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North East sound experimenter Chlorine releases his sixth and latest album entitled Be Somebody Else, It’s Fine. Chlorine, aka Sunderland musician Graeme Hopper, is in a reflective mood on this 24-minute long piece, created during the Summer of 2020 and profoundly influenced by personal observations and reflection.

According to Hopper, the title is a play on how he tried to make sense of such a surprising, restrictive year, where he would often remark comically to himself, ‘Be somebody else, it’s fine dude’. With the music reflecting a culmination of layers and sounds, we hear the transient mix of emotions embedded in the overall result. Despite being such a lengthy track, the piece manages to avoid being unwieldy, maintaining the listener’s attention through its experimental nature and embarking on unexpected journeys encompassing field recordings, rhythmic drum and bass and curious sounds, resulting in a body of work which takes extraordinary twists and turns.

Hopper eloquently describes the release as: “24 minutes of layers, improv, sound collages, programmed beats, free drumming, lo-fi noise, tape loops, dub bass, location recs, spoken wordz, scuzz, gumph, goof, melancholy and more.”

Chlorine releases Be Somebody Else, It’s Fine on 30th April via Chocolate Monk Records


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