Established artist and seasoned provocateur Dinos Chapman is turning his hand to music.
Chapman is principally known for his work as a visual artist, producing mordant, provocative images and installations with his brother Jake. After a decade of private experiments with music production, Chapman is now preparing to release his first album, Luftbobler. According to Chapman, the record strikes a different tone to his visceral visual work: “Everyone’s going to expect thrash metal or some ear-bending dissonance from one of the Chapman brothers, but that’s too easy That’s what I imagine artists would make. For me, it was always important to make music.”
‘So it Goes’ is the first taste of Chapman’s antic “Schlampige Musik”, and fits that rubric – shot through with menace, but fundamentally melodic and accessible. Chapman’s scrambled programming brings vintage Editions Mego acts like General Magic to mind, but the industrial clatter and scowling synth ostinato nudge ‘So It Goes’ into the sort of blasted territory currently being chartered by The Haxan Cloak.
The Vinyl Factory will release Luftbobler on gatefold vinyl, CD and digital on February 25 – head to Phonica to pre-order. A limited edition version of the record, featuring a signed and numbered colour etching, has also been produced in a run of 300, and can be pre-ordered via The Vinyl Factory.
‘So It Goes’ is available to stream below.