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Frog Pocket

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Ayrshire, Scotland (1996 – present)

Frog Pocket is John Charles Wilson from Ayr (Ayrshire, Scotland). He has been active and prolific within the scottish scene since 1996. Mouthmoth, his own small record label, is surely the best in Scotland for weird and oblique electronic music.

Frog Pocket’s music is truly personal and innovative, and with the passing of time his unique “broken beats” technique has reached the state of the art. John defines his music as “splatterbeat folk”. This description may sound strange but it’s probably the most appropriate.

The key to most of his tunes is juxtaposition, where gritty complex and fascinating percussive beds are placed against lyrical musical lines. Beautiful guitar melodies and ambient textures fill his tracks and a fiddle also appears each now and then bringing in the joy and sadness of traditional scottish music.

After several full-length CD-R releases and EPs on his own Mouthmoth label, Greg Davis/Parallel’s Autumn Records and Afe, a 7” on Mike Paradinas/Mu-Ziq’s Planet Mu brought John’s music to the attention of a wider audience.

As an attempt to capture the essence of this great man, Benbecula, the stunning label from Edinburgh, released a wonderful 30 minutes long EP entitled “Moon Mountain of the Fords” in late 2003.

More of his music was released later both on Planet Mu and Benbecula. Frog Pocket’s star is shining in the firmament of electronic music, let yourself be dazzled by his light.

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  • Tholral

    Only "breakcore" artist I know where the beats actually synergize with the melody rather than distract from it. It's chaotic, but I liken it to constructive interference rather than destructive. Breakcore/glitch shouldn't be an excuse for a complete lack of composition. Rest of the Mu label has nothing on this guy, not even RDJ has produced anything in the genre worth listening to besides drukqs, not that I am aware of anyway. With breakcore artists I'm always left with the impression that the breakbeat track is just tacked on, and if you removed it you would be left with a standard ambient/IDM track that is actually far more listenable. I'm not usually one to criticize things I don't have a taste for, but the greater half of the scene seems to lack any substance. In My Opinion.

    Yesterday 3:04am Reply
  • lycandeej

    New single from Frog Pocket! Go and check it out: http://frogpocket.bandcamp.com/album/come-on-primate-single

    16 Jan 4:22am Reply
  • root_strata

    <3

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • diseased_racoon

    Thanks, lycandeej.

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • lycandeej

    Pretty much all of his newer releases are digital and CD. However you can score a few of his much older releases from Mouthmoth on vinyl from Discogs.

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • diseased_racoon

    Anyone know if there's any vinyl being sold anywhere or is it simply all just CD and digital now?

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • lycandeej

    Anyone know where I can find his older albums? Anything under different aliases? It's killing me!

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Mezori

    Spider Fog is the shit!!

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • spmannin

    it's alive

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • m-saIami

    New album is solid

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • homook

    чувак просто охуенен

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • WayneBirch

    Frog and the Volcano! is glorious. I'm so happy when an artist that has been quiet for such a long time releases something. I'd not seen any news so it was unexpected for me. Today is the best Monday for quite some time

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • m1a100

    Worth 5 years of waiting. [2]

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • cerisier

    new album is absolutely amazing.

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ShaxShax

    Spider Fog just made my head explode.

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ShaxShax

    Genius.

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Nek-kun

    New album on bandcamp. Worth 5 years of waiting.

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • m1a100

    John Charles Wilson, the king of climax/crescendo on glitchy music.

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • Epsilonphase

    Any news?

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • SixShooterSam

    2012 shout club

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
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