Since they released two singles “Somewhere We Can Be Alone” and “Summer Girl“, the band The Pocket Rockets have finally released their first album. A self-titled one which collects these singles and a couple of new tracks by the names of “No Control“, “Who We Are” and “MDNGHT“. Jon Siebels (Eve 6) have produced this album for them, and as they say in the first song: “nothing can stop us now“. That’s how it should feel when you’re a new band that is continually making progress. With their good kitsch indie-rock themed songs, early rock’n’roll vibe, mixed together with post-punk vibes. This gives them a rather more interesting shape of what their indie-rock should be about, rather than the same old, same old that a lot of indie-rock bands seem to be doing. As they’ve created their own version of what it should be, the careless riffs and on point drumming is a joy to be heard. Even though a lot of their lyricism derives from the simple, it’s catchy and good together with the rest of the music. Nothing can be done more than to bob your head to this fine piece of indie-rock, feeling that summer is ahead of me – but closer then ever. We’re giving you a premiere of their self-titled album “The Pocket Rockets“, so you can listen to and take in this band on your own. Because they’ve been with us since some time now. Stream it from their bandcamp and enjoy.
Playful synth-pop with that odd Börft angle when it comes to rhythm and melody. Börft Records have been the sole proprietor of Johan Sturesson‘s own project Kord at first, but he’s switched to different labels during his years, releasing material on his own label Råsynth I Blekinge, Djuring Phonogram and just before this release, on the Malmö-based Rundgång Rekords in 2013. When he’s not busy with his own solo-project, he’s also one of the brainiacs in Frak, a rather mystic and anonymous group at first – but a national jewel for Sweden’s odd electronica-lovers. He’s also been involved in an off-shoot duo with Daniel Svraka (Adolf Filter), called Monster Apparat, with whom they released the double-single “Moster Dajm / Rymdmotstånd” on the Kernkrach sub-label Hertz-Schrittmacher back in 2009. It would seem like the ironic touch of Börft Records have been appropriated on every project that is related to it. A kind of Swedish humor, with a touch of Blekinge in it. A certain kind of humor that is very funny if you’re tired, but also if you’re working with music for most of the time. In Sweden we call it “torr humor“, which means “dry humor“, but do not let it take you astray from the wonderful music that is being produced. This is only when it comes to some of the song-titles and titles of releases by him. Rather than being an insult, it’s a good thing when they first incorporated this humor into it. In regards to the artists and groups that have had their material released on Börft. So when Kord finally is releasing something new, he’s including Annie Gyllin on vocals, making it an album that features her brass attitude amidst a carnage of weird synth-pop, electronic body mayhem and dance-music.
This release is being put out by the Enfant Terrible sub-label Gooiland Elektro which deals with everything from dark electro to experimental electronica. A four-tracked released titled “We Live In This 12¨ is being put out upon this label, the first release from Kord since a year back when older songs were released as “Midsummer Night Special“, together with a collaborative track featuring Glenn Stenbring and Rebecca Lindell, called “Boy” – which was recorded in 2005 as a school-project of his. Anyway, Repartiseraren have been in a collaborative effort together with Martijn who’s the label-boss of both Enfant Terrible and Gooiland Elektro, where I’ve had the honor to put out exclusive tracks from coming releases. This is also one of these efforts, as we give to you the track “Control” which is featured on the B-side of this release, for you to exclusively stream from Repartiseraren. As I’m re-launching my platform, this comes rather unexpected, but I welcome it and would like to thank Martijn for his continued faith in my blog-zine. Hook your stereo in, put your headphones on, lay back in your chair or what ever you find pleasurable to be resting in – and tune in for this weird mixture of the best of many worlds of electronica. Stream the track down below and pre-order the vinyl from the Enfant Terrible webshop. First edition comes in 100 copies of pink vinyl, second edition in 200 copies in black vinyl. Expected to be released at the end of April.
Haunting is the first word that comes to mind when La Fete Triste and The Harrow join forces, releasing a split together with the title “Giant / Axis“. The solo-project La Fete Triste is the enigmatic and sorrowful new-wave project by Gabriel Brero, one of the men involved with aufnahme + wiedergabe, based out of Berlin (now in Hamburg). His twisted synthesizer and drum-machine-driven project derive inspiration out of both minimal synth and post-punk, coating his arms with a new-wave overlay that deliver the greatest sadness with melancholia at the middle, together with melodies that will ensnare you imminently. Add to that a guitar with concrete rhythms that adds a touch of your own dismay in the mix. Before this release, he had put out a single called “Lèvres Froides“, and he also did a split-release together with Lebanon Hanover, titled “Lebanon Hanover / La Fete Triste” where four tracks were put out. A lot of people have apparently been longing for new material for quite a while, three years to be exact. Together with The Harrow, he delves into this split-release with the track “Giant“. An at first ballad-esque track which soars through the landscape of sound with a post-punk sound with an almost anthemic touch to it. The mournful and depressive vocals with a German intonation at the end makes it a lot more impressive, because it builds up to a magnificent track because of that. An interesting anecdote is that Justin Stephens (Passion Play) is doing back-up vocals on this track, he’s produced and mixed it as well.
The Harrow, on the other hand, had delivered their first official self-titled debut on the now defunct label Function Operate last year. Even though some of their sound isn’t that emotive for me to begin with, I must say that I am impressed when I hear “Axis“, a track which breathes the otherwise so scarcely atmosphere that had been lacking before. It’s got more warmth than the earlier release of theirs, and to add insult to injury – Vanessa Irena‘s vocals attract you to their post-punk sound even more, as she adds another dimension to an otherwise good track. Making it even greater. The Harrow have been interesting in several ways before, but they haven’t really made anything that have been as great as this. Here, they show their true potential as craftsmen. Bringing their music to a whole other level together with their minimal approach to post-punk, with goth undertones that make you take it in even more. Everything is emotionless, but at the same time very emotive. A good paradox to be written upon their release as it is. Looking forward to hearing more of this kind of sound, in future releases. An interesting sway into the right direction. Stream both tracks down below and wait until you can buy the physical edition on vinyl on the 18th of May on aufnahme+wiedergabe.
You shouldn’t be afraid of house and techno. That is the message that Don’t Be Afraid sends, a label that is based out of the UK whose specialization lies within leftfield house and techno. Having released their first 12¨ vinyl with Semtek‘s (Benjamin Roth) mini-album “Bells / Tower / Key” in 2010 – continuing with the single “Idiotland“, the mini-album “Lotos Eaters” – finishing the streak with him when “West Acyd Shelter” came out. After that, Mr. Beatnik (Nick Wilson) got his mini-album “Synthetes” released, following up with yet another Semtek-release – which ended 2011. In 2010, they only released Semtek. Since then, they’ve put out releases with everyone from MGUN, Alis, Claws For? to Kelpe, four different compilations as Spargel Trax Vol. 1-4, Disco Nihilist and Neville Watson. Now we’re suddenly in 2013. Since then, there haven’t really been anything released by Don’t Be Afraid. We’re about to change that perception and so are they, as Halvtrak returned since his first and only EP titled “Dust Under Bridges EP“. Basically a nostalgic follow-up whose post-mortem got re-released.
His newly released “Dust Under Bridges (Appendix I/II)” on Don’t Be Afraid, are nine tracks that serve as an appendage for his EP that was released last year. These tracks are basically the remnants of what that was recorded back then, nine tracks which Henri Puolitaival (Halvtrak) deemed to not be worthy of release. They had previously been recorded onto tape by himself, but had never been officially released. Since they originally were released on cassette, Don’t Be Afraid set their mission straight, and released it as a limited edition cassette two days ago. I believe that when I hear these tracks, I can not help but bob my head to the wondrous melodies, the clingy atmosphere and the continually aggressive tempo. Some tracks are more timid, whilst others bring an almost acidic mixture to his technotic house. You’ll be hypnotized by the string of beats that are dragged along by a spaced out landscape of sound. It’s calling for you, calling you to your homeland – in the sky. Sometimes the sheer primitiveness haunt these tracks, as they begin to evolve into something bigger than thou, finalizing the fine atmospheres that is his creation. You can stream and listen to the whole release down below, and you can buy the cassette from Don’t Be Afraid.
Changing his tunes completely, to suit his synthesized scheme, Jogging House got rid (well, almost) of the barely tolerable R&B-influences and put on a whole other suit. In this latest release “Into“, there’s a dreamier sound with less annoyance. Even though his music had been tolerable before and even somewhat good, it’s a great trip to be taking, considering how his new outfit that places itself somewhere between chillout and ambient. You’re taken on a more intimate trip, which goes into his brain rather than his heart – because he left it where the R&B began. It is a more well-thought out and complex sound that doesn’t rely as heavily on sampling to get the point across. It is also an adventure in sound. Slow beats, heavy beats, calm synthesizers. It honestly feels even more analogue then it did with his last release before this one; “Longings“. The warmth of the sound is slowly diving into your consciousness, as the samples that actually are there act as a more subliminal drill into your subconscious. Eerie melodies float with the tempo, short breaks constitute that tiny little bit of sound that pulls the whole she-bang over the cliff. An anticlimactic song on this album can turn into a climactic beast in no time, but you know when it’s about to go down. Stream the whole album down below, buy it physically from Noorden.
The British are back. At least one Brit, whose name is Joris. J. I don’t know if he is a Brit, but he lives in Britain at least. He’s been manufacturing the most odd noise, the most uncategorizable noise, under this own name since he first released “Untitled”, his first self-released album. A year later he got his first official non-self-released track “Die Antizipation Des Generalized Other“, on the German label Der Schöne Hjuler-Memorial-Fond – a label that seems to be related (or dedicated) to a German art group called Mama Baer und Kommissarie Hjuler. But I’m not really certain of that. Since his two splits done with Ratbag as the first, Filthy Turd as the second, it seems like he stopped making anything under his real name, in 2011. Already back in 2009, he made his first album under the guise of Genus Inkasso, titled “Default Swaps” which was released by Abulia Concepts. However, at the same time that it seemed like he stopped with Joris. J, another album with Genus Inkasso submerged under the title of “Occasionally Slumping, Smiling Weakly“, put out by naboa music. This was in 2011.
Since then, he’s released an album titled “The Despised Pastora” which was put out by Grindcore Karaoke. But that’s not because I’m writing about his music, it’s because his latest mini-album “Under Seals Broken By The Lean Solicitor” was released just roughly two weeks ago on the New York City-imprint Immigrant Breast Nest. The three tracks that are featured on this release range from illbient to a general breakbeat mess, combined with an electro-acoustic layer that keeps everything somewhat in order. It is, however, noticeable that this sounds like something that was just improvised during a session. Take it from that and spin it into some remnant from the 1990’s hardcore-scene in Holland, just to bounce back into some undecipherable combination of noise and spastic movement. Just to have it change into a trip-hop atmosphere after you’ve heard some sampled piano mashed into a drier. Everything can happen between planned happenstance, what’s currently happening and how long it takes for the next thing to occur. It’s just how it goes with Genus Inkasso and his latest release “Under Seals Broken By The Lean Solicitor“. Stream the whole release down below.
An unknown group for me at first glance, a more well-known after a listen. The Austrian wonder that is Bird People have been active since 2010. Having released their first record in 2012 on Feathered Coyote Records, titled “The Coming Of The Trickster God“, it sparked their journey throughout psychedelic rock, folk rock – and finally into experimental drone. The biggest change which had them going into the drone-territory in the first place, was the release on the same label, titled “Crème Brûlée And Deer Tracks In The Snow (Slow Return)” which featured a long, drone-ish, psychedelic rock track. After that, they left the label Feathered Coyote Records for the label Jehu and the Chinaman, where they released “Terma“. Here’s where the real change is, where they go into the format of tracks ranging from between roughly 15 minutes to 20. Instead of the format they began with, which was releasing tracks in between the range of 4 to 6 minutes long. This is important to know, if you’re going to realize the connection between the earlier releases, and the march that Bird People made into their new and comfortable territory of sound. Even though some of their sessions also were released in 2013, alongside material in the regular format of sound that they worked with before was released once more – they have certainly made their shape known through this forthcoming release that I have taken a track from.
I’m delighted to share with you a track from their forthcoming release. A track that spans up to 19 minutes of length, which is featured on the A-side of this release, alongside another track – making it a two-tracked release – with a monstrosity of at least 19 minutes in length on both sides. This release is titled “King of the Grove” and is going to be released by Yerevan Tapes on the 8th of April, making it their third label that they have or are going to release any material upon. Making them even more noticeable with this cassette-release, opening up even more doors with their now experimental drone sound that is a delight to hear. Their original format is present in the way of rock and psychedelia, but have been extended to a maelstrom; of a newly incarnated sound. I’m proud to be giving you the track “To Peer Into The Huntress’ Mirror” for streaming purposes, taken directly from the A-side of this release. It’s a haunting track, maybe not as brutal in its shape as the B-side of this release which have already been listened to by devoted fans, and like-minded people. But it delivers in a sense what they’ve become after a long struggle in sound, making it an interesting track that is both calm in its spiritual form, but also chaotic in its less ordered form. This release will be put out on the 8th of April by Yerevan Tapes, on cassette. But you can stream this track exclusively through Repartiseraren, so I hope that you’ll take heed from this sound and enjoy.