Luke Younger is a musical monster-mind maybe best know as one half of fierce London/Berlin duo Birds of Delay. Helm is Luke's solo projet which takes in and pushes out his ambient noise leanings and sonic experiementation. Soon releasing his upcoming album 'Impasse' on the New Images label, which is run by FT pal Matt Mondinale Ducktails/Real Estate. You can catch Helm performing next week at Blanck Mass's debut live show in London if you grab your tickets quick. Now strap in for a ride through fear and serenity.
01. M.B. - Untitled (Excerpt from "Regel")
02. Wolf Vostell - Sun In Your Head
03. Skullflower - Hanged Man's Seed
04. Etant Donnes - Royaume
05. Whitehouse - Cut Hands Has The Solution
06. Prurient - Cocaine Death
07. Helm - Arcane Matters
08. Graham Lambkin & Jason Lescalleet - Air Pressure
09. Darksmith - The Phantom Other Half
10. Astral Social Club - Horse Cortex
11. Liberez - I.Capt Wyclaf
12. Storm Bugs - Tin
Sometimes raw talent comes bursting out the seams of this over saturated, fast and furious, internet controlled music-blob... and it claws at your eyes whilst snogging your ear-holes, only every so often that is. Lionel Williams AKA Vinyl Williams is one of these rare occasions. His recent LP Lemniscate has been on rotation since I first caught site of it. Fusing old and psychedelic with his own blend of sonic craftmanship and pain-soothing songwriting at the tender age of 21. I had to know more and so do you.
So where are you right now Lionel can you describe your setting, I have a feeling it is quite different to where I am sat?
My world is a strange realm...lately I've been flooded by coincidence, strange Los Angeles mysteries, and lots of pot to bind it all together into a fluid pattern, rather than discombobulated fractals of my weird narrow scope... I've been studying Fine Art at CalArts (#1 art college in the US) which is quite open...in a way, our faculty take the "go have fun kids!" approach, as long as we're crazy and spontaneous enough to do what we do, gain attention, and sustain ourselves. It's been perfectly accomodating for my musical practice, as well as my art practice. It lets me feed my own ideas, create my own deliberation, rather than telling me what to think or making creative demands.
Are you the kind of guy to make music every day or do you dip in and out?
I make music everyday, absolutely. I have a full analog & digital setup, to cross pollinate the two and I constantly record improvisations.
Awesome and is this a solitairy experience or do you collaborate often?
Regularly with a friend, James Lake, but although with dozens of others, more-so recently in an art context rather than a freeform musical context.
is there such thing as a typical day for Lionel?
Hmmm, my days are becoming more and more unpredictable, I must say, but I wake up, half the time with strangers on my dorm floor, go to my weird Fine Art classes, which are anything but conventional, then usually read and research, and at some point go to libararies to endless search for collage material, and ultimately end up in my studio with musical or non-musical friends, and make something spacey.
I guess your day to day art studies must be influence on your music, in terms of the images and conversations you see and hear. Do you feel the lines are blurred between all your practices?
Absolutely, there is no background or foreground to my music and art making. There is a themed template that is a direct expression of some vast intangible part of me that is undefinable.
So do you feel part of a scene of some sort, are there other musicians bands and artists that are particularly inspirng to be about right now?
I haven't quite found my place in the LA scene yet, although the LA scene is such an overwhelmingly vast landscape, Vinyl Williams, as its current live lineup, has only performed one show, it was last month.
How was it?
Stellar! It was at a gallery opening / exhibition, we were basically performing inside of a sculpture. Aside from live events, I am constantly around and in touch with people that have incredibly parallel music tastes, and usually have certain talents and technical abilities that I could never reach, which are usually more systematic and based on proficiency, which makes certain creative friendships of mine work like puzzle pieces. We fill out each other's flaws and exentuate our abilities.
Do you have a answer when asked what your sound is?
SPACE CRUISIN' capatalized, of course
So you gonna take one of these trips in to space when they are freely available to the modern man?
I'll hide myself in the rich Jewish accountant's suitcase and have a free ride.
Ok so what is the next thing in your life you are looking forward to?
International touring I've only been to Israel a few times. I've always visited because of this orbiting feeling I always had towards it. Once I arrive, I feel reconciled with some other version of me, A better version of me, more complete.
is there anything music you want to mention that you like new or old, something to champion?
Lately I've found some life-altering new music. I don't feel the need to champion old music, it has been triumphed enough. Except for Harold Budd, I'll champion you. Valet's record Naked Acid, a mind fuck of bliss and the unknown. All of the Deep Tapes recordings James Ferraro forever, Rangers new album Pan Am Stories, best lo-fi out right now and always Tim Hecker.
Vinyl Williams - Object Of The Souce
So here we are with the latest in our FT mix series, and we are delighted to have a a mix from Standish/Carlyon who have more then a small connection to The Devastsations and have recently supported HTRK and performed at the Liars curated festival Sonic City Festival, as we recently reported when we exclusively posted new track Critics Multiply. This mix has been crafted as if Feeding Time are the object of S/C's desire with a wonderful flow of fractured transmissions of cold war dubs, exotic pop and some straight classics. Designed for indoor listening, ideally the bedroom. Late nights are optimal but it's also quite nice with breakfast, provided you like Mika Vainio for breakfast.
Standish/Carlyon will be releasing their long player in 2012, so hold tight or news on that, and let this warm the cold dark nights.
1. Ř - Unien Holvit
2. Hype Williams - Break4love
3. Cosmic Jam - I'm Lonely Tonight
4. Bardeux - When We Kiss (Sex Mix)
5. Sylvian/Sakamoto - Bamboo Houses
6. Jean Michel Jarre - Diva
7. Tapes - Lab Sound 01
8. The Upsetters - Bird In Hand
9. The KLF - Justfied and Ancient Seems a Long Time Ago
10. Mtume - The After 6 Mix (Juicy Fruit Part II)
11. Bernard Parmegiani - Transition
12 .Laurel Halo - Constant Index
13. Haruomi Hosono & Tadanori Yokoo - Hotel Malabar Ground Floor …Triangle Circuit On The Sea-Forest
14. Kool Keith - The Girls Don't Like The Job
15. Rod Modell - Aloeswood
16. Pandora's Jukebox - Dub Yr Heart
17. Arthur Lyman - South Pacific Moonlight
18. Vangelis - Dangerous Days
19. Prince - The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
20. Bryan Ferry - Boys And Girls
The increasingly more beautiful Peaking Lights shine again with this vocal remix of Gold Panda's - 'An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds' Making us even moister to think about the upcoming live show they will be performing for Feeding Time at Plastic People on Dec 6th. We still have some tickets left for the show here. Keep checking in for the amazing and iminenet support announcement.
Our old buddies and master independent label Young Turks announce today that they will be releasing the newest Chairlift record 'Something' here in the UK on 23rd Janurary 2012. Here is a taster of the trio's developed sound 'Sidewalk Safari' showing us that their bruised knees have thoroughly healed and their art-pop hits are currently catering for the toughest of New York street walkers.
Standish/Carlyon existi bi-hemispherically with each member contributing from their respective cities, London and Melbourne. Conrad Standish on bass guitar and vocals, and Tom Carlyon on guitar and electronics. Conjuring the pop music from the soundtrack to the movie that you wish existed, with dubbed, reverberated basslines, ghostly falsetto, hallucinatory guitar and minimal electronics.
Soon to perpetuate as a live happening at the request of Liars, performing at the Liars-curated Sonic City festival in Kortrijk, Belgium on Oct 30th. Prior to this they shall be opening up for HTRK in Glasgow and Aberdeen on the 26th and 27th respectively.
High Places are back with a new record, Rob Barber and Mary Pearson seem to be on a higher concentration level with this incoming record High Colors. UK electronics seem to inform NY/LA duo's sound, smatterings of Garage and Dub-like atmospherics. The latest is due out on Thrill Jockey as of today, get a first listen below.
Endless House - could be the biggest enigma in electronic music, Jack Dramatic, Czecholslovakian proto-techno club ruins, the archives of Jiri Kantor. I could go on! I think you should just get your sound receiver devices around this cut from Walter Schnaff, one of the more distinguished gents from the EH colective.
Good old boy Mr Benjamin John Power, one half of Fuck Buttons and one whole of Blanck Mass has made us an insightful, conceptual and a weighty hour and a half long master mix. As you will soon find out through a lock-down listen, this is not your run of the mill track compilation churned out by a musician/DJ, oh no! Here we are treated to exclusive tracks, customised loops, film and field recordings and the kind of love and care you would expect from Blanck Mass. If you have had a chance to listen to the Blanck Mass debut long player which came out earlier this year on Rock Action, you will understand that the craftsmenship and beauty of the songs are all within the subtleties and intricacies and we are honoured to have a simillar ethic put in to this audio delight. Enjoy!
1. Eno, Moebius & Roedelius - The Shade
2. Aaron Dilloway - Amputation
3. Ariel Kalma - Manege
4. Kangding Ray - OR
5. Bernard Szajner - Welcome to Death Row
6. Hieroglyphic Being - The Black Box
7. Burning Star Core - Mysteries of the Organ
8. Blanck Mass - Raw Deal
9. Deutsche Wertarbeit - Auf Engelsflügeln
10. Mr. Flagio - Take a Chance
11. Linear Movement - The Game
12. Alden Tyrell - Love Explosion
13. Legowelt - Jess the Cat
14. Gas - Untitled (taken from 'Zauberberg')
15. Loop taken from DeBussy's 'Claire de Lune'
16. Emeralds - Excerpt taken from 'Christmas tape 2'
17. Pan Sonic - Hinaaja / Tugboat
18. Oneohtrix Point Never - Nil Admirari
19. Novicat de Soeurs Missionaires - Yesu Ka Mkwebaze
20. Wolf Vostell - Elektronischer de-coll/age. Happening Raum, 1968
21. Loop taken from Fantasia's 'When i see you'
22. Boards of Canada - Zoetrope
Blanck Mass - Icke's Struggle (Directed by Alex Turvey)