Hailing from London, UK, Italian-British experimental collective SOUP! make a bold opening statement with their new piece ‘All The People’. Self-released digitally on 27th July 2020, the track is a true call of the wild, with its primitive stomping drum-beat, dystopian soundscapes and gentle brush-strokes of Jùjú guitars.
The duo began in 2019 from the encounter of award winning producer Gigi Piscitelli and drummer Matt Hardy. Gigi cut his teeth training under Alan Moulder and Flood and engineering records for the likes of Is Tropical, East India Youth and the Charlatans. He produced Dele Sosimi, from Feta Kuti’s Egypt 80 and he is now working on the forthcoming LP by London’s Afro-Punk pioneers Ibibio Sound Machine. Matt is a young veteran of the British contemporary Indie-Folk scene. He provided the drumbeats for artists like the celebrated singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby and Folk chanteuse Ajimal.
‘All The People’ is the duo’s ideal manifesto. Developed in collaboration with their friend producer LApo, it is a track in travelling motion, which combines instrumental live performance with looping and electronics. It crosses musical and geographical borders, revealing their love for abstraction and free-form as well as their urge to break rules and boundaries within the paradigms of Pop.
The sound is enriched by the contrast between a tribal dancing beat and the cinematic quality of its dark ambient synths and arpeggiators. It stands somewhere in between Talking Heads and Vangelis’ soundtrack for Blade Runner. Hardy claims sci-fi TV series ‘Utopia’ had a big influence on the atmosphere of the music.
Commenting on the release, SOUP! offer, “the track was born from a percussion loop and us recording hours of live jammin’ on top of it. We wanted to capture the interaction between us and the machine. Then we would go through hours of recordings and find the strongest moments that we would flesh out.”
Elements of jazz paired with contemporary tribal-esque vocal lines give life to a steadily building and heavily rhythmic sound. A blend of acoustic and electronic instrumentation come together to give SOUP! an original grooving sound.
Listen to All The People below