Exclusive Streaming: Thin Hymns – Popular Mechanics

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Thin Hymns have been featured earlier on this blog and they will be featured in the future. This time, however, you’ll get the opportunity to listen to a track from their forthcoming album “Black Water“. It’s the track “Popular Mechanics“, a sweet and fluorescent atmospheric track. Quelling the urge for some top-notch ambient work, with distraught rhythms – and symphonic qualities. Soaring through the motionless world of an orderless frame, cascading into a subliminal piece of musical caricatures. But, this is not one of your regular premieres, because I’ve also asked a few questions for their songwriter Michael Hilgers. Find out more about it down below.

Could you tell me, in general, about the history of the band?

– The band formed out of my own desire to do something different or more free than what i was involved in at that time. At first I used the name just to share my songwriting experiments with my close friends. The first recordings were mostly just ambient and drone based music and over the years as I felt more comfortable as a singer, I became more interested in writing pop songs and  releasing music in a more substantial way.

It seems like the band was founded in 2009. However, you didn’t release anything until your first EP “LOGIC & THEORY” in 2011. What happened between those years?

– I had a few songs available online even before 2009, but they were mostly just goofy unfinished song ideas or ambient music. For the first few year or so that i had the name, my intentions with it weren’t very clear i guess, even to me.  It didn’t really become a very serious project for me until we were ready to make Logic & Theory. We had a few different versions of those songs before that, but our lineup was changing so rapidly that it was hard to keep up a creative routine. For a long time, I was spending more time teaching new members old songs rather than writing new material.

Since you seem to have a lot of re-structuring that was done within the band, considering your past members, what makes Thin Hymns different from the founded one?

– Well, at the start, it was a duo with me playing guitar and keyboards, and Joe Starita of Hunt Hunt Hunt Camp playing mostly cello. We would actually play mostly improvisational ambient stuff back then. Since then we’ve gone through several different iterations of the band. Chicago has a pretty incestuous music scene, so it can be difficult to keep a band together here. For the past two years it has been a pretty solid lineup with Michael Gillilan on drums, J Fernandez on synthesizer/guitar/vocals, Kyle Vegter on bass/vocals, and myself on guitar/synthesizer/vocals.

Currently, you’re releasing a forthcoming album titled “Black Water”, on Sanzimat in April. To add up to this, you’ve also recorded a series of live-sessions, whereas one of them have been released so far. Could you tell me about the process behind both those things?

– I’ve had the idea to make a visual counterpart to the records we make for years, with many different ideas of what it should look and sound like. I’ve always loved the idea of having different versions of each of our songs. Having them played with varied instrumentation keeps them interesting. I also really wanted to play with the idea of the normal performance videos that I’ve seen. Our good friend Julia Miller, who is an incredible artist and puppeteer, was essential to this process. As director, she helped me reign in my weird ideas and created some kind of a narrative from them. There are some nice twists and turns in the next two videos, so stay tuned.

Thank you! What will you be doing after you’ve released your debut-album?

– We’re looking forward to getting to work on a full length record. We’ve got some tentative plans of touring with our friends, Absolutely Free, in Canada and the midwest in May. I would love to make it out to Europe this year as well. All four of us are pretty heavily involved in other projects right now as well, so we’ll probably just be doing some shorter regional tours this year. Thanks for having us!

Premiärspelning: Johan G Winther – As Above, So Below

Eftersom att man fått äran en hel del gånger, så får man den faktiskt en gång till. Denna gång har lotten fallit på Zeon Light Kassett, som funnits med oss sedan innan. Med tanke på att en av de senaste släppen kommer att vara Johan G Winther med “The Rupturing Sowle” – så tänkte Invisible Guy till ordentligt och återkom därför med en låt till alla er lyssnare därute. Låten är “As Above, So Below” och blir därför den första nya låten som Johan G Winther släppt – att spelas här hos oss. Njut av ögonblicket och titta neråt, för där kommer lite mer information och lovord från skivbolagsmogulen Joakim Granlund i egen hög person. Låten kan avnjutas precis ovanför den underliggande texten.

Redan när Zeon Light tog sin form fanns Johan G Winther på vår önskelista. Länge hade hans Tsukimono varit en favorit för oss. Vi tog kontakt. Tycke uppstod. Tsukimono är dock numera vilande. Men Johan G Winther lever.

“As Above, So Below” är ett första smakprov från Johan G Winthers kommande kassett The Rupturing Sowle (zeon light 036) på vilken Johan fortsätter utveckla och förändra sitt uttryck.

The Rupturing Sowle bjuder på ett brett spektra av ljud och i grunden finns en typ av mörkare folk som vi inte riktigt hört Johan skapa tidigare. En cello är lika viktig som en drone. En banjo känns lika befriande som en noiseton.

En ny del av Johans ljudvärld är en rytm och en närvaro av pådrivande percussion som ger en ny dimension och framåtrörelse åt musiken på några av spåren.

Konceptet och majoriteten av musiken på The Rupturing Sowle växte fram och spelades in en stuga mitt i skogen någonstans i Sverige under 2012, och senare gav den fantastiska Emelie Molin (Mire Kay, Audrey) musiken extra djup och skönhet med sitt fantastiska cello-spel.

Om man är bekant med Johan G Winthers diskografi med alla hans olika projekt och grupper sen innan, kommer man känna igen delar av lite allt möjligt på The Rupturing Sowle, som också är det första av flera släpp som är planerade under 2013.

Albumet har sin release 130427 och kommer att släppas som kassett (inkl digitalt) och dessutom i en strikt numrerad upplaga med kassett, tröja, poster, badge.

All sounds & arrangements by Johan G Winther

Cello by Emelie Molin

Mastered by David Zackrisson

All artwork by JGW

Layout by Nullvoid

Skinny Reptile Youth cover Crystal Castles!

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They’re at it once again, they are considered to be: Skinny Reptile Youth. I’ve written about them earlier, as they’ve released an EP in March. Since I’ve compared them to the obvious, which is Crystal Castles, they’ve since released two tracks. One of them is a cover of the song “Black Panther” from the aforementioned band’s first self-titled full-length “Crystal Castles“. But they’ve also released a track from their own compartments, which is titled “71723“. Needless to say, you need to check them out if you haven’t done that already. Also, you can listen to both tracks down below and download them free of charge.

Intervju med Piroth!

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Piroth är en svensk duo bestående utav systrarna Johanna och Nina Piroth, som uppstod någonstans runt 1997. Deras musik hämtar intryck och influenser från det mesta, men i slutändan står fundamentet på en stadig pop-grund. Utöver själva musiken, så styr och ställer de även över deras gemensamma bolag Oma Gusti Records. Sedan en tid tillbaka, så har de haft smygpremiär hos SVT:s PSL, där de sedan slutet av förra året redan släppt två musikvideor inför deras kommande släpp. Förutom detta, så har de redan släppt tre fullängdare. Det fjärde släppet ligger längre in i framtiden, då två singlar återstår. Utifrån detta så har även Invisible Guy lagt öronen mot musiken, lyssnat in och tagit del utav deras musikaliska porträttering. Vilket i sin tur ledde till att frågor ställdes, däribland om deras artistnamn, deras förflutna, bolaget i sig – och en hel radda andra frågor. Lyssna på deras musik, scrolla ner – och läs intervjun.

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