Listen: Xiu – One Thrilling Night

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As last year went into the last month, the compilation “Minimal Milan” was released on the then newly created label Minimal Trend Records. A label run by Oksana Rodinova, otherwise known as Xiu, whose contribution to this compilation was under a new alias called MarryMe2Night. Individual songs and remixes have been released, but the Estonian-born queen of minimal synth hasn’t stopped short of that. aufnahme + wiedergabe decided to test the waters again, having released her first self-titled EP back in 2012. This time our Berlinian label have put out “One Thrilling Night” – the latest release by Xiu up to date – a double-single of some sort featuring the tracks “One Thrilling Night” and “Turn Me On“. Porl King (In Death It Ends/Miserylab, etc) have mastered this release.

When listening to these songs, it feels like a recognizable Xiu stream of consciousness. Taken into another direction with the calmness; smeared with metallic percussion. Dreamy landscapes of sound pull the dirt with it, because she’s not afraid to have some dirt under her nails. The whole sound-scape in the first track is drifting between semi-consciousness and a state of dreaming, with a suggestive dark undertone and rhythm to angelic melodies that flow through. A difference between the first and the second track is that in the second – she introduce her vocals. Reverberated strings of some kind of hopelessness, together with sunken beats that wouldn’t really make you move but rather contemplate. You can stream the whole release down below.

Listen: Hollowfonts – XLVIII

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The crass musique concréte is the way to go. Hollowfonts delve into a largely unattainable atmosphere through field recordings, noise, drone and musique concréte as the main components of this landscape of metamorphosing sound. With the man Michael J. O’Neal behind the steering wheel, this experimentation in sound is way above the expectations. His recorded material from 2013-2014 have been assembled into a limited cassette titled “XLVIII” – making this his debut-album on Phinery; a record-label based out of Denmark. It delves into a certain kind of industrial landscape, maybe a post-industrial one. Showcasing each component within the sound-scape, utilizing the scrapped metal writhing into an ambient, almost hallucinatory landscape. The brute intentions swirl into themselves creating a magnificent landscape which is probably out of bound for any human. A spaced-out drone is compiled between the desecrated landscape, an equivalent to a Mars-landing for the first time. Houston has no problem with indulging himself into this suspense-ridden atmosphere. Within the blink of an eye everything can be changed into something more sinister. It’s like going against a sandstorm of mighty sounds that just think nothing of you, as nature has its way. It is also going out of its own way to be fatiguing to the mind and body. I feel a certain kind of strain on my ears when I listen to it, a draining feeling – but I must keep going. The album itself can be bought from Phinery, the cassette is limited to fifty copies and you can listen to the album in full, down below.

The launch of Repartiseraren!

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Invisible Guy no longer exists. It was a time of joy and careless fun. Since I started this blog-zine back in early 2011, I had no idea that it was going to get even near as big as it is now. My ambition was to drive this blog-zine as a hobby-project of my own, just so I could spend some of the vacant time that I had back then. What was a hobby began when I interviewed different local bands in Sweden, from Norrland to Skåne, Stockholm to Blekinge and everywhere I could find any interest. Later on, in 2012, it evolved into the podcast that I had in regards to me covering a lot of the punk and hardcore-scene, since I was interested in it and D.I.Y. The birth of Swedish Punk and Hardcore came with my ambition to start this podcast of my own, which aired for five episodes before I trashed the idea completely. I really had no time to be mailing to people, getting them to participate, since a lot of the time went to administrate what I could find and try to get people to get back to me. That’s really not a fun thing to do, especially not when you need to fill a podcast which could be everywhere from an hour to eight hours long. I wanted it to be impressive, I wanted it to be underground and I wanted to hear their stories – play some music – basically have my own radio-show in some kind of way. Since then, everything has been running smoothly. It’s been getting better and better, so I decided to invest money in artwork which I bought from the wonderfully talented James Licht – the man behind one of the most promising labels – namely Die Song. There’s where Invisible Guy changed into Repartiseraren, bringing a rather small legacy to its grave, but not an insignificant one. It meant a lot to me, and it brings a lot of pain having to let go of it, but I feel like it will always be there in some kind of way. Repartiseraren was just a breath of fresh air, the beginning of something new, an extension of what Invisible Guy once was. I am proud to say that it has gone very well and I am thankful of everyone’s support of this blog-zine. It means more then you could ever imagine.

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One of my newly attained friends Magnus Gyllenswärd, whom is most known as Övervarning, mailed me about a week ago or so. I’ve always been fascinated with his music, since I found one of his releases on Bandcamp while sifting through everything. His mail couldn’t have come in a better time or place. Since he notified me about his release being out, but not on a label for the moment, I asked him if I could put out a couple of tracks from it. He agreed with that and here we are – letting his tracks represent the shift from Invisible Guy to Repartiseraren. It was an honor for me to pick out the tracks from his newly produced album, tracks that I found fitting to the general theme of launching this new platform and bringing new light to the old. Therefore I chose the tracks “Avstånd, beskrivning, befogenhet” (Remoteness, description, remit), “Visst påverkas man av sådana händelser” (Surely one is affected by such events) and “Högt ovanför den tomma kyrkan” (High above the empty church). Every title had such an apt description to what happened in between that transition, what the transition actually was, and the music itself felt so refreshing. Like being born again, getting a new chance. These tracks were taken from his latest release “Förberedelser / Åtgärder“, which is currently not on any label, and is exclusively available in the shape of the three songs that I picked myself. Stream and listen to them exclusively, and celebrate the new dawn with Repartiseraren!

Lyssna: Fäkalien – Sexual Colonization

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Bombardemanget fortsätter. Eftersom att vi valt att koncentrera oss på de mörkare strömningarna i underjorden, så gör det sig bra med Fäkalien, eftersom att det är power electronics och dödsindustrial – men också på grund av att den Italienska etiketten ANGST gör ett samsläpp med Scorze Records. Fokus ligger främst på svensk underjord, och eftersom att Fäkalien är ett svenskt solo-projekt som varit igång sedan 2013 åtminstone, så är det passande eftersom att detta samsläpp mellan två etiketter just är detta. Ännu finns det ingenting som är klarställt när det kommer till vad kassetten kommer att heta. Men för den som är intresserad av en historiegenomgång, så kan vi meddela att detta solo-projekt först släppte ifrån sig “Untitled” på ännu en Italiensk etikett, men denna gång hette den Diazepam. Detta var år 2013. Det senaste släppet är antingen spliten med Tjere, 886VG och Toxic Bliss – som också fick namnet “Untitled” – eller så är det en annan split som släpptes i Maj år 2013 som också är obetitlad. Skillnaden var att de som var med på detta släpp var istället Shaun Robert, ✰☻★☺✰ och Amy Weinrausch. Förstnämnda släpptes utav Untitled Productions och det sistnämnda utav Shit Noise Records. Eftersom att vi aldrig tidigare hört talas om detta solo-projekt, så kändes det passande att ta upp det. Nu finns det en låt som är tillgänglig och det meddelas att släppet kommer snart. Så det finns inget fast datum än, men detta blir i så fall det första släppet från Fäkalien detta år. Ni kan vänta er tribalistisk – nästan rituell – power electronics med influenser från både dödsindustrial, men även noise. Alla tre är hyfsat uppenbara. Men jag måste varna er för att det är väldigt hårt och namnet på låten är “Sexual Colonization“. Det blandas med varierande sampling, både från Andra Världskriget, men förmodligen från annat håll också. Håll i hatten när ni lyssnar på detta, för det kommer att bli en ordentlig resa. Mystiken tätnar. Lyssna till låten när nedanför och invänta detta samsläpp á la ANGST och Scorze Records.

Harvesting #14: Transistor Sphere / DRAMA! / Eoster

Without further ado, Harvesting returns with a smattering noise. It’s been about a year since you last saw something in regards to this. This time covering releases from artists that have self-released their albums, to artists whom are already on a label. Everything from Transistor Sphere, an angst-pop artist crossing into cold wave territory, to DRAMA! a Hungarian avant-garde minimal electronics outfit being released on KHK Tapes. To Eostre, whose debut-album will soon be put out in full by the label Soft Corridor Records. Three enigmatic artists with their own perks. Three artists that are going to be covered here in Harvesting number 14. The fourteenth edition of Harvesting, to date. Scroll down and read it all.

a1517745545_10With a total of fifteen songs, the artist Transistor Sphere moves and shape-shifts into whatever that pleases him for the moment. Electronica is moving swiftly from a rather calm intro, to an angst-pop assault. Clashing beats, hypnotic atmospheres and cherished dark rhythms make this moment such a bliss. A moment that can be endured, a moment that is packaged in between fifty minutes and a little bit more. Lurking transmitters wire you to this experience, that moves somewhere in between the minimalism of minimal electronics, to the fast-paced rhythms you’d otherwise hear in a breakbeat or drum’n’bass track. The album itself has a titled that describes the feeling you get when listening to it: “Disintegrated“.

Here’s where everything dissolves and at the same time it’s a trip into the utmost space of the soundscapes. It can change for a minute, a few seconds – or a little bit more – from the most beastly fast-paced running electronica – to the utmost minimalistic heresy. The melodious content of this album is not something you should underestimate. His eloquent touch with sincere electronics overshadow the whole darkness that is repetitive in the atmosphere of the tracks. It feels organic and it doesn’t feel soulless at all. Low-key beats bounce upon the samplings, the noises that can be heard are briefly swooshed away in favor for something else. Clearly a multifaceted release that goes in between ominous music, deliberate angst-pop with baselines as deep as the blue sea, to the cold wave and in touch with the emotional content at hand – to a degree that is probably not heard when listening to other artists. It’s also clear that he’s influenced by Friedrich Nietszche‘s philosophy to a degree, in regards to the quote on his page: “The future influences the present just as much as the past“. A mysterious artisan at his craft, an interesting antagonist at our hands. Listen to Transistor Sphere‘s album “Disintegrated” below.

khk03_The cacophony doesn’t stop here, as DRAMA! steps up to the plate and run amok. This is a Hungarian artist whose participation in music ranges back to a compilation this artist was featured on, which was “Central Heating” – a compilation crafted by the same label he’s on – namely KHK Tapes. It was released back in 2012 and even though this release, which is his first self-titled, was released in 2013 – we thought of featuring it anyway. He’s got a rather out-of-the-ordinary industrialized landscape of sound which is carefully crafted together between the boundaries of industrial and tape music in the first hand, and minimal electronics as the underlying motor that is pulling this workhorse forward. Forwarding public domain information from the United States in the shape of sound, mixed together with a regular rhythm make a rhythm out of the samplings that he’s borrowed from these domains. This results in a pretty weird but rather analogue experience that will drive you insane sooner or later. A lot of the tracks don’t even make it over three minutes, which makes them a lot shorter then what is expected. The release is compromised of thirteen tracks and the further in you go, the stranger it gets. Noise gets on top of the chain, whilst an almost power electronics sound is dominating throughout – resonating with the scrappy sound of the electronics. Once you go in there, you’ll come out with bad German soap operas that have been used for sampling purposes, but also dubbed things that you can’t really find the source for – unless you’re interested in that stuff. The whole ordeal you’ll have to endure when listening through it feels like a re-cycling of sound. All the primitiveness that can be heard is overlapped with interesting build-ups, heavy and noise synthesized sounds, charred beats that would make you suffer if you had to listen to it even longer. The format is well-thought out, since you can only endure it long enough until the repetitiveness kills you on its own. But mind you, it’s not boring to listen to, at least. You can listen to the whole self-titled release down below, from KHK Tapes bandcamp.

a2596681461_10Glad you’ve read this far. Lastly, we’ve got an experience for you that you’ll probably find rather enjoyable. Eostre is a solo-project that combines the ingeniousness of minimal electronics with the rather rugged sound of ambient and experimental electronics. A formula that the man behind the solo-project, the Belgian man Sébastien Schmit (K-Branding/Service Special) have made his own. Harnessing the monotone vocals that he puts out on the smooth surface of the tracks. A rather interesting paradox between the smoothness of the ambient in the tracks with the rather rugged beats that hit you hard in your neck. This is his debut-album under this moniker and it’s titled “They Were Made Of White Cloth“. Put out by the label Soft Corridor Records. What’s interesting with the two tracks made available on this release is how they change from being a rugged trip into the unknown, hitching a smooth ride – but ending with bubbling electronica and then simply fading out.

Just to change to rather ethnic beats with the other track made available, a kind of middle eastern and/or oriental touch with a sullen synthesizer that almost reminds you of that calm, but oriented emotional saxophone sound that gets played rather frequently in films from the 1980’s. Especially if these films are Action-films. It is clearly noticeable that the different instruments form an intricate rhythm together, that is being based upon underlying rhythms that soar through the dampened landscape of sound. Well, tough luck, because Sébastien is a drummer when push comes to shove. This is also noticeable in how he form the different patterns for the rhythms. Everything goes dancing throughout the soundscapes of these two tracks. Not much more can be uttered about this release, since all tracks have not been made available. It’s a joint release between Soft Corridor Records and Alt. Vinyl, and is going to be put out on the 20th of April. The cover illustration was created by Jess Pauwels, and the photography was taken (and designed) by Julien Lambrechts. Listen to and stream this release down below, from Soft Corridor Records bandcamp.

Exclusive Premiere: Videograve – Space Street (ft. Neud Photo)

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New York, or Neo-York, if you’d go with new beat meet industrial vibes. Belgium haven’t been so far away since they once launched their much appreciated genre of “new beat“, together with iconic acts such as A Split-Second or the Dutch equivalent L.A. Style, with their less body-beat and/or EBM-inspired sound, borrowing more from danceable techno. If we use the definition of the underground culture that was launched in Western Europe, the pioneering of an underground music subculture. The term itself was also used as a collective term in the U.S., for different electronic styles. So it’s not by chance that Videograve emerged out of the blue, in 2011 with their debut-album “Slum Electric” released by and on Living Tapes. Lending a whole new face to the style itself, infusing it with a cybernetic form of industrial atmosphere – into the whole she-bang. Two years later, “Strange Menagerie” came out on the same label. Which might’ve been what sparked my interest in this duo as such, from the beginning. The two members, Danny Riley and Mitch Patrick have taken it a whole other way then for example Schwefelgelb, whom are also scanning the territory close to New Beat, but not into the same realm as them.

With this in mind, Invisible Guy can offer you a collaboration that was done by Videograve together with Neud Photo. This track is rather elusive, rhythmic and robotic. Combining the different areas that they work within, as the more cybernetic new beat with hints of industrial is mixed with an even more melodic side. Even though a little bit of Neud Photo has been put into the mix, the atmosphere itself is harsh and it introduces you both to the sublime monotony in rhythm, but at the same time pierce your ears and enter the divine – with angelic melodies in the background. The track is titled “Space Street” and is made available to you all to listen to and stream, exclusively on Invisible Guy. The photograph that is pictured on the top of the page was taken by Mitch Patrick, and is featured on their latest album. If you’re interested in their latest album “Strange Menagerie“, it can be bought from Living Tapes by following this link.

Exclusive Premiere: Inneres Gebirge – Do Der Sumer Komen Was

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From neo-folk to neo-classical, these years have been formative for different acts within those genres and beyond. One act in particular that stuck in my mind was Inneres Gebirge, with their clear historic anchoring and fierce folk-music that transcends into different genres as well, but also into neo-folk territory. This German act released their first debut-album in 2012, which went by the title of “Schlafender König“, which spans from The Early German Romantics, to virtually different times in an historic context – that can be connected to their works. Most notably the musical interpretation of Uwe Lammla’s poem “Schwarzer Wein“, from the track with the same name, taken from the book by the same poet – which goes by the name of “Idäisches Licht“, from 2006. Which is interesting, since they grab what they can from different time-periods, with the main focus on Germany – all the time. This is, however, just a brief story taken from what you’ll have to buy to discover – that is buying their CD.

They were also a part of Heathen Harvest’s compilation “Samhainwork I“, with a track that isn’t related to the CD at all, namely “Holy Thursday“. The compilation was released in 2012, the same year, but later in October. Members of Inneres Gebirge are also closely related, or part of the band Aeldaborn. What makes them unique is what has been said before, it is that they interpret different parts that create a unique view, into the folklore that exists and the folklore that they bring to life within their music. I must say that this is only a brief explanation of what they’re about, and where they are coming from, which is just scratching on the surface. The members of this group are Sepp Funkel, S. Dante, Thomas Lueckewerth, Ron Con Koma, Mari, Michael Weinstein and Fräulein Stein. Sepp Funkel and Thomas Lueckewerth are also a part of Aeldaborn. More of the background can be found in this much revealing review by Heathen Harvest’s reviewer Sage, over here.

So, with that said, let’s give you what can be given. In a collaboration with Deggial Records / Edition Roter Drache, the Invisible Guy brings you the track “Do Der Sumer Komen Was” from their aforementioned release “Schlafender König“. I am doing this because of the fact that there weren’t many tracks up by them to begin with, so why wouldn’t there be some kind of collaboration to bring you a track? Well, here it is for your joy and pleasure. I picked the track I find to be the best on the album. Therefore, you can now stream the track down below and go buy the CD from them if you like what you are hearing. Always support something if you’re interested in it, or want to know more.