

High Castle Mix latest instalment

The latest instalment of the High Castle Mix series from The Fractal Skulls’ Chris Smith is now available for your listening pleasure. Featuring more electronic obscurities, but with quite a different vibe from last time, this selection is well worth half an hour of your aural investment.

Listen to High Castle Mix 02 here