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Oliver Coates announces first album for RVNG Intl. ‘Shelley’s On Zenn-La’

Cellist, producer and sonic experimentalist Oliver Coates has announced the release of a new album, due out in September. ‘Shelley’s On Zenn-La‘ is his first album for Brooklyn-based label RVNG Intl. and follows on from Charlev‘, a single released in April.

Shelley’s On Zenn-La‘ is based around a conceptual amalgamation of two locations: Shelley’s Laserdome, a “once-legendary late 80s / early 90s nightclub in the industrial town of Stoke-on-Trent” and a fictional planet named Zenn-La, an imagined world home to “devotional, alien rituals of early UK rave culture, pioneering IDM, and deep minimalism.”

It’s a deeply exploratory record borne from unorthodox methods and self-imposed ambitions: the production of the record found him delving deep into FM synthesis and the software package Renoise, composing “drum sequences in hexadecimal numbers and pencil-drawn waveforms” whilst exploring non-standard tunings and incorporating the experimental cello work he’s best known for.

In advance of the album’s release, RVNG have shared a new video for “A Church“. It’s the second track to be shared from the record after Charlev was premiered in April. Featuring vocals from Chrysanthenum Bear, it’s a surprisingly melodic piece of skewed avant-pop that’s paired with a head-scratcher of a video, directed by Hannah Perry.

Oliver Coates is currently on tour with Thom Yorke on his European and UK tour, before sharing a hometown stage with Jan Jelinek at The Jazz Cafe in London on September 2018.

‘Shelley’s On Zenn-La’ is scheduled for release 7th September 7 2018 via RVNG Intl.


1. Faraday Monument
2. A Church
3. Lime
4. Charlev
5. Norrin Radd Dreaming
6. Cello Renoise
7. Prairie
8. Perfect Apple With Silver Mark

Discover more about Oliver Coates and RVNG Intl. on Inverted Audio.