[20th|21st] December: Lymland & Neugeborene Nachtmusik!

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Two small Islands not too far away from one another—Langeland and Lilleø—might have more in common then you think. Both are geographically not far away from one another. The last-mentioned is closer to a bigger island, the fourth largest island of Denmark, namely: Lolland. If their names were to be transfused and given a totally new one, it would be close to suggest a certain Swedish act that released their debut-album in September of 2012. Since you’re reading this article and have glanced over the headline – you already know what duo we’re writing about.

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Lymland“—an Island full of lemmings? No, it’s not very likely. Rather: an island of wastrels – as “lymmel” is an older Swedish word for “wastrel“. Jerker Kaj and Sonja Perander, currently based in Malmö, released their first album under the name of “Ensamtidsroman” – which sounds terrible if translated directly in English and beautiful – in Swedish. Here’s where the actual thought about their own island came to set root. They created a map to represent their small island. Their reference for the outline of a map perhaps actually was Lilleø—one of the smallest islands in Denmark with an area of meager 0.86 km2. Linguistically the name is constructed of two components: “lille” (little) and “ø” (island), when combined becomes “lilleø” (little island) – with an uppercase “L” transforms into: “Lilleø” (Little Island).

Their artwork for the album outlines the different portions of the island, most of it linguistically interesting, with names on land such as: “Björndalen” (Bearvalley), “Saven” (The Sap), “Molnbyggen” (Cloud-constructions), “Stora Sågen” (Big Saw), “Klingen” (Third Person); from Old High German, etymologically in New Swedish: the blade of a sword. “Notgrund” (Shallow-Note), “Ryggen” (The Back), and “Snårskog” (Brushwood). When it comes to the coast and off the shore, the following names show up: “Gråsjälsgrynnar“, where “grynna” means: underwater shallow. “Silvertoner” – a reference to Sanna Nielsen’s debut in 1996 with the same name? Probably not, but maybe. “Hammar” – their Swedish place of origin? Which could be one of these two places: Hammar, Kungälv or Hammar, Hammarö. The final name, and description of their map is written out as: “Bullerkobban” (Noise-Islet), located in the North-East of their map and island.

Enough with our etymological descriptions and speculations, now it’s time for their actual music. Even though a description they themselves want to put on “Ensamtidsroman” is, and I quote a part of a whole collateral sentence: “Nine tracks that are held together by an honesty and simplicity,” may not be as developed like what we’re about to show you, but with the aesthetics of an island by our own definition, with the exception of their original intent, go well together and bring forth visuals that we ourselves adore. The idyllic setting and the freedom of an eremite, if only for a few moments, are what’s needed when you’d want to take a break and rewind. That’s what their music do on this specific album.

We’ve asked them to contribute for Ljudkalendern, a non-commercial collection where different songs are put up each day to create a nice palette of different kinds of music. For everyone to enjoy now when Christmas is soon upon us. So they worked on a track and got it mastered. Now for the 20th of December which we all missed, it will be our pleasure to bring forth “Fantom Mot Fantom” – a track seemingly inspired by the Finland-Swedish poet Edith Södergran, and specifically her poem: “Stormen (Rosenaltaret)“.

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Exclusive Premiere: D.Å.R.F.D.H.S. – Bockahorn

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Drawing influence from phenomenons and the history of Sweden, for example the Witch Hunting between 1668-1676, for their release on Clan Destine Records, titled “Det Stora Oväsendet“. The cover features a picturesque, in our eyes any way, painting of Swedish countryside during that time – but what lingers in the dark is not known. When you know the topic for this particular release, everything becomes so much more gloomier and frightening, like the etchings of coal on canvas. This is one of their positives which make them unique, in more ways then what sound can offer.

Their collective acronym is D.Å.R.F.D.H.S. – which spells out: Dard Å Ranj Från Det Hebbershålska Samfundet. A play with old Swedish words to create a fictive umbrella term for everything they do. Michel Isorinne and Varg (of Ulwhednar fame) are the sole proprietors of this imaginative collective, though we’d rather say they’re a “duo” – but that doesn’t sound bombastic enough. The topics they engage in seem to be less than fictional, taking most of their influence from obscure or overshadowed occurrences in Swedish history.

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For their forthcoming release “Mjöldryga“, a tattoo seemingly portraying; inked in “D.Å.R.F.D.H.S.” on someones’ arm, one half of a scythe, plus a symbol of some kind, but mainly a flail that’s situated in the middle of the picture – all constitute the artwork for this album. For those of you that don’t know what “Mjöldryga” means, it means the following: (Secale cornutum) is a parasitical organism, a fungus that attacks different kinds of grown plants, including grain of different kinds. This is one part of the main theme of the album – but it goes into different perspectives, probably related to a more or less obscure happening in Swedish history. We’re thankful for them to be around to teach one about topics we as Swedes haven’t learned or didn’t care too much about. Intriguing.

We at Repartiseraren can proudly present to you a track called “Bockahorn“, taken from the B-SIde of the release. It’s a twenty-minute long escapade that hides more beneath the surface than you can imagine. You don’t hear it the first time, but there are nuances in this dark ambient, experimental ambient trip into deep conscience, taking a long time to build with ambitiously created stages in sound. It’s like a playwright completely in sound, related to forgotten bits and pieces of history. Listen to it exclusively down below. It will get released on Beläten in the very near future and hopefully before the next year arrives.

[18th] December: Steel Hook Prostheses – Acantha

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Ancient mythologies have inspired a lot of books, art, music, playwrights, and everything you could relate to cultural phenomenons. Steel Hook Prostheses have taken an interesting turn in 2014 with their collaboration with RU-486 and Demonologists. Influenced by Greek mythology, one of their songs “Ripped Limb From Limb In The Abyss Of River Styx,” inspired partly by Dante Alighieri‘s poem ‘Divina Comedia‘; specifically The River Styx – The Fifth Circle of hell. But more so we found what seems to be Tom Bubul‘s writing that matched their influence even more for their one song, titled: “The Three YugolothsBeing a Lower Planar fable“. In which he literally seem to give headway for at least one track. Although the artwork reminds you more of a certain dynasty, pharaoh and time in Ancient Egyptian history – than anything else.

They continue their influenced tradition with their contribution to Ljudkalendern on the 18th of December. With a track called: “Acantha” – an overseen and much-disputed character of modest significance in Greek mythology. This creature is metamorphosed by Apollo as it objects to his obtrusion, which seem to have gravely disappointed the God whom decided to transform Acantha from nymph to a plant (look up: Acanthus), belonging to the family of flowering plants called Acanthaceae – derived from Acanthus mollis (bear’s breeches/sea dock) – in Greek: ἄκανθος. So we’re delighted to let you stream this richly mythological influenced track “Acantha“, exclusively on Repartiseraren for Ljudkalendern – our non-commercial collection.

[17th] December: All Your Sisters – Shame

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Two cassettes in one year. Reverse three years – and you’ve got “Sounds From Friday Evening” – a demo launched directly to Soundcloud by Jordan Morrisson. His project All Your Sisters originated from the dusky Autumn year of 2011, hailing from San Fransisco, it was meant to be much more then a solo-project. From then and on into 2012 things started to brew for real and Mario Armando Ruiz joined in – turning it into a duo. During two years of hard work they had composed what fell into our arms, for our ears, a debut-album recorded between October and November of 2013. It got titled “Modern Failures” and seem to be a statement of how things are in modern society. Romantic words clad in melancholy, with titles such as “A Perfect Body” and “Good Clean Men” cling positively at a first glance—but not for them. Maybe it’s because of the portrayal of how things should be, when they’re not anything remotely close to it. Maybe it’s something else.

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The album have been popular, as seen by how much people seemed to like it, but also because of the number of different labels that had released versions of it, mainly on limited cassettes as Beläten and Young Cubs did. Now Weyrd Son Records are turning it into vinyl, with aesthetically pleasing artwork that in one way or another can be related to All Your Sisters. Their rose was turned into black, on white background. Though the picture of a man’s back seem to suggest what the title “A Perfect Body” did, reflecting on the drapery in front of him – reflecting back on him, for himself to see? Not an unlikely theory. We’re, however, more intrigued about a band that does not wallow in nostalgia—though some of it can actually be pretty darn good. They do make a nice cold-wave themed backdrop associated with post-punk, with a rattly sound-scape and nicely laid vocals that suggest desperation, anger and apathy.

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We’re providing you with a newly produced, unreleased track which they composed for Ljudkalendern. It’s the 17th December and you get to listen to “Shame” – a rather short endeavor; that makes good use of the time they’ve utilized when creating it. There are some fine qualities about it, the long outdrawn riffs that stop before it goes into an intermezzo, sharp and readily available percussion that resounds throughout, a myriad of different baselines, synthesizers and ambitiously entwined riffing which is changed around many times to create a diverse range to it. Listen and stream it exclusively on Repartiseraren.

[16th] December: Yves Malone – Yellow Sweater & Junos

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One of our favorite synthwave acts as of late, Yves Malone, have chosen to grace us with an appearance for Ljudkalendern. For those who don’t know, he’s been featured in three reviews and premieres on Repartiseraren, back when Field Hymns compiled three of his earlier released albums into a box-set of cassettes. Since then he’s also released a separate album called “Ebony Sunrise“, on Orange Milk Records. What’s unique about him is how he manages to transfer soundtrack-music out of the box and into proper synthesized music, instead of it sounding exactly like a soundtrack is to sound – if you’ve ever had that feeling of how you can distinguish between the two. Which we’ve had plenty of times. That kind of transcendental move is hard to make when you’re not able to think outside of the box, which Yves is certainly very capable of at least musically. There’s always a thin line between. He crosses them all and it resonates throughout the atmospheres of his songs. Even though a box like the one on Field Hymns have a certain purpose, that had been cemented way before it was re-released, we like his craftsmanship and ambition when it comes to layering synthesizers over one another, creating a heavenly output for both dismay and happiness. Both rhythm, overlapping textures of synthesizers and melodies are important building blocks for his music. We don’t know how he so carelessly pulls all of this off.

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For Ljudkalendern it was originally intended to be an already produced song he had stashed away, from somewhere. As we haven’t had the time to write freely as we’ve wished, we therefore asked Mr. Yves for a concoction that would be linear in theme, but irregular when it comes to the music. Well, maybe not that structured. We proposed that he should produce a completely new track and out came two. Two different tracks both in general atmosphere, but also because one of them, “Yellow Sweater” is more beat and rhythm-oriented, whilst “Junos” take an upper-hand when it comes to perfectly laid melodies that make the whole thing a lot funkier. In a way we’re reminded of a synthwave Group Rhoda, if there ever would be one. A tropical rhythm with playing synthesizers that act as triggers for the rhythm in some cases, but when the melodies come together and shape a grandiose melody everything starts to roll down the hill and become even more exciting. First it fades out, feels like it is rebooting and slowly builds up a baseline that holds up the melodic construction. We give you these two newly procued tracks to stream exclusively for Ljudkalendern and the 16th December – on Repartiseraren!