Listen: Franck Kartell – Afterlife

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The no-bullshit and straight-forward, ambivalent atmospheric, electro connoisseur, Franck Kartell, recently had his first album “Afterlife” released by Bass Agenda Recordings. Having released numerous EP’s and a myriad of tracks since 2005, he’s finally covered here on Invisible Guy. Frankly, we don’t know that much about Franck as such, but were tempted to let you listen to it throughout this medium – after stumbling upon him and his latest release just now. The album is jam-packed with the most sincere atmospheres, something you’d rarely (if ever) find in the realms of electro. His grandiose structures of passionate electro strikes you down, when up-letting a darker tone to be soaring through each song. Consolidating the brutality of what you’d be seeing from such acts as AS-1, with a little more psychedelic arrogance that he tampers with and evolve into humongous, almost ambient, atmospheres. He has you wandering through industrial wastelands, and through mysterious tunnels. Everything and nothing can be found within the differentiating sound-scapes, but the melodies are complex and have a lot of thought behind them. This is not your run-at-the-mill electro, this is well-thought out and cybernetic electro, that packs an uncompromising punch to the gut when it wants to – but would rather leave you disillusioned and frightened. More can be said about it, but I will leave it at that, so I can let you (as the listener) make up your own mind. Buy the limited edition CD for £7 from Bass Agenda Recordings, listen and stream the release down below – in full.

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Featured Premieres: Illuminoscillate / Abre Ojos!

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Secrets Of Giza is an independent label based out of Santa Barbara, California. They have a small roster, but seem to be very dedicated to what they see as their mission; which is to help the artist be an artist, without the administrative “bullshit” that comes with it. Which helps the artists do what they do best, which is to create music and slowly develop it into what can be called art. Anyway, I was in touch with one of the label-heads of this particular label and we decided that we’d be better off with a double-premiere. Two artists from his roster, namely Illuminoscillate and Abre Ojos, have released their albums not too long ago on Secrets Of Giza. Mind you, you’re in for a treat when it comes to this, if you’re interested in dark ambient, drone, industrial – or anything that could even remotely be considered to be dark. Both artists have a history of releasing albums, so they’ve settled down into what could be their niche. Or have they? Anyway, Illuminoscillate has released “Uniform Wall“, which is the second newest addition to the label. Abre Ojos is the newest addition, an album which have been titled  as “Gates“. As I say new, I’m speaking of those two albums in relation to each other. When it comes to these particular songs, which I’m going to premiere here on this blog-zine, they’re eerie but different. The first premiere which I am going to share with you is from Illuminoscillate, as he delves deeper into the brain-thrusting motions that deliver buzzing saws that will crack your skulls open. It will bleed you out, sonically.

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The trackLate November” is all about the icy and dampened coldness that can be called harsh noise, mixed with dark ambient. A colossus doesn’t fall far from the earth as such, when the deliverance is stomping upon your civilization with all its glorious weight. Every bit of this track is about as torturous as its beginning, which is a numbing experience – from the core of the characteristics that Illuminoscillate already patented, but within the realms of dark ambient. It will be to your big dismay as your eardrums are being drilled into with such mercilessness, that you may well not endure it. Really, really harsh jolts of checkered beats, industrial rhythmic and general arrhythmic noisiness, will destroy you. Abre Ojos, on the other hand, enters with his track “Light On Our Foreheads“. There are such contrasts between these two tracks, as he introduces us to a more eerie and illusive musical landscape. We really needed to get away from the harshness for a bit, which is why these two tracks might’ve been handed over. Hear the monumental sighs of the titans that dwell below us. Fear not, because their rage is instilled and they’re our captives. But for how long? Abre Ojos really deliver the needle in a haystack when it comes to precision. It would feel impossible, it might well be impossible – but when he takes over, there are many barriers he’s crossing at the same time. Hear these pounding drums as they sound closer, as they move closer. You should fear, because it’s an impending doom. Better hide yourself, because they’re coming to take over once again. Moving from claustrophobic to a marvelous open landscape of fruitfulness. It might become a little bit stingy, but is in no way as harsh as the track before it. Listen to it with joyous feelings, stream it as you like, because these are the mastered versions directly from the CD’s. “Uniform Wall” came out on the 6th of August and “Gates” was released on the 20th of August. Support the label Secrets Of Giza, buy both these (or one) physical album in the store. Where you can also buy it digitally, if you want.

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