XPYLON – new charity compilation in aid of Mind

XPYLON compilation sleeve

We contributed a track to this brilliant new compilation, which you can pre-order now. Below is a full player and the press release. Please give this the attention it deserves. Out 6th August.

Once upon a time there was a radio show, then there was a series of live gigs and events. Eventually, there was a record label. They were all called Exotic Pylon. There was one man who was the creator, curator and driving force behind all these things: a man called Jonny Mugwump. Jonny is as close to a raging Darwinian force of nature as you could ever meet. He’s a whirlpool of creativity and enthusiasm. He was the pied-piper and we all followed him, sucked in by his strange gravitational pull towards an event horizon of his own making. Once you were there inside the Pylon universe, anything could happen.

The first year of the radio show on London’s Resonance FM was a scattershot affair. It was if the contents of Jonny’s brain were jammed into a blunderbuss and shot into the mic. As the years went on, he was joined by various ne’er-do-wells playing live, who filled the tiny studio to the brim, often times spilling out into the station’s carpark outside. Paul Snowdon (Time Attendant) began to co-host after a while. You would think this would have had a stabilizing effect on Jonny and the show (Paul Snowdon was and remains the single most laid back man in creation), but no. They spent many a time broadcasting throughout the night, widely improvising madcap electronic soundscapes to anyone who happened to tune in at 3am. The show was as eclectic as they come. Anything and anyone came and went. It started to become a hub for eccentrics to ply their wares or just hang out while Jonny somehow seemed to hold it all together by the skin of his teeth.

It seemed only natural for the show to move into the live arena and there then followed over a year of live gigs in London. They were, like the radio show, ramshackle affairs where anything could happen from one show to the next. There was never anything uniform about Exotic Pylon. It was never pin-downable. It was always on the move. Always moving. Always exciting. There were nights where magic would happen. Where you would see combinations of acts that could’ve only been programmed deep inside Jonny’s hyperactive brain. There was nothing like it. And I don’t think there ever will be again.

The record label became a combination of all that had gone before. Each release was completely unique. There was no through-line of sound. No label aesthetic. The one thing they all had in common was they had nothing in common. From torch songs to folk, from electronica to spoken word. All human life was on the label (assuming the human life was slightly lop-sided and walked with a limp).

The one thing that united everyone on Exotic Pylon was a sense of comradeship. We were all proud to have been involved in some way or another. We were all members of the same invisible college. Almost without exception we all kept in contact with each other once the label had died. It may have disappeared but its spirit has remained.

So, with that in mind, we present XPYLON, a compilation of ex-Pyloneers. Each track is brand new and exclusive to the release. There are supergroups, individuals and collaborations, all of which evoke the heady days of the once great Exotic Pylon.

Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.

All proceeds from the album are going to Mind, the mental health charity.

Mind believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

www.mind.org.uk

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releases 06 August 2015

1 – Music by Cindy Talk
2 – Words, music and other noises by Golau Glau.
3 – Music by Jonny Perl and Robert Conroy. Words by Robert Conroy. Track recorded, engineered and produced by Julia Brightly
4 – Music by Gloria Gloucestershire & Words by Dolly Dolly (remix by Ekoplekz)
5 – Written & produced by Ed Gillett
6 – Music by Robin The Fog and Ray Carmen
7 – All words and sounds written and produced by Portia Winters
8 – Music by Sophie Cooper
9 – Music by Paul Snowdon
10 – Music by The British Space Group
11 – Music by Kemper Norton
12 – Music by I Am A Vowel
13 – Music by Farmer Glitch
14 – Music by Robin the Fog, Text by Johny Brown, Vocals by Dolly Dolly
15 – Music by Saxon Roach. Additional vocals by Hero Roach
16 – All noise by Francesca Ziolini and Daniel Baker

Mastered by Gregg Janman at Hermetech Mastering
Art work by Scott Byrne.

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Exotic Pylon Takeover #1 tracklisting

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You can stream and download the archive of last night’s Exotic Pylon takeover on Resonance FM now:

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TRACKLISTING:
Yang Yang – Anika
Gol-E Gandom – Lloyd Miller
Someone’s Rockin’ My Dreamboat – The Ink Spots
Ocean Glide – Brian Bennett
Let Them – jj
Something Cool – June Christy
Easter Island – Peter Thomas
If I Should Die – ▽nkown ShΔpes
The Good Old Bad Old Days – Val Merrall Orchestra
Transparency Is The New Mystery – Marnie Stern
Porcelain – John Roberts
What is an Atom? – Tom Glazer
Folk Festival – Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services
Miracles from Molecules – Disney
Shifty – The Samphire Band
Wolves – Phosphorescent
Tiny Satellites – Golau Glau
You’re Too Incomprehensible – Tages
Robot Man – Connie Francis
Summer Of ’42 – Peter Nero
Zero One – Ronnie & Clyde
Bit 35 – Broadcast
Farewell Goodbyes – Lightdreams

If you enjoyed that, tune in for the first episode of our own radio show The Silver Satchel on Wednesday at 6pm UK time, on Space Invader Radio.

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Due to reliability of internet radio, or lack thereof in the case of FNOOB, our set for Exotic Pylon is up for stream and download HERE right now.

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Don’t click on the link that says Golau Glau, that will just send you to our Tumblr (or not as the case may be as at the moment Tumblr is down).  The one where it says right click to download, or just click the play arrow on the little player.

We will be uploading the show to Mixcloud later in the week with full playlist etc.

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ripeOur mix for the Exotic Pylon goes out tomorrow night live at 10pm on FNOOB, and will be archived on the EP website and our Mixcloud the following day.

“Golau Glau may live in a dusty tower, but there’s not a speck of that dust in their utterly sublime ‘silverpop’ and beautiful image-heavy webhubs.”

More about it here.

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