Exclusive Premiere: Lapse Of Reason – Go Away

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are putting out yet another intriguing release, this time their first compilation, titled “Tertium Organum” – a reference and name taken from P.D. Ouspensky’s philosophical synthesis from 1922. The release is what one could expect from Khemia, a sound that is applicable to the masses but works inwards to a whole different set of sub-genres.

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Somehow they’ve managed to curate a compilation that will appeal to more people then their regular crowd, a feat not easily captured from the underground. We’re excited to be working with them again, providing to you what we think is one of the best tracks on this compilation – “Go Away” by Lapse Of Reason.

The compilation will be released on the 7th of December and you can already pre-order.

 

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Recension: Grand Mal x – Darkness

grandmalxdarknessNågonting som gör Grand Mal x till en hörnsten i alternativ elektronisk musik är hans ständigt utvecklande, rörliga ljudmiljö som är något av hans signum. Från poppigare låtar till mörkare, så rör han sig från ett tema till ett helt annat i en mängd olika släpp. Att få nöjet att släppa några låtar på ett samlingssläpp är få förunnat, men ant-zen verkar ha lagt beslag på denna starkt lysande stjärna i en dunkel elektronisk himmel.

MedDarkness” är mycket sig likt men än mer är föränderligt, det som är positivt är de svenska titlarna, trots att merparten av musiken är på engelska ser man nästan fram emot ett par ord på svenska – även om det inte blir till.

Ut ur mörkret kryper en väldigt osannolik kombination av mörkare popnostalgi ihopblandat i en koncentrerad låt vid namn “Nights“, en bra öppningslåt som inte lämnar något att önska. Från rörligheten i synthslingorna till de dängande trumslingorna som snärjer dig direkt, du kastas in i tematiken som ombesörjs i detta album – man förstår nästan vad det handlar om direkt.

Flamma” är som en låt någon ur kollektivet Ascetic House hade kunnat släppt, det är en väldigt låg och suggestiv miljö där allt det experimentella släpps ut för att förlusta sig på det andra, i början påminner det om ett intro till någon sludge rock-låt eller en psykedelisk dänga som kunde befunnit sig inom ramarna för dessa genrer. Man dras med under ytan och sopas till, gång på gång. Låten känns mer underskön, mer äkta på något sätt än den föregående.

Stjärndamm“, den tredje låten på detta album påminner om något som likväl kunde ha varit musik till en spännande nivå på något spel från ett annat årtioende. Spänningen förhöjs av den konstanta rytmiska klang som trummorna lämnar efter sig, det är en okompromisslös slakt av de mest känsliga ljudhinnor. Ibland känns det som att han tar ut svängarna lite väl, men det är de mäktiga synthslingorna i kombination med ambitionen att skapa en fläckfri atmosfär som förhöjer musiken.

Ur Källan Och Ritualer Därav” är den låt som är minst spännande hittills, även om de subtila tonerna fångar en så finns det en hel del grejer som minst sagt känns malplacerade. Som en kosmisk maelström, som en knepig människas inre tankar och vibrationer, en skrämmande insyn till det som väntar utanför. Även om det kan kännas exotiskt i vissa fall, så är det mer som en mellanakt som inte hör hemma på albumet.

The Reaper” är elektroniskt funkig, med enstaka passager som påminner om de vrickade skallar i Vanligt Folk när deras sång kommer in och rubbar hela ljudlandskapet, i frontalkrock med dina sinnen. Basslingorna i denna låt är det som är bäst, de gör att allting skälver och att ingenting står still, de är mystiska och letar sig ut genom de vidöppna springorna i denna genomruttna kåk – den metafysiska varelsens sista gömställer öppnas upp, ut kommer ljudvågor du aldrig trodde du skulle få höra – sinnesrubbat.

Essence” är en spännande låt som känns som en kombination av L’Avenirs mer poppiga alster och mystiken bakom Person:A och hans musik, en kombination av det bästa två andra artister har att erbjuda, men givetvis något helt eget och skilt – även om passager av denna låt melodiskt kan tänkas blandas in där med. Sången är vacker och orden levereras med mening – något som kan saknas i vissa delar av andra låtar på albumet. En av favoritlåtarna på detta album.

Black Book” är vad “Ur Källan Och Ritualer Därav” samt “Flamma” borde blivit om de kombinerats, om vissa onödiga ljudkällor hade skalats av helt och hållet. Mörker, åter mörker som får representera titeln på albumet och som representerar det väldigt väl. Det som är höljt i dunkel, det som letar sig fram i de mörkaste av vrår och som vid ett perfekt tillfälle lockas fram, människans inre och okontrollerbara natur.

Men även bland lager av misantropi kan man hitta en strimma av ljus, någonstans därinne finns det en strimma av hopp, även om det känns avlägset. Hoppfullheten letar sig in i rytmen och håller fast den mot de mer långsamma delar i låten.

A Star For Everyone” har jag nöjet att ha haft på ett helt orelaterat släpp, det är en av de bästa låtarna jag hört med Grand Mal x, det är ingenting nytt utan något äldre men det är helheten med låten som gör att den är så spännande. Hela tiden finns det något att fästa öronen på och något att hänga med i, låten är inte lika lång och som många andra på albumet och behöver inte vara det heller. Grand Mal x i komprimerat men välkomponerat format.

Albumet i sig är en representation av mycket bra som han gett ifrån sig, men även en hel del mindre bra låtar och en hel del som bara är okej. Så länge mer än en låt är bra på ett album så kan man konstatera att det duger – helheten avslöjar att potentialen att nå högre är något han har siktet inställt på. Köp och lyssna här nedanför, via ant-zen.

 

Exclusive Premiere: TWINS – What Should I Expect

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The littlest of the labels in Enfant Terrible‘s ensemble, Petit Enfant, is mature enough to present the forthcoming release “Make Life Before You“, a 7¨ compromised of two songs that are entangled in different universes within electronic music. The part that has been sliced off from this metaphysical cake and fed to us, in celebration of three releases short of twenty – is “What Should I Expect” – a very minimalistic and gritty electro song.

A release with only two songs can either fail in a big way or enthrall the listener, TWINS manages to captivate with the different tones of both the songs, pitting the first song against the second one, the preferred A-side against the hated B-side – which side do you pick? I for one pick the second one, but the first track definitely has some charm attached to it, a less experimental knife piercing through the soundscape.

This is the first of three exclusive premieres from Enfant Terrible’s wonderful concoction of electronic releases, you can listen to it down below and it will be available for purchase in late October, limited edition of 250 copies.

 

Exclusive Premiere: Bakunin Commando – Void Desire

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Post-electronic body music that has morphed into a monstrous repetitive being, a permanent assault on your eardrums that is as uncompromising as the outlay in Bakunin Commando, Signore Baudazzi’s brainchild takes as much as it gives the listener in return – an anarchic point of view transmitted directly and forcefully into your mind.

The split-release is coupled with more industrial hemorrhage, as Veleno Viola takes the lead roll, the main alter-ego of this man’s twisted world. No matter what you think about the music itself, the release is aesthetically pleasing in different ways, even though much of it could be enhanced – the small tidbits that you get to enjoy are enough.

In collaboration with Kess Kill we exclusively premiere this track, as this is written it may already have been released, the eight release in Kess Kill’s discography (KESS08), paving the way for even more ambitious music in the future. You can get the vinyl here, listen to the track exclusively down below.

Exclusive Premiere: Michael Idehall – In The Black Tower Of Alamut

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The never ending stream of good, concentrated efforts of Michael Idehall are delving further into his own aesthetics and esoteric messages. With “Aion Reborn” he treads on the same path that have been created since the start, but he opens up to a softer yet harsh landscape of sound that brings forth the most deranged, beautiful experiences yet.

Most of the tracks are entwined with one another, creating a dynamic thread that runs through the whole album. There is not much to add to an almost perfected sound, but yet he manages to fit different meanings and sounds into an already crammed soundscape. He is a genrebender by nature and there is no certain word that can put these works into a specific genre, which is refreshing.

We’ve always liked the warmth of his sound emanating from below, the atmosphere swings a heavy hand onto you and you’re hooked from the first track and all the way through. Luckily we get to exclusively premiere “In The Black Tower Of Alamut” from this album, and you can stream it down below.

Make sure to pre-order this album from Raubbau, it will be released on the 12th of September.

 

Listen: Walk Onto Sun – Grow Static

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Walk Onto Sun released his second release, and second EP “Grow Static” in October of 2017, it’s been a long time since I was introduced to it by the musician himself – but now is the time to delve into the music – and see if it holds up as well as his first debut-EP “In the Inside“.

First trackIsn’t Real” is a stunning piece that grows on you after the first erratic steps the beats take in different directions, stuttering beats that flow upon an atmosphere of otherworldliness and paranoia – slowly taking the form of a regular four-oh-four beat, but taking bits and pieces out of the sound-scape the further in you get, making it as weird as it was starting out, as you get to the end.

It’s like a bad dream that you can’t awake from. Some of the vocals make you wonder when it will turn into a proper martial industrial piece, but it holds its guard up against such a transgression. Even though some if it might seem out of rhythm, the blending of arrhythmic noises and confusing electronic synthesizers together – makes you realize what time went into making this song.

Hollowed Out” is more sinister, it follows less of an experimental route, and includes the deep baselines you’d want to hear in his music – a more ritualistic approach in combination with industrial music, in the setting of a post-industrial séance. Even though it is more primitive in relation to the first song, the vocals make it a monotonous piece of music as it drives you into a feverish state of mind.

Though some of the vocals might turn you off from the track, you take time to appreciate the wondrously created atmosphere – as it seems to turn for a more wicked approach each time a new sound is added in, but never lets you down when it come to being consistent without making it too predictable.

InFeral Plains“, Ben Engebretson (Walk Onto Sun) is assisted by Steve Holms in the form of metal percussions – this is really what keeps the song on track and adds a focused vibe to an otherwise outdrawn, hazy kind of downtempo ambient industrial music. We’re not sure if the vocals are meant to be so monotonous, but it both adds and takes away from the general feel of the song.

Ironically enough, the title-track “Grow Static” and the last song of the release, is actually the best one in our opinion. It summarizes what Walk Onto Sun is capable of when he channels the right percussion at the right time, the right rhythm at the right time – and the right atmosphere at the right time. Everything in this song seems way more planned then in the other ones, so hopefully this can make a full-length album a reality in this year before it ends.

All-in-all it is an interesting album, he strays away from the first EP a lot, but much of it is more of the same. It doesn’t matter if it stays this way or if it develops, but some of the more experimental elements in his music is not that alluding – but the vocals on the last song is more impressive then those on the rest of the EP.

Make up your mind on your own and listen to it in full down below.

Review: Identity Theft – Reconnaissance

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Some things change while other things remain the same. The developmental process of Identity Theft have taken some time to get used to, but on his latest endeavor he doesn’t have any qualms with getting rid of the chains of the past – embracing the future and what it holds for him and his project.

Identity Theft is the solo-project of Michael Buchanan, spanning multiple years of experience in other projects and with electronic music in general, and he was kind enough to send me the physical edition of his fifth proper solo-album, which was released in November of 2017 by Treue Um Treue.

With the assistance of Mara Barenbaum (of Group Rhoda / Max + Mara) on three tracks, plus one remix by Arktaion of one of the tracks on this release, this can be considered to be a project mounted by himself, only utilizing the experience of others to enhance it further. I’m thankful that he sent me this physical release for me to share with you, my thoughts on the release in full, a track-by-track in-depth review that has taken a longer time to finish then originally intended.

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The aesthetic aspect of Reconnaissance

When I view the cover from afar, it seems so distant aesthetically that I just want to get a magnifying glass to see what it is that is revealed on the dark exterior of the cover. It is almost an 1980’s-esque vibe that it brings in terms of color, even though it is a more darker and less screechy one that is otherwise found in movies from that era.

There is a certain distance from itself, it is remote and it fits the theme of the process in which the album itself was written – three days of complete isolation from civilization. Even though at first glance the cover might not be something special, it conveys an eerie meaning that in my opinion goes lost within the urbanized centers of the city – there’s something else then you out there, something bigger and more meaningful, something that should be preserved.

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 The musical aspect of Reconnaissance

If you’ve listened to any of Mara Barenbaum’s music, especially Group Rhoda, it becomes clear that their style of music mix very well with Identity Theft’s, the introductory in “Reconnaissance Peak” which is the first song – is at the same time as it is sincere, very forthright about its existence – proclaiming proudly that “I am here, we’re in the moment, but we’re a presence to be reckoned with“. Additional rhythms are perfectly timed and blend in to the general atmosphere, which is forever changing.

Once you let it slip, it will seep out through the rest of the components that build up the songs, from a more hands-on approach to music making into a thoughtful display of ambitiously layered synthesizers that take off into nothingness. You feel so small when you listen to this, it is so graciously laden that once it slips through the cracks of your pathetic being – you just want to hear more of it, playing it over and over again.

Eagle’s Peak” is almost double in length, and has a more subtle tone to it. Even though it can be felt to be much of the same, just in a different pace, it is even more serene and sincere as it plays on the simple notes that go from barely noticeable to a resounding plethora of different synthesizers layered perfectly upon one another – a click away from generating a monstrosity – you feel as if it is about to leap straight into you.

Some of it is too angelic to even fit in, being taken out throughout the back-door by the more sinister themed atmospheres that lurk nearby. Once you feel at ease you get caught off-guard by a sudden blast of noise, it is meant to be enjoyed but it is difficult to be completely on your guard as it is not a song that is foreseeable – you cannot simply categorize it and be aware of all the elements, it is not such a song that leaves you with no lasting impression – it grasps you gently and takes you into it.

It symbolizes perfectly the name it was given, “Eagle’s Peak” is a summary of what you could expect, but you will not know before you enter.

Last Chance Creek” is on the other hand something completely different in terms of atmosphere, it is much more urgent in tone and you get thrown into the mixture directly by the loud base-drum, the soothing percussion and the grandiose synthesizers that blend it into perfect synthesizer-based music that would be a fitting beginning of a movie or the end of the same.

It is by far the most beautiful song on the album yet, and there are many contenders for that throne – but here’s where the king enters and the queen become one. A futuristic blip on a radar that shouldn’t be ignored, an unfathomably great conversion of straight-forward electronic music and the ambiance which is so often ignored – Identity Theft manages to keep control of everything and never slip up.

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My Sentence” is more of an intermission, a placeholder-song that is not bad but it is not equally as great as the other tracks I’ve listened to. There is a place for these kinds of songs on albums, so even though the judgment is quick to come, there’s a certain quirkiness to the sound that can’t be missed out on. You can’t really add much more to the description of this song, it is there but it does not evoke anything, it pumps you up for another song.

Blood Moon” is the next song, it evokes a feeling of hope and that you’re about to be redeemed. There is an underlying sense of belonging, you feel like you’re a part of the atmosphere as you childishly gaze upon the stars and point your finger as to were you’d want to go – the different emotions that are involved range from those described, to some kind of sorrow – that you at the moment don’t have anything of that.

You’re desperate to find a place, but this calms your nerves and make you forget about it for a moment or two, maybe some kind of nostalgic memory is invoked as you travel into the electronic realm, a progressive dream that becomes more and more of a real, tangible kind of matter that you can actually grasp physically and mentally. An ode to the moon, the one that can affect our moods.

What’s coming next is about to stun me, make me fall off my high horses and into the arms of you – whoever is the next to be embraced, to enter my life. The stunningly creative way of making an even more emotionally touching song is just the sheer brilliance of Michael Buchanan, simply marvelous as “Misanthropocene” goes from the meager time it has to be played – into an extended form of electronically charged synthesizer-bliss of a landscape of sound, covering all bases.

How can the sound be so bold? Yet so refreshing, calm and sensitive? There’s a warmth to it but a stone cold outlook in atmosphere of sound, as you float on by, passing your own self by without any reflection – you’re taken aback by the sound as it drives you on, as the motivation of doing rather then listening becomes painfully obvious. At the same time you want to sit still, you want to experience and move with the sound.

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The Unreliable Narrator” is a more unhinged song that move to the left and the right, from the center and to the top, everywhere but within a controlled manner like the last song. Just like the title suggests, it is a more chaotic song with a gloomy mood that fits perfectly between the casual intermission delivered in “My Sentence” and “Blood Moon“.

Though much more repetitive then other songs on this album, there is some kind of progression that can be felt throughout the whole song, the rhythm isn’t that much of an interesting thing – but it hearkens back to older days of Identity Theft – which is reminiscent of some of his first material.

Soft Alibi” is the next one, one of the more experimentally oriented songs on the album so far, clashing between the normal kind of bombastic maximality that virtually all of the songs so far have been attached to, into a monotonous but minimalistic experience that is only alluding to bombastic vibes through the rhythm – which is unusual if you’re trying to create an atmosphere on it alone.

The rhythm is what makes the song enjoyable on itself, but it is clear that it is nowhere near the same infective nature as the more grandiose songs he’s been churning out after one another earlier on the album.

I don’t know what to make of “Lost Frontier“, whether to see it as a genial move away from the more obvious tracks on the album itself, but the baseline packs a real punch and is what drives everything forward in the song itself – after a while it flips out into something out of the ordinary, which is what one can appreciate when listening to this kind of music – the controlled inventiveness of the past songs – and the chaotic nature of the shorter songs.

It latches on well to the next song “Leave No Trace“, which spins from virtually a stale and non-atmospheric mess into a solid, emotive gargantuan that is just waiting to devour you as a whole – the roundness of the synthesizers become more clear the more it develops, as the more sharp nature of the sound in the beginning fades into a whirlwind of magnificent electronica.

The last song, “Prosopagnosia” is not only an outro, it hopefully shows the way to what can be expected from future releases. It is a well-needed break from the more experimental vibes that were delivered in the latter part of the album, it is a firm and shakable landscape of sound that is predictable in its nature but never lets you down. You know what you are getting and you can expect what is around the corner, but it leaves much to be fantasized about.

I don’t consider the remix itself to be the last song, but we’re taking it last as it is a track-by-track review which goes from point A to point B. “Last Chance Creek (Arktaion Remix)” adds a rougher edge to “Last Chance Creek” which couldn’t be felt there, it hypnotizes in a whole different manner then what the original song did, it is crashed into different pieces making it sound like a crossover between the electronica of Identity Theft, spliced into the erratic mood of IDM music.

It is not a bad remix actually, but it makes you wonder what kind of remixes could be done on the other tracks? Maybe there should be a release which features some of the tracks remixed by different artists, that would be a really nice offshoot from the original release itself.

This album is a must-have if you’re interested in the better domains of electronic music, the parts that have not yet been infected by ridiculous clichés. It is a must-have physically for any collector, so I am proud to be in the possession of the review-copy of this album. You should get it yourself, there are only five copies left, you can find it down below.