Dublin born A/V duo CLU release four track ‘Mood’ EP, set for release through Gobstopper Records on 18th November 2016.
Dublin born musician Sean Cooley and visual artist Kevin Freeney formed CLU in 2011 as a way to play music and showcase artwork simultaneously to their friends in venues and galleries across the city. Growing up in the 1990s, they witnessed the birth of mass produced 3D computer animations and the conceptual god complexes that came with the Internet. These two very apparent influences made them immerse themselves in the ever intertwining mediums of sound and vision, giving CLU a very unique approach to their live AV shows.
Influences of trance, R&B, videogame and film scores, grime and industrial permeate Cooley’s productions, which bubble with multitudes of synths and maintain a focus on bass driven twists. Visually, Freeney engages in a surrealist depth that skips on the brink between digital film and generative animations. This connection between the two forms a symbiotic chemistry that aims to bridge the gap between the white cubed galleries of visual art and the dark basements of electronic music to create soaring galactic oddities.
“This EP is a journey through our emotions. Trying to get at certain things that cannot be put across without music and visuals, a different place, each having its own identity. One for some is the empty feeling you go through after a breakup. For another is for the fact that you go through life cherry picking people to stay with you in your team, out of the endless cycle of people who don’t give back. Its also is the creation of a character entitled - MOOD. The idea for the character is one of fun and expression, we can create a character based from every aspect of the art from this project for this project. To create with a character opens up so many possibilities.”
Gorgeously stunning debut EP from new producer Odeko. Citing multiple influences from "electronic experiments by James Blake or Oneohtrix Point Never" (Fact Mag) and "Auxiliary and Autonomic", his music fits in Mr. Mitch's increasingly experimental Gobstopper label. Similar to his Silk Road Assassins cohorts. Odeko combines grime, trap, and Japanese influences but creates lovely melodies instead of menacing dystopian aesthetics.
Yeah, it's pretty close to Chief Keef, grime, and anime.
10/10 Yung Dave