V/A – A Somatic Response

The Cover!

The aesthetic beauty of the front cover is absolutely astonishing. A hint of minimalism, overload of darkness and a subtle ambition. With a synthesizer brain, you can’t go insane. Also, the geometrically aligned dots with numbers make an excellent expression, as if this is a calculated (which it is) release with lots of things to offer. The ambiguity of it is perfectly fitting with the black, white and gray layering. As if you’re storming into something you haven’t seen before, revealing details of a flawless manufacturing with multidimensional influence.

Which at large can become a little bit too detailed, but it makes for the interesting contrast of the backside featuring a small Beläten symbol with roman letters contra a computerized URL. So, in case you’d wonder about it, you won’t really escape the pin-pointed detail and cleanliness of it. But I really like the multifaceted approach of keeping the cover tidy and minimalistic, but at the same time experiment with immense detail. Nothing hits the spot more than some scientist trying to squeeze some synthesizer knob, and at the same time being branded as “nr. 1“. Apparently the brains synthesizer seems to be labeled in German, making it sound even more underground. What number 3, 4 and 5 are references to seems pretty unsolvable. But the a, b and c seem to be in the geometrically correct position.

The aesthetics become a reminder of experimental electronic covers, and since this release comes in tape-shape, it makes it even better. Since the resemblance of older tape-released experimental electronica comes to mind, with grinding gear and industrial feeling. You can actually see the depicted character on the front push a button, in which the line of sight and geometrical line goes in total symbiosis with it. Like a well-oiled machinery, or a symbol of man and machine – e.g. a cyborg. Also, when opening up the folded cover, it discovers the secret passages of “E” and “F” on what seems to be disco-lights. Excellent.

Continue reading

Streaming: A Somatic Response

Invisible Guy have gotten the honor to stream: A Somatic Response — A mixtape curated by Soma Sema. A 50 minute long mixtape featuring the best from the world of Beläten.

It will be available for purchase on their Bandcamp the 4th of June limited to 200 copies.

Beläten are proud to present »A Somatic Response«. A 50 minute mixtape of of cold synthetic pop, troubled industrial funk and dada rants selected by Swedish/American synth pop duo Soma Sema. The tape features exclusive songs from Blitzkrieg Baby, Television Set, Vita Noctis, Club Amour, Nimam Spregleda, Makina Girgir, Kord, Estroboscorpio, Lust For Youth, Goz Mongo Alliance, Xiu & Soma Sema.

»A Somatic Response« is the first in an ongoing, irregular series of artist curated compilations on Beläten. The twofold idea behind this series is, on the one hand, to see what inspires artists who inspire us, and on the other, to avoid becoming predictable and to challenge our own preconceptions of what constitutes great music.

Check out Beläten over here: