So, have you grown tired of Harvesting yet? Yes? No? Didn’t think so either! I was thinking of expanding this day’s Harvesting and so I did. I included a lot of new artists and this time it also goes under a whole different name. You’ll get to know a little more about the following artists: Roman Skirts, Featureless Ghost, Lasers For Eyes and Aerôflôt. Even though there’s a huge overlap in between the non-electronic genres and the electronic ones in this edition of Harvesting, I just had to showcase some of the new artists that I’ve found when I was scouring the web. They had and have a lot of potential, and you should listen to it. There’s also a lot of free downloads this time around, like the other time around. So if you’re short on money, you can still get hold of some of them. Hope you enjoy this day’s edition of Harvesting, which will be continued tomorrow. This time, it’s number #3 of Harvesting brought to you by Invisible Guy.
Roman Skirts – Roman Skirts
Unknown is a great word, when describing Roman Skirts. From what I’ve read, I at least know that they’re from Spain or any other similar country. But what I know, besides that fact, is that they combine cold wave and minimal wave with great precision. Forget the bombastic music that you’re cared for, because it’s time to throw it aside. This would be the opposite of bombastic, a lo-fi injection of the finest crossover I’ve heard for a while. Especially with the first song on the album, titled “Karen Read”. It’s amazing what you can do with a few catchy and repeatable synth stabs, a little bit melody and arpeggio. I must admit that I’m not a big fan of other languages, when it comes to synth in general, than the three combinations of either English – Swedish – or German. But I must say that the second track, “Despierta”, sounds enthralling from top to bottom. With shy vocals, sincere emotions and aggressive minimalism, you’ll dance your tiny toes off to this. Add some of the more desperate dark-wave influences and the night will be complete. The more I get into this, the more I want to recommend it. I also like it when the influences are more clear to me, as they sometimes aren’t. Even though I’m not fond of categorizing, I need to have some words to describe it with. The feeling of falling down, hurting yourself and channeling it into music would be Roman Skirts. But that’s when you’ve been forgotten for ten years and have crawled in your own misery for too long. Hopefully the music will be a remedy, rather than the factual scenario.
This particular album was actually released about a year ago from now, plus one month. It’s sad that I haven’t heard anything about it and that it continues to be overlooked. Therefore I gave it a place here on my blog. It’s also free to download and contain no less than twelve tracks. You should give it a listen and download it, share with your friends or do as I’ve done; write about it on your own blog or your site. I’d also give you a heads up about this one, the further in you get into the album, the more cold wave it sounds. So if you’re a fan of the minimal wave side of it, you should listen to the beginning of the album. On the other hand, if you’re a cold wave fan, you should delve deeper into the album and discover more. You should do it anyway even if you’re not too fond of cold wave.
Featureless Ghost – MindBody
Are you ready to dance your ass off for real? Do you like dance floor music that was made for the intention of entertaining the darkest souls? You’ve found your match here, but add a little bit of that funky shtick, which resembles more of an advancement of Richard Bone, the legendary NYC minimal-wave artist. There’s some really catchy electro, minimal wave and synth-pop in these fellows. Or should I say: duo, from Atlanta. It consists of Matt Weiner and Elise Tippins. This release have been out since the 2nd March this year. Their first song displays a lot of different feelings and ranges of emotions, and it’s titled “Use My Voice”. I would call this music for those who hope too much, and an eclectic blend of the most interesting sounds yet to be found. Their music can both be catchy and dark at the same time, but they also have a large dose of “getting used to”, since it can be hard at a first listen to really grasp their whole concept. With those rumbling baselines, catchy rhythms and processed vocals, it makes you feel like you’re part of an ensemble from the future. It also feels as if the vocalists are holograms that are performing in front of me, if I close my eyes and envision it. There’s also this kind of lounge-feeling to it, which includes the funkiness, the almost Elvis-enhanced voices that transgress from a deeper state of mind, just to resurface and be in your face. The deep synths in this music make me flow in harmony, take some steps to the left, relax and everything in between. Also, it either stops in a slow-paced state or begin to bark with big drums. I’m fine with both.
So, if you want this album, you should go to their bandcamp. Here’s a link to that. You can buy it from there for five dollars, which is virtually nothing. Then you’ll get seven interesting songs, as a digital download. Or, if you want, you could order it as a tape from the Night-People website. If you live in the US, you’ll get it for 7,50 dollars. And if you have the pleasure of living in either Canada or Mexico, you can get it for 9,50 dollars. The rest of the world will have to pay 12,50 dollars, but that isn’t too shabby either.
Lasers For Eyes – Cult of the White Orchid/The People Long Only to Live
If you know Sweating Tapes, you know that they’ve got some crazy releases. This is a release with Lasers For Eyes, that came out two years from now. I haven’t heard much about it though, but I’m hoping you’ll dig it. It’s some kind of weird crossover in between post-hardcore, cold wave and dark wave. The first song, however, sounds more like it could be categorized like post-hardcore. It’s titled “Same Time Last Year” and is really oblique in a positive sense. There are some different and crazy switches in the structures and it definitely doesn’t consist of your regular build-ups. I’d say that it sounds like schizophrenic rock with obvious and spastic noise. Funny thing about it is that the second song “Cult Of The White Orchid” sounds more like some psychedelic rock blended together with garage-rock. I can’t really equate anything, except some subliminal cold-wave influences. Though the non-electronic elements are more noticeable, this album will take you through your worst nightmare and add some insanity to it. Like when you have to open your dark closet, there’d jump out a whole rock-band playing weird music. Even though it’s pretty weird, I like how they’ve strayed from the conventional rules and just created a roundabout of petty, weird, freaky and seemingly crazy mix of noise-driven madness. It gets more and more disorganized within the sound-scape the longer into the album you get.
You should and must check this out, and you can get this album for a small donation or free on their bandcamp. Link will be displayed at the end of this sentence. The album consists of different recordings they’ve done throughout the years, but these are on the rougher edge of the line and that’s definitely noticeable. Crazy thing about it is that they’re a duo, consisting of Josh Beck and Justin Cory. So, now that you know that too, why don’t you get your ass over there and either download it or send some money and download it? I think you should give them some tips for their amazing music.
Aerôflôt – Santa Muerte
Krautrock isn’t dead. It’s very much alive. Can I prove it? Look at Aerôflôt! A perfectly brewed post-punk and krautrock experience. Heavily driven by both straight-forwardness, fine rhythms and an organ. What certainly tickled my fancy was the electronic and non-electronic mish-mash, with bells and a driven electronic baseline. There’s a minimalistic touch to it, a bombastic sense and a feeling of grandeur. Oh, I mean the second song on the album, of course. It’s titled “Dance of the dead” and it feels like I’m at the graveyard doing the boogie. Electronic boogie, or something. Or maybe I’m in the afterlife, rocking with the dead? I don’t really know, they give me such mixed feelings. The third song on the album, “God Is Satan”, have the backbone that’s been prevalent in the second song. But this time it holds up the sound-scape instead of performing right in front of it. There’s such majestic bass in this song that it’s not believable, I had to pinch myself many times before I understood that this came from a musical source. Never heard any of these genres combined, but now that I have, it’s like I feel refreshed again and not blase because of my overfed brain. I believe that the fifth song on the album, titled “Humanos”, perfectly describes the phenomenon that is Aerôflôt. Genialness in a bottle, put into music by living creatures, popping up like flowers from the decayed ground. Certainly one of my more recent musical “A-ha” experiences. I’ll be listening to their other albums, to find out where the development came from.
Move over, take over, take a chance. Hover your mouse over this sentence, follow the link at the end of it and end up on their bandcamp. There you can order the album from their bigcartel-site. It costs 10 euro, is comprised on a CD and features ten songs. Make sure you finance this French group so they can continue and put out this kind of wonderful material. The album was released on the 3rd of May this year. I haven’t heard of it on any other site, so I decided to leave a spot for it in this recommendation. So, by concluding this weeks three Harvestings, I’ll be back with another one tomorrow. Then you’ll get my syringe in your vein, and I’ll start to pump some great musical experiences into you. See you next time.