Grays Thurrock, Essex
-Pressed CD (not CD-R) available from Norman Records store-
-Vinyl copies now SOLD OUT-
Grim, British Cold War hauntology since 2010.
All music including all drum parts and sound design written and created from scratch using analogue and digital hardware synths and drum machines, tape bouncing and self-sampling. I don't use any lazy ready-made loops, drums or sample libraries.
All music written and produced by Chris Sharp.
All graphics and visual design by Chris Sharp.
(c) 2010 - 2015 Chris Sharp
(p) 2010 - 2015 Chris Sharp
All rights reserved. Strictly no unauthorised use. Some tracks ISRC-registered in the UK.
I may be happy to negotiate paid usage licensing for your project, and can easily provide alternate versions, mixes and stems. I am sole rights-holder. Please get in touch.
Unprompted quotes from nice people:
'Brilliant! Concretism is the perfect accompaniment to Scarfolk'
-Richard Littler, Creator of Scarfolk.
'A sonic exploration of a rabies-blighted parallel past, frazzled by microwaves, where people in carefully-planned towns live in perpetual fear of nuclear obliteration.'
'Favourite EP of the year: Concretism: Magnox'
-Gareth Moses, More Than Human Records
'Reclaimed relics from a distant analogue age, all evoking an era of cold war isolationism, public information broadcasts and open university idents.'
-Mark Barton, The Sunday Experience
'Enjoyable well-executed stuff'
-Simon Reynolds, 'Retromania' author and music critic (The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wire, Mojo)
'The analog synthesizers are just fuzzy enough in their warbling to fool one into believing that the recordings are a good forty years old. Whilst many hauntological acts err on the side of minimalism, Concretism fills space to the brim.'
'The lost futures, the austere monochrome sleeve, the brutalism, the fonts: It sounds like Hauntology was always going to sound; a little old, a little new. It re-imagines that world as it could have been and then starts wondering how we’d lost the plot.'
'An act that falls roughly into hauntology territory without the twee undertones of others in the genre.'
-Mat Handley, Sine FM
'Concretism works in a pretty strictly hauntological vein but does so in such a perfect way that his music feels completely right. [...] Concretism gets it beautifully; adding a slight new to the very old and thus bringing the old back into focus... i.e. does what hauntology is expected to do in a way that most of this genre no longer does.'
'Indeed it is Chris Sharp's genius that everything on this album is brimfuI of melody and fully realised; these compositions are a proper electronic suite of graceful and stately tracks that work easily as well individually as they do as a whole.'
-Grey Malkin, The Active Listener
'This guy out-Ghost Boxes Ghost Box. Hauntological heaven.'
-Mike Innes, They Go Boom!!
'Words have yet to be invented to describe the unique magnificence that is concretism, so I will have to stick with 'uniquely magnificent'.'
'[Town Planning] continues to retain its refined quality in this retrogressive, sad-eyed and austere vein which would be slightly too familiar if the tunes weren't so damn melodically strong and texturally engaging.'
-Brian, Norman Records
'Music for visiting Orford Ness to, alone'
-Paul Osbourne, photographer for Compound Eye.
'On a par with the Ghost Box output at the very least, full of great ideas behind the tracks. I don't know whether to cry, smile, be afraid, or just take note.'
'I find the un-titled bonus track at the end of the album [Town Planning] one of my favourite pieces of music of all time.'
-Steve Tree, The Committee for Sonic Research.