A collection of half baked electronically tinged alt-folk tracks. The culmination of months locked away from the world during the 2021 pandemic. Details over on our Bandcamp. https://cowtonguetacorecords.bandcamp.com/album/ep-1
Today we have a new, digital only release to share: the debut, self-titled, six-track EP from ‘ease and desist’. Think chilled out ‘samplewave’… though it’s possible that’s a totally made up term. Either way… you can grab it over on our Bandcamp:
Artwork is by the fantastic Jake Brown.
Today we are pleased to announce another brand new release, from a brand new Cow Tongue Taco artist: Son of a Bit!
Chorophobia is an energetic blast of hardcore chipmusic, and we’re really pleased to have them join the Cow Tongue family.
CTT: Tell us a bit about yourself! Who are you, and where do you come from?
SoaB: I’m Sanditio Bayu Estuputro, a freelance illustrator / comic artist based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I really love making many things I love (such as chip-music, drawings, comics, pixel-arts, etc)! Oh, and I also had another chip-music cover project called “Little-Sound Orchestra” (http://facebook.com/littlesoundorchestra), maybe you can check that out if you have more time.
CTT: How did you get into making chip music?
SoaB: When I was in high school (late 2007/2008), my older brother introduced YMCK (Japanese chiptune group) to me. I was instantly hooked and kept some of the songs in my mp3 player. I really excited about this group and tried to introduce YMCK’s “Magical 8-bit Tour” to one of my best classmate, Pajar Prasetyo and he really liked it! Inspired by that, Pajar suggested that I create a chiptune project with his friend Fajar Sidik. One of his reasons to make this project is, in Indonesia, there wasn’t that many chip-tune projects around, and chip-music sounds really unique! From there, we learned how to make Chip-music together from some tutorials on Youtube… and that was the time when “Majemuk” born, a chiptune / hip-hop group which I run with them. We were also invited to several events such as Chipmovement vol.1 in Depok (a city close to Jakarta), Jakarta Toys Fair 2009, and many others. But, in April 4th 2009, I decided to resign from Majemuk (due to a personal reason) and create a chiptune project inspired by heavy music called “Son of a Bit!”.
CTT: Your style is pretty unique; a sort of cross between metal and chiptune. How would you describe it?
SoaB: Some people call it “Nintendocore”, but I’m trying to avoid this term right now for a personal reason. Maybe i would just call it Heavy-Chip Music or just Chip-music, because I focus more on 8-bit sounds than other instruments. Yes, I add some other instruments in my music (such as Electric guitar) but it’s only a few and nothing more than 2 instruments. Most of my music is inspired by metal music in games such as Guilty Gear & BlazBlue series (Hell yes, Daisuke Ishiwatari is my number one inspiration for this project!) and some other great chip-music artists like Virt, Zabutom and Shitbird.
CTT: Tell us a bit about the album… and how it was put together.
SoaB: This album was supposed to be released 6 years ago (2011). But at that time I was focusing on another project so the release of this EP was abandoned. After checking back the old files on my hard disk, I finally remembered that this album existed! So I decided to release it in this year. This album focuses on songs that have vocals, so I add every vocal tracks that Son of a Bit! had. Some songs in this album is already in my 2nd album “re.demon.stration EP” and I remastered them for this new album (but too bad, that EP link download has already expired). I also added one more track “DEMITUHAN” for the cassette tape version.
SoaB: The name “Chorophobia” itself is an expression of my anxiousness against many other dance music inspired chip-music in my country. The fact that in Indonesia, there’s more or less 75% of chip-music artists here focused on this dance music thing. Maybe most of chip-music artsits here are dance music fans and that’s why there are so many of them. Well, I don’t mean to hate and blame them since there’s no prohibition to make any music with this medium (and most of them are my bestfriends!) but I just want to show to other people (mostly to non-dance music fans) that you can make any music with chiptune and that’s why chiptune is a great alternative medium to start with! Hope you like the new album ❤ \m/
Today we are excited to announce another tape release, this time from electronica artist Cup Fungus.
‘Vaguely Nefarious’ is the artist’s second album, continuing on with their ‘bonkers and disturbing’ theme… with powerful synth-soaked electronica. This is an exploration through dark dreams and sinister places.
The album is available to buy on limited edition cassette tape now from our online shop, or through our Bandcamp page. Only fifteen copies have been made, and the price includes a digital download, with four bonus, download only ‘b-side’ tracks.
You can also stream the album via Spotify right now, if that’s your thing.
Today we’re really pleased to add another new artist to our roster… the wonderful Renku Corporation, from the US of A – currently residing in Houston, Texas.
A one man band creating intricate experimental electronic music with a modular synthesizer, this is ‘music for people who reject reality’. A tag line that we rather quite like. We asked them a few questions to get to know them better…
Cow Tongue Taco: How did you get started creating electronic music?
Renku Corporation: From an early age, I had access to a Tandy computer with a primitive sequencing program that I would create compositions on. It was there that I first started learning how to put together notes and form. Later that morphed into an interest in electric guitar and I had a band that was just myself on guitar and vocals and him on keyboard and drum machine. Basically I was writing industrial-style tracks and needed someone to run the keyboard/sequencer while I fronted, so I taught my friend how to play keys.
Naturally I acquired a sequencing keyboard next, and later much gear in my personal studio in a house I rented with a mate. It was there that much of Renku Corporation was formed and recorded, starting with the Conceptual series. By this time I was in love with the sounds of ‘IDM’, however broad and catch-all that might be. Autechre was probably the biggest influence on me then, and seeing them perform live in Columbus and in Detroit was amazing and halcyon.
CTT: Can you explain a bit about what inspired the tracks on this release?
RC: My process is to approach the modular, where I compose all my tracks now, with a blank mind, like a clean canvas, unpatched. Now I use exclusively a Eurorack modular synthesizer to make all my music, including this release. There are no other sound modules, synthesizers, soft-synths, or samples in this music; only the modular. My approach was to setup each patch, which use multiple hardware sequencers to achieve control of the different parts, and then ‘play’ the patch back live to two-track recording. I would mix parts in and out, trigger and unmute sequences and parts, fiddle with filters and knobs, all live in a single pass. There are no overdubs; everything you hear was produced simultaneously and mixed in the modular.
CTT: The imagery you use is great. Can you say a bit more about it?
RC: Working off the blank mind approach, when I start a track I have no preconceived notions of it’s title, just a vague idea of what modules I want to work with and what tempo it will be at. So when I finish the recording, I immediately name the file something that comes to me, stream-of-consciousness. But it has to be two words that don’t usually go together. Then I try to find a picture that expresses at least one of the concepts or words to match the track.
We have an exclusive tape cassette release coming up from Renku Corporation in the next few weeks, but in the meantime… you can check out their tunes on his Bandcamp or SoundCloud – or drop them a note via the contact info on renkucorp.com.
It’s been a while coming, but we’re finally able to release the ‘Play Some Rap Music’ EP from Magnificent Bastard. Contrary to what it might seem from the title, this is a far more lofi, rocky affair.
Available now to pre-order, the cassette tape will ship out on the week beginning the 10th of April, with the digital download coming immediately. There are three tracks on the EP, with another bunch of tracks that are exclusive for those who buy the tape, on Side B.
You can grab the EP from our online shop, or from our Bandcamp here. There are only 10 copies available, and the band have a few to sell directly, so check out their Bandcamp here if you find them sold out!
Today we are pleased to announce our latest cassette release, from a brand new Cow Tongue Taco artist. ‘Textures for a Rainy Day’ is an atmospheric foray into sound design from electronic artist Cyborg See Cyborg Do – aka Rostislav Goncharov.
Hailing from the Russian city of Perm, CSCD has been producing electronic music for around about 3 years, starting out playing bass, before falling into the heady world of synthesizers. He describes his sound as ‘atmospheric music from a cold place’.
‘Textures for a Rainy Day’ is a collection of tracks that tell a personal story spanning across 2016, reflecting moments from across the emotional spectrum. Whilst ambient music can often feel more like a meandering sonic experiment rather than tracks in their own right, this release takes the listener on a diverse journey, often using sounds gathered from Goncharov’s everyday life.
We’re really chuffed to be able to put out this collection as a one-one off, limited edition run of 15 hand painted cassette tapes – 10 of which we have available for sale in our online shop.
In a few weeks we’ll be releasing a split cassette EP – ‘crow road’, from new Cow Tongue Taco artists cuhto and kupo. We fired them over some questions in advance of the release to get a bit of an insight into what is going on:
Cow Tongue Taco: Hello, tell us a bit about who you both are, and where you are from.
cuhto and kupo: We’re both from Scarborough and we met at college. We’ve been threatening to start a band together for almost as long as I can remember but nothing has come of that just yet. Late last year Steven moved in with me in Glasgow, and we’ve been spinning ideas for projects off of each other for a while so I guess now feels like the right time to do something about it.
CTT: What inspired you to create this split EP?
c and k: We’ve both been listening to a lot of drone and ambient music recently, especially on mornings when we’re both hungover so the sound itself is directly from that. After not properly sleeping for such a long time and feeling constantly shit, Steven wanted to make something that he just found beautiful. For me, I’m just confronting nostalgic-feelings that have been eating me up recently and I wanted to create something with it rather than let it mentally ruin me.
CTT: Can you speak about the tracks on the release?
c and k: I picked a 4 bar chord progression to loop from an improvised drunk jam we recorded one night on guitars, and started messing with the audio. After I treated it and made it feel more fractured as it progressed, Steven suggested he do a variant of it using the same loop. We settled on a 20 minute limit each which worked perfectly for this cassette release. Steven’s pretty bad at getting things completed, so if I didn’t encourage him to get this done within a certain time frame he’d never put it out. It’d still be getting tweaked this time next year or just forgotten about. I’m different in that I get that it’s not perfect, but I try to look past that as I’m not willing to chase perfection as if it’s the sole deciding factor of something’s worth.
CTT: Where else can we find you online?
Look out for ‘crow road’ coming up in the next few weeks.
Today we have another release to add to our roster, with TOKYO from unexpected bowtie.
Written while on long international plane and train journeys, this is music inspired by the lights and movement of globe-trotting; a lingering salute to the people that make up some of the greatest cities in the world.
This album was primarily written on a DMG-01 Game Boy, with a bunch of extra synthy goodness and guitars thrown in for good measure.
Cassettes were a big part of my youth. The first piece of music I ever bought was on tape; I’d spend hours creating custom mix-tapes with songs I’d recorded off the radio; and I even played games by loading them from tape onto the Commodore 64. CDs weren’t around until later, and nobody really released anything on MiniDisc commercially. My generation might like to pretend otherwise, but we didn’t have vinyl; we had cassette tapes.
Now, we almost have instant access to practically any of the music ever recorded through the Internet, which is a mind bogglingly amazing thing when you stop and consider it. As a musician, this is especially amazing. Technology has allowed us the ability to record songs in a way that was completely out of reach 10-15 years ago… but sometimes the process can feel a bit too virtual; confined to the computer from start to finish. There’s a definite longing to produce something that can be enjoyed in an analogue form, and not just resort to pumping out a CD that acts as a vehicle for MP3 conversion.
For that reason, I’ve decided to set up my own cassette tape label, to release my own music and the music of others that I find some sort of symbiosis with (in very limited numbers). Vinyl is great, but far too expensive to produce, and in any event, there’s something about the temperamental, quirky nature of the cassette tape that makes them incredibly appealing as a medium. Some albums are just meant to be listened to on tape. Try it out: find an old tape and take in its warbling imperfections and you’ll see what I mean.
unexpected bowtie – drouth
The first release is ‘drouth’ from unexpected bowtie, an experimental electronic chiptune album that can be previewed for free (digitally) on our Bandcamp.
For £5 (excl. shipping) you get a hand-numbered, hand-painted cassette tape of the album in a pretty cool blue/yellow split shell – as well as some stickers.
There are only 5 copies available out of a total of 10 that were produced, so order here before they are gone forever.