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.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Night Tide Video


Jodie has finished a new video for 'Night Tide', taken from her recent album Skeleton Moon. See below! There's also a couple of other videos she worked on last year below that. Everything's happening below. Below is a happening place. See it.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Hello! Somewhat delayed update due to Christmas, New Year, alcohol and various other distractions. Work continues on various Quimper foetal abominations as we attempt to place as many donks on lazy classical music rip-offs as possible. We'll hopefully have something out at the end of the month but we've probably scrapped an album's worth of demos already so we'll see how it goes. Haven't quite got a feel for where to go next. While it would be easy to do more songs about eggs there's only so much to say about an egg. Well, I'm sure more skilled tunesmiths than I could have a go, but I have no idea what I'm doing at the best of times so easier to move onto other objects.

We're also building a 3x3 miniature city set for future videos. We've got little posters and lamp posts and everything and are working away at slowly making it ever more unsettling. I realise the fuel for this endeavour is less the pursuit of art and more the pursuit of having DINKY THINGS.

Jodie's album is still on Bandcamp (see below) and is now on iTunes, Spotify and all manner of other internet vendors. Enjoy the freedom of choice and thank you to all who have already supported the album by buying it, reviewing it, telling people about it or generally noticing it.

As for other Quimper associates, the long awaited new album by Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin is now out. 17 tracks of the rum and uncanny & Jodie did the cover art. Features Martin Newell doing a guest turn on Mad Hatter's Ball and all sorts of other stuff we'll probably talk about more at a later date. In the meantime, investigate below!

Speaking of Martin, there are still a few copies of Jumble Sale left to buy on Bandcamp. There aren't many left, so don't hang about if you fancy one. You also can now find a ton of old and new Cleaners stuff on iTunes/Spotify/Amazon/everywhere else.

That's about all for now. There's a ton of stuff happening over the next few months, most of which we'll talk about when it's officially announced elsewhere. Watch the skies. Never sleep. Soon now.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Skeleton Moon

Jodie's third solo album is now both out and about. Digital download from Bandcamp, check it out below. Glacial ambience that's strangely calming whilst retaining a good healthy undertone of something not being quite right.

20 tracks. Pay-what-you-want.

If you like it, do please tell people about it. There is no better way to be heard these day than to self replicate digitally through the internet until you pupate and explode through people's faces. Alternatively, you can just retweet it or something. Either or.

Probably not any new Quimper until next year. I mean between the EPs and Jodie's album it's probably enough to be getting on with. I know I mentioned doing a sort of "annual" of tracks that didn't make the EPs, but we're a bit bored of them now and they probably were left off for a reason. If, by some miracle, we find ourselves to be the next Haircut 100 or Fast Food Rockers or something and record labels are clamouring 20 years hence to reissue our back catalogue until we are a dry husk, we shall at least have some bonus tracks.

(there is a very nice alternative version of Thin Theatre I should put up at some point though)


Friday, 24 November 2017

Spool Truffles

Well hello there.

First of all, a massive THANK YOU to all that bought/downloaded/wrote about/generally gave a damn about Little Legs For Little Eggs. We would still be here if you were not, but you make the whole thing much more fun. ACCEPT OUR KIND REGARDS.

The wayward sprint of Thomas Egg is not over yet. There is news. News of egg. News of the new year. More when our hirsute utopian associates are ready to reveal themselves

Here are some reviews/things about the EP


Jodie's long awaited third solo album, that's what. Possibly as soon as this weekend.

Speaking of Jodie, she's recently done the cover art for Night Heron's new album, which you can listen to below. If you like the Cleaners/wistful psych tinged indie, it's worth checking out.

And I think that's about it for now. As always, you can find our music below. Bye-bye!