Reed & Caroline reveal new video for Ocean from their Hello Science album

VeryRecords has unveiled a video to accompany Reed & Caroline‘s track Ocean from their new album Hello Science, which is available now.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Before
• Dark Matter
• Buoyancy
• Another Solar System
• It’s Science
• Digital Trash
• Ocean
• Entropy
• Computers
• Internet Of Things
• Continuous Interfold
• Metatron
• Before (Vince Clarke Remix)

ORDER
The Digital Download format is available to order now as an MP3 from iTunes and all good online retailers. The album will shortly be available as a high quality WAV download from the online shop.

The limited-edition CD format is available in the online shop while stocks last.

Here’s the video to accompany Another Solar System from Reed & Caroline’s Hello Science album

VeryRecords has unveiled a video to accompany Reed & Caroline‘s new track Another Solar System which features on their new album Hello Science, which is available now.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Before
• Dark Matter
• Buoyancy
• Another Solar System
• It’s Science
• Digital Trash
• Ocean
• Entropy
• Computers
• Internet Of Things
• Continuous Interfold
• Metatron
• Before (Vince Clarke Remix)

ORDER
The Digital Download format is available to order now as an MP3 from iTunes and all good online retailers. The album is also available as a high quality WAV download from the online shop.

The limited-edition CD format is available in the online shop while stocks last.

Watch the Reed & Caroline video to accompany Computers from Hello Science

VeryRecords has unveiled a video to accompany Reed & Caroline‘s new track Computers which features on their new album Hello Science, which is available now.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Before
• Dark Matter
• Buoyancy
• Another Solar System
• It’s Science
• Digital Trash
• Ocean
• Entropy
• Computers
• Internet Of Things
• Continuous Interfold
• Metatron
• Before (Vince Clarke Remix)

ORDER
The Digital Download format is available to order now as an MP3 from iTunes and all good online retailers. The album will shortly be available as a high quality WAV download from the online shop.

The limited-edition CD format is available in the online shop while stocks last.

Here’s the video to accompany Dark Matter from Reed & Caroline’s Hello Science album

VeryRecords has unveiled a video to accompany Reed & Caroline‘s new track Dark Matter which features on their new album Hello Science, which is available now.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Before
• Dark Matter
• Buoyancy
• Another Solar System
• It’s Science
• Digital Trash
• Ocean
• Entropy
• Computers
• Internet Of Things
• Continuous Interfold
• Metatron
• Before (Vince Clarke Remix)

ORDER
The Digital Download format is available to order now as an MP3 from iTunes and all good online retailers. The album will shortly be available as a high quality WAV download from the online shop.

The limited-edition CD format is available in the online shop while stocks last.

Watch Over Hills And Vales from Alka’s forthcoming The Colour of Terrible Crystal album

VeryRecords has today unveiled the macabre video to accompany the track Over Hills And Vales from Alka‘s forthcoming The Colour of Terrible Crystal album, which is scheduled for release via digital download and as a limited-edition CD on October 13th 2017.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Piece
• Betablockers
• Melancholy Lasts
• Over Hills And Vales
• Sofantastick
• Collusion
• Questlore
• Truncate
• Under Waves And Seas
• Cooperate
• Wrong Side
• We Are Free Forms
• Wrong Side Up (Mathie Gendreau Remix)
• Truncate (Vince Clarke Remix)

Watch the video for Melancholy Lasts from Alka’s The Colour of Terrible Crystal

VeryRecords has today revealed the Nicole Antebi video to accompany the track Melancholy Lasts from Alka‘s forthcoming The Colour of Terrible Crystal album, which is scheduled for release via digital download and as a limited-edition CD on October 13th 2017.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Piece
• Betablockers
• Melancholy Lasts
• Over Hills And Vales
• Sofantastick
• Collusion
• Questlore
• Truncate
• Under Waves And Seas
• Cooperate
• Wrong Side
• We Are Free Forms
• Wrong Side Up (Mathie Gendreau Remix)
• Truncate (Vince Clarke Remix)

Watch the video for Underwater from Vince Clarke and Paul Hartnoll’s 2Square album…

Underwater is a track from Vince Clarke and Paul Hartnoll’s collaboration album 2Square which is available to download now.

The six-minute mini-drama video comes courtesy of the Norwegian avant-garde film directer Vid Andersøn who was recently honored at the prestigious Dagenham Film Festival for his stunning abstract masterpiece ‘Watching Paint Dry’.

Announcing the release of Buchla & Singing, the debut album from Reed & Caroline

Very Records are pleased to announce details of the debut album by Reed & Caroline, ‘Buchla & Singing’, which will be released on October 14th. The album will be the second release on Vince Clarke’s VeryRecords label.

Buchla & Singing is just that – vocals and nothing but a vintage synth. The album was conceived by New York electronic musician Reed Hays using only a Buchla modular system, interwoven with the pure, angelic vocals of Caroline Schutz from the bands Folksongs For The Afterlife and The Inner Banks. With songs celebrating the humble electron and the equally under-appreciated washing machine, ‘Buchla & Singing’ takes in shimmering, spacey synth pop, tales of road-trips, quirky bedtime stories, and pieces grounded in austere classical minimalism.

Reed Hays met Caroline Schutz while they were studying at Oberlin College. Hays, a cellist, had arrived at the school under false pretences, switching to their new electronic music programme just to be able to get his hands on the college’s Buchla synthesizer. Art major Schutz only discovered that she wanted to be a singer after graduating and schlepping round the States as a graphic designer for the touring Lollapalooza festival, before realising that she could sing better than some of the bands she was supporting.

Their first album together sees the pair delivering tracks like ‘Singularity (We Bond)’ and ‘Electrons’, whose electronic structures and lyrics fizz with scientific discovery. “I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, which is where they put German rocket scientists after World War II to work on the space programme,” Hays explains. “When I was growing up there in the 1970s and 80s, there was nothing there but scientists and engineers. Space and science were just what I grew up with, so they’re natural things for me to write about. I like those early OMD songs that sounded like love songs but were actually about science. Our stuff is pretty obviously just about washing machines and electrons!”

The third member of this duo is Hays’s Buchla. Best known as the go-to synth for producing crazy R2-D2 sounds, Hays has managed to coerce his system into producing a broad array of unorthodox styles here: whether classic analogue electro pop on ‘John And Rene’, rippling randomised arpeggios that nod to classical music, or the crystalline sounds of glassware being washed on ‘Henry The Worm’, a cute story that could have been conjured from the warped imagination of Lewis Carroll or Eric Carle that follows the adventures of a worm as it crawls around a restaurant. ‘Buchla & Singing’ is the sound of a tricky synth being put through its paces in ways that its creator never envisaged.

‘Buchla & Singing’ will be released as a digital download and on CD from October 14 2016.

Reed Hays on the Buchla

Most people pronounce it wrong. It’s pronounced Boo-cla. It’s a Dutch name.

Don Buchla was out in Berkeley, California in the sixties, designing synthesizers at the same time that Bob Moog was over on the East Coast, but they never spoke to one another. Buchla worked for NASA in the sixties and he developed technology for fuel sensors on rocket tanks. He put those on the synth he developed. They respond to how your fingers touch them. There’s no keyboard, just these touch pads. For me, being a string player, it’s something I can really relate to, but it’s a really difficult piece of kit to use. Nothing’s labelled like any other synthesizer. Making this album just with that synth was a real challenge.

Buchla came from a crazy background. Some of the first modules he designed were for Ken Kesey’s Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. Those were all red modules. The rumour was that if you licked the red module you’d get high. I have some of those original modules. Did I lick it? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

On this album, I set up a lot of arpeggios, dialling them up on little sliders and having them addressed randomly. I was letting the Buchla do the work for me in writing some of those arpeggios and chords. It really is like having another collaborator.

Even though I’d set myself the challenge of making the album on the Buchla, I wanted to cheat. I wanted to use a Moog for the bass, which is what you’re supposed to do, but actually in the end I got a great bass sound on the Buchla. ‘Washing Machine’ has a Sennheiser vocoder, but the vocoding on all the other songs is done on the Buchla, so in the end I didn’t cheat really.

Vince Clarke on the Buchla

I had one once but I sold it. It’s way too difficult to use.