Exclusive Swedish Premiere: S U R V I V E – RR7349

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You might know them as soundtrack connoseurs “Stranger Things“, the second series – coming in 2017 (spoiler alert), or somewhere else. S U R V I V E is as exquisite, experimental and as concentrated as synth-pop can get. Do not forget that they have other songs (and albums), such as “Relays” which is our favorite here at Repartiseraren. They are well-deserved to be crowned the kings, of making one of the first really exciting soundtracks for a proper horror series, in a very long time.

In conjunction with Relapse Records (EU) – I’m honored to have been received the exclusive premiere of the whole of Sweden, for S U R V I V E, specifically their forthcoming album RR7349 that is due to be released on vinyl and CD. There is also a t-shirt available for you hardcore fans out there, which is gorgeous, to say the least.

What is “RR7349” and how does it hold up to their prior releases?

The hype surrounding Stranger Things season number one and season number two notwithstanding – RR7349 – it’s masterpiece if you’ve heard all their other albums, including the soundtrack for Stranger Things. They know how to use all synthesizers simultaneously, whilst triggering the functions at the exact right point (sequencers, drummachines, etc) – which makes for an atmospheric, almost ritual experience in listening. Great experimental atmospheric (electronic) synth music.

Glad to have heard this album. Sincerely recommend it.

Go and buy when you have the money, to support the artist and label. It is also available on their own Bandcamp-page in vinyl/CD/etc. Listen to it exclusively (Sweden only premiere) down below, courtesy of Relapse Records (EU).



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The launch of Repartiseraren!

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Invisible Guy no longer exists. It was a time of joy and careless fun. Since I started this blog-zine back in early 2011, I had no idea that it was going to get even near as big as it is now. My ambition was to drive this blog-zine as a hobby-project of my own, just so I could spend some of the vacant time that I had back then. What was a hobby began when I interviewed different local bands in Sweden, from Norrland to Skåne, Stockholm to Blekinge and everywhere I could find any interest. Later on, in 2012, it evolved into the podcast that I had in regards to me covering a lot of the punk and hardcore-scene, since I was interested in it and D.I.Y. The birth of Swedish Punk and Hardcore came with my ambition to start this podcast of my own, which aired for five episodes before I trashed the idea completely. I really had no time to be mailing to people, getting them to participate, since a lot of the time went to administrate what I could find and try to get people to get back to me. That’s really not a fun thing to do, especially not when you need to fill a podcast which could be everywhere from an hour to eight hours long. I wanted it to be impressive, I wanted it to be underground and I wanted to hear their stories – play some music – basically have my own radio-show in some kind of way. Since then, everything has been running smoothly. It’s been getting better and better, so I decided to invest money in artwork which I bought from the wonderfully talented James Licht – the man behind one of the most promising labels – namely Die Song. There’s where Invisible Guy changed into Repartiseraren, bringing a rather small legacy to its grave, but not an insignificant one. It meant a lot to me, and it brings a lot of pain having to let go of it, but I feel like it will always be there in some kind of way. Repartiseraren was just a breath of fresh air, the beginning of something new, an extension of what Invisible Guy once was. I am proud to say that it has gone very well and I am thankful of everyone’s support of this blog-zine. It means more then you could ever imagine.

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One of my newly attained friends Magnus Gyllenswärd, whom is most known as Övervarning, mailed me about a week ago or so. I’ve always been fascinated with his music, since I found one of his releases on Bandcamp while sifting through everything. His mail couldn’t have come in a better time or place. Since he notified me about his release being out, but not on a label for the moment, I asked him if I could put out a couple of tracks from it. He agreed with that and here we are – letting his tracks represent the shift from Invisible Guy to Repartiseraren. It was an honor for me to pick out the tracks from his newly produced album, tracks that I found fitting to the general theme of launching this new platform and bringing new light to the old. Therefore I chose the tracks “Avstånd, beskrivning, befogenhet” (Remoteness, description, remit), “Visst påverkas man av sådana händelser” (Surely one is affected by such events) and “Högt ovanför den tomma kyrkan” (High above the empty church). Every title had such an apt description to what happened in between that transition, what the transition actually was, and the music itself felt so refreshing. Like being born again, getting a new chance. These tracks were taken from his latest release “Förberedelser / Åtgärder“, which is currently not on any label, and is exclusively available in the shape of the three songs that I picked myself. Stream and listen to them exclusively, and celebrate the new dawn with Repartiseraren!

Stream: Svensk Punk och Hardcore (Swedish Punk and Hardcore) podcast!

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I’ve collected the fragments of the different episodes that I created during Summer for my first podcast ever. It was to be called “Svensk Punk and Hardcore” i.e. “Swedish Punk and Hardcore“. Focusing on the Swedish scene of punk and hardcore, inviting a lot of bands to be interviewed, creating a little buzz on your screen but nothing more. Since the episodes have been strewn all over the internet, I decided to collect them all under my umbrella that is Soundcloud. Everything from the first episode (0) to the last (5) is being featured in a playlist. The only episode that isn’t up yet is the one that is almost eight hours long. So I need to splice that one up in two parts before it’s going up. The rest you can listen to if you’d want to. Right now there are almost thirteen hours of every punk and hardcore song imaginable, at least from the Swedish scene over the years. Listen to them all if you wish. Unfortunately the interviews are only in Swedish. Enjoy.

Listen: Radio Skanstull and Radio Bar – Northern Electronics Radio

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Yesterday, the local radio-show based out of Skanstull, namely Skanstull Restaurant and Radio Bar – had a four hour show with the label Northern Electronics. This meant a lot of unreleased tracks, a lot of new tracks, and a lot of old tracks. Even though, judging by the older shows, there’s a lot of very uninteresting artists and bands that have participated – we must give our credit to the crew at Radio Skanstull for a great four hours of total atmospheric dissent, crackling vibes through adamant techno, forcefully put on by Northern Electronics. This label is the parent label of Blodörn – the label I’ve written a lot about lately. It’s a rather new label if you count the releases and the dates that they’ve been put out upon. Since 2013 the man himself Varg have released seven releases, the first release being “Misantropen“, which he’s composed himself under the name Varg. An experimental pathway into futuristic techno. Channeling everything from acid techno, to the melancholy of Norrland (northern Sweden), to the sullen misanthropy that the title itself of the release suggests. Interestingly enough, the tracks on this first release were all recorded live, in studio Hebbershålet, Sweden.

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Since the first release, artists like Acronym, Ulwhednar, Råd Kjetil Senza Testa and Korridor – have had their releases put out on this label. So it’s a clear look into the soul of this label when you’re listening to four hours of excellent music. Upon hearing tracks presented to you that haven’t had a breath of air since the show itself, it makes you feel a part of Northern Electronics, in itself. A much deserved appropriation of space for a label that I didn’t even know about. It’s a testament to the high quality of the music that Varg puts out on the label. You get your own view of the bedrock upon which this music originally comes from. Thanks to Radio Skanstull and Radio Bar, you can now also pick a part of that bedrock and take it with you to your home. The radiowaves have never been as infected with the sound of Scandinavia, and primarily the Northern parts specific soul. A clear path to the northern wilderness and untamed brutalism, philosphy – and heartland. Norrland, here we come. Stream the radio-show that premiered last night on the 21st of March, down below. It’s a pleasure to even listen to it in such a close proximity. Tame the wild beast and flow into the mood, slowly.

Lyssna: Chicagojazzen – Döpt i snö

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Sedan det senaste släppet år 2013, då Chicagojazzen dundrade in på Zeon Light Kassett med släppet “Smittfebern“, så har han arbetat på nytt material. Detta var då hans senaste album och detta kommer inte bli någon fortsättning. Istället börjar han med något nytt hos Blodörn, då det istället för ett album blev en EP. En mini-EP vid namn “Döpt i snö“. Nu vet man inte riktigt om släppet blev mörkare för att det landade på den etiketten, eller om allting började dala ner i en slags virvelvind som precis försvunnit. Även om hans tidigare släpp har varit intressanta på sitt sätt, så är det inte så mycket som har fastnat på hjärnhinnan. Men tack vare första hjälpen rent estetiskt så ompacketeras detta släpp och blir ett med Blodörnen. Estetiken är mer tilltalande, för att den är mörkare. Likväl som de två låtarna som går att förhandslyssna på är dunkla och släpper av sig negativ energi. Mystiken tätnar när låtarna “Andas Damm” och “Västerhiske Blues” presenterar en Chicagojazzen i högform. Koncentratet har aldrig varit skarpare, eftersom att de två låtar som flödar ut i hörlurarna släpper ifrån sig lite av den meditativa ambient som annars varit dominerande. Det här är gräsligt på ett väldigt hemlighetsfullt sätt. Ett töcken av ljusstrimmor som försvinner när man in i gången beger sig. Där avsaknaden av ljus är det som är det inslag som man måste vänja sig vid. Ljudlandskapet rör sig sedan mot en mer bombastisk rörelse, som urartar på så sätt att det experimentella som alltid funnits mellan raderna får sitta på första parkett och sprida sig mellan de dunkla utfallen som greppar tag i en. För den som tidigare inte varit nämnvärt intresserad av hans alster, så är detta släpp något de borde ta till sig och lyssna till. Till och med en som sporadiskt lyssnat till den musik han släppt ifrån sig tidigare, blir tagen av det som levereras – med full orkanstyrka. Detta är Blodörn 6. Musiken spelades in i Umeå nu år 2014. Ni kan lyssna på de två förhandsvisningar som ligger ute av låtarna. Ni kommer inte att bli besvikna.

Special Premiere: XTR Human – Spiegelmenschen (Electro Bass Version)

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While we shed our skin and turned Invisible Guy into Repartiseraren, Johannes Strobel of XTR Human sent a special edition track of “Spiegelmenschen” – a track being featured on their forthcoming album “Atavism“. We felt it was appropriate to give you a taste of that full track when Invisible Guy changed into Repartiseraren, and our domain wasn’t up and running. This track is an outtake that isn’t being put out from that upcoming album. An electro bass version that sounds completely different from the original. Changing their post-punk outfit for a minimal synth meet cold wave track, just once. It’s probably one of the best tracks that I’ve heard in a while, even beating the original version of the track. Getting a good use of band-member Valerio Kuhls’ expertize with synthesizers. Adding a totally different atmosphere to this track. The lyricist of the band, and front-man for that matter, Johannes Strobel – add a vibe from his manipulated vocals that make it even more enjoyable.

The notable label No Ebm Blanc whom have released quality releases like “Everytime” by Sixth June, “Preludes” by Daybed, “Artificial Heart / Frenzy” by Th. Thot‘s (Thomas Ekelund of Beläten) outfit with vocalist Clara Hall, namely: Soma Sema – and countless other releases that have been put out. The album itself represents different influences and facets that have made XTR Human what they are, having been around since 2012 and having self-released “Dysfunction” back then. A manifestation of “technotic” grandeur, post-punk vibes – and many other genres being fitted together. The album will be titled “Atavism” as have already been said, and it will be released on the 28th of April (preliminary). You can stream the special edition track “Spiegelmenschen (Electro Bass Version)” down below, exclusively on Repartiseraren (ex- Invisible Guy). This is the portal to a new dawn with Repartiseraren.