brute love 03 by brute love

we can just see the sun though the fog on a good day. spaceship mark says that when the land is fertile then the woman shall be soon.

these are brighter sounds for tomorrow. your animals will rest when they hear them.

we have not heard the voice from the dome for two moons.

we dare to dream of future.

ep costs just 99p.

brute love 02 by brute love

darren and emma seek sunlight. they hate rules. they make rules. they need money to nurse their baby rats. nothing will be good again. it can never be like before. but sister lives. where is spaceship mark.

brute love 01 by brute love

brute love 01 is an 3 track download ep by brute love

brute love are darren hayman and emma winston and the music is completely improvised, analogue and synthetic.

two analogue synthesizers are cross patched together via control voltage technology so that one player constantly disrupts the other players intentions.

the music was recorded live, with no prior writing or arrangement and with no subsequent editing or fixing.
credits
released 27 February 2015

darren – minibrute, emma – microbrute

the ep costs 99p.

The Great Electric – EP1

Artist: The Great Electric
Title: EP1
Cat No. : Van 276
Release date: October 27th

The Great Electric was formed in the winter of 2012 by Malcolm Doherty (Guitars, FX), Rob Hyde (Drums), Darren Hayman (Synth), Duncan Hemphill (Tones, Drones and FX) and Pete Gofton (Bass/Production).

Alumni of bands as diverse as Hefner, Kenickie, GoKart Mozart & Mum and Dad, the band was united by a love of the classic German electronic and progressive acts of the 1970s coupled with the pop music sensibilities, hooks and production of 90s bands such as Stereolab, Quickspace and Electric Sound of Joy.

EP1, self-recorded and released on Static Caravan is the Great Electric’s first release and showcases the band’s love of combining a hypnotic heaviness with accessibility – thickly layering melody onto bedrock of driving bass and drums, often lending the songs an almost pop patina.

Opener ‘Matter of Time’ sets off at a breakneck motorik pace, introducing layered analogue melodies and a metronomic bassline before giving way to a chorus that sits somewhere in the middle ground between Focus and Fantomas. The track fades into a fug of Gilmour-inspired guitars, analogue electronics and found sounds.

Jump Over The House is a triumphant, energised hybrid of 60’s Detroit soul and a locked, motorik pulse, overlaid with a subtle vocodered line straight out of millennium-era Trans Am. If you booked The Great Electric for your birthday party, they’d open with this song.

The EP’s lead track, Music and Colour establishes a rigid bass motif from the off and builds into the embodiment of perfect space age pop – constructed from layer upon layer of repetition, hypnotic drones and heavy washes of analogue melodies and counter-melodies.

The EP closes with M.O.P.E.. Building over 9 minutes, the track is a dichotomy of ‘Animals’-era Pink Floyd atmospherics and Sir Lord Baltimore barbarian rock. The song gathers pace before the wheels come off entirely and it rattles into Blue Cheer covering Yes’ ‘Heart of the Sunrise’.

2014 will see the band finish a debut LP ahead of organising a small number of live dates later in the year.

300 edition 12” vinyl Red Vinyl pressing

Buy The Great Electric – EP1 from Darren (inc P+P)


Papernut Cambridge (12 inch vinyl and 7 inch set)

If you’ve followed me on Twitter recently then you’ve seen me raving about my friend Ian Button and his new band Papernut Cambridge.

It’s that rare thing, a band that arrive fully formed and in complete command of their vision and music. I can’t recommend this album and seven inch set highly enough.

I play saxophone and synths on several tracks and Ian himself sometimes deputizes Dave S on drums at my gigs.

Ian Button has just produced my new, soon to be released album too.

Papernut Cambridge have received rave reviews from Q and MOJO and received Radio play on 6Music.

Limited Edition 12″ vinyl LP and 7″ vinyl EP package
GDNLP002 and GDN45001 set.
Vinyl 12″ LP and 7″ EP package: the definitive stereo mix/version of the album/EP pressed on 140g frosted clear vinyl.
Both the 7″ and the LP have spined outer sleeves printed on 300gsm card and printed silver inner sleeves on 200gsm art paper. Both come with clear plastic overbags.
Limited to 200 copies of each.
PLEASE NOTE: LP and EP not sold separately.

Downloads included with every vinyl purchase:

1. Alternate MONO mixes of the vinyl versions.
2. A bonus set of STEREO mixes with expanded instrumentation, different takes, processing etc.

Cover art is a reproduction in silver and blue Pantone ink of “Giordano Bruno vs. Nicole Aubrey and the Calvinist Ghosts” by Alex Templeton Ward.

Includes download of 26-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.

Buy the Papernut Cambridge Vinyl LP and 7inch Set Direct from Darren


Blue House EP by Darren Hayman

Card gatefold sleeve. Numbered and limtied to 500.

 

I like collections of five or six songs, seven even. It’s unfortunate that we don’t have a proper name for them; Mini LPs? Maxi EPs?

 

I write when I travel, when I’m disengaged. I write when I’m on holiday. I wrote three of these songs in a blue house on the Suffolk coast. There was a piano in the blue house and I bought my baritone ukulele. I tasted every beer from the local brewery and rated them in a table in my notebook.

 

Leaves and Stars is about the cycle of wedding, christening, divorce, wedding. At the age of 42, too many of my friends are on the third stage. Nothing stays the same. It’s a song about acquiescence and letting go, accepting change and letting it wash over you.

 

Words change too, or at least their popularity does. Remember when words like ‘blackleg’, ‘scab’, ‘picket line’ and ‘strike’ were more common? They were barbed, sharp, violent words. They were necessary. Blackleg is a song about collaborating with the enemy.

 

When the School Sold Its Fields is about trying to remember when it first went wrong, or at least when I first noticed things going awry. When I was ten or eleven I remember my school selling its playing fields for a housing estate. Soon all the schools sold part of their fields. Many schools now have housing estates where the kids used to play. The song also concerns a memory I have of me being dressed up by my parents as a ‘China man’ for the PTA International Dinner. Mrs Morgan, our head teacher, had passed away. They held a silence and it was the first time my mind had confronted death. I cried.

 

Kurhaus Blues was written on an earlier holiday in Semmering, Austria. In fact I have a whole album of instrumentals on the subject of Semmering. We walked around a ruined Kurhaus, lost amongst the mountains and trees. I imagined it when it was new. I do this a lot; imagine old things new.

 

Loose Change was written by my friend Valentine Leys. She sang one of mine, so I sang one of hers’. Valentine’s is better.

 

Blue House was made especially for Indie Label Market 29 November 2013. It will also be available directly from www.hefnet.com and a few select record shops.

 

Darren Hayman, December 2013

 

Buy the Blue House EP CD Direct from Darren

Blue House comes in a neat card gatefold slip case. Numbered and limited to 500.


Or buy downloads from Bandcamp here.