[3rd] December: Shielding – No Ice

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A metamorphose from beat-orientation to grassy knolls of ambient delight. That is a sentence that can be written for Big End and Shielding — a two-way street of the same project — different approach. Simon Olsson from Sweden have been creating various techno and ambient progeny, sometimes as a unit where he shapes Big End / Shielding under the same guise, oftentimes he just separates the two and create what he prefers, never restricted within the confinements of what techno and ambient are supposed to be, but with a clear vision he separates his visuals from ultraviolet to black and white. Both of the alter-egos influence one another so at times they become inseparable at least to the listener. Pretty much every theme, at least title-wise—have an existential question embedded into it—which doesn’t move away from the depressive notion of daily life. His music is not a cybernetic fortress but rather a human-like enterprise which makes the music easier to relate to.

This is the first time we’ve ever dealt with him. Which makes this moment even more special, as it, after all is a part of Ljudkalendern and the 3rd of December. His music channels the need for something calmer, but at the same time rather unique but complex pattern which he follows when he creates music. Everything seems to be delicate, in order and focused—the sharpness can sting like a needle. So instead of choosing the more beat-oriented side of Simon Olsson’s alter-ego, this was an easy choice which sparked our interest in ambient anew. Parts of it remind you about sound-manipulation but without those pesky R&B-samples or other shenanigans. It’s like pure ice hitting silken and making a path down the steep hill of clothesville—but without any thought on being pretentious. We’ve composed a poem for this occasion, too. You can read it down below.

Poem:

Frosted windows make bad weather,
take us to winter’s meadow
Icy patterns move out,
the chessboard of purity is shattered

This is 3rd of December and now we’re in the Hinterlands. Tomorrow a new track will be released and the temperature will be down below zero. But until then, enjoy the exclusive song “No Ice” by Shielding, on Repartiseraren.

Listen: Coarse Language – Definite Hiatus

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There’s a Canadian indie-label that emerged in 2008, that have just put up a forthcoming release for digital streaming. It’s a label called Artificial Records – and their latest addition to their quick growing discography is an album called: “Definite Hiatus“, produced by Coarse Language—an artist (or group) unknown to us. A suitable description for their music would be “deranged electronica“, since the erratic beats and paranoid whispers conjure a prime setting for weirdness. One could also name it experimental minimal wave, but there are so many different influences at play so an umbrella term is hard to set for this kind of music. Not to mention how their melodies swiftly change, with dark baselines that draw out the worst sides of mankind in a musical setting. Multiple personalities, or alter-egos, which make the arrhythmic noise seem more friendly from one track to another — but be on your guard because they’re predators. Sometimes the melodies take the upper-hand but there’s always a minimalistic reminder of how shrouded, clad in spikes, dressed for destruction their environment is — thrashing melodies, relocating sound into bizarre harshness.

We’re not that interested in the psychological aspects of the sound, but rather how it is audio-visually—a thing Coarse Language seem to know how to do. They’re perfect alarmists with a subliminal message, whether it was originally intended for it to be like that, is not something to take into account. But a lot of the complexity in the sound reveal that another more obvious vein shows—a repetitive message (lyrically) which is contrasted by the sheer amount of invention—they seem to possess. If we’re wrong, they might even be playing with illusions to deceive; with their maniacally tedious passages later on in other tracks on the album. Even though it only contains six tracks, it’s a gem that you might not appreciate right away—rather when you’re able to sculpt your own interpretation of them. Listen to their release down below and buy a limited edition cassette (50 units) from Artificial Records — if you want a physical item.