You might know them as soundtrack connoseurs “Stranger Things“, the second series – coming in 2017 (spoiler alert), or somewhere else. S U R V I V E is as exquisite, experimental and as concentrated as synth-pop can get. Do not forget that they have other songs (and albums), such as “Relays” which is our favorite here at Repartiseraren. They are well-deserved to be crowned the kings, of making one of the first really exciting soundtracks for a proper horror series, in a very long time.
In conjunction with Relapse Records (EU) – I’m honored to have been received the exclusive premiere of the whole of Sweden, for S U R V I V E, specifically their forthcoming album RR7349 that is due to be released on vinyl and CD. There is also a t-shirt available for you hardcore fans out there, which is gorgeous, to say the least.
What is “RR7349” and how does it hold up to their prior releases?
The hype surrounding Stranger Things season number one and season number two notwithstanding – RR7349 – it’s masterpiece if you’ve heard all their other albums, including the soundtrack for Stranger Things. They know how to use all synthesizers simultaneously, whilst triggering the functions at the exact right point (sequencers, drummachines, etc) – which makes for an atmospheric, almost ritual experience in listening. Great experimental atmospheric (electronic) synth music.
Glad to have heard this album. Sincerely recommend it.
Go and buy when you have the money, to support the artist and label. It is also available on their own Bandcamp-page in vinyl/CD/etc. Listen to it exclusively (Sweden only premiere) down below, courtesy of Relapse Records (EU).
In Brooklyn you find a band that has its roots down under, but above the ground they reside with post-punk overtones. With their interesting combination of metal, experimental rock, post-hardcore and post-punk they make way for who they’ve become. Since they haven’t been around for that long, let alone put out anything besides their newly released “Make Room For Waves” EP, it’s great to hear something fresh once in a while. With this comes Husbandry, whose singer sounds like somewhere in between Katzenjammer Kabarett‘s original misanthropic tone and the rather mesmerizing moments with the band reliq. Together with the breakdowns of pro-longed post-hardcore junkies caught in a time-machine. The band itself consists of Carina Zachary, Jordan Usatch, Arnau Bosc and Andrew Gottlieb. The fascinating thing about this release is that it was recorded during a weekend back in April this year, which makes it about a month later that they’re releasing it for the world to listen to.
So I got the opportunity together with Husbandry to put out one of the tracks from this release, on Repartiseraren. The track wasn’t really chosen by me to begin with, but I think it’s their best track on this release by far. Because in it they showcase the greatness of structured post-hardcore with post-punk baselines that soar through the landscape, together with erratic drums that keep the tempo to a max. Just as they come into some kind of weird medley whereas Carina Zachary with her vocals make it an endurable process to listen to, as it moves back into the sound-scape which they created before. Moving back to the intermezzo once again in another part of the track, making it a very predictable but at the same time unpredictable track. I simply adore the melodies that are laden before me when you’ve taken yourself through it, together with cluttering hi-hats and complex rhythms howling in the background as the vocals feel even more dedicated and soulful. The track chosen for exclusive premiere was “Biralata“, a six-minute long song which you can listen to down below. If you’re interested in buying their album you can go to their Bandcamp.
The long-awaited vinyl-release of “Matters of Life and Death” have appeared on Chondritic Sound just now, on the 4th of March, as I’m writing. Consisting of two songs from earlier releases, and two completely new songs, whom have been premiered at Pitchfork (among others) and Invisible Guy. This eccentric mixture of the best from the world of body, shaped into a dynamite-charge of industrialized evilness – have made a huge impact on those whom have taken Believer/Law for what they are – a pretty damn unique act. Add a little hint of minimal wave and other notable influences such as noise, psychedelia and experimentalism – and you’ll have the final product. The release itself is made up by 600 copies, whereas 100 are on limited white vinyl, 200 on gray and 300 on regular black. The digital album costs 7 dollars and the physical LP costs 15 dollars. A must-have for anyone even remotely interested in their music, and for those whom are interested in the resurgence of new body mixed with industrial elements. The tracks are as follow: “Ashes“, “War Story“, “The Task At Hand” and “Contrition“. Digital release can be bought at the Chondritic Sound-bandcamp, and the physical edition can be bought from the Chondritic Sound-store.
I haven’t really been covering Kontravoid a whole lot, with one exception. But what I have been covering has been Tännhauser Gate. Now they’ve outdone themselves when it comes to remixing, as they’ve just now remixed “Impurities“, a stand-alone single that as of yesterday, have been remixed by Equitant, Alixander III, VLsonn and Tarantula X. Also featuring a remastered version of the track itself. It seems like Pretty Pretty Records from California have had their hand in making it happen, too. Anyway, the reason that I’m writing this is because Len from Tännhauser Gate e-mailed me about it, and I must say that when I pick and choose from those remixes – I always fall back to Tännhauser Gate. They squashed in their signature into it, and even though it sounds alike, their more down-tempo take of the track is unabashedly my favorite. When it comes to the actual track itself, the techno-vibes along with the aggressive EBM under- (and overtones) – make me head back to the original source all the time, that is – when I’m not listening to the Tännhauser remix. I actually have no idea what will happen to this single, more than the fact that you can buy it from Kontravoid himself and Pretty Pretty Records. However, this is probably one of the more interesting remix-albums since Three Winters released theirs earlier this year. The album art for this release is courtesy of Ryan Paterson. Buy it digitally by name-your-price and put in something extra there, or buy on iTunes for the ridiculously low price of 0.99 dollars.
The newly emerged label FERRO is specializing as a tape-label for techno releases. They’re currently in the process of managing their first release, which will come out on the 23rd of January. As they clearly state in their own manifesto, their releases will be limited to exclusive copies and digital downloads, making them as personal as possible. With that said, their first release will be a compilation of great deep techno tracks, which feature the following artists: After Disco, Centrist State, Mount Wishmore Unlimited, Zzzzra, Basic Noise and San Jolér. The release will go under the title of: “Various – Ferro #00“.
If you need a punk doses that will last for a while, you should encourage yourself to listen to some Catholic Spit. First track “I’m Your God Now” really opens the floodgates from the more punk-oriented sound, so it can diminish itself within the realms of death-rock. Even though the sound-scape is pretty much lo-fi, the sound is excellent and extraordinary when it comes to the combination of those two genres. A really interesting listening, and I love the little touch on the crash-cymbal which you can hear throughout the song. Enjoyable death-rock riffs guides me throughout a wicked landscape of the most nocturnal and non-sacred things known for me yet. They really bring together the traditional sound of death-rock and manage to make it feel even more punkier than it usually is. Deathrock that I listen to tend to be more on the rock-oriented scale of things, which brings me back to the fact that they have some qualities that could be compared to 45 Grave, with a hint of Gothic Girls on the edges. They’ve channeled the quirky but quintessentially weird formula that the last-mentioned band really has when it comes to the sound-scape. It’s nice to see the grasp around the roots, but at the same time feeding and buffing it up with some nice punk.
In the next track “Die Alone“, they get to the point quicker than in the first song. With a baseline like that, it feels like I’m completely entrenched with the darkness it spills out. The thoughtful but outdrawn intro forces the sound-scape into a quick fury of punk goodness. Whereas the drums stumble upon themselves and release all the anger in the world. But it also feels like they’ve managed to contrast the sound-scape a little bit better, when they don’t blend the punk-oriented stuff with the more pushy deathrock. I don’t know if the quality of this release is supposed to be lo-fi, but if it is, there’s a charming side to it too. It sounds way more underground than it probably would’ve if it had been a little bit more polished. Also, the grand finale and outro is one of the best things I’ve heard for a while. This band has got a lot of potential, and it’s not really going to waste. Hopefully another release from them will come my way and I’m hoping that it will land in my hands so I get to have a peek on it too. Certainly one of the albums you should buy if you have the money for it, pretty cheap for such a great release.
You can buy it over at their bandcamp which is over here or listen to it below and make up your mind.
Dalaplan är ett band som sedan en tid tillbaka frälst både journalister och icke-journalister likaså. Med en stor och svängig repertoar, energiska liveframträdande och främst av allt: en passion för musiken, så har de lyckats ta sig framåt. Hittills har de släppt tre EP:s som enligt kronologisk ordning går precis som såhär: Dalaplan EP (2010), Feber (2011) och Trillar I (2012). Med andra ord så har deras musik fått sitt genomslag och fortsätter att slå igenom lika stort, som en stor jävla slägga mot en gipsvägg. Så i rockens tecken har jag därför tänkt mig att bli lite vild och galen, eller nej, kanske inte just det. Jag tänkte att jag skulle visa er en annan dimension av Dalaplan, något som egentligen inte kommer att finnas till förrän den 10:e Oktober. Ni gissade rätt, de släpper nämligen en sjua med två låtar på, och den uppkommande plattan heter: Ta mig när jag faller.
Därför delar jag och Gaphals med oss av denna skattkista som är sprungen ur Malmö. Låten som streamas här går under samma namn som släppet, nämligen Ta mig när jag faller. Plattan går att förhandsboka här.