It’s nine below zero and three o’clock in the afternoon

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Octopus Part 9

The ninth part of my 8-part Octopus series is released on the 9th of the 9th.

It’s a free (or pay what you like) download from bandcamp, and it’s the usual mix of electronics, acoustics and in this case, orchestral sonics courtesy of Richard Moult.

Tracklisting:

  1. The Implausible Man (1980 version)
  2. Dawn Rain / Grissom Aloft
  3. The Elf
  4. The Great Roy Harper
  5. Beware The Catman! (solo live)
  6. Petrichor Light
  7. Ship Of Nothing (acoustic demo)
  8. Tears In The Rain (Performance sponsored by Yellow Tail Shiraz).
  9. On Receiving A Box Of Spring Flowers In London (by Richard Moult)

Total running time 34:28

FYI Octopi have 9 brains.

 

 

 

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Entkommen People

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Hello. I have a new ‘single’ out. Commercial it ain’t as it’s a 12 minute Krautrock style thing over 2 sides of a 7″. The marvellous Polytechnic Youth were kind enough to release it as a limited edition of 250 copies (now sold out at source), but I have a few copies left over at bandcamp if you’d like one. I’m happy to sign them or whetever. They are individually numbered and come with a sticker.

If you’re in the UK I’m happy to sell outside of bandcamp… email me on adamleonard@hotmail.com. Cheers!

Words:

“Polytechnic Youth has been on something of a release spree of late. This absorbing single from the previously low-key Adam Leonard is apparently one of three seven-inch singles the label is releasing simultaneously. Split into two equally otherworldly parts, “Entkommen” is a meditative Berlin-School composition built around spacey, elongated modular pulses, fuzzy 1970s synthesizer chords, sci-fi effects and languid, rippling organ melodies that slowly rise and fall throughout. It’s undeniably “kosmiche” in nature, recalling in parts very early Tangerine Dream, Dieter Moebius and Conrad Schnitzler. It’s drowsy, alien and hugely atmospheric, suggesting that Adam Leonard is not only a student of those landmark German artists, but also a very capable musician.” (JUNO)


“The second of March’s trio of killer Polytechnic Youth 45s is a mighty extended piece of slow building Berlin school-esque electronica extended over 2 sides of a 33rpm disk, recorded by Adam Leonard; initially from a batch of 18 tracks recorded at varying times over the last six years.

‘Entkommen’ is his first release for the label here, and both artist and label rather liked the idea of one extended track across two sides of a 45, whereby the listener must flip the disc at a half way point to continue the piece. It struck us as increasingly unusual and works a treat here…

Adam has amassed a number of acclaimed releases in varying styles, and across a number of esteemed labels over the years. Last year’s full band release (Invaderband) being shortlisted for a Northern Ireland music prize 2017 and was 6Music recommended. Not to mention previous releases in collaboration with The Owl Service and P.G Six.

His electronic home recordings are all well worth investigating and Polytechnic Youth proudly releases the first fruits of those sessions right here. A numbered, limited edition vinyl only 7” hand numbered to 250 copies.”

 

Everybody’s talkin’ ’bout Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism …

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‘Leonardism’ CD – Signed, numbered edition of 50 copies. There’s about 15 left. Go for it:

https://adamleonard.bandcamp.com/album/leonardism

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The Drifter’s Escape

Entkommen

Gosh it’s been quiet here. Even tumbleweed would have been an exciting distraction. I’ve kind of been pretty full-on with Invaderband this year, but the good news is The Poseidon Adventure re-soundtrack is virtually finished and will be released next year. In advance of that, a track from it entitled ‘Entkommen’ (meaning ‘Escape’) will be broadcast at this years 5th The Dark Outside event (‘A site specific 24 hour FM radio broadcast in a place where you might never hear it’) on 23rd Sept 2017.

The track will also be released in a physical format by the superb Polytechnic Youth label early 2018.

Turned on my record player— It was Rock-a-day Johnny singin’, “Tell Your Ma, Tell Your Pa Our Love’s A-gonna Grow Ooh-wah, Ooh-wah”

 

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  • “If John Peel was still with us, this lot would be one of his favourite new bands” – The Daily Mirror
  • “Invaderband have set the bar incredibly high … sounds like a lost classic” – The Irish News
  • “A rare breed of a record. Impossibly earworming” – The Thin Air
  • “Definitely one of the records of the year. Magnificent” – SWIT
  • “Sly and cunning with a great hook. I really like this…” – Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6Music
  • “Really good … smashing record” – Gideon Coe, BBC Radio 6Music
  • “Splendidly anarchic” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6Music
  • “Fresh, invigorating & snappy” – Mickey Bradley, BBC Radio Ulster
  • “Fantastic. A great debut record” – Across The Line, BBC Radio Ulster
  • “Incredible. An absolute must-have. Get them into your life as fast as you can” – Stephen McCauley, Electric Mainline, BBC Radio Foyle
  • “On an aural axis that freewheels between Roxy Music and Magazine. Slickly drilled post-punk … Steeped in wit, waywardness and white hot effervescence” – Mark Barton, The Sunday Experience
  • “It will be looked back on as a cult classic” – Louder Than Words

Available on vinyl, CD & download via bandcamp: CLICK HERE, or record shops throughout Ireland, UK & Europe. Distributed by Clear Spot.

Label: Tectona Grandis
Cat: TEAK005, released January 6th 2017.

From the place that I’ll be landing

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It’s four in the morning, the end of December

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2/12/16 – Photo by Blathnaid. First gig in ages, and first gig with new drummer John and it was pretty, pretty good.

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