CONQUERING ANIMAL SOUND
Chemikal Underground || UK
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AVAILABLE: UK - October 2014
The last UK tour was opening for Múm in November and this forthcoming tour will be in support of a new EP - due out in October on Chemikal Underground.
Straddling the divide between pop and the avant-garde ought to render electronica duo Conquering Animal Sound in a position of eternal compromise, taming their experimental impulses in the pursuit of pop truth. Yet, Anneke Kampman and James Scott have little truck with contemporary music orthodoxy, from the process of composition and manufacture through to the multiple meanings that underpin their music.
Last year the duo released their second full length via the legendary Scottish label Chemikal Underground. On Floating Bodies is a testament to the possibilities created by the machines and digital technology with which it was made. The resulting music is fearless, futuristic and frosted, an alien landscape bookended by the sound of pulses, sea shells and a miniature tool-set dropping to the floor (Ultimate Heat Death Of The Universe) and a two-minute burst of queasy science-fiction (Inner/Outer/Other). This is 21st-century pop refracted through the prism of keen minds — atomised, deconstructed and reassembled; an ouroborous of ideas and ideals, endlessly innovating itself.
03.10 - Glasgow | Stereo
04.10 - Edinburgh | Summerhall
17.10 - Sunderland | Independent
18.10 - Bradford | Fuse
19.10 - Manchester | A Carefully Planned Festival
20.10 - York | Basement
23.10 - London | Seabright Arms
24.10 - Bristol | Cube Cinema
PRESS FOR 'ON FLOATING BODIES':
"an intoxicatingly unorthodox pop record bursting with ambition"
4/5 [The Skinny]
"None of this will be difficult to those schooled in The Knife, or Niki and the Dove’s less-immediate work, but it’s far from cuddly electro-pop." [BBC]
"If it’s anything, On Floating Bodies is a lesson in how to make a layered electronic record from the bottom upwards without a hint of a sample in sight. And that’s what Kampman and Scott should be most proud of as Conquering Animal Sound. This is their sound: precise and controlled without being cold, with a more than a bit of depth and intelligence to boot" [The Line of Best Fit]
"With its ebb and flow of harmonies and the prevalence of reverbed scrape and drone, On Floating Bodies often assumes a dreamlike, insomniac quality, restless and shifting and slightly other" [Drowned In Sound 8/10]
"Some moments can change everything. On Floating Bodies proves that CAS are making the kind of music that puts them leagues ahead of their peers." [405 8/10]
PRESS FOR KAMMERSPIEL:
“A wonderful piece of work which deserves to be cherished, and gives us far more than we might reasonably expect from anyone’s debut album." 8/10 [Drowned In Sound]
"A promising debut and definite grower that slowly weaves its spell upon the listener and leaves you wanting more." [Soundblab]
"For some, this is confirmation of the significant promise demonstrated live; for others, it will be a remarkable unveiling" [The Skinny]
“impressive and almost certainly one of the most accomplished debuts 2011 will see" [The Line of Best Fit]
"a delightful debut album which tinkles and buzzes, chimes and crackles with real promise" [BBC]
“There’s enough variety in sound, structure and emotion here to keep you intrigued for countless listens, and just the right amount of indiscernible noise.” 4/5 [Narc]
'Both alluring and foot-tapping, the album soothes as much as it makes your heart race" [Rock-a-Rolla]