Exclusive Premiere: La Bile – La Piscine

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Dreamy, dreary breakbeats with tight IDM-influences is what makes or breaks La Bile – a french project having the honor of being released by Tripalium Corp – in their Digital Mutant Series (number 22), titled: “La Sublimation du Poulpe“. There’s a plethora of different electronic influences in each track on this release, from a multiverse of techno, acid and otherwise obscure electronic genres. Fetching the best from each genre, not compromising with the experimental overtones and the grittiness of it all.

We’re proud to be premiering a track from the B-Side of this release, in our ears one of the best tracks on the release, “La Piscine” delves into the human psyche and opens up a world of mystery, through fast-paced drums and constant flickering, there’s an urgency that doesn’t die out until the song finally fades into nothingness.

You better act quickly if you want it in physical form, as there’s only nine cassettes left of forty in total, so pre-order it from here, and stream the exclusive track from Repartiseraren’s own Soundcloud way before it is released.

Exclusive Premiere: Hidden Place – Gioco Cromatico (V.2)

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A compilation was born after four albums, with two years between it and the last album they made. Hidden Place have since long found their niche in synth-pop, minimal wave and new wave. Before they had more experimental influences that soared through a wondrous landscape, but now they channel it down to a common denominator – focusing their darndest on combining Italian geography and language to make something of their own. It seems like it’s even more noticeable now how they sneak in more versions that haven’t been released earlier, or if they have been – the focus have been lying more with the, by now “international” language – English. They have a treasure trove ready to be dug out and it has partly been done with the first compilation, released on the UK-based label Peripheral Minimal. It was named “Retrospettiva: 2004 – 2014“, which as it’s name portrays, holds a rather keen look through nostalgic lenses on the past, mainly unlocking already existing tracks and putting them in a new context – a date where they first were contemplated.

Now after dozen months, Peripheral Minimal still holds the torch that lights the beacon upon where the follow-up will be presented. Peripheral has the key that opens up and gives a summary to the rather underestimated legacy that Hidden Place have brought with them. Whether or not you prefer to listen to them, there’s something which hits the right spot when you listen to their music. Even though it sometimes fades into a more commercial landscape along the road, there’s something well-thought out between their layers of music. I’m not sure if you can pin it down exactly when listening to it, but you’ll probably know what I am talking about. So the second compilation and the follow-up to the first one is now closing in. It carries the exact same title but now we’re at “Retrospettiva Vol. 2“. Let’s hope there’s a gem or two hidden beneath the rugged stone, and that you’ll get some unheard tracks you can listen to in your headphones or on your stereo.

Repartiseraren have gotten hold of a track from this forthcoming compilation. There’s a clear difference to much of their material which could be heard on the first volume, even though you’ll know it’s them – a polished but rough environment steps in and carries everything – leaving a burden on your shoulders. Their language of choice should certainly be Italian, because for someone that doesn’t understand the language, it actually sounds a lot less cheesy. A certain uplifting emotion grabs a hold of you when you listen, but when you listen to this track – melancholia knocks on the door. For your listening pleasure you’ll receive the track “Gioco Cromatico (V. 2)“, taken directly from “Retrospettiva Vol. 2“, exclusively on here and nowhere else. Stream it directly and feel an uncertain breeze flow through you. Artwork was created by Oleg Galay.

Exklusiv Premiär: Vildsvanen – Turn Grey

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Är man fanatisk när det gäller synth-pop så borde man slänga ett öga åt detta håll. Ja, självfallet när det handlar om låtar från 1980-talets dolda synthgömmor. Inte för att gruppen har försökt att undanhålla någonting, det har väl bara inte varit så att låten kommit ut på något släpp, än. Vildsvanen heter en undangömd synth-popgrupp som var mer eller mindre aktiva på 80-talet. Men deras passion låg inte i att visa upp sig för hela vida världen, eller för den delen Sverige, eftersom att de föredrog att spela in musiken snarare än att framträda live. Deras historia är rätt brokig men de hade en särskild förkärlek till DIY – do it yourself – eftersom att de var väldigt måna om att produkten, från topp till botten, skulle komma från dom själva. Gruppen har även ett annan namn som de ändrade till när de spelade in vissa låtar, eftersom att de var väldigt förtjusta i David Bowies låt “Moss Garden” – så fick det bli Moss Garten. Men namnet Vildsvanen behölls eftersom att Moss Garten-låtarna var annorlunda i jämförelse, skillnaden var inte bara i namnet utan också hur de lät. Den lustiga historien bakom namnet är att Mikael Isaksson från gruppen blev anfallen av en vild svan – således blev namnet: Vildsvanen (eller Vild Svanen).

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Tillsammans med sin ungdomsvän Thomas så började de spela in år 1982, förfogandes endast över en 8-kanalig inspelningsmaskin. Ett år senare bestämde man sig för att spela in i en riktig studio, vilket gav upphov till “Zchlagers / Industrier” – deras första officiella släpp någonsin. Trots att det är en rätt förvirrad historia efter detta, med förändringar fram och tillbaka i sammansättningen av gruppen så är det ändå intressant att följa den rätt så icke-linjära historien. Allt kan förändras på blotta året och Moss Garten-låtar kan blandas med Vildsvanen-låtar. Egentligen orkade man inte hänga med, så ni kan se deras utveckling på en bild som medföljde vinylskivan när den släpptes på Domestica. Eller så kan man vända sig till deras hemsida, Domestica Records – som även var det skivbolag som gav ut en samlingsskiva med låtar från bägge alter-egon. Samlingen släpptes på vinyl för två år sedan och har sedan länge sålt slut på alla de tvåhundrafemtio exemplar som tillhandahölls.

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Det som är mest intressant i sammanhanget är hur låtarna påminner om en opolerad Tredje Mannen, lite mer kaotiskt och mindre om vackra höstkänslor och andra mer lättlyssnade men melankoliska spår. Men givetvis finns det även melankoli hos Vildsvanen och särskilt i den låt som Repartiseraren fått tag på. Det är faktiskt en alternativ version av låten “Black and White” med Moss Garten som man fått tag på. Versionen är både längre rent tidsmässigt men också mer opolerad och dessutom på svenska. Vi är stolta över att kunna ge er låten “Turn Grey” – en av de bättre låtarna från den svenska synthens 1980-tal – även om det är hög klass på andra bortglömda synthlåtar från det årtiondet. Men det här är något som ger en det lilla extra i det annalkande höstmörkret. Lyssna nedanför.

Exclusive Premiere: Alles – Fala

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Unhinged to the utmost degree, fumbling in the dark to connect the dots. From a viable option to a crazed mixture, you couldn’t imagine how it would be if electro-pop was turned upside down and channeled through minimal synth. With the uncompromising duo Alles – comprised of Marcin Regucki and Paweł Strzelec – anything goes. Include a vision beyond a communist society, post-communism if you will, infused with modern society’s delusional consumerism and empty-handed materialism and you’ve got the fuse to set things off. Enhanced beats waddle through a decayed interior, an urban environment that is almost claustrophobic. With the help of different genres like cold-wave, synthwave and every other electronic sub-genre you could think of – everything’s already post-something. These two men create an invitation for both a linguistic invitation to basic Polish – to a more international touch of English, entering the digital age of errors with “404” – getting to the middle-ground with technical ingeniousness with “GPS“. If there would be any need for a red line, just follow their sound-scape and try understanding the meaning of their lyrics and the titles for their tracks. As much as they give hints to what’s going on, they might also mislead you into thinking something else – the ambivalent quality which is; their cunningness.

This is their debut-album that lies in front of your eyes anew. It’s not the physical version, but their digital packaging that you’re viewing. As forthright as their intentions are, there’s no doubt why the name of this album is “Post“. Six months ago they had a cassette which constituted the original form of their debut – now they’re re-mastered, re-packaged – officially launched on vinyl. Don’t be mistaken, the foundation they stand upon is the same and their intentions also seem to be intact. Only one thing has changed besides what have already been written and that is; this time around they have a brand new track which goes with the purchase of the vinyl. This vinyl-edition is limited to 500 copies and comes as a transparent vinyl, together with “Fala” (Wave) – the exception which confirms the rule – an anomaly which showcases their musical ambivalence. Repartiseraren have been lucky enough to receive the honor of exclusively premiering “Fala“, as we collaborate with Mecanica Records whom are releasing the vinyl. Stream this song exclusively down below and pre-order a limited vinyl, shipping on the 25th of October. Or if you don’t have the patience to wait that long, order the digital version which is out on the 15th of October. Here comes the wave that will flood your gates.

If you want to see this duo perform, their next date(s) will be 18/10 on Klubokawiarnia Chlodina in Warsaw, 31/10 on Urban Spree (Sinewaves) in Berlin, and 28/11 on C.R.K (Return To The Batcave) in Wroclaw.

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Exclusive Premiere: Schonwald – Achrome

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Very much have changed since Schonwald came upon us with their debut-album “Amplified Nature“, released on Pocket Heaven in 2008. From indie rock with synth-pop overtones to pure synth-pop in five years, when they released their double-single “Mercurial / Gemini” – which was dedicated to their freshly made synth-pop endeavor, on Hozac Records. Since then one year has passed and they’ve been welcomed into a place where they fit all too good. This place being Anywave, the french connoisseur for everything from dark ambient to cold wave and minimal synth – to virtually every other sub-genre you could think of.  Here they put out a taste for what is to come with another double-single, this time called “Rays“, featuring two tracks from their forthcoming second album titled “Dream for The Fall“. Many things have changed but their signature has stayed the same, they’ve just engineered a more intriguing sound with futurism embedded as a central part of it. Dreamy, thoughtful and sincere are three words that can be used to describe their forthcoming album. They leap into a peripheral landscape of sound which reminds one about shoegaze – if it ever would fit into an electronic shape. Ethereal might be one of the better descriptions genre-wise, but they lend much of the influences elsewhere, too. Like cold-wave, minimal synth and post-punk.

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I’ve gotten the honor to premiere a track from their forthcoming album. It’s a more bombastic track which I think is separate from the other tracks, but it’s also a great summary of the album at hand. Driven by the groovyness of a baseline that with post-punkish fervor tears into the dreaminess – creating a nice paradox. This track is titled “Achrome” and is the fourth track on “Dream for The Fall“. You can listen to it exclusively from Repartiseraren and note the date of 25th September – which is the release-date for this beauty. It will be featured on CD as well as vinyl, and you can pre-order it from Anywave or Manic Depression Records, as it is a co-release between these two labels. Pre-order it already and receive the whole album digitally and ready to be downloaded, or buy it separate if you wish. Everything on this album was recorded and mastered at Duna Studio, except “Rays” and “Lower Lovers” – which was recorded and mixed at Silver Veins Studio. Post-production was made by Aurelien Delamour, and the cover was designed by Myriam Barchechat.

Exklusiv Premiär: Agenda / Mørkt Kapittel – Split

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Bombardemanget fortsätter när Norrmännen bjuder upp till kamp. Mørkt Kapittel känner ni förmodligen till sedan tidigare om ni läst vad jag skriver här på blogg-zinet. Jag fick äran att lägga ut hela albumsläppet för streaming när det släpptes av dem själva, 2013. “Gro Igjen” var namnet på albumet och var deras första album, då de endast släppt en EP tidigare och det var år 2010. Ett år senare så har de färdigställt sitt första split-album tillsammans med Stavanger-hårdingarna Agenda – ett norskt hardcoreband utan några pretentioner alls. Tidigare har de varit med på samlingsplattan “No Power, No Punk” med låten “Når Dommen Faller“, och de har även släppt ett album med titeln “Menneskehetens Massegrav” i Mars detta år. Det är ungefär några veckor kvar tills detta split-släpp kommer ut för att kunna köpas i butikerna. Jag har redan tagit del av de fyra låtar som finns på albumet, nämligen “Guddomelig Massemord“, “Misantrolypse Nå!” och “Religiøs Terror (Svart Framtid Cover)” med Agenda, samt låten “Bokbål” med Mørkt Kapittel. Allt från de nästan crossover-orienterade låtar som Agenda presterar med, till den ynka låt Mørkt Kapittel bidrar med – som närmast påminner om en stoner (och svartmetall)-orienterad låt, stöter på patrull i hardcoresvängen – så kan man konstatera att det är ett sjujäkla bra släpp.

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Nu har tiden kommit för mig att lägga upp den för er att lyssna till. Istället för skämt om norrmän kan ni hålla till godo med allvarligheten inom dessa genrer, tillsammans med det mörka sväng som skjuter er båt i sank. Hela spliten kan lyssnas till på Repartiserarens soundcloud, där alla låtar kommer att ligga uppe. Detta släpp kommer att komma ut via Negative Vibe Records den 1:a Augusti, så om ni vill ha en bit av kakan så kan ni först lyssna till det i sin helhet här nedanför och sedan beställa spliten när den kommer.

Exclusive Premiere: Hadewych – Riss

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From darkened shamanistic rituals in pre-medieval ages, to the futuristic hopefulness of ritual ambient. Somewhere in between that and if you slice a big portion out of it, you’ll find avant-garde to be a part of their repertoire. Hadewych is just that, somewhere in between the looming avant-gardist ritual ambient, but with undertones of primal rock’n’roll with metal. When their debut-album emerged back in 2007, they were more concentrated on neo-folk then anything else. Somehow, they combined the efforts of their industrialist past maxi-single “Ende” from 2004 with the urge for something new in 2014. Therefore the release I’m about to talk about now have some roots found within it that can be hinted back to their latest release up to date, called “Ēoh” which featured a mix of old rehearsals to proper new tracks. It’s a perfect transition to what’s to be called “Nu“, where they break their old bonds and move forward into the sound which they’ve concocted over the years. It has somehow always been present in one way or another, but simply not been formulated good enough to have been harnessed earlier. Black Horizons is the label they’ve set out to be a part of with their forthcoming release, as it is being put out on a limited cassette by that label. With clever signatures like Hodiamont, Jongen, Scramasax and Lucia. M Peter Nÿland or Nÿland II as he is credited as on “Ēoh” – have the world at their feet. Some of these members have also contributed to a track on the acclaimed compilation “The Totality Of Death” by Trepaneringsritualen (Thomas Ekelund). So no wonder if any of their influences might’ve been caught up from Thomas Ekelund. Peter Nÿland is also a part of the mysterial duo Distel, which have also garnered their following with releases as “Puur” and “Ultra2012“.

Now when they’re almost ready to be put out on Black Horizons on the 79th release on that label, things looked bright for Repartiseraren. I got the opportunity to pick a track from this three-tracked release, whereas it so happened that I chose the dark side. With that I mean the atmosphere of this track is so baseless yet fluid, as it is backed up with organic instrumentation which is not electronic to the least, or so it seems. A gloomy landscape which is complemented by the whispering of Peter Nÿland and his authoritarian voice. Since it’s featured on the B-Side of this cassette (C18), there’s a notable difference from this one and the other tracks – even though it can be contested that they’re dark too. But this is something difference. The slow build from a drone-ish landscape moving forward with a complex rhythm that suddenly slides through the landscape at a macabre speed – not to be confused with tempo – is enough to love it to your heart’s delight. You can find virtually every piece of equipment and more than that with this track. Everything from classical instruments to different musical instrument you might not find anywhere else. Or not utilized as good. As the wind is breaking through the landscape of sound, I gratefully present to you an exclusive track called “Riss“, a track that will take you into a whole different mood and also play with your sense of belonging. Listen to it exclusively down below and buy it from Black Horizons when it comes out.

Exclusive Premiere: Husbandry – Biralata

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In Brooklyn you find a band that has its roots down under, but above the ground they reside with post-punk overtones. With their interesting combination of metal, experimental rock, post-hardcore and post-punk they make way for who they’ve become. Since they haven’t been around for that long, let alone put out anything besides their newly released “Make Room For Waves” EP, it’s great to hear something fresh once in a while. With this comes Husbandry, whose singer sounds like somewhere in between Katzenjammer Kabarett‘s original misanthropic tone and the rather mesmerizing moments with the band reliq. Together with the breakdowns of pro-longed post-hardcore junkies caught in a time-machine. The band itself consists of Carina Zachary, Jordan Usatch, Arnau Bosc and Andrew Gottlieb. The fascinating thing about this release is that it was recorded during a weekend back in April this year, which makes it about a month later that they’re releasing it for the world to listen to.

So I got the opportunity together with Husbandry to put out one of the tracks from this release, on Repartiseraren. The track wasn’t really chosen by me to begin with, but I think it’s their best track on this release by far. Because in it they showcase the greatness of structured post-hardcore with post-punk baselines that soar through the landscape, together with erratic drums that keep the tempo to a max.  Just as they come into some kind of weird medley whereas Carina Zachary with her vocals make it an endurable process to listen to, as it moves back into the sound-scape which they created before. Moving back to the intermezzo once again in another part of the track, making it a very predictable but at the same time unpredictable track. I simply adore the melodies that are laden before me when you’ve taken yourself through it, together with cluttering hi-hats and complex rhythms howling in the background as the vocals feel even more dedicated and soulful. The track chosen for exclusive premiere was “Biralata“, a six-minute long song which you can listen to down below. If you’re interested in buying their album you can go to their Bandcamp.