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Penzias and Wilson releases their debut EP titled Low Modes on October 25, 2024.

The seven-track EP centers around the A-flat major scale and the modes derived from each note in the scale. “Sonata Agita” starts things off on G Locrian, a mode often described as dark and unstable. The hip-hop beats and electronic dance bass try to offset that inherent instability.

“Tantalus Sunset” follows, turning the often bright D-Flat Lydian into something more contemplative. Other tracks seek new facets of a mode’s reputation. “Wildfire Sunset” skirts the more exotic tendencies of C Phrygian, and “Rescue the Fly,” which starts on F Aeolian (a.k.a. F minor), doesn’t stay there for long.

The “low” in Low Modes refers to solfege systems where the note A-flat is represented by the syllable “lo”. In other systems, the title of this EP could have been called Le Modes.

But why center an entire set of songs around A-flat? The first track completed for Low Modes was “Rescue the Fly,” which started out as a solo piano piece before being arranged for string quartet on the Empty Ensemble album 「弦楽四重奏曲其の一」 (Gengaku Shijuusou Kyoku Sono Ichi). The track was essentially a token pop song among a suite of short classical pieces, so it made sense to turn it into an actual pop song. The rest of the EP took shape around that single track.

Low Modes will be released on streaming service and on Bandcamp for high-fidelity downloads.

Two singles from the 「新曲モラトリアム」 (Shinkyoku Moratoirum) albums have been reissued with new mixes on Bandcamp. Digital releases follow in July and September 2024.

“Be My Last” arrives on streaming services July 26, with “Hurt So Bad” arriving September 27.

Both songs have been remixed and remastered for inclusion on a forthcoming Eponymous 4 compilation scheduled for release in 2025.

Service Pack Three continues the enigmatics makeover with a reissue of “enigmatics IV”, scheduled for release in August 2024.

In addition to updated mixes, Service Pack Three revamps the title track and the b-side “Acid Vogue.”

“Acid Vogue” was an attempt to make acid house music without actually listening to any acid house. Service Pack Three turns the track into the quasi-industrial track it was meant to be.

Mine Da Gap makes his debut with a single based on a friend’s post on the site formerly known as Twitter.

“LeVar Burton Springs” takes inspiration from a voice dictation app mishap, substituting a well known intersection in Austin, Texas for a Hollywood actor.

Propelled by artificial singers, drum loops and the 12-bar blues, “LeVar Burton Springs” introduces the latest project in a series of Facebook shitposts, where Mine Da Gap’s Greg creates a band name, then tries to figure out what kind of music that band plays. In this case, it’s instrumental hip-hop.

Penzias and Wilson releases a new single, “Tantalus Sunset”, on April 26, 2024, followed by the debut EP Low Modes in Fall 2024.

Low Modes explores the seven musical modes rooted on the note A-flat, with “Tantlus Sunset” turning the often “bright” and “sunny” Lydian mode into something dark and contemplative. The release also includes new mixes of previous singles “Sonata Agita” and “Rescue the Fly.”

Empty Ensemble announces a new single arriving on Feb. 24, 2024. “Theme and Variants” continues the Orchestral Songs series with a 3-minute piece of theme and variations — or rather, “variants”, since the theme never really goes away.

The new piece will be available on streaming services and Bandcamp.

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