new album ” Sparrow Island ” , taking flight Now.

Hi

Im back with a new album called ” Sparrow Island “.

 

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Inspired mostly by a recent holiday on the beautiful island of Malta , especially the melodic reggae-glitch infused title track.

As well as Malta , the album became about the general timeframe before and after it , with some tracks inspired by other things such as my dog , getting older , moments of profound detachment and serenity……all told with the aim of having a 50 / 50 balance between experimentation and melody…….avant garde and the desire to make idm with definite hooks and catchy melodies.

Go here to buy Sparrow Island , or feel free to listen to all the tracks at your leisure.

If you have time to respond , it’d be great to know if the album is received positively

Many thanks

http://2ndmouse.bandcamp.com/

2M

Sparrow Island ( taking flight 22nd March )

PicsArt_1363615414265The new Sparrow Island album will be released ( barring any unforeseen circumstances ) on 22nd March.
I would’ve liked it to have been ready 3 months ago , but I have a wife to entertain , a ravenous monster of a pup , an ever increasing amount of xbox games to beat , and I gotta job to hold down , so finding those times when inspiration is free-flowing and coinciding with copious amounts of leisure time is more of a juggling act than it once was. It also doesn’t help that I am “arch-procrastinator-extraordinairre”.

So , there you have it. 22nd March.
Just tying up the loose ends right now , due to getting a few days holiday.

At the time of writing , the tracks are as follows :

1.   Amoeba
2.   Horizon Upgrade
3.   Fractal Pterodactyl
4.   Arms Length
5.   Nalfie
6.   Meridian
7.   Idyll 5
8.   Salt Of The Earth
9.   True North
10. Vanity Blaze
11. Sparrow Island
12. Elephant In The Room
13. Eskimo Girl
14. View From An Aircraft Window

Artwork courtesy of my friend metaForma ( Teodor Tudorica ) , who I consider a graphic genius.
All being well , there will also be a video of ” Nalfie ” to promote the album , featuring the acting talents of my dog Dusty , who we will no doubt be in the running for nominations at the ” Chappie ” dog food awards for outstanding contributions in music anf film.

More , as it happens.

2M

Fathom

New sampler track ” Fathom ” , taken from the new 2ndMOUSE album ” NEO “.

I’d describe it as reminiscent of the obscure Vangelis track ” la petite fille de la mer “ mixed with  swung , broken-beat rhythms similar to the work of Luke Vibert.

Fathom has one of those simple melodies that are so simple that it’s surprising it hasn’t been done before. Once heard , easily remembered………..this is what I try to do with electronic music , as the melody is the part that will be remembered , rather than how sync’d the LFO was  or any other ephemeral / pretentious  concerns.

Anyway , hope you enjoy the track

Feel free to have a listen. Comments welcome http://soundcloud.com/2ndmouse/fathom

“Expert Tiger Mediocre Troll” review by Jazzyspoon

l’ve n for a long time now , never thinking He’d hold my work in such high esteem , so I was really happy when He agreed to review the album for me.

Incidentally , if you’re a fan of deep , highly inventive and imaginative electronica , I can without hesitation reccommend you take a look at His page here

Anyway , here is what Jazzyspoon had to say about ” Expert Tiger Mediocre Troll “

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REVIEW of Expert Tiger Mediocre Troll , by JazzySpoon , October 2011

ALWAYS YOU
Great opener. The intro doesn’t come out in a raging hurry to hit heavy, but it instead sets the listener up for an intense audio journey. This is the elevator music playing on your ride down to the lowest levels of hell.
Clever and subtle beat mangling and wispy arppegiated melodies, this was a very melancholy track. Thoughtful and introspective, leaving you in a peaceful mood by it’s end. Really nice entry way into the hallways of this album.

DOMINO
First floor: Urbania. A power trip, punchy beat tribute to 2ndMouse’s hip hop roots, full of abstract mc flow cuts, psychedlic delay work, and spacious synth bass pads. This has a bit of a late 90′s trip hop feel mixed with more contemporary Glitch Hop drum work. A real head knodding groove.

ELEVATOR SUPERSENSE
2nd floor down and now the energy starts to lift upward. A nice tweakers delight of techno rhythms, classy old school pre-house Detroit synth work, and robo vox. This is likely to turn the heads of the new era of techno-philes just now discovering the past works of Model 500 and Juan Atkin’s Cybortron.
This track is only a little bit nostalgic, but by no means dated.

FERMINE
Hints of dub and glitch in the first few bars immediately peaked my interest, so I was floored when a techno bassline and glitch breaks came sailing in and lifted the energy up to another level. A groove not unlike something the Chemical Brothers may have conjured before they got into valium.
This one ends shortly after it really gets going, but in the context of a DJ mix, this would be a real crowd pleaser.

GIVE MY REGARDS TO S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
Just when you thought you knew what might come next, a trip hop jazz/blues ballad surfaces. A late night, smokers delight with a sentimental attitude and pumping backdrop. This might go down as one of the singles of the CD. Sultry guitar leads, ambient pads, and a rhythmic swagger one might hope to find playing in a hash bar or late night chill room.
Just beautiful.

GRACE
Continuing on with the ambient theme in the intro of GRACE, this might make people believe the albums arc is on it’s way down…hold onto your hats. The cinematic choral pads are only the intro to this dubstep/clubstep monster
I immediately recognize when my feet are being asked to get busy. Big Breakbeat Club Groove blissout breakfast sandwich. Out of context, this track might feel like the tension built by fills and dissonances never unleashes, but the DJ in me knows what this could do in the context of a mix.
This track will likely spawn an amazing set of remixes, as there was a lot of places this could have gone.

HIDDEN in PLAIN SIGHT
A downtempo fed chill out track with expertly laid effects galore, but it still retains a childlike innocence to it’s mood. Wonderment and sound exploration. A childhood mobile of groove and sound design.

HOMELESS ONION
Still going down towards the red creamy center of this CD, we have a big beat breaks track with an interesting house sensibility to it. This has club potential, but also has a boot stomping monster kick rhythm that keeps the head knodding.

ILIAD
I remember listening to an early work in progress of this track years ago on KVR and thinking: this is genius! The symphonic cuts turned into a hook are just wonderful and the sitar plucking is just the added dimension this track needed. I love this track. Groovy drums and an out of this world attitude. Highly recomended listening.
This would have been a great ending track for the CD.

KINESIS
Wasting no time to establish itself, this track has a lot of energy and clever editing throughout. I found myself somewhat hypnotized by the vocal glitching and pounding 4/4, but this one really luanches into something that reminds me of Hybrid’s early work, but with some modern touches.
This one will translate well to the up-tempo crowd at a party or even the cyclist looking to get pumped from his ipod soundtrack.

MACRONOVA
Both in title and rhythm, this one might go down as one of the slickest uptempo tracks of the CD. Slippery wet filter beats and pumping techno rhtythms laid over smooth arppegio’d melodies and jazz chior vocals. I found myself imagining that this might be what Technicolor records would release today.
The mix is solid and the editing is clean as mountain snow.

NEMESIS
The kick in this track is like butterscotch liquer for the ears. The song is a cold, dark techno track with more of 2ndmouse’s stylistic soaking wet filter drums, but the white hot distorted kick is the star of this show. So much energy in there.

NUMERO
I was pleasantly surprised to hear some vocals, even vocoded ones, on this CD. It really helped this track stand out among the other similar tracks on the CD. This one is sure to please in headphones and for any of the new school b-boys – this is your break anthem.
There was enough vaoriety in the track to keep the listener entertained while still maintaining a solid central core.

SAVE ME
This track was a nice lull in the hyper beat path this second half of the CD has been riding for a while. An artful downtempo and melancholy glitch hybrid that is really a great escapist track to play at the end of a hard day. The warped female vocal clips that occasionally chime in with “save me” are a perfect centerpiece.
Another favorite of mine from this CD, as I tend to appreciate the more casual listen rather than the adrenaline pumping floor pleasers. Lovely track. This one might be worth owning the CD for alone.

SEVEN MILES OF WHITE SAND
Warped acid arps and pumping kicks announce this tracks intentions right away, it’s time to wake up and get moving again. After the gentle swoon of the last track, this emits a maddening atmosphere and freaky sonic soundscape, but the energy is undenyable and inescapable.

SHORT CIRCUIT
A chill out track with attitude, a pagan track with a German accent, a techno track with pop sensibility- Ulrich eat your heart out. This is a good track to play loud and had I arranged this CD, I may have put this one much earlier in the list. Great groove and the synths are very classy, this track is another single for the CD, imo.
Solid tune.

SOLID STATE 2
I actually had to look back across my review to make sure I hadn’t missed part 1 – I didn’t. Spooky arps and industrialized vocal samples launch this one off into a solid, wholesome techno groove. DJ’s from one side of the map to the other will find ways to put tracks like this in thier sets, despite the original mid tempo.

STRONTIUM DOGS
I found this an odd note to end the CD on, but who listens to whole CD’s in one listen anymore anyways, right? It’s a good track, but ny now it unfortunatelty feels like more of the same, despite the fact that the bending and arping synths and drum work are amazing through out this track.

SUMMARY
All in all, it’s a great collection of modern techno tracks an instant audience of club kids, new skool breakers, stoned chillers, and acid heads. The best advice would be to listen to the album on random, as a true arc or story is harder to find in the mood and atmosphere of the current track arrangement.
But each individual piece stands on it’s own merit well, and you really get your moneys worth on this CD in both quality and quantity.
2ndMouse has once again proven prolific and masterful and a real stand out in the techno/electronic music world.

Click here to listen to , or own ” Expert tiger , mediocre troll “

http://2ndmouse.bandcamp.com/album/expert-tiger-mediocre-troll

 

 

 

New Album Update

Just an update on the progress of  “Expert Tiger Mediocre Troll”

I’m currently working on 15 tracks. I always like to put as many tracks on an album as I can , but I think I’ll maybe only limit the album to 12 tracks , so the others will either be given away as a free EP to anyone who buys the album , or , they’ll find a place on a future release.

You may know if you’ve been following what I do , that I recently played a few live Gigs. This has really changed my perspective on what I produce , and this album is a watershed for me. It’ll still have what i’m told is “that unique 2ndMOUSE trademark sound” , but even for me , this is gonna be very special , and I’m resisting the urge to give away any sneak previews of the new tracks , ( apart from what is out there in beta form already ) , until the day its released.

Aurora was a good album , and it stretched me so much , because , at the time , I was maxing out what skills I had and pushing boundaries in terms of production. For me then , it was like trying to break the sound barrier , but , since then , I’ve learned so much more , from playing live and seeing people dance to my music , so I’m approaching this new album in a totally different way. Its more robust. Its much more phat , chunky , and danceable , but the main difference is that I’m really taking care to deliver something of quality , and that involves putting every sound , every beat , every riff , under the microscope , and not just “settling” for something if it almost works , but not quite.  I’m confident this new album will rasie eyebrows.

I’m raising my game.

So far , the tracks I’ve earmarked for inclusion on ” Expert tiger……” are as follws  :

Fermine

Emissary ( working title only )

FishLips

Give my regards to S.P.E.C.T.R.E

Domino ( click HERE to play a beta version )

Hidden in plain Sight ( click HERE to play a beta version )

Elevator Supersense

Robotique ( working title only as it contains Vocoders )

Short Circuit ( again , working title only )

White keys he laugh , Black keys he cry

Aquamarine

Homeless Onion

Macronova

Strontium Dogs

Those are the tracks I’m working on. As i said  , a few won’t make it onto the actual album proper. Maybe less is more……..I think the others will be an exclusive freebie for the faithful ( A password will be needed to download them ). I may do it through my mailing list , so if you’re not on it , feel free to add your name to ensure you don’t miss out on it.

I’ve Given myself a self-imposed deadline of the end of June to get the album finished.

Keep it locked here for further updates as release day draws closer……..

Expert Tiger , Mediocre Troll

Expert Tiger , Mediocre Troll

Just to confirm , this will be the name of the new EP which I’m currently working on.  It’ll actually be more like a mini-album cos there’ll be 7 , possibly 8 tracks on it.

Tracks that will feature on it will be

Fermine

Emissary ( working title only )

Fishlips

Give my regards to S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

Domino

Hidden in Plain Sight

Elevator Supersense

You may have already heard beta versions of 1 or 2 of these on soundcloud , but the release versions will be mastered to a much higher quality on the EP.

 

To hear a beta version of Domino , click HERE

To hear a beta version of Hidden in Plain Sight , click HERE

 

It’ll be released through the excellent Cupboard Love Records Label.

Expect it soon , to coincide with all the live dates i’ll be playing between now and July.

CupboardLove Records


Not exactly groundbreaking news as I mentioned it before , but a publishing deal is in the pipeline with Cupboard Love Records , which is run by my good friends Varin Marshall ( raconteur , master botanist and bushido-blade craftsman , and international playboy ) , and Jonny McKee ( he of the illustrious Shizznigh clan , and tamer of wenches ).

Along with fellow label-mates Noise Control and The Bonnevilles , we will be attempting global domination ( after purchasing the obligatory white fluffy cat ). Check these guys out also. They are destined for big things……..of this I’m certain.

However this will not involve any feeding of people to sharks.  So Passe.

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