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Experimental musician Lapalux share new music

Stuart Howard aka Lapalux returns on Brainfeeder with “Esrevoinma”, a six-track EP of “post-apocalyptic Eurorack mayhem”. The fruits of a couple months or so of “tinkering”—as Howard rather modestly describes his creative process—this sextet arrives as an extension of Lapalux’s latest album “Amnioverse”, a record that revolved around notions of fluidity; that birth, life, death, and rebirth is a never ending continuum. Described as an artist who “has always felt ahead of the curve” (Clash), “Amnioverse” was hailed as a “fluid, escapist gem” (The Line of Best Fit), and as the British producer’s “crowning glory and one of Brainfeeder’s most essential bodies of work.” (London In Stereo).

Introducing “Esrevoinma” is ‘51 Endless Pulses’—a cyclone of modular chaos that slowly builds, then whips past, faltering, before almost collapsing in on itself. It’s a stunning example of Howard’s highly textured, maximal electronica, and makes up one of the three brand new tracks on the EP alongside ‘Nebula’ and ‘Unfold’. Elsewhere Howard showcases a storming live rework of ‘Earth’ and alternate versions of album cuts ‘The Lux Quadrant’ and ‘Amnioverse’.

“Esrevoinma” is out on 3rd July on Brainfeeder. A video for ‘Earth (Live Version)’ will also be released that day.

A statement from Lapalux:

As a person that is white I have been afforded great opportunities to thrive in the music industry. I was given opportunities by black and ethnically diverse people to become somebody and have a voice. It is abhorrent that racism still exists in our society and the simple fact that opportunities that have been afforded to me may not be the same for someone else purely based on the colour of their skin or racial background is absolutely disgraceful.

Today I am announcing an EP called “Esrevoinma” there’s a couple of tracks that didn’t make the latest album alongside some alternate versions of tracks off of “Amnioverse”. Its release was planned many months ago. I don’t feel like it’s the right time to release anything in such a volatile landscape and I have personally stepped away from all social media for the past several months for my own mental health reasons but it’s a very important time in history and a time for us as a people to change and make a difference.

In light of the recent events all profits made on Bandcamp from this EP and ALL of my previous albums and EP’s on the 3rd of July will go to the various charities that are among some of the most prominent voices in the fight against racism and the fight for equal rights to people of colour. A list of charities I will be donating the money to are listed here: I’ll also be donating some of the funds to the Stephen Lawrence trust here in the UK.

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Experimental wave artist Discovery Zone releases debut album

New York born, Berlin based musician and film maker JJ Weihl released her debut solo record as Discovery Zone on May 22nd via cult Berlin label Mansions and Millions.

Her album Remote Control, with its palette of chimes, chirps and shimmers, is a glowing meditation on our contradictory moment in history. In her hands, the limitations of the default setting form a territory of unbounded experimentation, from the system-notification synth funk of “Dance II” to the trance incantations of “Blissful Morning Dream Interpretation Melody.”

There are bits of sound collage and a lot of operatic robot choirs woven through tight emotional electronic pop.

Weihl implements drum machines, vocoder, sound collage, theremin and electric guitar, creating a small laboratory both in the studio and on stage. The experimental aspects of Weihl’s music are reflected in the spectrum of playful aesthetics, maintaining a strong focus on emotional and accessible pop melodies. Nostalgia is mixed into more synthetic sound worlds, each song dipping into past and future sonic landscapes.

Live visuals and music videos are a big part of Discovery Zone. Presenting a wild curation of green screen, found footage, and original material, the visual palette is one of digital bricolage – weaving narratives out of youtube videos, personal beach vacation footage, television commercials, early computer animations, and 3d renderings. Utilizing sci-fi and lo-fi aesthetics in the deep web, the sonic and lyrical themes of nostalgia, paradox, love, physics and philosophy are further explored and enhanced by visual journeys through second life and the fun house mirror of the internet.

When music attempts to evoke the cutting edge, it tends to reach for newly synthesized tones, impossibly glossy, surreal, alien. But the future into which we have arrived is built of mass-produced sensors and microprocessors, the endlessly proliferating plastics that link us together in a superhuman web of communication and surveillance. Ubiquitous copies define our world as much as marvels of innovation do; the keyboard preset and drum machine default have just as much claim to being the sound of cybernetic pop as the algorithmic virtual instrument and the AI song writing tool. On Remote Control, Weihl lovingly reshapes these humble sonic elements with the assistance of producer ET and Fenster bandmate Lucas Ufo, a/k/a WORLD BRAIN.

At the midpoint of Remote Control, Weihl provides an instrumental backing to a dialogue between a siri-like robot named Sophia and one of her creators. We share with Sophia a certain existential uncertainty as we move through time. Like Sophia, we are confronted with the question of whether our mediated encounters with the world leave us the same as we were before, remake us, or leave us somewhere in between – still ‘Sophia’, yet “Sophia Again.” Do our expressions of wonder truly emerge from us, or are they programmed responses?

The cover of Remote Control is adorned with a holographic key. A fitting image for an album that plays with the idea and definition of what it is to be real. A holograph is both less and more than it seems. A mere surface containing the space it represents, at once illusion and real reproduction.

Influences and inspiration include Art of Noise, Laurie Anderson, Kraftwerk, Arthur Russsel, Mamman Sanni and Alice Coltraine.

Weihl is also a founding member of experimental pop band Fenster.

Track list:

1 Nu Moon

2 Dance II
 (2. Single - Focus Track, Mai)
3 Come True

4 Fall Apart

5 Sophia Again

6 Blissful Morning Dream Interpretation Melody
 (1. Single - 07. April)
7 Remote Control

8 Time Zone

9 Come Slow
10 Tru Nature

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