Spotlight: Squieti and Pastel – the Italian D.I.Y!

a0073546405_10With their debut-release “Impronte Nella Cenere“, the Italian math-rock outfit Squieti blend those post-hardcore vibes with a punk-attitude. Their eight-tracked album showcase their melodic talent with rather melodramatic drumming. It feels like being caught in a limbo with no way to get out of it, together with a constant barrage of melodic post-hardcore with a despaired vocalist. Even though emptiness might be his schtick, the band itself make up for a lack of atmosphere with the clinging of riffs with the concrete drumming. The technical aspects seem inverted. The arguably short hints of what could make up a rather soothing atmosphere is quickly struck down with the beat of a drum, favoring the rather amelodic connection between vocals and the general melodies of the guitars. It is clear that Squieti focus their darnedest on delivering a rather original hardcore-sounding math-rock experience, where the melody is the center of attention whilst the drums control the rhythm of the sound-scape. Positioning themselves in a fortress of their own whilst not letting anyone enter for real. There are lots of great things about their music but they have their weaknesses. Sometimes the math-rock inspired wholeness of their sound is hard to really appreciate. However, they make up for this with interesting choices of melodies and their rhythmic greatness. Their tracks seem to loosen up for the real hardcore sound when you get past the fifth track, so that’s by all means a time-stamp for when shit hits the fan for real. Listen to their album in full down below. Made possible on vinyl thanks to their friends Annoying Records, Boned Factory, Fast DIY or Die, L’oltraggio Autoproduzioni, Speed-Up Agency and Sons Of Flies webzine. Recorded and mixed by Stefano Romano in 2013, released on the 29th of January 2014.

a1784089479_10Another Italian band called Pastel did a split with the British band Merridew, featuring two songs by them titled “Momento nove” and “Laminal“. Their sound is very reminiscent of Squieti, with the difference of it being more into the screamo sound. Which is more of a 90’s-inspired one, together with desperate vocals which can also be heard from the aforementioned band. It wouldn’t surprise me if they share the same singer, because it really sounds alike when everything comes together. One main difference is the atmosphere which Pastel manages to curate from a whirlwind of drums, guitars with a rather dreamy but realistic sound, together with the stillness in between breakdowns and experimental touches of rhythm. A rather weird combination of deciding to go with a baseline that dominates through sections of their songs, especially when it comes to their second song from this split. Then it all suddenly blasts away again, making it feel like I’m able to reach further for myself, into the sky and the distant continuum that is space. They’ve got a rather space-y sound which is psychedelic when it comes to some of what it contains, but not all of it. Even though a lot of their sound is based around tempo and going downtempo, there’s nothing that can stop me from completely relaxing to this sound. Maybe it’s because of their passion which is channeled throughout, or their off-shoot from the shoegaze to the screamo sound. Whatever you’d like, this is certainly borrowing a lot of the greatest stuff from the 90’s, fueling their gruesome invasion into enemy territory. It’s because there’s a certain unfamiliarity when you try to decide for yourself what’s next. You never really know with these guys, which is a plus in my book. I might’ve heard it time and again before, but I am really into what I’m hearing. This split-release was put out by Glass of Spit Recordings on the 13th of March, and you can listen to the Pastel-side down below.

Exclusive Premiere: Hidden Place – Picture Hall

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British label Peripheral Minimal is in the process of releasing a retrospective compilation of tracks, with the Italian electro/new-wave group Hidden Place. Having released four albums in total, from 2005-2012, this retrospective album will feature three songs from each of their albums, plus an unreleased remix. As they gradually moved on from their most experimental first album “Weather Station“, they put out a new album each two years that passed, in the end making it three years – with their latest album up to date; “Novecento“. Being on labels like Hellektroempire, to Twilight Records, Calembour Records and now finally, with Peripheral Minimal, very soon. Approaching a colder picturesque landscape of sound with their overlaying electro, as the more pop-induced new-wave sound made the melodies all the more danceable. A fresh new sound had been developed through the years, as the vocals of Sara Lux, a member of the group – became more and more distant from the sound itself. Making it a rather accomplished combination between vocals and the sounds of Fabio V., Antonio L. and Giampiero Di B. Not really my cup of tea when it comes to a lot of their songs, but there is something that has been captured amidst the energetic synth-pop with the overtones of a different mixture, embellished by the nature of different electronic genres.

The retrospective album that is coming out on Peripheral Minimal before April is over, is titled “Retrospettiva: 2004 – 2014” and captures tracks from their years when they were the most active, to the more sullen years of being unproductive. Harnessing a lot of tracks, being forgetful about others. This compilation does cover the perspective of their active years, but it also essentially takes out the best of the songs that has been put out there in between these years. The rather interesting artwork was made by Oleg Galay of Other Voices Records. So I can say to you that Repartiseraren will give you the time of your day, letting you listen to and stream the track “Picture Hall”, originally featured on their album “Fantasia Meccanica” – but now also brought to and from the forthcoming compilation. Click play and enjoy their uncanny vision, the masquerading electronic synthesizers, the hectic tempo delivered by the melodious content of the fixated drums in tune with the synths.

Listen: Nostilevo #55 – Men Of Bissau – To Heal In Paradisó [#1]

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Men Of Bissau, Avellan Cross and Siobhan – are all a part of the April batch of cassettes from one of my favorite label(s) Nostilevo. Three cassettes whose sound-scape become alike, but differentiate in many ways. “To Heal In Paradisó” is the first effort, “TECHNOISE [MTN K7]” the second, and “Enhancer” the third. The last-mentioned release is a re-release of a 2010 cassette – the debut-album by Siobhan. Welcome the new wave of industrial from the heartland of urban Detroit, to San Fransisco heat, and the global experiment and throwback reference of “Club Baraka” – the first release by Men Of Bissau, ever. Featured in the first section of three for you to listen to [#1], is Men Of Bissau. You don’t even know what you’re getting yourself into.

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Men Of Bissau, not the same men as before. With “To Heal In Paradisó“, these men retire from their original intentions at “Club Baraka” – just to transform their new outfit into an even more ritualistic experience. It’s hard to conceptualize what’s even new about it, more than by their rather ominous theme. Experimental industrial is what first comes to mind, as the hissing sound of tape-distortion is put out, channeling their sound-scape into a veritable sonic explosion. Spiraling upwards into a chasm of dismayed sound that would put a digital experience to shame. This is in its entirety an analogue, but freakishly lo-fi concoction of the most horrid sounds imaginable, put forth with the sabre of a new wave in industrialized nonsensical gibberish. Flying the flag of a rather minimalistic and claustrophobic, mass hysteria, in agonizing noises that grind your gears until your ears could decay. The maniacal flashbacks in a murderers sense of the world, a war-zone of stirred emotions turned upon the general whom had been a character with ill intentions, flying away into retirement, leaving behind a trail of blood. For those who take great interest in these men, it might not be hard to understand their intentions. Because they act accordingly to how they want to be portrayed through sound. We might never know if this is their real representation, or just a world they paint up with the most unimaginable atrocities in mind. Themed perfectly to suit a journey through roughly thirty minutes or more, taking an even more absurd turn when they decided to change their behavior. This will have you interested, this might even destroy you in ways not humanly possible. It’s an otherworldly experience when listening to it, but it is also hard to grasp properly. Perhaps that’s the whole meaning behind it. Six tracks, healing your soul, heated exchange with a post-apocalyptic and futuristic vision. Human decay going strong. Featured as a cassette-release and categorized as #55 by Nostilevo, limited to 133 specimens, 33 with silver label and 100 with a gray label.

Exclusive Premiere: Nový Svět – Yo No.

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Take a trip in retrospect to Austria, have a look around and view the beauty of their architecture, or simply enjoy their traditional customs. But a piece of the puzzle is missing. If you’d ever think of Austria as industrial, you’d be somewhat right. Maybe folk music would be a proper term to throw at them, or maybe world music – then we’re getting even closer. No, what I’m thinking of is simply one of the pioneering groups from that particular region. It is not a political group, it is not a group with more than two members. A proper word to use would be “duo“, since they are “a duo“. Starting with their first album, and self-titled; “Nový Svět“. A proper industrial etiquette that couldn’t and shouldn’t be attached to them, considering how they’ve traversed through multiple genres throughout the years. Yes, the time is nigh for introducing Nový Svět to Invisible Guy, an honor that can be bestowed upon us by Kill Shaman Records. It’s a rather informal introduction, since I’m aware – and have listened to – multiple songs and albums of theirs, since way back. I would call it a sonic introduction, as they about a month ago, released their latest album “Doce“.

In that album, they travel back in time and forth again, as it is as much of a retrospective album – as it is a new one. Featuring tracks recorded in Vienna, Barcelona and Hamburg from 1998 through 2010. Twelve years, and a cascade of different tracks. This fluid collection dates back to, amongst other times, the Hau Ruck! era, as Albin Julius had them released on that label – as one of the very first projects. From 1998 too 2001, and an offshoot with Foresta Di Ferro and Dernière Volonté, Nový Svět were a part of the Hau Ruck!-roster. What’s interesting about them is the fact that they’ve tried a multitude of genres, a never-ending stream that would come in handy, at least if you’d want a fluid and non-identifiable mixture of just about everything from industrial, to folk and everything in between. Well, enough about the historic value that this duo has provided the European soul with, and on with what we’ve got to offer to you.

As you know, this album was released about a month ago. Therefore, we’ve decided to go with it anyway, since we find Nový Svět to be a remarkable jewel of a duo. In a collaboration with Kill Shaman Records, we’ve decided to give you a haunting piece of music from “Doce“, namely the track “Yo No.“, which takes you into the introspection of them as a band – whilst they deliver a grainy combination of the most mystical folk-y world music, sung to you in Spanish. You can scroll down and stream this track exclusively from Invisible Guy. Just click the button and enjoy this complete metamorphosis of sound, as it ventures through whatever sound-system you’re using. This album was released on the 21st of January on Kill Shaman Records. Now, it’s just been put up on the Kill Shaman-shop, go here to buy the LP for 13 dollars.

Label: Kill Shaman Records – Cat#: KSR58 – Artist: Nový Svět

Exclusive Song: Yo No. – Title: Doce – Format: LP