“Österbotten?” Straight from western Finland, a multi-linguistic haven for both Finnish and Swedish alike, comes the Ostrobothnian Noise Orchestra. A rather small orchestra with eigth members; Heidi Kenttälä (vocals, harmonium), Ilkka Hänninen (electronics, engineering), Johanna Lönngren (fiddle), Julia Hansson (accordion), Marko Aalto (drums, percussion), Mikael Mattila (vocals, electric guitar, bass, percussion, engineering), Tiia Vartio (grand piano, harmonium) and Tuija Puurunen (baritone horn). But the music they create is grandiose and masterful – as it is ambitious and creative. Forming a unique output together with traditional folk-melodies, which they borrow from both their Finnish and Swedish musical heritage – I suppose. With that in mind, they’re avant-gardists with a sense of meddling between the genres – from pure ambient, to a droned out fantasy, thrown in metal – and various other peculiar merges of noise, industrial and minimalistic thinking in a grand setting.
Before their first real release which is the one I’m writing about, namely “ONO101014“, they also had a three-tracked bonanza called “HOMOSAATIO” put out more than a year ago. Where they focused more on dissonant and chaotic noise than anything else, and they probably weren’t an orchestra back then – or so it seems. Their proper album is a huge leap away from their first and a relocation to another part of the world – as their first was more orientally focused – at least if you take the song-titles into consideration. The best thing about this orchestra is how they don’t stray away from using different genres separated from one another, as well as together. You can go from the most chaotic environment to a hauntingly beautiful landscape of sound. You can stream the release in its entirety down below, do also buy the digital version so you can support this wonderful orchestra.
You shouldn’t be afraid of house and techno. That is the message that Don’t Be Afraid sends, a label that is based out of the UK whose specialization lies within leftfield house and techno. Having released their first 12¨ vinyl with Semtek‘s (Benjamin Roth) mini-album “Bells / Tower / Key” in 2010 – continuing with the single “Idiotland“, the mini-album “Lotos Eaters” – finishing the streak with him when “West Acyd Shelter” came out. After that, Mr. Beatnik (Nick Wilson) got his mini-album “Synthetes” released, following up with yet another Semtek-release – which ended 2011. In 2010, they only released Semtek. Since then, they’ve put out releases with everyone from MGUN, Alis, Claws For? to Kelpe, four different compilations as Spargel Trax Vol. 1-4, Disco Nihilist and Neville Watson. Now we’re suddenly in 2013. Since then, there haven’t really been anything released by Don’t Be Afraid. We’re about to change that perception and so are they, as Halvtrak returned since his first and only EP titled “Dust Under Bridges EP“. Basically a nostalgic follow-up whose post-mortem got re-released.
His newly released “Dust Under Bridges (Appendix I/II)” on Don’t Be Afraid, are nine tracks that serve as an appendage for his EP that was released last year. These tracks are basically the remnants of what that was recorded back then, nine tracks which Henri Puolitaival (Halvtrak) deemed to not be worthy of release. They had previously been recorded onto tape by himself, but had never been officially released. Since they originally were released on cassette, Don’t Be Afraid set their mission straight, and released it as a limited edition cassette two days ago. I believe that when I hear these tracks, I can not help but bob my head to the wondrous melodies, the clingy atmosphere and the continually aggressive tempo. Some tracks are more timid, whilst others bring an almost acidic mixture to his technotic house. You’ll be hypnotized by the string of beats that are dragged along by a spaced out landscape of sound. It’s calling for you, calling you to your homeland – in the sky. Sometimes the sheer primitiveness haunt these tracks, as they begin to evolve into something bigger than thou, finalizing the fine atmospheres that is his creation. You can stream and listen to the whole release down below, and you can buy the cassette from Don’t Be Afraid.
In between the clutches of bass music, experimentalism soars as the finnish Luke Lund gears up to deliver an interesting blend of what you’ve just heard – and some kind of dub with industrial influences. Even though the hip-hop samples doesn’t enhance the atmosphere of the tracks, these different genres in a crossover do precisely that. If that influence had been held out of this release, then it would’ve been so much better. Anyhow, he’s just released the album “Lost And Found” on his label Terranean Recordings which he runs together with the polish Bartosz Szturgiewicz. This particular release contain older tracks that have been re-worked during the month of March, to be compiled into a compilation-styled album. He calls the tracks the following: “…long forgotten untitled sketches“. Here the tracks range from roughly four minutes up to thirteen as the longest. When it comes to the longer tracks, they’re more drone and shoegaze in regards to the general atmosphere, whilst some of them deliver a hard-knock bass music-oriented sound with rough industrial textures. The shortest tracks seem to be noisier, but there are even tracks that come into dark ambient territory. So with that said, there are a wide-range of influences that are distinguished by their application in each track. Some are harsher, others are lighter, some are more gloomy, and some deliver a weird combination of genres that affect both rhythm and melody. The tracks themselves are being mixed live with FX and other instruments, and each day there’s another track that gets put up. So every characteristic of the track depend on what kind of mood he’s in that day.
The album itself is compromised of fifteen tracks. If this album sounds interesting, you should check out the other albums that he’s released since 2012. Everything from his first album “Colony“, to the one before this, titled “Forlorn“. He’s also been releasing singles and EPs, starting with his first double-single titled “Breed“, to his latest which is titled “Question / Images“. It is surely noticeable that Luke Lund, whose whole name is Lukas Alexander Lundén, is a multi-instrumentalist. But what’s even more interesting is that he’s self-taught. He remixes, produces and does everything himself. He’s based out of Turku, Finland. Since the label itself is a non-profit digital label, all releases are freely downloadable. But if you like what you are hearing, you should donate a little bit of cash. Stream the whole release “Lost And Found” down below.
Since the much anticipated album “Id|entities” by Ovro is around the corner, I’ve decided to co-operate with the Finnish label Some Place Else, so that I could give you a track that you could stream. Invisible Guy is proud to present the track “Loner“, from the aforementioned album, for you – so you can exclusively stream it and be filled with joy. This particular track is subliminal, suggestive and completely experimental. It takes you to a whole other realm, contrasting everyday life to the extreme. Consequently eliminating the barriers of music, thinking themselves out of the box. “Id|entities” will be released on the 4th of July, by the Finnish label Some Place Else. If you like what you hear, why not head over to their headquarters on bandcamp, to pre-order? If you do that, you’ll get an exclusive CD-r, 2-sided poster, and of course – the Id|entities CD-r. Head out, go in, turn inside out. Or simply stream the track yourself, by clicking the button down below.
I’ve been through with you in the 80′s now in about six parts, four parts were about new wave and two parts were about minimal wave. Now, because of popular demand (not really), I’ve decided to unleash the post-punk monster. It will feature six different parts, whereas each one of them will concentrate on important years. I will walk you through a decade of important music, I could almost call it the golden years of post-punk. The parts will go on like this: Part I, 1980-1981. Part II, 1982. Part III, 1983-1984. Part IV, 1985. Part V, 1986-1987. And finally: Part VI, 1988-1989. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this madness, featuring (mostly) obscure or unknown bands in this sphere. New for this recommendation will be that I have different commentaries under each video, some of them are humorous and others are not. It will cover the basic aspect of each video or text. Enjoy this one.
You’re now entering Part IV of the recommendation.
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