A new London based three piece, STANDARD PLANETS weave very different strands of music together, surgically grafting prog rock’s layered textures onto deft kraut rhythms, powered by the future primitivist half dream axis between minimalist pop and hip-hop.
Formed whilst residing in various east London warehouses, STANDARD PLANETS saw a shared desire for a musical utopia, free from convention, striving further evermore, to where you find them today: currently working with Arthur’s Landing (Arthur Russell, Dinosaur L, Loose Joints)on a never before recorded or released Arthur Russell track ‘Dumbo Dumbo’ and with krautrock legend Harald Grosskopf (RVNG, Sky) (Ashra Tempel, Klaus Schulze, Manuel Gottsching, The Cosmic Jokers) for their second single, due for release later this year also. With work on a collaboration with Michael Rother (NEU!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Brian Eno) starting later in the year, the Planets’ Treehouse studio surely is and will continue to be a busy place.
The last few years have seen the band share stages with the great and good of a new fourth world underground network – Factory Floor, These New Puritans, Gold Panda, amongst others – while enacting various audacious musical becomings such as their recent guitar orchestra interpretation of Holst’s ‘Mars’ – of which Loud & Quiet called “something altogether more primal, ass-kicking and cosmic” and “with android precision and detached cool.”
STANDARD PLANETS have played alongside Action Beat (Southern), Alexander Tucker, Anne Shenton (Add N To X), Black Devil Disco Club, Chrome Hoof, Comanechi, Daedalus, Damo Suzuki, Die Die Die, Factory Floor, Gold Panda, John Callaghan (Warp), S.C.U.M, Shigeto (Ghostly), These New Puritans, Tim Exile, Walls and Wet Dog
Very unusual. Very definitely British. No two songs sound alike but the whole becomes very definitely cohesive. We can hear Soft Machine, Timbaland, Morricone, microbeats and King Crimson in new song Soft Focus, while the rest of their debut-album, due for release in 2014, sees the band sail across-genre voyage, both linear and spatial in its nature
Q MAGAZINE Track Of The Week
Q Magazine have been kind enough to make our collaboration with Harald Grosskopf, ‘Ethernet’, one of their tracks of the week. Thanks Q Magazine. Read the full article here.
Fact Magazine Article
Fact Magazine are a favourite reading destination of us Planets so we’re especially honoured to have them write about us. Chal Ravens wrote the piece and said some extremely nice things. Thanks Chal. Read the full article here.