Formerly living in Colombia, now being a neo-Berliner, Cute Heels – will let you into a realm of his own. From Bogota to Berlin, from the 1990s punk-scene to the newly shaped and harnessed, 2000s cybernetic electro-musician. Releasing a digital album on Black Montanas, called “Love And Hate” in 2011. To his rather newly put out digital stream of “Silence” – a totally new album being released on Dark Entries Records on the 15h of April. His perfect match with electronic body music takes it into a whole new era, with the catchy retro sound of yesteryear, molded into a completely rhythmic gargantuan, in electro-setting. Whilst having dealt with his track from the “Untitled” release on Gooiland Elektro & Enfant Terrible, it’s clear that his brand of weirdly matched borderline electronica is attached to a rather lively and successful development, which has been evolving since his first release. Cute Heels deal with the futurism in a not so futuristic way, more like in a here-and-now kind of way – probably crushing the dream of an unknown destiny into the new era. Not in the now nostalgic onward-looking and rather dreamy vision of the 1950’s, but rather a cold and harsh one – a world in which the future isn’t that optimistic, a way of life in total Silence. Stream the whole digital release from Dark Entries Records. Victor Lenis is his name, so you’d better own up to the fact that he’s your overlord by now. Forget everything you’ve dreamed of, slide into his neo-futuristic vision that do include a dreary landscape, but also rather melodious atmospheres. The name itself will not explain what you’re about to experience. This is how it feels like when being crushed under a stiletto heel.
Deriving power from the traditions and religiosity of Hinduism, the deity Shiva is channeled for a seance in martial industrialism. But it’s even more then that. The primordial energy that is Shakti, which essentially means “power” or “empowerment“, makes it clear what the Romanian artist Dan Serbanescu is dealing with, when creating his music. It’s a complete negation of genres, but at the same time a combination of them. Considering the overlaying theme of power electronics, his music is close to martial industrial due to the percussion, but he also have included the topic of dark ambient – with a ritualistic touch. Think of acts such as Trepaneringsritualen, but without the drone shell that makes the outdrawn ritualistic death-industrial obsolete – in a dark ambient environment – this crossover is something else than just that. Include the best you can think of when it comes to Blitzkrieg Baby, the martial-ism, a militaristic atmosphere that would make you crack in no time. Deriving from every other world out there, delving into a range of different dimensions. Dan Serbanescu is mainly known for his alterego Tanz Ohne Musik, having released numerous albums, singles and EPs under that name. It’s also where he’s taken the name “Alone In The Hollow Garden“, from a self-released digital album released under this alter ego. Another interesting anecdote is that his second full-length album is titled “Red Cavity“, which is also the name of the label he has, which is called Red Cavity Records. The outstanding dedication is his pathway.
Well, it’s a rather interesting moniker, in which he dwells in the catacombs. Alone In The Hollow Garden is more than just what the name suggests, it’s an ethos of which we get to follow the adventurous spirit of Dan himself. I got notified about the project itself just a week ago, and he’s released three full-length albums, as well as a live-album called “Metal Bones Into The Temple Of Youth“. When it comes to the other albums, they follow a clear red line and are titled “A.I.T.H.G. I” and “A.I.T.H.G. II“. Until recently, just a month ago, he released his latest follow-up which smashed the story he’s brought up with his first two albums. His latest album is titled “L . V . X .” and might be the first album that starts a whole new story. Even though it’s pretty unclear what the story itself is, you clearly notice where he’s taken his influences from. Thankfully, Repartiseraren got an offer that he couldn’t refuse. So he chose a track to premiere from this album, since only previews are up at the moment. The track chosen is “SHIVA >|< SHAKTI“, which I thought represents the album as a whole, and is a long-runner at that. It spans up to eleven minutes and includes the most mind-numbingly great martial industrial percussion, ritual dark ambient, experimental and transient nature. Something not so easily described and best heard. Stream this track exclusively from Repartiseraren and listen to it as you zone out from a day of hard work, or a day of just laying around. Pick yourself up.
Men Of Bissau, Avellan Cross and Siobhan – are all a part of the April batch of cassettes from one of my favorite label(s) Nostilevo. Three cassettes whose sound-scape become alike, but differentiate in many ways. “To Heal In Paradisó” is the first effort, “TECHNOISE [MTN K7]” the second, and “Enhancer” the third. The last-mentioned release is a re-release of a 2010 cassette – the debut-album by Siobhan. Welcome the new wave of industrial from the heartland of urban Detroit, to San Fransisco heat, and the global experiment and throwback reference of “Club Baraka” – the first release by Men Of Bissau, ever. Featured in the first section of three for you to listen to [#1], is Men Of Bissau. You don’t even know what you’re getting yourself into.
Men Of Bissau, not the same men as before. With “To Heal In Paradisó“, these men retire from their original intentions at “Club Baraka” – just to transform their new outfit into an even more ritualistic experience. It’s hard to conceptualize what’s even new about it, more than by their rather ominous theme. Experimental industrial is what first comes to mind, as the hissing sound of tape-distortion is put out, channeling their sound-scape into a veritable sonic explosion. Spiraling upwards into a chasm of dismayed sound that would put a digital experience to shame. This is in its entirety an analogue, but freakishly lo-fi concoction of the most horrid sounds imaginable, put forth with the sabre of a new wave in industrialized nonsensical gibberish. Flying the flag of a rather minimalistic and claustrophobic, mass hysteria, in agonizing noises that grind your gears until your ears could decay. The maniacal flashbacks in a murderers sense of the world, a war-zone of stirred emotions turned upon the general whom had been a character with ill intentions, flying away into retirement, leaving behind a trail of blood. For those who take great interest in these men, it might not be hard to understand their intentions. Because they act accordingly to how they want to be portrayed through sound. We might never know if this is their real representation, or just a world they paint up with the most unimaginable atrocities in mind. Themed perfectly to suit a journey through roughly thirty minutes or more, taking an even more absurd turn when they decided to change their behavior. This will have you interested, this might even destroy you in ways not humanly possible. It’s an otherworldly experience when listening to it, but it is also hard to grasp properly. Perhaps that’s the whole meaning behind it. Six tracks, healing your soul, heated exchange with a post-apocalyptic and futuristic vision. Human decay going strong. Featured as a cassette-release and categorized as #55 by Nostilevo, limited to 133 specimens, 33 with silver label and 100 with a gray label.
Having been in different constellations before, Last Night is not really new in the game as such, having been in the surf-punk band The Cavaliers, taking someone from the garage punk band Fix-It, too. They released a self-titled album with The Cavaliers and the two EPs “Imhotep” and “Wild For Kicks” on Born Bad Records, Rhythm & Booze Records and Kizmiaz Records – from 2006-2011. Fix-It, on the other hand, released the two albums “Kill Kill Kill” and “Who’s The Pig” on Fix It Records and P. Thrash Records, from 2008-2011. Since then, they’ve been away for a while until these three Frenchmen (musketeers) unveil their new flag with the first self-titled Last Night EP featuring a barrage of four tracks. Which means that we’re in 2013 when this happens. The wonderfulness of this release was that it was self-released. Fast-forward the time to September, and they put out their album “Secret Tape” on Le Turc Mecanique, in the format of a cassette. A sturdy ten-tracked release marks the shape that will take them somewhere. Just now, they’ve released a digital release of their first self-titled album under the name of Last Night. Marking the release of a physical edition on vinyl to the 21st of April. Featuring both tracks from their first release, but also from their “Secret Tape” release. But, they’ve added a totally new track called “Steal Your Crown“. Making it a really interesting blend of garage rock and the best of post-punk, a screamer of an album that should’ve been listened to until the ears were bleeding, kicking it out with a punk attitude. Fortunately enough, you can do that now. Stream and listen to the whole digital release down below. The physical edition of the release will be put out by Le Turc Mecanique and Manic Depression.