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.
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.
“Who’s at your side,
to for you provide
“For the army,
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.
Out from the blue comes Soggy Creep. At least for me, I had never heard of them since I got an e-mail about the band. Carrying members from different bands like Bone Sickness and Criminal Code, one of them being Avi Roig (ex-It’s A Trap), the Pacific Northwest comes out strong again. Having released a demo ten months ago, completing their first EP just now – six days ago. What makes them strong is their output which they’ve decided to put in the dark punk category, where the baselines darken and a gloomy, almost death-rockish sound seeks it’s way through the cracks. The sound is almost like a dysharmonic skate-punk sound, if you strip away the general cheesyness of it. The anti-skatepunk (or rather, pop-punk) with overt melodious content. Sure, there are melodies that will make you question it – but you don’t really have to – because they’re layered nefariously, showing off a slow but in general tempo-clutching decay. Other tracks are faster, but what makes you twist your head in agony is the atmosphere they create. There’s enough punk in there to make you shout, but complex enough to not make it too simple. The thoughtfulness that sear with the harsh riffs are complemented well by a singer that never goes out of his way to cement their sound, he keeps it on the lowdown for the atmosphere to shroud everything else. Even though he’s a central part of it all.
It is an EP that is well worth listening to and it is a breath of smelly air, for once. Though much of their sound is carried in their instrumental parts, there isn’t much there for you not to like. Enough authority to make you not question it, enough sincerity to be able to pull this off. I’m hoping the Olympians are ready to take it one step further and enhance their sound a little bit more, but it is a perfectly good EP to start your seance with Soggy Creep. The name itself gives an alluring feeling to everything else, even though it should’ve been a bit more mysterious and not as creepy. But hey, each to his own. The release is available for digital streaming and hopefully they’ll release something physical, soon. Maybe it’s the run-up to an album – let’s hope so. In the meanwhile, stream “EP” down below.
From the western world of America, primarily New York, to the eastern realms of Croatia. Two worlds have met when Neud Photo and Zarkoff decided to let each other off the hook. Zarkoff got the chance to totally rework Neud Photo’s gloomier “Dimensions“-track, which has been out since a year ago. This time he used Iva Viskovic, a melancholic pop-queen, to enhance the peppier side of synth-pop. Even though the melancholic vibes can be felt, this rework is a lot more melodic and less atmospheric in a sense. Maybe it’s for the best, maybe it’s for the worst. The listeners don’t have to agree, but this is how Sasha Rajkovic (Zarkoff) have interpreted the original song, through his own lens. On a release that is called “Dimensions/Famous Grouse“, the reworked track is standing tall on the A-side of things – whilst his underground techno track “Famous Grouse“, is representing the Zagreb underground, packaged to the rest of the world – for them to hear. Kraftjerkz, a label from the US run by one guy – was the one that decided to put this release out. A year earlier, the track that you’re about to hear that is reworked, was released in its original shape by them. This is a time when the world is clashing, and what is better than to embrace it by reworking a track and making it into another version? I think you’ll have to listen to it for yourself if you want to believe it. It’s a tell-tale story that can easily be approached by the excitement of the listener. Tune in to “Dimensions (Zarkoff feat. Iva Viskovic Mix)” and forget where everything else came from, just take a deep breath and let yourself be swayed in. You can stream the track exclusively on Invisible Guy, down below. If you want to buy it, go to Downtown 304.