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In Return They Gave Us Worlds

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Oh that sprinkling of chiptune nostalgia, why did I forsaken thee.  You couldn’t move round these parts for early 80s home computer music.  Quite rightly hugely influential on all manner of electronic musicians, the primitive (by necessity) synths of Rob Hubbard were being resurrected all over the place.  Then came the rise of the analogue synth and we all went Oneotrix and dug out some obscure German private press.  And that was hugely enjoyable too.  I’m reliably informed that the 16-bit generation were now fully entrenched making all manner of Bass in the UK which means that in a few years time hook laden channel-poor title screen music won’t have that same pull on a generation of music producers.  Which, in some small way makes us rather sad.  Licensed high quality music allowed us to drive around the virtual streets listening to Terry Riley and/or Jamie Principle which was great, but was it as great as this?

Chandeliers return to these pages with a headlong rush down the geometric trench you see above.  The chiptunes are strong with this one; managing to uncover the hitherto unseen path between No-Wave in NYC and our Spectrum dominated bedrooms on the other side of the Atlantic.  The recorded-in-a-box drums and wandering guitars would grace your favourite New York Noise comp. (ours is Vol.2), but the synths are straight from a wasted youth traversing endless 2D worlds — where games were still like books: requiring an almost parasitic investment of imagination to make their abstract shapes comprehensible, but in return they gave us worlds.

There’s a great moment after the initial rush of New Times, where the music seems to split apart.  Snatches of early Chicago House (which so influenced Sega’s early 90s music policy) and echos of the aforementioned Germanic experimentalism of the 70s, pull that early 80s nucleus in two.  What’s unleashed from that atomic metaphor is a an endearingly kaleidoscopic, complex world.  As evocative as the evocative things it invokes.

Chandeliers – New Times

New Times is the first track on Chandeliers’ latest album, Founding Fathers. It’s out on Captcha Records on June 19th.


Gatekeeper Video Premier Day 4 – Giza

Gatekeeper day 4 marks a return to the bloodbath most grizzly. This one is most definitely not suitable for work, small children, vampophobes or hemophiliacs. If you are from New Line Cinema and you are watching this, rest assured that the original footage was taken from a movie called ‘Sword’ starring Wallsey Snips as a teenage slayer ridding his high school of a Vampire conspiracy, led by Christopher Lee as the Demon Headmaster. Enjoy!

Whilst on the subject of untimely demise, we would like to pay our respects today to the brothers Troutman, via this lamentable jam taken from a forthcoming Mahjonng/Chandeliers split on Captcha records.

Chandeliers – Whip the Gift

A cut from the lost Zapp album that was produced by Chris Carter, ‘Whip the Gift’ is ethereal, mournful robo-soul at its ghost-in-the-shell finest. A tragic tale of 2 brothers – one a flamboyant, sequined trouser wearing Talkbox virtuoso, the other a brooding power electronics-improv nerd, the fission of their creative differences impacted many fine works, until the day they fell out of balance and went into a Chernobylian meltdown. Recorded the day before the elder brother’s untimely demise caused by some suspiciously faulty wiring in his Korg VC-10, it is surely a beauteous thing indeed. But it is not all machine-grievance, the Chandeliers part of the EP also contains the guaranteed boogie-splice euphoria of ‘Sugarscoop’ – which is not leaving 20JFG’s bone encrusted DJ box for the forseeable future.

Upon the flipside, Mahjonng are also taking it there, maneuvering their Trans Am into a parking space once populated by Grabba Grabba Tape. We leave you today with the video for Running On Air. Mahjonng and Chandeliers ‘Roule’ EP is out on the 25th of next month on Captcha records.