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Sunken Foal Stories

by Glyn Bigga Bush

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Bigga's latest project “Sunken Foal Stories” represents a departure from much of his other work in that it is not primarily based on beats. Instead, his working method was to go with fascinating samples, accidental juxtapositions and irregular loops – inspired by pioneers of sound such as Faust and the audio experiments of Julian House as well as early stereo test records, soundtracks and library music.

The 21 concise tracks of Sunken Foal Stories link into two 15 minute segments on the LP. Bush explores the random elements created by overlaying disparate samples, where chimes of baroque psychedelia clash with ascending classical strings, or a haunting Eastern European folk song is looped into an eternal cadence of longing. Various voices float over the speakers, lost poets, disturbing therapists, dreaming vampires, chuckling cabaret singers. Sourced almost entirely from charity shops and carboot sales, the material speaks of a forgotten yet relatively recent period, when stereo was something new and exciting, when home entertainment first came into its own and suburban homes thrilled to the exotic sounds of home organs, primitive beatboxes, LPs bought in unusual holiday destinations and “glamorous” soundtracks.

The result is a journey into a familiar yet strange world of sound, as witnessed by these early reactions:

“A genre spanning melting pot that touches on intimate and thought provoking aspects of record sampling.”

“Cut up collaged sonic curios 50s noir sketches 70s medieval electro modal pulp detective finds covert sound lab break-in beatnik folding time minimalist go-go half imagined torch songs.”

“21st century cultural decay meets alice in wonderland.”
“... like a journey to a place and time long gone, a place of love and harmony. It will put you back in touch with the art of storytelling via beautiful soundscapes and melodies.

“Spirits of instruments and sounds come across and alive throughout the entire album reminding you why you fell in love with music."
“This record is going straight to my collection and will be my best friend for a very long time.”

“Each piece is like a poem or work of sudden fiction: exacting, distilled, resonant, experimental, playful, profound.”

“These pieces are of a time, a time that is not now, a time stumbled upon, a cinematic flashback.”

“A disconcerto, soundtracking the hive-mind's motion picture dreamtime.”

“Nosferatu’s cocktail party.”

From Impattosonoro.it July 2018

If you're in the Magic Drum Orchestra group, then maybe you know who Glyn Bush is. In case you did not know, well, you do not need to go back too far in time. All you need to do is listen to the latter "Sunken Foal Stories". A concentrate of loops, inspired by the sound of Faust historians.

The album collects 21 tracks, concise, rapids, which say everything you have to say in a minute or two. This structure segments the disk into two 15-minute tranches each. Bush explores various random elements creating overlapping samples, of the most disparate where psychedelia clashes with classical violins, or a spooky folk song is looppata with cadences that stretch it, modify it. Various voices float in the loudspeakers, lost poets, disturbing therapists, dreamy dunks, cabaret singers. In short, the dystopian in audio format is well represented in this miscellany of mixtures. We move moving from exotic sounds to move to primitive beatboxes, all things extrapolated from vinyl or cassette or other, found during his holidays, by chance.

This record represents a turning point for Bigga Bush, or at least, the very personal rhythmic tribute to the evolution of music born from the cut up of recordings. Clearly, not just rhythmic. The atmosphere that reigns is almost bewitched, nostalgic, almost like the inventions of Leyland Kirby and his project The Caretaker, but here we are beyond: it mixes the hot jazz with monologues in reverse in pure style "garmonbozia" (Zvuk Poisk or Western Monk), commercials, tribal pieces (Turnintuit), basic percussions (Jazz Pact), atmospheres à la Duke Ellington (Cairo Wonk), grotesque waltzes (Bontempi) in a dark-colored kaleidoscopic game.

After years of silence, we have been able to rediscover his path, to invent it again, like the Pollicino of himself, collects crumbs, confuses them and traces their own experiences. This record is proof that everything flows and nothing remains the same.

- Ricardo Gorrone

[PLEASE NOTE: The songs on this album are grouped together into "bands" which correspond to the vinyl tracks on sides A and B.]

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released May 7, 2018


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biggabush UK

Glyn Bigga Bush is a musician, DJ and producer based in Dorset, originally half of Rockers Hi Fi, now making music as the Magic Drum Orchestra and BiggaBush on the Tru Thoughts label. His influences range from afrobeat, dub and funk to library music and soundtracks as well as electronic music, latin and jazz.
Bigga’s Big Dig can be heard live on the first Friday of the month 20:00-22:00 GMT
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