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This guitar/drums duo somehow make an electronic minimalism with abrasive edges. Bulbs release the Color Attic vinyl LP on Shelter Press, and it’s pretty great. Extended dubbed out instrumentation gradually builds into pulsing drones. This is for people who love electronic music, but want it made with the loose, lo-fi quality of live instruments.

LP £10.99 SP066

160g white vinyl LP on Shelter Press in PVC sleeve with PVC printed insert. Edition of 500 copies.

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Color Attic by Bulbs
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 18 February 2016

The guitar/drums duo. An institution of modern music, solidified as the backdrop to the love-induced moans of some egotist, watered down and cornered on so many occasions by the industry. Of course, less than half of the Norman catalogue adheres to this bullshit, and we’ve become a home to the mould-breakers and hair-raisers of our time and times gone by, so there’s really nothing to worry about.

Bulbs are a guitar/drums duo that sound nothing like the guitar and drums. There’s more than a bit of electronic trickery going on here, including a healthy dose of synthetic drums, dubbed-out delays, oddball fret sliding and a deliciously lo-fi recording quality that takes the whole thing to the next level of otherworldliness. Using 808 hand claps in a track is no big new thing of course, but they’re not often heard in a live jam situation, especially paired with a guitar. But the guitar’s pretending to be a synth half the time, shifting its shape to fit the hole left by the pulsating kicks of the rhythm section. It's sort of dub techno-esque, especially when you get to the closer 'Yoke'.

It turns out then that Bulbs have many different colours in their attic, and they’ve been up there so long that they’ve started to run into each other and mix with the thick layer of dust that’s settled on their piano that they shoved up there years ago because everyone uses a piano, right?


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