Happy #NationalPoetryDay 🌾
Happy #NationalPoetryDay from my other ‘thing’
No Side Effects approve of #NationalPoetryDay. As a special treat, we thought we’d depress you with some of our prose of existential dread.
We have retracted
All our names from the sun
This is enacted
This wave that never turns
All these voices sing and bicker
Reaching out for a slither of gold
But these machines and machinations
Will bring ruin to us all
Flick the switch that makes it fall apart so efficiently
Lay foundations that allow us to build something that can truly fall
And all we have are pedigrees and interventions to bury us all
We are reinventing failure
Our long protracted
Sentiments of how we feel
Our world is divided
Don’t apologies for the things you’ve done
All these engines roar and splutter
A space apart from our worlds apart
We’re certain we can die
So much faster
Smash the bricks so they can crumble much…
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Beautiful and haunting sounds…
This album was a mystery to me when I picked it up. There weren’t any identifying features to who created this album, no band name and no title (which might be different in the general release, I guess). The front cover shows a pair of arms changing into a tree and a face just visible across the skin of the hands.
This is ‘The Nothing’, the second album by The Last Dinosaur, the brainchild of London-based Jamie Cameron and his music college friend, Luke Hayden.
As the first song begins with a cut-back, lo-fi acoustic guitar and distant and distorted vocals, you immediately enter a delicate and cobweb-filled dreamscape of whispered dictaphone tapes, strings, bells, saxophones and gentle elements.
The album documents a cathartic journey for Jamie as he faces difficult memories from his past through this collection of songs, with life, death, regeneration and peace being prominent themes through…
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‘Everything must come to an end’
Part diary, part collage, part mixtape, ‘The 17th Year’ documents a life-changing year through audio samples, writing and songs. Music featured in the mix includes an updated recording of a Quintessence song (one of Tom’s former bands) and a new song by No Side Effects. The mix also includes the voices of Adrian Wallington of Two Short Planks/No Side Effects and Sumita Majumdar of IndoorGoblin.
Grasslands – Burn After Listening
Susanne Sundfør – Darlings
Ben Folds – Capable of Anything (Grasslands Overdub)
The Vaccines – Dream Lover
Nils Frahm – Our Own Roof
Grasslands – Grounded/Floating
Grasslands – Too Many Knives
The Magic Lantern – Guilty Hearts
Reading by Adrian Wallington – The Temple
Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
Low – What Part of Me
Reading by Sumita Majumdar – Monument
Lanterns On The Lake – I’ll Stall Them
No Side Effects – Final Forecast
Reading by Sumita Majumdar – Atomise & Reform
School Of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes
Here’s our new No Side Effects track – Fa(i)l[l]ing!!
What were Ade and Tom up to this weekend?
As part of a long delayed meet up, Tom and Ade discussed life, relationships, Brexit and even managed to have a go and turning their recorded tunes into live performances. They even managed to set dates for their next proper single and album releases (ooooh).
As would be expected, the session descended into a mirage of noise at around 2am and gave birth to our new drone song – Fa(i)l[l]ing.
Throws debut album documents an Icelandic adventure through a range of musical styles with soulful vocals and awkward drum beats. The resultant noises can be compared to The XX, slower Super Furry Animal numbers and The Polyphonic Spree.
Throws is a collaboration between old friends and collaborators Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders formally of Tunng’s who found themselves rekindling their friendship while meandering across the unearthly Icelandic landscape and recording songs along the way.
The album features space-laden tunes with soulful high-pitched falsettos provided by the Northern tones of Sam, which are reminiscent of Bon Ivor.
Awkward drum loops and freestyle live drumming prick your attention and stop this record fading into the background while string and key arrangements provide some warmth and depth. On first listen the album sounds grounded in folk, but you soon discover some surprises such as a bit of gospel in the opening track ‘The…
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And so… as the hours of the day draw to a close, you can now experience my first mixtape made with an iPad while alone in a hotel in Scotland.
Enjoy the night time!
We were made in the dark:
Here are some words from me for our ongoing series of blogs over at http://www.nosideeffectsmusic.com
Following Ade’s recent blog on loss, Tom considers how we walk through the maze of healing and tries to understand how the brain reacts to loss.
Ade’s recent blog about death and how we cope with such things has made me think about the ghosts and shadows that haunt my life. It has been almost 12 months since I separated from my wife and the pain of that event is still present. Ade wrote that ‘much in life becomes trivial and is rendered superfluous in the wake of a loved one’s permanent absence’. I have said many times that it would have been easier to cope with my wife’s death, rather than the circumstances under which we parted ways. In that scenario there would have been an end to our story, but there wasn’t one, there was just a sudden transition to a different form of life.
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It has been in the planning stages for a while, but, as part of a wider review of what we do, how we do it, and where, we are launching, in conjunction with the top folks at Renegade Brewery, live music at the rather cool Baila Coffee & Vinyl on Victoria Road in Old Town.
But live music in a coffee shop I hear you say? Well, yes, the core of the business may be as a coffee shop, but it is the antithesis of the identikit chains which are taking over the high street, , much like us at SoP. Additionally, along with the very friendly vibe of the place there is a rather tasty vinyl rack, which follows the shops quality over quantity way of operating, stuffed full of seminal albums and underground collectibles, the cream of the leftfield, everything from rock and soul, dance and hip-hop, funk, pop and even…
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