Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Got Independent Music? Artist Submissions Open for the Co-Op Communique Volume 4

Remember the days of the old-school compilation album? The "you-gotta-hear-this" mixtape from that friend of a friend? Dw. Dunphy & The Co-Op Community know that nostalgia is the future, then is now, and discovery is the joy of the passionate. Got independent music? The Co-Op Communique Vol. 4 wants it to be heard.

The Communique series features independent music ranging from the DIY to the slick, the jangly to the jagged, the pop to the rock to the wherever-the-muse-may-strum. Now in its fourth volume, this compilation series is at once humble and audacious in its ambition: neither charging artists for inclusion nor generating income, each compilation is jam-packed yet carefully arranged to entice the fan of independent music to acquaint herself with her new favourite artist or dozen.

Past volumes in the series have featured melodic indie rock

Ambient singer-songwriter

Avante-garde folk-punk

Sunshimmery power pop

And lush psychedelic garage noise

Artist submission are open for The Co-Op Communique Vol. 4, and this time both auditory and visual submissions are encouraged. If you've got independent music or graphic art and want to join The Co-Op, email to get that conversation started.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Andy Tillison Teases New Direction for Solo Project The Kalman Filter

What's going on in this image? What secrets reveal themselves if one gazes steadily at the lower left portion of the rectangle? Apparently, the answer is that one will have obtained some kind of insight into the story behind the music of The Kalman Filter, or at least strained their retinas on the new album's new cover.

Having originally announced a new ambient electronic album inspired by his walks around Yorkshire reservoirs, Andy Tillison has teased a change in direction for this 'solo' musical project. Now, the album looks to explore inspiration light years away from the woods of Yorkshire, and the story of how it got there involves underground military bunkers, The Fierce and the Dead, mood boards, and an Unruly Pachiderm. In addition to providing quite a bit of silly fun, Tillison's teaser story seems to contain several clues that are presumably leading up to an official announcement for The Kalman Filter album's record label, release date, and possibly some guest musicians. Whatever its ultimate form, this debut release from Andy Tillison's new project (complementing but not replacing his work with The Tangent) is available for pre-order, including the option of hearing early demos that will probably differ greatly from the finished album. We can only hope that those Unruly Pachiderms overseeing the album's release will have the good sense to release Tillison' music and accompanying novella in a proper vinyl package.