Capsule

by Cooperblack

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    Capsule EP
    1.When I'm Gone (Remember) 04:20
    2.Play On Forever 05:49
    3.Flags Wave (Flags Fall) 04:52
    4.Fail (Face Away) 06:56
    5.Suomenlinna 04:22
    6.You're So Sure 06:58


    Reagoivat EP
    1.With Knives (Handheld Pressure Cuts) 03:38
    2.Glasses Rose 04:17
    3.Edge Complete 04:31
    4.Embryo 05:02
    5.This Promise (A Spoken Word) 04:06


    Return To The Big Eyes EP
    1.Come Down 04:22
    2.I Assume 03:35
    3.3 Point Turn (feat. elmstonchrist) 03:51
    4.Break Us Make Us 05:08
    5.Strike Strikes 06:21

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Driving, together too long Ageing, the systems so wrong Forget, the little difference Notice, that things have shifted Hear the glass smashing And the doors breaking Oh so young to be exposed Running safe places Come to safe humans Oh so young to be exposed Come on man you're so sure Come on man you're so sure Hands, of spots and markings Time holds, the scars worth wiping Hear the glass smashing And the doors breaking Oh so young to be exposed Running safe places Come to safe humans Oh so young to be exposed Come on man you're so sure Come on man you're so sure

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Six new wave melancholic, electro-pop songs form Capsule, the latest EP release from prolific Australian music producer and composer, Cooperblack (aka Jeremy Conlon).

Moving away from the muscular, studio-based dance of Return To the Big Eyes (2015), here Cooperblack infuses his unique synthetic pop with a plethora of dark, moody “found sounds” gathered from an extended sojourn to wintery Europe – the frozen polar opposite of his desert home in Yuendemu, Northern Territory.

Composed and gathered where the sun has limited potential, Capsule’s distinct sound was ultimately sculpted and shaped beneath the harsh, endless sun of Central Australia. It’s the perfect counterpoint – and combination.

From ice-breaking ferry rides in Helsinki to lonely flag poles clinking in the icy Berlin wind, these found sounds blend into deep electronic ambient soundscapes. Layered over Cooperblack’s deeply personal lyrics, these sonic elements of ‘random coincidence’ add a particularly haunting quality to his pop-driven compositions.

It’s all about space, and place.

Synths, drum machines, distant voices and the harsh European winter create the distinct sound of Capsule, another excellent and unique musical foray by one of Australia’s most progressive musicians.


Review
‘CAPSULE’ BY COOPERBLACK – EP REVIEW
By Steve ‘Habibi Kelk | April 13 2017 - foldback.com.au

We have written often about the surprising amount of musical talent that is to be found in the Centralian desert of the Northern Territory. An ancient landscape of vast, spectacular and primal nothingness, it keeps producing inspired artists who can take the energy from that timeless expanse and turn out work worthy of any ‘big city’ outfit, whether it be hard rock, metal, alternative or indeed electronica. Cooperblack is one of those artists.

Perhaps it is the almost overwhelming quiet of the Northern Territory arid regions that makes organic sounds stand out more and gives the producer a better ‘ear’ for such things when recording them for their works. Certainly it seems to be the case that working in such a remote location gives Cooperblack (Jeremy Conlon) and his compatriots an edge in that respect – an ability to take from the surroundings the energy of the sun, the flora and fauna and of the traditional peoples of the land.

With Cooperblack’s new EP ‘Capsule’, he has taken that edge with him to wintry Northern Europe – a more opposite place to his desert home at Yuendumu you couldn’t get – and recorded organic sounds of a distinctly different type to weave into his new work. These ‘found sounds’ as they are referred to, randomly and coincidentally mined as the artist’s inspiration took him, were then transported back to the harsh heat and wilderness of Central Australia where they were intertwined with very personal lyrics, synths, electronic beats and ethereal vocals to produce the rapturous ‘synthphony’ of melancholia that is ‘Capsule’. We are guessing that the artist’s mood at the time was as winter-like as his environment and provided that dark inspiration that is both a blessing and a curse. That he blended his sounds back under the harsh solar glare of his remote desert community is juxtaposition taken to the next level. The contrasting vibe is tangible. Kris Keogh of ZZAAPP HQ has mastered the recording with his usual expertise.

Track by track, this EP delivers in spades. ‘When I’m Gone’ has a distinct 70’s feel about it, back in the early days of the synth. While still of dark subject matter, it bounces along with floating, gossamer, plaintive vocals – this track takes this reviewer’s head back to his youth while keeping his feet firmly planted in the now – it rocks. ‘Play On Forever’ kicks it with organic trebly bass underscoring a surreal vocal dreamscape with definite hints of New Order influences peeking through here and there. ‘Flags Wave (Flags Fall)’ uses found sounds overlain on doom-synth to make for an effective moodiness. To this reviewer (especially with the title), it invokes the current spectre of the march of Nationalism around the world towards war. It could almost be a leitmotif for some dark warlord villain. ‘Fail (Face Away)’ broods and moodily meanders along a fuzzy path with muted, distant kick drum – a track made for quiet introspection. ‘Suomenlinna’ is a dark and wintery blend that very well could be the score for a blockbuster space-horror movie, the rumbling organics reminiscent of the low growl of an interstellar warp drive – Kubrick could have found a use for this track were he still with us. The final track, ‘You’re So Sure’ is a bit more poppy and has radio potential. You can move and groove to this, slowly but with purpose. Hypnotic and chill, it is yet still emotionally questioning, in the right measure.

Cooperblack has shown with ‘Capsule’ that he is willing to explore the darker side of his nature, of human relationships and the state of world. It is a departure from his more pumping, dancey and trippy earlier offerings but in no way does that make it less of an EP. It is a softer (but not necessarily gentler) offering, perhaps a catharsis for the artist and could be for the listener as well. ‘Capsule’ is an introspective EP meant for headphones, soft lighting and deep thought.

credits

released April 2, 2017

All songs by Jeremy Conlon
Produced by Jeremy Conlon
Additional piano performance by Heli Valkama (Helsinki) on Suomenlinna
Recorded in Central Australia, Berlin and Helsinki.

Mastered by Kris Keogh at ZZAAPP HQ
Cover image by Zoe Curren
Berlin promotional images by Megan Spencer

Special thanks to Megan, Oliver, Kris, Helli, Zoe, Manon, Wide Open Space, PAW Media, Chloe and Stellar Sea.

Cooperblack acknowledges the Warlpiri people as the traditional and prevailing custodians of the lands on which this music was created.

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Cooperblack Alice Springs, Australia

Australian composer, DJ and electronic artist JEREMY CONLON aka Cooperblack releases ‘The Degradation Suite’, a six-track meditation on ‘the end of the world’.

Cooperblack acknowledges the Arrernte people as the traditional and prevailing custodians of the lands on which this music was created.
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