Streamar Knifven-låt från uppkommande ep:n Perstorp/Kliniken!

Grabbarna från Knifven har tidigare släppt ifrån sig otroligt bra alster i musikväg, de började sin bana på Gaphals via sin första singel-ep Vaccinet/Galtbrottet. Så nu har de kokat ihop ytterligare något i samma format som förmodligen kommer att klå den förra, nämligen en ep vid namn Perstorp/Kliniken. De lirar en blandning av syndig rock och någorlunda melodisk punk, med emfas på just melodier, mig veterligen. Hur som helst så fungerar detta väldigt bra och mina öron var fullständigt överväldigade av spåret som jag lyssnat på från den uppkommande epn. Därför tänker jag dela med mig av den till er och hoppas därför att ni kommer att tycka om den. Plattan går att förbeställa via Gaphals på deras bandcamp, och det kan man göra här.

Eftersom att ni redan tillgodosett ert tidigare behov fyller jag på det ytterligare. Därför bjuder jag och Gaphals, i ett unikt samarbete, på ytterligare ett vrålåk rent musikaliskt för era öron. Njut av deras låt Perstorp från den uppkommande epn.

hyDrone – Regeneration

It came with an awfully industrial-looking piece of wooden goodness which looks like a gearwheel. A nice touch to an otherwise boring and bland universe of different CD’s and Vinyls. I now understand why the label specializes in packaging more than anything else, because it adds up to an otherwise pretty forgotten dimension. The uniqueness of this addition can be felt when you’re holding it in your hand and when you get to see the wonderful mechanism, where you can “scroll” the gearwheel up and down in a range of motion that gearwheels do when they’re included in a whole system. I don’t know if that was intentional or not, but it was fun to do it for a while and after I’ve loosened the bolt a little bit, a wonderful 7-inch fell into my hands and was ready to play in my vinyl-player. Also, the fact that it’s a cogwheel that you spin around instead of opening it with a screwdriver, adds another nice touch to the experience that is both listening to it and seeing the package opening before you. Hopefully this will serve as a catalyst for other labels, to do the same thing, because if they did people would be all over the place to buy from you.

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Niels Nielsens nya video och streaming av låten Shadow Twin!

En kaskad av fantastiska elektroniska slingor och drömsk sång är någonting som kan beskriva Niels Nielsen lite närmare. Nästan lik en svensk version av Ladytron, men med en viss indiekänsla i behåll. Bandet som består utav Niels Nielsen, Henric Bellinger och Anders Risenstrand har nyligen släppt denna video som på ett vis kan tjäna som en ingång till deras singel “Shadow Twin 7¨” som släpps senare i höst, närmare bestämt den 19:e Oktober.

Det känns som att det gladlynta och drömska hela tiden befinner sig i ett gränsområde till ett äkta vemod. Så missa för allt i världen inte detta band då det uppträder den 29:e September i Norrköping på Domteatern. Ni kan även slänga er över pre-order redan nu om ni vill ha denna vinyl i era ägor, vilket jag skulle vilja rekommendera. Eftersom att detta släpp fyller upp ett visst tomrum, så är det befogat.

Därför tänkte jag även streama låten Shadow Twin här på bloggen för er som är sugna på det. Klicka nedanför och njut.

Streamar två nya låtar från Riddarnas senaste platta Bakom Molnen!

Riddarna är en trio bestående av Edward Forslund, Patrik Jakubowski och Erik Dahlström. De lirar en färsk blandning av både alternativ 90-talsrock med 60-talets psykedeliska influenser. Eftersom att deras musik både låter väldigt bra och känns nyskapande så bestämde jag mig för att försöka hosta upp några låtar innan folk hade börjat slänga sig över pre-order knappen för albumet. Jag valde noga ut de låtar från albumet som jag personligen tycker är bäst och framkallar det “värsta” känslosvallet. Därför bestämde jag mig för låtarna “Jag har gjort fel” och “Det är dig jag vill ha“, som för mig representerar den variation jag hört från albumet men även den intensitet som existerar inom deras musik.

Så jag tycker att ni borde slänga er över pre-order knappen här borta, men samtidigt tycker jag även att ni borde lyssna på dessa två låtar, som streamas exklusivt här på bloggen av mig. Stort tack till Gaphals och till Riddarna för att deras musik är riktigt bra.

My New Fascination: Black Box – Fetish #1

Black Box – Fetish #1

Time for some Australian crossover. Another one of those obscure 80’s acts, this release is actually from 1989 to be precise. I downloaded the album from an obscure blog somewhere and got the taste for it directly. Since they only released one single, there’s not much to compare with to be honest. But they’ve got some saxophone groove going on and some general post-punk with noticeable goth rock as a stable ground. I’m a sucker for these more obscure acts that sometimes develop into something really good, but mostly just become a boring blob of re-cycled musical cliches. What’s great about Australia back in those days, were that they seemed to have a lot of unrecognized acts that employed quite an extraordinary field of expertise and a slight touch of ingeniousness, when it came to being experimental within genres like post-punk and goth. I hadn’t really explored the Australian sound of post-punk and goth when I got into it, I just stayed within the normal barriers of recommendations when it came to goth in general and post-punk, peculiarly.

So, there were some kind of barrier for me to overcome when it came to the sound of that country. They had a totally different edge too it and it wasn’t something I was too keen on. Either they were head-on with their sound and had a great vibe, but couldn’t be fitted into the category of post-punk or goth. Or, in my case, they were too experimental and quirky to get into in the first place. Since it took some time to appreciate it, I delved into it and discovered more and more acts. One of them were Black Box, but since they only released one single, it made me care less about them and more about those bands who had at least released a couple of EPs and albums.

What could be said about them? They sounded a lot more like the UK and US acts than anything else, but had a certain influence they seemed to employ within both of the songs on the single. I can’t really explain what it is, but it feels like I’m being drawn to it the more I listen to both of the songs. The first song was called Fetish #1 and had an unorthodox approach to the whole goth and post-punk crossover thing, whereas they had a different setting when it came to the drums and were more in the sphere of The Birthday Party than anything else. But they seem to be more up-tempo than their counterpart and maybe less insane. Normally saxophones and the likes of it fit the post-punk sound-scape perfectly, but I just didn’t know how to react on having a saxophone in a song that had a more gothic undertones than anything else. Somehow all these influences just magically worked together, which is insane when you think about it. I’d say that the second song on the single, titled Poison Shadows, is the more melancholic one. Here you can hear the goth rock influences more overtly than as an undertone or stability to it. It sounds like they’ve gone all-out and carve their way through a more down-tempo environment than the more up-tempo song Fetish #1.

However, you should try to find this single and listen to it more closely. Tune in to it and feel the joy.

Portoguese duo Sturqen’s latest self-released album RAIA for free!

I got a mail from this duo, consisting of David Arantes and César Rodrigues. They’d like to notify you all that their latest self-released album RAIA is downloadable for free on their bandcamp. If you didn’t know about this duo, you’ll know it while reading this. They’ve won two prizes on the 2011 Qwartz Electronic Music Awards, crowned in the following categories: “The Best Artist” and “Discovery“, for their digital EP titled Peste.

Since they started out in 2009, they’ve released two EP’s and three albums. A big thank you to Sturqen for liking the work I put into this blog, also a big thank you to them for contacting me about a release of theirs. I like promoting artists that are creative and my main focus have always been to be there for the “little guy“. So do check out all their albums and download their latest album from their Bandcamp.

A preview of the album can be found over here:

My New Fascination: Malaria* / Die Hausfrauen – New-York Berlin

Malaria* / Die Hausfrauen – New-York Berlin

I had never ever heard of this album, when I listened to some tracks at YouTube and picked it up virtually. Unfortunately that also meant that the Malaria-side of it was missing and the only side I could listen to was the Die Hausfrauen-side. First, I thought this was some kind of German act or attempt at experimental new-wave, but that wasn’t the case since they sang in american-english dialect and were utterly amazing. So I could see why they would have some interest in Berlin since I think a rough number of experimental acts were prominent there. However, this particular album was a starter for me to get into the more obscure acts of the 80’s. At least when you see it from the cheesy new-wave perspective, whereas this was an act that were new-wave but had a much more no-wave attitude and approach (musically) to the new-wave sound.

Since then, I have discovered a lot of acts that use German names and they’re all pretty good. I don’t believe that I have ever been disappointed with one, and certainly not with those bands that are from the US. Well, let’s talk a little bit more about the album, shall we? The section is divided unequally, leaving Malaria with three tracks which I’m not even going to cover. Because I’m focusing on the Die Hausfrauen part of this album. So, they’ve got five songs on this album consisting of these tracks (in numerical order): Suburban Incest (Harry’s Song), Defunkt Hunk, Midnight Rain, Belevue Affair and She’s My Destruction.

The thing that got me into the music of Die Hausfrauen, more than the name, was the fact that the songs are so varied. Everything from Belevue Affair which is more synth-oriented, to the more overtly “lighter” yet dark song She’s My Destruction which scales down the instruments and make room for quirky, semi-speedy saxophone love amidst the weird sound-scape. To the more catchy and post-punkish song Defunkt Hunk which also uses a lot of saxophone and the likes of it, yet introduces a new set of post-punk meet new-wave funkiness. The song Suburban Incest (Harry’s Song) reminds me a lot of Belevue Affair, but with a more minimalistic and downtempo feeling to it. It’s got some grim lyrics also, which got me hooked right away. Last song Midnight Rain feels almost like the song She’s My Destruction, minus the quirkiness and plus the no-wave touch to it all. It’s maybe not no-wave all the way, but certainly, vocally, supports that thesis wholeheartedly.

And remember! Sometimes the B-Side can kick it too. Do also remember that Vera Beren surely is a revolutionary vocalist in many ways.

Five questions for There Are No Words!

I stumbled across a band called There Are No Words. Found their music to be very interesting and intriguing, so I decided to contact one of them. They play post-rock with some ambient influences, and this is currently their first EP release ever. So if you’re interested in them, you should check them out on Facebook and check out their music below. I asked Patrick Smith from the band five questions and you’ll get to know this band a little bit more and you’ll get to know how they went by to make the EP. They’re currently unsigned, so labels; you know what to do!

Could you tell me a little bit about yourselves, why did you choose the name There Are No Words and what’s your story?

– We all met at the same college where we were studying audio engineering/production (The Institute Of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, Minnesota, also known as IPR). The name started off as a hypothetical name to  describe the genres we listen to that focus on primarily instrumental music (such as Math-Rock or Post-Rock).

Eventually it became a running joke among the members of the band, and when it came time to think of a band name, we couldn’t find anything else that we enjoyed as much, so the name stuck.

What kind of development did you want to achieve with your first EP titled Pando?

– For our very first release, we were just trying to establish our sound more than anything. We were also set on having a professional sounding/quality product when finished.

How was the creative process in the making of it, what was the hardest part about it and what was the easiest?

– The creative process came through having many inconsistent practices and trying to write our first ever material. We were asked to play a show by our friends’ band, and around this time we had been getting in to the cycle of having regular practices, so we said we would be glad to play.

The hardest part about writing was the stress of trying to have enough songs to be able to fill our half-hour time slot at our first show. There wasn’t really an easy part in the creative process considering we had the pressure of trying to write all this material in a month, and then making sure we were ready to perform it live, especially since there were members of the band who had never even played a show before.

What kind of aesthetic influenced the cover of this album and what is the general thought behind it?

– We ended up sending the record once it was completed to our friend Michael Egan who did all of the artwork. We discussed how we wanted the name of the EP to be Pando. Pando is the name of one of the world’s oldest living organisms (around 80,000 years old). It’s a collection of Quaking Aspens that share the same underground root system and is estimated to weigh about 6,600 short tons.

The name is Latin for “I Spread”, and the organism itself is often referred to as the “The Trembling Giant”. Mike then drew up some sketches with this information in mind while listening to the EP, and sent us back the rough drafts he had completed. We liked the pieces he sent to us so much that we ended up using them all.

Thank you for wanting to be on Invisible Guy! Do you have anything else to say?

– We would just like to say Thank You to Invisible Guy for being interested in our music and taking the time to help support us. With that being said, check us out on Bandcamp and Soundcloud, listen to our music, and if you like it, download it for free, and definitely pass it along to anyone you know who would appreciate it. “Like” us on Facebook to keep in touch as well.

Listen to it and download it for free over here:

Or if you prefer Soundcloud:

You can also find them over here:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ThereAreNoWordsMusic

Bandcamp: http://therearenowords.bandcamp.com

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/there-are-no-words

Interview with Art Is Hard Records!

Art Is Hard Records is an independent record-label which started in 2010 by two friends and is based in their own hometown of Weymouth in the UK. The two friends Richard and David run this label and it’s strictly influenced by other labels which have had a “family”-kind of ethic to their name. So ethics is a big thing for this label, but also releasing interesting artists and bands from about every genre possible. They’ve up until now had a load of interesting releases and almost each one of those releases feature something beyond just the music and the album in its packaging. Like one of their latest releases, the The Biweekly 5¨ Pizza Club which was a compilation that featured a handmade pizza-box for one lucky customer. If you want to know more about this awesome label, check out the interview below which I conducted with Richard (one of the friends) from the label. I asked him all sorts of strange and interesting questions, and you’ll get to know this label a little bit more after reading it.

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Paranoid – Hardcore Addict (2012)

Omslaget?

Man skulle väl kunna kalla detta omslag för ett traditionellt och kängpunkinspirerat. En obligatorisk dödsskalle, fast denna gången med hår, i en väst med pins och liknande accessoarer som en punkare oftast har. Eftersom att namnet symboliserar albumet i sin helhet och namnet i synnerhet, så känns det rätt så kul att det heter “Hardcore Addict“, precis som om skelettet på bilden har suttit så länge och diggat hardcore att vederbörande har avlidit men fortsätter att digga i döden. Det är ett väldigt minimalistiskt omslag i sin helhet, åtminstone när det kommer till färgerna som så klart är svart och vitt. Däremot så finns det en hel del detalj som man måste titta närmare på för att ens kunna se. Själva typsnittet är nog det jag diggar mest med detta, men annars känns det rätt generiskt när det kommer till omslag. Men även om det är rätt så generiskt så skulle jag vilja säga att det är intressant att titta på, särskilt första gången man lägger sina ögon på kassetten så finns det något obeskrivligt som återges i hur lay-outen är utformad. Någonting som kanske inte existerar mer än i mystikens värld, med andra ord: något övernaturligt.

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