One of my proudest achievements on the blog this year, or any year for that matter, is the release of GruffWuff; a 19 track compilation of new, previously unreleased and exclusive recordings from some of my very favourite acts over the past 5 years of blogging.
It was a truly fantastic way to mark 5 years of BarryGruff and I am incredibly grateful to everyone involved and the overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic response. As 2015 draws to a close, I have enlisted help from people who made the compilation what it was, to chat about their favourite moments and sounds from year, and up next is Imploded View.
From his Longford hideaway, operating under the guise of Imploded View, Jerome McCormick has proven a reliable source of experimental, sometimes abstract but always interesting electronic music. Sometimes dark and moody, while often bouncy, playful and jovial, Imploded View has you covered whatever your mood. His compositions are always top class.
Before we take a look at his 2015 sound selections, you should check out Imploded View’s superb back catalogue here and his GruffWuff inclusion, ‘Barry’s Game’ – of which you can download here for FREE.
What was your personal high point of this year, musical and/or otherwise?
I guess that would have to be Castlepalooza. Such a lovely vibe at that festival, & it was a real pleasure to play at, among some really great acts. So much fun.
Favourite album of 2015?
Jape, This Chemical Sea. I really loved ‘Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon’ when Richie first put the demo up, and it’s my favourite track on the album, but it’s a wonderful album. Bursting with creativity, & not just going through the motions.
Favourite new act discovered in 2015?
I caught Grounds For Invasion at Phase One Festival, and was well impressed. They were a two piece at the time, and there was so much multi tasking going on that it commanded my respect.
Sleep Thieves ‘You Want The Night’. I love this song. I first heard it during one of their sound checks, and was singing the backing vocal hook for the rest of the weekend. These guys deserve to be absolutely massive. They’re so tight live, & the three of them are very nice people too.
What are you plans for the new year? What can we expect from you?
There’s a release on the way. I abandoned the recordings a while back because I felt things weren’t sounding different enough to my last EP. It is coming, & it is going to be different. I just have to translate what I hear in my head onto the recordings. I’m in the middle of making some diy effects boxes which I can’t afford to buy in order to manipulate the sounds a certain way.
I’m also hoping to shake up the live setup a little. I want to try and move away from standing behind a laptop. We’ll see how it goes.