[20th|21st] December: Lymland & Neugeborene Nachtmusik!

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Two small Islands not too far away from one another—Langeland and Lilleø—might have more in common then you think. Both are geographically not far away from one another. The last-mentioned is closer to a bigger island, the fourth largest island of Denmark, namely: Lolland. If their names were to be transfused and given a totally new one, it would be close to suggest a certain Swedish act that released their debut-album in September of 2012. Since you’re reading this article and have glanced over the headline – you already know what duo we’re writing about.

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Lymland“—an Island full of lemmings? No, it’s not very likely. Rather: an island of wastrels – as “lymmel” is an older Swedish word for “wastrel“. Jerker Kaj and Sonja Perander, currently based in Malmö, released their first album under the name of “Ensamtidsroman” – which sounds terrible if translated directly in English and beautiful – in Swedish. Here’s where the actual thought about their own island came to set root. They created a map to represent their small island. Their reference for the outline of a map perhaps actually was Lilleø—one of the smallest islands in Denmark with an area of meager 0.86 km2. Linguistically the name is constructed of two components: “lille” (little) and “ø” (island), when combined becomes “lilleø” (little island) – with an uppercase “L” transforms into: “Lilleø” (Little Island).

Their artwork for the album outlines the different portions of the island, most of it linguistically interesting, with names on land such as: “Björndalen” (Bearvalley), “Saven” (The Sap), “Molnbyggen” (Cloud-constructions), “Stora Sågen” (Big Saw), “Klingen” (Third Person); from Old High German, etymologically in New Swedish: the blade of a sword. “Notgrund” (Shallow-Note), “Ryggen” (The Back), and “Snårskog” (Brushwood). When it comes to the coast and off the shore, the following names show up: “Gråsjälsgrynnar“, where “grynna” means: underwater shallow. “Silvertoner” – a reference to Sanna Nielsen’s debut in 1996 with the same name? Probably not, but maybe. “Hammar” – their Swedish place of origin? Which could be one of these two places: Hammar, Kungälv or Hammar, Hammarö. The final name, and description of their map is written out as: “Bullerkobban” (Noise-Islet), located in the North-East of their map and island.

Enough with our etymological descriptions and speculations, now it’s time for their actual music. Even though a description they themselves want to put on “Ensamtidsroman” is, and I quote a part of a whole collateral sentence: “Nine tracks that are held together by an honesty and simplicity,” may not be as developed like what we’re about to show you, but with the aesthetics of an island by our own definition, with the exception of their original intent, go well together and bring forth visuals that we ourselves adore. The idyllic setting and the freedom of an eremite, if only for a few moments, are what’s needed when you’d want to take a break and rewind. That’s what their music do on this specific album.

We’ve asked them to contribute for Ljudkalendern, a non-commercial collection where different songs are put up each day to create a nice palette of different kinds of music. For everyone to enjoy now when Christmas is soon upon us. So they worked on a track and got it mastered. Now for the 20th of December which we all missed, it will be our pleasure to bring forth “Fantom Mot Fantom” – a track seemingly inspired by the Finland-Swedish poet Edith Södergran, and specifically her poem: “Stormen (Rosenaltaret)“.

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Exclusive Premiere: D.Å.R.F.D.H.S. – Bockahorn

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Drawing influence from phenomenons and the history of Sweden, for example the Witch Hunting between 1668-1676, for their release on Clan Destine Records, titled “Det Stora Oväsendet“. The cover features a picturesque, in our eyes any way, painting of Swedish countryside during that time – but what lingers in the dark is not known. When you know the topic for this particular release, everything becomes so much more gloomier and frightening, like the etchings of coal on canvas. This is one of their positives which make them unique, in more ways then what sound can offer.

Their collective acronym is D.Å.R.F.D.H.S. – which spells out: Dard Å Ranj Från Det Hebbershålska Samfundet. A play with old Swedish words to create a fictive umbrella term for everything they do. Michel Isorinne and Varg (of Ulwhednar fame) are the sole proprietors of this imaginative collective, though we’d rather say they’re a “duo” – but that doesn’t sound bombastic enough. The topics they engage in seem to be less than fictional, taking most of their influence from obscure or overshadowed occurrences in Swedish history.

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For their forthcoming release “Mjöldryga“, a tattoo seemingly portraying; inked in “D.Å.R.F.D.H.S.” on someones’ arm, one half of a scythe, plus a symbol of some kind, but mainly a flail that’s situated in the middle of the picture – all constitute the artwork for this album. For those of you that don’t know what “Mjöldryga” means, it means the following: (Secale cornutum) is a parasitical organism, a fungus that attacks different kinds of grown plants, including grain of different kinds. This is one part of the main theme of the album – but it goes into different perspectives, probably related to a more or less obscure happening in Swedish history. We’re thankful for them to be around to teach one about topics we as Swedes haven’t learned or didn’t care too much about. Intriguing.

We at Repartiseraren can proudly present to you a track called “Bockahorn“, taken from the B-SIde of the release. It’s a twenty-minute long escapade that hides more beneath the surface than you can imagine. You don’t hear it the first time, but there are nuances in this dark ambient, experimental ambient trip into deep conscience, taking a long time to build with ambitiously created stages in sound. It’s like a playwright completely in sound, related to forgotten bits and pieces of history. Listen to it exclusively down below. It will get released on Beläten in the very near future and hopefully before the next year arrives.

[16th] December: Yves Malone – Yellow Sweater & Junos

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One of our favorite synthwave acts as of late, Yves Malone, have chosen to grace us with an appearance for Ljudkalendern. For those who don’t know, he’s been featured in three reviews and premieres on Repartiseraren, back when Field Hymns compiled three of his earlier released albums into a box-set of cassettes. Since then he’s also released a separate album called “Ebony Sunrise“, on Orange Milk Records. What’s unique about him is how he manages to transfer soundtrack-music out of the box and into proper synthesized music, instead of it sounding exactly like a soundtrack is to sound – if you’ve ever had that feeling of how you can distinguish between the two. Which we’ve had plenty of times. That kind of transcendental move is hard to make when you’re not able to think outside of the box, which Yves is certainly very capable of at least musically. There’s always a thin line between. He crosses them all and it resonates throughout the atmospheres of his songs. Even though a box like the one on Field Hymns have a certain purpose, that had been cemented way before it was re-released, we like his craftsmanship and ambition when it comes to layering synthesizers over one another, creating a heavenly output for both dismay and happiness. Both rhythm, overlapping textures of synthesizers and melodies are important building blocks for his music. We don’t know how he so carelessly pulls all of this off.

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For Ljudkalendern it was originally intended to be an already produced song he had stashed away, from somewhere. As we haven’t had the time to write freely as we’ve wished, we therefore asked Mr. Yves for a concoction that would be linear in theme, but irregular when it comes to the music. Well, maybe not that structured. We proposed that he should produce a completely new track and out came two. Two different tracks both in general atmosphere, but also because one of them, “Yellow Sweater” is more beat and rhythm-oriented, whilst “Junos” take an upper-hand when it comes to perfectly laid melodies that make the whole thing a lot funkier. In a way we’re reminded of a synthwave Group Rhoda, if there ever would be one. A tropical rhythm with playing synthesizers that act as triggers for the rhythm in some cases, but when the melodies come together and shape a grandiose melody everything starts to roll down the hill and become even more exciting. First it fades out, feels like it is rebooting and slowly builds up a baseline that holds up the melodic construction. We give you these two newly procued tracks to stream exclusively for Ljudkalendern and the 16th December – on Repartiseraren!

Exclusive Premiere: ARM – The Coldest Room

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How can not a cold room be a metaphor for the state of your heart? It is when ARM extends himself for a jab at creating a debut-album by the name “Enheartened“. He came from nowhere when he got entangled in anger, letting his synthesizer create a graveyard where the bones of skeletons—are metaphorically used to bang loudly—on tribal drums coated in industrial waste. The melodies are gloomy and not so delightful for the ear, but in a way the chorus have a cheerful tone amidst the atmosphere of doom and haze. With his EP “Bloodbeat“, everyone including us seemed to wonder who this might be and we had no idea until Thomas from Beläten revealed in his presentation, press-text, that it in fact were Dan Serbanescu (Alone In The Hollow Garden/Tanz Ohne Musik). It’s a fresh cut from Pure Ground and Believer/Law, stripped down and put together in Serbanescu’s own imaginative ways.

We must say that his first release was melodic in a way that his forthcoming album isn’t. This one’s more stale and focuses logically on the rhythms, shaking you to the core with his cold-blooded disheartening whispers. A lot more ambition went into conjuring an atmosphere that make you freeze with fear. Reverberated, disgruntled screams and a looming beat – with charred manipulated sounds – wreak havoc as his vocals are present – until distorted away further to ambuscade—waiting for the perfect time to strike. How are you not reminded of The Shining when you hear this? It seems to be a projection of Jack Torrance’s deranged mind. A chilling observation and not something you would like to have in your head. We applaud ARM for masterfully creating such an aversive and frightening sound-scape. Not our cup of tea to be listening to on a daily basis, only to get that first impression of what it actually is.

So in collaboration with Beläten we unleash “The Coldest Room” – a track from ARM‘s forthcoming debut-album “Enheartened“, for your listening displeasure. We find it to be a summary of what horrors you might expect once you’ve put it in your cassette-player to listen to. You could say it’s his anthem for the new guise of how he’s changed his sound, just the slightest bit, to stricken fear and bad feelings into you folks. We say you listen with caution and if you’re interested in industrial music, morphed with synthesizers and a noise-overdrive – this might be the release for you. Stream the song exclusively from Repartiseraren and share this article from our Facebook-page – so you’re able to be one of THREE winners of a download-code for this whole album.

Exclusive Premiere: Bad News From Cosmos – Akira

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Ukrainian improvisers Andrii Hrachov and Iryna Bodnar are two-dimensional in concept; life and death, but three-dimensional when producing, musically; free improvisations, analogue synth commanders and bound to no certain genre. For them, it’s important to conjure a narration that binds together an otherwise escapist, avant-garde free-form of music with its’ static topic. Not to say that it necessarily means that the motive itself isn’t open for various interpretations – but just so the music doesn’t go too far away into abstraction. They themselves say it’s an “eternal experiment” – which makes you wonder if and when they’re going to finish experimenting? Maybe that’s the point with the project and when it ceases to exist—so does the experimentation.

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Bad News From Cosmos have been alive and kickin’ since 2010, releasing their first album in 2013 called “kongogumi“—which may be a reference to “Kongō Gumi” (株式会社金剛組)—Japanese construction company, and one of the oldest independent companies still existing in the world. The album artwork features a White Cherry Blossom (Sakura) – Japan’s national flower, which represents different aspects of Japanese history, but also their culture. Here’s where they seem to have started to wander into a certain topic, whether they like it or not—or maybe, just maybe it’s a reference to bloom (life) and withering (death)—could it be? We’re not sure, but it is a possibility due to their strict enforcement when it comes to topics, but not as strict as not being re-interpretable within the linguistic possibilities of the words.

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The same year when Autumn turned into Winter, “Fjord EP” was released on the Russian label Simphonic Silence Inside. Etymologically speaking, the references sprawl into obscurity, where it not for that we in Sweden have fjords and our brothers in Norway also have it—calling it: “Fjord“; (“a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs“). What comes to ones mind is the landscape of Oslofjord, a rocky landscape, an inlet (or fjord) which seem to metaphorically strew and divide the Islands Hovedøya, Lindøya, Nakholmen, Bleikøya, Gressholmen, and Langøyene on either the left or the right side. We’re not so sure if their reference is even close to ours, or if they simply had a different take on it considering the artwork’s display of a mountain. We would however wish it was true. Or maybe it’s just a reference to Norway and their highest mountain – Galdhøpiggen. We as Swedes would’ve wished for it to be Kebnekaise, so we could take pride in being interpreted by their avant-garde.

We didn’t want to delve any further into their releases, it’s just that those two in particular interested us more and that we would be writing much longer, not getting to the main point of this article, if we were to cover everything. Which we’re not interested in. However, they’ve released three albums since the aforementioned releases and they’re titled (not in order): “Laid down to earth“, “Kids of the Soviet Tree“, and “Turquoise Hearts“—their latest release so far, on Amok Recordings. Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually got to the point now? Yes. So let’s begin.

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French label Anywave Records recently created a sub-division, or sister-label if you will, composed of a palindrome of Anywave—called Evawyna. The purpose was to have a label for digital releases only. So far Heather Celeste have gotten her single-track release “Austere“, re-released on on Evawyna. In this article we’re focusing on the second release, the continuation of Bad News From Cosmos, their forthcoming album “Pearls for Guttiere“—by now down below the sea, if we reference the artwork. Here they’ve taken “nippon-pop” from what we think is their debut-album (“kongogumi“), polished it and put it as the sixth track on this coming album. The mellowly sounding and beat-orientated experimentation relax our senses—feels like diving into the sea, snorkeling, seeing the beauty of the fabric in the ecosystem—and all the wonderful creatures living there. As it is sung in Japanese, we’re vaguely reminded about “Kaneda’s Theme“—from the by now legendary Akira 『AKIRA』(アキラ)(1988) film’s soundtrack, due to the sound but also the name: “Akira“. We’re proud to be streaming it exclusively from our blog-zine and we hope it fascinate you as much as it did for us.

[10th|11th] December: Kord & German Army

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Odd coincidences arise when you’ve got so little time to assemble a non-commercial collection like Ljudkalendern. Picking two opposites that in no way resemble the other, then you know that it’s something fate intended. It was by no means planned in complete detail ahead of time. Because I had no time I missed the opportunity to showcase to you a track for the 11th December, I’ve had to combine yesterday’s—with today’s exclusive premiere. You got to stream the first song ahead of time, before an article was to be published. So you already know that Kord (Johan Sturesson) got his time in the limelight prior to this article being written, contributing with a humorous yet ambitious piece of synth-pop venture—leaving no time at all, to impress the author, as well as the listeners.

Since we’re running out of time, before the 12th December is about to be set, we introduce to you: Germany Army—post-Tassili Plateau—stronger and odder than before. Welcomed out of the swamps where they’ve resided for revitalization, before launching a miniature drone, transmitting sound bytes to enthrall, or disperse your mind once again. Still nobody knows if they are for real or just a product of your own self-delusion. Their donation to Ljudkalendern is titled; “Life, Debt” which is a gloomy marshland of sound; where humans go to escape civilization. It’s back to how it once were—in tune with mother nature, in a rather decayed, manner. When interpreted by us, the title of the song becomes a metaphor for how you’re owing German Army your life, and your indebtedness to them. We on the other hand feel like we owe them a proper showcase since their masterful album “Last Language“—one of their best efforts.

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Who’s at your side,
to for you provide
It’s Johnny!
Who’s Johnny?

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For the army,
do everything
For the army,
don’t be smarmy

This is a special and fated release, due to lack of time. 10th and 11th December in one article. Feel how you move from a spaced out adventurous story, to a draining hazy experience in the midst of a huge prairie pothole—bordering Canada, America’s own North and South Dakota, as well as Minnesota and Iowa—you’re screwed. Take the aforementioned text as a hint, German Army, I might’ve given you a concept for a follow-up to Tassili Plateau.

[5th] December: The Way To Light – Withering Flowers in Bloom

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Long way have he wandered. From an obscure act in the middle of nothingness, to a less obscure and more intrinsic musician. Ever since his first release “That Place Now Forgotten” he’s fought to stay in the shadows just for a little bit longer, to smell the fresh air and dampen his ambitions. Now Austin Rathmell have released two splits, with Horders and Crawl, as well as a second album titled: “Cleansing Silence“. Each time something new is about to be put out, he’s acclimatized himself even more to his original concept—more atmospheric and bleak neo-folk semi-acoustic music—less experimental ins and outs. He still has an ambition to go further with that and introduce even more intriguing components in his music. The further into ourselves that we dwell, the farther we’ve withered. Which is exactly a conception for something to bloom anew—though a contrast in the outlook on life can be found to be the exact opposite.

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After readying his latest release which was put out on Neuropa Records, there’s not many steps to take until he’s introduced once again on Die Song. This American label is working hard on putting out their forthcoming releases, both on cassette as they’ve done in the past—but also on vinyl. It feels like The Way To Light holds a soul-seeking ambition which never have transcended beyond what one man can do. Time and time again this is disproved when he launches yet another strike at the heart of one’s perception of what his music is all about. Now he’s actually being introduced on a non-commercial collection, which is not just any collection but a sound-calendar called Ljudkalendern—organized on and by Repartiseraren. It was originally recorded—doom and gloom—for Autumn and when the leafs fell.

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Though we think it is appropriate for the changing of seasons. From a lengthy heat wave into Fall to a rapid change and decline of heat in favor for cold and rough Winter. Through whispers and dank environments come a heedful call for Yule to slowly commence—not prematurely—but with enough time on our hands to make the best of it. This is music to listen to when you need time to reflect, when you’re at the campfire preparing a meal you’ve hunted yourself. It’s an insight into the hunter-gatherer society that no longer exists. Maybe it’s also a reflection of how the prettiest flowers turn out to shrivel after a while. Nothing ever changes—it only gets worse. The song is titled “Withering Flowers in Bloom” and is a oxymoron in itself, a beautiful one. This is for the 5th of December and the continuation of Ljudkalendern.

Poem:

Oh how it’s never the same“,
he came to proclaim.
For time is never still,
it’s the only thing with free will

Hear ye, hear ye for 5th of December! Now there’s not much time left until a new day is birthed. A snowstorm is upon us and there’s no escape from it, we hope to make it out alive. Let’s settle down in a cave and hope for the best. A new song will be brought forth for your listening pleasure—tomorrow. There’s still time left of today, so you’ll have to enjoy it then. Here’s the exclusive track “Withering Flowers in Bloom” as balsam for your ears.