Exclusive Premiere: Grand Mal x – Units

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Psychotic electronica, gloomy minimalism, sample-based havoc. Three inherently different meanings, three different points of view, three different influences. An arsenal of stockpiled ammunition for a post-apocalyptic world, as Beläten is for the post-apocalyptic avant-garde pop. Feel how the paranoia is grasping your senses. As the Invisible Guy guides you into unknown territory, into a uniquely shaped atmosphere for your mind’s delight and fright. You should be on your guard, as Grand Mal x have learned the tricks of his trade. His mark has been left by the Shadow Rite, his mark has been accomplished in it, as “Tricks Of A Trade” was his first manifestation. Leaving you scarred, but wanting of more – a grandiose vision – which was the aim of his first assault.

As the charred, ancient remainder, of Beläten, sharpen the hooves and clubs – the second manifestation takes form. In a part of a greater scheme, the deliverance of “Life EP“, which is the title given to the work of Grand Mal x – the manifestation seems blurry, but becomes clearer for each second that goes us by. Channeling the might of the Anglo-Saxon futhorc, this rune is symbolized as “” (Eihwaz), which in the Proto-Germanic language is a description of “yew” – which in latin is; “Taxus baccata” – a form of tree native to “western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia“.

This runic inscription births life to amongst other tracks, one track that is certain to be the second manifestation. Charging the depths in the atmosphere of electro, harnessing minimal electronics and the complexity of structure as to the opposite of minimalism, this grandiose but minimal track is shaped as “Units“. Since they come unified, in units, for their overtaking of your mind. You can stream this track exclusively from Invisible Guy and take part in the channeling of a future being – not unbeknownst to us – but to you. So sharpen your minds, head into the mystique that will with all certainty in the world, engulf you. It will be out on Beläten in the shape of a cassette, namely the C36, for your listening delight – up for pre-ordering on the 31st of January.

Label: Beläten

Cat#: Eihwaz

Artist: Grand Mal x

Exclusive Song: “Unit”

Title: Life EP

Format: C36

January-2014

You’d be forgiven for thinking of Coil when you listen to Grand Mal x. It’s not the sound and style in itself—GMx offers a kind of motorik driven take on minimal electronics, coupled with influences from the darker tangents of electro. The similarities are on a far more esoteric level, investigating the same currents of the physical and the psychical aspects of life.

There is an ineffable undercurrent of magick and ritual to these songs, even a slightly sinister presence in them. They conjure up images of demon-possessed youth writhing and contorting on a dirty bunker dance floor. It’s sweaty, physical, and sexual music, but it never loses touch with the sublime qualities that turn simply »good music« into a truly revelatory experience. Grand Mal x are here to go. Deeper.

The wise words from the conjurer of Beläten!

Listen: TAOLWGO – LIST

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The band with one of the longer bandnames, namely The Amount Of Light We Give Off from Germany, have recently released their first EP. We featured them earlier with free downloads of their tracks from their demo, but now they’ve completed a fully-fledged release. Their demo was more rough and raw, as it is suitable for what a demo can and will be, but this release is where I thought they would be heading. Even though the roughness is still there, they’ve sharpened it even more. A darkened approach, filled to the brink with influences of dark wave, which wasn’t really the case when you listened to the demo. It was more electronically post-punkish. I would like to say that they’re the darker cousin of The Foreign Resort, with an overtone of the more classical dark wave which has been sorely missed out by virtually everyone. They really got the same outlook on things and keep the energy flowing. I’m in love with this duo, because they’ve got some unique things going for them. No more overtly melodious crap, no more cackling generic garbage – it’s more food for thought and afterthought. Probably one of the best things coming out of Germany right now. We feel like they’ve outdone themselves. This is really the way they should’ve headed towards, and they’ve really done that. So stream away down below and listen to this. Do also support them by buying it digitally.

Exklusiv Premiär: Daniel Fagerström – Rorschachtest / Kära Emma!

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Baserad på den självbiografiska romanen “En Levande Själ“, skriven utav den svenske läkaren och författaren P.C. Jersild, så presenteras det en kortfilm på 30 minuter som går under samma namn; “En Levande Själ” – ett science-fiction drama som har premiär på Göteborgs Filmfestival den 25:e Januari. Filmen är gjord av Henry Moore Selder, som har tillhört regissörskollektivet Stylewar. Handlingen som sådan är tagen direkt utifrån premisserna från romanen, då “huvudkaraktären” Ypsilon, som är en hjärna, lever i en burk och hålls i liv på ett artificiellt vis. Då hjärnan är omgiven av ett antal välvilliga assistenter, så utvecklar hjärnan en egen personlighet. Med det som bakgrund så har Invisible Guy fått ta del utav Daniel Fagerströms repertoar. Han är annars känd under namnet Optic Nest, som är hans soloprojekt, men det som han förmodligen är mest känd för är hans medverkan i gruppen The Skull Defekts. Utöver det så har han även arbetat tillsammans med Mattias Gustafsson (Altar Of Flies) i deras relativt nyskapade duo Cryme, som släppte en kassett på den ångande maskinen (och skivbolaget) Beläten, förra året.

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Han fick i uppgift att tonsätta filmen och har därför, i egenskap av soundtrackskapare, skapat musik till “En Levande Själ“. Daniel har använt sig av samma metoder som han annars använder, när han skapar musik i olika konstellationer – nämligen med modular, bandloopar och orgel. Men denna gång så är musiken anpassad för ett helt annat syfte, och man kan inte klandra honom för det. Soundtracket är fullspäckat med intressanta låtar som sannerligen förhöjer stämningen. Det enda som saknas då är att kunna se filmen, vilket ni kommer att kunna göra, dock bara en trailer utav den. Detta kan ni göra här nedanför och se om det är en film som ni skulle vilja titta på. A-sidan utav vinylskivan som kommer att släppas på Moptaco Dics, består utav låtarna “Ypsilon Vaknar“, “Visionären“, “Strålning“, “Rorschachtest“, “Kroppen Är Passé“, “Psykokinesi” och “Minnen“. Sju låtar av varierande karaktär som kan sägas vara en avspegling utav filmarnas intention, men även vad Daniel lägger till med sin egensinniga musik.

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Vinylskivan har även en B-sida med låtarna “Astralsjön“, “Råttor“, “Kära Emma“, “Professorn“, “Korridoren“, “Biochines Marsch“, “Fragment” och “Jehova“. Eftersom att Daniel har gett mig tillfället att premiärspela två låtar från detta släpp, och soundtrack, så valde jag ut låtarna med stor omsorg. En låt från A-sidan och en låt från B-sidan. Ni får alltså tillfället att lyssna på dessa två låtar i förväg, eftersom att filmen kommer att spelas upp på Göteborgs Filmfestival nu i helgen, där jag upprepar att datumet är den 25:e Januari – för den som befinner sig i närheten och har lust att titta på filmen. Så nu kan ni premiärspela de två låtarna “Rorschachtest” och “Kära Emma“, exklusivt hos Invisible Guy. Jag vill även ta tillfället i akt att tacka Daniel eftersom att han frågade om jag kunde göra detta, vilket jag gjorde. Ni kan även titta på en trailer från filmen här, och streama låtarna nedanför. Om ni har lust att titta på trailern direkt, så finns den inbäddad längst upp på sidan. Soundtracket kommer att släppas inom en månads tid, runt den 21:e Februari.

Spotlight: Various Artists – W A V E C O R E 2!

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This is a compilation released last year that I meant to cover, but never had the time to cover. W A V E C O R E is essentially a compilation that features artists and groups that have any connection with the label releasing it, namely Anywave, or artists and groups of their liking. It’s a compilation that last year on the seventeenth of December got released in its second edition. The first edition of this compilation was released earlier that year, but I simply scrolled by it and didn’t mention it at all – which is a shame, really. Both compilations feature artists and groups from far and away, all the way from Mexico to Kiev, from Montreal to Poland. Essentially, they haven’t really gotten that much in common, except the fact that they each represent a genre that is virtually unrepresented in the mainstream. Such genres as cold wave, “post wave”, minimal electronics, and the like – have rarely (if ever) struck a chord with the mainstream. Much can be said about that, but most of it is also only represented by alternatives – if they’re trendy, or fit the construed mold of the month.

Anyway, less blabbering about what’s bound to happen, and more about what isn’t. There are a lot of artists and groups on this compilation that I didn’t even know existed, before. Like for example Défecit Budgétaire, Amalaise, Минск, Supahmoonmoon and Jari Pitkänen. The others, I know a bit about, or know a little more then that. Brusque Twins were one of my more obvious finds last year. Whilst I only know a little bit about Psychic Hearts, L’Avenir, Blablarism, Prairie, Jaqueline Sauvage, Kindest Cuts, Mareux, How To Disappear Completely and Seventeen At This Time. All these artists and groups are featured on this compilation, which is seventeen tracks long, spanning on a time that clocks in at roughly seventy minutes. The wonderfully constructed artwork was created by Myriam Barchetat, printed by Atelier OASP, songs were carefully selected by Half Summer – and the whole she-bang was mastered at Anywave Studio – which is basically their own studio.

So, what can be found here? Anything that would interest you if you’re into more obscure music. Everything from post-punk with harsher electronica, to minimal electronics throwing a hizzy fit, together with the most weird and out-there ambient you can find. But that’s not all, as you’ll stumble upon some concrete synth-pop, magical future-pop and utterly brilliant experimental electronics. Well, this is obviously not everything that can be depicted, but it’s a taste of what you can hear there. If you want to buy this compilation, it comes in various forms. A limited DIY digipack for 12 dollars, both compilations digitally for 20 dollars, both compilations physically on CD – together with “Onlooker” by Avgvst, for 25 dollars. Also, the compilation itself can be bought digitally for 7 dollars. So you make up your mind, but listen to and stream it down below – it will be well worth it if you tune in.

Exclusive Premiere: KuBo – This Desolation / Das Klub!

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An unorthodox blend of minimal wave and synth-wave was unearthed in Dublin, Ireland. KuBo is a fairly new duo, consisting of Aidan Casserly and PolyDROID (Brian O’Malley) – whom have also been involved with the project Empire State Human. Their intentions can be seen and their influences are treading from the cheesyness of early synth-pop, to the magnificent atmosphere of minimal synth itself. Generally combining ethereal vocals with slowly-paced synthetic rhythms. Covering different topics that can be construed of humanity itself and the more cybernetic aspirations of mankind. From the harshness of the brutality that can be construed with these topics, to a more feel-good emotion with hedonism to the core. What differentiates them from their counterparts or influences is their heavy focus on the rhythms, but also the fact that they stay within the minimalistic, and an almost cold-wave-ish deliverance – with an emphasize on that word for the vocals themselves, but also the general mood that is conveyed. So in collaboration with Peripheral Minimal, you can stay assured that Invisible Guy would be giving you something to listen to. I’m proud to be giving you the two tracks from KuBo’s forthcoming release “This Desolation“, on Peripheral Minimal. These two tracks are “This Desolation” from the A-side and “Das Klub” from the B-side. Which you can stream exclusively down below. If you like it, have an eye out for Peripheral Minimal, because it’s coming out in the near future. Be sure to buy it if you like it, so you can support KuBo and Peripheral Minimal.

Listen: Franck Kartell – Afterlife

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The no-bullshit and straight-forward, ambivalent atmospheric, electro connoisseur, Franck Kartell, recently had his first album “Afterlife” released by Bass Agenda Recordings. Having released numerous EP’s and a myriad of tracks since 2005, he’s finally covered here on Invisible Guy. Frankly, we don’t know that much about Franck as such, but were tempted to let you listen to it throughout this medium – after stumbling upon him and his latest release just now. The album is jam-packed with the most sincere atmospheres, something you’d rarely (if ever) find in the realms of electro. His grandiose structures of passionate electro strikes you down, when up-letting a darker tone to be soaring through each song. Consolidating the brutality of what you’d be seeing from such acts as AS-1, with a little more psychedelic arrogance that he tampers with and evolve into humongous, almost ambient, atmospheres. He has you wandering through industrial wastelands, and through mysterious tunnels. Everything and nothing can be found within the differentiating sound-scapes, but the melodies are complex and have a lot of thought behind them. This is not your run-at-the-mill electro, this is well-thought out and cybernetic electro, that packs an uncompromising punch to the gut when it wants to – but would rather leave you disillusioned and frightened. More can be said about it, but I will leave it at that, so I can let you (as the listener) make up your own mind. Buy the limited edition CD for £7 from Bass Agenda Recordings, listen and stream the release down below – in full.

Interview with Frank from The Harrow!

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The Harrow. A band that simply showed up in the catalog at Function Operate, last year. Having just released their self-titled EP, their first offering from the realms of shoegaze meets coldwave and post-punk. It might actually sound like a great combination, and it might also be commonplace – but somehow, The Harrow is something different. There is something about their music that is so eloquent, that is so simple, but it feeds into something different. It’s pretty easy to say that something is different, when there are so many bands and different constellations out there. But I’m telling you that they are. Most of the members, if not all of them – come from different constellations. Frank, who plays the bass, synth and program their drum-machine – have that background. He’s also been in numerous different bands. I asked him about different topics, ranging from art itself to the band, but also New York and what it’s like to be a band in the Big Apple. I sincerely hope that you enjoy this interview.

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