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.

 

 

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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.

Exclusive Premiere: Golden Diskó Ship – Say Goodbye To This Island – Over And Out

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Never have experimental pop been so experimental. This feels like an edge towards New Zealand, anchored in the depths of Dunedin, in good company with no-wave pop-experimentalists Opposite Sex. But instead of forming a group, Theresa Stroetges uses her multi-instrumentalism to forge thoughtful and sincere landscapes of sound with her semi-acoustic emergence. Theresa goes by the name of Golden Diskó Ship – a solo-project that is about to venture out on the deep blue sea, unleashing her second album in November. Going on untamed waters seems like something that would happen on the get-go for her, because of how natural everything feels; while listening to her music. Having already made a mark with a track on the compilation “City Splits #1” and one on The Wire Trapper’s June 2012 compilation, it’s safe to say she knows what she’s doing – and she actually did – because her debut-album came not long after that, titled “Prehistoric Ghost Party“, recorded at the legendary Faust Studio which is Hans Joachim Irmler’s (Klangbad) workplace. She’s also got two EPs released earlier, so now one should hope that she’s nailed her own sound.

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The second album is in a world of it self. There’s such a likeness to the different sound-scapes, the soothing melodies and sometimes rhythmic progressions that never leave you with a dull moment. A thin red line goes through it, connecting dots between each track and keeping it both thematically interesting and coherent. There doesn’t have to be any incoherence when it comes to experimentalism, not with Theresa’s wonderfully composed tracks which are out-of-the-box musically – but theoretically keep a sharp line that divides each track musically and topically. Repartiseraren has gotten the honor to exclusively premiere a track from her forthcoming album. The album is titled “Invisible Bonfire“, and the song of our choice was “Say Goodbye To This Island – Over And Out“. There was a thought to feature “Swan Song“, but it’s the last track on that album and we think that the aforementioned song has a bit of everything from the album. So here you go, enjoy the first publicly available track from that album. The album will be released on Spezialmaterial Records on the 25th of November.

Listen: Futuroscope – Hum

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Humming away into a world of their own, Futuroscope is more than just a brief hum. Their music is somewhere between krautrock and psychedelic rock. With their debut-album “Hum“, a low-keyed approach is spun into an eternity through psychedelic rock’n’roll and outdrawn but loud krautrock. The band itself is made up by Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy (Pneu, Papare), Julien Nicolaï (The Finkelnauts) and the guest-star Chacha Charasse (Boogers) – with everyone descending from France. Albeit some of their tracks might not be that much of a deal to listen to, tracks like “Moon” bring out the joyous moments that are hidden from plain earshot. To complete psychedelic ballads like “Warm Walking Day” which make you feel like you’re out of water, walking astray in the desert, with heatwaves bruising your already sweaty self. I like how the rhythm of the drum make you off-bound to the general feeling of the songs, as uncanny melodies are taking place as the main feature. Following throughout like a line in the sand is a rather ritualistic experience which takes a hold of you when you listen to it. There’s a certain weirdness attached to it. This album was released by Monofonus Press the 4th of June, on cassette. Listen to a snipper from a track from the album, down below. You can buy the physical cassette over here.

Spotlight: Q///Q – Azores Azul

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Quirky and steadfast, but gloomy, experimental minimal wave in a tropical setting. With our ears the minimalism can go just as far but not further, Q///Q decided to have a sound-scape that is totally subdued into minimalism with their release “Azores Azul“. Those whom stand behind this moniker are Peter Kris, GT and Quinn – which doesn’t really say that much to me. But accordingly, one of the tags are German Army, so one could say that people from the army might be involved. That wouldn’t be too surprising, because the experimentalism of Q///Q head into their territory at times. But this is a rather different palette, more quirky synthesizer, a weird landscape of sound which is suggestive to say the least. The rambling of an inane person viewed through an hourglass, slowly transforming into sand. It is like being stung by electronic bees.

The outlet for this weird music is not that surprisingly; Skrot Up – the Copenhagen haven for crazed music. Even though five tracks make up around fifteen minutes, whilst listening to this music – you can’t help being lost in transmission. Each and every hit on the synthesizer makes an awkward sound, each and every beat that can be heard is odd to say the least and the vocal impersonations that are carried around in the tropical sound that is overwhelmingly there – remind you more about every seminar you wanted to miss – with a person babbling incoherently about stuff you’ll have to learn but don’t want to. This is a good mark for Q///Q though, because they execute this weird combination with astonishing results. Experimentalism is the end and beginning within this landscape of sound, the quirkiness and the general attitude in which they bring this upon us. I’ve found my salvation, probably. You can buy the release directly from Skrot Up, it is strictly limited to sixty cassettes, you can also stream the release down below.