SPOMENIK

by UNE

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Strictly limited (250 units) hand-numbered vinyl pressing of Mark Radcliffe and Paul S. Langley's electronic duo UNE's LP 'Spomenik'.

    Includes removable Japanese style paper OBI strip, anti static inner and plastic over bag.

    Artwork by Eric Adrian Lee. Catalogue number: SOOCLP8

    *** This is the silver vinyl 'Spomenik Silver' variant ***

    Includes unlimited streaming of SPOMENIK via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Limited Edition Vinyl LP: Permafrost Splatter + Mark Radcliffe art postcard set
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    INCLUDES SET OF 8 PRINTED POSTCARDS OF SPOMENIK DIGITAL ART CREATED BY MARK RADCLIFFE, ONE SIGNED BY THE BAND.

    *** The is the ice clear translucent vinyl with blue splatter 'Permafrost Splatter' variant including 8 art postcards, one postcard in each set signed by the band. Same postcards included whichever variant chosen. ***

    Includes removable Japanese style paper OBI strip, anti static inner and plastic over bag.

    Artwork by Eric Adrian Lee. Catalogue number: SOOCLP8

    Please note this is a pre-order and will ship closer to the release date.

    Includes unlimited streaming of SPOMENIK via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Limited Edition Vinyl LP: Spomenik Silver + Mark Radcliffe art postcard set
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    INCLUDES SET OF 8 PRINTED POSTCARDS OF SPOMENIK DIGITAL ART CREATED BY MARK RADCLIFFE, ONE SIGNED BY THE BAND.

    *** The is the 'Spomenik Silver' variant including 8 art postcards, one postcard in each set signed by the band. Same postcards included whichever the variant chosen. ***

    Includes removable Japanese style paper OBI strip, anti static inner and plastic over bag.

    Artwork by Eric Adrian Lee. Catalogue number: SOOCLP8

    Includes unlimited streaming of SPOMENIK via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Sold Out

  • Limited Edition Vinyl LP: Permafrost Splatter
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Strictly limited (250 units) hand-numbered vinyl pressing of Mark Radcliffe and Paul S. Langley's electronic duo UNE's LP 'Spomenik'.

    Includes removable Japanese style paper OBI strip, anti static inner and plastic over bag.

    Artwork by Eric Adrian Lee. Catalogue number: SOOCLP8

    *** This is the ice clear translucent vinyl with blue splatter 'Permafrost Splatter' variant ***

    Please note this is a pre-order and will ship closer to the release date.

    Includes unlimited streaming of SPOMENIK via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Sold Out

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Ostra 03:59
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Niš 04:18
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about

Mark Radcliffe & Paul Langley unite as electronic duo UNE for icy synth album ‘Spomenik’

An album inspired by Cold War era concrete and steel monoliths, constructed from sounds that echo the likes of Kraftwerk, OMD and the Hacienda classics. ‘Spomenik’ is the third LP from electronic duo UNE – broadcaster Mark Radcliffe and electronic musician Paul S. Langley – following Lost and Deux. It’s a very different beast compared to its predecessors, taking largely an instrumental route. Presented as a continuous musical mix spread over two sides of limited edition vinyl – choose from ‘Spomenik Silver’ or ‘Permafrost’ clear with ice blue splatter – its sounds weave through pioneering late 70s and early 80s electronica, while being informed by 90’s and 00’s club culture. Truly monumental…


UNE’s Mark Radcliffe on the inspiration behind ‘Spomenik’:

The word ‘spomenik’ means ‘monument’ in Serbo-Croatian, but these myriad peculiar obelisks are so much more than that. They were commissioned and built in the sixties and seventies under the rule of Marshal Tito in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and their meaning was threefold.

Firstly, they commemorated the fallen of World War II, in the same way that war memorials do in every British town. During the conflict, Tito himself had led the highly effective Partisan resistance movement against the Nazis.

Secondly, these spomeniks broke away from the figurative sculpture of the past in an attempt to distance the country from the iron grip of Stalinism. They also left behind the statuary of war heroes and generals, so that no ethnic group, of which there were many (as witnessed by the Balkan disputes of the early nineties), would be seen as being favoured.

Thirdly, their uncompromising brutalist modernism pointed the way to a bright new future. The past was being commemorated, but a glorious new state of togetherness, harmony and progress was also being signalled. Children were herded to these cenotaphs to perch on concrete cast stools and communally celebrate the new people’s state they found themselves in. It is a unique project, not found anywhere else in the world, at any point in history.

Now left standing in often remote sites in various stages of dis-repair, these looming presences seem to combine the brooding visages of Easter Island statues with the ancient history of standing stones and the tantalising possibility of alien intervention. We know how and why they got there – and yet none of that diminishes their sense of mystery. These enigmatic structures inspired this music. For further information visit spomenikdatabase.org

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released November 1, 2021

Written and performed by Mark Radcliffe and Paul S. Langley
Released by Spun Out Of Control 2021

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