Feature: novva falla – other tracks / Tapes of Valkenburg

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Well, it’s the first feature ever on Invisible Guy! Or, maybe not, but certainly the first that’s titled in that manner. The man Adam der Somnambule, have been keeping up with the minimalism within his heart. He’s released two tapes, almost simultaneously, with one week apart. First up is “other tracks“, with essentially is his collection of tracks recorded in between 2011 and 2012, for the series ‘Minimal In 30 Minutes’. Besides that, it’s dedicated to Peter Ratajczyk, also known by the name of ‘Peter Steele’ – the now deceased (R.I.P.) frontman of Type O Negative. The next one is “Tapes of Valkenburg“, which has an historical connotation attached to it. Valkenburg Castle was a castle in the Netherlands, which was erected in the year of 1115 by Gosewijn I, Lord of Valkenburg. However, this wooden fortification was destroyed in 1122, when it came under siege by Henry V, the Holy Roman Emperor. It was originally built by Lord van Suilen en Anholt. Which is pretty cool, since I love historical anecdotes or homages of any sort. This album is dedicated to the late Japanese film director 黒澤 明 (Akira Kurosawa).

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When it comes to the tapes themselves, they have different nuances. The aforementioned, “other tracks“, is more of a calm and seething minimalistic wave piece. Sometimes speedy, other times somnambulant and bewildered. Somewhat melodic, but at the same time monotonic. Which differentiates in between the segments of each track, leaving room for respite. On the other hand, “Tapes of Valkenburg” – seem to be more primitive at heart. Leaving a more industrial-oriented setting for the macabre landscape that is building up, slowly – from within. It’s also got a much ‘warmer’, but at the same time ‘colder’ approach – to the beats and general fortification of the sound-scape at hand. The rhythms are more benevolent and connected, then it is in the aforementioned tape. However, both are available for purchase if you’re interested in this kind of music. “other tracks” is strictly limited to 50 copies of C40 tapes, whilst “Tapes of Valkenburg” comes with the same amount of copies, but with a C60 tape instead. Both of them cost 7 euro. Listen to them below and make up your own mind.


Article: Stop the Culturcide w/ interview with Henrik Björkk!

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Help stop this culturcide“, those are the lines that are the main lyrical feature in the latest Pouppée Fabrikk digital single “Bring Back The Ways Of Old“. This was their first release since 2001, after being on a longer hiatus, working on other projects. The explanation for this statement were the following, from their label Alfa-Matrix: “Bring Back The Ways Of Old” is more than a slogan shouted by Henrik Björkk on this new POUPPEE FABRIKK digital single, it’s a provocative statement pushing us back to the source, encouraging us looking back to the roots“. So, it seems like there’s a primal yell for a return to the ways of old, as Henrik Björkk puts it in his brutal vocal approach. It was on this occasion, that the single got remixed by various acts that they deemed suitable. Including the Swedish hardliners Spetsnaz, whom have been involved with different EBM-projects throughout the years. To the American sound and music designer Justin McGrath, who goes by the name of Polyfuse. Finally, stopping with a treatment from Autodafeh, another Swedish wonder that hold anhalt EBM close to their hearts.

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Spotlight: Kid Moxie – The Bailor

Hello there, I’m back again. Once more there’s been a line that had to be fixed. Communications are up again and Spotlight is re-instated. Well, this time around Kid Moxie gets a light shone upon her. The moniker of Greek-born musician and actress Elena Charbila. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and is on the way of creating her her forthcoming full-length album. The people involved with this include Angelo Badalamenti (David Lynch’s composer) and The Gaslamp Killer, as this will be a collaboration of some sort, with those musicians. However, let’s get back to the song at hand. It’s “The Bailor“, which is a sweet sensation of downtempo electronica fused with the attrition between that and pop elements. It might not be what I’d normally listen to, but it’s got some hints of everything that spreads around. A bit of sensuality is also involved, but with utmost sincerity. Falling of the edges of the box we’re sitting on, but sometimes aiming on breaking free from the chains that confine the sound. Interestingly enough, the anglicized piece of musical landscape instills a sense of absolute sorrowful beauty. I could totally imagine falling into this, listening to it while heading through the night on a bike – somewhere far, but still close, to civilization. Check out the music-video above, or indulge yourself with the track, down below.

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Exclusive Stream: Crystal Soda Cream – Shot By Both Sides

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There is much to be told, between the new and the old. Invisible Guy has received the opportunity to exclusively stream the track “Shot By Both Sides“, from the forthcoming album “Escape From Vienna“, constructed by the band Crystal Soda Cream. With nuts and bolt, they are the engineers of a transcendental cold-wave and post-punk experience. Levitating in between the cold harshness and the shady presence of sincere punk, titubanting into a ‘classical’ state of mind. Always steady, fearless, consequential – but somewhat apathetic. In the shades of the minimalist, to his joy, their ode is fulfilled to a degree of noteworthiness. Now, you get the possibility to stream the track from here. The album itself will be released on the 20th of April by Totally Wired Records.

Industrilight: Tannhäuser Gate – Tannhäuser Gate (EP)

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Whenever I see that name, perfection cannot be far away. In my mind, perfectionists make up the group that is Tannhäuser Gate. They’ve currently released a new EP titled “Tannhäuser Gate (EP)“. An avid experience, into the deepest wiring of the brain. Testing the limits with Pavlovian beats, primitive lines á la sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. But aiming it into a totally different sphere, namely; sex, money, crime. Wrecking havoc with electronic body music, industrial and minimal synth. Clinging to other obscurities, keeping a wide-ranged field of electronic inspiration in the landscape of breaking down. Some of it packs a severe punch, in other ways, it also breathe with acidic textures. Echoing the decay of a life, body and mind. Venture into the tunnel of Tannhäuser at your own risk, as your susceptible mind will decipher the signals differently. Phasing out your facade, drilling deep into your consciousness. Serving you a raw dose of virtual reality, with a pulsating body of arrangements, slowly moving forward. As always, it’s the label Function Operate that have been releasing great artists upon great. This four-tracked EP feature the songs “Sex, Money, Crime“, “Obsession“, “Concrete Island” and “Automatic Lover“. Pick your doses down below, inject and digest – this mayhem on the mind.

Deadlight: Skinny Reptile Youth – EP

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Well, if Crystal Castles and Atari Teenage Riot had a baby? This would be the end result. It’s a two man project, where the duo that is Skinny Reptile Youth collaborate, as they’re in two different countries. Namely: Italy and Spain. Even though their latest release “EP” is unmixed and unmastered, it sounds pretty rad. Think of some of the danceable rave sound of the 90’s, mixed with dark wave and witch-house. With an element of 8-bit smashed to pieces within the sound-scape. At times it sounds peculiar, at times their sound sear through my ears. Wondrous, in a dark time, in an encroached bastion of atonal madness and rhythmic destruction. Featuring the same apathetic sound graced by the looks of the mainstream, by far from it all together. Crackling spacious synthesizers brush against the cliffs of sound, that is pouring down upon the listener. To top it off, the ever changing landscape of audacity, noisy calmness and unfathomable ingenuity. If anything, it’s a case that is deplorable but at the same time adoring. Degeneration with flowers of grace, futurism with years of old. At times despicable and vile, at times fierce like fire. Some of the songs might not be that great, but if they get to develop their own sound even further – it might just be channeled into their future selves. Featuring songs ranging from “White Forest” to “Black Mouth“, released in a D.I.Y. fashion. If any label reads this, listen through their music down below and look into it.

Dreamlight: architecture – diamond mind

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Caress your body, feel your brain floating around. It’s not messy, it’s not careless – rather; dreamy and lush. The duo architecture compose melodies that can be considered clandestine. Furthering our destiny, towards something higher than just the category titled “pop“. Somewhere in between the sincere analogue experience and the digitalis futurism that is blended through the cracks of the music. Faithful, whispering, psychedelic – but also filled with concrete and raw emotions. Downbeat when they have to, upbeat when they see the sun. Albeit gazing through a layer of pouring rain. Rhythmically, they utilize the best they themselves can offer. As the melodies are played, you do heed to the rhythmic notion that they deliver with an utmost arch towards the naive. Don’t look, because it might hit you. Just feel how the music is siphoned from architecture, into your own mind. Wind down, relax a little bit and just take it in. It might be a grandiose experience at large, but you’ll also find pockets where you can breathe. This is their newly released 7¨ titled “diamond mind“, featuring the two songs “diamond mind” and “bb beware“. Released by Notes and Bolts, coming out on the 17th of April in physical format. Also, they will soon release a full-length album.

Postlight: Various Artists – 55mm²

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This time, it isn’t the usual suspect. Now it’s Germany, who’s at it once more. It’s a compilation that goes by the name of 55mm². Outliving the shared thoughts of post-rock, doom and drone. Conquering one genre after another, with different bands that have never been whispered in my ear. In a state of somnambulism, the doomed king perceives his throne – as the smoky tower of haze. There are not only these genres, as there’s also a fiery ambient sound of calmness that slips into our hemisphere. A promise of art and music, a visceral promise of post-rock musicality. The bands featured on this release are: Sundowning, Blackwvs, Fitzcarraldo, [ B O L T ], Orange Swan, Colaris, Utopia:Banished, Dyxz.Rndr, N and The Observatory. So, for this to work, you’ll need to praise the 55mm² Arts & Music festival. It is they, whom have released this compilation with the bands that will be playing at that particular festival. Located in AZ Mülheim, going off on the 3rd to 4th May this year.

Spotlight: Theatre Royal – Three Ships EP

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Spotlight returns to its former glory, as we float beyond the time and space continuum. As the people glare at us, we present to you Theatre Royal, an fully equipped British adventure from Rochester. Wrought from the same shades as us, brought to justice within a mural indie context. But maybe not to that full extent, as the psychedelic pop vibes of yesteryear plague us once again. Idealizing, a world with emotionalism, outbursts of concrete emotion. With wonderful voices, contextualized instrumentation and a folky vibe to the overall potpourri of influences. When the boat leaves our sacred shores, we shall go out to sea and tame the beasts. Conjugating the extremities of everyday life, spanning through landscapes far and wide – packed into a beholder for the people to observe. Theatre Royal show their teeth, but at the same time contain themselves – because they’ve got a story to tell us. Stories that are brought upon with the sincerity and normalized energetic posture that is sorely lacking in some areas of music. The four tracks featured on their EP are “Three Ships (disappear here)“, “Learning How To Be Idle“, “Orchard Song (Sun Studio demo)” and “(Just Like) A Sunny Day In June“, released by themselves. Feel free to listen to it down below.

Some questions for Tangerine!

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Tangerine is a band that formed in 2012. As a band, they play something in between new-wave and indie rock, with hints of pop here and there. They’re located in Seattle, Washington. Since they’re a relatively new band, it’s interesting that they’ve already released their debut-EP titled “Pale Summer” on Swoon Records. Which prompted me to ask them some questions about the band itself and their newly released album. Just so you can get to know them a little bit better, as these posts are a little bit formulaic. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it anyway, because I know that I do.

Could you tell me anything about the history of the band?

– We formed over the summer, but we’ve all been playing music and performing for years. Miro (drums), Toby (guitar), and Marika (vocals/guitar/keyboard) were all part of an earlier group called The Sutures during high school, and Ryan (bass) was a member of Goldfinch while still in high school as well. After taking a few years off for college and other interests, we recently re-formed the Sutures as Tangerine, and brought Ryan on as our bassist. We jammed in Marika and Miro’s basement for a while, and in January we played our first show and recorded our first EP with Jeff of Swoon Records

When it comes to your music, you’ve been featured on a compilation from The Station Record Club. Since then, you’ve also recently released your debut-EP, titled “Pale Summer”. Are you satisfied with everything so far?

– We’ve been really fortunate to get to work with Swoon and so many other great people in the Seattle area. “Satisfied” is an interesting concept, we’re really happy with where we are at right now, but as a musician it’s probably hard to ever feel fully satisfied; we’re always trying new things and trying to push our own personal creative limits.

As you’ve made a lot of progress since you’re a relatively new band, could you describe the making of the EP as a whole?

– We’re always writing new material, so it was hard to pick which songs to record, but we feel like the four songs on “Pale Summer” are a good introduction to our sound. We recorded the EP during a weekend at Jeff from Swoon’s house and the process was relatively straight-forward. I think we discovered that for us, the recording process is almost like a live performance; we don’t tweak too much or change too much. Although we did obsess over some of the edits afterwards.

Do you have any recorded material that will be featured on a future release or anywhere else?

– Being included on volume 5 of the Station Record Club was great, and we are definitely open to being featured on other compilations in the future. As of now, we have no specific plans.

Thanks! What are you going to do in the near future after this release?

– We have a string of shows coming up in the Seattle area, as well as a music festival at a university in British Columbia in early April. We’re constantly working on new material, so we just want to keep on performing, keep on recording, and eventually, we would love to do a mini west coast tour – especially California! Hopefully that isn’t too far off.

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