Swedish Premiere: Young Hare – Unbreak My Heart

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We’re honored to be a part of the Altin Village & Mine releases once again, in the form of premiering something from their roster. Once again, we’re into the rather popular formula of mixing rhythm’n’blues with more appropriate genres. As set in motion here on Invisible Guy, mainly by the act Jogging House. We do not really have any fondness of rhythm’n’blues to begin with, but we’re rather acceptable of crossover attempts which involve this genre. Therefore, we when we were asked by Marcel of Altin Village & Mine to do an premiere of a duo that call themselves Young Hare, we couldn’t resist. There is a lot of things going on in their music which could be called retro, but also a sudden impact with funkiness, not overshadowing the rest of it. Since there seem to be a resurgence of indie pop that deal with other genres, rather than downright indie pop as such, the atmospheric content of what’s at hand certainly becomes something more than just that. Germany seem to be keen on using these different styles that shape themselves from ethnic music vibes, to rhythm’n’blues, to even calypso, to disco and electronica combined into a miss-mash of differences that suddenly match. The key sound to this sound itself is ironically indie pop itself, and the indie-sound, as an overlaying shell.

Young Hare is a duo from Frankfurt am Main, compromised by Marc Krause and Martin Pfanzer. Whom have earlier had their music released on Unbreakmyheart, which seem to be their own label or a friend of theirs. The material that was released there was their self-titled four-tracked, single-sided; “Young Hare“. This was back in 2011, and since then they’ve also done a split together with the Berlinian post-punk band Bodybuilding, in 2012. In 2014 they had their breakthrough on Altin Village & Mine, whom first released their EP titled “Isla Nubia EP“. Much of the music they’ve released appeal to me on a whole other level. Even though it might not be my cup of tea – there’s a certain emotion and complexity that overshadow just that. It would seem like the release I’m about to present to you might actually get them even further. So here we go, here we’ll be right now, for a moment.

I’m presenting to you a rather unorthodox release, which wouldn’t really fit in here very well with what I’ve been doing lately. You can’t really put it into those categories that I’ve been working with. So it feels like we’re rewinding to 2013, when I first stumbled upon Jogging House. That’s precisely what I feel when I listen to this, albeit the difference would be that there’s actually real vocals on this one, and not only samplings that act as a way to enhance the atmosphere. Invisible Guy gives you the exclusive premiere and streaming of “Unbreak My Heart“, which is the forthcoming album by Young Hare. I would sincerely recommend you to listen to this if you’re into indie pop, indie as such, or simply into the rhythm’n’blues crossovers that’ve been popping up these years. The album itself will be released on the 15th of March, on a co-release between Altin Village & Mine and Unbreakmyheart. Stream this release from Invisible Guy, Sweden. Scroll down and heartily enjoy. It can be bought as a LP, CD or digitally from Altin Village & Mine, and a wide-range of distributors that carry the physical releases.

Premiere: The West – It was Disco and it’s Over [Music-Video]

The West have been a band that has been featured here before, namely with their album “In Low Light“, which was and still is a great album. Now, it’s gone a lot of time, and they’ve been readying up a music-video for the song “It was Disco and it’s Over“, which seems to be a flirt with the late 70’s disco-era that ended pretty quickly. Not that weird, considering that they have a disco influence within their music. Anyway, the video for this mellowed out song was shot on location in Seattle and Bellingham, by All Mod Cons and Hand Crank Films. It was directed by Jordan Albertsen, and choreographed by Gabrielle Schutz. Below, band member Anthony Darnell shares his own thoughts related to both the video itself and other things:

We couldn’t have made it happen without the support of local dancers and all the others who donated their time, cars, and un-burnt skin to the making of this video. We’re also indebted to Everyday Music, Melrose Vinyl Market, Oddfellows, Super Mario’s, and many more businesses for lending their scenic locales to us. The West has an upcoming show at Columbia City Theatre on Sat. Aug. 10th w/ Nude Pop and Yevtushenko. In late August, we’ll be going on tour to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vegas, Phoenix, Missoula, and more.
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You can listen to their album down below, after you’ve checked out their music-video above. It can also be found online on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon. If you want more information, be sure to check out their official website.

B.S.R. [#1]: Tonight, we’ll sleep well!

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Yes, I’m afraid this is another one of those games. I love to play with words. At least when it comes to categorizing things or starting to explore new areas of both music and writing. I’ve had Harvesting and Showcase before, but it’s time to introduce, yet another one – which will be called B-S-R (Best Right Now). This implies that I’m not being selective enough, which I totally am, but I need to be even more selective this time around. With this, I’ll only include the best of the best or the créme de la créme. Or as some people say; the cream of the crop. It might be a hard task, it might not be. We’ll see how it pans out, but I’m already starting to dig the abbreviation. In today’s “session”, you’ll find the following groups of musicians: Umwelt, Disco I Mitt Hjärta, CMBN8R and Night Terror.

2226241973-1What a great blend of every different nuance in electronica you could find. Or, it might just be related to electro, breakbeat, dark wave and our companion; synth-pop. Raw, tough and rugged electro from the depths of your safe haven. That is, if you’re into ‘real’ electro. Fronting with some great vibes, which almost ‘takes you back’, even though you haven’t lived the 90’s rave-themed parties. I could imagine that this would be something that could’ve been played at one of those warehouse clubs. But with no further insight, the tastiness of the hard, but dizzy instrumentation – makes it all worthwhile. Stingy synthesizers, and a thorny assault on your mind. Ripping the flesh, dropping the whooping bass that simply throws off your own boundaries. Completely insane, in a good way, of course.

Favorite track(s): Don’t Trust Me, Mogul Project, P.O.W.

2609351793-1This is completely related! Or not, because it’s dream wave meets nu-disco – thrown back into a hazy 80’s atmosphere. Snap your fingers, settle with some cheap champagne. Rhythmically ingenious, satisfyingly pretentious at worst. Down tempo, somewhat sensual at times. The pop-oriented vibes take over the landscape of sound at times, making for what could be called a cheesy ‘hit’ from that time period, at worst. For the most part – it’s melodic, catchy and dreamy. Yes, it also contains some of that heartbreaking lyrics, contemplating why and how. Let your limb stomp to the harder beats and let your heart melt within the socket, together with the synthesized prophecy that you’ve been longing for since a decade was over, a long time ago.

Favorite track(s): Creative People and If Only.

211160994-1An astonishingly great example of how you mix ambient with an atmospheric trip. Taking the listener throughout tribal mysteries, natural phenomenons and altercations within your perception of the world – and how it might be. Fusing the appropriate elements of trip-hop, beats, experimentalism and IDM – together in a basket with atmospheric ambient. Utilizing more traditional instruments, together with a whole range of differentiated harmonies and melodies. Witnessing a total rhythmical crash-landing. Too bad that sometimes the different samplings ruin the whole feeling of the song, but that’s of a minor concern when the music at hand is talking to you – so that you can feel it deep down, all the way into your own soul. Appreciatively intelligent, unblushingly great and mystical at the same time.

Favorite track(s): Tigris and Solar Myth.

442702281-1Industrial at its finest, thinking out of the box. Experimental roots burrowing down, deep into the conscience of the amoeba that is industrial. Giving it a whole new way of orienting in the world, disorienting the listener, to the quick and hasty sounds that are emitted. Real psychedelia, in the purest form, ready to delve into your circuit – to control your body. Fearfully using the synthesizers as both a fortifying experience in itself, carefully branching into what they’d call ‘space pop’ and the likes of the electronic mind. Sinister at the core, with underlying grimness – almost cheerful in the overlaying carcass. Sometimes even noisy and brawny, as the tropospheric bolts of lightning quickly lunge out and strike you where you least expect it – continually, like (non)rhythmic noise.

Favorite track(s): Forever (extended version)

Synthlight: Musique Le Pop – Turn To Sand

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Once again, the Norwegians know where it’s at. It was a long time ago since I heard some of this more enchanting synth-pop. Musique Le Pop is the name of the group, consisting of the members Christoffer Schou, Jon Kristian Furuheim and Elisabeth Thorsen. As they put out their open but clandestine, catchy and vibrant music from the depths of their emotional hearts. Channeling the undercurrents of delightful pop, catching the drift with synthesizers and matching it with disco-vibes. Impulsiveness have never felt better, as you throw yourself into their world of joy. Another dimension that is interesting, is how they perfectly fit the indie pop in the middle of the catchy drives of arpeggio shards. Also, the sincerity of the music stands on its own pedestal. Listen to this gorgeousness below, in the shape of a single.

Premiere: Urban Homes – Centres

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Urban Homes is much more than the name entices you to believe. Besides it being the latest release on Altin Village & Mine, it’s also a hefty bag of non-electronic music meets electronic. Imagine yourself standing on a top of a mountain, hearing this piece of music. I’ll promise you that you’d be stunned. It’s music that you should listen to when you’re outside, because it’s so spacey and grandiose that you’d loose yourself to the fever of dancing in a confined space if you’d listen to it in your tiny room. It’s everything you’d always want, taking influences from Balearic pop, dub, kraut rock and disco – with many other genres not named. The rhythmic monster that forces your body to move itself is stunning in its own setting. With that said, this five-tracked release has everything in between what you’d consider to be glorious. Simply, the astonishing atmosphere of the songs are breathing in their own right, as they sweep through the landscape on a journey to please your musical tastes. Top-notch musicality, which could be said pleases everyone that hasn’t considered to have a peek into their world yet. Delve into the ocean of things, find Urban Homes and start dancing along all the way through the influence of rhythmical movement, atmospheric delight and considerable melodies. It was released on the 15th of March but is premiering here in Sweden a little bit later, because we like to keep it like that. You can buy it if you like it, over at the Altin Village & Mine shop either as a CD or LP for 10 euros.

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Thee Showcase [#8.3]: Torquem, Brou de Noix and twothirtytwo!

1572809631-1Quickly, move fast, we’re at Thee Showcase again. It’s time for another round of great music. First up this time is the band Torquem, which is composed of three guys from Paris. They’ve currently released their latest album “Ansiktet“, which means “the face” in Swedish. Well, I would know, because I am after all a Swede. Delving into their world is a happenstance that would slowly but surely evolve into something greater. The tight rhythms, the suggestive melodies and the emotionally consistent music that they’ve put on for display, blends the best of jazz-influenced intermezzos and post-rock-induced experimentalism from different ages. It feels like you’re on a trip from a time and age to another, whilst you hear the clinging saxophone speak its own language, with fluency, as the baseline drums in another part of the song and; here comes a sample. They call themselves “cinematic rock“, which is something I would agree on. There’s difference changes in the structures, as the melodies change and as every mood is being displayed throughout. This multifaceted piece of music is simply unveiling itself, with ambitious intent, to knock us down on the floor. Ambitious would be an underestimate, because every song feels like an orchestra that simply puts its mouth to it. Even though the songs might not be that long, every piece of instrumentation makes sure that the huge suspense offered, doesn’t get lost in between structures. It feels like they’re connected and you can simply sit back and relax. The sound-scape itself is grandiose, but simply doesn’t want to leave any detail out of the mix, so whoever mixed this piece of interesting music should be proud. Gradually, you’re welcomed into the world of Torquem and it’s a pretty wonderland filled with experiences, extended periods of suspense, gratitude, sorrow and a sense of belonging. Thank you so much. Songs range from “Floehm” to “Elveleiet” and it was released on the 1st of March, by themselves – I guess. If you’d ever want a CD rather than the digital experience, you can mail them about it, over here.

2428207702-1Meet your maker, or meet your raver. Or something like that. Anyway, the group Brou de Noix are from France or Japan. I don’t really know which country. However, they’ve currently released an EP or something, titled “444“. If you combine the darker elements of industrial, the atmospheric guise of ambient and the concrete sound of old-school electronica, in the wake of dance or disco – is this what you get? I don’t really know. There’s so much going on when it comes to the genres, that it’s hard to categorize. But booming beats, hard industrial noises and cars driving past you is a common denominator. Well, if you’d put the word disco beside the word industrial and threw a party within the confinements of an abandoned warehouse, this is possibly what you could get. What’s clear about it is that it’s a totally new approach to what you’d think could be electronica. Everything is at its point and peak, the trashy sound-scape waltzes around, trying to get your attention. But it’s slow enough to not be a stirrer. I must agree that my brain is in total decay now that the stereotypical formula can’t be placed. You know that I’m not formulaic, but damn, this is hard to describe. Willingly, I’d bet every penny on it being one of the most experimentalist approaches in a while, worthy of that particular word, in comparison to everything that gets it slapped upon itself. Quickly, put on a gas mask and head for the elevator, we’re going to party in an abandoned warehouse – together with Brou de Noix and their post-disco-industrial-rave-music. The three tracks featured on this release are “Ashes“, “Compost” and “Where the wild things are“, it was released on the 3rd of March and is totally D.I.Y. for what I know.

3335825678-1Since I feel good today, I had to add a third band to this list. How about some alternative rock meets classic post-punk? Yeah, I know, I saw it in your eyes that you wanted it. This is another one of those bands that compare themselves with Joy Division, which is undoubtedly a little bit true. Most of the time I ain’t too keen on them, but this is an exception. They’re from the UK and have played in bands like The Xcerts, Bleech, Native and The After Party. Not that I know any of those bands, but that doesn’t matter anyway. They’ve currently released a single for their upcoming album titled “Patriot“. Something that gets me with their music, is their sense of nostalgia and how they can mix it perfectly in between shades of silence and a hurricane of riffs that face you directly. Only thing I wouldn’t be a fan of is the snaredrum sound, because it hits me off balance each and every time. Well, it’s saved by the wonderful ranges of British dialect. His sincere words cut through butter like a hot plastic knife. Or, yeah, it feels like someone is cutting an onion in front of your eyes. Very emotional, this release, with everything topped off. I guess the most important thing is how they arrange the instrumentation, how they fit in the different overpasses and how they do it with such precise vigor. Because it’s everything that you’d need to get an emotional reaction of this scale, because I recognize myself in some of the lyrics that they put out there too. Which is a great point for a band that I haven’t known anything about in the past few days. It feels like I’ve known them for ages, by now. The riffs, the drumming and the suspense when the singer and the back-up go out in a whirl is amazing in one way or another. The only track featured is “Patriot“, which was released recently and will be available for streaming on their bandcamp until the 18th of March, then it will be available for download together with the B-side titled “Lets Go Out“.

Showcase [#2]: The West, Mark Irrlicht and Yellow Milk!

1291396452-1Oh, are you in for a treat today! The alternative rock, disco and post-punk outfit The West released their first whole album, titled “In Low Light“. With the almost over the top, anthemic, disco feeling. Even though the vocals alone might not be the best you’ve heard, the back-up provided surely makes it worthwhile. Also, the suggestiveness of the sound-scape, together with those funky rhythms make it unbearable not to spend some time moving your hiney. At times they remind me of the more successful combinations of electronic and non-electronic music, which they execute to near perfection. It’s their first album, which is also self-released, earning them even more points since the sound you’re about to get is going to blow your mind. As we support totally D.I.Y, it feels good to have one on the top. Featuring songs ranging from “It was Disco and it’s Over” to “In Low Light“.

1745664885-1I might not be a big fan of drony landscapes, but if it’s something that’s being done right, it’s Mark Irrlicht and his experimental combination of minimalism, krautrock and psychedelic electronic landscapes. With his album titled “The Beyond“. Even though the first thing that comes to mind is the Swedish label, but this man has proven himself to carry that torch along. His landscapes are whirlwinds of sounds that caress your mind, that make you flinch one time to see – what cannot be unseen. The sheer awesomeness of these songs, which are all over ten minutes, is enough for it to be showcased here. The creeping feeling that you’re getting, when something is not right, but that little something isn’t wrong either. A sense of fulfillment as you gaze upon your own shadow, walking with it through deserted landscapes. Preferably the moon, for all I know, but also the desert. This release also seems to be totally D.I.Y. Featuring songs like “Spaceman“, “Kurzschluß“, “Omega Nebula” and “Ecstacy“.

3333324428-1While I try to showcase things that are as new as possible, there’s also one or another that slips in between. This time Yellow Milk did just that and it’s amazing that his stuff is recorded by himself in a bedroom. It’s got some of the anti-music that no-wave constitutes, blending those arrhythmic topics together with more rock’n’roll then you can handle. Or, yeah, it might not be an experience in that category – but the grunge together with some rock-vibes on the more unglamorous side make up for the loss. There’s also a lot of psychedelia going on, and since I’m going to showcase two albums that he’s made, I must say that his first one titled “KITE” is more on the experimental side. It might not be as tight as it would’ve if you’d have a whole band, but there’s something vividly amazing about it anyway. If not his voice, then his utilization of the baseline and the percussion as we make it through his own world. Worth checking out is also his “second” album “Navigator Smile” which constitute more songs from what the KITE sessions. Super-duper D.I.Y., ranging from songs like “Potpurri Beak” to the title-track of the first album, namely “Kite“.