Spotlight: Winter Winds, Michael Idehall, Bakunin Commando

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First we start off with Winter Winds, whose album is food for your soul. His ambient and non-electronic piano music comes from an otherworldly perspective. With overtones of IDM, this slow-paced but often furiously deep music changes from beauty to beast in the matter of seconds. It’s a well-composed album that delves deeper into the key elements of the aforementioned genres, creating something new and fresh with it.

He breaks severeal barriers by the arrangement alone, I mean, who doesn’t want a hammering beat to come crashing into an angelic choir – metamorphosing into one of the most divine creations you’ve ever laid your eyes and ears upon – musically speaking. Stream down below and buy.

“No Man’s Land” swedish title would’ve spelled out as: “Ingemansland” – a more compromised title which holds the key elements of how titles can be re-imagined and bettered through the swedish language. We all know Michael Idehall by now, but with this co-release between Beläten and Ant-Zen – we get to the core of what he’s really about. It’s a plea to return to one’s roots, but also a plea to enter different dimensions, whereas he expands his horizon to include more of his esoteric connection – connecting the remainder of all dots. It features some songs already released, but also a lot of more new material. This album is the key to our Swedish melancholia – or at least an understanding of the more international context in where it doesn’t lie – but as Michael constructs it.

These slowly paced electronically charged industrial pieces delve into the singer-songwriter vein at times, but also explore the more complex pieces that need to be plucked together from his industrial influences. Everything is neatly composed and fits into the spotlight because the album is really good. I would not say that he’s come so far as to his Magnum opus – but he’s not far away. Stream below and buy.

Bakunin Commando – resounding the leftovers of 80’s-90’s electronic body music, morphed into something entirely more sinister and extreme. This minimalistic experience is coupled with russian samples and an overt historical interpretation through sound. But however, this is not what we’re concentrating on when hearing his music – but rather the minimalistic tendencies that jumpstart a minimal electronic commotion. His place on Amok Tapes is more than well-deserved, because this is in the vein of their releases, albeit more fascinating than many other of their releases.

The harsh beats that leave nothing to the imagination come coupled with fast electronic body rhythms that would make you shake a leg with Schwefelgelb if you’d ever be lucky enough to stand firm with your foot in one of their domains. Hear the claps, hear the psychotic undertones and dance with the machines to this extremely enjoyable but challenging musical trip into the past, present and future. Stream and buy below.

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