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).
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.