SPEAK GALACTIC – ‘SEVERED’
Limited (300) 180gm Frosted Clear Vinyl LP + Download
The product of two years of intense gigging, Severed is the true debut album by Brighton duo Speak Galactic (Owen Thomas & Jim Morrison).
Originally formed as a solo venture by Owen whilst living in Gothenburg, Sweden, Speak Galactic began life as an album of bedroom recordings entitled ‘When The Sea Water Reaches The Window’, finished and self-released before a single live show had been performed.
Upon his return to the UK, Speak Galactic fast gained a small army of admirers, early live shows including support slots to the likes of Future Islands, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone and Jeniferever.
It was during this time work began on this, first album ‘proper’ Severed, and the addition of live drummer Jim further focused the live experience, adding a vital organic element and excitement to performances which ultimately fed back into the developing songs. Support slots with the likes of Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Yeti Lane and Ensemble Economique have followed with consistently high praise.
To talk of a genre for the music, many have compared them to the likes of Atlas Sound and Animal Collective, describing them as ‘ambient noise-pop’. This isn’t fully accurate however as they can fit into any number of genres as elements of post-rock, dream-pop and indie rock are prevalent throughout.
The songs on Severed explode with lush electronics and pound with energy, constantly grasping your attention in a vice-like grip until Side B’s 17-minute closer ‘Solar Sail’, which feels more personal and contemplative, an ambient event in itself which flows layers of noise alongside a gentle synthesised overlay.
Ahead of the release, we’re happy to release the digital single ‘Precautionary Measures’, featuring the title track and exclusive non-album B-Side ‘Bright Tunnels’.
“a must see for fans of ambient / noise / fucked up pop. A boiling brew of electronics, ghostly voices andpounding drums” – Nature Scene Records feature
“Support band, Brighton’s Speak Galactic impressed me greatly. Progressive (not always a dirty word)and original, they at times blew me away, reminding me of Bradford Cox’s Deerhunter and Atlas Sound attheir most experimental” - Brighton Noise review, Yeti Lane support slot
“Speak Galactic is the pseudonym of Brighton’s Owen Thomas, who assembles thick layers of lo-fi homerecordings into fuzzy, otherworldy collages. Live, Thomas rebuilds his tunes with an arsenal of overdrivenkeyboards and guitar, revealing some of the songcraft that lies beneath.” – Brighton Source The GreatEscape preview
“If this guy isn’t a superstar in the next twelve months, then there’s something wrong with the world.” -Brighton Music Blog, One Inch Badge Sea Monsters 2 Festival review
15/09/12 – BRIGHTON - ‘SEVERED’ ALBUM LAUNCH @ FITZHERBERTS (w/Us Baby Bear Bones / Plurals / Cupboard Music (DJ) / More) – £FREE
21/09/12 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS – PLAYGROUP FESTIVAL
12/11/12 – 17/11/12 – ‘SEVERED’ SOUTHERN UK TOUR, DATES TBA
Alrighty all? Hope so, for there is plenty news for you all to absorb.
First up, additions to bills: Next Saturday (22nd), LEE CLAYDEN will be opening up the Singing Adams show at Sticky Mikes. He’s fantastic and there’s a bit more news about him further down that we’re dead excited about.
Then on Saturday 12th November, HOCKEYSMITH and TWO JACKALS (until the other day called simply ‘Jackals’ but had to change due to another band with the same name) will be joining us for the Tyrannosaurus Dead EP Launch at Fitzherberts.
And THEN on Wednesday 16th November, KELLAR will be performing their debut gig opening for Kutosis & Samoans at The Hope! Fantastic!
And finally with the additions, way off on Saturday 21st January the lovely MODEL VILLAGE will be opening for Standard Fare & Tyrannosaurus Dead at the Green Door Store.
Secondly, a NEW GIG! On Sunday 27th November we have LOVE AMONG THE MANNEQUINS (featuring members of Meet Me In St Louis, Shield Your Eyes, O You Broken Eyes and Crooked Mountain Crooked Sea) and TANGLED HAIR coming down to play at the Prince Albert, which should be just lovely. Tickets for that one will be £5 in advance or £6 on the door.
Thirdly, and properly finally for this post – we’re dead happy to be putting out the debut solo album by Lee Clayden (mentioned before). It should be available for your consumption at the end of January or so next year, but for now we’ve uploaded some tracks and a video to his Facebook BandPage. We have loads of faith in Lee as he’s such a massive talent, and we’re very excited to be releasing this!
And that’s it. Quite a lengthy posting from me there, I hope you stuck to the end as it’s all great news. See you next time!
Hey, it’s news-o’clock here at CM… I hope you’re ready.
First off, online tickets for the Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard have SOLD OUT. Completely. So much so that we moved stock around and ended up selling double the amount online than we had originally planned – how about that? There are still a few tickets left in Rounder, Resident and Ape though so go and snap them up!
Secondly, we’ve confirmed another gig for October! CM favourites ICE, SEA, DEAD PEOPLE will be paying us a visit for a headline show at the Green Door Store on Wednesday 12th October. We put them on in London a couple of years ago and since then have released their debut album (cover above) and played loads of shows. They’re one of the most ferocious live bands I’ve ever seen and they should be great (and LOUD) at a venue like the GDS. Get your tickets sas soon as they go on sale!
THIRDLY (told you there was lots of news), Brighton/London-based alt-rock chums TYRANNOSAURUS DEAD have just recorded their debut EP and we’ll be putting it out! This will be our first new release since the relocation to Brighton and we couldn’t be happier. Finding the middle ground between US rock luminaries Dinosaur Jr and the jangly joy of the C86 bands, T-Dead have only been together six months but in that time have made loads of friends and written some killer tunes. The EP was recorded at Transmission Studios by Ali (who also recorded CM-faves Caledonians‘ debut EP ‘EP One’ earlier this year) along with Chris Lowe of The Valentines and it sounds really quite great if I do say so myself. You can have a listen to it for now on their blog here and it’ll be available to buy very soon from some record stores, gigs and this very website’s shop.
+ Tom Pitts
Saturday 22nd March
at The Hope
Tickets £10 adv
HEY! FEVER #4
Saturday 7th June
Tickets for all Cupboard Music shows are available from Resident in Brighton and online at WeGotTickets.com, See Tickets & Gigantic.