Thursday, 28 June 2018

The Blow Volume 4 by Jodie Lowther & A.R.C. Soundtracks

The Blow Volume 4 by Jodie Lowther & A.R.C. Soundtracks

Jodie's solo outing on the latest edition of The Blow is out tomorrow via the fine people at Front & Follow. Lowther on one side, A.R.C. Soundtracks on the other, and they meet in the middle for a single collaborative track. It is a very beautiful thing, and should be purchased via the link below and enshrined in your tape recorder as soon as you are able. There's not too many left, so don't dawdle.

In other news, work continues on our first proper album, which is on course for a release later in the year. Had a few people ask about if they can buy any physical copies of various Quimper releases. At the moment, the only physical release we've got out is a single track on the new Feel Music Compilation, which can be found at the link below. We don't really have the time to re-release any of our older stuff on CD or whatever (though I think a collection of last year's EPs would be quite nice, do get in touch if you have a label or whatever and fancy working with us on that), but we do hope to have some sort physical release in place for the new album, a CD at absolute minimum. Probably quite a fancy one.

That's all for now. As always, thanks for listening/buying our music/reading/etc!


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Further Happenings

The Blow Volume 4 - Jodie Lowther + A.R.C. Soundtracks

Jodie features on this new split release from Front & Follow. More ethereal lovely and/or unsettling ambient music that's somewhat in the same vein as last year's Skeleton Moon. Out on cassette/digital download on June 29th, but pre-orders are open now. Limited to 100 copies and selling fast, so don't hang around if you fancy a tape.

The Cleaners From Venus - Star Cafe

Jodie also features on the new Cleaners From Venus album, mostly on the track Spirited Away (see below) but you can hear her pop up here and there on occasion between songs. Out now on CD/digital download!

Feel Guide Volume Seven

Curated by the Caliper Music blog and released by ShanGORIL La Records on delicious vinyl (I'm assuming deliciousness here. Do not eat). Features Quimper song "Thomas Egg Has Little Legs". A song about many things, but mostly eggs. Little ones.

As you can probably see, we are VERY BLOODY BUSY. Work continues on an actual full length Quimper album. We'll have videos and everything. Not sure where that'll end up, but the when will probably be at some point after Summer. Our last EP is still on Bandcamp and still would like a wee pat on the head and maybe a shiny coin for some sweets. See below.


Sunday, 6 May 2018


Feel Guide Vol. 7

Quimper have a song on the latest Feel Guide compilation, which is being released on vinyl by the fine people at ShanGORIL La Records. Compiled by the Caliper Music blog, the Feel Guide series collects what can loosely be described as experimental music, but is really a huge variety of ideas from a huge variety of artists. I think this is the first time Quimper have ever had something out on vinyl, and I'm quite happy that said song is about a little egg with legs that walks about a bit. You can have a listen/buy the record at the link below.

Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin - Button Eyes (featuring Chip the Black Boy) 

The second video to be taken from the I Left My Heart In Uncanny Valley album, this time for the song Button Eyes, which first appeared on our Soft Bodies Eat Bees compilation. It has puppets. Many puppets. Big puppets, small puppets, musical puppets, vaguely famous puppets, sinister's mostly sinister puppets, come to think of it. The dead eyes in the picture on the left belong to the watchful and ever vigilant gaze of Nigel. Pray you never meet it.

The Petunia videos have come a long way from the early Fish Drive days. The fact they're all DIY and mostly (with the occasional guest here and there) all the work of one person is a great example how there really is no limit to what you can do as long as you have an imagination. Gawp below.

The Cleaners From Venus - Eye Tunes - June 17th

A rare gig from Mr Martin Newell with all proceeds to NHS Glaucoma Services, who very kindly unwonked Martin's eyes last year. I think the Greatest Living Englishman will be getting played live in it's entirety, along with various other bits and bobs from the back catalogue. A grand day out for a good cause.

New album Star Cafe should also be out by the end of May, featuring a guest turn from our very own Jodie Lowther. More on that nearer the time.

That's all for now, more news on the way in a week or two. Lots happening. Argh.

Oh, and thank you to those who put a couple of quid our way for the Werdwolfen album. Very lovely of you.



Thursday, 19 April 2018

What We Did On A Summer Holiday

Werdwolfen - Mewling For Teeb

Presenting a collection of our two sessions recorded for the fine Phantom Circuit programme (plus a couple of bonus tracks) under the Werdwolfen umbrella. I'm afraid it does not include "Yentob Semi" for reasons of taste, decency, and the fact my voice was nowhere near disguised enough to plead ignorance of the horrors included in said song.

Werdwolfen on this occasion consisted of myself and Jodie with a little bit of help from our friend Alex on track 15.

I'm strangely proud of Bone Coat.


Jodie will be guesting on the new Cleaners From Venus album (Star Cafe), which should be out May 21st or thereabouts. More Jodie on something else happening in June that I don't think has properly been announced yet but more on that when it is.

Work continues on Quimper songs. Some are even finished.

That's all for now.



Monday, 26 February 2018

Songs By Other People

Some people I know write music. Some of it is even rather good. Here's some now!

The Polymer Cities - Data Rot Vol.1

I had data rot once. Well, *I* didn't, but a CD I owned did. It was one of those gold CDs and it was a pretty awful goth mess of an album so said data rot (or disc rot) was probably a good thing. And hey, so's this. The Polymer Cities is the latest project from Allan Murphy, formerly known as the Midwich Youth Club, who released a couple of albums on our old label back in the day. It's a bit more...not glitchy, but boingy than Midwich. Sort of reminds me a bit of the strange and fantastic soundtracks you'd sometimes get from the more obscure Japanese shoot 'em up games from the 90s. Excellent stuff.

Martin Newell - The Greatest Living Englishman

A long awaited reissue of what is generally considered to be the best introduction to the work of Martin Newell/Cleaners From Venus. I'd possibly go for Going To England myself, but this is a great album. Seems to be sold out damn near everywhere, but I think another run is coming soon. Oh, forgot to mention Andy Partridge. You're contractually obliged to mention he produced it when talking of this album lest faceless horrors from beyond the grave rise from the ground and drag you into the inky depths.

 No Bandcamp link, but here's a recent interview with Aug Stone (also previously of Soft Bodies for a wee while) about the album:

Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin - Uncanny Valley Intro

I think I mentioned the album release on here awhile back but this is the first video to be taken from said album. Ms MacPumpkin painstakingly produced videos for all of the tracks on her first album (Fish Drive Edsels), it was the kind of massive undertaking that only the truly bugfuck insane would attempt and not only was it attempted, it was completed. What do you do then? You do it again, but more so. There will be other forays into Uncanny Valley, this is but the beginning.

That's all for now. As always, our increasingly less new EP is on Bandcamp for free download, but if you pay for it you get a bonus warm feeling of contentment that only comes from giving us money. Honestly, try it. Warm and fuzzy. Mmmmm.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Everything's Gone Fred

New Order were probably the first band I ever properly "got into" when I was a teenager. Probably 13-14 or something. The first band where I'd try and track down their albums which was fairly tricky when you were living in the middle of nowhere and it was the days before easy internet access. No CD player, not even a record player then. Just a cheap radio/tape player. I taped Blue Monday off the radio then tried to find the album it was on. The Best Of had just came out so I got that, it was Blue Monday 88. Not the same. Oh dear. And come to think of it a good chunk of the album wasn't exactly great either. Hmm.

But then I got hold of Substance, and that was much more like it. Proper version of Blue Monday. And Everything's Gone Green. That did it. That pretty much swore me off guitars until I went through a regulation awkward teenage Smiths affliction that thankfully cleared itself up before causing too much damage. But Everything's Gone Green had synths and haziness. That's what I still look for music, I think. Haze. Early New Order is great for that, pretty much up to Thieves Like Us. After that it wasn't quite for me anymore, things got too defined.

(Never did get into Joy Division. Ian Curtis is just Fred Schneider on a downer. Why listen to Joy Division when you can listen to the B-52s?)

And once you've finished listened to the B-52s, download our new EP here. It's free, unless you want to give us money. We like it when you give us money. We can buy potato waffles, eggs and bread and eke out our twilight existence a little more.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A Soft Day

A Soft Day is Quimper's 7th EP. It is out now and you can listen to it below. Four songs about various things dissected in various ways. I could go through what each song is supposed to mean or whatever but it's never that much fun going behind the curtain.

It's been an interesting year for Quimper. Shutting down Soft Bodies meant I had a lot more time to put into Quimper and I think we've probably done our best work because of it. We've definitely had more people listening to us than ever before, and some of you have been amazingly generous in supporting us via buying our music. So thank you.

What next? Well now.

1. Some people still like their music to be imprinted onto something physical. Vinyl, tape, CD, someone's flesh. It has been a very long time since anything Quimper like has been on a physical format but if you like THINGS then you're in luck, because we should have a song on a new vinyl compilation later this year. More details when I get them.

2. An album. Yeah, we really should do an album. We've been around for ages now and we haven't got around to doing one yet. Drizzle Maw & Domino are more collections of demos/uncollected tracks that appeared elsewhere than a proper album. Work has begun on something, and we might well see if we can find a label to give it a physical release. It would be nice to find a home. Probably won't be ready 'til the summer. We *might* have another EP before then, probably something that's a bit of departure from our usual stuff if all goes to plan.

I shall leave you with some songs I've liked recently from other people. Ta-ta for now.