There weren’t many things to be learnt from Manchester’s annual In The City festival. Most of the facts on show were things that are already blatantly obvious to people who have even a passing interest in music: that the ‘industry’ is done for and that the only way you’re ever going to make any money is desperately, hopelessly trying to ensure that you sell out. perhaps the greatest affirmation that can be taken from any major event of that ilk is just how much success in a career comes from hanging out in the right circles, or, in media speak, from ‘networking’.
Whilst the thought of schmoozing is completely sickening to anyone with even the remotest grip on what it is to be human, there are easier ways to get seen in the right places. Thanks broadband and the advent of bandcamp, there’s a lot to be said by simply getting music put out on the right download labels. Beko DSL, AMDISC and Nightgull are all prime examples of well meaning, like minded acts clubbing together to form an indentity, but for forward thinking, bedroom bound experimental electronica, there’s little need to look much further than the prodigious Tremble Face/Sand Dagger, who can add to their already outstanding output with the latest from Party Girl.
Almost searchable through google, the 5 track EP ‘Heartbreak’ has spent the past 2 months glowing with ideas, alternating between the bombastic and industrial, twinkling all the while. This is the music of someone attempting to find their boundaries whilst still trying to make something innately listenable, a goal that, brilliantly, isn’t always achieved. Still, at the core of it’s 17 minutes is an artist highly affected by the whole chillwave movement, but desperate to display their own ideas. Aside from a garish, self maintained blog information is typically sparse about Matt Shogi, the man behind the project, but there’s enough in this ambient noise to make sure that is the least of your worries.