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CHALICES is the combined force of writer, poet and performer Alice Godliman and musician CHAINES.

On 'Conference Room B 10pm' CHAINES takes their cue from horror podcasts such as The Black Tapes Podcast and Alice Isn't Dead, combining a fondness for the spooky spoken word with deranged tinkerings in modular synthesis. 'Gravewalking' and 'Red' - collaborative tracks with Godliman - use the lens of mythology and superstition to explore two different moments of nostalgia and relationships.

Music and artwork by CHAINES
Text & Voice on 'Gravewalking' and 'Red' by Alice Godliman


Mastered by Rupert Clervaux

Released October 31, 2020

 

THE KING

'The King'  is Chaines' commanding return to Slip: a claustrophobic, dank book of  abstracted torch songs, festering in an uneasy grandeur.

'The King' sees Chaines' eccentric, singular language grasp a fresh  immediacy and emotive potency. Chaines’ voice is more present than ever -  creepy, seductive and pained on the Scott-Walker-does-ASMR of  "Eraserhead", and diva-ghost of "Population 5120" - and their  arrangements dissolve the symphonic into freakish forms - "Carpathia"  and "Knockturning" spike pastoral organs and flutes with industrial  menace and convulsing beatwork.

'DOWN' commissioned by the London Contemporary Orchestra.
The first performance was given by the London Contemporary Orchestra at the Roundhouse on 25th August 2016.

'Carpathia' commissioned by Union Chapel.

Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
Artwork by Chaines.


Released March 15, 2018 on Slip Imprint.

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Claycorn

Track on EP TWO by Galya Bisengalieva

Following the release of her debut artist EP ‘EP ONE’ in Winter 2018,  Galya Bisengalieva returns with ‘EP TWO’ on her own NOMAD Music  Productions label featuring three new compositions commissioned and  curated by her. She has chosen pieces by leading contemporary composers  Shiva Feshareki and CHAINES to perform, with all the tracks using the  violin primarily, as a tool to create innovative sound worlds.  


Track 3 'Claycorn' was written by  CHAINES. If you were in an alien forest inhabited by fantastical claymation beasts, birds and insects, CHAINES imagines it might sound something like this. It was inspired by the animation of award-winning  Czech game developer Amanita Design and their fantastical cast of  character. Galya’s violin is put through multiple effects to the point  where it is completely unrecognizable – including a wah-wah effect. 


 Released June 28, 2019 on NOMAD Music Productions.

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OST

Lead cut ‘OST’ is a 20-minute epic written in collaboration with visual  artist Mary Stark where cartoonish, Rammstein-style aggression,  plaintive guitar lines, and clunking glitch form an impish portrait of  the UK’s north-eastern industry. But ‘OST’ is also a sincere love-letter  to analogue film, with plush orchestral samples, and Stark’s  disembodied voice tenderly blooming from the rubble.

OST’s remaining works frame its centrepiece. ‘Here’ - written for  Laurie Tompkins’ 2013 Handy tour - is a whistled ode to twilight inebriation, accompanied by faint keys, revving cars, and Badalamenti synths. On ‘I Found This’, Chaines’ warbled melodies merge with Oliver Coates’ muted cello, offset by tickling percussion and recorder  chorales. Though OST operates in a place entirely its own, it is perhaps best compared with the work of similarly iconoclastic contemporaries such as Elysia Crampton, Mica Levi, and Dean Blunt. 


Mastering by Rupert Clervaux.  

Artwork by Mary Stark. 


Released December 15, 2015 on Slip Imprint.

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'The King - LIVE'

First Ever Studio Take

The first ever play through of the semi-improvised live solo set developed for TUSK festival, based off  the album 'The King'. It features laptop, vocals, fife, flute, clarinet, recorder, guitar, keys and other electronics.

As the first ever run through, it's not a completely perfect version. There are errors, and some sections have since been changed and improved. This is an  artifact of the development process preserved for posterity. 


Artwork by CHAINES.


 Released November 5, 2018.

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The Curious Case of Timmy McRover OST

Agent Janine Fetcher has been sent to the sleepy town of New  Barkshire to investigate the suspicious death of a child. Help her sniff  out the truth in this dogtastic mystery.


Created between 22nd September and 7th October 2018 for Rainbow Jam 2018, “A Safe Space”.  A whimsical OST combining the charm of Animal Crossing and the foreboding of Twin Peaks.


Released October 26, 2018.

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SURVIVAL HORROR

First released in 2017, Survival Horror compiles a selection of offcuts accumulated whilst writing the album The King (Slip Imprint). A series of environments thick with fog, ice and dark, this homage to Silent Hill 2 is the OST for a game that does not exist.

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SPLIT

'SPLIT' [SLP004] is the debut release of material from both Tom Rose and CHAINES. Both composers working within electronic and  contemporary composition, the pair’s music form a dialogue testament to  sharing the same stage countless times over the past year.

Chaines’ two offerings are evidence of an idiosyncratic vision embracing  dislocated drums, swathes of distortion, and freakish manipulations of  her own voice. There is a nagging sense of some submerged narrative – in  Transverberation, the “bells and smells” of religious ceremony are  evoked, while Speak Gentle Words is something like catching glimpses
of distant shorelines.

Music by CHAINES / Tom Rose.  Mastered by Peter Harris.  


Released March 4, 2013 on Slip Imprint.

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