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: 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.

Listen: Nostilevo – MMXIV Winter catalog!

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Desolate music for a wintry landscape. Nostilevo have already dripped out four previews from the forthcoming Winter catalog. MMXIV (2014) currently features tracks from David Allen, Blue Krishna, Bad User Experience and Xakatawaga. Two of them were also featured on the compilation “The Alliance“. But these previews feature totally new tracks from each one of these constellations, with emphasize on the difference that can be found within the multiple genres that they’re active in. From experimental noise with psychedelic tendencies, and abstract field recordings – to the continuous experimental industrial entrenchment, and minimalistic surrealistic techno with a noisy industrialized motor. Do not miss out on the Wintery delight that Nostilevo brings you now, in the beginning of 2014. There is much to be anticipated, and among that is “11.88 (Sections I-III)” by David Allen and “Repeat Until Death” by Blue Krishna. The other titles have not been revealed yet, but the 48th and 49th releases which are the aforementioned – have been revealed. Get your fix down below and stream as much as you can handle. The tracks that are featured down below are “Can’t See The Line“, “Section III“, “Look NE Direction” and “Cygne Fades“.

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Now for an update. The label has just released the names of the two other releases, namely “CGi” by Bad User Experience, and “Vol . 1” by Xakatawaga. See the picture above, from left to right is “1188” Sections I-III and “Repeat Until Death“, and the latter as above.

Exclusive Premiere: Grand Mal x – Units

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Psychotic electronica, gloomy minimalism, sample-based havoc. Three inherently different meanings, three different points of view, three different influences. An arsenal of stockpiled ammunition for a post-apocalyptic world, as Beläten is for the post-apocalyptic avant-garde pop. Feel how the paranoia is grasping your senses. As the Invisible Guy guides you into unknown territory, into a uniquely shaped atmosphere for your mind’s delight and fright. You should be on your guard, as Grand Mal x have learned the tricks of his trade. His mark has been left by the Shadow Rite, his mark has been accomplished in it, as “Tricks Of A Trade” was his first manifestation. Leaving you scarred, but wanting of more – a grandiose vision – which was the aim of his first assault.

As the charred, ancient remainder, of Beläten, sharpen the hooves and clubs – the second manifestation takes form. In a part of a greater scheme, the deliverance of “Life EP“, which is the title given to the work of Grand Mal x – the manifestation seems blurry, but becomes clearer for each second that goes us by. Channeling the might of the Anglo-Saxon futhorc, this rune is symbolized as “” (Eihwaz), which in the Proto-Germanic language is a description of “yew” – which in latin is; “Taxus baccata” – a form of tree native to “western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia“.

This runic inscription births life to amongst other tracks, one track that is certain to be the second manifestation. Charging the depths in the atmosphere of electro, harnessing minimal electronics and the complexity of structure as to the opposite of minimalism, this grandiose but minimal track is shaped as “Units“. Since they come unified, in units, for their overtaking of your mind. You can stream this track exclusively from Invisible Guy and take part in the channeling of a future being – not unbeknownst to us – but to you. So sharpen your minds, head into the mystique that will with all certainty in the world, engulf you. It will be out on Beläten in the shape of a cassette, namely the C36, for your listening delight – up for pre-ordering on the 31st of January.

Label: Beläten

Cat#: Eihwaz

Artist: Grand Mal x

Exclusive Song: “Unit”

Title: Life EP

Format: C36

January-2014

You’d be forgiven for thinking of Coil when you listen to Grand Mal x. It’s not the sound and style in itself—GMx offers a kind of motorik driven take on minimal electronics, coupled with influences from the darker tangents of electro. The similarities are on a far more esoteric level, investigating the same currents of the physical and the psychical aspects of life.

There is an ineffable undercurrent of magick and ritual to these songs, even a slightly sinister presence in them. They conjure up images of demon-possessed youth writhing and contorting on a dirty bunker dance floor. It’s sweaty, physical, and sexual music, but it never loses touch with the sublime qualities that turn simply »good music« into a truly revelatory experience. Grand Mal x are here to go. Deeper.

The wise words from the conjurer of Beläten!