Exclusive Premiere: Sebastian Melmoth – Prosopagnosia

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Venture from the Swine Supremacy in Norway, to a more dizzy experience in the world as such. Getting stuck in the desert with engine failure is only your own fault. As the sun gets hotter and hotter, you get more and more dehydrated. Hallucinations emerge, and you venture into the vast desert on your own. It’s a rather solitary experience, as you gasp for air and try to use your body to your own best interest. You have no idea how much longer you’ll be on the living end of the spectrum. Your newly accompanied friend in your head, Sebastian, is a rather weird figure. He just came up to you from nowhere, but you have no idea that you’re still hallucinating from dehydration. These figures in your head change into different subjects, with names that you recognize from elsewhere. In 2012 they put out “Dysphoria/Accidentally Grotesque” on Feline Vomitus, calling themselves: “Elijah van de Wilde, Mandi Taylor-Taylor and Peter and the Wolf“. This totally irrational experience lay the foundation of what people would like to call Sebastian Melmoth, a rather sinister collective that has a habit of occupying your mind – when you’re in extreme distress. Their latest release is “Emetophobia“, an irrational fear or anxiety of or pertaining to vomiting. But it’s certainly not their last, as their carelessness and pseudo-nihilism made them churn out yet another one, which will be out on the day when we’re supposed to be extremely loving to each other. This is a whole other kind of thing.

When will Beläten actually learn anything about responsibility? Probably when the end is neigh, I suppose. His newly appropriated path to eternal dominance comes with uncompromisable acts of terror. A sonic terror of which you’ve rarely been accompanied with. He’s virtually gone insane with the latest stunt that he pulled, with the usage of khmerian numbers instead of runes. When you start to take a liking for something, he suddenly, out of the blue – decides to destroy it, with impunity. As number “2” () in this order is being rolled out, it gets even weirder. As we move into a totally unfamiliar territory, risking our sense of the world to be tinkered with forever, leaving us in this state – in all of eternity. Be sure to watch the stars tonight, because you will not see them in the same light when listening to this mish-mash of different psychedelic experiences, krautrock delivered with a subliminal message, and the openness of the total darkness that they don’t see to want to hide. You’re in for a ride, chump. A ride that won’t end until you’re off it, because you can’t stop it by any means, even if you’d want to.

Here at Invisible Guy, we try to give you a little bit of everything. We can tell you, if you haven’t already noticed it, that this is something out of the ordinary. It’s a part of the three cassettes that will be up for pre-ordering on the 14th of February, and this is the second cassette in that line of cassettes. Have art-rock ever been an interesting pastime, have anti-rock ever had such an odd pair of genres to be included into, and have the world gone mad? No, it’s simply Sebastian Melmoth and his minions, serenading you for whatever it’s worth. Resurrecting the awfulness that was Ulrike Meinhof and Andreas Baader, to mention just two people that are involved with this, taking their names for this release. I told you that it’s a quite unconventional approach, but it’s even unconventional for Beläten. This weirdness is titled as “In Ruins“, which is a suitable word for the experience we’re about to induce you with. Yes, not give you, but induce you with. The question is if you dare even to approach it, as the track we’re giving to you goes by the name of “Prosopagnosia“, which is the name for ‘face blindness’, a cognitive disorder of face perception. You might not recognize what you’re about to hear, but you might even get impaired. Take the chance now to hear it, because you won’t hear it again until Friday. Exclusively for you, we give you “Prosopagnosia” for you to stream here on Invisible Guy. The release itself will come with the batch of three cassettes that are up for pre-ordering, on the 14th of February. Lovelessness might get more lovely, but I suggest you’d play it now instead.

Label: Beläten

Cat#: 2 (២)

Artist: Sebastian Melmoth

Exclusive Song: Prosopagnosia

Title: In Ruins

Format: C30

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Trying to describe the works of Sebastian Melmoth is a Sisyphus task if there ever was one. Just when you think you’ve figured them out, they throw something new into the mix and you’re back where you started. Through these 30 minutes of music, we’re treated to post-rock vibes, psychedelic ballads, epic dirges, motor-driven acoustic dance music, twitching post-punk, all wrapped in a distinctly intellectual package. What makes them all that more alluring is that they somehow manage to make this bewildering melting-pot of styles gel, and seem completely natural.

Added as digital bonus tracks, are three remixes. DTT twists Presley Honey into blissful chamber pop, Bass Clef adds an even more peculiar atmosphere to Prosopagnosia, and in the hands of Jonas ‘cup MT’ Golland the same track is turned into what can only be described as Art House.

You listen to what the head-honcho has to say, otherwise we’ll leave you in the desert!

Thee Showcase [#8.2]: The Otters and Les Baton Rouge!

1886079149-1We continually march on, even though we’re not in a band. It’s time, once again, for Thee Showcase. Letting you know about some new music and what we think about it. This time we’re up for The Otters, whom are a duo from San Diego. I don’t think they’re active anymore, but I found their only song “Nowhere At All” from their coming album (now on hold) “LP I“. This song is everything you’d want your own band to be, I think. Everything from the emotional intro, shyly moving along with the artsy vocals. Indie rock couldn’t possibly be better when combined with art punk and surf punk. Every detail on the song is interesting in its own aspect, as it contributes a lot to the wholehearted vision of the song at hand. The different nuances are in essence what makes this band great, or at least their song that they’ve premiered. In the beginning, you can also sense some of the odder post-punk, if you turn back the clock to the 80’s once again. What also feels out of shape, is the fact that they heed to every little detail. Not many bands do this, not many bands seem to catch every detail perfectly. However, everything in the song might not be intact, as the synthesizer reminds me a lot about other things than a great song or band. Sometimes it isn’t tight either, but I’ll leave that for now. The different changes in structures are superb and it sounds inviting enough, it also reminds you a lot of the calmer indie pop/rock acts that can convey a range of emotions through a little sphere in one song. All I can hear in my mind right now is: “I don’t want you, I don’t need you…“, but to be fair; I really need you now. The song “Nowhere At All” from their supposed future album “LP I” is what’s featured here, which is a shame – since I wanted some nuances to compare with. However, you should donate some cash or download it for free from their bandcamp down below.

1529479584-1I can figure out why this band is one of the most influential ones. Where are they influential? In Portugal, where the band, which goes by the name of Les Baton Rouge, is from. They’re currently at bay with a new album titled “Canal Express“, which is a blend of new-wave and more alternative rock. It feels like much of their music revolves around suspense, because you don’t know what’s going to happen next. I don’t sense as much art rock as I sense alternative rock in the mix, with some subtle new-wave influences that can be found here and there. Everything about them is concrete, there are fastened structures that make listening even more bearable. Nothing is sloppy, everything is calculated and on point when you listen to it. The vocals reminds you a lot of older punk bands, when it comes to the sheer energy and volatile expression. A little bit of it also reminds you a lot of an eccentric Siouxsie, even though she’s been referenced a million times when it comes to bands of this caliber, you’d have to say it again. High-pitched yells, metamorphosing melodies and rhythms – as you move through one of their passages. Sometimes the landscape of music can be a little bit stale, when it goes with the same pair of drums you’ve heard a song before, but it mellows out when you realize that there’s only four songs. At times the music feels adaptable, as it changes around in the overlaying structure, rather in the fundamentals. Especially when it comes to the quirky, and sometimes sinister, riffing that goes on in the overtly noticeable sound-scape. Pay attention to those changes, because I know you will. It can change in any minute, but you will not anticipate it, therefore you can surely call it “suspiria” – like the band itself does. Interesting music that stands on its own feet, doesn’t mind to sway the conventions a bit and tries hard to do something worthwhile. Featuring the four songs “Carburator“, “Punch Timeline“, “Abrasive Humdrum” and “So Much For Evolution“. Their digital version of the release is live since the 1st of March and their 15-year celebratory CD will be released at their gig in Lisbon on Musicbox on the 23rd of March.

Proper Showcase [#6]: Kamikaze Scotsmen, Mount Salem, Radio Days, Fuka Lata, Wooly & the Mammoth, Mild Peril and Force Publique!

1463049814-1An interesting voyage into the realms of Budapest. Or no, I mean, into the realms of art rock meets electronica. These guys chose to name themselves Kamikaze Scotsmen, which is a funny name when you see where they’re from (Budapest). Their latest album “ARK” had its premiere today. Anyhow, I don’t care really, because the name is pretty suitable. Probably something I couldn’t have come up with myself. However, this music sounds like a metamorphosis of the wicked 70’s psychedelic era and the more “up to the sky” kind of philosophy, whereas holding a piece of land isn’t enough, since you need to transcend beyond the ground. The strange “full-of-motion” music, but at the same time motionless music, makes your head twirl around, for 360 degrees before it finally stops and re-iterates some strangely familiar vocals. Like someone seducing you with their voice, simply by understanding the pattern of the brain in that moment. I don’t even want to talk about the lyrics, they’re good as they are, but as confusing as this blend of art rock and the aforementioned stuff that I couldn’t really bargain for. This is probably one of the strangest releases I’ve ever experienced, but it’s original and that’s mainly what I’m after in Showcase. Sometimes I’m after other things too, but the originality of this piece frightened me so much that I had to include it. All kidding aside, some pretty psychedelic music here. Featuring the four tracks “Chapter II“, “Rising (Inhale Me)“, “Minsk” and “Slaves“. You can buy it down below if you think this is something you’d enjoy listening to.

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Showcase [#5]: Battlehooch, Standish/Carlyon and Zap Dragon & The Attack!

2878273584-1You’ve got some electronic sugar running down your throat, but instead it turned out to be a bug. This time around the first one to be featued is the band Battlehooch, which have released an album titled “Hot Lungs“, one day ago. What could be said is that it’s probably one of the more avant-garde bands I’ve featured here, blending pop with quirky psychedelic rock, increasing itself to orchestral proportions. Yes, they’re like a mini-orchestra that you’d want to play tunes for you before you go to school or work. Sometimes it feels like they’re making a musical cabaret out of my own life. They’re also a reason to wake up in the morning, instead of having angst right before you’re supposed to wake up. Or at least so I felt when I played their record while brushing my teeth. Probably one of the better findings this year alone, bordering to mainstream, but actually to weird to be categorized in that category. So, what are you waiting for? You should listen to their music now when you’re having the chance to discover them. Tracks featured on this album range from “Joke” to “Organic” and it’s been released on Chuur Records.

3862554652-1Unfortunately only featuring one track, but what the heck, I’ve done this before. The band Standish/Carlyon is releasing their album later this year and they’ve put out a track for us to enjoy. Also, you might want to know the name of the upcoming album, and here it is: “Deleted Scenes“. It’s got a vibe to it that is hard to ignore, it’s versatile in both instrumentation and the atmosphere is well built. Nothing in the foundation seems to be scrawny, the synthesizer utilize its own presence in the sound-scape to give you a lingering feeling, before the percussion suddenly strikes you down with it’s bombastic sound. Simply an astounding combination of post-punk, art rock and different atmospheric electronica that will make you feel harmony within but also a slice of melancholy. Deliverance is only an option, everything is out-ruled in this particular song and I cannot wait until more songs are available from the same album. There’s also a neo-soul feeling in the singer’s voice, as he in the lower and higher keys deliver a total soulful and meaningful aura. The track that’s being featured here is titled “Nono/Yoyo” and the album will be released by Felte Sounds.

3848532998-1I might not agree with some of their lyrical content, but the overtly happy feeling convinced me to feature them. The band Zap Dragon & The Attack! might sound ridiculous if you just gaze upon their name for a second, but they’re actually in all seriousness very skilled at what they do. Recently, they released their latest album “Pain Waves” which has got a cover that made me lay my eyes upon them the first time. Remember, covers are also important, if you know how to make them look great. Well, what can be said about this band? All I can hear in my head is: “You are a sick, sick, sick – fuck!“. It’s hard to pinpoint their sound, but it’s a remarkable journey from the entrenched wonder of folk music, to the more basic punk rock outfit that you’d probably encounter everywhere else. But they’ve got some pretty great lyrical content, which has got an edge to it and an attitude you shouldn’t miss out on. This folk, indie and punk rock concoction simply makes an awesome combination, if the lyrics don’t really suck. I think the lyrics are one of their strengths, which make them stand out of the masses, in turn making me feature them this time around. Tracks featured on this album are from “Sicko” to “Little Reminders” and can be bought from their bandcamp, totally D.I.Y. So I suggest you support these people.