Paul Baran (Glasgow)
Composer and sound designer Paul Baran is one of Glasgow's best kept musical secrets. Combining elements of electro-acoustic improvisation, modern composition and fragile pop, his second album The Other is a beautiful and unsettling meditation on life under neo-liberalism.
Darkroom represent a crossing point between avant-free jazz improvisation and Fripp/Eno-style ambient looping. Often by turns beautiful and beautifully ugly, this is a very human music despite the inevitable technology that produces it.
Cynthia's Periscope (Manchester)
Producer and vocalist Paul Morrice's beautifully strange synth-pop solo project. Varying from tender introspection to brutal catharsis, his experimental confessional beats are as danceable as they are weird.
WORK is a new electro punk project from Xian and Michael Zamora — half of the Bay Area based psyche punk band bAd bAd. WORK's debut LP is aimed to release this summer on Mt. St. Mtn. (Thee Oh Sees, Male Gaze, Sic Alps, Intelligence). Associated acts include: bAd bAd (S.S. Records), Dry Erase (Vacant Stare).
«In this new incarnation, brothers Xian and Michael Zamora offer songs that dissect the doldrums of technology, the paradoxes of synthetic social dynamics, and the blight of modern conveniences, all atop a dystopian dance floor dripping with dark wave distortions and 80's electro nostalgia. Imagine HAL 9000 starts a punk band without guitars, sacrificing his tech start-up career opportunities for his masters: Gary Numan, Alan Vega, Patrick Cowley, and Egyptian Lover.»