Ljuslykta – [Är du inte en del, så är du utesluten] – Del II: Knivtid, Trepaneringsritualen, Fähund och Andra Svart

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Känner ni igen er? Bra. Vi hoppas att den första delen fick er att uppskatta detta initiativ. Nej, vi är fortfarande inte en del av vad andra gör utan vi ställer oss utanför det. För vad kan man göra när allting är strömlinjeformat – man kan i alla fall inte skapa något exakt likadant som alla andra gör. Oavsett vad de skriver om så läses det och hörs likadant, det kvittar egentligen om det är i podcastformat eller om det är i textformat.

Vi tycker att det finns något större, något mer än bara technopodcasts. Något mer än bara korta stycken av text som inte egentligen tillför något överhuvudtaget. Det må så vara att dessa fanzine och tidningar har skribenter som rent tekniskt får till det bättre än oss, men egentligen är det inte vad det handlar om, alls. Även om vi strävar efter att ha ett så korrekt språkbruk som möjligt så är det inte vad det står och faller med – det står och faller med originalitet.

Åt helvete med falsk journalistik – åt helvete med falsk originalitet – åt helvete med allt som inte är sant.

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Knivtid – Knivtid EP

Vad skär igenom oss om inte känslor? Hur ska man lyckas emulera olika känslotillstånd på bästa möjliga sätt? Det finns olika metoder som man kan använda sig av för att nå dit. Rent musikaliskt så är Knivtid väldigt nära dessa tillstånd, men inte bara på det viset utan också estetiskt. Man föreställer sig en storstad, stor, tom och själlös – finns det verkligen något att hämta där, egentligen? Enligt artistens självbetitlade EP via London-baserade ACR – så finns det något där ändå.

Direkt känner man saknad. Fan, måste det här verkligen hända, är det verkligen den känslan vi känner när vi lyssnar? Ja, i alla fall i “Feelings By Numbers“, som i låten tar sig an att samla på sig de innersta känslorna storstadsmänniskorna bär på. Det känns som om han katalyserar och bänder upp, rör om och öppnar upp, tömmer oss på den känslomässighet som existerar. Man hör måsarna skrika, närheten till naturen och den tärande betongen – två motsatsförhållanden som i slutändan är i samexistens. Verkligen underskön ambientmusik när den är som bäst. Med en detaljrikedom som pockar på känslornas uppmärksamhet, omedelbart.

I “262” finns en helt annan atmosfär. Kortare, mer intensiva kickar förmedlas med elektroniska instrument. Någonting lurar där under ytan, regnet porlar ner för rutan och det verkar som att något är i görningen. Kontrollerat kaos. Från de lägre frekvenserna som tar upp mycket plats, till de högre som har reserverats för att skapa en atmosfär som är mer grandios än vad man uppfattar i början. “Circles” har en mer romantisk framtoning, den är varmare och bär inte på lika mycket kyla som de andra, tidigare låtarna. Man känner sig mer välkommen, en känsla av stundens hetta – euforin man kan ha känt, det mer nostalgiska – men även det som finns i vissa ögonblick.

Inflammatorisk” är precis vad namnet säger att det ska vara. Ljuden blossar upp som från ingenstans och lägger sig platta för det mer industriella ljudet. Det finns en viss lekfullhet i låten som återspeglar sig i knackande, mindre utdragna och återkommande elektroniska vibbar. “Paus I” som i egenskap av sista låt och outro, bjuder på en början av något helt nytt. Förhoppningsvis något som är lika beroendeframkallande som detta släpp. Det är helt ofattbart hur detaljrikt och gripande detta släpp är.

Lyssna till det här nedanför och beställ en kassett. Det är för närvarande i sin andra utgåva eftersom att den första redan sålt slut.

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Trepaneringsritualen – Deathward, To The Womb

Sveriges, i mitt tycke, bästa undergroundbolag var Beläten. Thomas Ekelund har låtit utveckla sitt eget projekt Trepaneringsritualen efter att Beläten tyvärr gått i graven. Även om det är svårt för oss att förstå oss på det bakomliggande estetiska på detta släpp, kanske till och med det rent esoteriska, så är det lockande ur andra aspekter. Efter att ha varit obetydlig till att ha varit med på Boiler Room – till att ha funnit egenhet i sitt ljud på “Deathward, To The Womb” – är nog detta projekt ett av de nyare, som inom svensk industrial har chansen att bli något att räkna med.

Vad som gör detta projekt så spännande är hur långt man kan ta ljudmanipulationer. För det är vad Thomas gör på just detta släpp, men han tar det ett snäpp längre rent konceptuellt – både estetiskt och musikaliskt. De rungande infernaliska ljuden som borrar sig in i en med all kraft, strös omkring i en ruggig stämning vars uppbyggnad ger en kalla kårar. Särskilt märkbart är det i titelspåret “Deathward, To The Womb“. Tillsammans med Ekelunds magvändande stämma blir ritualen komplett, något som förmodligen måste upplevas live men som likväl blir imponerande i en ljudfil.

She Is Flame Of Life” är en låt som bevisar vad Trepaneringsritualen går för. Det är sinnessjukt men underskönt, det är smutsighetens fula tryne som visar sig. En uppvisning i konsten att förvränga allting och göra det vackra till något man bara vill stampa under skon. Om man ska sätta att “ha en aura” i ett sammanhang, så är detta verkligen en beskrivning för hur man kombinerar elektroniska ljud och framkallar något större och mer än bara musiken självt. Det finns en aura över denna musik som både kan vara vämjelig men imponerande samtidigt.

All Hail The Black Flame” är verkligen, i atmosfären, en sammanfattning av den mörka våg som uppstått främst i Sverige – men även annorstädes – i rytm och intensitet. Man tänker direkt på Celldöd, Alvar, Michael Idehall och Æther​. Givetvis finns det andra som figurerar i närheten av detta, rent ljudmässigt, men eftersom vi bara tar upp svenska artister, band och grupper i dessa artiklar så blir det rätt logiskt.

Vi rekommenderar verkligen att ni köper en CD eller LP. Stöd projektet, så att vi kan få en anledning att se vad som händer på den fronten härnäst. Lyssna till albumet i sin helhet här nedanför, men om ni vill få tillgång till “I Remember When I Was God” – köp vinylskivan i så fall.

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Fähund – 15.0

För den som vill ägna sig åt något som nästan är lika mörkt som Trepaneringsritualen, men på ett annat sätt, kan lyssna på “15.0” av Fähund – vars släpp innehåller två låtar på över tjugo minuter vardera. Mörkare ambient som är rätt experimentellt och påminner en hel del om Övervarning, ett annat projekt som vi täckt i övergången från Invisible Guy till Repartiseraren. Ungefär samma intresse väcks när man lyssnar till detta, som är en del i diskografin hos det fristående skivbolaget Sound-driven society rec.

Långsamma ljudlandskap som hänger sig totalt åt experimentella ljud. Den svajar fram och tillbaka, från att man tror att den ska utvecklas till något helt annat än det man hör, till att invecklas i sig självt och bli en större del av sina individuella små delar. Krackelerande, fragilt och med en förmåga att stå på egna ben trots en skakig grund. I “15.1” är det intensivt hela låten igenom. Utdragna och målande elektroniska paletter gör en annars väldigt kylig atmosfär till en mer eftertänksam, halvvarm resa in i djupet av vårt medvetande. In i ett främmande, men ändock närbeläget landskap, ett Nordiskt sådant. Mellan is och forntid till en skrämmande framtid.

Om intensiteten i den första låten behölls, men ökade lite grann och breddade på sig, är det vad “15.2” kan beskrivas som. Det känns som att det finns mer att höra, annorlunda ljud och ett större omfång för lyssnaren att ta in intryck från. Skevheten i det hela blir mer och mer uppenbar, det finns en speciell klarhet som Fähund vill förmedla men som inte skall förstås bara på några minuter – utan måste upplevas tills den upplöses i slutet av låten. En lång resa man får följa med på.

Skulle vilja påstå att det kanske inte är musik för vem som helst att lyssna på, men den har sin plats och hör hemma inom experimentell ambientmusik, mörkare sådan, på gränsen till att vara helt omfamnad av drone. Ni kan lyssna till bägge låtar nedanför.

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Andra Svart – Vascular Sound System

Detta var något jag ursprungligen såg Dan Söderqvist rekommendera. Länken sparades i bokmärken, längst bak – minneshålet. Mörk elektronisk musik att beskriva hjärtats funktion och omgärdande system med. Andra Svart har via Red Eye Consortium levererat “Vascular Sound System” – som är precis vad det beskrivs som. Cirkeln är alltså sluten och det har tillkommit ännu en artist som visar vad som är möjligt i ljudform. Vad är bättre än att beskriva en av kroppens viktigaste organ? Ingenting, hittills.

Rent konceptuellt översvämmas man av läkartermer. Latinska ord. Från att hjärtat pumpar i den självklara låten “Heart“, till de brummande oljuden i “Subclavian” – vars bas fullkomligen tar en på sängen. Fördelen med detta album är att det inte är något som tar avstamp i morbiditet, utan snarare i att vara olika beskrivande låtar för olika funktioner som kan relateras till det kardiovaskulära systemet. Utan den magnifika atmosfär som Andra Svart ger upphov till i varje låt, som påminner en om vad man besitter i sin vidunderliga kropp, så hade det rent konceptuellt fallit platt. Han gör något som kan vara intressant mycket intressantare i ljudform – det inspirerar på olika sätt.

Detaljrikedom är något vi tycker om på Repartiseraren. Allting tas fram i förgrunden och gestaltas på olika sätt, man kan höra alla instrument och alla ljudmanipulationer. Ingenting faller bakom förvrängningarna. Riktigt bra mixat och mastrat. “Illiac” är intressant på så sätt att den har en futuristisk prägel, synthljuden flyger in och ut men lämnar inte en oberörd. Ju längre in man kommer desto mer utvecklas låten och blir något av en favorit, när allt vävs samman och kombineras på bästa möjliga sätt – för att bli så unik som möjligt, men samtidigt ha kvar sin karaktär.

Jugular” blir en känslosam, knastrig resa in i det djupaste, mörkaste. Genomgående är hur saker passerar förbi och återkommer, funktionellt. Man blir en åskådare som får beskåda något audiovisuellt, och i vissa delar är melodierna väldigt koncentrerade samt välutvecklade. Det finns inget utrymme för några som helst felaktigheter. Genomgående ett förvånansvärt bra albumsläpp.

Ni kan lyssna på släppet i sin helhet här nedanför. Föreslår även att ni köper släppet.

 

 

 

Review: The Bug vs Earth – Concrete Desert

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This is one of the first times I’ve taken a good look at a bigger artist and wanted to review what they’ve released. I found the concept worthy of investigation track-by-track, since the whole theme surrounding it is alluring. The aesthetics are interesting and it feels worthy to delve into deeper and see what can be found or what can not be found. I am now about to dissect this release. It clocks in at around 90 minutes – making it around an hour and a half long.

City Of Fallen Angels” is a dreamy but dreary experience. Stating what the title is isn’t enough to describe how the song is. Conceptually it makes perfect sense why it is titled that way – as it infects the overall sound as well. Experimental electronica seep through the headphones and the barren landscape appears ahead of you. The atmosphere is such that it represents that and it takes you from tumbleweed and calmness into the stormy heart of a city. As you come further into the song it charges up for a second and then unleashes the noisyness which is normally reserved for industrial music, coupling it with laidback electronica – messing up your points of reference and as it progresses you’re stunned by the intensity of it. The soundscape is bombastic and doesn’t hold back, but comes in with assertive ease. Lulling you into submission.

Gasoline” is eerie. Keeping the listener at bay while he awaits what happens around the corner. Nothing. Then, suddenly, a slow rhythm brings out the melody and adds to that a solid baseline that is strung out by an electric guitar. Even though it remains in the solid rhythmics that it started with, it warps you into different ones that make you wonder if you’ve lost your mind or not. Layer upon layer of mighty instruments that figuratively catch on fire as he pours on more gasoline. Still, even though it broods primitive melodies and an unorthodox soundscape – it fades out the way it faded in. Nothing catches on in this track but it manages to hold a special kind of craftiness that make it broad and intense under the surface anyway. No need for it to give off a spark.

Agoraphobia” – if you weren’t to begin with, maybe this murky and spaced out song will make you experience the phobia. What feels like the development of a smashing song goes out of its own way to create weird melodies within the melodies and rhythms in the rhythm. The amplified sound of the rambunctious noise that is created by the baseline – or what at least seems to have been created from it – is suddenly paired with riffs that would make you feel a transgression from electronica to non-electronic music is happening. That, however, never happens. I’m not too sure about whether to feel positive or negative about this song, but I’m impressed about how the seemingly out-of-motion melodies later in bring out the experimentalism in its purest form. It is odd, it is weird, it is intimidating to a degree – just to fade out like the other ones have.

Here’s a grime-infused track, “Snakes Vs Rats“, that gathers the best out of that genre and ignore the vocals. They create a sort of underground opera-like electronic music together with the grime-beats. Dissecting the genre for what it is good for and creating a pleasantly huge sound. The most solid rhythm combined with the most forward-thinking of synthesizer sweeps – a glance into the futuristic world as imagined a decade ago – almost bordering to one of the great soundtracks accompanying sci-fis of the 1980’s. The sound portrayed is not an idealistic one, it is a rather bleak non-picturesque and alarming narrative that is being pushed with the song. Somewhere we might be, where we don’t want to be – stuck in the middle, nowhere out, control is absolute.

Broke” is minimalistic to the core. What drives it is a few sounds here and there, well-placed beautiful synthesizers and a claustrophobic atmosphere. A cry for help. Symptomatic of the sound so far is that it relies heavily on the baseline, which helps it progress throughout the soundscape in a great way. Where there is no rhythm, one have to create it in between the noisy and deconstructed melodies that are repetetively churned out – as the outdrawn riffs play a vital role in keeping the maniacal atmosphere livid. There is something about the song that draws on what solid ground The Bug (and Earth) create everything. It is immersive and too real.

From the beginning, “American Dream” is a piece of work just seconds in. Unfortunately everyhing looses its meaning after the monstrous opening. Maybe that is just the way it is supposed to be, as it is certainly not a portrayal of the american dream in any positive way at all. But it by now only feels like an empty statement, having heard the other songs that contain something more then just the formulaic approach he has in this one. It’s good how he draws from his earlier creations and put it into a whole, synchronized experience. What’s bad is that it feels like one has already been here, listened through it and discarded it on the way. Sure, the attention to detail is very ambitious, but it in the end becomes just an outdrawn piece of ambient music that do no justice at all.

Don’t Walk These Streets” hits you over the head and immerse you into a gruesome world. Blindfolded, struck repeatedly by the knife-sharp rhythms and the playful melody of the piano, the message of the song becomes apparent. It is violent in its nature but you don’t have to fear anything, listening to it. You’re far away from the emotions itself – it is like you’ve detached from them and become a part of this message. They marvelously craft something you want to listen to repeatedly, expanding the song every step of the way to make it even more enchanting. The depths of the synthesizers and the crassness of the beats are not temporary – they exist there to give meaning to the soundscape. A very well-rounded song all-in-all.

Other Side of the World” gives off a meditative feeling. After you’ve been entangled into the music – a basedrum hits and catches you off-guard. Every single part of the song has some kind of magnificent tone to it. The different facets stand and fall together, nothing can be separated or it will knock the rhythm and melodies away from one another. As simple as the song might seem, it is very addictive. Here’s a perfect transgression from different genres and what it lacks in rhythm it makes up for in melody and structure.

Hell A” is too hip-hop for me. A genre that is not of my liking at all. If that kind of rhythm and those beats have been reserved for something else – it would be fine. Had it been stripped from the atmosphere and replaced with a better rhythm, it would’ve been a glorious listening as the dark synthesizers come in, sweeping the floor with everything else. It becomes a very energetic song that doesn’t stray away from the better aspects of his music. Without that edge and vibe to it – it would’ve been a lost cause and nothing worthy to listen to at all. It is good that he at least keeps that in but he should’ve left more out this time – in terms of beats.

The title-trackConcrete Desert” is a phenomenal ride from curiosity and into the bleakness of the human soul itself. Right from the start you’re immersed into his world, you’re taking part of what he has created and he leaves no ends open, instead of thinking, one seems to be in need of visualising the music – it really gives off an audio-visual experience that is on the next level. After some of the previous songs it wouldn’t seem possible but he manages to create the narrative, spin it into the conciousness of the listener and give meaning to the instrumentation in more ways than just the musical. Which is good, since this song should be the summary and epitome of what this album is about.

Dog ft JK Flesh” is the resounding adaptation of one of the other songs from this release. He manages to add a whole other sound to it than The Bug and Earth could do. It becomes much angrier, more cheeky. When they had to choose a vocalist, nobody could fit the bill more perfectly – this simply cannot be unheard and fits too perfectly. Same can be said about “Pray ft JK Flesh” – here JK Flesh is allowed to be as expressive as possible through his powerful vocals. After listening this far in it is nice to have this addition in the release becomes it helps it become more vital instead of rehashing everything over again – instead creating something new of it, even more intimidating.

Nothing more can be said about this album other then that “Another Planet” is the perfect outro. Easy to listen to and it makes you yearn for more of this kind of music. When you think about it, the album is solid and pretty good despite its faults. I suggest you get it from Ninja Tune (or The Bug vs Earth themselves) in physical form, instead of digital. Though you might want to listen through it a couple of times before, it still is a good headphone experience. Stream the whole album down below.

Recension: Kuggljud – Industri & Näring Vol. I

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Robin Smeds Mattila (Human Rays) har startat upp ett skivbolag alldeles nyligen. Fokuset ligger främst på etablerade men även okända artister inom experimentell elektronisk musik. Kuggljud har anordnat olika evenemang i Stockholm där musiken som återfinns på detta samlingssläpp, består i artister som spelat på dessa evenemang tidigare. Släppet är en del i en serie av samlingar. Vi tar oss an detta släpp i en recension, låt för låt – och den klockar in på cirka 39-40 minuter totalt.

Först ut är “Den Första Snön“, en låt av Jonas Röde, som tidigare släppt EP:n “Går” på Zeon Light. Med en konstant rytm som lämnar mycket åt tankeverksamheten och en rungande saxofon, så målas det upp en inre bild av just det låtnamnet symboliserar. Men den mer pittoreska lilla svenska byn mitt i snön förvandlas till någon storstadsdystopi tack vare saxofonen. Det är fräckt att höra hur melodierna sakta flyter in i varandra och utvecklas, men det blir egentligen inte mer än en låt i ständig rörelse. Man får ta det man hör och ta tillvara på det, vilket gör skäl för sin sak när saxofonens rytande långsamt försvinner och ersätts med lågmälda toner.

När låten egentligen borde försvunnit ut i snöstormen så hänger den efter en tiotals sekunder, förändras lite grand och håller nästan på att utvecklas till något helt nytt precis innan det sista av den konstanta syntslingan hörs – som om den höll på att inneslutas i en bubbla från omvärlden, för att rekonstrueras och bli mer än bara ett slut på en låt – kanske en början på en annan del, vem vet.

Man kan verkligen tala om kontraster, när “Glaciär“, en låt av Unknown Sister, knastrar in bestämt. Konsten att gå från en oljudsvall till eftertänksam IDM-musik, är verkligen något man kan kalla för märkligt i detta fallet. När den hårda bastrumman spränger bergsväggen så sker det till några av de vackraste melodier jag hört inom dessa genrer, eller i alla fall denna korsningen, på ett bra tag. Det känns härligt när fokuset ligger på att understödja melodierna för att få fram rytmen, genom att blanda så hejvilt som det gjorts här. Låtnamnet är det ingenting fel på för det beskriver exakt det som sker i låten.

Pissmöten” är nästa låt, av Besökaren. För den som har varit tvungen att genomlida onödiga möten borde väl detta nästan vara den heliga graalen. Man känner riktigt hur tristessen lyser igenom och hur den svenska, kanske norrbottniska, lynnet gör sig påmint genom en person (förmodligen besökaren själv, då) orerar om hur “mötet blivit framflyttat tre gånger” redan. Eftersom att det finns en hög igenkänningsfaktor i denna låt så fastnar skrattet i halsen – för hur orimligt det än kan vara att göra en låt om det, så har det nu gjorts och det passar helt perfekt i en samling för experimentell (svensk) elektronisk musik. Kanske är detta till och med själva markören för volym ett.

Från att gå till karg socialrealistisk lyteskomik på ett vis, till seriös rytm så fort, är intressant. Det är nog också det som är charmen med den experimentella elektroniska musiken. Hur annorlunda allt är vartannat. CHIAB lämnar avtryck med låten “Modern Money“, och man kan konstatera att det finns ett visst hantverk involverat i låtarna, särskilt denna. Av enstaka samplingar och manipulerade ljud så kan man skapa något helt fantastiskt. Det är en hektisk låt som står och faller med rytmen – det är kärnan i det hela – och med den skapas det fasansfulla melodier.

Besökaren har tydligen fått äran att ha två låtar på denna samling. Nu blir det på snudden till att gränsa över till Onkel Kånkel-musik, eller kanske något Arvid Tuba-liknande – eller varför inte något annat? Jag vet inte riktigt. Låten gör en förvirrad. Instruktionerna är dock klara och låten är över efter en minut. Även fastän det kanske låter löjligt när det beskrivs så finns det i alla fall någon substans i det och även om det är simpelt så är det njutbart.

Sist så är det Förbandet Krunic Schmidt som levererar field recordings, parat med ambient och drone – för att leverera något riktigt underskönt, med låten: “Skilda Vägar (Barnen i 163)“. Även om denna låten kanske inte direkt gör något intryck, så får man leta i hur det är komponerat för att komma någon vart. Det känns som om det kunde utvecklats lite mer, det känns för kompakt och instängt – när det kunde varit grandiosare. Men de levererar en snudd på sorgsen ljudbild, så någon känsla väcker de i alla fall till liv med musiken.

Human Rays har faktiskt lyckats rätt så bra med sitt första samlingssläpp. Det känns som ett bra tvärsnitt för de (oss) som inte känt till Kuggljud sedan tidigare, och som förmodligen inte heller varit på någon av livespelningarna. Man vill ha mer utav det här och då passar det utomordentligt med en serie samlingssläpp – så håll ögonen öppna.

Ni kan lyssna till albumet i sin helhet här nedanför, passa på att köpa en kassett för att stödja nästa släpp i serien.

 

Reviews: Multiple Man – New Metal, V/A – Strategies Against The Body Vol. 2

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Here comes a double track-by-track review of the newest releases, courtesy of DKA Records, based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Their discography includes: Boy Harsher, Dylan Ettinger / Goldendust, Profligate, Fit Of Body, Warning Light, Voice Of Saturn / Anticipation, High-Functioning Flesh, Valis, TWINS and Women’s Work.

As of the 2nd of March they’ve added two new releases to this immense discography – the debut full-length LP-release by Brisbane’s twin-brother-duo Sean and Chris Campion, otherwise known as Multiple Man, the release goes by the name of “New Metal“. Strategies Against The Bodies have now been introduced as a second volume, featuring even more artists then the first compilation. In this article I dissect each song of both releases and tell you my opinion on them. The release was mixed by Matt Weiner (CGI Records) and mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann.

Starting off with “New Metal“, having listened through their other discography, including favorites of mine from Detonic Records – the “Guilt Culture/Boiling Down” double-single – it is fair to say that when introducing this new full-length they’ve grown a bit in my eyes considering the sound itself and the general aesthetics which are pleasing for the eyes as the cover itself (created by James Stuart) reminds one about earlier industrial-releases in terms of appearance. You get a sinister and chaotic feeling in terms of the colors when they mix together, outlining the appearance of a seemingly distraught and/or desperate man. The font is also alluring and you basically get it right if you think the release has anything to do with body music or industrial music.

As the first song “Slow Code” is rung in by the scraping of metal, a violently underlying basedrum is introduced and on top of that a steady rocking beat – which together with other percussive elements mixed together – suddenly jumpstarts an electronic body music rhythm. It’s a pleasing synthesizer which develops into a harsher, more industrial-like anthemic kind of song, as outdrawn baselines and the overlying synthesizers make the rhythm multi-faceted – together with murmured vocals that add to the sinister feeling you get whilst listening to it. It is a somewhat catchy song that draws in a self-assuring vibe in terms of how bombastic everything gets after a while.

Even though it is repetetive in some parts, the soundscape itself morphs into something completely different the longer in it progresses. The chorus brings everything together into the theme of the whole song and what it is supposed to be and convey. It is a cold endeavour but at the same time it is not stripped of any emotions, as there is a whole palette of different feelings that you feel when listening to it. I feel alert, concentrated and inspired, on the edge tuning in.

If the first song was portrayed as anthemic, wait until you hear “Power Fantasy” – which starts with an off-putting “yoo-hoo“, to be smashed into your consciousness by one of the most perfect rhythms I’ve heard in this wave of new-body music. Everything about this song relies on the first synthesizer-rhythm and the percussive elements that are introduced. To add to the general heftiness of the song itself, the vocals together with additional basedrums create an enjoyable repetetive atmosphere which later on looms into a more atmospheric concentration of industrialized sound.

The sudden shrieking of the vocalist reapplies the stripped soundscape and reuses it to their heart’s content. Even after only having listened to the first two songs, one must say that this one – “Power Fantasy” – is something really special. Whether it is the retro industrial feeling that weighs in when all the beats collide, or if it is their special brand of it, is hard to say. But damn it is a really catchy song and even though the lyrical content might be unintelligible at times – the simpleness of it adds into the harsh emotional deliverance – which they manage to do perfectly. It is a jaw-droppingly good song, once you’ve listened through it way too many times.

Now with the next and third song on this release, it is less concentrated to harsh rhythms and electronic body music and more pure electronica with minimal synth weaved into it – I am, of course, talking about “Luxury Boys“. There’s a certain primitive vibe to the song even though the synthesizers, baselines and beats together concoct a swaying and interesting blend of these different forms of electronica. It feels dated, like something out of a time-machine, yet remarkably attached to the modern world as such. However, it would fit great in an alternative movie from the 1980’s.

At times the atmosphere feels like something exotic, especially when you hear the percussion and the main synthesizer which steadfastly creates a memorable thematic, which you end up portraying in your head. It is audio-visually a really great song, however I’m more impressed by the harsher side of Multiple Man. Though they’ve managed to, in their song, convey a more laidback alter ego – musically.

Skin” – their fourth song – has that same kind of feeling attached to it like the previous song. It seems like they’ve changed the general theme of their songs, as it progresses from the first and second, to the third and the fourth. It develops lyrically as well and becomes some kind of acid electronic bastard child of industrial music. When the synthesizer revs up to show its true acid colors – one is intrigued by it since it adds a whole different characteristic to the song itself – alongside the vocals that are unenthusiastically chanted and feel like they’re just being dragged along for the ride.

It is probably one of the songs up until now that have the best vocals in them. It adds so much more to the experience of listening to the song as well as the development of the soundscape as it accompanies the different influences and rhythms perfectly together. Though it might be added that the song in itself is impressive in many ways, it fails to attract any further emotions when listening to it, as it is only brought out when everything is brought together in an almost cataclysmic fashion.

Returning to the pure electronic body music with the fifth song “Negative Space” – an ominously sounding piece. A continously pounding rhythm attached to a gloomy atmosphere, feeling more like an intermission then anything else. One can’t help but feel left to the metaphorical clock ticking in the form of outdrawn synth-stabs. Somehow the electronic body music elements are of not the same importance as the more atmospheric aspects of this song. The continuity is what defines it all. It just keeps going.

Maybe this might be the dividing line that will shift the musical focus to something else or it may just be a filler for the filler’s sake. Usually, artists and bands have one of these kinds of tracks in their repertoir, in the case of Multiple Man – this song stands out from their others and in a positive manner as well. Reminding oneself about the shifting character of their sound and what they might be able to accomplish, and want to accomplish with their music.

Hotter Then Hell” is the sixth song on this neverending ride of different, excitingly fresh electronic body music with industrial vibes. This song is probably the most sublime of the bunch so far, it has got a really ambiguous vibe to it. One negative thing about it is that it is also the most boring song in terms of the soundscape, as there’s not much happening and it is not as upbeat as the other tracks. Nothing wrong with a downbeat track but this one doesn’t really cut it for me.

Ideal Self” is where it is at. It’s been tried with the other songs but it has got a funkier vibe then the other ones. The atmosphere is really wicked and the rhythm goes up and down like a jojo, embracing the more danceable elements and turning it around for them now later on in this release. It is really all about combining the more unusual genres and turning it into the new face of the Multiple Man that makes it or breaks it in terms of this song. Groovy is what characterize this musical experience the best.

Interestingly enough, as the song fades out and turns into “New Metal” – they’ve decided to put this title-track last on the record. Really a perfect summarization of what they have achieved during this eight-track long release. Even though it lacks everything that made the first few songs great it combines everything one’s heard so far into a mixture of the weirdness and the high energy electronic body music into an acid and industrial rollercoaster which holds up in the end.

I say that only because the rhythms are on point and this song is basically what you should’ve listened to first if you wanted a summary. My thoughts about this full-length debut-LP on DKA Records is that it brings something odd to the table and spins things around completely out of your own safe-zone. You must have taken a liking for electronic body music transgressing into all kinds of different music genres, plus the experimental edge in which Multiple Man hold their territory firm. Although some of the songs are a disappointment, not all of them need to be as good as “Power Fantasy” to hold up in the end. The more you listen to it, the more you enjoy the self-willed nature of this duo.

Tomorrow this article will be updated with a track-by-track review of Strategies Against The Body Volume 2. You can stream Multiple Man’s release “New Metal” down below and make up your own mind about it, but from what I’ve heard throughout the songs – they’ve surely got potential that enrich the DKA Records discography further.

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A follow-up to the 2015 compilation “Strategies Against The Body – Volume 1” have been released via DKA Records. Featuring a whole different roster of artists, containing various electronic genres, all derived from the so-called underground. Some of them more established then others. The cover for the release is very aesthetically unpleasant to lay one’s eyes on but is a reflection of what you can anticipate when listening through this compilation of artists.

Pyramid Club is the first artist and one must say that they’ve got a whole lot better songs then this one. It’s a freakishly monotonous song that doesn’t really cut it. One doesn’t really feel anything when listening to their song “It’s All Grey” – the atmosphere that is there is off-putting and doesn’t do them justice in terms of their discography, otherwise. What saves this song is the latter part of it beyond three minutes in, when the vocals go into a howling frenzy and the basedrum lunge at you as if it had gone berserk.

I really want to like this song but can’t really fathom it. Melodically it is odious and it doesn’t even give the tag ‘experimental‘ body music any revitalization. Repetetiveness and experimentalism can give you a whole other insight into what electronic music ultimately could be about – but here they just fall flat with their brand of it. Very unfortunate for anyone who’s fond of Pyramid Club’s current discography of demo-tracks with lots of potential.

Now on to Passing, who’s song “Sacrifice” starts off rather intriguingly with that bass-filled melodious atmosphere which bounce around in infinity together with acid influences as rambunctious electronica pushed to its limits. Then, suddenly, the vocals are introduced into the mix and one is instantly taken out of the mesmerizing sound – because they lack the punch and the guts which the rest of the soundscape perfectly molds into – overtime. It adds absolutely nothing that progresses the atmosphere even remotely. It would even be better if it was wholly instrumental instead, unfortunately.

All-in-all, the song itself has one hooked to the beats, rhythm and melodious extravagance. There’s a sense of emergency in the overall expression it gives, the fast-paced lunging, acidic body music with electronic overtones – masterfully executed, instrumentally at least. It’s got the perfect length as well and you can never get enough of the simple melodies that together make something out of nothing, adding complexity together with the percussion.

What never tires me is the special kind of desperate brand of electronic body music that Celldöd creates. He can make something out of nothing, it sounds huge no matter what he attaches himself to and the atmospheric feel of “Hemliga Rum” is made alarmingly brutal with his vocals alone. A hiss here and a hiss there, a steady acid rhythm with a baseline that seems to get harder the further into the song you get – the echoes of the vocals, making one uneasy listening to the song – all that is there, in the vast nothingness that he portrays – follow him into the secret room.

Imagining that it would be some kind of abandoned house or industrial setting, together with the lyrics in Swedish repeatedly saying “Take me with you, I want to see what you see, into secret rooms“, as if he is desperately clinging on to something – the deliverance is absolutely on point and adds much as the snaredrum hit is industrially enhanced by sounding like he’s hitting on a metal object – which in reality, maybe he is. It adds that extra portion of the atmosphere which would otherwise be lacking. In the end a very good song which leaves nothing to imagine, audiovisually he puts images in ones head.

Continuing in basically the same manner as the other songs, a kind of acid-inspired baseline together with melodic noises, Spatial Relation‘s song “Infinitely Wary” is now playing. I don’t really know what to say about Lissette Schoenly’s vocals – but it fits very well into the atmosphere created by the synthesizers and percussive elements – though it really does nothing for me while listening to it. I feel no emotions, it just feels like one has to get through it to get on with listening to the rest of the compilation. This brand of electronica hasn’t really gotten me interested, which is a shame, since they repeat what Pyramid Club did with their introductory song to this whole compilation.

When one has listened through the song a few more times, one finds it to be somewhat alluring – though it can’t be explained, really. There’s something avant-garde about the approach to the whole song and how they utilize the different elements of it, how it gradually progresses and how it finishes. There’s a little redemption in the form of the atmosphere as it grabs onto you in a weird way, the electro-vibe and all, which is odd to say the least but hey.

One of my favorite projects since “The Red Dress – Parts I/II“, James Andrew’s own Tifaret, is featured on this compilation as the fifth track in a total of ten. The song “Lara” interesingly enough sounds like “Keep On Driving” (one of his other songs) – the difference is if Andrew Eldritch had a son, James Andrew would be his. Their vocals are really alike and one feels like he’s drawn a little bit too much inspiration in his song-making from The Sisters Of Mercy’s front-man. It is, however, not pastiche – the atmosphere is nice and the beats are on point.

Melodically it must’ve drawn influence from his earlier song but it doesn’t really matter. This is one of the better songs I’ve heard on this compilation up until now. Hopefully this is the one that turns it around and introduces one to some equally as great songs. It should be released simultaneously as this song, as it feels like a variant and lies really close in the whole soundscape and if it weren’t for the different melodies, more emotional vocals, it would almost be identical.

Suddenly, awestricken, in a good way. Anticipation flies into your ears with that subliminal, brooding electronic body music that has a groove like no other – talking of course about the song “Photograph” – which together with samples and a rhythm out of this world is gradually making one reconsider what one’s written about the compilation in general. Now we’re talking about some serious electronic music, whose atmosphere makes one dance along to it and is catchy as no other song – currently on this compilation.

One does not mind the repetetiveness of the beats as it slowly develops over time, introducing small but noticeable changes in character which enhances the whole experience of listening to it. The continually pounding sub-baseline pushes the beats further into the forefront of the mix – and there’s never a dull moment listening to this song. Thankfully, maybe there’s still hope for the compilation in large as we proceed.

SinceGhoul” was released in 2016, Videograve have been out of the loop. Now they’re back, on this compilation. The melodies in their song “Dead Men Floating” are equally as sinister as the title of it. They’ve let the melodies be at the forefront of the atmosphere and the beats plus percussion in the back, giving off a resounding and reverberated no-nonsense sound. Videograve are one of the more interesting acts that have emerged the last few years when it comes to electronic music. They have an authentic and goddamn awesome sound. Electronic body music gone haywire, electronic body music developed from a general minimal electronics waypath – never straying away from originality.

This is my favorite song so far on this compilation. I’m very impressed in general. There’s nothing to complain about, it is a really enjoyable song to listen to and there are so many facets of it that you’ve stopped counting. They really portray a sinister picture – a rather picturesque one if one may say so – audio-visually aesthetically pleasing, if that makes any sense at all.

Now for something a lot different. Collin Gorman Weiland’s song “Indenture and Stone” – monotonous industrial techno, with minimal wave influences. A very bleak song in terms of the atmosphere, very heavy when it comes to the industrial side of it and something that brings forth a whole different sound on this compilation. It is noticeable that the end is near whilst listening to it, the very apathetic vocals and the grinding percussion that seem to have no end to it. Draining energy from every outlet where there’s even sound.

There’s an anti-upbeatness to the song, it is downtempo but tries hard to be upbeat. Looming on as if nothing ever mattered, ending rather beautifully and very unexpectedly – turning into an ambient piece that gives one inner peace while listening to it. A welcoming addition to an otherwise interesting and never-ending seance. Had the latter parts of the song been developed even further, there might’ve been a nice blend of ambient industrial and the harshness of the song itself.

Ninth song on the compilation is by ARIISK and is titled “Candid Machine” – which is one of those songs that never develop into anything. It would’ve been better if it had some progression worth to mention. All this experimental electronic body music is making one’s head spin. There’s nothing about the monotonous approach in rhythm that gives anything, it just feels like a piece that is stuck in the same rhythm and melody without ever ending or transforming into anything good.

There’s a continuous lack in the atmosphere itself that isn’t repaired by the beats nor the progression of the song itself. Not to mention the vocals – it doesn’t add or bring anything out of the atmosphere. Even though this song might be meant to sound dark and provoke some kind of emotion, there isn’t any. It feels like one wants to skip the song and head onto the last one, there’s few moments that attract any noteable attention.

Xander Harris delivers the final song on this compilation, titled “Social Leather“. When pushing play on this song, there’s a wondrous tone coming from the melody. It feels like you’re high above the clouds, or that you’re way out of your body and somewhere else. It has a dreamy touch to it and the vocals expand on that subject. There’s an electro-vibe to it vocally and the atmosphere is absolutely phenomenal. There’s a transgression between different electronic genres that he executes flawlessly.

Being the final song on this release, it makes up for other moments experienced while listening to the compilation. One must say, to DKA Record’s credit, that it is a compilation that has some kind of sense of purpose when it comes to the assortment of different artists – too bad that it doesn’t go the whole way in terms of how good that, in theory, should be. I must recommend it any way, because there are certain moments on this release that are enticing. Stream the full release down below on Soundcloud.

Harvesting #14: Transistor Sphere / DRAMA! / Eoster

Without further ado, Harvesting returns with a smattering noise. It’s been about a year since you last saw something in regards to this. This time covering releases from artists that have self-released their albums, to artists whom are already on a label. Everything from Transistor Sphere, an angst-pop artist crossing into cold wave territory, to DRAMA! a Hungarian avant-garde minimal electronics outfit being released on KHK Tapes. To Eostre, whose debut-album will soon be put out in full by the label Soft Corridor Records. Three enigmatic artists with their own perks. Three artists that are going to be covered here in Harvesting number 14. The fourteenth edition of Harvesting, to date. Scroll down and read it all.

a1517745545_10With a total of fifteen songs, the artist Transistor Sphere moves and shape-shifts into whatever that pleases him for the moment. Electronica is moving swiftly from a rather calm intro, to an angst-pop assault. Clashing beats, hypnotic atmospheres and cherished dark rhythms make this moment such a bliss. A moment that can be endured, a moment that is packaged in between fifty minutes and a little bit more. Lurking transmitters wire you to this experience, that moves somewhere in between the minimalism of minimal electronics, to the fast-paced rhythms you’d otherwise hear in a breakbeat or drum’n’bass track. The album itself has a titled that describes the feeling you get when listening to it: “Disintegrated“.

Here’s where everything dissolves and at the same time it’s a trip into the utmost space of the soundscapes. It can change for a minute, a few seconds – or a little bit more – from the most beastly fast-paced running electronica – to the utmost minimalistic heresy. The melodious content of this album is not something you should underestimate. His eloquent touch with sincere electronics overshadow the whole darkness that is repetitive in the atmosphere of the tracks. It feels organic and it doesn’t feel soulless at all. Low-key beats bounce upon the samplings, the noises that can be heard are briefly swooshed away in favor for something else. Clearly a multifaceted release that goes in between ominous music, deliberate angst-pop with baselines as deep as the blue sea, to the cold wave and in touch with the emotional content at hand – to a degree that is probably not heard when listening to other artists. It’s also clear that he’s influenced by Friedrich Nietszche‘s philosophy to a degree, in regards to the quote on his page: “The future influences the present just as much as the past“. A mysterious artisan at his craft, an interesting antagonist at our hands. Listen to Transistor Sphere‘s album “Disintegrated” below.

khk03_The cacophony doesn’t stop here, as DRAMA! steps up to the plate and run amok. This is a Hungarian artist whose participation in music ranges back to a compilation this artist was featured on, which was “Central Heating” – a compilation crafted by the same label he’s on – namely KHK Tapes. It was released back in 2012 and even though this release, which is his first self-titled, was released in 2013 – we thought of featuring it anyway. He’s got a rather out-of-the-ordinary industrialized landscape of sound which is carefully crafted together between the boundaries of industrial and tape music in the first hand, and minimal electronics as the underlying motor that is pulling this workhorse forward. Forwarding public domain information from the United States in the shape of sound, mixed together with a regular rhythm make a rhythm out of the samplings that he’s borrowed from these domains. This results in a pretty weird but rather analogue experience that will drive you insane sooner or later. A lot of the tracks don’t even make it over three minutes, which makes them a lot shorter then what is expected. The release is compromised of thirteen tracks and the further in you go, the stranger it gets. Noise gets on top of the chain, whilst an almost power electronics sound is dominating throughout – resonating with the scrappy sound of the electronics. Once you go in there, you’ll come out with bad German soap operas that have been used for sampling purposes, but also dubbed things that you can’t really find the source for – unless you’re interested in that stuff. The whole ordeal you’ll have to endure when listening through it feels like a re-cycling of sound. All the primitiveness that can be heard is overlapped with interesting build-ups, heavy and noise synthesized sounds, charred beats that would make you suffer if you had to listen to it even longer. The format is well-thought out, since you can only endure it long enough until the repetitiveness kills you on its own. But mind you, it’s not boring to listen to, at least. You can listen to the whole self-titled release down below, from KHK Tapes bandcamp.

a2596681461_10Glad you’ve read this far. Lastly, we’ve got an experience for you that you’ll probably find rather enjoyable. Eostre is a solo-project that combines the ingeniousness of minimal electronics with the rather rugged sound of ambient and experimental electronics. A formula that the man behind the solo-project, the Belgian man Sébastien Schmit (K-Branding/Service Special) have made his own. Harnessing the monotone vocals that he puts out on the smooth surface of the tracks. A rather interesting paradox between the smoothness of the ambient in the tracks with the rather rugged beats that hit you hard in your neck. This is his debut-album under this moniker and it’s titled “They Were Made Of White Cloth“. Put out by the label Soft Corridor Records. What’s interesting with the two tracks made available on this release is how they change from being a rugged trip into the unknown, hitching a smooth ride – but ending with bubbling electronica and then simply fading out.

Just to change to rather ethnic beats with the other track made available, a kind of middle eastern and/or oriental touch with a sullen synthesizer that almost reminds you of that calm, but oriented emotional saxophone sound that gets played rather frequently in films from the 1980’s. Especially if these films are Action-films. It is clearly noticeable that the different instruments form an intricate rhythm together, that is being based upon underlying rhythms that soar through the dampened landscape of sound. Well, tough luck, because Sébastien is a drummer when push comes to shove. This is also noticeable in how he form the different patterns for the rhythms. Everything goes dancing throughout the soundscapes of these two tracks. Not much more can be uttered about this release, since all tracks have not been made available. It’s a joint release between Soft Corridor Records and Alt. Vinyl, and is going to be put out on the 20th of April. The cover illustration was created by Jess Pauwels, and the photography was taken (and designed) by Julien Lambrechts. Listen to and stream this release down below, from Soft Corridor Records bandcamp.

Fluorescent Records celebrate one year by releasing a compilation!

Fluorescent Presents - For Someone Who`s 1

If you haven’t heard of them before, they’re Fluorescent Records and they specialize in digital releases that are up free for download. Their main focus is on eclectic and experimental electronic music, with a little bit of tentacles in everything, amongst other things the following genres: future garage, ambient, witch house, et cetera. They’re totally DIY and are based out of Tallahassee in Florida, run by Daniel Geraci and Johnny Boles. With that in mind, they’ve managed to become a global collective which caters to everyone’s interest within the electronic genres.

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