Lyssna: Mörketid – Mörketid

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Som vanligt så damp det ner ett mail som intresserade mig lite mer än de jag sållar bort. En medlem i ett band som är baserat i nordvästra Skåne, närmre bestämt Båstad, skickade detta mail. Mörketid är namnet på bandet och det består utav fyra musketörer, vars huvudinfluenser ligger mittemellan Kent och Motörhead. Med andra ord, en rätt så bisarr blandning. Utöver detta så lirar de någon märklig blandning utav post-rock, melodisk rock, blues rock och lite till. Men det är just denna blandning som gör dem aningens mer intressanta, eftersom att det känns väldigt annorlunda. Inte annorlunda på ett dåligt sätt, utan annorlunda på ett bra sätt. Den 13:e Februari så släppte de sin första demo, som inkluderar en hel radda med låtar, vilket är rätt ovanligt när det kommer till demos. Denna sällsamma blandning har visat sig vara väldigt lyckosam, eftersom att deras sound drar med en när det kommer till rytmen, till atmosfären men även till själva energin som ligger och darrar i luften. De melankoliska gitarriffen river genom ljudlandskapet på ett mycket makabert, men ack så känslosamt, sätt.

Därför så bestämde jag mig för att höra deras vädjan, och kommer därför att lägga upp deras självbetitlade demo så att ni får lyssna till den. Låtarna som finns på denna demo är, i följande ordning: “Du Skriver På Samma Sätt I Mina Drömmar“, “Iris Av Kastanj“, “The Hospital Opposite“, “Svartvit“, “Månen Part I“, “Månen Part II“, “Alaska” och “Mörketid Blues / Se Mig“. Så lyssna till denna ljuvliga blandning av allt som ni håller kärt, ni post-rockare, bluesentusiaster och de av er som fortfarande håller lågan klar för den melodiska rocken. För detta är nog något som intresserar er, men även de som inte egentligen är särskilt intresserade av dessa genrer till att börja med. Det enda undantaget är väl själva vokalisten, men det är lätt hänt då de endast är i demostadiet just nu. Allt annat sitter på sin plats. Lyssna här nedanför och köp deras CDr om ni skulle tycka om det så mycket, så att ni känner att det är värt att stödja.

Spotlight: Various Artists – W A V E C O R E 2!

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This is a compilation released last year that I meant to cover, but never had the time to cover. W A V E C O R E is essentially a compilation that features artists and groups that have any connection with the label releasing it, namely Anywave, or artists and groups of their liking. It’s a compilation that last year on the seventeenth of December got released in its second edition. The first edition of this compilation was released earlier that year, but I simply scrolled by it and didn’t mention it at all – which is a shame, really. Both compilations feature artists and groups from far and away, all the way from Mexico to Kiev, from Montreal to Poland. Essentially, they haven’t really gotten that much in common, except the fact that they each represent a genre that is virtually unrepresented in the mainstream. Such genres as cold wave, “post wave”, minimal electronics, and the like – have rarely (if ever) struck a chord with the mainstream. Much can be said about that, but most of it is also only represented by alternatives – if they’re trendy, or fit the construed mold of the month.

Anyway, less blabbering about what’s bound to happen, and more about what isn’t. There are a lot of artists and groups on this compilation that I didn’t even know existed, before. Like for example Défecit Budgétaire, Amalaise, Минск, Supahmoonmoon and Jari Pitkänen. The others, I know a bit about, or know a little more then that. Brusque Twins were one of my more obvious finds last year. Whilst I only know a little bit about Psychic Hearts, L’Avenir, Blablarism, Prairie, Jaqueline Sauvage, Kindest Cuts, Mareux, How To Disappear Completely and Seventeen At This Time. All these artists and groups are featured on this compilation, which is seventeen tracks long, spanning on a time that clocks in at roughly seventy minutes. The wonderfully constructed artwork was created by Myriam Barchetat, printed by Atelier OASP, songs were carefully selected by Half Summer – and the whole she-bang was mastered at Anywave Studio – which is basically their own studio.

So, what can be found here? Anything that would interest you if you’re into more obscure music. Everything from post-punk with harsher electronica, to minimal electronics throwing a hizzy fit, together with the most weird and out-there ambient you can find. But that’s not all, as you’ll stumble upon some concrete synth-pop, magical future-pop and utterly brilliant experimental electronics. Well, this is obviously not everything that can be depicted, but it’s a taste of what you can hear there. If you want to buy this compilation, it comes in various forms. A limited DIY digipack for 12 dollars, both compilations digitally for 20 dollars, both compilations physically on CD – together with “Onlooker” by Avgvst, for 25 dollars. Also, the compilation itself can be bought digitally for 7 dollars. So you make up your mind, but listen to and stream it down below – it will be well worth it if you tune in.

Intervju och mixtape med Johan G. Winther!

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Johan G. Winther är någon som många känner till, men som många egentligen inte känner till. Han är en slags doldis, men finns egentligen överallt. Denne man står bakom projekt såsom solo-projektet Tsukimono, men har varit eller är, delaktig i grupper vid namn Blessings, Scraps Of Tape, Heathers/Hollows – och många fler som ni förmodligen kommer att ha tagit reda namnet på, vid det här laget. I samband med sitt musicerande, så skapar han även konstverk, oftast sketcher. Som han antingen säljer eller låter vara omslag på något av sina släpp. Omloppsbanan inom musiken började med projektet Mnoki, innan år 2001. Men även innan dess, så hade han gett sig fan på att lära sig använda instrument. För inte så länge sedan var han aktuell under sitt förstnämnda namn, nämligen Johan G. Winther, och fortsätter att vara det – då han den 15:e Maj kommer att släppa albumet “The Rupturing Sowle” på Zeon Light Kassett. Förutom detta så släpper han kontinuerligt material under sina olika alias, men även inom de grupper som han är verksam i tillsammans med andra musiker. Resan verkar aldrig ha ett slut, och nu kommer även ni att få åka på samma resa. Invisible Guy har haft äran att få intervjua Johan G. Winther, vilket i slutändan blev en väldigt lång intervju. Där vi gick in på rötterna, men även skrapade på ytan, för att få en helhetsbild över vem han är och vad han egentligen gör, samt vad detta innebär för honom. Utöver det, så har Invisible Guy komponerat ett mixtape, där ni kommer få höra äldre låtar, osläppta låtar – men även kommande och precis släppta låtar. Nu har ni hört nog, så jag föreslår att ni börjar läsa istället.

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Spotlight: Érica – To Believe

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Sequestered among wonderful tones and harmony, within a whizzing but delicate landscape of motion and sound – we find Érica and her newly released album “To Believe“. This mend of singer-songwriter going solo, together with the psychedelic hints of her earlier constellations, she combines the unfaithful rhythms of minimalism. Cutting, breaking and flanged into pieces of materialized drips upon your eardrums. When popular music concedes with the impopular, a harbinger of totality is brought upon the mood, spirit and soul – freely embracing itself in a wonderful manner. It’s just as sincere at is can get, with her powerful voice that strikes a resemblance in my nostalgic nerves. The wonderful lyrics are nothing short of genius, maybe not in originality – but in the sense that they are in symbiosis with the music. Released by the Brazilian label MAWW Records on the 11th of April.

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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Rocklight: Pilgrimage – EP

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Sweet, sensational melodies that touch your nerves and proceeds to you grant an emotional reaction. The perfection of math rock, rock’n’roll, psychedelic rock, post-hardcore and good old experimentalist post-rock. Interestingly enough, they’ve worked on this EP for a mere four months and are now finished. Working hard pays off, or so it seems. If you grab a hold of my hand, let me take you into the world of Pilgrimage. Where the melodies are central to the word of mouth that’s coming out. Instrumentally indulgent to a degree, fierce and with a talkative notion of riffs that are spaced out. Born like a wildflower, stepped on like a rock, plucked out of the lot as a bright example. Pilgrimage is Matt DeOliviera, Charlie Reese, Jeremy Cranmore and Clint Wooley. They’re from Lakeland, Florida and they do this all by themselves. Or yeah, they got a little help Johnson Sound & That’s That Fire, Inc. and Marcus McCants. But anyway – support D.I.Y, spread the message and listen to their first EP down below.

Slowday Showcase [#7.4]: Ravagers and Cabaal!

3992213213-1Yes, it’s a damn slow day, so it’s time for another Showcase. We’re entering familiar realms as we’re heading into known territory. The band Ravagers consists of four members from Baltimore, Maryland and they’ve currently been helped to release a 12¨ of their self-titled album “Livin In Oblivion“. There is something special about this band, because they put some of those melodic punk bands to shame. It goes a long time before you find something like this and it’s how melodic punk, with thrash-influences should be conducted. Not that there’s a perfect form in which you mold a band, but they combine the best out of the three worlds they have each of their foot in. Reminding me a lot of the Hex Dispensers, even though they play in different divisions. Sing-along punk have never been as acute and astute as this. There’s a certain degree in which you’ll be slinging your fist and prancing around the streets of destructiveness. What I think about is the inherently melodic core of this band, which delivers everything from sick riffs to a certain emotional effect on your own brain. Sometimes you just have to bring it back, with new intentions and a visionary approach to the same mixture of what makes different genres great. It’s snotty, rebellious and they’re living on the edge. Actually, at times, remind me of some of the older Tony Hawk games which I used to play. There, I first heard the song “Amoeba“, which might or might not constitute an influence on these boys. I feel like this is the way Americana should be, or at least they show me something better from that realm of the world. A little bit polished, but still gritty, showing their teeth on some subjects that could be a little bit predictable, but the predictability is nothing compared to their tempo-changes, with wild riffs and a total mind-blowing etiquette. It seems like they’ve pinpointed the quality, not quantity stance that is sorely lacking in much of today’s music. Featuring tracks ranging from “Cold Heat” to “Suicide Bomber“, being released someday in May, on the equally as great label (featured earlier) Cricket Cemetery.

1335723525-1Since I like to have completely contrasting music, fighting over space in Showcase, I decided to include a totally different musician. The artist who goes by the name of Cabaal from Ottowa, have released his latest album to date, namely “Liminality“, which is a metamorphosis of different electronica. Even though the borderline witch house cacophony makes me go astray, the huge landscape featuring everything from (almost) D’n’B-esque sounds to a completely different approach of IDM, make me feel at home again. It’s as if the more modernistic and minimalist elements of that particular genre suddenly started to incorporate themselves, emulating everything that can be considered to be bad in that genre, but instead latching on to the greater elements of the landscape – purveying a sound in between the cacophonous, the enlightened and the brutally obscene. Well, it might not be “obscene” in the words correct meaning, but I hope you catch my drift. At times it feels like I’m climbing the highest mountain, just to fall down into oblivion once again. It also reminds me a lot of the more J-pop oriented stuff that I’ve heard, with overtly (almost obnoxious) electronica that is well-produced and smashes into your own world, without leaving you anything. The deep baselines force you into a dwelling condition, where you don’t know if you’re inside out or if you’re inside in. Probably one of the more fascinating releases that have been offered so far, this year. Everything serves its purpose and the psychedelia is overwhelmingly good. So, have a little tanz by yourself and recognize the ingeniousness. Or fall down from the steep mountain before you ever reach the top of the sphere, failing to collect your rewarded enthusiasm. Because this is going to be in a world of goodies and grace, despise and maybe also a little bit underlying hate. Featuring tracks ranging from “Glass Halo” to “Sun Prism“, self-released in the D.I.Y-fashion, on the 23rd of February.

Slowday Showcase [#7.2]: M Janet Mars and Human Shield!

2125351867-1This is the first time I’ve included classical music. In a sense, it’s not only classical music, but something different. Anyway, the man behind this project is M Janet Mars from Santiago, Chile. His Wagnerian influences and minimalist versus maximal approach, he’s versatile in what he does. He released a new album titled “Janet Jouissance” today, on the 23rd of February. I might say that I’ve listened to classical and even neo-classical at best, but I’ve never delved deeper into those particular spheres, with the exception being the last mentioned. Here we have calm strokes, here we have a sculpture of your heart. Everything is containable, reachable and even unmissable. With each of the instruments doing what they do best, in their different departments, meeting in the middle. It feels like I’m at the Opera again, having a blast and watching something heartening. Even though I’ve critiqued shows in the past, the music have never struck me as this does. Meet the tradition and the progression of scales, prancing around, holding each others hand. Like an elegant ballet, or a folk-inspired dance, it doesn’t matter. Mighty sounds are coming from the depths, carefully arranged to strike every note of your heart as you bleed out in mercy. Butterflies are coming through your body, you’re finally at peace with the music and the transcendental nature of it is simply astonishing. Also, the tone alone in some of the songs, suggest a jazzy experience that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Compromised by its elements, not roaming free, but instilling a classical feeling deep within your own soul. Currently, one of the more intriguing releases I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. I know that I say that about a lot of stuff, but this shook my ground in the right moment. There’s also something for everyone here, you can pluck out anything to your heart’s desire. Come forth, ye bold and brave, don’t stay alone and don’t walk astray. Everything will be put at your heart, together with the shy and the naive, breaking barriers in between. A little poetry cannot hurt, because it is developed within the realms of the magnificent M Janet Mars! Featuring tracks from “This is the Haunt” to “Dawn of the Haunt“. This was released on the non-profit label Mesmerize Savant.

4024917429-1Alright, it’s time for some brutality. For those of you who don’t know, Human Shield consists of ex-The Aftermath, Coke Bust, Sick Fix and current State Violence/Dealbreaker members. Well, that’s a hard line-up right there that you’d have trouble overcoming. Currently, they’ve released their first “DEMO 7¨“, which will be the particular release that I’ll be covering. At times it sounds like scandicore, but it’s got some of that interesting power violence touch among itself which makes the unbearable even more unbearable. Gritty, powerful, extreme – to the absolute core with shredding great accuracy. The vocals are an absolute horror to even encounter, which is meant in a good way, because it sounds even more brutal than much of the stuff that can be found in even more “extreme” genres, how one even could counter the extreme power violence etiquette, is the next question. One of the greater things about the vocals is that he reaches so deep and has a broad spectrum of total annihilation, which is bestowed upon us listeners. It also sounds great even though it’s down below in the mud and in the filth, which is a great thing when it comes to demos, because I’ve never been a fan of screechy and unsustainable tapes/vinyls. You can actually listen to this and keep your head intact, but it’s some of the most brutal stuff I’ve heard from that part of the world. D.C. seems to know where it is at and they do it with such a great vigor that I already convinced myself to buy a copy of this. What more can be said, really? I don’t like to go on for ages, but this is something you definitely should check out. Even though Showcase is something you should check out all-in-all, this is absolutely something I can recommend from the bottom of my murky heart. Featuring tracks from “” to “Let it Burn“. This has been released on the awesome label Cricket Cemetery.

Showcase: BOY, Diät, Minus!

1007920612-1Militaristic outfits, concrete hardcore and furiously ripping. That’s what BOY is about. As these Czech masterminds control the war-zone, they also deliver a catchy moment 22 right in your face. You don’t know what hit you, but you like it anyway. I suggest that you check out the songs they have on their 7¨ “I’m Weird” that was released today on the 9th of February. I would recommend the whole record, it sounds polished but still behaves in a gritty manner. Every song is pretty much phenomenal and contain those feelings you’d want to get from a band like this, playing in a genre filled to the brink with emotions. As you move on through, you just want more and more. The songs featured on this release is “Anti-social“, “I’m weird” and “Insane worlds“. Everything you hear and see is totally D.I.Y.

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There’s currently one song out, which doesn’t tell you everything about the motives. But the band Diät deliver what you post-punkers have waited for a decade to hear once more. A smoothly outlined but dirty post-punk, power violence and everything-in-between mix of genres. The overlapping sound tends to fend itself of the post-punk marker, but drags it along the lines together with a new-wave sound. Don’t underestimate them, because the melancholic atmosphere and vibrant melodic sound-scape will drag you down with it. As there’s only one song out, by the name of “Everyday“, you’ll have to wait a little bit more before you get the whole deal. Featured on their upcoming album “Positive Energy“, being released on the ungodly label Iron Lung Records sometime this year.

3380082928-1With both arrhythmic and rhythmic, this Sydney-outfit called Minus delivers a shockingly broad landscape of decaying sound and bubbling noises. The album might not be fully completed, as he states himself, but it surely brings a whole other level to the music at hand. Some instrumentalist vibes here, some quirky electronics there, and a totally darkened quest for musicality as an embodiment of his own philosophy and experience. Featuring ten tracks of well-produced goodness which takes you from nowhere to everywhere, with seconds in between the arrangements. Also influenced by horror scores and trip-hop, so you’ll have to grasp the whole idea and its widespread claws that grabs a hold of you and gives you the varied potency of a lethal mixture. Songs range from “Relapse” to “The 13th Conjunction“. It’s also totally D.I.Y.

Promo: Sans – Inte ens natten

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Det någorlunda nysammansätta shoegaze-bandet SANS har en platta vid namn “Inte Ens Natten“. Den släpptes förra året i November och är enligt andra bloggar rätt bra. Trots att det är mycket mer åt dreampop-hållet så innehåller den en kavalkad av känslornas olika kulörer. Föreställ dig att du är havet och att vågorna är ett resultat av din rörelse, som vid olika tillfällen är mer energisk och vid andra; mer tillrättalagd. Den underliggande känslan är dock som av klassisk alternativ rock som till exempel Kent, vilket Sverige sett till att vara en av våra starkare exporter. Lämna pretentionerna hemma och tanka hem den om ni skulle ha vägarna förbi.