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Tulipomania – Off the Map / On the Outside [Spinello Remix]

Released July 27, 2018.

Tulipomania – On the Outside – Spinello Remix from tulipomania on Vimeo.

Philadelphia-based Tulipomania is releasing their new maxi-single ‘Off the Map’, together with the remix of ‘On the Outside’ by London-based electronic producer Spinello. This three-track offering is being released via Sursumcorda Recordings just 10 months after their latest EP, which saw the band offer the original version of ‘On The Outside’, along with the Seahawks remix of ‘Don’t Be So Sure’.

On ‘Off the Map’, band members Tom Murray (lead vocals, bass, drums) and Cheryl Gelover (synthesizer, background vocals) were joined on guitar and glockenspiel) by Mitch Smith, who also contributed to the band’s eponymous first album. Recorded and mastered by Richard Hartline, the final mix was produced by Mark Plati, famed for his work with such artists as The Cure, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Philip Glass crafted the final mix, in addition to producing, recording, mixing or performing on most of Bowie’s musical output from 1996 to 2003.

To date, Tulipomania have released four albums, as well as numerous singles. Their music is built on conflict and contrast, internal battles between hazy dream-pop and angular indie, between fractious and shattered vocals and muscular beats, swirling psychedelia and sonorous, drifting keyboard washes, between sinister atmospherics and raw guitars.
Tulipomania’s music has variously been referred to as ‘cult synth punks’, ‘glam-leaning’, ‘art-rock’ and ‘muscular chamber pop’, while many reviewers are quick to reference the affinity with early 4AD Records’ output, an association that is underlined by the fact that the duo have utilized legendary 4AD graphic designer Vaughan Oliver for album packaging.

‘Off The Map’ is a trance-like dark moody affair with bluesy elements, with Murray’s smoky deep tenor sparingly backed by Gelover’s vocals. ‘On the Outside (Spinello Remix)’ is a more upbeat offering and is dramatic, dark and dubby. It was created by Spinello (a.k.a. Shane Woolman), a London-based producer and remixer, who also hosts shows on NTS Radio, Resonance FM and New New World, in addition to working at The Wire magazine and DJing as part of The Wire Soundsystem.

A rather art-conscious duo, Tulipomania round out their already notable collection of notable videos by presenting not one, but two, new animated music videos to accompany this release. The animation was created by band members Cheryl Gelover and Tom Murray. This resolute juncture between music and visual art has always made Tulipomania videos stand out among their peers.

The collage-animation process for the ‘Off The Map’ video was quite intensive, with Murray and Gelover alternating fragmented self-portraits with imagery they pieced together, frame by frame, from thousands of individual sheets of paper. These fragmented self-portraits alternate with imagery torn and pieced together, matching the contradictory mood of the lyrics. The result is a stunning visual that reinforces the contradictory nature of the song’s lyrics.

Similarly, the video for ‘On the Outside (Spinello Remix)’ features vintage objects animated frame by frame as torn paper and tape collages on sheets of black paper. Loaded with a quaint naiveté, this animation was inspired by the inclusion of a space-age era broadcast layered into the Spinello Remix.

This video for ‘Off the Map’ has been chosen as an Official Selection at the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York, UK. Described as “artistic and inventive” and “gorgeous”, the music videos created by Tulipomania have been featured in many other film festivals worldwide, including the London Short Film Festival (England), Leeds International Film Festival (England), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (York, England), Encounters (Bristol, England), Zubroffka (Poland), StopTrik (Croatia, Poland), Brooklyn Film Festival (USA), and Animation Block Party (USA).

Off the Map
Tom Murray (lead vocals, drums, bass, guitar-organ)
Cheryl Gelover (background vocals, synthesizer)
Mitch Smith (guitar, glockenspiel)
Richard Hartline (production, engineering and mastering)
Mark Plati, (mix)

On the Outside [Spinello remix] CREDITS
Tom Murray (lead vocals, drums, bass, guitar-organ)
Cheryl Gelover (background vocals, synthesizer)
Spinello (remix)

Tulipomania’s Animated Video for “Who Let You Know?” In Several Film Festivals

Tulipomania’s fantastic animated music video “Who Let You Know?” is included in several international film festivals in November and December of 2017.  Details below.

Tulipomania – Who Let You Know? from tulipomania on Vimeo.


ŻubrOFFka  –

December 6-10-2017 / Białystok,  Poland
Official Selection 2017 

Competition: Music Video

Tulipomania: Who Let You Know?
Radiohead: I Promise
Bonobo: No Reason (ft. Nick Murphy)
Son Lux: Cage of Bones
Los Viejos: Amnesia en el Estado
Mark Lotterman: Happy
Pablopavo: Ostatni dzień sierpnia
Husky: Ghost
The Blaze: Territory

Leeds International Film Festival    (BAFTA and Academy Qualifying)

Music Video Award Competition   November 1-16-2017 / Leeds • UK
The selection of music videos in competition are:

Who Let You Know? – Tulipomania
Kon-Tiki – Ultrasound
The Was – The Avalanches
No Reason – Bonobo
Burning Star – Their Names
Carlow Town – Seamus Fogarty
Dust My Shoulders Off – Jane Zhang
Fade – Chloé Bird
Fires – Natasha James
Growing Young – Oly
Henry McCullough – BP Fallons
Home – Jesuton
Lead Me To You – Tom Rosenthal
Light At The End of the Tunnel – Bel Heir
Mermaids – Floyd Shakim
Mountains – mac/glidden
Nostalgic Love – Bergfilm
Piece of Gold – Lewis & Leigh
Stardust – Next Is Best
Trains – Poppy Ackroyd

Aesthetica Short Film Festival  (BAFTA Qualifying)

8 – 12 November 2017 / York • UK

Tulipomania – Who Let You Know?
James – Dear John
U.N.K.L.E. – The Road
Addison Groove – Changa
Black Bird
Jil – All Your Words
KEØMA – Gone
Kool Keith X MF Doom – Super Hero
Looper – Farfisa Song (introducing Mustard & Ketchup)
Mark Pritchard – Give It Your Choir
MaxFuture – Till You Let Go Metaxas – Sirens
Pooma – Soldier
Sean Hayes – Boom Boom Baby
Sevdaliza – Human
Siyyu – Stop Us
Stellar     –     Laura Hoejberg Kunov
The Last Skeptik – Splinters
Tropical Mannshaft – Love Operator      
Ultrasound – Kon-Tiki
Xiu Long
Yul – Minigme     UK

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Tulipomania – On the Outside / Don’t Be So Sure – Seahawks Remix

This digital release is available for pre-order in our Bandcamp store with original artwork by Vaughan Oliver.  Released on 15 September, 2017.

Check out this review from London’s Overblown Magazine.

More strong coverage came from The Record Stache.

See Tulipomania’s other releases and for more videos and info about about the band.

“Tulipomania’s unique take on post-punk boasts gritty guitars underpinned by a brooding rhythm section to provide a backdrop for compelling and atmospheric vocals” – Louder Than War

“Sends you in a spiral of pure nirvana” – Magnet Magazine

“Combining melancholic, swirling synths with delicate and vulnerable vocals, the track pulls at the listener with an insistent and consistent forlorn majesty that is a common feature on their most recent album This Gilded Age” – Overblown Magazine

“Tom Murray’s haunted, high-pitched vocals – resembling a panting phantom on a respirator – are still front and center, with his circuitous drum patterns and springy basslines weaving around his writhing words like spider webs. Similarly, Cheryl Gelover’s sinister, steadfast keyboard swells threaten and torment, while Mitch Smith’s gripping guitars are alternately scratchy, submerged, and shimmering” – Big Takeover Magazine

“Filled with emotional torment… a sound so ornately and distinctly different” – Indie Band Guru

“Avant Garde touches… Channels a highly effective leftfield calling that is more on a par with Talking Heads than the more obvious comparison to Portishead… Rich psychedelic gaze” – U&I Magazine

Philadelphia-based Tulipomania has announced they will release a new single, which includes three tracks. The first single from this collection is the Seahawks Remix of ‘Don’t Be So Sure’.

Seahawks is a duo made up of Jon Tye, founder of the legendary Lo Recordings (whose roster includes Grimes, Aphex Twin, Four Tet, Thurston Moore and Astronauts) and Pete Fowler, creator of Monsterism vinyl toys and perhaps most famed as illustrator of oh so many Super Furry Animals album sleeves. The duo are self-described purveyors of “psychedelic yacht rock, deck shoegaze, hazy beach pop vibrations, and marina drone”.

The original version of ‘Don’t Be So Sure’ featured on the band’s fourth album ‘This Gilded Age’ (2016), described by Byron Coley of WIRE Magazine (May 2017 edition) as “…pretty whacked – something akin to a battle of the bands between Crazy Horse and The Kronos Quartet”.

Tulipomania, whose name was inspired by the 1637 Dutch tulip market collapse, has been categorized as ‘cult synth punks’, ‘glam-leaning’, ‘postpunk’, ‘art rock’, and ‘muscular chamber pop’. Band members Tom Murray (lead vocals, bass, drums, guitar-organ) and Cheryl Gelover(synthesizer, background vocals) were joined by Mitch Smith (guitar, glockenspiel), who also contributed to the band’s eponymous first album, Richard Hartline (piano, percussion, engineering and mastering), and Howard Thompson (executive producer).

This release features intriguing new artwork by legendary artist Vaughan Oliver, whose work they have long admired.  Oliver give distinct visual identities for 4AD releases by many bands, including Mojave 3, Lush, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, The Breeders, This Mortal Coil, Pale Saints, Pixies, and Throwing Muses, in addition to numerous non-4AD artists such as David Sylvian.

This release will also be accompanied by two new music videos, animated by Tulipomania themselves. The band’s meticulous, mesmerizing videos augment the group’s artistry, involving painstaking frame-by-frame stop-motion animation techniques.

Gelover and Murray first met in Art school, and found themselves collaborating on projects for their Experimental Film and Animation classes. Tulipomania essentially grew along with these experiences. They were influenced by Talk Talk,  the solo work by Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene, and many early 4AD bands, including Cocteau TwinsLush, Throwing Muses, and The Pixies.

Described as “artistic and inventive”, the music videos created by Tulipomania have been featured in film festivals worldwide, the most recent of which include the London Short Film Festival (England), Leeds International Film Festival (England), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (York, England), Encounters (Bristol, England), Zubroffka (Poland), and StopTrik (Croatia, Poland).

‘Don’t Be So Sure’ was the band’s first hand-painted animation, featuring multiple passes of brushwork shot on thousands of individual sheets of black paper, thereby allowing singing self-portraits to morph and dissolve in an atmospheric exploration of ambiguity. For the video made for the Seahawks Remix, the band re-photographed the original artwork, frame by frame, matching the new tempo and softer mood, which they felt also called for a more painterly, layered approach to the imagery.

The new three-track single will be available via Sursumcorda Recordings on September 15, 2017. It is already available for pre-order from Tulipomania’s Bandcamp page.

1.         On the Outside
2.         Don’t Be So Sure (Seahawks Remix)
3.         Don’t Be So Sure


Tom Murray (lead vocals, drums, bass, guitar-organ)
Cheryl Gelover (background vocals, synthesizer)
Mitch Smith (background vocals, guitar, glockenspiel)
Richard Hartline (piano, percussion, engineering and mastering)
Howard Thompson (executive production)

Tulipomania on ResonanceFM’s Adventures In Music And Sound

A melange of tracks taken from The Wire Magazine’s prolific Wire Tapper series on the latest installment of ResonanceFM’s Adventures In Music And Sound radio programme.  Tulipomania at about 1 hour and 12 minutes.  Very cool radio program.  Very cool classic track from Tulipomania.

Viva la musical revolution.  Much needed.  Dig deeper.

With restless demeanor but utmost respect,

Dave Wesley – Porto, Portugal

Premiere – Tulipomania – Shooting Off The Set Video at London Short Film Festival

Premiering Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, at 7pm, at the Moth Club in London


Cheryl Gelover and Tom Murray 4 mins

Animated by the musicians of Tulipomania, Shooting Off the Set blends gilded objects with frame-by-frame animated lights as choruses of jittery hand-cast heads lip-sync the lyrics in a frenetic tumble of artifice.

Tulipomania’s new video for their recently released seven-inch “Who Let You Know” is featured on Magnet Magazine’s “Film at 11”

Tulipomania’s new video for their recently released seven-inch “Who Let You Know” is featured on Magnet Magazine’s “Film at 11”.

Check it out!!!

Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York, UK Features Tulipomania Video

Today is the start of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York.
Tulipomania’s animated music video –   Don’t Be So Sure – is an Official Selection this year
Handpainted animation, featuring multiple brushworks shot on thousands of individual sheets of black paper. Self-portraits morph into ambiguity.

This is the festival‘s sixth anniversary. This year’s programme is the biggest to date, featuring over 400 films, 25 masterclasses and numerous special events

Music video screening dates, locations and times
Friday   4th   National Center for Early Music   15:15 – 16:15
Saturday 5th  Thirteen Thirty One Cafe    12:45 – 13:45
Sunday 6th    Friargate Theatre  14:00 – 15:00

Tulipomania Music Video at 30th Leeds International Film Festival

Tulipomania’s recent cool as hell stop motion animation music video for “Shooting Off The Set” to be showcased at the 30th Leeds International Film Festival, Wed 9th Nov, 2016, 18:00 @ Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds, UK.

Check it out:  Drop by if you are in the area.

“Shooting Off The Set” is off Tulipomania’s most recent release titled “This Gilded Age”.  Tulipomania is one of the most unique dark alt rocks on the scene today.  They haven’t strayed from their immediately identifiable signature sounds over their long career.  Check out their music and videos on their website here:

Tulipomania – Shooting Off The Set from tulipomania on Vimeo.