Impose Magazine features the new We Are Temporary single ‘Satellites’ in Sjimon Gompers’s Week in Pop column and talks to Mark about how he turned some of his life’s rough patches into a new forms of electronic catharsis.
“Ever since I was a kid, when I get really angry—I mean really beyond frustrated—I definitely need a catharsis moment. It used to be punching walls and breaking tennis racquets—now, it’s music. Whether it’s moments of true desperation, sadness, or exhilaration, I find that music provides one of the best ways of breaking things down, as it were. Electronic music is especially well suited for this, because of the immediacy of it. I can throw up the bones and the urgency of a song in an hour. I also feel like electronic music is more suited to contrasts, which is where the best catharsis comes from: cold and calculating synths slam up against aggressive drum beats or emotional vocals. The push-and-pull nature of the genre is the perfect vehicle for someone like me who often feels torn between extreme polarities.”
A few days ago was a very proud moment for us. We wrote an article about how digital music has empowers musicians and labels to experiment with new forms of album artwork, which was published on Music Think Tank and got picked up with Hypebot and countless other blogs. It’s just been an amazing last few days with hundreds of people tweeting about it and sharing it on Facebook. Thanks to everyone for showing an interest in our ideas! Much love xo
Hypebot sums up the article as follows:
With digital music, many felt that it deprived albums of its visual and tactile components. However, in Mark’s opinion, the digital music revolution is actually breathing new life into album artwork. Digital has changed the rules of what is considered album artwork. Read on about how the digital music revolution is changing album artwork on Music Think Tank.
“With much of our music being delivered as pure data, our artwork can now be anything we want it to be.”
“We love to hear of interesting, out of the ordinary, and innovative packages for sale on Bandcamp. Oh, and as I type, here’s a unique bundle I just learned of (surely a Bandcamp first,) from the Brooklyn-based Stars and Letters record label who are bundling A Madagascan Sunset Moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) set in a glass vial with free download of the GYPSMYTH album. (…) Big shout to Stars and Letters, their Misfit Mod “Sugar C” single is a recent personal favorite.”
Thanks, Bandcamp! (BTW, your new homepage looks amazing!)
Have you noticed how boring artist interviews can be, these days? Sick of the same generic copy & paste email questions that Mags churn out and send to artists? Well, huge high-fives to Vanguard Red Magazine and Martyn Pepperell for asking Misfit Mod some meaty questions about her music, travels, inspiration, and art & technology background!
Click here, to read this short, but sweet interview.
Oooooo. WILD Magazine just premiered Misfit Mod’s stellar cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs”.
There are a number of indisputable, universal truths in life. How simple they are in theory, only to end up being incredibly difficult to practice. One such principle: “No Scrubs.” Misfit Mod, aka Sarah Kelleher, takes the eternal wisdom of TLC to heart on her new cover of the 1999 classic. The London-via-New Zealand artist’s haunting, stripped-down version sounds aptly weary, like it was recorded after a late night of fending off unworthy suitors. Kelleher surely deserves better; this cover follows the February release of her debut album Islands & Islands, a carefully measured collection of moody, atmospheric synth-pop.