Exclusive Premiere: Former Descent – Tough Love International

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When moving into the darker part of the year, it’s best to have something that will light up the sky. Not neccesarily in the shape of a lamp or anything like it – but rather a sound that you’ll recognize, a flame that will – metaphorically – be lit. Dutch sound artist Bas Welling seems to be an expert when it comes down to this. His immensely diverse projects range from abstract chipetune music to experimental ambient with electronica laid upon it like oil to a flammable substance. Creatively he’s got a hand in virtually everything, which is almost always relatable to him – whether it is a group he’s connected to or if he does everything himself beneath the shade of a moniker. We actually heard about him for the first time, properly when it comes to his own solo-project Former Descent. A project which has changed so much since it once started out with his album “My Life In The Box Of Ghosts EP” on the Netherlands-based label Shipwrec, up to the mini-album “The State Of In-Between” on the French net-label Sirona-Records, to his forthcoming release on the much revered label Enfant Terrible’s sub-label Gooiland Elektro.

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This is indeed in perfect synchronic harmony. Martijn who’s the label-boss on Enfant Terrible and the sub-etiquettes Gooiland, and his rather newly started etiquette Vrysaete, takes good care of the artists and groups that are housed on these labels. His eccentric taste brings forth great music for a new public viewing – since there’s always something you miss out on – as new discoverys are made each time a release comes out on his different labels. Not to mention how the artwork is structured and is linear to follow, but unique when matched to each band or group that makes a release – everything different for each label, not the same for the sub-etiquettes as the head-label – making for an exciting twist and unique branding of each release that is unleashed. Repartiseraren is proud to be working with such eccentric artists through Martijn’s generosity, as he supplies us with something new on a regular basis.

So we’ve caught the fish in familiar waters this time, as Bas Welling wasn’t unknown to us but certainly not a household name, his experimental electronica with overtones of ambient and a steady rhythm won’t make anyone surprised. But the outlay of each track that is featured on this forthcoming release, aptly titled “Tough Love International 12¨“, are of such creative ambivalence that you don’t need more of an alternating sound-scape to be pleased with what you’re hearing. We can exclusively offer you the title-track from this release that is due to be put out on Gooiland Elektro late November, for your listening pleasure. We hope that you enjoy the concept and definently that you enjoy Former Descent – a project we’re certainly going to keep our eyes peeled on for the coming time – and see to it that you’ve gotten your dose for the rest of the year. Stream the track “Tough Love International” exclusively through Repartiseraren, in collaboration with Gooiland Elektro.

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Featured Premieres: Illuminoscillate / Abre Ojos!

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Secrets Of Giza is an independent label based out of Santa Barbara, California. They have a small roster, but seem to be very dedicated to what they see as their mission; which is to help the artist be an artist, without the administrative “bullshit” that comes with it. Which helps the artists do what they do best, which is to create music and slowly develop it into what can be called art. Anyway, I was in touch with one of the label-heads of this particular label and we decided that we’d be better off with a double-premiere. Two artists from his roster, namely Illuminoscillate and Abre Ojos, have released their albums not too long ago on Secrets Of Giza. Mind you, you’re in for a treat when it comes to this, if you’re interested in dark ambient, drone, industrial – or anything that could even remotely be considered to be dark. Both artists have a history of releasing albums, so they’ve settled down into what could be their niche. Or have they? Anyway, Illuminoscillate has released “Uniform Wall“, which is the second newest addition to the label. Abre Ojos is the newest addition, an album which have been titled  as “Gates“. As I say new, I’m speaking of those two albums in relation to each other. When it comes to these particular songs, which I’m going to premiere here on this blog-zine, they’re eerie but different. The first premiere which I am going to share with you is from Illuminoscillate, as he delves deeper into the brain-thrusting motions that deliver buzzing saws that will crack your skulls open. It will bleed you out, sonically.

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The trackLate November” is all about the icy and dampened coldness that can be called harsh noise, mixed with dark ambient. A colossus doesn’t fall far from the earth as such, when the deliverance is stomping upon your civilization with all its glorious weight. Every bit of this track is about as torturous as its beginning, which is a numbing experience – from the core of the characteristics that Illuminoscillate already patented, but within the realms of dark ambient. It will be to your big dismay as your eardrums are being drilled into with such mercilessness, that you may well not endure it. Really, really harsh jolts of checkered beats, industrial rhythmic and general arrhythmic noisiness, will destroy you. Abre Ojos, on the other hand, enters with his track “Light On Our Foreheads“. There are such contrasts between these two tracks, as he introduces us to a more eerie and illusive musical landscape. We really needed to get away from the harshness for a bit, which is why these two tracks might’ve been handed over. Hear the monumental sighs of the titans that dwell below us. Fear not, because their rage is instilled and they’re our captives. But for how long? Abre Ojos really deliver the needle in a haystack when it comes to precision. It would feel impossible, it might well be impossible – but when he takes over, there are many barriers he’s crossing at the same time. Hear these pounding drums as they sound closer, as they move closer. You should fear, because it’s an impending doom. Better hide yourself, because they’re coming to take over once again. Moving from claustrophobic to a marvelous open landscape of fruitfulness. It might become a little bit stingy, but is in no way as harsh as the track before it. Listen to it with joyous feelings, stream it as you like, because these are the mastered versions directly from the CD’s. “Uniform Wall” came out on the 6th of August and “Gates” was released on the 20th of August. Support the label Secrets Of Giza, buy both these (or one) physical album in the store. Where you can also buy it digitally, if you want.

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