Discography

The Big Everything - EP

2019

  1. The Big Everything
  2. Beggards To Chance

And the tongues listen...
Part 2B of BABAL’s “The Circle of Confusion of Tongues” trilogy moves into epic musical territory with the EP, “The Big Everything/ Beggars to Chance”. (total running time 28:24)
To be released on February 28th on limited edition (75) numbered CD (MRRCD-22166) and download - with pre sales beginning on 28 January
“The Big Everything” begins with a bluesy/jazz invitation to experience the grand design of a life imagined. Shifting moods and musical motifs smoothly, this track winds along a tale of desire, yearning and soul-searching.
At times the piece is almost medieval in tone and colour, moving out towards a dark folk-tale ending. Progressive, cinematic and deeply seductive, this piece links specifically to “The Glacier” track from last years’ EP (Part 2A)


From: Bandcamp
“Beggars to Chance” is a protest and survive song – backed by tight rhythmic drums, bass, keyboards and guitar synths/solos.
The plaintive call to arms speaks of dying to life and living in the moment – recurring lyrical themes for Karen Langley in this trilogy.
The beautiful psychedelic art of Andy White graces this EP, together with the intense, avant garde artwork of Paul Kopal; all pieced together by the skilful Rachel Armour.
Digested description; A tempestuous Babal-Noir trip; hard-boiled bedlam mixed with transcendental corridors of communication. Musically inventive and arranged and produced with passionate intensity.
“Here we go, here we go, here we go...”
Available in very limited numbered CD (75) -MRRCD- 22166 and digital formats...
A full length video of The Big Everything will also be available
The CD comes with a A4 colour print of the "face melt"cover art and an individual unique surprise too from the Babalonians!

released February 28, 2019

Carnival Records Review of 'The Big Everything' on Facebook.
The quintessential Babal come to the surface once more on The Big Everything, a 20-minute epic that frames Karen’s transatlantic alter-ego Mimi Vogel in an expansive widescreen narrative - “I wanna experience... the big top and the great abyss” - pitched against dissonant notes, choppy breakbeats and a flurry of ‘70s synths.

music and lyrics - Rob Williams and Karen Langley
BABAL:
Karen Langley - Vocals, lyrics, arrangements
Rob Williams - Guitars/synthesis
Jon Sharp - Drums

Guest artistes:
Paul Smith - Bass on "The Big Everything"

Zoie Green - Keyboards on "Beggars To Chance"
Ben Balsom - Bass on "Beggars To Chance"

Liquid Sunshine

Liquid sunshine

2019

  1. Liquid Sunshine
    1. A) Sunshine Insertion
    2. B) Insertion Impact
    3. Sunshine Healing X

BABAL BELIEVE THAT MUSIC IS THE HEALING POWER OF THE UNIVERSE. DOWNLOAD "LIQUID SUNSHINE" FOR FREE , OUR GIFT TO HELP YOU DE-STRESS! TURN THE LIGHTS DOWN LOW AND ALLOW THE SUNSHINE TO FLOW THROUGH YOU. WE ALL NEED LOVE, LIGHT AND HEALING XXX


From: Bandcamp
This is an ambient piece of music which slowly evolves and moves through three stages - a) sunshine insertion, b) sunshine impact, c) sunshine healing x

The Glacier

The Glacier

2018

  1. The Involuntary Reflex Of The Terminal Bastard
  2. The Glacier
  3. Toffeetime

TRACKS WRITTEN AND ARRANGED BY KAREN LANGLEY & ROB WILLIAMS.
KAREN LANGLEY - VOCALS/LYRICS
ROB WILLIAMS - GUITARS/SYNTHESIS
JON SHARP - DRUMS


From: Bandcamp
Following on from the success of “The Circle of Confusion of Tongues”, BABAL give us a trio of tracks on their new EP, “The Glacier” that take us further into their stark, yet optimistic reality.

Opening track “The Involuntary Reflex of the terminal Bastard” gives Karen Langley the chance to throw all the toys out the pram with no hint of self-pity; a slow build of soulful rhythms, hooks and grooves underlines a morality tale of the modern narcissist – landlord, politician, parent, partner, sibling; the Bastard is a one-stop character who always has the upper hand – until you decide to stop catching the ball.

Title track and second play is the monstrous and gorgeous “The Glacier”. From the opening mournful bars of Sarana Verlins’s lovely violin, the mood is deep and heartbreaking – a track to get lost in as the metaphorical Glacier reflects the trials and tribulations of life; the unexamined life worth living.

A fabulous, climactic ending featuring Rob Williiams’ guitars, Jon Sharps’ drums, Ben Balsom’ bass and the haunting keys of Zoie Green, take this track to the iciest peaks of beauty and sadness, yet somehow drenches us in the promise of new beginnings.

Final track “Toffeetime” (a live favourite with BABAL fans) is a live studio jam (with added backing vocals by Karen) brings the full power of BABAL’S musical forces together and creates a brilliant dystopian tale of materialism. Shredded, squeezed and packaged into a painful realisation of the rotten drip-drip effect of modern first-world happiness and fake-culture.
Play this track LOUD and sink into the sweet filth of the abandoned toffee factory. You will then understand fully, and need new teeth of the Universe.....

Each EP will be numbered (limited edition 0f 50) and comes with an A5 poster of Paul Kopals’ EP artwork, plus an individual, hand-made art-note from BABAL in the best tradition of Dada.....

Artwork; Paul Kopal

Glacier photograph; Marinus Beers

All tracks mixed and mastered by Martin Nichols at Whitehouse, Bristol.

Getting it together stuff; Rachel Heard, friend and artist xx

On Melodic Revolution Records on CD (MRRCD 2156) and digital download (MRRDR 201163).



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The Circle of Confusion of Tongues

The Circle of Confusion of Tongues

2018

  1. Teeth of the universe
  2. Amanda
  3. He's Got the bends
  4. The crooked path
  5. Stolen Breath
  6. Monkey on my back
  7. The foot high guy
  8. Partakers
  9. Volunteers
  10. The great overwhelm
  11. Skating on the pond
  12. Block pave me over

All songs by Karen Langley and Rob Williams (BABAL)

From: Bandcamp
Babal have produced what is arguably their finest work to date. "The Circle of Confusion of Tongues" was released on April 18th 2018.

Unusual arrangements encase folklike tales spread across funky jazz plains, anthemic punk-rock style storyboards and bluesy hang-outs....

By turns, the manic angst and ethereal beauty of Karens vocals interweave with the exuberant layers of Robs skilful guitars. "The Circle of Confusion of Tongues" has a progressively rich rock sound enhanced by the brilliant drumming of electronic drum player Jon Sharp, the inventive bass playing of Ben Balsom and paul smith, and the beautiful backgrounds of Zoie Greens keyboards.

The pieces ride roughshod over bourgeois society and rip into 21st century fears of mortality and where the **** are we going with equal passion... Babal are wild entrepreneurs of the imagination providing a theatrical illustration of life each time they enter a studio or step on stage.

We live in strange times, and strange times call for challenging art that responds to the insecurity, paranoia and dread many of us are feeling as we try to make sense of our queasy political and cultural landscape.

Enter BABAL, then, to fulfil this role with an emphatic, sure-footed record that effortlessly captures the weariness of 2018’s uncertainties with a palette of comic-book horror, dissonant guitars, big drums, caustic wit and a healthy dose of Zappa-esque cynicism.

The Circle Of Confusion Of Tongues (the album’s title gives you a taste of the surrealness to follow) occupies a brooding, faintly unsettling space undercut with a savage humour that tempers the band’s mocking psychodramas.

— Chris Heard of Carnival Records


It often feels as if you’re stuck in a John Carpenter movie or one of those fevered nightmares with a killer clown whose presence you can’t escape. The tone is unnerving; disturbing; scary even.

At the same time BABAL’s characteristic macabre comedy is rarely far from the surface – if the world were a more just place, they would surely have written the music to BBC Two’s Inside No 9.

Densely textured, sonically rich and frantic with energy, the record’s expansive sound was honed over a year in the studio by the band’s two long-term mainstays, lyricist Karen Langley (vocals) and her axe-toting partner in crime Rob Williams (guitars and synths).

Between them they soak up influences like two malevolently grinning sponges, distilling a cinematic sensibility (European arthouse, Hollywood noir) with an agile musicality that encompasses art-rock posturing, Captain Beefheart, punk-funk polyrhythms and the occasional jazz/breakbeat flourish.

The affable Williams (aka Ming the mysterious) demonstrates his prog rock chops with flair; his artfully discordant playing/arranging putting this listener in mind of a Robert Fripp or Bill Nelson in their prime.

Williams’ easy virtuosity allows Langley free reign for her dystopian-Alice-in-Wonderland vision, which she executes with abandon.

In art as in life, singer Langley is a formidable and very human figure, reminding the more pompous and hubristic among us that we are but “spirits in meat-suits”, all trying to ride the train as best we can without falling off the tracks too often or publicly.

Compassionate yet sharp as a tack, she cuts right through the BS with her acerbic commentaries on life, love, class, commerce and consumerism, frequently adopting the persona of Mimi Vogel, her demonic transatlantic alter-ego (an acid-tongued amalgam of Cruella de Vil and Sunset Boulevard’s Norma Desmond).

It’s with her mischievous eye for the absurd that Langley launches into Teeth of The Universe, channelling Broken English-era Marianne Faithfull’s barely-concealed venom to a funked-up Grace Jones backdrop which showcases Williams’ dexterous fret work and Jon Sharp’s shuffling drum patterns.

The singer is at her most messianic on the withering Amanda, a trauma-infused Punch and Judy show from the bleaker side of town. Meanwhile, the jazz-tinged drum and bass of He’s Got The Bends could pass for the opening titles of a John Barry TV crime caper–gone-wrong.

The band unleash their inner Killing Joke on the full-on dark wave of The Crooked Path; while the backbone of the album - Monkey On My Back, The Foot High Guy, Partakers and The Great Overwhelm – proclaim the group’s versatility while affirming the discipline of their craft. Volunteers, with its call-to-arms for artistic justice, is especially strident: ‘We want to work/We wanna get paid/My life’s not a ticket/That I mislaid’.

By contrast, the haunting Stolen Breath is a rather tender work, with some pain palpable: ‘I stretched out my hand/It was dead on the table’. Likewise, Skating on the Pond is the most striking and musically austere moment; elegiac and sombre with its mournful Bach organ.

The essence of BABAL’s existential discontent comes together on the magnificent closing track Blockpave Me Over, with Langley’s potent spoken word a rallying cry to the moment. ‘You are now here!’, she implores, conjuring peak Patti Smith against Williams’ intricate, dazzling orchestration.

The Circle Of Confusion Of Tongues marks out BABAL as true psych-rock standard bearers in an age that is crying out for something a bit more articulate, a bit more angry. Soundtrack to a new Cold War, anyone?

— Chris Heard of Carnival Records


Glossolalia

The Glacier

2018

  1. Mothermania
  2. Motorway bores
  3. The curse
  4. Dead meat
  5. Skin Canvas
  6. Succession to the soul
  7. Ray of sunshine
  8. Salvation
  9. The voice
  10. He's got the bends
  11. Requiem

Compilation of unreleased/rare tracks over the last 20 years
KAREN LANGLEY - VOCALS/SYNTHESIS
ROB WILLIAMS - GUITARS/SYNTHESIS
JON SHARP - DRUMS

GUEST MUSICIANS.
ZOIE GREEN - KEYBOARDS/BACKING VOX
BEN BALSOM - BASS
PAUL SMITH - BASS

From: Bandcamp
COVERING SOME OF THE MORE EXPERIMENTAL AND STRANGE TERRITORIES BABAL HAS EXPLORED OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS...

FROM A SOUNDSCAPE CREATED TO COVER AN INSTALLATION ON HERMAN MELVILLE'S" MOBY DICK" ("SUCCESSION TO THE SOUL" ) TO AN EXISTENTIAL POP SONG WHICH WAS THE BAND'S ONLY CRACK AT WORKING TO A DIRECTIVE (RAY OF SUNSHINE" - NOT TAKEN UP BY THE PITCHER... :-)

INCLUDING 2 TRACKS FROM THE BAND'S CURRENT LINE UP
(MOTHERMANIA" AND A LIVE REHEARSAL VERSION OF "HE'S GOT THE BENDS") ...

SOME OF THIS STUFF IS A LITTLE ODD BUT HOPEFULLY WONDERFUL IN IT'S OWN BABALONIAN WAY. 

The Shirt

The Shirt

2017

  1. The Shirt

KAREN LANGLEY - VOCALS
ROB WILLIAMS - GUITARS/SYNTHESIS
JON SHARP - DRUMS
ZOIE GREEN - KEYBOARDS
BEN BALSOM - BASS

From: Bandcamp
ON OCT 15TH WE RECORDED 12 IMPROS
THIS IS THE FIRST ROUGH MIX OF ONE OF THEM AND MAY WELL APPEAR AS AN EXTRA SET OF OUTAKES ETC THAT WILL COME WITH FIRST ORDERS OF OUR NEXT ALBUM "THE CIRCLE OF CONFUSION OF TONGUES " - BUT THEN AGAIN IT MIGHT NOT.
I LOVE THIS ONE - REMINDS ME A BIT OF THE RESIDENTS IN ITS'S TONALITY (ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE ARTISTS).

HAVE A NICE LIFE .

The flywheel of life

The flywheel of life

2017

  1. The flywheel of life

Karen Langley - Vocals
Rob Williams - Guitar/Synthesis
Copyright: Karen Langley/Rob Williams
Recorded at BABAL KASTEL March 2017

From: Bandcamp
3RD IN OUR SERIES OF OUTTAKES

"CHARISMATA"

WHILE IN THE THROES OF RECORDING OUR NEW ALBUM "THE CIRCLE OF CONFUSION OF TONGUES".

HIT THE BUTTON FOR A BIT OF HELLISHNESS.

X

Body cathedrals

The Game

2017

  1. Body cathedrals

Karen Langley - Vocals
Rob Williams - guitar/synthesis


From: Bandcamp

BEING OUT OF THE BODY IS THE ONLY WAY TO FIND WHO YOU ARE!
SOMETIMES I HAVE NO HEAD, OR MY LEGS, HAVE BECOME LIKE A ZEBRA'S;
I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I AM LOOKING OUT FROM MY EYES ANYMORE!
ENJOY THE CHANGE FROM SOLID TO INFINITE, ELONGATE THE NOTES AND RELAX...

(Mimi Vogel)


The Game

The Game

2017

  1. The Game

Karen Langley - Vocals


From: Bandcamp

Saving herself when no one else can save her,
A woman of temperance avoids her doom
Ready to dive in and
Swim under the pack ice,
Taking a leviathan breath,
Where is the way out?
The emerging freedom?


(Mimi Vogel)


Singular adventures in post-modern capitalist society

Singular adventures in post-modern capitalist society

2016

  1. Toffeetime (Alt studio live mix)
  2. The brocken
  3. The lorelei
  4. Speed (remix)
  5. Weather
  6. Sobriety
  7. Buy me an acre of land

From: Bandcamp

From the opening Psychedelic journey through Toffeetime (a studio jam turned sticky and stretchy), we go to the Witches night on the mountain with "The Brocken", then past sirens sweetly singing in "The Lorelei", bashing and crashing into a studio re-mix of "Speed" (Alex Daw navigating crazily on hair-pin bends and zipping into oil-slicks on the straights); then a most sultry and meteorological mapping of "Weather" (which incarnated at Carnival Records, Malvern courtyard( thanks Chris Heard , two summers ago); then it's onto the wagon with "Sobriety" (thanks Ted Marshall) ending with a plangent ballad of landlack amongst the working class "Buy me an Acre of Land".

Not your average CD by any standard! All we ask is that you open your mind and ears and go into the rabbithole with us...

Happy Listening xxxx (also comes with a DVD; "The Lorelei", "What Shall we Do?" (live at The Fleece),"Sobriety"; "Toffeetime"(Live at Sonic Rock Solstice,thanks Dave Roberts); "Lockstep" (filmed/edited by Tom Lee Rutter,; "Speed", "Selling Spontaneity/Endless Re-Run Society" (live at The Fleece); and Endless Re-Run Society (film version).

Plus extras featuring Mimi VogelThanks also to Harry Collison for the amazing photography,and Haris Roussos, for the skilful layout and typography.

Love love and love xxx


Hanging in the balance

Hanging in the balance

2015

  1. Speed
  2. Money never stop
  3. Lockstep
  4. Selling spontaneity

Karen Langley - vocals/arrangements/lyrics
Rob Williams - guitar/synthesis
Jon Sharp - drums
Paul Smith - bass
Craigus Barry - guitar

From: Music Industry News Network
British art rock band Babal released their Hanging In The Balance EP March 3, their label Dgenerate Records announced today.

This release marks Babal's debut on a US record label. The band, led by guitarist Rob Williams and vocalist Karen Langley, are currently in the UK shooting videos for the EP's socially-charged music.

“What makes this release impressive is the band's creative evolution,” label chief Michael Jones said. “They've created a unique style that captures their rage against the status quo.”

The EP features the hard-driving “Speed,” the music business critique, “Selling Spontaneity,” and the dark, miltary-style “Lockstep.”

The band's new album is due out in late 2015, also on Dgenerate.

BABAL Live at Sonic Rock Solstice 2015

BABAL Live at Sonic Rock Solstice 2015

2015

  1. Toffeetime
  2. Lockstep
  3. Speed
  4. Block pave me over

Recorded live at the Sonic Rock Solstice 20 June 2015.
Live mix - Daevid Galaghre
Lighting - Zenjen
Stage Management - Snake
Video - Dave Roberts
Live Recording - Pete Wibrew
Special thanks to Martyn Hasbeen xx
Post mixdown - Rob Williams & Karen Langley
Engineered and mastered by Martin Nicholls at The White House
Photography: Al Jones/ Harry Collison

From: Bandcamp
BABAL are:

Karen Langley - vocals
Rob Williams - guitar/synthesis
Alice the Worker - mime
Declan Sharma - bass

Jon Sharp - drums

Bread and Circuses

Bread and circuses

2012

  1. The divine discontent
  2. Down in the dark wood
  3. The last tree spirit
  4. Psychiatry
  5. Vortex
  6. Crows
  7. Yeah sure no problem
  8. Tied to the machine
  9. Lady of the wild things
  10. Touched by angels

Karen Langley - vocals
Rob Williams - guitar/synthesis
Jon Sharp - Drums
Paul Smith - Bass
Ed Steelefox - Junk percussion

All songs by Karen Langley and Rob Williams

From: NeuFur
Tied To The Machine is a funky bit of electronic-infused rock, ensuring to please fans of acts as disparate as Nine Inch Nails and Siouxsie and the Banshees. There is a certain tribal element that further fleshes out this effort; Babble creates a track that crosses easily across thirty years of gothic-tinged music. Yeah Sure No Problem allows the tribal element to become dominant, allowing for a world music flair to dominate. The narration presented by the lead singer is reminiscent of The Doors, Alice Cooper and Joe’s Garage-era Zappa. Yeah Sure No Problem is a special track, as Babble is able to utilize two vocals to great effect.

Psychiatry is a track that has a desert rock meets hippie feel; the introductory sound of the band is further varied with the scintillating and shifting instrumentation that flitters at the track’s higher registers. Down in the Dark Woods will show listeners that Babble is an eclectic band, free to change their sound on a dime. Where many albums tend to focus on a specific range of styles and approaches, Babble are able to keep things fresh and fun. What the band does on their Bread and Circuses album is create an immersive environment that will stand up to repeated listens. Down in the Dark Woods is great as it unites the constituent elements of Bread and Circuses into one fulfilling and catchy effort.

Bread and Circuses is an innovative album, touching upon a wide variety of styles and influences. Make sure to check out Babble’s website for more information about the collaborative project Bread and Circuses show and other Babble gigs. Reverbnation

Top Tracks: Tied To The Machine, Yeah Sure No Problem

Rating: 8.7/10

Art rock band BABBLE and artist JOHN TAYLOR have joined together for this art rock project , BREAD & CIRCUSES: creating an audio visual reaction to our increasingly dire socio-political situation. Musically this project is successful in its lyrically surreal representation of the themes. Karen Langley is a revelation on vocals, applying equal measures of authority and seduction while an eclectic mix of rock, indie and pop plays behind her. Rob Williams' guitar work equally impresses: providing gentle melodies one second and then cutting through with a fuzzed out riff; when combined with Langley's spoken word parts the album peaks, becoming everything it wants to be. "Psychiatry" show a debt to The Velvet Underground, but this is never exclusive; instead this is mixed with a series of influences like Talking Heads, modified into BABBLE's increasingly eccentric sound. One of the most interesting releases in recent memory.

— Mathew Tilt, SLAP Magazine (Nov 01, 2012)