oh great, here comes another interminable missive from hey exit hq
November 13th, 2017
Hi all. It's been a minute. Hope you're all surviving ok this past year. It's been a wild one in America. It's been easy to feel like we're grasping at straws for hope and meaning in between calling our reps, showing up to our jobs, and heading out to protests. It's been wild, but I'm glad we're still here and doing our thing — helping, sharing stories, listening.
Meanwhile, I've been on a heavy studio kick this year. There's a lot that's still simmering, but I have a couple new tapes to share with you guys.
The Inhale EP is an collection of songs from seven inch records and compilations over the past couple years. It goes between hazey shoegaze and sludgey harsh feels. I think you'll dig it. (I also mixed and mastered everything a little different from the original releases.)
Then, Which Ones Will Be Restored (Slow Names 6) is a collection of three longform pieces for guitar and synth. About sixty minutes of oceanic ambient music, recorded over the summer.
I'll also be playing a few shows around New York before the year is up. Come say hi if you can! We should really hang out and catch up.
- 11/30 at The Gateway in Brooklyn
- 12/03 at Footlight in Brooklyn
- 12/13 at Matchless in (wait for it) Brooklyn
All for now, but plenty in the works. As always, get in touch with ideas for projects, shows, or to catch up and have a beer, or whatever.
June 21st, 2017
September 22nd, 2016
time to wear our cool jackets
We've arrived, finally, at autumn, and I couldn't be happier for it. It's been a busy summer though. Some of the things I've been working on are ready to show off now.
First, a new 7" lathe record, Holding Collapse / Cut Them Out, is out very soon on Sonido Polifonico in Sheffield, England. It's a pair of shoegazey / slowcoreish songs, a new direction for Hey Exit. For those here in the states, I should have copies by mid-October. The edition of 67 copies will be on clear vinyl, wrapped in black hessian fabric, with found crow feathers attached. Comes with stickers, pins, and a clay token with the Sonido Polifonico crow imprinted on it.
I also have a digital EP out on the lovely new netlabel (hell yeah netlabels!) VF Industrial, titled Else 2. This EP is a half hour of instrumental music for baritone guitar, similar in vibe to the first Else tape. It was recorded in a single session in May, not quite improvised but not quite composed, celebrating a creative / spiritual birthday of sorts.
Lastly, I recently put together a mix for the good folks at Music for Programming. It's filled with lots of solo guitar music, ungooglable pre-soundcloud era internet beats, koto, tape music, etc., etc. It's some of my favorite jams ever. Stream it / download it on the MFP site.
Take care. -B
June 28th, 2016
slow names 4 and 5
Summer is a bit on an aestivation period for me, but this year it brings with it a couple new entries in the Slow Names series: The Bitter Scent of Light and A Matter of Illumination, out on Of Plants and Wee Space Tapes, respectively.
There are some other things brewing, but they aren't quite far along enough to talk about just yet.
Stay cool. xo Brendan
April 15th, 2016
spring's late arrival
Things in the lab have been busy lately. Firstly, I have a previously unreleased track, Vulpine / Haunting Oneself (For KE), in this month's edition of the Wire Tapper series. Pick up a copy at your local book or music shop.
Meanwhile, I've acted impulsively and released a free digital EP of funereal instrumentals to observe spring's reluctant beginnings. It's called As Nights Breathe, and it's a precursor to Slow Names 4, which will be released this summer by the lovely folks at Ayurvedic Tapes over in Worcester MA.
My dear friends over at The Golden Dome School are working on a fundraiser to help offset the costs of their amazing workshops (at which I've taught sound and silence classes in the past) and make them more accessible to artists who can't afford them. I've contributed a mixtape to their fundraiser, which you can buy for $7.77. Side A is noisy/gothy, side B is low key instrumentals. There are a few of my tracks in there too. :3 You can read more about the fundraiser and the organization in general here.
Finally, I'm playing some shows around town this/next month. 4/16 at Ab Uno Pluribus, 4/24 at Aviv, 5/25 at Trans-Pecos, 5/27 at Spectrum. More details on facebook as events get closer.
Thanks for listening, coming to shows, buying tapes, hanging out. Be in touch!
February 7th, 2016
Well, we aren't getting much of a winter this year, are we? In any case, Caudata is here, and I'm very happy with how it turned out. I'll be doing a few shows around the northeast in March — come say hi, hang out, cop a tape, I think you'll like it.
There are a couple more batches of recordings that are just about done taking shape — I expect you'll hear them in spring and summer. Meanwhile, my little Satie track on Soundcloud went viral last month. In case you missed it, here's every recording I could find (about 60 total) of Gymnopedie 1, timestretched to the length of the longest recording (about six minutes). And then, stretched to half an hour.
All for now. As always, get in touch about any projects you have in mind — or just to say hey.
Take care. -B
December 10th, 2015
Thanks to everyone that's been buying the tapes and 7" this year. I've been working up a live set of some recent material with Nori Kikuta on second guitar, and that's been going really well. Currently booking an east coast tour for late winter, plus a west coast tour for mid-spring. More on that as it shapes up.
I'm in the final mixing stages of a new set of studio pieces. I think the tape will be called Caudata. It feels like a new personal best, and I can't wait to share it.
Slow Names 4 is also just about done, this time all acoustic pieces with studio treatments, an unusually coherent whole for the series.
Looking forward to the cold weather (I'm a winter person) and seeing what music comes with it.