Friday, 30 October 2020

The Green Child release 'Shimmering Basset' today!


The Green Child’s arresting new record ‘Shimmering Basset’ is released today on Upset The Rhythm! We’ve pressed this elegant album of electronic invention and ‘daydreams in a new home’ up as a special eco-minded edition: recycled card for the sleeve and inserts, natural dyes, compostible outer-sleeve and reclaimed 180g vinyl too, as green as it gets for The Green Child!

The Green Child is the once long-distance, now based in the same house recording project of Raven Mahon (furniture maker and former member of Grass Widow) and Mikey Young (recording engineer and band member of Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring). The duo draw their spectral pop sound from an illusory past as much as they stalk into pastures new. Broadly retro-futuristic in scope, verdant acres of lushly evocative synthesizers and vintage drum machines underpin most of The Green Child’s upbeat yet decidedly uncanny songs. Raven's calmly scenic and measured vocal flits like a will-o'-the-wisp throughout the tracks, proffering a guiding hand as she walks us through the often eerie electronic concoctions. The Green Child have really climbed a ladder with ‘Shimmering Basset’, delivering a robust album of compelling melody, expanded vision and melancholic grandeur. These are songs that fully inhabit themselves, unfurling into a redolent dreamscape, subtly handled with poise and finesse. For our last UTR release of 2020 we’re going out on a high!

‘Shimmering Basset’ is available stream everywhere, whilst the LP can be bought in all the best records shops and our webstore here now!



With the advent of Raven moving from California to live with Mikey in Australia, The Green Child was reborn in the basement studio of their beachy, house on stilts in the seaside town of Rye, just an hour south of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. This change of circumstances for the duo resulted in the band’s new album ’Shimmering Basset’ sounding more assured and auspicious than their self-titled debut of 2018. With ideas permitted the time to grow and develop close at hand, the group were able to realise the whole record as a body of work, tying together themes, meeting challenges. Raven explains further, “it feels more cohesive because over the year or so in which we wrote these songs I started to feel a desire to take the lyric writing part more seriously… my head is rooted in this new place now and that’s settled into the songwriting.” The songs collected on ‘Shimmering Basset’ are concerned with life after relocation and deal with distance and staying connected. ‘Shimmering Basset’ also concerns itself with the subjects of transport, escape, the centering of home, humanity in the performative news arena and the idea of time being a beast, animate and hungry.

‘Fashion Light’ conjures up a brilliance from the first few sparks of the album, spinning dizzy dots of synth melody into a classy slice of avant-pop. Rolling live drums (courtesy of Shaun Gionis throughout the album) and tuneful iridescence pan back and forth as Raven coolly intones “dark console, flashing lights, rigid stance, it’s alright to go on and on this way.” ‘Low Desk: High Shelf’ follows in likewise sprightly mode. Glancing synths criss-cross, worthy of OMD, echoing off the straight-up beat, allowing Raven’s collected vocal to stitch its haunted path: “see the face and feel your body sway, in voluntary walk, intoxicating view, take it home, a photograph, a file final form, a token for the shelf or wait…”

A floating kick drum sets off the shivery flurries of sound on ‘Witness’, featuring bristling electronic percussion from James Vinciguerra. ‘The Installation’ is a song about interacting with the dimensions of a new environment. Blossoming basslines and saxophone blushes sweep through its relaxed atmosphere. ‘Tony Bandana’ makes a break for it as a rock song with Arron Mawson lending his bass skills to the foray. Bestilled pauses and swirling breaks of beatpop psych however certainly shake up first impressions. Mikey even joins Raven singing plaintively here for a dip among the sawtooth waves.

The Green Child acknowledge an interesting array of musical cues from New Musik via Sade to Hot Chocolate, the latter most keenly felt on the slinky groove behind ‘Dreamcom’, a song about relying on memory as an anchor for intimacy. Clockwork sequencing, drawbar organ amid bouncing guitar spirals and a lightness of vocal touch make for a potent potion. The duo even cover ‘Resurrection’ by Canadian 60’s popsmith Andy Kim later on the record, turning his orchestral ‘hymn of searching’ into a grandiose tower of overlapping drones, languid vocal reverb and strummed chords. Meanwhile, ‘Health Farm’ is awash with questing keyboard melodies, its notes speeding into each other like Boards Of Canada with the legato ramped up.

‘Double Lines’ draws this fascinating album to an end, seeping into the room like an apparition. It slowly gathers itself into pools of notes and a rubbery bassline, letting Raven’s voice ebb and flow like a half-remembered desire book-ended in ambience. The Green Child have really climbed a ladder with ‘Shimmering Basset’, delivering a robust album of compelling melody, expanded vision and melancholic grandeur. These are songs that fully inhabit themselves, unfurling into a redolent dreamscape, subtly handled with poise and finesse. It’s an elegant album of electronic invention and wistful musing, a daydream in a new home, as alive as time.

‘Shimmering ‘Basset is due for release this October through Upset The Rhythm, accompanied by a spirited painting by Anna Savage on its cover.





Friday, 23 October 2020

Sleeper & Snake's 'Fresco Shed' album out today! Bas Jan live stream planned for next week!

 

 
 

 
Sleeper & Snake invite you through the door of their ‘Fresco Shed’! Upset The Rhythm released the Melbourne duo’s new album today on popping blue vinyl. Sleeper & Snake are Amy Hill and Al Montfort. As members of Terry and innumerable other vital acts from the Aus-underground, you might be expecting some strummy pop slap from this relatively new project, but Sleeper & Snake is a more subtle, intriguing and experimental endeavour.
 
Homespun vignettes of warbled keyboards, fizzed improv interludes, shifting layers of skewed harmony and wistful yet pointed lyrical pep is their measure. The duo still lock into a mordant lo-fi mode but there’s a delicacy at play here too with cello, harmonica and even sarangi being employed in the foundation of these frothy concoctions of outsider folk and post punk hodgepodge.

Available to stream everywhere now + buy from all the best shops and our webstore here too!
 
 
 
Following on from last year’s ‘Junction and High’ debut, new album ‘Fresco Shed’ unfurls with the same floating free atmosphere. The record launches with an uncanny field recording before being drawn onward by the coalescing alto and tenor saxophones of ‘Miracles’. ‘Flats Falling’ is a crystalline assembly of cello, drum machine and plucky bass which freewheels around, curlicues of sax sparking off amid the duo’s matter-of fact vocal parade: “Disclaimer, disclaimer, disclaimer. The place has a curse.” Deceptively catchy and barbed with hooks, Hill & Montfort stick to their strengths with this first single from the album. Comparably buoyant, ‘Shoot Through’ also conceals inner depths in wraiths of wild melody and memory. It’s never as comfortable a listen as you first think with Sleeper & Snake.

‘Rokeby’ is more of a serenade into the wind, showcasing the duo’s love of alliterative wordplay: “wish I would wake, wake up in the wash, wish for fail, wish for friends”. ‘Reach Out’ strolls down a similar path, only pursued by bursts of Wurlitzer: “reach out for rent and riddle more, riddle with rats, keep your cards racked.” Hill and Montfort’s vocals are mirrored in unity but still retain their ability to wrong-foot expectation. For instance, ‘Lock Up The Loose’ is reminiscent of a cosmic, country ballad, only written for a children's party. The song’s jejune delivery belying lyrical concerns around the notion of incarceration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
‘Fresco Shed’ takes its title from a line in tremulous, keyboard ponderance ‘Lady Painter’, a track that spins its ‘colour wheel’ around ‘paupers in palaces’ and ‘farmers full of feeling’. An acoustic guitar and cello mark the decentred rhythm here, in contrast to the clustering synth-lines and sax breezes that tangle throughout ‘Piles’. An interplay of saxophones alone builds ‘New Togs’ heady ambience, with multiple horns weaving through each other’s reverb trail, this is dauntless, spry music, no resting on laurels allowed. ‘Declare’ closes the album with a whirl of melodies that stretch to their limits before vanishing into thin air. Like the best magic trick, it’s over in the wink of an eye and you can’t see how they got there.
 
‘Fresco Shed’ is transportive, ludic, humane and homemade, ruminative and resourceful. It’s an album that’s as light on its feet as it’s heavy with meaning, a total triumph of substance over style from an endlessly creative duo determined on surprising all (themselves included) with each new song.
 
 
 
Read on for the full scoop on next Tuesday's live streamed concert from Cafe OTO with Bas Jan! Will be a real treat to hear the group perform the fruits from their recent recording sessions there. Tickets are just £4 and are available from the link below, counting the days!
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
BAS JAN
Tuesday 27 October
Cafe OTO: Live stream
8.15pm (starting 8.30pm) | £2 | Tickets: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/bas-jan/
 
BAS JAN will be live streaming a concert from Cafe Oto on October 27th. The performance is a culmination of making the band’s second album (working title… ‘In The mood for Bas Jan’) at Café Oto, recorded as live over a period of 3 days which have generously been facilitated by Arts Council England Lottery Grant and Lost Map Records. The record will be released in 2021.
 
Bas Jan are Rachel Horwood- drums & vocals, Emma Smith- bass guitar, violin & vocals, Serafina Steer- kbd, bass guitar & vocals, Charlotte Stock- electric violin & vocals.
 
This live show will be streamed on this webpage from 8:15pm on the day and the concert will begin at 8:30pm sharp. Please note that it will be only be viewable to those who are logged in and have purchased a ticket.
 
Reviews for Bas Jan’s debut album ‘Yes I Jan’:
 
“MESSY MAJESTY” UNCUT 9/10
 
“BEAUTIFULLY FRACTURED ART-POP” MOJO 4*
 
“DAY-TO-DAY STORIES FULL OF UNCANNY POP PUNK MAGIC” THE QUIETUS

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
 
BAS JAN – Café OTO live stream!
Tuesday 27 October
Cafe OTO: Live stream
8.15pm | £2 | TICKETS
 
PAN AMERICAN
Wednesday 17 February
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
(This show is rescheduled from April 21st & Aug 10th, original tickets valid, refunds available too, awaiting postponement)
 
SOFIA PORTANET
Friday 5 March
PinUps, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £8.50 | TICKETS
 
FUZZ
(Charles Moothart, Ty Segall, Chad Ubovich)
Wednesday 31 March
Electric Ballroom
184 Camden High St, Camden Town, London, NW1 8QP
7pm | £17.50 | TICKETS
(This show is rescheduled from July 22nd 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
BRIGID MAE POWER (full band)
Thursday 22 April
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9JB
£10 | 7.30pm | TICKETS
(This show is rescheduled from June 10th & Sept 15th 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
SHOPPING 
Wednesday 5 May
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
(This show is rescheduled from May 5th & Sep 2nd 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
JAKE XERXES FUSSELL
Friday 7 May
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
(This show is rescheduled from May 12th & Sept 8th 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
 
 

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Amber & Andy from Naked Roommate taking on some essential Qs!

 

 

 


 

 

Who are Naked Roommate?

Amber Sermeno: We are bare and in your room. You’re also pretty sure we took a bite out of that block of cheese in the fridge.

 

Why should we “'Do The Duvet”?

AS: It seems like a lot of work, but it saves you time in the end

Andy Jordan: To prevent sleepwalking.

What’s the difference between “Mad Love” and Toxic Love?

AS: When it’s mad you don’t care if it’s toxic. When it’s just toxic you’re traumatized I guess

Your sound is acid and sweet at the same time, can you explain to us why?

AJ: Probably because we listen to acid music and eat chocolate.

AS: Maybe it’s my confusion between mad and toxic love

Tell us more about the American subterranea?

AS: It’s so underground now, it only exists in our bedrooms.

What's your opinion about our current post-modern lives?

AJ: My opinion is that we are discovering that our lives are perhaps more modern than we thought. The return of meta-narratives in the form of renewed class struggle and ideological warfare seems to disagree with the "end of history" perspective that post-modernism supports. The pandemic has already forced us to adopt post-capitalist strategies, the easiest example being the stimulus checks.

 

AS: This invisible virus has been responsible for more praxis than any movement could’ve ever organized. With illusions disrupted and made so clear, it’ll hopefully shake us out of our post-modern nihilism and toward a return to more modernist ideals.

Heaven or Hell?

AS: Can I get a mood board?

AJ: Both! Because, as you know, they were married long ago.

 

 

 



 

‘Do The Duvet’ by Naked Roommate is out now!

Saturday, 10 October 2020

UTR Soho Radio special!


 
* UPSET THE RHYTHM - SOHO RADIO special *
01. Floh de Cologne - Flissbandbaby, Manchmal Traum Ich
02. New Bloods - Oh, Deadly Nightshade!
03. R. Aggs - Side By Side
04. Sleeper & Snake - Shoot Through
05. Interview with Sleeper & Snake
06. Collective Horizontal - Slow Guns
07. Silvia Tarozzi - Mi specchio e rifletto
08. Lol Coxhill & Morgan Fisher - Flotsam & Jetsam
09. International Harvester - Sov Gott Rose-Marie
10. Normil Hawaiians - In The Stone
11. Interview with Guy Smith of Normil Hawaiians
12. Hen Ogledd - The Loch Ness Monster Song
13. Model Home - Omnipresent Love
14. Neon - Bottles
15. Order Of The Toad - Lady’s Mantle
16. Cilla Fisher & Artie Trezise - When I Wis Noo But Sweet Sixteen
17. The Green Child - Tony Bandana
18. Interview with The Green Child
19. Asylum Party - Julia
20. Thick Pigeon - Subway
21. Naked Roommate - Repeat
22. Interview with Naked Roommate
23. Lady Neptune - Get 2 Know U

Thursday, 8 October 2020

UTR newsletter!

 


 

 
Hello there!
Hold on to your party hats! Upset The Rhythm has a Soho Radio special being broadcast tonight from 8pm, thought you’d be interested:
 
Lots of crucial tracks from the past/present/future, plus insightful chat with Sleeper & Snake about Tudor buildings and Guy Smith from Normil Hawaiians on performing in Switzerland in the 80s. Also, we have The Green Child booked in to discuss extreme horticulture and their fave band Hot Chocolate, whilst Naked Roommate just do their own loopy dada cut and paste interview thing! Will be a fun one, hope you can join us.

 
 
 
Sticking with the ‘alive online’ theme, Upset The Rhythm have a live streamed concert taking place this week too. Future Islands’ album launch no less! It will be streamed live into your life on Friday evening at 8pm (in the UK). What a brilliant way to remember 2020 can be OK and to acquaint yourself with the Baltimore synth pop heroes new album ‘As Long As You Are’. Tickets for this very special 1235th concert available here now, bring it: https://noonchorus.com/fi-upset-the-rhythm/
 
You can read more about Friday’s album launch below, along with the listing for our newly announced Bas Jan live-streamed concert from Café OTO on October 27th too, a full on culmination of the album they recorded in the venue recently, total excitement!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Since we last caught up, we’ve also had a bunch of videos from upcoming UTR releases emerge into the interwebs. Sleeper & Snake treated us to ‘Shoot Through’, recorded live in Melbourne lockdown from the Fresco Shed! The trains were filmed between Richmond and Flinders Street stations and the layering fx in the video were inspired by those gracing the Granada TV footage of Joy Division performing Shadowplay from 1978. ‘Shoot Through’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming ‘Fresco Shed’ album, out soon on Upset The Rhythm.
 
The Green Child also released two video clips this month too. The 'Double Lines' video was just unveiled yesterday courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan! 'Double Lines' is the dreamlike closing track from the band's forthcoming album 'Shimmering Basset', also out this month.
 
Gorilla Vs Bear also helped us premiere The Green Child's new single 'Fashion Light'. Showcasing the avant-pop duo's incredible knack for melodies that pull at your memory with uncanny glee.
 
Both forthcoming albums by The Green Child & Sleeper & Snake can be pre-ordered now from our webshop hither.
 
Thank you!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
FUTURE ISLANDS – ‘A Stream of You and Me’
Friday 9 October
Live-streamed Baltimore album launch party!
 
FUTURE ISLANDS return this autumn, when we need them most! In the twelve years since we shared Future Islands' magnificent debut album with the world, the Baltimore lords of synth pop have grown into one of the most successful acts out there, icons of indie no less. Back at the start of 2020 we were working on our largest concert to date for Future Islands in London, but then the pandemic came along with other ideas, so this October 9th we're supporting Future Islands launch their new album 'As Long As You Are' (4AD) with a special livestream one-off performance from their hometown. This will be the band's only show of 2020 and your only chance to see the band on stage this year playing tracks from the new record alongside that back catalogue of classic epics.
 
'A Stream of You and Me' will be filmed in Maryland and feature a bespoke one-off light show created by light artist Pierre Claude (The Strokes, Phoenix, Gesaffelstein). The broadcast will be directed by Michael Garber (Phoenix, Bon Iver, Kamasi Washington).
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
BAS JAN
Tuesday 27 October
Cafe OTO: Live stream
8.15pm (starting 8.30pm) | £2 | Tickets: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/bas-jan/
 
BAS JAN will be live streaming a concert from Cafe Oto on October 27th. The performance is a culmination of making the band’s second album (working title… ‘In The mood for Bas Jan’) at Café Oto, recorded as live over a period of 3 days which have generously been facilitated by Arts Council England Lottery Grant and Lost Map Records. The record will be released in 2021.
 
Bas Jan are Rachel Horwood- drums & vocals, Emma Smith- bass guitar, violin & vocals, Serafina Steer- kbd, bass guitar & vocals, Charlotte Stock- electric violin & vocals.
 
This live show will be streamed on this webpage from 8:15pm on the day and the concert will begin at 8:30pm sharp. Please note that it will be only be viewable to those who are logged in and have purchased a ticket.
 
Reviews for Bas Jan’s debut album ‘Yes I Jan’:
 
“MESSY MAJESTY” UNCUT 9/10
 
“BEAUTIFULLY FRACTURED ART-POP” MOJO 4*
 
“DAY-TO-DAY STORIES FULL OF UNCANNY POP PUNK MAGIC” THE QUIETUS

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Thanks as ever for reading and for all your ongoing support!
All the very best with navigating everything right now!
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
FUTURE ISLANDS - 'A Stream of You and Me'
Friday 9 October
Live-streamed Baltimore album launch party!
8pm | $15 | TICKETS
 
BAS JAN – Café OTO live stream!
Tuesday 27 October
Cafe OTO: Live stream
8.15pm | £2 | TICKETS
 
PAN AMERICAN
Wednesday 17 February
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
(This show is rescheduled from April 21st & Aug 10th, original tickets valid, refunds available too, awaiting postponement)
 
SOFIA PORTANET
Friday 5 March
PinUps, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £8.50 | TICKETS
 
FUZZ
(Charles Moothart, Ty Segall, Chad Ubovich)
Wednesday 31 March
Electric Ballroom
184 Camden High St, Camden Town, London, NW1 8QP
7pm | £17.50 | TICKETS
(This show is rescheduled from July 22nd 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
BRIGID MAE POWER (full band)
Thursday 22 April
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9JB
£10 | 7.30pm | TICKETS
(This show is rescheduled from June 10th & Sept 15th 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
SHOPPING 
Wednesday 5 May
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
(This show is rescheduled from May 5th & Sep 2nd 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
JAKE XERXES FUSSELL
Friday 7 May
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
(This show is rescheduled from May 12th & Sept 8th 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
 
 

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Double Lines by The Green Child

The 'Double Lines' video from The Green Child has just been unveiled courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan! 'Double Lines' is the dreamlike closing track from the Australian band's forthcoming second album 'Shimmering Basset', out this month on Upset the Rhythm!



Tuesday, 6 October 2020

BAS JAN live stream announced!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

BAS JAN
Tuesday 27 October
Cafe OTO: Live stream


8.15pm (concert from 8.30pm) | £2 | Tickets: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/bas-jan/ 

BAS JAN will be live streaming a concert from Cafe Oto on October 27th. The performance is a culmination of making the band’s second album (working title… ‘In The mood for Bas Jan’) at Café Oto, recorded as live over a period of 3 days which have generously been facilitated by Arts Council England Lottery Grant and Lost Map Records. The record will be released in 2021.  

Bas Jan are Rachel Horwood- drums & vocals, Emma Smith- bass guitar, violin & vocals, Serafina Steer- kbd, bass guitar & vocals, Charlotte Stock- electric violin & vocals.  

This live show will be streamed on this webpage: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/bas-jan/ from 8:15pm on the day and the concert will begin at 8:30pm sharp. Please note that it will be only be viewable to those who are logged in and have purchased a ticket.

Reviews for Bas Jan’s debut album ‘Yes I Jan’:

“MESSY MAJESTY”, UNCUT 9/10

“BEAUTIFULLY FRACTURED ART-POP”, MOJO 4*

“DAY-TO-DAY STORIES FULL OF UNCANNY POP PUNK MAGIC” , THE QUIETUS




Sleeper and Snake - Shoot Through video!


Sleeper & Snake treat us to a new video today, recorded live in lockdown from the Fresco Shed, here’s ‘Shoot Through’! The trains were filmed between Richmond and Flinders Street stations and the layering fx in the video were inspired by those gracing the Granada TV footage of Joy Division performing Shadowplay in 1978. ‘Shoot Through’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming ‘Fresco Shed’ album, out soon on Upset The Rhythm and Lulu’s Sonic Disc Club.

* Available to pre-order now *

Monday, 5 October 2020

Afrirampo live-streamed show this Wednesday!

 


Japanese avant-rock forever duo Afrirampo are teaming up with Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) for a cosmic live-streamed show this week!
Taking place this Wednesday in Osaka, live at 5am (British Summer Time) and archived thereafter, the show promises to joyfully veer to the cusp of feral, with the three of them dragging their songs kicking and screaming towards distant untold possibilities. White hot noise heaven!

Oct.7th. 05:00 (BST) 90min
@ FANDANGO OSAKA,JAPAN

YOU CAN BUY THE TICKETS HERE:
https://twitcasting.tv/f:1251927281813402/shopcart/27309

●YOU CAN SEE HOW TO BUY THE TICKET!! in ENGLISH!!●
https://note.com/afrirampo/n/nfe4ad97d9fcf

http://afrirampo.net 




Monday, 21 September 2020

"Fewer werewolves and a lot more soundchecks"!


Had a quick chat with the most excellent Celine about Upset The Rhythm as part of her radio trip around Britain, plenty of quintessential music included too, here's the London-bound episode of 'Beat Route': https://www.totallyradio.com/shows/beat-route-uk/episodes/beat-route-uk-20-sep-2020#_

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