Sunken Foal Stories


Glyn Bigga Bush has been producing electronic and sample-based music since the early '90s when he formed Rockers Hi-Fi, going on to release numerous albums. Since the turn of the century he has produced and DJ'd as BiggaBush as well as various side projects such as Lightning Head, the Dandelion Set, and the Magic Drum Orchestral. Bigga's latest project Sunken Foal Stories represents a departure from much of his other work in that it is not primarily based on beats. Instead, his working method was to go with fascinating samples, accidental juxtapositions, and irregular loops -- inspired by pioneers of sound such as Faust and the audio experiments of Julian House, as well as early stereo test records, soundtracks, and library music. The 21 concise tracks of Sunken Foal Stories link into two 15-minute segments on the LP. Bush explores the random elements created by overlaying disparate samples, where chimes of baroque psychedelia clash with ascending classical strings, or a haunting Eastern European folk song is looped into an eternal cadence of longing. Various voices float over the speakers, lost poets, disturbing therapists, dreaming vampires, chuckling cabaret singers. Sourced almost entirely from charity shops and car boot sales, the source material speaks of a forgotten yet relatively recent period, when stereo was something new and exciting, when home entertainment first came into its own and suburban homes thrilled to the exotic sounds of home organs, primitive beatboxes, LPs bought in unusual holiday destinations and "glamorous" soundtracks. The result is a journey into a familiar yet strange world of sound, as witnessed by these early reactions: "A genre spanning melting pot that touches on intimate and thought-provoking aspects of record sampling."; "Cut up collaged sonic curios '50s noir sketches '70s medieval electro modal pulp detective finds covert sound lab break-in beatnik folding time minimalist go-go half imagined torch songs."; "21st century cultural decay meets Alice In Wonderland."; "... like a journey to a place and time long gone, a place of love and harmony. It will put you back in touch with the art of storytelling via beautiful soundscapes and melodies."; "Spirits of instruments and sounds come across and alive throughout the entire album reminding you why you fell in love with music."; "A disconcerto, soundtracking the hive-mind's motion picture dreamtime." "Nosferatu's cocktail party."