Exclusive Premiere: I/II – Tectonics (Transverse)

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I embarked on a journey a couple of days ago. It had nothing to do with going to Paris, Berlin, London, Oslo, Helsinki or anything else – because it had to do with I/II. Somehow I managed to hijack a premiere which had been lent to me by co-operating with the Austrian label Totally Wired Records. Ever since I interviewed the man behind I/II, 1/2, or what ever he wants to call it himself – maybe Split Personalities to make it more than a suggestive symbol, I’ve had the ride of my life. Not because I ever wanted to, but because he re-tells stories or take up subjects in each of his tracks, at the same time he’s letting the genres change each time a new subject comes up. It started with the first track from his forthcoming mini-album “Earthquakes Usually Come Around At Night“, titled “Let’s call it a day“. This one didn’t actually have anything written to explain what it means, but it has something to do with dancing the night away and ignoring important subjects. Lock away the prisoners – there’s nothing to see here, everything’s nice and tidy. Just take some drugs and it will be fine. It’s a minimal electronics, minimal synth, experimental wonderworld which is laid upon the foundation of something that I would call a split between low-keyed noise and minimal industrial. You never know what will show up, but the soft-spoken voice in such a static environment brings up questions in your own head. Which is probably how it’s meant to be, when synced with the lyrical content.

Then the song “Transmissions End” have a steady post-punk baseline laid upon the same experimental and minimal ground. It takes up many subjects which are entwined with the other song, but it deals with freedom of speech, a realistic thought on how people get by – when time’s harsh on you and the tide can turn at any time. The paradox between your own constructed reality which often times is shaken to the core when faced with the brutality that real life can be – and might’ve become for people. I don’t really know, but that’s how I interpret it via the lyrical content. It’s a catchy song which serves as a tragicomical take on a post-modern world in a digital age, steaming on the tracks of supposed progress just to be flying out of a cliff with the next turn it takes. I believe that minimal synth, blip-blop (8-bit melodies) and post-punk are at the center of this rather cheerful but serious song. There’s a contrast between the melodies and the rhythm of the stern baseline that chugs away.

Now we get to the part where Repartiseraren gets involved. We had the opportunity to collaborate with Totally Wired Records on the weekly premiere that was scheduled before the mini-album is released in its entirety. So we got a hold of the third song, called “Tectonics (Transverse)” which is probably one of the most ambigious songs on the whole release. It starts off with “Kill them all” and a swift but hard-hitting industrial beat which changes into a monotonous acidic temptation, very quickly. We’re somewhere in between minimal electronic body music and acid. Whatever you do, it’s pointless to fight at all. It’s probably the most concrete but vividly explained subject which I/II brings up with this mini-album. Here’s where our own involvement ends, here’s where I present to you the exclusive premiere of “Tectonics (Transverse)“. I believe you should get into “Statues” and “Function (Push To the Limit)” – just so you can make up your own mind when it comes to the two last songs. However, now it’s time to listen to what I can exclusively offer until the 28th of November – when the mini-album is to be released.

Exclusive Premiere: Bird People – To Peer Into the Huntress’ Mirror

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An unknown group for me at first glance, a more well-known after a listen. The Austrian wonder that is Bird People have been active since 2010. Having released their first record in 2012 on Feathered Coyote Records, titled “The Coming Of The Trickster God“, it sparked their journey throughout psychedelic rock, folk rock – and finally into experimental drone. The biggest change which had them going into the drone-territory in the first place, was the release on the same label, titled “Crème Brûlée And Deer Tracks In The Snow (Slow Return)” which featured a long, drone-ish, psychedelic rock track. After that, they left the label Feathered Coyote Records for the label Jehu and the Chinaman, where they released “Terma“. Here’s where the real change is, where they go into the format of tracks ranging from between roughly 15 minutes to 20. Instead of the format they began with, which was releasing tracks in between the range of 4 to 6 minutes long. This is important to know, if you’re going to realize the connection between the earlier releases, and the march that Bird People made into their new and comfortable territory of sound. Even though some of their sessions also were released in 2013, alongside material in the regular format of sound that they worked with before was released once more – they have certainly made their shape known through this forthcoming release that I have taken a track from.

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I’m delighted to share with you a track from their forthcoming release. A track that spans up to 19 minutes of length, which is featured on the A-side of this release, alongside another track – making it a two-tracked release – with a monstrosity of at least 19 minutes in length on both sides. This release is titled “King of the Grove” and is going to be released by Yerevan Tapes on the 8th of April, making it their third label that they have or are going to release any material upon. Making them even more noticeable with this cassette-release, opening up even more doors with their now experimental drone sound that is a delight to hear. Their original format is present in the way of rock and psychedelia, but have been extended to a maelstrom; of a newly incarnated sound. I’m proud to be giving you the track “To Peer Into The Huntress’ Mirror” for streaming purposes, taken directly from the A-side of this release. It’s a haunting track, maybe not as brutal in its shape as the B-side of this release which have already been listened to by devoted fans, and like-minded people. But it delivers in a sense what they’ve become after a long struggle in sound, making it an interesting track that is both calm in its spiritual form, but also chaotic in its less ordered form. This release will be put out on the 8th of April by Yerevan Tapes, on cassette. But you can stream this track exclusively through Repartiseraren, so I hope that you’ll take heed from this sound and enjoy.

Exclusive Premiere: Nový Svět – Yo No.

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Take a trip in retrospect to Austria, have a look around and view the beauty of their architecture, or simply enjoy their traditional customs. But a piece of the puzzle is missing. If you’d ever think of Austria as industrial, you’d be somewhat right. Maybe folk music would be a proper term to throw at them, or maybe world music – then we’re getting even closer. No, what I’m thinking of is simply one of the pioneering groups from that particular region. It is not a political group, it is not a group with more than two members. A proper word to use would be “duo“, since they are “a duo“. Starting with their first album, and self-titled; “Nový Svět“. A proper industrial etiquette that couldn’t and shouldn’t be attached to them, considering how they’ve traversed through multiple genres throughout the years. Yes, the time is nigh for introducing Nový Svět to Invisible Guy, an honor that can be bestowed upon us by Kill Shaman Records. It’s a rather informal introduction, since I’m aware – and have listened to – multiple songs and albums of theirs, since way back. I would call it a sonic introduction, as they about a month ago, released their latest album “Doce“.

In that album, they travel back in time and forth again, as it is as much of a retrospective album – as it is a new one. Featuring tracks recorded in Vienna, Barcelona and Hamburg from 1998 through 2010. Twelve years, and a cascade of different tracks. This fluid collection dates back to, amongst other times, the Hau Ruck! era, as Albin Julius had them released on that label – as one of the very first projects. From 1998 too 2001, and an offshoot with Foresta Di Ferro and Dernière Volonté, Nový Svět were a part of the Hau Ruck!-roster. What’s interesting about them is the fact that they’ve tried a multitude of genres, a never-ending stream that would come in handy, at least if you’d want a fluid and non-identifiable mixture of just about everything from industrial, to folk and everything in between. Well, enough about the historic value that this duo has provided the European soul with, and on with what we’ve got to offer to you.

As you know, this album was released about a month ago. Therefore, we’ve decided to go with it anyway, since we find Nový Svět to be a remarkable jewel of a duo. In a collaboration with Kill Shaman Records, we’ve decided to give you a haunting piece of music from “Doce“, namely the track “Yo No.“, which takes you into the introspection of them as a band – whilst they deliver a grainy combination of the most mystical folk-y world music, sung to you in Spanish. You can scroll down and stream this track exclusively from Invisible Guy. Just click the button and enjoy this complete metamorphosis of sound, as it ventures through whatever sound-system you’re using. This album was released on the 21st of January on Kill Shaman Records. Now, it’s just been put up on the Kill Shaman-shop, go here to buy the LP for 13 dollars.

Label: Kill Shaman Records – Cat#: KSR58 – Artist: Nový Svět

Exclusive Song: Yo No. – Title: Doce – Format: LP