"Future, past and present blend. They drag out and seep through each other, blurring bounds and edges. A memory surfaces, an image, and it is no longer clear what belongs where and if it ever really did.
'All Mine' addresses nostalgia and longing in a state of separation. Imbued with different meanings with various contexts over our lives - a divorce, the death of a parent, leaving home - each of its iterations, to me, evokes the same sense of contracting time. Everything exists at once and all times are parallel. Like a film strip where all the frames already exist, when we see frame 31 and after it frame 32 it seems like frame 31 is gone, but in reality all the frames exist together at the same time on the strip.
When my father passed away, I found great comfort in this notion. At any moment we are the sum of all the different times we lived and will live. Your present self and past self exist in your future self, and your future self is contained in your past self. All time is eternally present, all time is unredeemable.
The video for 'All Mine' represents a sudden glance into the cross-section of time where past, present and future amalgamate and become a single mass, an object, no longer constricted to a linear axis. Time unfurls in front of you, overcome with nostalgia even though you are not sure what causes that sentiment. Longing becomes a feeling that points back towards itself, no longer connected to a single time or place." - Ohal
purchase 'All Mine' from Bandcamp
jar moff deconstructs ohal's score for the film cancelled faces - listen below and grab an instant download of the remix when pre-ordering the digital version of cancelled faces from iTunes: https://itun.es/us/PDDCbb
Purchase "Chi'ren" from Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/1QLGled
"Acid Park is about the encouraging whisper of a mechanistic demon you hear upon waking, taunting you that the right balancing act between too much and too little will lead you to the perfect equilibrium. There's a promise of a sky that will tear the clouds apart and open with a vision for you. A shuttle forward to the next level where nothing can touch Mario, and he's just hanging with a squeaking mushroom. But by evening you remember that the universe is shapeless and infinite, that your brain can't even imagine what Nothing is. You think that you too are an agent of chaos, and all you are left with is throwing sticks on the ground and putting together temporary self-contained equilibriums of meaning. Then, sometimes, you're stuck at war with bullets flying around. Your friends are dying, and you can’t just drive down to their homes. You settle to the night. You know you like the triangle more than the square, it's better when the 3rd oscillator is modulating, and throwing sticks on the ground is fun." - Ohal
"Composer Zach Cooper's debut album blends acoustic instruments, synthesizers and electronic effects into a shifting whole that's part chamber music, part post-rock, and part musique concrète." - Philip Sherburne (Pitchfork)
The Sentence is out now worldwide / shipping from SUS headquarters. place an order now and we'll include a special newsprint poster ~ ch'yea
For those of you not yet acquainted with Quincy Vidal, now’s the time. The Brooklyn duo comprises of Le’Asha Julius and Caleb Eberhardt (CE), who combine their vocal, MCing and production skills in their soulful, thought-provoking and truly original creations. “No style is more present than the singular, alive and confident voices of Quincy Vidal. Day-in-the-life odysseys through a fiercely modern take on Golden Age hip hop” – still stands as the most succinct description of QV’s music.
Chi’ren is the latest project emanating from New York’s notorious two-piece. With production credits split between CE and Space People, the EP’s seven tracks unearth musical memories from the nineties, through to the noughties and tens. Le’Asha and Caleb’s anecdotal lyrics touch on love, anger, sex, betrayal, and – along with the wolf boy artwork – the loss of childhood innocence. A theme that resonates deeply coming from two young-blood virtuosos of NYC hip hop, and it doesn’t even end there. Styles Upon Styles is releasing an early download of the EP alongside a limited edition hoodie which features the cover art. A portion of the proceeds will then be donated to Food Bank NYC.
Quincy Vidal’s Chi’ren will be available on all digital music stores come April Fool’s Day. Full info available here.
If you could compare the creation of Boyhood to a record, it would be Zach Cooper’s The Sentence. The North Carolina-based composer shares his life story — or at least his musical life — in his debut album, available March 18 throughStyles Upon Styles. Cooper fuses high school demos and solo compositions, guiding the listener through his earlier years in New York to his University of Vermont experiences, where he studied music theory and composition. The experimental composer also invited Steve Klimowski and Bonnie Thurber-Klimowski of the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble to contribute to the LP, along with Reverend Kiah Abendroth, who recorded their additions in a chapel in Vermont.
The Sentence’s 12 tracks spell out a message: “This is for us to incite stillness in our hearts and minds.” Each song is a different word from the sentence and Cooper recently released videos for “Us” and “Minds.” Though the mood changes as the album progresses, moving between avant-garde chaos and meditative ambiance, the record remains experimental at its core. Of The Sentence, Cooper said, “I hold the music of The Sentence very dear to my h(ear)t. It carries the sounds and love of friends, mentors, ancestors and Spirit. I hope that listeners can feel the love and stillness born into this music and open their h(ear)ts to it.”
Listen to The Sentence below and pre-order the album here.
Out April 1st, SUS014 will see Brooklyn's Quincy Vidal join the Styles family with a 7-track EP of hard-hitting hip hop entitled Chi’ren.
Stream the first single, “Third Rail” now and pre-order a very limited edition hoodie equipped with an early download of the full EP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5Y77FfipXs
Check out more on QV here and stay locked for more to come throughout the month of March.
Streamable previews now available for all 12 dazzling tracks on The Sentence, the debut album from Zach Cooper. Styles Upon Styles will release The Sentence on vinyl and digital on March 18, 2016. Listen below.
Catch Certain Creatures at Trans-Pecos this evening!
Human Pitch presents ~ ~ ~
Malory – (GODMODE)
Certain Creatures – (Styles Upon Styles)
Dadras – (Human Pitch)
Surfing – (1080p)
Rioux [Ambient Intro Set] – (Human Pitch)
$8 Advanced tickets now available: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1080757/ $10 at Door
All Ages / 21+ for Bar
Cancelled Faces is Lior Shamriz's two-part noir about a gay couple’s love affair in Seoul and a cult in the desert. Ohal's score follows these intertwined narratives with two corresponding sets of sounds. The main narrative, set against a backdrop of urban density, self-doubt and paranoia, is driven by cold synthesizers and melancholic melodies anchored by counterpoint and harmonic pathos.
The secondary plot functions as an allegory to the first one. An exploration of the oppressed body through the story of the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE, the narrative frames a lawless landscape where the fourth wall is broken and theater and dance take the place of traditional cinematic dialogue. The journey through Jerusalem is arranged for marimba, clarinet, and strings, relying heavily on overtones and delay to create momentary interruptions that emphasize covert emotional content.
We will release the Cancelled Faces score on cassette February 26, 2016 and digitally on April 15. All tape purchases include one of two screenprinted 11”x15” posters designed by Inva Cota.
Listen to the title track + a few others on Bandcamp now:
And watch Ohal's trailer cut for "Cancelled Faces" on YouTube:
"Kloke and Kid Smpl have made some of our favorite music over the past few years, but they sound hardly alike. While Kloke – an Australian producer – has made murky house and techno that sounds wonderfully smudged and blurry, Kid Smpl’s desolate landscapes are dystopic nightmares that tend to fall off genre grids completely. Kid Smpl is currently working on a new release to follow up on last year’s Response/Ascend EP for Symbols, while Kloke recently travelled into psychedelic sci-fi territories with his side project band Travancore. Prior to that he dropped the P.H.O.N.E. 12” on Styles Upon Styles, including a Hieroglyhic Being remix on the flipside. We brought Kloke an Kid Smpl together for our latest Alumni Conversation."
Read the full conversation here: http://goo.gl/vqIWYJ
Purchase SUS009 here: http://goo.gl/YJaAeT
Zach Cooper weaves recordings with the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, high school demos, solo compositions and eraserhead-less tape experiments into the shining fabric of The Sentence.
A debut album brimming with many talents and tales, The Sentence is atemporal, a divining of Cooper’s personal history to map his musical travels through formative years in New York state, his studies and collaborations within the University of Vermont’s music theory and composition department, and a move to the hills of Black Mountain, North Carolina. Cooper lays bare his recorded youth throughout The Sentence:
“Exploring old recordings and turning them into new ones allows me to find the common musical threads through my life. These sounds give me little hints to understanding my REAL life, in spirit and in vibration, more than any specific mood or musical taste.”
His personal plunders are the sonic foundation of The Sentence, but only partly make the album’s guiding beam. Devoted to a lifestyle of meditation and spiritual embrace, Cooper reflects inner peace to a universal call for calm. “This is for us to incite stillness in our hearts and minds,” each word a song, each title a movement in the greater dance of harmony and balance. Cooper’s sentence is not about meditation, but the result of it.
Zach Cooper’s The Sentence is an elegant testament to a life of sound, a history of collaboration and solo experimentation, a shedding of metaphysical skin. Styles Upon Styles will release The Sentence on limited vinyl housed in gold-stamped and embossed jackets alongside high-quality digital iterations and divinations on March 18, 2016, pending the good grace of the vinyl press gods.
Juno Plus offers the full premiere of Gut Nose's 'Escape The Matrix'. Read the full write-up below and stream SUS013 here.
Having first surfaced with the cruddy eaT BiskiT tape in 2013, Brooklyn denizen Gut Nose was offered a wider platform to display his “blunted and dilapidated” sound by Styles Upon Styles the following year. The Vicetopia 12″ announced his arrival on the label but it was a mere prelude for the narrative strains of the Gut Nose album that followed, Filthy City. Formed of two suites of varying style, the album was summed up quite accurately by Tony Poland in a review as a “36-minute juggernaut of sonic unpredictability.” There has been zero music of note from Gut Nose since then, but this month brings him back to the SUS fold with a new 12″ entitled Escape The Matrix. The four-track 12″ is due out on Friday, but we have been granted an advance full stream which you can hear below. Fans of the aforementioned Filthy City will be happy to see that this new Gut Nose record maintains the balance between coarse clubby rhythms and grimy hip hop à la Company Flow at their finest.
Pre-order SUS013 here: https://goo.gl/QBkuZO
in celebration and praise, a few friends of Oliver Chapoy / Certain Creatures have remixed selections from Oliver's debut album, Vipassana. you can stream remixes from Stefan Jos, Clay Wilson, L'estasi Dell'oro, Lori Scacco, Granite Mask and James Conduit on Vipassana's Bandcamp page. Downloads of the remixes are included at no extra $ with the regular album download.*
We're highlighting Stefan Jos' (aka Devon Hansen) remix first / below. Devon first joined the Styles family with his video for Tomlaan's "Prehodni," the first visual component we ever released. We are still consistently blown away by Hansen's work, visual or otherwise, since "Prehodni" - his recent album, "Primitives" [Flau], is a masterpiece of submerged musique technó, refined sound sculpting and hallucinatory hip movers.
*if you've already bought the digital download of Vipassana from our Bandcamp, please check your inbox for a direct download of the remixes.