Personal Politics – New Album (free download)

‘Personal Politics’ is a collection of songs, old and new, about love and politics and sex and death and really the things that all art is about. You can download it for free from the Golau Glau Bandcamp now. Here we are, releasing a new Golau Glau album on a Saturday night as an Eosturmonath present to all of you.

Golau Glau - Personal Politics

So many times we’ve thought a record of ours was going to come out with a label, and then they’ve dumped us. Several of them. Not by text or by email or by fax like Phil Collins. No, by empty promises followed by silence. They never really loved us, sob. So really we should take the hint and fight the silence with noise, and keep putting that noise out on Pin Factory (our own label) and keep our own promises until enough people care. That’s how it should really work anyway.

Golau Glau and the Palindrone Jukebox at the Tetley

If you go to the Tetley in Leeds between 24 January and 28 February, you will find a free-standing booth dubbed the ‘Palindrone Jukebox’ which will house seating and a shelf of bespoke vinyl records, with specially commissioned palindromatic compositions which visitors can select from and play on the self-reversing turntables. One of these palindromic vinyl records was supplied by Golau Glau.

The Reversing Machine

Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski

24 January – 28 February 2014 The Tetley, Leeds
PV: Friday 24 January, 6 – 8pm

The Reversing Machine is an exhibition conceived by artists Simon Lewandowski and Sam Belinfante. At the exhibition’s core is the machine itself; a self-reversing mechanical power source*. Any object attached will turn at a steady rate for a set time then stop and be set into reverse – a mechanical palindrome.

Commissioned by Art Laboratory Berlin in 2012, the machine has expanded into an ongoing research project. For The Tetley Belinfante and Lewandowski reconstruct this collective work, incorporating fresh elements in response to the new gallery. They have also developed individual works which reflect on their collaboration and on the concerns that generated The Reversing Machine. These include Accordion a new two part film by Belinfante shot on 16mm film and SETTER a palindromic multiple by Lewandowski.

A repertoire of satellite devices driven by The Reversing Machine act out and reflect ways in which we are able to perceive the flow and passage of time through the action of things and forces in the world. Devices choreographed by the machine include adapted record players, household light fittings, slide projectors and a variety of sculptural automata.

Central to the installation is a pair of turntables driven by the machine which plays a repertoire of specially composed vinyl records. This is The Palindrone Jukebox.

Artists that have produced compositions for the The Palindrone Jukebox include;

Ed Atkins / Sam Belinfante / Alice Bradshaw / Adam de la Cour / Manya Doñaque / Golau Glau / Kirsty Harris / Doug Haywood / Lou Hazelwood / Martin Iddon and Antti Sakari Saario, writing as [zygote] / Andy Ingamells / Simon Lewandowski / Kevin Logan / Joanna Loveday / Leah Lovett / Neil Luck / Jessica Rowland / Oliver Thurley / Nathan Walker and Tom Walker / Sam Warren

Events:
An incorporated event programme of daytime and evening performances, talks and workshops will run throughout this project. For more information on these and the show as a whole visit The Tetley’s website.

Supported by:
The Elephant Trust
Arts Council England
University of Leeds

*The Reversing Machine mechanism was designed and built by Alistair Metcalf at Effects Too.

Golau Glau are not dead…

…well, maybe we are just sleeping.

Cat sleeping

We have had a lot to deal with in the past year or so, unrelated to the collective, and we haven’t had the time to be here. At the same time, nothing much happened when we put our album out last September, and it’s hard not to feel disheartened by that. We’re not trying to be famous, or really popular, but equally we make art to move people as well as scratch an itch. If they don’t even flicker, it’s our fault.

Members of the collective may pop up elsewhere making music and other things that are not quite like GG and do not feel as if they belong here.

Here is a song, The Last Revolution, about the Pentrich rebellion.

Other than that, see you at Christmas for the usual EP. Some traditions are hard to break.

The Damned Hangman + New Album

You may have noticed the new header on this website, and indeed its shiny new design. This is because our first proper album release is on its way. We have created the official soundtrack to Owen Hatherley‘s excellent new book for Verso, A New Kind of Bleak. It’s not a score, it’s a set of 18 songs based on Owen’s writing – if it was on vinyl or CD rather than digital, it would be a double album. Coming to iTunes and other retailers soon – we will announce the release date when we know it.

To tide you over until then, and to cheer up those who can’t afford to buy music at the moment, we have released a new free EP of stories and music on Bandcamp: The Damned Hangman. Today is Lammas, otherwise known as the Gule of August. The Gule of August is thought to mean the Yule of August, so here comes your present…all we ask in return is for your (real) email address.

Golau Glau present: The Damned Hangman.

Premier Pli Issue Two

Premier Pli Two

First Fold Books have just published the second issue of their journal, Premier Pli. They kindly asked us to contribute to the journal and accompanying CD. You can hear new music from us plus read short stories and see new photographs and artwork. Other contributors include Jon Brooks, Craig Earp and Katy Acquaye-Tonge.

You can purchase this fine organ here.

Quiet Absurd

Reach lights image

It has been a quiet start to 2012 in GG Towers.

This is because we’re knuckling down on writing our book on public libraries, ‘Public Interest’, to be published later this year. We also have new music and art in the offing.

See you on the other side…

2011 Holiday Round-Up

So, this Christmas we have made:

We’re about to lock up GG Towers for the holidays, so have a wonderful Yule and we’ll see you in the New Year.