Terry Scott Taylor Interview: The Music of The Neverhood, Skullmonkeys and Armikrog

Released in 1996, The Neverhood was the first game to make use of claymation in all of its animations. Its environments burst with distinctive singularity, but the game’s popularity was boosted by its memorable puzzles and, particularly, its soundtrack. Composed by Terry Scott Taylor, a prolific songwriter and founding member of Daniel Amos, its odd vocals and playful tone were a perfect match for a world pocked with fingerprints and creativity.

Just two years later, a sequel dropped for the PlayStation. Instead of a point-and-click mystery, Skullmonkeys took the form of a platformer. Its music, also written by Taylor, followed suit with more driving beats and evolving arrangements.…   [continue reading]

Nick Lutsko – Grinning Like a Barracuda

Grinning Like a Barracudaย appearsย on our debut compilation tape,ย Volume #1: Birth. It’s also available to stream on Spotify, or purchase on iTunes!

We’re huge fans of Nick Lutsko at Secret Cave. In fact, just last year, he made an appearance on our podcast. He remains one of the friendliest people we’ve spoken to, and offered up heaps of insight on his music and work for Super Deluxe.ย Following on from his last album,ย Etc., Nick has recently released a new song โ€” complete with an excellent music video.

Grinning Like a Barracudaย is certainly an earworm.…   [continue reading]

Volume #1: Birth – A Musical Gift for Zine Subscribers

This is an outdated post with links to now dead forms. Volume #1: Birth is now available on Bandcamp here!

This is something we’ve been planning and working on in the background since we announced our physical zine. Whileย Issue #1: Birthย is 100% free, including postage and packaging, we want to give all we canย to subscribers. Therefore, anyone who’s signed up will also receive an equally free tape of music and MP3 download of the contents. For those who don’t make it onto our mailing list before publication,ย Volume #1: Birth will be available on Bandcamp. However, this initial run of tapes is going to be unique.…   [continue reading]

Jimmy Webb – Galveston

Galveston, named after the coastal Texas city its protagonist apparently calls home, is a song that brings with it a remarkable amount of weight. ย One of Jimmy Webb’s most recognisable and trademark tunes, it was given an intense limelight when popularised by Glen Campbell in 1969. ย Having found a second wind since as a beautiful, tragic and wistful ditty recorded by Webb himself, its true gravitas was made all the more central when arranged with the right ear. ย Campbell’s version being an enjoyable and intelligent slice of pop from a time when its timbre was contemporary, it’s Webb’s re-imaginings that make me want to write about it today.…   [continue reading]