Exclusive Premiere: Yves Malone – Through His Grace’s Burned Flats / Standing On The Ruins!

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The busiest of them all seem to be the label Field Hymns from America, whom have been keen on releasing a booklet with a very special artist. This artist is Yves Malone – the creator of music for himself and to soundtracks for 1980′s independent movies – like Abysscoteque, The ECHO People and Zenith City. A common theme is the 1980′s but also the fact that every movie that he’s created his own music for, perpetuating a soundtrack of his own, are horror movies from this time period. Those kind of horror flicks that you wouldn’t know anything about unless you stumbled upon his creations, or if you were in any way involved in doing them in the 1980′s in America. Well, that might be stepping over the line a little bit, connoisseurs might have their thing and know it – but I sure as hell didn’t until I listened through his albums. These three releases are all a part of the booklet that Field Hymns are organizing to be put out for release, in honor of the already released albums which he put out himself in December of 2012. I’m here exclusively premiering two tracks from each album, but first you’ll get a description of what I think about them. Here you get FH044, FH045 and FH046. Now it’s time for FH046, which is “Zenith City“!

FH046Zenith City. Here’s where you go to cool off all that cyborg steam. The difference between Zenith City and the other albums might be miniscule at a first listen, since they have a lot in common. The difference here is that this album utilizes more of the chillwave which is residing in the genre of choice; synthwave. A calmer yet more urgent stream of different feelings are catching on. Everything from the mournfulness you feel when the synthesizers hit that sweet melody, or when you feel a sense of camaraderie when the urgency in the sound is topped up a notch. It feels like déja vu, because I’m sure that I’ve heard this somewhere before. Even though Yves Malone seem to have set the record straight before with his complexity, this is where it reaches its peak. These concentrated rhythms that softly breaks out the melody is simply flabbergasting. He’s also not afraid to show the roughness which he can channel into the sound at any given point, which is virtually unheard of in the starting and the middle parts of this album. It begins to break down into some kind of hard industrialized sound which meets the synthwave half-way. Let’s meet at the crescendo. As the beat gets harder and harder, the magnificence in the landscape of sound is noticeable – as it is crushingly apparent in the undertones of the latter part of this album – because it’s coming for you. Yves did an amazing job when it comes to the atmospheres of some of the tracks, when nothing much is happening, until you realize how you pick out the clues in the atmosphere as a whole. There’s a whole lot going on subliminally, with dampened synthesizers that glimmer for a short period of time, just to fade out into the sound-scape. Morphing into a whole different sound which takes its place and keeps the track relevant and energetic for the whole run. It’s a soundtrack that I would’ve loved to have for a film that I will not be making any time soon. But I know who to get in touch with if I want an all-round amazing electronic soundtrack to an independent film, a horror flick or a slasher. Unfortunately to say, this is the last album that I have been reviewing in short for you to read. It’s saddening to see that it has come to an end, because I was awaiting a couple of more albums, even though I knew it was a trio in a coming booklet. This is probably music I want to listen to whenever I want to relax, even though some of it give a sense of stress-induced, energetic flagellation. I feel like there’s a lot of intelligence that had to go into these projects, these albums as a whole, because even though it’s not IDM – there’s a certain kind of craftsmanship that takes a lot of intelligence to pull off. Intelligent synthwave is coming your way and it will be here soon, as a soundtrack for virtually anything sci-fi, horror or the likes of it. Stream two exclusive tracks from this release, namely “Through His Grace’s Burned Flats” and “Standing On The Ruins“. The booklet, three limited edition cassettes, will be released by Field Hymns in June.

Invisible Guy and Beläten presents: Strife and Fight – an Invisible Guy mixtape!

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Visions and Light, Shadow Rite and now – Strife and Fight. These three names have something in common, and that is the fact that they’re a part of the same mix tape-series. Beläten and Invisible Guy go way back. They’ve worked with each other for a number of years by now, delivering something extra for the readership of this blog-zine each time. Years have gone, and this is one of the few things that really remain. Last time, when “Shadow Rite” got introduced, the mixtape was mixed by Th. Thot of Beläten, himself. It got received very well with everyone, and everyone else. This time, Invisible Guy himself steps up to the plate to show that he can mix, too. Well, since it’s only a mixtape and not a mix, you might get the picture. The difference about this mixtape, from the last, is the fact that everything you’ll hear here constitutes the six recent releases on Beläten and nothing else. That means that every release from 2014 so far, have been jam-packed into this mixtape. You’ll get familiar with Grand Mal x, Dmitry Distant and Distel – from the first tape-batch – and Blitzkrieg Baby, Sebastian Melmoth and L’Avenir – from the latest. The name for this mixtape will be “Strife and Fight“, because I’ve strafed and fought my way when doing this mixtape. Pick up your strength, fire off a right-hook right into solar plexus, because now you’re a fighter. Fight your way through and make yourself a name. Throughout militant martial pop, pseudo-something with a large dose of psychedelia, clamoring electro with a hard-hitting hammer to a beat, weirdly X-files related synthesizer delight, angst-pop in its finest manifestation, and finally – melodious and angelic synth-pop.

This is not from Sweden with love, nor are we in Bromley, if you catch my drift. This is from Sweden with pure hate, from Sweden whose dark forces assemble once again. We’re ready for a fight and we’re willing to take it, we’re ready to strike. If you’re weak, this is not the recommended remedy for you. Since this is a rather harsh mix-tape, this is rather a remedy for all those passive souls that reside within Sweden. Yes, you know who you are and you might find this serum useful. Find yourself in this Fight Club-esque hommage from Beläten and Invisible Guy, strictly put together by Invisible Guy himself. You know that we mean business when this happens, because he rarely, if ever – touches it and brews himself. Now it’s brewing over and you’ll have to endure it with your strengthened skin. Take a jab at me, but before that, start this mix-tape by hitting the “play”-button. You will live through it.

Strife and Fight – this is the end of the line. Invisible Guy hasn’t gotten to mix these former mix-tapes that took the name of “Visions and Light“, to begin with, and “Shadow Rite“, to end with. He’s since then taken the torchbearers’ torch and lit the flame himself. Th. Thot is no longer in charge, he only deliver the supplies. This time, we’re getting down to business for real, and we’re giving you strictly Beläten-related material. Invisible Guy has mixed in Distel with L’Avenir, Blitzkrieg Baby with Dmitry Distant, Grand Mal x with Sebastian Melmoth. We’re meaning it with “Strife and Fight“, your guide to manliness – and your guide to catching the drift – with a right-hook right to your solar plexus. This is war. Buy your discount bundle of the three latest releases here, from Beläten. Or buy them individually over here.

Strife and Fight – An Invisible Guy Mixtape

1. Sebastian Melmoth – Catching Up With Morrison
2. L’Avenir – Fallout
3. Blitzkrieg Baby – Broken Child
4. Dmitry Distant – Gates Of Aeon
5. Grand Mal x – The Crossing
6. Distel – Onde
7. Blitzkrieg Baby – The Swine Supremacy
8. Sebastian Melmoth – Black September
9. Dmitry Distant – One Night In Train
10. Grand Mal x – A Sudden Portal
11. Distel – Plants
12. L’Avenir – An Empty Day
13. Blitzkrieg Baby – Those Who Could Not Fuck, They Kill
14. Sebastian Melmoth – Presley Honey
15. Grand Mal x – Late Night Call
16. Dmitry Distant – System Control (The Exaltics Remix)
17. Distel – Vortex
18. Blitzkrieg Baby – Loop
19. Sebastian Melmoth – Prosopagnosia (The Rlf Mix)
20. L’Avenir – Fallout

Interview with Kriss from Notes and Bolts!

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Notes and Bolts is a relatively new independent label in the Chicago area, started in January of 2012. When it comes to the label itself, they’ve got a unique feature. They put out music that is and comes from Chicago, they don’t release anything else. Compromised of a few pretty anonymous people, they’ve also started up a podcast-series for the label itself. Accordingly, they like the “weird“, “spectacular” and “bizarre“. When it comes to the label, they say they’re 67% D.I.Y. and 100% independent. Since I stumbled upon them by accident, I decided to interview one of the label-heads, and his name is Kriss. I asked him about the origin of the label, why they’re only 67% D.I.Y., what goes on behind the scene and many more things that you’ll simply have to read and digest.

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