Premiere: Justin Martin – Concrete Designs

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Today, we have a special for you, as we’ve had before. These specials will be re-occurring, and you’ll get to listen to some exclusive material from upcoming releases. You’ve probably heard about Swoon Records before, because I interviewed Jeff Southard from that particular label a while ago. Well, they’ve got a lot of things going, not to mention the latest one that is due to be released on the 3rd of August. It’s Justin Martin, he’s a folk-singer and his album “Awake or a Dream” will come out on that date. For those of you that are keen on that, I should tell you that it’s instrumentally superior, going from semi-acoustic to a more broaden space of different instrumentation. Firmly concentrated around his sincere vocals, which are harmonious and ominously engaged in the landscape of sullen beauty, which is American folk. Think of the best in that world, and there you have it. Couple it with a touch of psychedelia, and you’re settled forever. I’ve been given the song “Concrete Designs” from this 6-song EP that will be available for exclusive streaming here on Invisible Guy. Feel free to stream! By the way, you can also check out his tour-dates down below.

*8.16.13 The New Frontier / Awake or a Dream CD Release Show w/ Humble Cub, Piko Panda & Imaginary Lines / Tacoma, WA / 21+ / $5 / 9 p.m.

*8.17.13 The Flying M w/ Holy Weak & Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / Nampa, ID / All Ages / $3 / 8 p.m.

8.18.13 Burt’s Tiki Lounge w/ Michael Cundick of Jesus or Genome, Michelle Moonshine & Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / Salt Lake City, UT / 21+ / $5 / 8 p.m.

8.20.13 Boomer’s Bar w/ The All-Togethers, Jeff Mix & Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / Las Vegas, NV / 21+ / $5 / 8:30 p.m.

8.21.13 The Tribal Cafe w/ Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / Los Angeles, CA / All Ages / Free / 7 p.m.

8.22.13 ZuhG Life Store w/ Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / Sacramento, CA / All Ages / Free / 6 p.m.

8.23.13 50 Mason Social House w/ Minor Birds, Monster Nights & Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / San Francisco, CA / 21+ / $5 / 7 p.m.

*8.24.13 The Firkin Tavern w/ Yourself & The Air, Not From Brooklyn & Humble Cub / Portland, OR / 21+ / Free / 8:30 p.m.

*8.25.13 Le Voyeur w/ Humble Cub / Olympia, WA / 21+ / $5 / 9:30 p.m.

*8.30.13 Blue Moon Tavern w/ Half Kingdom / Seattle, WA / 21+ / $5 / 8:30 p.m.

*Full Band

 

Några frågor till Magnus Gyllenswärd af Övervarning!

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Övervarning är solo-projektet som Magnus Gyllenswärd (känd från b.la. differnet) basar över. Projektet är rätt så färskt, med tanke på att han inte hållit på särskilt länge. Han blandar det mest ihållande från dark ambient, med vanlig ambient, som han sedan smetar ihop till en enda stor smörja. Fast trots att sammanhanget ibland är kaotiskt och skräckfyllt, så finns där en musikalisk ingenjörskonst bakom det hela, som gör att man blir tillfredsställd som lyssnare. I bagaget så har han nu tre album under detta alias, varav det senaste med titeln “Som om det fanns ett val“, där han för första gången släpper på ett bolag, som går under namned Klangfigur Audio Artefacts. Tidigare så har han självsläppt sina plattor digitalt. Han har varit med i otaliga band och grupper sedan innan, varav han tagit med sig några som har blivit lite mer långvariga. Tidigare så har man inte vetat särskilt mycket om honom, eller åtminstone inte under namnet Övervarning, men nu tyckte jag att det var dags att lära sig lite mer. Så jag ställde några frågor till honom, som han glatt besvarade.

För de flesta kanske du är mer känd för att du är med i Differnet, snarare än att du gör dark ambient under namnet Övervarning. Hur har de varit i relation till varandra och när uppkom Övervarning på riktigt?

– Övervarning började för ungefär ett år sedan efter en lång period av experiment och försök att hitta ett, för mig, nytt sätt att göra musik på. Tidigare har jag känt mig relativt bunden till datorn när jag gjort musik och har efter hand lyckats ta mig nästan helt ifrån den genom att enbart spela med hårdvara.

Eftersom jag bor i Boston sedan fyra år tillbaka har det varit svårt att vara delaktig i differnet mer än under inspelningsperioder på somrarna. Vi har alla egna sidoprojekt och differnet är inget band i klassisk bemärkelse så det är inget konstigt att fokus skiftar under olika perioder. Mot årslutet flyttar jag dock tillbaka till Sverige, då får man se vad som händer.

Skulle du kunna berätta mer om de olika låtnamn som du valt till dina låtar, sedan din första låt “Det dom ännu minns”?

– För mig handlar det ofta om att försöka skapa en riktning snarare än att skriva lyssnaren på näsan genom att vara övertydlig. Det blir viktigt för mig att utelämna delar av betydelsen för att skapa utrymme för lyssnaren. Spårens titlar och ljudbilder ska förhoppningsvis bidra med ramverk som tillåter associationer.

Därmed inte sagt att jag inte har egna tankar om spåren men jag är bara intresserad av att kontrollera en del av upplevelsen. Det tar ganska lång tid att sammanställa titlar för ett album eftersom deras relation till varandra är tänkt att skapa ett övergripande sammanhang. Jag tycker namnen får en desto viktigare betydelse då många av spåren är instrumentala.

Det känns som att det har blivit mer ambient än dark, i och med ditt senaste släpp på Klangfigur Audio Artefacts. Tidigare har man skymtat sjukhus, övergivna byggnader och lasarett – åtminstone om man tänker på låtnamnen och ljudbilderna. I vilken riktning har du varit påväg mot?

– Jag har varit ute efter en smutsig ljudbild, försökt få ljuden att liksom pressa sig fram. För mig är låttitlarna på skivan delvis kopplade till hur handlingar hos en person kan bottna i ett större socialt sammanhang, att vissa skeenden i stort sett kan bli ofrånkomliga och automatiska. Jag tror att det här temat har vuxit i betydelse under de senaste fyra åren jag bott utomlands.

När det kommer till Differnet, hur tycker du att resan har varit med dem? När hoppade du ombord på tåget?

– Jag kom i kontakt med differnet när jag läste i Umeå under vintern 2003. I ett mail skrev jag att jag höll på med liknande musik och skickade med spår från “kulvert”, mitt dåvarande projekt. Inom en vecka hade jag och Tomas, som då också bodde i Umeå, komponerat ett antal spår som vi framförde en kväll på Läkarvillan under namnet Bodén-Gyllenswärd. Sommaren därpå spelade vi in “The title of this record…” ute på Väddö där det hålls årliga inspelininsperioder. Differnet är ett ganska säreget projekt.

Vad använder du för utrustning när du skapar din musik under namnet Övervarning, och hur går du tillväga?

– Det finns nästan alltid en ljudbild jag för tillfället är intresserad av, men jag tycker ofta det blir bäst när man balanserar mellan att ha kontroll och att låta maskinerna man använder dra åt egna håll. Då blir det som att man försöker hålla det hela i schack, som en kommunikation och förhandling.

När man börjar tappa kontrollen blir processen väldigt organisk och mer lik skulpterande än att exakt bestämma hur det ska låta. Det blir som att man tillåter ett filter att sitta mellan ens egen vilja och resultatet. Ofta blir det många omtagningar då allt spelas in i ett svep. Utrustningen har uteslutande varit analog och digital hårdvara så när som på en del bearbetning i efterhand. Syntar, filter, fjädrar, vakuumtuber, moduler, störningskällor och ett massa kopplande och skruvande.

Finns det några särskilda bolag eller artister/grupper/band som du håller ögonen på extra mycket?

– Jag lyssnar ganska mycket på radiostationer med drones, noise, glitch och ambient. Väldigt lite på band i klassisk bemärkelse. Några artister jag gillar, varav vissa jag sett fantastiska framträdanden av, är för tillfället är the caretaker, hardcoreyoutube, flesh coffin, bitchneck, liable for abuse, vond, bonnie jones, alva noto, years on earth. Det finns en bra noise-scen i Boston som drivs av Egan Budd på http://existest.org.

Är eller har du varit involverad i någon annan grupp eller något annat band förutom det som är listat här ovan?

– I Stockholm spelar jag med Dödens Lammungar och mellan 2004 – 2006 spelade jag in själv med ett projekt som hette blacken. Utöver det har det varit en del små konstellationer och soloprojekt. Efter 2006 fastnade jag i elektronikhackning och circuit bending ett tag och publicerade en del spår och auto-poesi genererad av modifierade lekdatorer under namnet Kunskapslådan.

Vad händer inom den närmsta framtiden på musikfronten?

– Just nu är jag intresserad av mer kliniska, råa och primitiva ljudbilder. Simplistiska och fysiska, men det är svårt att veta hur det kommer utvecklas.

Premiere: The West – It was Disco and it’s Over [Music-Video]

The West have been a band that has been featured here before, namely with their album “In Low Light“, which was and still is a great album. Now, it’s gone a lot of time, and they’ve been readying up a music-video for the song “It was Disco and it’s Over“, which seems to be a flirt with the late 70’s disco-era that ended pretty quickly. Not that weird, considering that they have a disco influence within their music. Anyway, the video for this mellowed out song was shot on location in Seattle and Bellingham, by All Mod Cons and Hand Crank Films. It was directed by Jordan Albertsen, and choreographed by Gabrielle Schutz. Below, band member Anthony Darnell shares his own thoughts related to both the video itself and other things:

We couldn’t have made it happen without the support of local dancers and all the others who donated their time, cars, and un-burnt skin to the making of this video. We’re also indebted to Everyday Music, Melrose Vinyl Market, Oddfellows, Super Mario’s, and many more businesses for lending their scenic locales to us. The West has an upcoming show at Columbia City Theatre on Sat. Aug. 10th w/ Nude Pop and Yevtushenko. In late August, we’ll be going on tour to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vegas, Phoenix, Missoula, and more.
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You can listen to their album down below, after you’ve checked out their music-video above. It can also be found online on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon. If you want more information, be sure to check out their official website.

Part [III]: Invisible Guy and Nostilevo presents: Industrialized [FROM] Sense!

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Invisible Guy is collaborating with Nostilevo, which means a freaky mixtape that is in between 2 to 3 hours long. Containing both the back catalog, the front, and the end. No, seriously, we’ve put some effort into this mixtape which you can hear old Nostilevo releases on, newly released and forthcoming releases. Much to your joy, it will feature tracks from four of these coming releases. For those of you that don’t know, the forthcoming releases will feature Men Of Bissau, Desire XXI, Bad User Experience, Traag and MA Turner. We’ve incorporated tracks from their future releases on this mixtape. Tune in, tune out, meet your makers!

When Nostilevo hides in the shadows for a while, you forget what’s equally as great. The machines stop in their motions, humans once again stop consuming, as they fall into even greater apathy. So, you know, Nostilevo should be around as much as possible. It is what’s best for Industrial and humanity in general, because we need to power them up once more, so we got a hold of their general. Mr. R, as he is called, mentioned that he has got some releases going to be put out as soon as possible. Therefore, they’re back again, but we’re also back once more. Machines start to venture into motion, humans find more to be joyous about, and Industrial once again – shines like the brightest star on the blackened heavens of earth.

Tracklist:

1. Church Shuttle – Will
2. Craow – Masters Plan
3. Bad User Experience – P.C.P. N.U.
4. Dream Affair – The Porter
5. Inextremis – Blind
6. Mammal – Half Sun II
7. Ritual Howls – Hell Fuck
8. Siobhan – Southgate
9. Slaymaker Welding – Side B
10. Tollund Men – Forest of Disintegration
11. Liable – Such Glorious Youth (demo)
12. Gauze & Ivory Band – Good Taste Estate
13. Knækkede Stemmer – Tvivl
14. Dream Affair – Outside
15. Craow – Square Blocks & Dead End Streets
16. Ritual Howls – Turkish Leather
17. Church Shuttle – Leg And Leg
18. Men Of Bissau – Side B (Unreleased)
19. Inextremis – Into The Fire
20. Tollund Men – Wound Of Nature
21. Ritual Howls – Keep Those Stones Up Boys
22. Siobhan – Reaction
23. MA Turner – Boss Ranking (Unreleased)
24. The Glass Path – Untitled A
25. Dream Affair – Torn Apart
26. Bad User Experience – WATSMATTU (Unreleased)
27. Desire XXI – Notre Signaux Bond (Unreleased)
28. Ritual Howls – The Scent of Skin
29. MA Turner – Ecstatic Rank (Unreleased)
30. Desire XXI – Distorsion de la V.L.F. (Unreleased)
31. Bad User Experience – The Matrix The Movie (Unreleased)
32. Traag – Around My Home (Unreleased)
33. Pure Ground – Crawling Through

Review: Steel Hook Prostheses – The Empirics Guild (CD)

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It wasn’t a long time ago since I heard about these fellows from Texas. Even though I’ve rarely encountered their music anywhere, their artwork and name have been etched into my brain. What I do know now, however, is that this release is their latest album-release since “Atrocitizer” was released, in 2008. John Stillings and Larry Kerr are their names, and I find myself repeating those names in my head, in an almost perfect symbiosis with the scene from Fight Club where they start chanting:”His name is Robert Paulson“. Just replace that name with their name, and you have a totally bizarre coincidence, but a strong incitement to actually start reviewing this monstrous release. Before I go on and do that, I must say that this is another release from the magnificent Malignant Records, from the US of A, which hasn’t let me down so far. So we’ll see how this one goes. Another thing that has to be mentioned, is the fact that this was released on the 29th of March, which is a while ago. It contains material recorded between 2008 and 2012. Hopefully, my earlier lack of inspiration, wordlessness and total apathy – will make this review a much more detailed endeavor.

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Spotlight: Youth Code – Carried Mask

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Photo by: Zed Cutsinger

It’s gone two days since Youth Code premiered their single “Carried Mask” from their forthcoming self-titled release on Noisey. I haven’t really been following them as closely as other people have, because I haven’t been that interested to be honest. But since I read that virtually everybody loved their newly premiered single, I had to take a look, keeping in mind that I had heard their earlier material a while ago. What I heard is miles away from their earlier stuff, which is great indeed, because now I can love them a little bit more. Their Nitzer Ebb-ish early industrialized EBM touch really sticks with me, as their carried steel is smashed against the nearest barrel, paired with the agonizing vocals – shrieked with a raspy voice, turning into a nightmare on wheels. Another thing that suck with me was the sample that they use in the beginning and throughout, which makes it a little bit more militarized than it would’ve been otherwise. This would also remind me a little bit about Manufacture, one of the more shrouded oldschool EBM-acts, blending both the new beat craze with militaristic tenure in their song “Armed Forces” from their most known release “Terrorvision“. If you conclude that this blend is hazardous to you, you’re in the right spot. Even though Youth Code could settle with a little bit more punch for me to like it, they’ve greatly improved since last I heard them. Which is positive indeed, but I’m just another brick in the wall of positive critique that have been typed throughout the internet. I don’t know if they might consider themselves to be part of any wave, but it feels good to at least have some faith in industrial regained, as this track keeps banging in the back of your mind. Firstly, it’s pretty much a nostalgic trip. Secondly, it’s a song that can easily stick to you and stay, instead of just going away in some days or so. It’s been on my mind since it was released and I can’t wait to receive the full ordeal. You can pre-order it over at Dais Records, but it seems like they’re going quick, so hurry up.

Exclusive Stream: Ill Clinton – Ragnarok

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Now we’re going strong again, this time with another collaboration together with I Had An Accident Records. They’ve been sprouting out tapes on a regular basis, but now they’re slowing down a bit to get a little time to think about things. No, that’s not true, but the tapes are a little more scarce. Since July is almost over, Summer is rapidly coming to an end. But there are still remnants left in August, which is what we’ll show you. Well, since we’re not experts on hip-hop, in whatever way it might manifest itself – we’ll uphold place for Ill Clinton. Just so we can learn more. He’s also known as “Vibe“, and have been producing a lot of different stuff throughout the years, as well as being occupied with the aforementioned solo-project. Underground hip-hop is his placeholder, as he swoops through the concrete jungle. As we’re not particularly fond of hip-hop with any vocals, the instrumentals will do. These luminescent pieces of history that travels at a train’s speed, withholds its influences deep from the subway. Loneliness is a feeling, that can surely be felt by the empty; yet forcefully desolate beats. Making room for more, with less. It makes our Scandinavian hearts pound with pride, as our ancient Norse mythology gets represented in beats. This will be written as “Ragnarok“, which is the album that will be released on I Had An Accident Records on the 6th of August. We here over at Invisible Guy can give you more then a sneak-peek into the world of Ill Clinton, because we have the whole material for ourselves. So, in collaboration with IHAA, we decided to let it loose for you all to listen to before you buy it. It will be limited to 200 copies, so be swift and get it while you can. You can stream it exclusively down below, or simply make your way into the words of the label-head himself, as he describes the tape:

According to Norse Mythology, Ragnarok represents the end… three forceful winters with no summer… the decline of morality and the bitter end to existence. Ill Clinton captures the doom of the Gods without sounding thunderous as one would predict. As the cold winters freeze the Earth, so does the smooth jazz influenced beats and atmospheric samples Ill Clinton produces. The blunted chill sounds have a calming end to them. The clear vibe in this album suspends time, maintains chaos, and weathers the storm like a Viking ship sailing across the Atlantic. The eeriness is capturing and telling. As I listen to the album I imagine snow gently falling, surrounding the sky and mystifying the atmosphere. Limited to 100 green cassettes on cobalt tape.

Ill Clinton is a Philadelphia producer.
Plunge into the world of “Ragnarok“, together with Ill Clinton, because he’ll show you the mayhem of yesteryear – yet keep the modernity intact, as he sweeps through your mind with delicacy and intricate meaning.
Tracklist:
1. The Rain Is
2. Black Pontiac
3. The Apart
4. Apile
5. Yggdrasill
6. Muffz
7. Again
8. Tyrantula
9. Dummie
10. Manic Depression
11. Taeph
12. Carolina
13. Two The Tear
14. Juniper