Video Premiere: Målgrupp – B3

In collaboration with Stockholm/Manchester-based label Maternal Voice, we bring to you the video for Målgrupp‘s (Julian Murray) release from 2017, “Musik från Gallerian“, with music taken from the B-side of the release. This is dystopia, harrowing pieces of field recordings that would not be understandable at all without a context. The utter creepiness of modern urban planning and popular music disseminated to what it really is – a piece of garbage now meant for human consumption.

If everyone put on headphones in the vein of the sunglasses in the movie “They Live“, this is what they would hear throughout the repetitive music that perforates everyone’s mind, you cannot escape it and it will force its way upon you. I don’t really know what to make of the “music” itself more then that it is a form of anti-music that is very much needed in times where you only need to produce a simple track around 3 minutes that has no inherent meaning anyway.

In a way, this anti-music corrodes the fabric of what popular music actually is when not heard through the ears of the “normal” person – it is what music listeners hear when it is stripped of all the glamor, melodies and hype that surrounds it. A shitfest reserved for those with no taste, ironically a totally different track started playing automatically after this video – it was exactly what we portray in words here.

View the video up above and listen to the album down below, buy the cassette.

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Recension: Grand Mal x – Darkness

grandmalxdarknessNågonting som gör Grand Mal x till en hörnsten i alternativ elektronisk musik är hans ständigt utvecklande, rörliga ljudmiljö som är något av hans signum. Från poppigare låtar till mörkare, så rör han sig från ett tema till ett helt annat i en mängd olika släpp. Att få nöjet att släppa några låtar på ett samlingssläpp är få förunnat, men ant-zen verkar ha lagt beslag på denna starkt lysande stjärna i en dunkel elektronisk himmel.

MedDarkness” är mycket sig likt men än mer är föränderligt, det som är positivt är de svenska titlarna, trots att merparten av musiken är på engelska ser man nästan fram emot ett par ord på svenska – även om det inte blir till.

Ut ur mörkret kryper en väldigt osannolik kombination av mörkare popnostalgi ihopblandat i en koncentrerad låt vid namn “Nights“, en bra öppningslåt som inte lämnar något att önska. Från rörligheten i synthslingorna till de dängande trumslingorna som snärjer dig direkt, du kastas in i tematiken som ombesörjs i detta album – man förstår nästan vad det handlar om direkt.

Flamma” är som en låt någon ur kollektivet Ascetic House hade kunnat släppt, det är en väldigt låg och suggestiv miljö där allt det experimentella släpps ut för att förlusta sig på det andra, i början påminner det om ett intro till någon sludge rock-låt eller en psykedelisk dänga som kunde befunnit sig inom ramarna för dessa genrer. Man dras med under ytan och sopas till, gång på gång. Låten känns mer underskön, mer äkta på något sätt än den föregående.

Stjärndamm“, den tredje låten på detta album påminner om något som likväl kunde ha varit musik till en spännande nivå på något spel från ett annat årtioende. Spänningen förhöjs av den konstanta rytmiska klang som trummorna lämnar efter sig, det är en okompromisslös slakt av de mest känsliga ljudhinnor. Ibland känns det som att han tar ut svängarna lite väl, men det är de mäktiga synthslingorna i kombination med ambitionen att skapa en fläckfri atmosfär som förhöjer musiken.

Ur Källan Och Ritualer Därav” är den låt som är minst spännande hittills, även om de subtila tonerna fångar en så finns det en hel del grejer som minst sagt känns malplacerade. Som en kosmisk maelström, som en knepig människas inre tankar och vibrationer, en skrämmande insyn till det som väntar utanför. Även om det kan kännas exotiskt i vissa fall, så är det mer som en mellanakt som inte hör hemma på albumet.

The Reaper” är elektroniskt funkig, med enstaka passager som påminner om de vrickade skallar i Vanligt Folk när deras sång kommer in och rubbar hela ljudlandskapet, i frontalkrock med dina sinnen. Basslingorna i denna låt är det som är bäst, de gör att allting skälver och att ingenting står still, de är mystiska och letar sig ut genom de vidöppna springorna i denna genomruttna kåk – den metafysiska varelsens sista gömställer öppnas upp, ut kommer ljudvågor du aldrig trodde du skulle få höra – sinnesrubbat.

Essence” är en spännande låt som känns som en kombination av L’Avenirs mer poppiga alster och mystiken bakom Person:A och hans musik, en kombination av det bästa två andra artister har att erbjuda, men givetvis något helt eget och skilt – även om passager av denna låt melodiskt kan tänkas blandas in där med. Sången är vacker och orden levereras med mening – något som kan saknas i vissa delar av andra låtar på albumet. En av favoritlåtarna på detta album.

Black Book” är vad “Ur Källan Och Ritualer Därav” samt “Flamma” borde blivit om de kombinerats, om vissa onödiga ljudkällor hade skalats av helt och hållet. Mörker, åter mörker som får representera titeln på albumet och som representerar det väldigt väl. Det som är höljt i dunkel, det som letar sig fram i de mörkaste av vrår och som vid ett perfekt tillfälle lockas fram, människans inre och okontrollerbara natur.

Men även bland lager av misantropi kan man hitta en strimma av ljus, någonstans därinne finns det en strimma av hopp, även om det känns avlägset. Hoppfullheten letar sig in i rytmen och håller fast den mot de mer långsamma delar i låten.

A Star For Everyone” har jag nöjet att ha haft på ett helt orelaterat släpp, det är en av de bästa låtarna jag hört med Grand Mal x, det är ingenting nytt utan något äldre men det är helheten med låten som gör att den är så spännande. Hela tiden finns det något att fästa öronen på och något att hänga med i, låten är inte lika lång och som många andra på albumet och behöver inte vara det heller. Grand Mal x i komprimerat men välkomponerat format.

Albumet i sig är en representation av mycket bra som han gett ifrån sig, men även en hel del mindre bra låtar och en hel del som bara är okej. Så länge mer än en låt är bra på ett album så kan man konstatera att det duger – helheten avslöjar att potentialen att nå högre är något han har siktet inställt på. Köp och lyssna här nedanför, via ant-zen.

 

Upcoming release on Repartiseraren: Listerlandet

Grand Mal x side-project Listerlandet will receive its first proper release, in exclusive form, from Repartiseraren in late October 2018. The release is planned to be in a limited edition of chromes cassettes with full on-body printing as per usual, obi-strips, metallic printing for logos and tracklists plus the title of the release. There will also be a limited edition luxury hardback digipak CD with an outer linen cover.

Each of these physical releases will come with a different track and with different covers, only available via Repartiseraren. SkandinavianSpeed will have exclusive access to the digital release itself.

A music-video has been created by Karl Ture Rydby himself, you get a firsthand look and feel for one of the tracks featured on the release, “Nätet läggs i skymningen“. Down below is a short presentation of the release itself:

Listerlandet is located in the outskirts. Classic, okkult dubby tekno with ambience and esoteric folklore for higher spheres and inner search. This Autumn on cassette, CD with linen cover (Repartiseraren) and digital (SkandinavianSpeed, coming label).

Exclusive Premiere: Michael Idehall – In The Black Tower Of Alamut

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The never ending stream of good, concentrated efforts of Michael Idehall are delving further into his own aesthetics and esoteric messages. With “Aion Reborn” he treads on the same path that have been created since the start, but he opens up to a softer yet harsh landscape of sound that brings forth the most deranged, beautiful experiences yet.

Most of the tracks are entwined with one another, creating a dynamic thread that runs through the whole album. There is not much to add to an almost perfected sound, but yet he manages to fit different meanings and sounds into an already crammed soundscape. He is a genrebender by nature and there is no certain word that can put these works into a specific genre, which is refreshing.

We’ve always liked the warmth of his sound emanating from below, the atmosphere swings a heavy hand onto you and you’re hooked from the first track and all the way through. Luckily we get to exclusively premiere “In The Black Tower Of Alamut” from this album, and you can stream it down below.

Make sure to pre-order this album from Raubbau, it will be released on the 12th of September.

 

Exclusive Premiere: David Bremer – Hotel Solitude

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An homage to the solitary lifestyle of the “global” musician or DJ? An ode to all the nights spent thinking about what could’ve been done better, where one should’ve been otherwise? The titles of the tracks suggests so.

David Bremer is surprisingly vivid musically for a first time listener and experienced field recordings listener, there’s a coating of overwhelming ambient music that drives the point home musically in tracks that are unusually short for these kinds of genres – in “Paradise Refuted” – his first “proper” release in years, on Fang Bomb.

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The music itself is unsettling and doesn’t paint the picture of globalism in a positive light, it is like modern architecture – something that should be in the scrapyard of the past. A brutalistic take musically as if derived directly from the style of architecture itself, depressive, nihilistic, hollow – three words we find describe it the best. Don’t forget to strap in, as there’s a hint of hope beneath the layers upon layers of destructiveness – a glimmer of light that seeps through the cracks.

We’re just waiting to be at that end station where everything suddenly shines, or when the rain finally pours down a warm summer night – like the nights we’ve had before, at least here in Sweden, not too long ago. The sudden realization that everything can be over in a snap, the realization that months of agony have finally come to a halt. There are many emotions that overwhelm you when listening to “Paradise Refuted“.

Some people would just consider it to be background noise, but there’s a lot going on that you have to have a keen ear to be susceptible to, it is like your inner mind getting rid of every noisy encounter you’ve had throughout the day – every meaningless thought that have gone, a relocation of your soul into the music and the soul restored in yourself.

You can listen to the track “Solitude Hotel” exclusively here on Repartiseraren, purchase the cassette whose official release-date was today on the 29th of August.

 

Listen: Walk Onto Sun – Grow Static

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Walk Onto Sun released his second release, and second EP “Grow Static” in October of 2017, it’s been a long time since I was introduced to it by the musician himself – but now is the time to delve into the music – and see if it holds up as well as his first debut-EP “In the Inside“.

First trackIsn’t Real” is a stunning piece that grows on you after the first erratic steps the beats take in different directions, stuttering beats that flow upon an atmosphere of otherworldliness and paranoia – slowly taking the form of a regular four-oh-four beat, but taking bits and pieces out of the sound-scape the further in you get, making it as weird as it was starting out, as you get to the end.

It’s like a bad dream that you can’t awake from. Some of the vocals make you wonder when it will turn into a proper martial industrial piece, but it holds its guard up against such a transgression. Even though some if it might seem out of rhythm, the blending of arrhythmic noises and confusing electronic synthesizers together – makes you realize what time went into making this song.

Hollowed Out” is more sinister, it follows less of an experimental route, and includes the deep baselines you’d want to hear in his music – a more ritualistic approach in combination with industrial music, in the setting of a post-industrial séance. Even though it is more primitive in relation to the first song, the vocals make it a monotonous piece of music as it drives you into a feverish state of mind.

Though some of the vocals might turn you off from the track, you take time to appreciate the wondrously created atmosphere – as it seems to turn for a more wicked approach each time a new sound is added in, but never lets you down when it come to being consistent without making it too predictable.

InFeral Plains“, Ben Engebretson (Walk Onto Sun) is assisted by Steve Holms in the form of metal percussions – this is really what keeps the song on track and adds a focused vibe to an otherwise outdrawn, hazy kind of downtempo ambient industrial music. We’re not sure if the vocals are meant to be so monotonous, but it both adds and takes away from the general feel of the song.

Ironically enough, the title-track “Grow Static” and the last song of the release, is actually the best one in our opinion. It summarizes what Walk Onto Sun is capable of when he channels the right percussion at the right time, the right rhythm at the right time – and the right atmosphere at the right time. Everything in this song seems way more planned then in the other ones, so hopefully this can make a full-length album a reality in this year before it ends.

All-in-all it is an interesting album, he strays away from the first EP a lot, but much of it is more of the same. It doesn’t matter if it stays this way or if it develops, but some of the more experimental elements in his music is not that alluding – but the vocals on the last song is more impressive then those on the rest of the EP.

Make up your mind on your own and listen to it in full down below.

Exclusive Premiere: Fléau – IV

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Anywave are back in action with a new Fléau release, it was a long time since they released their first self-titled album, three years have already passed like it was nothing. Together with their partner in crime, Atelier Ciseaux Records, a five-track album titled “II” will be released on a limited edition run of vinyls, a collector’s edition of 50 hand-numbered transparent vinyls and a book by Raphaël Lugassy called “Organs“, and a regular edition of 200 black vinyls. The artwork for the release is stunning as usual, the work of Myriam Barchechat, photographies by Raphaël Lugassy.

It is very true that Mathieu Mégemont‘s (Fléau) new direction strays away from his original sound, but it introduces a whole other complexity found otherwise within more alternative electronic genres – creeping in between the ambiguous nature of the sweeping, soothing landscapes of sound that hook you in. Even though some aspects of his new release stays true to what he created on his debut-album, this newly developed and intriguing metamorphosis suggests he’s expanded – instead of becoming cliché.

We’re honored to be exclusively premiering “IV“, a song taken from the forthcoming album, due to be co-released by Anywave and Atelier Ciseaux on vinyl, on the 29th of March. You can pre-order it already by following this link, listen to it exclusively via Repartiseraren down below.