New Illegal Arts Signee, Junk Culture, Announce EP Release Date

Junk Culture is a new project by Deepak Mantena, a recent signing to Illegal Art, home of Girl Talk, Steinski, Bran Flakes and more. Junk Culture’s debut EP, “West Coast,” features sound tapestries created from mixing fractured vocals with pop hooks and samples, all run through a handheld recorder, which gives his constructions a gritty, lo-fi, loop-based sound, and an overall euphoric warmth. Leading up to this release, Deepak would capture field recordings, samples of songs he really liked, and samples of himself playing instruments on a cheap pocket recorder, all of which sounded fresh to his ears. “West Coast” embodies these “fresh” sounds, and employs them for what Deepak describes as “a love letter to outer space — it gets desperate and schizophrenic as the record plays out, but is a sort of celebration of spirit as a whole.” It is essentially Deepak’s manifesto of energetic raw sound that transcends rigid genres, and is textural, emotive and compelling. The first Junk Culture EP, “West Coast,” will be released October 27, 2009, with another EP following in the spring of 2010. Junk Culture will play select west coast shows with Girl Talk this fall.

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