[16th] December: Yves Malone – Yellow Sweater & Junos

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One of our favorite synthwave acts as of late, Yves Malone, have chosen to grace us with an appearance for Ljudkalendern. For those who don’t know, he’s been featured in three reviews and premieres on Repartiseraren, back when Field Hymns compiled three of his earlier released albums into a box-set of cassettes. Since then he’s also released a separate album called “Ebony Sunrise“, on Orange Milk Records. What’s unique about him is how he manages to transfer soundtrack-music out of the box and into proper synthesized music, instead of it sounding exactly like a soundtrack is to sound – if you’ve ever had that feeling of how you can distinguish between the two. Which we’ve had plenty of times. That kind of transcendental move is hard to make when you’re not able to think outside of the box, which Yves is certainly very capable of at least musically. There’s always a thin line between. He crosses them all and it resonates throughout the atmospheres of his songs. Even though a box like the one on Field Hymns have a certain purpose, that had been cemented way before it was re-released, we like his craftsmanship and ambition when it comes to layering synthesizers over one another, creating a heavenly output for both dismay and happiness. Both rhythm, overlapping textures of synthesizers and melodies are important building blocks for his music. We don’t know how he so carelessly pulls all of this off.

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For Ljudkalendern it was originally intended to be an already produced song he had stashed away, from somewhere. As we haven’t had the time to write freely as we’ve wished, we therefore asked Mr. Yves for a concoction that would be linear in theme, but irregular when it comes to the music. Well, maybe not that structured. We proposed that he should produce a completely new track and out came two. Two different tracks both in general atmosphere, but also because one of them, “Yellow Sweater” is more beat and rhythm-oriented, whilst “Junos” take an upper-hand when it comes to perfectly laid melodies that make the whole thing a lot funkier. In a way we’re reminded of a synthwave Group Rhoda, if there ever would be one. A tropical rhythm with playing synthesizers that act as triggers for the rhythm in some cases, but when the melodies come together and shape a grandiose melody everything starts to roll down the hill and become even more exciting. First it fades out, feels like it is rebooting and slowly builds up a baseline that holds up the melodic construction. We give you these two newly procued tracks to stream exclusively for Ljudkalendern and the 16th December – on Repartiseraren!

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Exclusive Premiere: ARM – The Coldest Room

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How can not a cold room be a metaphor for the state of your heart? It is when ARM extends himself for a jab at creating a debut-album by the name “Enheartened“. He came from nowhere when he got entangled in anger, letting his synthesizer create a graveyard where the bones of skeletons—are metaphorically used to bang loudly—on tribal drums coated in industrial waste. The melodies are gloomy and not so delightful for the ear, but in a way the chorus have a cheerful tone amidst the atmosphere of doom and haze. With his EP “Bloodbeat“, everyone including us seemed to wonder who this might be and we had no idea until Thomas from Beläten revealed in his presentation, press-text, that it in fact were Dan Serbanescu (Alone In The Hollow Garden/Tanz Ohne Musik). It’s a fresh cut from Pure Ground and Believer/Law, stripped down and put together in Serbanescu’s own imaginative ways.

We must say that his first release was melodic in a way that his forthcoming album isn’t. This one’s more stale and focuses logically on the rhythms, shaking you to the core with his cold-blooded disheartening whispers. A lot more ambition went into conjuring an atmosphere that make you freeze with fear. Reverberated, disgruntled screams and a looming beat – with charred manipulated sounds – wreak havoc as his vocals are present – until distorted away further to ambuscade—waiting for the perfect time to strike. How are you not reminded of The Shining when you hear this? It seems to be a projection of Jack Torrance’s deranged mind. A chilling observation and not something you would like to have in your head. We applaud ARM for masterfully creating such an aversive and frightening sound-scape. Not our cup of tea to be listening to on a daily basis, only to get that first impression of what it actually is.

So in collaboration with Beläten we unleash “The Coldest Room” – a track from ARM‘s forthcoming debut-album “Enheartened“, for your listening displeasure. We find it to be a summary of what horrors you might expect once you’ve put it in your cassette-player to listen to. You could say it’s his anthem for the new guise of how he’s changed his sound, just the slightest bit, to stricken fear and bad feelings into you folks. We say you listen with caution and if you’re interested in industrial music, morphed with synthesizers and a noise-overdrive – this might be the release for you. Stream the song exclusively from Repartiseraren and share this article from our Facebook-page – so you’re able to be one of THREE winners of a download-code for this whole album.