Watch: Britt Rion – Chaos & Beauty

We get many submissions, some we care more for – in this case Britt Rion and her charming music-video, alongside an even more hypnotizing song: “Chaos & Beauty“. Some of the best music undoubtedly comes from down under, in this case New Zealand, as we’ve seen and heard with Fishrider Records way back in the past of this webzine.

At the first glance you might write it off as your regular pop-oriented blasphemy, but the further in you get – she sets a mood that diverts the attention from pop, into a marvelous metamorphosis of that, singer-songwriter and indie-pop. The catchiness is the only thing lent from regular pop, but the lyrics and intonation in her music is more subliminally beautiful – so she doesn’t have to resort to making a visual interpretation that reflects the vanity of regular pop music – it is a simple video that is Grime-esque in a sense – if you’ve seen one of her videos from “Genesis“.

Her voice is stunningly beautiful as well. We have to struggle not to move out of our own bleak hearts, it is as if a dystopian scenery quickly changes into a beautiful field and a forest full of local creatures singing in the day, when the sunlight hits your eyes and you’re with someone you love.

 

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Listen: mar, Hanetration, TRBL

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Nice, unpretentious and skewed electronic music from Marta aka mar, in the shape and form of a distant feeling of being disconnected but at the same time warmth and comfort, with “who?” she conveys a sense of aesthetically fulfilled beauty in terms of music – and an uneasiness that lingers throughout – you’re always unsure and on the edge, as you’re caressed by whoever you think about right now.

Somewhat nostalgic, a big chunk of unorthodox but well-produced electronica aligned with stiff beats – and a sweet compromise together with non-electronic music. There’s sincerity to the music and not the usual poseur trapped within their confinements of wanting to be “outside the box”, and this is what separates mar from other projects that might sound like this, though being as young as she is – only 23 – makes it more impressive and you should take time out of your day, evening or night to listen to this.

You can stream her song “who?” down below, via Soundcloud. Hopefully we’ll hear more from her in the future, it would be intriguing if she accentuated her own vocals and made that a prime focus, it would enhance the overall sound and definitely pit her against the more well-versed people within experimental electronica, as she’s talented.

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The one-man show I truly admire is Hanetration, his work ethic when it comes to music surpasses many musicians, and he carefully hones his craft to get better and better at it – so with “Ancients EP” – he delves deeper into the different elements: Water, Fire, Air, Earth and Aether. It encompasses each element beautifully and it sounds just like what you would expect from the name, an atmosphere which keeps you in and gets you out of your mind as quickly as possible.

There is something otherworldly to his music, which is obvious for anyone who’s listened to this first releases. What we’re looking for in this is something that keeps it all together, and in that he’s succeeded – as his earlier releases tended to be inspired by all and nothing at the same time – a whirlwind of creative outputs, now distilled into a more headstrong, ambitious image of himself and his music.

It is not something one would listen to regularly, but it is soothing in a way and calms your nerves. We’re blessed to have such a wide array of different influences peeking through, making themselves noticed through small cracks in the layers of each of the songs, our favorite being the constantly pulsating song “Air“. You can listen to his latest EP down below.

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Now time for some intensity, with TRBL and the release “Sleep Inducer“, you get pumping techno, industrial and seriously nostalgic rave sounds all in one. Even though it is close to being a gimmick, there’s a certain vibe to it that separates it from being a full-frontal assault and a clone, which can be hinted in the carefully placed synthesizer stabs here and there, and the breakdowns which slowly turns things on their head.

Perplexed” is one of our favorite songs, a fast-paced beast of a song that is so acidic you’d have to turn up in a Hazmat suit even to be able to dance to this – bordering happy hardcore territory – yet keeping the trance and rave atmosphere intact, without going overboard with the influences. What’s great about the first track, the title track “Sleep Inducer“, is that it reflects a lot on the more sinister themes that can be put into techno, there’s a darker vibe to it, maybe not as hardcore as the other tracks – but something is lurking down below.

Simply put – this is something you should get your hands on, despite only being in a digital format. It is well-produced and carries everything on its own, despite being only three tracks – though all are different variations of the same theme, derived from different times and compiled into three sections – techno with industrial overtones, techno/trance with rave overtones – and a more psychedelic acid techno experience. Listen to it in full down below.

 

Lyssna: DDR Space Program – Race To Win

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Ett uppiggande släpp, minst sagt. DDR Space Program från Stockholm levererar optimistisk och dansant retrowave, i och med det senaste släppet “Race To Win“. Det låter som något som skulle kunna vara ett reklamsläpp för Tour De France på åttiotalet. Allt handlar om fart och flärd, ‘var den förste i mål och ta hem vinsten’.

Uppsvinget som denna slags musik har fått på senare tid är intressant och kan reflekteras över, för vem kan egentligen ifrågasätta den framtidsoptimism som kännetecknade 80-talet? Hur väl passar den in i 2010-talet? Det känns väldigt främmande att denna tidsanda kunnat återuppstå, så det är magiskt hur väl den kunnat anpassas i musikform till hur vi lever nu. Trots att det ibland känns malplacerat, så lyckas DDR Space Program producera en ambitiös och närmast gudomlig ljudbild.

Det måste också tilläggas att en av de främsta influenserna är italo disco, kanske inte i sin renaste form, men i samklang med nyare electroclash – vilket gör det hela ett snäpp intressantare, eftersom att den genren i sig sällan är något att hänga i granen. Det här är vad han själv har att säga om släppet:

Race to win är DDR Space Programs andra släpp. Som vanligt är den inspelad i min hemmastudio på mina analoga syntar och sedan mixad ihop med min kompis i hans studio. Det är viktigt att för mig att använda riktiga syntar när jag spelar in. Det är en viss känsla i att sitta och ratta på riktiga grejer och så låter det oftast så mycket bättre.

EPn har ett cykeltema, vilket kanske märks. Mest för att jag själv börjat cykla väldigt mycket och tycker det är otroligt frigörande och kul, samtidigt som det på något sätt passar genren eftersom både spacesynth och cykling är snabbt och tufft. Från början var nog inte tanken att det skulle handla om just cykling, men när jag skrev “Le Tour” så kände jag att alla låtar passade in ett sådant sammanhang.

EPn har skrivits och spelats in parallellt med att jag skrivit låtar och spelat in med mitt andra projekt “Carino Cat” som är renodlad italo disco. Självklart tar jag ibland idéer från det ena projektet och lånar ut till det andra, vilket säkert gör att italoinfluenserna är ganska tydliga i DDR Space Program. Känslan jag vill få fram med DDR Space Program är att folk som lyssnar på det ska känna att det andas 80-tal. Tiden då gated reverb var norm, virveln var blaskig, syntarna var analoga och musiken var bäst.

Lyssna till släppet i sin helhet här nedanför. Man kan också köpa en CD-skiva för 50 kronor om man mejlar till ddr.space@gmail.com

Spotlight: Liquid Transmitter, Nikmis, None, Palissade

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Midsummer is upon us. A new line of spotlights are due to appear sometime every week. I’ve picked out some new and interesting releases for you all to enjoy. From post-punk to IDM and everything in between that. Everytime I do this, I see what I can find under different categories on Bandcamp – writing about each release that is featured in the article, summarizing the components and recommending it.

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Have you ever dreamt about something ever so vividly exciting, strange or beautiful? Liquid Transmitter’s release “Turn” is turning IDM on its edge, presenting to us a less rhythmic annihilation and more complex atmospheric development. From the introductory “Morning Watch“, to the last one “Uncertain Dusk“, each track is imaginative and explorative. It is as if an artist outlines his visions carefully and break the transgressiveness between genres in an uncanny way. Connecting the dots in every way, both musically and by the titles themselves.

It is finely woven into good electronic music. Slightly drone, more ambient and definently something to be heard. The quirkyness of the melodies add in the personality of this project very well – it’s self-explanatory really when you hear the music. Check it out on Bandcamp and purchase his release there, listen to it in full down below.

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Now here’s a whole soundtrack for you to enjoy. It is really odd music in a way, but perfectly obstinate and neatly created. Nikmis release “Widdendream” on Third Kind Records go forth in its own manner, holding up the banner of experimental electronica in a way – considering the composition of each track, first and foremost. From the cute little first steps of “The Big Fence On The Other Side“, to the more classically-oriented “Embarrasingly Paralell“, each facet of this album have its own sides of it. I think “Tremendous House” capture an oriental vibe and contribute to a summary of everything in Nikmis music that make it stand out in originality.

So if artists and bands alike want to describe something with their music, or capture a feeling, this picturesque wandering between the oddities in synthesizer-based music and the outrageousness of it – make it very easy to follow the story. Instead of capturing something by writing it in lyrics, he manages to break free from that and with instrumental music capture the essence of storytelling anyway. I suggest you check out the album via Third Kind Records, and listen to it in full down below.

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Abstract, frightening and cold. With resounding, repetetive vocals and majestic synthwave – Anna of None deliver a great sounding album, titled “Vacuum“. There is a lot of focus on the bombasticism of the drums in the atmosphere of some of the songs, but it does not take away from the fact that the rest of the instrumentation is equally as good, and thought out. There are serene melodies that encapsulate the hopelessness she is portraying, especially in the aptly titled song “No“. Things develop further in terms of the sound itself in “Faces“, which almost becomes theatralic with the continuous haunting baseline.

She really breaks apart from the dry and stale projects that have been popping up everywhere. Wherever you read post-punk, it either consists of a band trying to ape a style they can’t grasp by inspiration of classic post-punk releases, or the one-man project that doesn’t hold up at all – with them being predictable as ever. The song “Nightmare” really touches on the synthwave this project relies on, giving it great effect and with “Flesh” fulfil the epitome of it. I suggest you check it out, it was released by Black Verb Records and I recommend it of all my heart. Listen to it in full down below.

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Canadians have been providing us with some really good synth-pop, but have they pulled off the post-punk? As of now, Palissade can be considered a contender, with their release “Éclats“. This four-tracked release have beautiful aesthetics in terms of artwork and their music does not lack those aesthetics either. There is a certain focus on the vocalist and more bittersweet melodies then one have heard before, it is not that fast-paced to begin with, as one hears in “La Fin“. Their more alternative and highly melodic way of post-punk is attractive. There is not that much emphasis on the baseline alone, but more on the whole togetherness of everything.

The rhythm stabs and the melodies entwine as one hoped they would. As the layers shift in character, the soundscape looms on steadfastly and “La Vie des Autres” combine the first two songs into one, it feels like. Every song is interesting to listen to and each one of them give off a different emotion. It’s a solid release that I recommend and you should check it out. If you’re interested in wayward but challenging post-punk – this is the release for you. Listen to it in full down below.

 

 

Listen: Fathers – 3 Songs

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Though everything in their graphic outlay doesn’t interest us the least, mostly because of the irritative pink color that drowns out everything else, we’re indeed satisfied not having to look at it close enough for too long. When it comes to their music—it’s is a cunning blend of three different genres—that would be extremely bland if they were to be separated. People can say anything they want about clichés, but the lyrical content is fairly good and is above average when combined with the overlapping electronic music they combine with bombastic, subliminal percussion which upholds the rest of their magnificence – alongside dreamy riffs, indie-pop melancholia and oddly enough – dark-wave.

The rhythms they’ve created entwine with the darker waves that break through, connecting them with the inherent structure of the lyrics and also the rest of the sound-scape. Whereas their name might be a bit odd when you think about it, Fathers can’t be held accountable for delivering yet another repetitious wreck of music. It’s actually inspiring and calming to hear everything come together as if it was meant to be. There’s a red line through and through, interestingly enough they have accomplished the near-impossible of connecting the dots almost perfectly in their first output. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they’re veterans when it comes to making music, but if they aren’t – it doesn’t really matter – because these three songs are masterpieces in and of themselves. One song is a beauty, the others are the beasts, but not nearly as ghastly as anything else you would pass by to find out about this release. Listen down below.

Spotlight: baum•geist – music for the late autumn rain

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This is the first I’ve heard of baum•geist, a self-proclaimed internet performance artist and “multimedia acrobat“. Based out of Germany, obviously inspired by Japan and japanese culture in many ways – especially “絶命詩” (zetsumei-shi) – in English; a death-poem which is a poem written near the time of one’s death. A tradition in many cultures, but especially in Japan and during the Qing/Ming dynasty in Korea, from 1392-1897. I can never be certain of the fact that it’s the aim and pure goal of the aesthetics for “music for the late autumn rain“, but the artwork suggests that it might be a source of inspiration. Though the titles suggest something else, like the first track “秘密の地下室” (Secret basement, roughly translated), “瑠璃色” (Ballad drama color, obvious mistranslation via Google Translate), “大切な思い出” (Precious Memories) – all take into account the amorous nature of what it represents – together with the purely bizarre English titles like: “human egg“, mixed with the supernatural; “blue moon” and “geist“. When you don’t really know the language, it’s hard to determine whether what is translated really states the inherent meaning of the title.

However, the bizarre is matched with the supernatural and the mystical movements of mother nature. It’s as predictable as it is unpredictable. From pure ambient music with percussion reminding you of traditional instruments of Asia – specifically Japan – paired with a noisy, almost clairvoyant melodies that ring sharply when smashed together. But there are more characteristics that make baum•geist versitale with his music. The further into the album you come, the more it becomes a sample-based musical hemorrhage combined with field recording-like sounds. A track can suddenly change from three minutes long – to up to twelve minutes of length. Here’s where the more low-keyed ambient is experimented with, ending up with silhuettes of sound which fade out and when it comes in make a resounding noise. This is an album that makes up for its name and the music is really for “the late autumn rain“. Put on something cozy and travel into a world yet to be discovered.

Premiär: John Moose – Flower (+ Musikvideo)

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Det är inte ett nytt dilemma, utan snarare ett dilemma som nästan är uråldrigt. Men i dessa industrialiserade tider så blir det allt mer intressant när civilisationen tränger ut det agrariska samhället. Tillsammans så skapar John Moose en fiktiv karaktär med bandnamnet, denne karaktär får man följa genom deras sånger – vars biprodukt blir olika berättelser där det huvudsakligen kretsar kring eskapism – på rymmen från civilisation till förmån för det agrariska närsamhället. Men egentligen kan man också titta längre bak, innan det agrariska samhället blomstrade och innan industrialismen kom, eftersom att deras koncept går att applicera på samhällen vars konstruktion stått på en stabil grund – med rötterna fast i marken och en inneboende påminnelse om hur moder natur fungerar. Värmlands vilda skogar är deras bygd och Hagfors verkar vara deras fasta punkt i livet. Namnen på de som drar i trådarna över John Moose är: André Szeles, Emil Florell, Ia Öberg, Petter Falk och Tobias Norén.

Tillsammans lyckas de skapa en trevlig avvägning till förmån för det semi-akustiska, men där popen ibland kan vara så framträdande utan att på något sätt störa atmosfären de skapar rent musikaliskt. Det är sparsmakat men det finns tydliga folkinfluenser som letar sig fram bland de vackra och genomtänkta melodierna. Även om de inte ens släppt debut-albumet än så har låten “Vilan” en ohörd potential för öronen. Mystiken tätnar när musiken plötsligt dyker in i en akustisk fas av sig själv, med vackra röster som tornar upp ovanför en melodimatta vars vackra ljud knappast är i närheten av rösterna – men som ändå bidrar med att ge låten ytterligare en dimension. Så fortsätter det – nästan in absurdum – och helt plötsligt letar sig en flöjt in. Det är det man tycker om när man lyssnar. Allt kan ändras på en sekund, tempot kan bli snabbare eller så kan det avstanna helt till förmån för en mer taktfast rytm.

Nu är de tillbaka efter en tid av tystnad. Skillnaden denna gång är att de börjar med ett melodiöst och känslosamt, akustiskt utlägg. Även om sången inte faller mig på läppen, så är det en vacker bild som målas upp – sen rycker kavalleriet in och stödjer den ensamma rösten mot omvärlden. Det känns som att det är skyddsänglar. Hur som haver, man kan inte tycka att någonting är helt perfekt och det är inte meningen heller. Men det som är bra med John Moose är att det är ett konstant pepprande med kvalitétsmusik, och då är det faktiskt okej om det ibland är lite opolerat eller inte riktigt stämmer överens med ens egen smak. Repartiseraren fick ett tillfälle att tänka till och att försöka acceptera, eftersom att John Moose varit snälla nog att erbjuda en premiär så kan man inte undvika att ta den. Här kommer låten “Flower” med musik-video i ett komplett lyckopaket för er att inmundiga.