ZOE REDDY – Song For Ewe

Zoe Reddy photograph by Iris Uffen

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is an electronic musician and visual artiste, based in the Hague, whose debut MACHINE EP is out now on the increasingly excellent Phantom Limb label.

Purveyor of minimal but skittish beats, restless energy and latent power, Reddy’s work reminds me of a cross between the pirate radio pinpricks of Darkstar or Zomby and the otherworldly doom of Childish Gambino’s “This is America”. Experimental and yet accessible you can’t move too far away from the speakers that emit this hyperdub hypnosis without getting withdrawal symptoms, and further still you can’t take your eyes off this self-produced and directed video for the song “SATELLITE” – even though its apposite, edgy electronic music it’s still resolutely dance music. Welcome to VS, the infinitessimably ace Zoe Reddy

It’s also well worth checking out these classy shards of video art from the same EP…first up “SPLIT”…James Blake meets Holly Herndon on a Bruce Naumann cathode ray tube…

and this one…”SPIN”…a slowly building psychodrama with a video reminiscent for me at least of Steve McQueen’s “Drumroll” vid triptych.

The “MACHINE” EP was named after and inspired by the “rhythmic qualities of everyday motorised objects” and was composed using found sound from the mechanical cacophony of our everyday domestic lives (not so much field recordings as utility room ones) including washing machines, blenders and the like, and then mixed and processed with pulses, digital dapples and bleeps – to make a striking electromechanical score that belies its banal origins. It’s a synthesis of human warmth and cold machinery.

Reddy was born in Ireland and raised in Australia and is a graduate of the Fine Art Academy in the Hague, specialising in performance art and installation.

Recently Zoe made an excellent playlist for Stuart Maconie’s 6Music show “Freak Zone” including low-frequency oscillations from the likes of Mileece through to honey toned digial harshness from Portishead, so I was intrigued to see what song she had selected for VS. It’s an absolute eclectic electronic corker. Without further ado, it’s over to Zoe Reddy with a “song for ewe”…

“Artist: Buttechno
Track: Dubstepping Progression Fast
Compilation album: Happy New Year! We Wish You Happiness!
Record label: трип (pronounced ‘trip’)
Released: December 2018

I have a hard time sitting still. So to combat that I run and I have been listening to this song every time I go for a run for the past few weeks.

I like its incessantness and if I am really honest I often like tracks that have a kind of irritating quality to them.

This track was released on a compilation brought out by Nina Kravis’s трип (pronounced ‘trip’) and all of the songs have this kind of tongue in cheek humour to them and I really appreciate the humour in music. This track is almost seven minutes of a constant, relatively high pitched, beat and sporadic metallic acid sounds. It’s quite minimal, it’s kind of weird. I say, listen to it and run!”

Here’s the album from whence the track came…

https://triprecords.bandcamp.com/album/happy-new-year-we-wish-you-happiness

THANKS SO MUCH TO ZOE REDDY AND TO KEN LI AT PHANTOM LIMB

You can get the “MACHINE” EP by Zoe Reddy on Bandcamp below…(including on limited cassette)

https://phantomlimblabel.bandcamp.com/album/machine

Here’s the other socials/resources:

https://www.facebook.com/ZoeKateReddy/

https://www.phantom-limb.co.uk/

including the Freak Zone playlist:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005vvv

Author: Nick Hutchings

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