Yorkshire post-punk duo, Mary and the Ram have today premiered a remix of their debut single, ‘The Cross’ by London alternative rock band, Birthmarks. The track moves the original away from its gothic Sisters of Mercy-esque roots and takes it in a more ambient Massive Attack-inspired trip-hoppy direction.
MATR are currently working on new material at home in York following the success of their debut material (produced by John Fryer [Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails]). Birthmarks will release their debut album, ‘And Then The Rain Stopped’ later this year.
Soundsphere magazine today releases a short documentary produced by two Hull College students – athlete, journalist and wheelchair user, Chelsea Sparke and producer Danielle Hayes. The documentary features prominent figures in Hull’s music scene talking about Hull’s quest for better accessibility.
Dom Smith, editor of Soundsphere (who has Cerebral Palsy) comments: “Hull is where I am from, and I wouldn’t be doing anything music related if it weren’t for the supportive nature of Hull’s people, and venues, but there’s still work to be done and this short documentary shows that and also sheds a light on the incredible stuff going on in our city, and scene.”
‘7 INC’ (out on January 4, 2019) is the latest offering from Hull, UK-based minimal electronic music producer, Dom Sith, under the new guise of God Is 7, Sith returns with a much darker, heavier sound.
Hull, UK based soundtrack and minimal electronic composer, Dom Sith (otherwise known as Dom Smith of Mary And The Ram, Seep Away and The Parasitic Twins) returns with a new video game-style track that’s heavily influenced by cyberpunk culture. He comments: “Man, I’ve always loved the culture of cyberpunk, and I wanted to build something that could soundtrack someone’s emotions if they were either playing, or inside this video game…in my head! Ha!”
Featuring lighter chiptune elements that move away from Sith’s darker sound, this represents a move towards more peaceful sonic exploration. “I’m not a vocalist, I’ve made peace with that now, I mean…I do miserable spoken word bollocks from time-to-time, but that’s about it. I want to focus my energy on soundtrack stuff that makes people chill out, and get them to imagine, if only for a moment that they are in another world.”