The sixth installment of the selection made by Katabatik. A compilation titled “Kollektion 6” featuring both artists and groups that are a part of the roster, but also those whom aren’t. This compilation is the sixth in a row of free compilations that can be listened to through Katabatik. Everything in electronica from C.L.A.W.S. to Zania Morgan, to the Michael Buchanan (the label-owner) solo-project Identity Theft. Weird electronica, minimal electronics, sincere dark-wave, odd industrial and everything in between. The compilation itself features twenty-three songs from artists and groups like Mikronaut, C.L.A.W.S., Zanna Nera, Cinkrillan Weight, Silent Girlfriend, Abandoned Footwear, Obsidian Blade, Not Breathing, RPTN, Thee Source, Exillon, Identity Theft, The Vivid, aratKilo, Blue Window, Seacrypt, Nebuzaradan, Zania Morgan, Antlers Mulm, Veil, Ionophore, Fluorescent Gray and Sinew. Representing the US as a whole, but mainly Oakland, throughout the rest of America. But also featuring international artists and groups whom are everything from known – to unknown – to somewhere in between. The compilation is rather eclectic but seem to highlight the weird combination between forceful techno, acidic house, 1990s themed dance music funneled into psychedelia – and otherwise forgotten electronica, but also new beat mayhem. Maybe not really my cup of tea – but it might be yours. Stream the whole compilation in its entirety down below.
Three weeks have gone since my exclusive premiere of the songs “Control” – taken from the newly released “We Live In This” 12¨, which featured Annie Gyllin on vocals. Johan Sturesson, whose alter-ego is Kord, recently got that release put out on Gooiland Elektro – the sub-label of Enfant Terrible. Since that release was out, I have been increasingly fascinated by that project and his involvement in and with Frak. Not to mention his affiliation with the label Börft Records, whose bizarre journey was covered by the state-run radio-programme Elektroniskt i P2, hosted by Andreas Tilliander. But this is not about that, because this is totally different. I noticed that Johan had been making some mixes on his own, or at least that he was interested in that. Therefore, I asked him to shape a mixtape for Repartiseraren just because I had taken great interest in his musical endeavours, not only limited to Kord, but also the likes of Monster Apparat which he’s involved in together with Daniel Svraka (Adolf Filter). Compiling tracks is something that I can do by myself, but I only get so far by selecting the songs that are my own favorites. So it can get boring very fast if I’m the only one supplying you with something to listen to.
So I now decided to ask Johan Sturesson to do a mix and/or mixtape for Repartiseraren. There is where the story begins. Said and done, Johan began making a mixtape for me and he was done very quickly. The result was very interesting and I learned about some new artists and groups thanks to him. Well, what did I see when I first looked at the tracklist, if not Poeme Electronique, Adolf Filter and Ortrotasce at a first glance. Then, I also saw a lot of different stuff that I did not immediately recognize. What on earth is Dada Pogrom, Mängelexemplar and Alien Skull Paint. They sound experimental as hell. Well, they weren’t actually, but they’re all electronic. The apt title for this mixtape is “In Exile Here“, because yes, you’re in exile on Repartiseraren. My lonley island only gets visited once in a while, but certainly not by celebrated artists like Kord. I feel very lucky to introduce to you, one of the nicest mixes that I have received for a long time. Or it might be so because I feel like I’m starstruck. You can listen to the mixtape exclusively on Repartiseraren and you can view the tracklist down below. Feel exiled, it’s good for your heart and soul.
Intro: Kord – I play my flute – Djuring Phonogram
1. The Phone – We are neutrons – Attractive Co-ordinates
2. Poeme Electronique – She´s an image – Attractive Co-ordinates
3. Gertrud Stein – Blümchen – Kernkrach
4. Sleeping desiress – Voice – Flexiwave
5. Marklion – Lets walk & talk – Alpage
6. Dwayne Sodahberk – Yr style – Tigerbeat 6 / iDEAL
7. The Actor – Picture 210 – Enfant Terrible
8. 1 Futurologischer Congress – Nur mit dir – Wagner Tonträger
9. U-Bahn X – Young hearts of Europé – EMI
10. Dada Pogrom – Happy happy happy – Beatkamp Inc.
11. Kord – KGB – Djuring Phonogram
12. Ortrotasce – World unrelated – Flexiwave
13. Alien Skull Paint – Electric – Genetic Music
14. Absolute Body Control – Give me your hands – Minimal / Maximal
15. Mängelexemplar – Urlaub im bett – Kernkrach
16. Adolf Filter – Inner walls – Enfant Terrible
17. Spectral Display – It takes a muscle to fall in love – EMI
Outro: Kord – I play my flute - Djuring Phonogram
My new favorite album. Vierance from Toronto have created a sublime piece of new-wave oriented synth-pop, together with the dark overtones of electro, unhinged with a techno counterpart. Their latest album “Semblance” came out just two weeks ago on DETH Records – the newly birthed label courtesy of the bass-player in (SINS) ϟ†Nϟ. In comparison to the earlier release by them, the “Vierance EP“, they’ve polished their sound a lot more. There are resemblances with their earlier release, but they’re less heavy on their atmosphere in contrast to their melodies. A vibrant motion, a slick but raw sound is captured with the later tracks on the release, with a rather frightening but erratic sound-scape is unearthed. Ringing in my ears is the harmonious vocals, especially within my favorite track “Mosaic” – heading in the completely right direction with the stalemate of sound, in a forlorn sonic landscape – of mythical proportions. Accordingly, the music always keep you on the edge, it brings you to life. Using their palette to color the world beautiful, with their soft-spoken melodies, yet at the same time – harshly lambasting your eardrums. I just wish that I could’ve found out about their doings earlier, since they seem to have been around for a while by now. If anything, Vierance was in need of getting inspected thoroughly, meaning that I have played this release on and off for the last few days when I came to stumble upon them by accident. Life is weird, but they carry a unique sound paired with a monolithic atmosphere. Stream their whole new release down below and make sure to check out DETH Records, as there will be a whole lot of future releases being put out by them, in the nearest future. Wondrous is a word coming in good company. Purchase the limited edition cassette, limited to 90 copies, from DETH Records.
The main project of Dan Serbanescu nowadays seems to be Alone In The Hollow Garden, rather than Tanz Ohne Musik. Both him and his partner; whose main mission is to create visuals for the project, venture into a whole world of their own. Color Nurse is his visual aid in a rather dull world, taking care of the visual elements for both Alone In The Hollow Garden but also Tanz Ohne Musik. She’s in other words involved in what he’s doing, also with his own label Red Cavity Records. Creating professional music-videos, photographing different covers for releases, being in charge in general of the video department. Her visuals to the music that is made through Dan Serbanescus aliases, move forth in such a wonderful synchronization. Especially in regards to one of their latest music-videos, for the track “Field of ∞ Dissolution“, taken from the latest release by Alone In The Hollow Garden, titled “L . V . X .“. It’s the first track from that release and the video is as dark as it is mystic. Suggestive patterns move in and out in total disharmony with the paranoid music that has taken its form and refuge within power electronics. Clipped in images relieve one another in a totally erroneous fashion. Unorthodoxy is the main concept, between the shady lyrics that are put out vocally by Dan, and the fast-hitting but brooding electronics that hit as hard but inconvenient as possible. Repartiseraren got the opportunity to exclusively premiere this music-video for the readership. So check the music-video out and stream the whole album “L . V . X .” down below, plus the full song that I got a hold of for the blog-zine.
Two years ago, I discovered the experimental synth/darkwave group Seacrypt. This was back when they had just released their album “A Momentary Rift” on Katabatik, on a cassette – with eight totally loveable songs. Said and done, I interviewed them and got to know more about them as a group and in particular; Michael Buchanan. He’s probably most known as one part of Nommo Ogo, a psychedelic noise group that dates back to the 1990′s. But he’s also got a project called Identity Theft, a solo-project of his where he’s already released a compilation, and two mini-albums. Even though he’s not the sole member of Seacrypt, he does a lot within that group. The other members do a lot too, and it also consists of Chelsea Friedmans‘ and Paul Sutfins‘ wonderful voices and synth-work. When they released the debut-album back in 2012, not much was heard from them until they appeared on a compilation by Sweating Tapes called “A Compilation. Volume 2: The Bay Area“, with the track “Paper Horses“. Since then, they’ve worked on a full-length album, which was just released by the Makina GirGir-run label Falco Invernale Records (F.I.R.), titled “Seekers“. What struck me as odd was how their style of music was still there, but with the added character of pure synth-pop to their otherwise experimental sound. A more well-rounded and warm release, even though the first release is worth its weight in gold.
Since I’ve always been interested in them in one way or another, I decided to get a piece of the cake. That meant acquiring the wonderfully rhythmic track “The Messenger“, a track that opens up a whole other world of the genres that Seacrypt operate within. An almost erratic cold-wave sound is coupled with a gloomy atmosphere, a mystic kind of atmosphere. Featuring the wonderful voice of who could either be Paul Sutfins or Michael Buchanan, though it would be embarrassing for me to take a wild guess. The album itself is a really good album that shows the versatility of their group. How they have adapted and made a whole new sound out of the hardware they’re using. The difference is notable, but it is also interesting how they draw out the best from their sound and form another layer upon it. Well, now you can stream their track “The Meseenger“, a song taken from the B-side of their release, exclusively on Repartiseraren. Indulge yourself in what you’ve been missing all these years, because Seacrypt is symptomatic of what greatness you can achieve just if you step outside of your own box. Stream and listen to the track exclusively down below.
Invisible Guy no longer exists. It was a time of joy and careless fun. Since I started this blog-zine back in early 2011, I had no idea that it was going to get even near as big as it is now. My ambition was to drive this blog-zine as a hobby-project of my own, just so I could spend some of the vacant time that I had back then. What was a hobby began when I interviewed different local bands in Sweden, from Norrland to Skåne, Stockholm to Blekinge and everywhere I could find any interest. Later on, in 2012, it evolved into the podcast that I had in regards to me covering a lot of the punk and hardcore-scene, since I was interested in it and D.I.Y. The birth of Swedish Punk and Hardcore came with my ambition to start this podcast of my own, which aired for five episodes before I trashed the idea completely. I really had no time to be mailing to people, getting them to participate, since a lot of the time went to administrate what I could find and try to get people to get back to me. That’s really not a fun thing to do, especially not when you need to fill a podcast which could be everywhere from an hour to eight hours long. I wanted it to be impressive, I wanted it to be underground and I wanted to hear their stories – play some music – basically have my own radio-show in some kind of way. Since then, everything has been running smoothly. It’s been getting better and better, so I decided to invest money in artwork which I bought from the wonderfully talented James Licht – the man behind one of the most promising labels – namely Die Song. There’s where Invisible Guy changed into Repartiseraren, bringing a rather small legacy to its grave, but not an insignificant one. It meant a lot to me, and it brings a lot of pain having to let go of it, but I feel like it will always be there in some kind of way. Repartiseraren was just a breath of fresh air, the beginning of something new, an extension of what Invisible Guy once was. I am proud to say that it has gone very well and I am thankful of everyone’s support of this blog-zine. It means more then you could ever imagine.
One of my newly attained friends Magnus Gyllenswärd, whom is most known as Övervarning, mailed me about a week ago or so. I’ve always been fascinated with his music, since I found one of his releases on Bandcamp while sifting through everything. His mail couldn’t have come in a better time or place. Since he notified me about his release being out, but not on a label for the moment, I asked him if I could put out a couple of tracks from it. He agreed with that and here we are – letting his tracks represent the shift from Invisible Guy to Repartiseraren. It was an honor for me to pick out the tracks from his newly produced album, tracks that I found fitting to the general theme of launching this new platform and bringing new light to the old. Therefore I chose the tracks “Avstånd, beskrivning, befogenhet” (Remoteness, description, remit), “Visst påverkas man av sådana händelser” (Surely one is affected by such events) and “Högt ovanför den tomma kyrkan” (High above the empty church). Every title had such an apt description to what happened in between that transition, what the transition actually was, and the music itself felt so refreshing. Like being born again, getting a new chance. These tracks were taken from his latest release “Förberedelser / Åtgärder“, which is currently not on any label, and is exclusively available in the shape of the three songs that I picked myself. Stream and listen to them exclusively, and celebrate the new dawn with Repartiseraren!
British label Peripheral Minimal is in the process of releasing a retrospective compilation of tracks, with the Italian electro/new-wave group Hidden Place. Having released four albums in total, from 2005-2012, this retrospective album will feature three songs from each of their albums, plus an unreleased remix. As they gradually moved on from their most experimental first album “Weather Station“, they put out a new album each two years that passed, in the end making it three years – with their latest album up to date; “Novecento“. Being on labels like Hellektroempire, to Twilight Records, Calembour Records and now finally, with Peripheral Minimal, very soon. Approaching a colder picturesque landscape of sound with their overlaying electro, as the more pop-induced new-wave sound made the melodies all the more danceable. A fresh new sound had been developed through the years, as the vocals of Sara Lux, a member of the group – became more and more distant from the sound itself. Making it a rather accomplished combination between vocals and the sounds of Fabio V., Antonio L. and Giampiero Di B. Not really my cup of tea when it comes to a lot of their songs, but there is something that has been captured amidst the energetic synth-pop with the overtones of a different mixture, embellished by the nature of different electronic genres.
The retrospective album that is coming out on Peripheral Minimal before April is over, is titled “Retrospettiva: 2004 – 2014” and captures tracks from their years when they were the most active, to the more sullen years of being unproductive. Harnessing a lot of tracks, being forgetful about others. This compilation does cover the perspective of their active years, but it also essentially takes out the best of the songs that has been put out there in between these years. The rather interesting artwork was made by Oleg Galay of Other Voices Records. So I can say to you that Repartiseraren will give you the time of your day, letting you listen to and stream the track “Picture Hall”, originally featured on their album “Fantasia Meccanica” – but now also brought to and from the forthcoming compilation. Click play and enjoy their uncanny vision, the masquerading electronic synthesizers, the hectic tempo delivered by the melodious content of the fixated drums in tune with the synths.