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.”

 

The Drifter’s Escape

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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.

The Dark Dog

In the clearing where you wait
There’s no love and there’s no hate
Only he can know your fate
He is seated at your gate
The dark dog

On the blackened snowy street
There’s no light and there’s no heat
All your paths now obsolete
He is snarling at your feet
The dark dog

Now your mind comes to the boil
And a fog descends on all
Ice is forming on your wall
He is scratching in the soil
The dark dog

It began with the landing of a craft from another galaxy

The debut single was born noisily yesterday on Record Store Day 2015.

Buy the digital single (£1), the CD single with b-side (£3.50) and/or T-shirts (£15 – all sizes) on the new bandcamp merch page here:
https://adamleonard.bandcamp.com/album/the-implausible-man-single

We did a single launch show last Saturday (11th April) and it was the best gig we’ve ever done. Here’s a couple of performances from the gig including new song Handcuffed Man Shoots Himself:

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More UK gigs in August will be announced soon…!

Follow us on the Facebook page to keep up to date:
https://www.facebook.com/invaderbandmusic

Trip to heave and ho, up down, to and fro

A review of Octopus Part 8 from Nathan Ford at The Active Listener.

Adam Leonard’s lengthy and exhausting rarities trawl comes to an end with “Octopus Part 8”. For those who haven’t been keeping up, the “Octopus” series has seen him release an eight track E.P of rare and unreleased material every month, for the last eight months. “I’ve saved the best ’til last” Leonard boldly claims, and that sure is saying something. I reviewed the first couple of volumes on their release and they were more often than not outstanding.

What to expect then? Readers who regularly check out our samplers (number 29 in this case) will already be familiar with the terrifying post-punk drone of “Elbow of Termites”, in which Leonard seems unable to decide whether he is Robyn Hitchcock or Dave Brock – rarely has an identity crisis sounded so good! Elsewhere his version of the Beatles’ “Good Morning, Good Morning” is a noisy beast with an odd far-away sound which makes it sound like that annoying neighbor who decides to blast their stereo at 6 a.m. Only, that neighbor has suddenly developed immaculate taste, so you really don’t mind. More often than not though, this is acoustic based, taking in everything from subversions of traditional folk form (a hypnotic radio session version of “Nature Recordings” highlight “The Eighth Tower”),to quirky pop (“Napolean”).

He’s unfairly adept at all of these styles, and defies both logic, and conventional form in his ability to construct a convincing, detailed tapestry from materials which should result in a patchwork outcome at best. I’m not sure if I’d agree with the ‘best ’til last’ statement – that would suggest weaknesses earlier on that just aren’t there – but there’s certainly no signs of a quality drop.

“Octopus Part 8” can be had for free / name your price right here, but only for a month, after which it will revert to £4.00 – still a bargain for a feast such as this. And keep an eye out for the debut release from Invaderband, Leonard’s new quartet, who are making music that he is confident enough to call “the best thing I’ve ever done”. Here at the Active Listener, we’re looking forward to hearing if he’s right – the early stirrings that we’ve heard are pretty flash.

http://active-listener.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/adam-leonard-octopus-part-8.html

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