Exclusive Premiere: Hidden Place – Picture Hall

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British label Peripheral Minimal is in the process of releasing a retrospective compilation of tracks, with the Italian electro/new-wave group Hidden Place. Having released four albums in total, from 2005-2012, this retrospective album will feature three songs from each of their albums, plus an unreleased remix. As they gradually moved on from their most experimental first album “Weather Station“, they put out a new album each two years that passed, in the end making it three years – with their latest album up to date; “Novecento“. Being on labels like Hellektroempire, to Twilight Records, Calembour Records and now finally, with Peripheral Minimal, very soon. Approaching a colder picturesque landscape of sound with their overlaying electro, as the more pop-induced new-wave sound made the melodies all the more danceable. A fresh new sound had been developed through the years, as the vocals of Sara Lux, a member of the group – became more and more distant from the sound itself. Making it a rather accomplished combination between vocals and the sounds of Fabio V., Antonio L. and Giampiero Di B. Not really my cup of tea when it comes to a lot of their songs, but there is something that has been captured amidst the energetic synth-pop with the overtones of a different mixture, embellished by the nature of different electronic genres.

The retrospective album that is coming out on Peripheral Minimal before April is over, is titled “Retrospettiva: 2004 – 2014” and captures tracks from their years when they were the most active, to the more sullen years of being unproductive. Harnessing a lot of tracks, being forgetful about others. This compilation does cover the perspective of their active years, but it also essentially takes out the best of the songs that has been put out there in between these years. The rather interesting artwork was made by Oleg Galay of Other Voices Records. So I can say to you that Repartiseraren will give you the time of your day, letting you listen to and stream the track “Picture Hall”, originally featured on their album “Fantasia Meccanica” – but now also brought to and from the forthcoming compilation. Click play and enjoy their uncanny vision, the masquerading electronic synthesizers, the hectic tempo delivered by the melodious content of the fixated drums in tune with the synths.

Premiere: Justin Martin – Concrete Designs

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Today, we have a special for you, as we’ve had before. These specials will be re-occurring, and you’ll get to listen to some exclusive material from upcoming releases. You’ve probably heard about Swoon Records before, because I interviewed Jeff Southard from that particular label a while ago. Well, they’ve got a lot of things going, not to mention the latest one that is due to be released on the 3rd of August. It’s Justin Martin, he’s a folk-singer and his album “Awake or a Dream” will come out on that date. For those of you that are keen on that, I should tell you that it’s instrumentally superior, going from semi-acoustic to a more broaden space of different instrumentation. Firmly concentrated around his sincere vocals, which are harmonious and ominously engaged in the landscape of sullen beauty, which is American folk. Think of the best in that world, and there you have it. Couple it with a touch of psychedelia, and you’re settled forever. I’ve been given the song “Concrete Designs” from this 6-song EP that will be available for exclusive streaming here on Invisible Guy. Feel free to stream! By the way, you can also check out his tour-dates down below.

*8.16.13 The New Frontier / Awake or a Dream CD Release Show w/ Humble Cub, Piko Panda & Imaginary Lines / Tacoma, WA / 21+ / $5 / 9 p.m.

*8.17.13 The Flying M w/ Holy Weak & Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / Nampa, ID / All Ages / $3 / 8 p.m.

8.18.13 Burt’s Tiki Lounge w/ Michael Cundick of Jesus or Genome, Michelle Moonshine & Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / Salt Lake City, UT / 21+ / $5 / 8 p.m.

8.20.13 Boomer’s Bar w/ The All-Togethers, Jeff Mix & Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / Las Vegas, NV / 21+ / $5 / 8:30 p.m.

8.21.13 The Tribal Cafe w/ Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / Los Angeles, CA / All Ages / Free / 7 p.m.

8.22.13 ZuhG Life Store w/ Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / Sacramento, CA / All Ages / Free / 6 p.m.

8.23.13 50 Mason Social House w/ Minor Birds, Monster Nights & Allan Boothe of Humble Cub / San Francisco, CA / 21+ / $5 / 7 p.m.

*8.24.13 The Firkin Tavern w/ Yourself & The Air, Not From Brooklyn & Humble Cub / Portland, OR / 21+ / Free / 8:30 p.m.

*8.25.13 Le Voyeur w/ Humble Cub / Olympia, WA / 21+ / $5 / 9:30 p.m.

*8.30.13 Blue Moon Tavern w/ Half Kingdom / Seattle, WA / 21+ / $5 / 8:30 p.m.

*Full Band

 

Americalight: Cathedral Pearls – Off My Chain

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Americana, is a word that can be stated to be an resemblance of this band. Probably not as much when it comes to their music, but they’re from that continent on the other side of the world. The band I’m talking about is Cathedral Pearls, whom are from Spokane. They’ve released their debut-album “Off My Chain“, which is a sincere trip in between folk and indie, with hints of new wave. All with a spiraling experimental vein, but with a spoon, as they’re simply cooking the drug – inserting it when they say go. Most of the music revolve around both instrumentals, but a high stake in their bet is their vocalists, which consists of an equal part of women and a single man. With their voices, they sure overshadow their instrumentals, as there’s only some parts in the songs that reflect their ingenious bet. Unfortunately, the music itself is guided into a folly of generic. That ultimately destroys the symbiosis of what’s unique with the music at hands, which is a shame to be honest. But you always have something to pluck out and consider to be great. Once a medley of voices comes on, your brain simply catches its breath and you make a sigh of total relief. The atmosphere of the songs are very American, they have that certain aura which you can sense with your ears. You pick up the different characteristics which make it American. A well-polished sound-scape, their dialects of course and the general feeling can be related to folk songs from that part of the world. This is also one of their nemesis, which needs to be eluded. There’s some amount of cheesiness between the layers, but that doesn’t really matter in the end. The overall picturesque music that they deliver are considerably gentle, sincere and enacted with a great amount of precision. With that in mind, we might just set out for the sun. Their release feature eight songs, which have been hastily recorded, and were released on the 14th of May.

Streaming: A Somatic Response

Invisible Guy have gotten the honor to stream: A Somatic Response — A mixtape curated by Soma Sema. A 50 minute long mixtape featuring the best from the world of Beläten.

It will be available for purchase on their Bandcamp the 4th of June limited to 200 copies.

Beläten are proud to present »A Somatic Response«. A 50 minute mixtape of of cold synthetic pop, troubled industrial funk and dada rants selected by Swedish/American synth pop duo Soma Sema. The tape features exclusive songs from Blitzkrieg Baby, Television Set, Vita Noctis, Club Amour, Nimam Spregleda, Makina Girgir, Kord, Estroboscorpio, Lust For Youth, Goz Mongo Alliance, Xiu & Soma Sema.

»A Somatic Response« is the first in an ongoing, irregular series of artist curated compilations on Beläten. The twofold idea behind this series is, on the one hand, to see what inspires artists who inspire us, and on the other, to avoid becoming predictable and to challenge our own preconceptions of what constitutes great music.

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