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464 – House Of Black Lanterns


As you may have guessed by our extensive coverage over the past few years, we’re quite the fans of multi-monikered electronica maestro Dylan Richards here at Data Transmission. Releasing music under a slew of different aliases that include King Cannibal for Ninja Tune and Zilla whilst on Warp, the man also known as House Of Black Lanterns never fails to impress.

Thus you can imagine our excitement at news that Richards had a new album ready for release, earlier in the month without fuss or fanfare as a self released effort titled ‘You Were Telling Me Of Mountains’.

Consisting of two continuous parts containing eleven movements in total, the album was written between summer 2013 and summer 2015, and draws both musically and thematically from the artist’s frustrations of being a recording artist today.

Having first described House of Black Lanterns as about “about suspense, space and depth” and more restrained than anything he had worked on before with a “threat of violence” buried deep within his “music’s texture rather than worn outwardly on it’s sleeve,” what avenue he’d lead us down for his edition of the DT podcast was anybody’s guess. Whilst we won’t spoil the surprise (it’s up to you whether or not you want to have a gander at the tracklist) we will tell you it has certainly lived up to our lofty expectations.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
It’s more fun to discover than to be dictated to.

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
Broadcast – Tears In The Typing Pool. They all have their place, but I finished with a favourite.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
A lack of beats, and just being able to relax in to the music and purely the mood. It’s something I wanted to embrace on my new album ‘You Were Telling Me of Mountains’, which is out now on exclusively Bandcamp.

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
Panorama Bar in Berlin. I’ve been deejaying for close to 20 years now and this has been one of the highlights. It’s rare you get a chance to play long form gigs these days and that one was 4 hours. Playing for that long, to a crowd that trusting of its performers, it really allows you to go places that are just impossible in an hour.

What have you got coming up?
Promoting ‘You Were Telling Me of Mountains’, then there’s an EP on Creme’s new imprint Jericho One titled ‘Leather Jacket Love Stories’ (a title that will provoke interesting google results), a remix out on Darkroom Dubs for Of Norway, an EP on EPM and then work on my next album for a label who recently approached me.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Yes, that album I’ve name dropped a few times. Listen to it.

Weather Report- Milky Way
Aux 88 – Intro
John Carpenter & Alan Howath – This Is Not a Dream
John Carpenter – Undented
Deadboy – It Did Not Feel Right
Chromatics – The Telephone Call
Chromatics – THe Gemini
M83 – Waves Waves Waves
Elysia Crampton ft Money Allah – Moth
Lifted – Silver
Ingram Marshall – Prelude (The Bay)
Raum – Event Of Your Leaving
Meredith Monk – Clusters 2
Photek – Aura
M83 – Dancing Mountains
Laurie Anderson – Walking & Falling
Philip Glass – Glassworks No 1, Opening
Nico – Prelude
Bobby Hutcherson – Tranquillity
Keith Jarrett – Birth
Was Not Was – The Sky’s Ablaze
Broadcast – Tears In The Typing Pool

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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