Invisible Guy no longer exists. It was a time of joy and careless fun. Since I started this blog-zine back in early 2011, I had no idea that it was going to get even near as big as it is now. My ambition was to drive this blog-zine as a hobby-project of my own, just so I could spend some of the vacant time that I had back then. What was a hobby began when I interviewed different local bands in Sweden, from Norrland to Skåne, Stockholm to Blekinge and everywhere I could find any interest. Later on, in 2012, it evolved into the podcast that I had in regards to me covering a lot of the punk and hardcore-scene, since I was interested in it and D.I.Y. The birth of Swedish Punk and Hardcore came with my ambition to start this podcast of my own, which aired for five episodes before I trashed the idea completely. I really had no time to be mailing to people, getting them to participate, since a lot of the time went to administrate what I could find and try to get people to get back to me. That’s really not a fun thing to do, especially not when you need to fill a podcast which could be everywhere from an hour to eight hours long. I wanted it to be impressive, I wanted it to be underground and I wanted to hear their stories – play some music – basically have my own radio-show in some kind of way. Since then, everything has been running smoothly. It’s been getting better and better, so I decided to invest money in artwork which I bought from the wonderfully talented James Licht – the man behind one of the most promising labels – namely Die Song. There’s where Invisible Guy changed into Repartiseraren, bringing a rather small legacy to its grave, but not an insignificant one. It meant a lot to me, and it brings a lot of pain having to let go of it, but I feel like it will always be there in some kind of way. Repartiseraren was just a breath of fresh air, the beginning of something new, an extension of what Invisible Guy once was. I am proud to say that it has gone very well and I am thankful of everyone’s support of this blog-zine. It means more then you could ever imagine.
One of my newly attained friends Magnus Gyllenswärd, whom is most known as Övervarning, mailed me about a week ago or so. I’ve always been fascinated with his music, since I found one of his releases on Bandcamp while sifting through everything. His mail couldn’t have come in a better time or place. Since he notified me about his release being out, but not on a label for the moment, I asked him if I could put out a couple of tracks from it. He agreed with that and here we are – letting his tracks represent the shift from Invisible Guy to Repartiseraren. It was an honor for me to pick out the tracks from his newly produced album, tracks that I found fitting to the general theme of launching this new platform and bringing new light to the old. Therefore I chose the tracks “Avstånd, beskrivning, befogenhet” (Remoteness, description, remit), “Visst påverkas man av sådana händelser” (Surely one is affected by such events) and “Högt ovanför den tomma kyrkan” (High above the empty church). Every title had such an apt description to what happened in between that transition, what the transition actually was, and the music itself felt so refreshing. Like being born again, getting a new chance. These tracks were taken from his latest release “Förberedelser / Åtgärder“, which is currently not on any label, and is exclusively available in the shape of the three songs that I picked myself. Stream and listen to them exclusively, and celebrate the new dawn with Repartiseraren!
British label Peripheral Minimal is in the process of releasing a retrospective compilation of tracks, with the Italian electro/new-wave group Hidden Place. Having released four albums in total, from 2005-2012, this retrospective album will feature three songs from each of their albums, plus an unreleased remix. As they gradually moved on from their most experimental first album “Weather Station“, they put out a new album each two years that passed, in the end making it three years – with their latest album up to date; “Novecento“. Being on labels like Hellektroempire, to Twilight Records, Calembour Records and now finally, with Peripheral Minimal, very soon. Approaching a colder picturesque landscape of sound with their overlaying electro, as the more pop-induced new-wave sound made the melodies all the more danceable. A fresh new sound had been developed through the years, as the vocals of Sara Lux, a member of the group – became more and more distant from the sound itself. Making it a rather accomplished combination between vocals and the sounds of Fabio V., Antonio L. and Giampiero Di B. Not really my cup of tea when it comes to a lot of their songs, but there is something that has been captured amidst the energetic synth-pop with the overtones of a different mixture, embellished by the nature of different electronic genres.
The retrospective album that is coming out on Peripheral Minimal before April is over, is titled “Retrospettiva: 2004 – 2014” and captures tracks from their years when they were the most active, to the more sullen years of being unproductive. Harnessing a lot of tracks, being forgetful about others. This compilation does cover the perspective of their active years, but it also essentially takes out the best of the songs that has been put out there in between these years. The rather interesting artwork was made by Oleg Galay of Other Voices Records. So I can say to you that Repartiseraren will give you the time of your day, letting you listen to and stream the track “Picture Hall”, originally featured on their album “Fantasia Meccanica” – but now also brought to and from the forthcoming compilation. Click play and enjoy their uncanny vision, the masquerading electronic synthesizers, the hectic tempo delivered by the melodious content of the fixated drums in tune with the synths.
Deriving power from the traditions and religiosity of Hinduism, the deity Shiva is channeled for a seance in martial industrialism. But it’s even more then that. The primordial energy that is Shakti, which essentially means “power” or “empowerment“, makes it clear what the Romanian artist Dan Serbanescu is dealing with, when creating his music. It’s a complete negation of genres, but at the same time a combination of them. Considering the overlaying theme of power electronics, his music is close to martial industrial due to the percussion, but he also have included the topic of dark ambient – with a ritualistic touch. Think of acts such as Trepaneringsritualen, but without the drone shell that makes the outdrawn ritualistic death-industrial obsolete – in a dark ambient environment – this crossover is something else than just that. Include the best you can think of when it comes to Blitzkrieg Baby, the martial-ism, a militaristic atmosphere that would make you crack in no time. Deriving from every other world out there, delving into a range of different dimensions. Dan Serbanescu is mainly known for his alterego Tanz Ohne Musik, having released numerous albums, singles and EPs under that name. It’s also where he’s taken the name “Alone In The Hollow Garden“, from a self-released digital album released under this alter ego. Another interesting anecdote is that his second full-length album is titled “Red Cavity“, which is also the name of the label he has, which is called Red Cavity Records. The outstanding dedication is his pathway.
Well, it’s a rather interesting moniker, in which he dwells in the catacombs. Alone In The Hollow Garden is more than just what the name suggests, it’s an ethos of which we get to follow the adventurous spirit of Dan himself. I got notified about the project itself just a week ago, and he’s released three full-length albums, as well as a live-album called “Metal Bones Into The Temple Of Youth“. When it comes to the other albums, they follow a clear red line and are titled “A.I.T.H.G. I” and “A.I.T.H.G. II“. Until recently, just a month ago, he released his latest follow-up which smashed the story he’s brought up with his first two albums. His latest album is titled “L . V . X .” and might be the first album that starts a whole new story. Even though it’s pretty unclear what the story itself is, you clearly notice where he’s taken his influences from. Thankfully, Repartiseraren got an offer that he couldn’t refuse. So he chose a track to premiere from this album, since only previews are up at the moment. The track chosen is “SHIVA >|< SHAKTI“, which I thought represents the album as a whole, and is a long-runner at that. It spans up to eleven minutes and includes the most mind-numbingly great martial industrial percussion, ritual dark ambient, experimental and transient nature. Something not so easily described and best heard. Stream this track exclusively from Repartiseraren and listen to it as you zone out from a day of hard work, or a day of just laying around. Pick yourself up.
Multi-faceted electronica artist Rude 66, or Ruud Lekx which is his real name, have been creating music under his moniker since the mid 1990s, out of the Netherlands. Other off-shoots like the leftfield techno alias Modulate, with the release “Dreams” on SSR Records in 1993, have been less common. He’s not an artist that has many alter-egos, only two which include the aforementioned, and Jagdstaffel 66 – the acid house and techno freak out – which he went by on a release in 2012 called “Starfighter“, which was put out by Crème Organization. Oddly enough, or maybe reasonably enough, Rude 66 has been his main name since 1994 when he released his first release “Untitled” on Bunker Records, which spanned onto three different releases with the same name, birthing a compilation of all his untitled tracks on the same record label – simply titled “Compilation“. Since his discography is rather long, I thought I would include his trilogy of notable albums that came into place after his numerous untitled releases from 1994-1997. It includes his first album “The Devil’s Highway“, put out on Silver Recordings in 1997, to “De Machine Des Duivels” put out by Bunker Records, and his latest full-length album “Sadistic Tendencies” which was put out on Crème Organization in 2008. Since then, and during his trip through atmospheric acid house, to leftfield techno, from modern electro-funk, to electronic wave and everywhere in between where you’ll find electronica, he’s also released numerous EPs and Singles throughout the years. He’s also done a split with Johan Agebjörn, Sally Shapiro and Elitechnique – which was titled “Spacer Woman” and came out on LoEB in 2008. But that’s not because I’m writing this, when it comes to his discography, it’s because I’ve had the honor to exclusively premiere a track of his latest mini-album titled “12¨“.
This 12¨-vinyl is his latest release since other mini-album “The Kill“, which was put out on Bordello A Parigi in 2014. The difference from that mini-album is that he’s teamed up with Beta Evers and Sololust on the A-Side of the release, with the tracks “Under Cover Of The Night” and “Stars Get Hurt“. Leaving only the B-Side for himself to put out “Mutual Assured Destruction” and “Radio Peace and Progress“. Since I’ve been collaborating a lot with Enfant Terrible and Gooiland Elektro – the sub-label – I’ve gotten my hands on the first track on this release. Which is “Under Cover Of The Night“, best described as a fantastic combinations of arms between Beta Evers sole proprietor Brigitte Enzler and her vocal talent, together with the ingenious acidic electronic body music-ish crossover electronica that Ruud Lekx deliver with Rude 66. A fantastic endeavor that will make you seek out the darker side of yourself, floating into the sound-scape by the sheer hypnotism of the landscape of sound that wrestles for space around you. I’m proud to be giving you the track “Under Cover Of The Night”, for exclusive streaming, only featured on Repartiseraren. Even though the track has been out for a couple of days now, the article is also up. Enjoy it a second time and rejoice.
Michael Wood. The name might not enlighten you that much, but he’s the man behind the solo-project REDREDRED that garnered a lot of success through the label Function Operate. A widely appreciated artist that has been a rising star since they decided to completely disappear. After that event, he got on the roster of Dark Entries Records, whom is currently in the process of mastering – and then re-releasing his first release – on vinyl. Featuring it with tracks not heard before that he had in his repertoire, making his first move from “Pattern Completion” on cassette, to vinyl. Michael has since his rise towards the stars been interesting to me, with the warmth of his analogue electronics, his electronic body music approach and new beat-outfit blended together with general electronica – would make anyone whom like these genres, respect his ingenuity. I’ve interviewed him via mail, asking him about his first release, the deal with Function Operate, his future release, philosophy, individual tracks and much more. As I was going to post this interview, Michael said he would create a track for this occasion. So I waited until it was complete, and it was overwhelming to realize that he made that track just for this. Listen to it yourselves, the track is named “Dialog” and does in many ways represent the time which he spent being interviewed by me. Enjoy this.
On a rather short notice, we’re pleased to be unlocking a whole new sphere of sound for you. For your own hedonistic pleasure and other worldly cravings, the otherwordly reliq have a new release that will be put up for pre-ordering by aufnahme + wiedergabe on this Friday the 21st of March. This three-tracked experience in post-metal and rough experimentation titled “Empire Of Broken Signs“, will you find the tracks “In My Dreams“, “Silent Dominion” and “The Sea“. For those of you that are inexperienced, this group is currently made up by Niko Shaddah Lfo, Carolin Langner and Brandon Rosenbluth. Having released their self-titled debut-album in 2011, an EP titled “Remains” in 2013, and a single track titled “Greed” – alongside numerous contributions elsewhere – it’s fair to say that this post-metal and artsy gargantuan will flow over. Notice the initiation rituals placed between the maelstroms of riffs in a line of volcanic outbursts that attain a sonic shape. The physical release will be put out as a one-sided 12¨ vinyl, whereas the other side will have an etching covering it.
Hear them whispering around you, hear them channeling the sound of elsewhere – a rather unique sounds if you’d ask those whom heard them. Although the roots have been ripped up, the quenching sound will deliver its calm to you. Between the crackling atmosphere and the hazy reach of the landscape of sound that suck the life out of that around it. Just to give a breath of fresh air with the pouring rain of sound. Washing away all the filthiness from the core. Well, many things can be said about reliq, but it’s undoubtedly an interesting release as such. There are too many things that can evolve through this weird combination of art, metal and experimentation. A paradox involving different intrigues and common ground – within the shape of music. One city and one word: Berlin, Germany. We’re proud to announce to you the exclusive premiere of “Silent Dominion” from their forthcoming release on aufnahme + wiedergabe. Stream and listen to it exclusively down below. Have one eye open as it will be up for pre-ordering on Friday. Wait eagerly until then and stream away. If you’re interested in participating in the release-party, go to this event which will be hosted by DEATH # DISCO at Urban Spree in Berlin on the 18th of May.
Winter is almost here, so hold your loved ones tight – at least those of you that care. Yesterday, Gooiland Elektro premiered a track from the December-release, of Saralunden’s forthcoming 12¨, titled “Suggestive Boy“. It was the title-track on the release itself, namely; “Suggestive Boy“. Which seemed to have gotten a warm welcome from the awaiting listeners. I was interested in the release itself before, but had no idea what was coming my way. Sara Lundén herself is a Swedish singer, musician and performance artist. Today, I got to hear more from her current repertoire that is going to come out in December, and I must say that I was blown away by the atmospheric sensuality and sincere need of closeness – is a recipe for fantastic afterthought. Why do I say this? Because everything seems so thought out, yet spontaneous. You begin thinking about who you hold dear, and why they mean so much to you. With her wonderful disco-vibes and enigmatically, dark synthesizers – she sets sail for a love long lost, a kind of kicked back nostalgia that is fitted to our reptile brain. Everything you’d ever remember from “back in the days“, a kind of retro-fantastic throwback and eulogy to a certain kind of nostalgia I’ve felt myself. It’s not about being stuck in the past or in those lovely memories, but it’s about remembering them and realizing how dearly you actually need to hold them, before they disappear away. A reminder to everyone, that should enlighten you and make you caress those special memories, because they’re the only ones you have. With winter closing in, I believe that these moments in your life will appear before your eyes and lead your way. This track is very dear to me even though I’ve only spent a whole night listening to it, so I wanted to collaborate with Gooiland Elektro and give you the track “Hug Me” – which is the last track on the 12¨-release itself. Stream this exclusive track down below and check out Sara Lundén on Facebook.