Posts Tagged ‘ESP’

Wyse, ESP, Rose Coloured, FRNK

November 15, 2018

Not my thing really, but Wyse‘s “Rhythm She Knows” is damn fine pop out in a week (23rd November) on Rose Coloured.  Switch Of My Controller ep.  Buy on vinyl or download here –

https://rosecolouredrecords.bandcamp.com/album/switch-of-my-controller-ep

ESP have been uploading genius again.

Or checkout FRNK here – words fail me – something to do with Jason Statham, a Freakout and ESP – “chilled acid gabba” are the words that spring to mind as I listen to Hurley Burley Carpet Knife. Not that it’s that chilled. 

[As an aside there is something wonderful about the idea of seeing how fast you can make chillout music. ]

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Trial n Error Electronic / Experimental Music Night – Star Inn – Guildford – 10th June 2018

June 24, 2018

WHAT A NIGHT.  Seriously, really, really enjoyed it, start to finish – and the unexpected presence of an old friend from Aldershot didn’t go amiss either.  I suppose I’d better go through the acts in the order they played – please feel free to correct me if my assessment of the way the music was played or what genre it fits into is utter rubbish.

Up first Ple Rexics.  Backs to the audience is often criticised as a performance stance, but to be fair that was the only way any of us would have had a clue what was being done to a bank of modular synths.  Bleepy, experimental… definitely plenty in common with some of the techno and ambient I used to listen to, but this was more experimental, much less dance orientate.  If music was solely about sound Ple Rexics were the best act of the night… as it was it was spell-binding, beautiful, chilled… really looking forward to checking  out more of his stuff online.

https://www.facebook.com/PleRexics/
https://plerexics.bandcamp.com/

Path’s iPad-only set was great… seemed to be more of an easy-listening vibe to a couple of the tracks than I remember and the best track from last time I saw him wasn’t played.  Quality electronica.  Nice.

I loved ian:o‘s set… I’d struggle to place this precisely, but ambient techno might cover some of it even if chilled electronica might be what some would say.  Quite laid back, but emminently danceable.  More modern sounding and more to my taste than I was expecting, to be honest.   Early evening main room, any time in the chill-out room, art gallery, whatever.

https://www.facebook.com/ianoMusicElectronic/

He even re-improvised the set again post-event and stuck it on soundcloud –

James Armstrong’s Slow Clinic project is beatiful and fascinates me.  From what I might have read and / or think I’ve worked out it’s mainly gentle guitar – string and bow vibrating the strings more than fingers or pick pluck or strum – heavily effected with delay and reverb and volume swells, and looped.  It’s all tone and texture, beauty and a certain melancholy.  Really not my thing from a “what kind of music are you looking to add to your life, Wild Eye?” point of view, it’s sheer beauty and hypnotic quality – no that’s the wrong word, it’s more entrancing than hypnotic – sucks me in.

https://www.facebook.com/slowclinic/

I felt a bit sorry for Cyberwaste… I presume that most of the time her visuals work better from a technical point of view… and whilst it’s ALL about the music it’s never all about the musicSomething about it makes me think of the 1980s, but maybe a producer from the 80s given a glimpse into the electronica of the future and left in their own era to try to recreate what is still to come.  If what I am trying to say makes sense to anyone I will be surprised; if it goes a step further and you agree with me then I guess my dropped jaw will crack as it hits the floor.

Up there with Ian:O as the most likely act of the night to have wide appeal, another act with a real sense of melancholy.

https://www.facebook.com/Cyberwastemusic/
https://soundcloud.com/cyberwastemusic

ESP.  I’ll start this last bit of the review by talking about one of my favourite subjects.  Me.  I write this blog for a variety of reasons, but the top 3 are probably (in no particular order) –

(1)  I like thinking about music, understanding it and refining my views on it.  Putting things into words helps that.

(2)  I want to encourage music – especially live and local to me – partly for altruistic reasons, partly for selfish reasons – saves travelling to London to see a good gig.

(3)  I hope that some of what I write can inspire musicians to being better, whether by opening their eyes to music they’ve never come across before, or by encouraging them to see things in different ways, challenging their established mindset.

What I don’t do it for is because I absolutely love writing, find it easy and believe that my writing is of a particularly high standard.  I find it very hard to write about most bands I see, especially – and this is pretty common – when I don’t fully get precisely where they are coming from, really like what they do, but don’t love what they do.

At least 3 or 4 more paragraphs to this part of the review than any of the other acts, and I have said not a word about ESP.  I’d better change that.

ESP make the kind of shit I find it relatively easy to write about.  Why?  Cos I fucking love them!  Their soundcloud page says –

“ESP has made it our mission to bring you Fashion Funk and put a little dance into your lives, having spent 3 years distilling Fashion Funk down to its core elements with influences coming from musical inspirations such as Daft Punk, Yasutaka Nakata, Gorilaz and Touch Sensitive and blending it with aesthetic principles such as Harajuku street fashion and Vapourwave these then combined with our own childhood memories of mid to late 90s and early 00s pop culture lead us down the path to creating what you hear today. Seeking to bring you all a fresh lifestyle filled with fun, dancing and colours its time to stop worrying about everything and get a little crazy.”

My late teens and early 20s were spent listening to techno, trance, tech-house and electro.  I can definitely see that their sound relates back to that.  I love the acid, the mad acid.  I love all sorts, but for me music – and this is times ten for electronic music – is ultimately about moving dat ass.  Hooks, riffs, melodies yes, but most of the best music has a beat that gets the foot tapping at the very least.

ESP know all this… they are all about creating fucked-up party music.  I actually miss-typed that as fucked-up arty music the first time, or was it a miss-type?  I think that they are actually the missing link between high art and music solely to get the asses-wigglin’.

Seriously funky, plenty about the sound owes itself – as they say themselves – the likes of Daft Punk, an act who have managed to be pretty cutting edge whilst also having massive pop appeal.  I have literally no idea just how fucked up they’re trying to be but I can almost see them appealing to a mainstream club audience, whilst having weird, bedroom-dwelling, techno-obsessed freaks digging their shit too.

A guy who Kryds did some guitaring, a girl did a bit of singing, trackies got sweaty, furiously funky fucked-up shit went down.  I literally cannot see how anyone could not love ’em.  FUCKING SUPERB. 

https://www.facebook.com/TheESPsociety/

 

 

ESPTHEKRYDSCOITUS”WEHAVEAFUCKINGGREATBANDNAME”FUTONFREAKOUTS

February 1, 2018

LAST MONDAY WILD EYE DOES REALLY ANNOYING CAPITALISED NON-REVIEW REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE JUST COS FIRST UP WAS ESP WHOSE NAME REMINDS ME OF THE MIGHTY AND FUNKY ESG PROMINANT BASS AND FUNKINESS BEING SIMILARITIES ESP CALL THEMSELVES FASHION FUNK I CALL THEM ELECTRO-INFLUENCED ACID-TECHNO FUTURE-FUNK IT TOOK ME BACK TO MY DAYS AT FINAL FRONTIER AT CLUB UK IN THE EARLY 90S AND LISTENING TO EVERY UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE RECORD I COULD GET MY HANDS ON AND THE LATE 90S ELECTRO AND TECH HOUSE SCENES BUT THAT’S NOT ALL OF IT NO SIREE ESP CHUCK IN A TOUCH OF OLD SCHOOL RAVE AND MORE MODERN SOUNDS END RESULT HIT SOME ATEFF HEIGHTS WHILST GOING FUCKED UP LOADS WHETHER INTENTIONAL OR NOT WHICH LEADS ME ONTO MENTIONING THAT I WASN’T ON TOP FORM SO MAYBE I AM BEING OVERLY HARSH IN THIS REVIEW WHICH IS NOT THAT HARSH THE SECOND BAND WHAT WAS CALLED THE KRYDS OZ POWELL AGAIN GRUNGEY FUZZY HEAVY GARAGE SHIT MORE OF AN EDGE LESS PSYCH THAN DAISY CHAIN WHICH IS BOTH GOOD AND BAD OR MAYBE NEITHER JUST DIFFERENT LOW POINT WAS THE COVER AT THE END WHICH IS MAYBE A COMPLIMENT BUY HIS EP SUPAFUZZ AND KEEP AN EYE ON THIS BAND AND DAISY CHAIN AND FUJ AND COITUS “WE HAVE A FUCKING GREAT BAND NAME” FUTON WHO WERE ON NEXT AND KINDA GRUNGE-SHOEGAZE-HARDCORE-INFLUENCE-GARAGE OR SOME-SUCH WAS THAT SECOND FUCKING MUSTANG OF THE NIGHT ONLY WITH JAGUAR TREM MIGHTA BEEN I LOVE MUSTANGS AND THINK THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER TRUST A GUITARIST WHO PLAYS A GUITAR WITH ONE OF THOSE WEIRD BIG NECKS THAT SHIT GUITARS LIKE STRATS AND LES PAULS AND SHIT HAVE THEN FREAKOUTS DID THEIR THING ARE THEY GETTING MORE GRUNGE AND LESS PUNK THEY’RE DEFINITELY GETTING BETTER NEW GUITARIST SEEMS TO FIT THE VIBE MORE IS HE PERMANENT AND THE HAIR ON THAT SINGER WOWZERS UP THERE WITH BIRDLAND’S HAIR WHICH CAN BE ADMIRED HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDRT6hYq3e8 WHILST YOU LISTEN TO THEIR SONG PARADISE BASS DOWN TREBLE UP BIRDLAND GO FREAKOUTS GOOD AND FLUFFY WHITE JUMPERS ROCK TOO ESPECIALLY WITH TIGHT JEANS WHAT PEOPLE CAN WEAR IF THEY ARE CRACK ADDICTS OR SIMPLY HAVE NOT BEEN MASSIVE BEER DRINKERS FOR TWENTY YEARS THE FUCKERS FREAKOUTS PROBABLY CLOSEST FOUR BANDS WHAT HAVE BIG SOMETHINGS AND WHAT ARE HEADING THE RIGHT WAY AND WHAT YOU SHOULD KEEP EYES ON FUCK YEAH