Chondritic Spotlight: Klinikal Skum and Fejhed! [Part II]

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These are the earlier releases from Chondritic Sound. Since these releases, including Sissy Spacek and Jason Lescalleet’s VHS-release, there’s a lot more coming. But since I haven’t written about Klinikal Skum and Fejhed, I am about to do that right now. What’s interesting about these two releases and specifically one of them – is that both of them are dribbling in experimental territory – whilst one is wrought upon the grounds that Puce Mary stands on, with a part of Hoax (the crusty and dark punk band). You’re right, Frederikke Hoffmaier of Puce Mary fame have teamed up with Jesse Sanes of Hoax. They’re creating a regurgitated landscape of sound which can be found within the confinements of “Persona” – the latest release on the Danish label Posh Isolation, by Frederikke. But what is equally as interesting is how these confinements are diluted with this duo. There isn’t really any borders for how horrid and claustrophobic a noise-act can be. When it comes to Klinikal Skum, his sound-scapes are long and dampen from the suggestiveness of his exploration into the human psyche. From the delusional nature of humanity and what kind of psychosis lay hidden beneath the shallow appearance of so-called “sane” human beings. These are the two bands that I will delve into in this edition of the Chondritic Spotlight, which might actually be the last one.

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Ryan Oppermann. Klinikal Skum. Two different names that coincide with one another, one his real name and the other his pseudonym or alter-ego (if you prefer). Released his first album in 2005 on the label Ghost King, then aptly titled “Pulsating” – a word that can be pinned to his music now as well. Besides having started this project back then, he’s indulged into aliases as: Fabbrico Incubo, Neuntöter Der Plage, Post-Mortem Junkie, Redrot, Xombie and groups by the name of; All Bells Grounded, Aram Chaos, Black Lace Drag, Narcoleptic Ward, Rust Owl, S.P., Some Larval Dream About Smothering, Unveiling Asylums and maybe even more that I am not aware of. The similarity between these groups are his fascination of genres like power electronics, noise, industrial, ambient and whatnot. Add experimental in front of these labels and you might pinpoint where he’s been heading to. Besides that, he’s also kept busy with his own label Skeletone which have almost only released material with his different aliases as authors of it.

Now I’m here to describe his latest release under the name of Klinikal Skum. This particular release; “Negativ Psykotelepathi Surveillanz” was put out by Chondritic Sound back in May of this year and is actually some of the more disturbing blend of experimental industrial and power electronics that I have heard. It is sickening and almost unbearable to listen to and feels clinical in the way you wouldn’t want it to be. I feel like I’m visiting a morgue as a dead body and experiencing the wide-range of tools that Ryan Oppermann is going to use to dissect me. That is one of the more insane thoughts that have entered into my mind after listening through this album. What is more horrid than being exposed to this ecstatic wasteland of normal human dignity is to hear the complexity of the music he delivers – as it is actually well-thought out and that is probably the most scary part about it.  It could serve as a blueprint for how you’re supposed to enter a state of mind which we rarely, if ever, encounter in the real world. This is the kind of music that bring it upon us. I can actually offer a free download of the track “Dizeaze Blotter“, which is the track I find to be the best on this album.

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Frederikke Hoffmeier + Jesse Sanes = Fejhed. In Danish, the word “fejhed” translates into “cowardice” in English. It actually translates well into the name of some of the titles, like “Sorry“, “Silence” and “Drinking Spit“, for example. But when it comes to what they conjure together, it feels like might is right and that you’re stuck in a situation with someone whose might is above what you can say or do, a situation which you try to pathetically cower out of. Everything from the freaky atmosphere that lumbers on whereas Jesse and Frederikke take turns to shower you in pure filth. Feel your own disintegration as you fade away from this horrid reality that you have been forced into. This album of theirs is self-titled and is actually the first release under this duo’s name. I’m more than eager to just turn it off before it gives me a headache or any thoughts in my head that shouldn’t really be there. When it comes to the genres they mix in together it could be some kind of minimal wave nonsense blended into the harshness of “normal” noise, but it also feels experimental in the fact that they utilize the unorthodoxy of beats, rhythms and the general sense of an atmosphere, as you travel through a horror-show. I’m not sure if I could describe it any other than just that so you will have to check it out for yourself. All I can bring to the table is a free download of the track “Sorry“, which is the one I felt had the best overall feeling to it and that I really like. You can stream it down below, and this is the end of the spotlight.

Free Download: Zoo Books – Why Not Scorpion?

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Getting interesting e-mails is a part of what being a blog-zine is all about. Sometimes you get so many that you can’t sort everything out, and sometimes you get a few of them. Even though I believe this is the fact for many blog-zines, I don’t think that bigger magazines and so-called “alternative” websites take the most interesting out of the bunch. We aim to take both the interesting, and also those that might interest the audience. It’s not always about personal taste, even though it makes up a bit of what you’re doing. You try to stay objective, or at least as those conservative label-guys in the 1960’s, that according to Frank Zappa, said: “…now look at who the executives were in those companies at those times. Not hip young guys. These were cigar-chomping old guys, who looked at the product that came and said: I don’t know, who knows what it is, record it, stick it out – if it sells; alright. We were better off with those guys then we are now with the supposedly ‘hip’, ‘young’ executives, you know, who are making the decisions of what people should see and hear in the marketplace“. I thoroughly agree with that philosophy, and it can also be applied to the “art” of writing about music. I am by no means an artist, but I get the perspective.

Anyway, enough with my babbling. The people whom call themselves Zoo Books, sent me an e-mail in regards to their newly released demo. This trio are playing something in between post-rock and math rock, or so it appears when listening to it. This is also what they categorize themselves as. Don’t worry, their music is way more interesting to listen to than it is repeating their name in my head. The trio is comprised of Matthew Mawhinney on guitar and back-up vocals, Jeremy Link on bass, and Ruben Veguilla on drums and vocals. Their sound is a weird metamorphosis of what was already said, but it also ranges into post-hardcore territory – a genre that I have a hard time grasping, or understanding, the dynamics of. But I know what it sounds like, and there are more then hints of it in this demo. We consulted them ourselves and got them to lend us a hand when it comes to their music, by letting us put up a free download of the last track on this release, namely “Why Not Scorpion?” – a track I think symbolizes what their demo is, as a whole, but also where they might be heading afterwards. You can listen to their demo in its entirety if you wish, down below, but lend them a hand and spread the word. I think they deserve it. Download the track for free and listen to it wherever you please. The artwork for this release was created by Alicia Link.

Free Download: TAOLWGO – Relationships

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Whilst moving closer to the sound of maniacal industrial, with electronic undertones, The Amount Of Light We Give Off moved in a totally different direction from their demo, with their newly released album “LIST“. The seldom combination of utter destructive electronica and the non-electronic base of post-punk, that they stand upon, this duo has harnessed as much of their development from their first release – as they’ve done with their recent. It’s a combination of the harsh atmospheres given away from the demo, as it is with their development into a colder territory of cold wave. Which their lyrical content can contest, and which their vocals are shouting out. There is also the punk-attitude of a juvenile, soundly giving you the finger whilst standing upon the throne of modern decadence. Anyhow, their image is blackened and it shall remain so, as their sound-scape gradually shifts into a more contemplative and ethereal domain. You could thank their natural pathway into shoegaze and post-rock for that. We’ll be giving you the track “Relationships” from the recently released album “LIST“. You can download it for free down below.

Free Download: The Harrow – The Fall / Milk And Honey

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To everyone’s delight, I’ve snatched myself two songs from The Harrow – with their permission of course. Their dampened dream-pop would make any shoegazer go up in arms, and their post-punk would make a goth sob instead of trying to be misanthropic. These New Yorkers have both a literary connection, but also a musical. Consisting of Vanessa, Frank, Barrett and Greg – whom themselves come from varying musical backgrounds. I spoke with Frank, whom I’m going to have on this site in the near future, too. He lent me the two tracks “The Fall” and “Milk And Honey” from their latest, and currently only, EP-release on Function Operate. Since it was hailed by so many people, we’re going to let you download those two tracks for free. So you can head on over to Invisible Guy‘s soundcloud and download those tracks, free of charge. The EP itself is great and so are these two tracks, so I advise you to stop reading this gibberish and head on over to download them.

Free Download: MERX – Poor Unfortunate Sons

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MERX is a moniker that is made up by a half of German Army. Yes, that’s correct, the German Army that I’ve covered not too long ago when they released their album “Last Language“. You could probably figure out that yourself, since a lot of the sound resembles their super-group. MERX latest album “20000 Sq Ft Under The Sea” was re-issued by Permanent Records – whom also put out “Merx“, their self-titled debut. What makes this release an oddity, though, is their classic post-punk mixed with the remnants of the late 80’s New Yorkish no-wave. These Los Angeles hounds are not easily moved or impressed, but they share a lot of influences that can be recovered from that particular decade. Combine that with the cold harnessed touch of cold wave, and you’re set for you trip into megalomaniac territories. Even though their debut was more cleanly shaven and post-punkish at its core, these post-punkers care not to delve into old cliches. Cris-crossing genres is a sport they would gladly engage in. Even engaging in such outlandish behavior as to combine the industrial electronics into the minimal, but cynical – mess. As you delve into their landscape, fear not the no-wave sound, because these heroin-fueled dreams become a longing – as the clinking guitars and groovy baseline catch you (and your breath). Breathe when you’re near, because they have a terrible odor. Cherish the time you had without them, but please remain seated during this experience. We’re here to offer you the last track on their record, namely “Poor Unfortunate Sons“, exclusively on Invisible Guy – as a free download. Listen to it and remember to not shriek in tune with them, or they’ll make a mess of you in their musical setting. Terrible news, isn’t it?

You can buy the re-issued record straight from Permanent Records, strictly limited to 100 copies on vinyl. Make sure you check out the original release that went out on Skrot Up earlier this year, also.