We are delighted to present the debut album by Psychological Strategy Board – the soundtrack to director Richard Kovitch’s film about the incredible, untold story of the British artist Penny Slinger and the traumatic events that led to the creation of her masterpiece, the 1977 photo-romance, ‘An Exorcism’.
Stream the full album over at The Quietus now.
“forcibly unsettling… disturbing… a lot like Throbbing Gristle reduced to little more than ground-up synths and ominous, snarling impulses” – Electronic Sound Magazine
“the uncanny is portrayed as dark wonder” – The Wire
“I love it, I think it’s a classic. And like reggae, there is a dubbed quality to the tapes that warrants repeated listening. I find the textures highly intriguing; how their shapes and contours are formed out of loquacious sound design that seems more by chance than design, but totally random (genius) and hence genuine. It’s like a collection of words that needs to be read as a whole to make sense of it, instead of skimming for specifics. This album comes very highly recommended!” – Fluid Radio
“As the synths bubble and burn, one thinks of synapses firing, of wild ideas created in a manic phase, of the frenzy to write them down. At first the tones are rounded like beeps. By the end they are fraying at the edges. Dark, measured breaths appear in the background: the monster is in control.” – A Closer Listen
“Dank rumblings and slow churns reminiscent of Throbbing Gristle nudge against hovering dissonance and creeping fear chords. Spurts of electronic dislocation bubble and fizz over thick ripples of amorphous, atonal synth sound, hissing static and whispering winds. Sonorous low-end notes resonate, hanging in the air before they slowly decay, submerged by tense undulations. The atmosphere is dark, ominous, unsettling, but not oppressive.” – Aural Aggravation
“Theirs is a crafted vibe that fuels plenty of further investigation into this artist’s work — the highest compliment that any soundtrack can pay to its subject matter” – Freq
Paul Snowdon (Time Attendant) and Maybury played, recorded and manipulated live performances (using synths, electronic boxes and laptop) to create unique, often unsettling soundscapes inspired by the work of Penny Slinger.
LESSONS is a new collection feat. 25 F&F artists to celebrate 10 years of the Front & Follow label and warm our cockles in these troubling times. Check out The Quietus for more info.
“if it had to be classified at all, [LESSONS] could be described as adventurous, rather than focussing on any specific genre. This has been the label’s great strength over the years: doing things that seem to make some kind of sense at the time and largely being proven right – or at the very least interesting – along the way.” – The Quietus
Pre-order it HERE.
Alongside Lessons, we are releasing Kemper Norton’s contribution (Stannum) on lathe cut 10” clear vinyl.
Kemper’s track takes 10 samples from 10 tracks by 10 artists from 10 F&F releases across the 10 years of the label to create a new piece.
We have pressed 10 copies, and each will be sold for £10,000 each. Buy it HERE.
We are delighted to herald the return of The Doomed Bird of Providence, who present their third album Burrowed into the Soft Sky – this time discarding Mark Kluzek’s vocals in favour of two twenty minute instrumentals that continue Kluzek’s obsessive and singular foray into early Australian colonial history.
“Uncompromising and at times uncomfortable” – Americana UK
‘The Blow’ project brings two artists together to formulate a collaborative release of their own making. Each artist has a side of audio (approx.. 30-45 mins in length) to do whatever they want with. The two artists are encouraged to work together on the release, but the length and depth of this collaboration is completely up to them and agreed on a release-by-release basis – there are no set parameters, no fancy rules, no memorandum of understanding, no initiation ceremonies.
Available to download NOW for free or pay-what-you-fancy – go HERE!
In the latest in a series of projects bringing together recent releases and a range of new artists, Front & Follow present A City Rewritten, featuring reinterpretations of Shape Worship’s A City Remembrancer from Laura Cannell, Pye Corner Audio, Eva Bowan, Hoofus, Kemper Norton and Lutine.