Norway, we’re calling you! Enfant Terrible is up on the barricades once again, shouting out the message of Europ Europ. They used to be called Europe Europe, but decided that a name-change would be welcomed for them. It’s a shadowy duo consisting of two members, whom have been active since 1996. Releasing their first album “No . One In Germany” on Etch Wear, which reads as “number one in Germany” according to the description on Discogs – since many releases in the 80’s had stickers with that particular text on. This was in 2002. Seven years later they released a collaboration with Mindy Misty, which was a release that was brought upon the world by both Etch Wear and Handmade Records. Four years after that, it was Enfant Terrible that swung the bat and curated “Mellowharsher“. Since then they’ve been loyal to both Etch Wear and Enfant Terrible. Now they’re actualizing an LP titled “Repeating Mistakes“, which might be an ironic statement considering the time lapse in between their releases, and their often curious (but odd) titles. I actually had no idea they even existed and I wanted to find out more about them. Therefore we’re bringing you the track “Not The Best Lie I’ve Had” from this LP, in collaboration with Enfant Terrible. Imagine yourself within the realms of toned down industrial, to the safe-havens of noise – from the depths of experimentalism and utter weirdness, conjugated with noise. Stream the track exclusively from Invisible Guy and pre-order the LP when you can. The release is expected to be out by the middle of February. So get in the mood for this!
A new year is opening up itself for us. There are many things that are happening. Some things have been staying hidden in the shadows, only to be released – a few days ago. Enfant Terrible, however, have been with us for a while now and continue to be. We like to support the work behind both Gooiland Elektro and Enfant Terrible, since it’s such a magnificent sub-label and label. Five days ago, two tracks from forthcoming releases on Enfant Terrible were released. Those were “Liste Préférentielle” by Family Jewels, and “Ladies” by Europ Europ. One release is the celebratory compilation “Various Artists – I Am Enfant Terrible“, which celebrates ten years of this label. The other one is “Repeating Mistakes LP” by Europ Europ – a subtle blend of lo-fi and industrial weirdness. For this exclusive premiere, we give to you a track from the compilation to begin with. The track “A Fire Inside” by Sololust is a completely unique track only featured (thus far) on the compilation. Sololust have released an EP in 2010 titled “The Spark“, to be continued with a limited 7¨ titled “Total Loss” – when he joined the ranks of Enfant Terrible. His latest release was in 2013, which was titled “Untitled“. Peter Baarends is the man whose alter-ego will be on display for the first time here on Invisible Guy, ever. Stream the track “A Fire Inside” exclusively on Invisible Guy, in honor of Enfant Terrible and the perfect track-record for this celebratory release. Celebrate it with moody synthesizers, dampened dark-wave with hints of ethereal and synth-pop. Delve into a whole new paradigm. Start your year off with this exemplary song. This particular release is expected to be out by the mid of February.
It must be said that I am not that familiar with the work that German Army has put behind them, but I’m certainly familiar with the general mood of his music. Since I was sent the latest album “Last Language“, I must oblige to at least talk about it. This album is a veritable orgy with harsh reverberated noise, mixed with ethnic vibes and an utterly schizophrenic atmosphere. A lot of the tracks rely on sending a claustrophobic message, conveyed through colorless lenses, as another banging drum bites the dust. Swirling cataclysmic environments collide, in a matter of seconds, as buzzing industrialized tools give you a blood-curling experience. Whilst other tracks rely on heavy reverberation, to give another kind of characteristic to each individual track – as it is used differently every time. It feels like the tracks alternate into each characteristic, giving a general feeling of how the songs are divided up. When you listen closely, you can tell them apart through a 50/50-principle. Meaning; after one track, there’s another with the aforementioned characteristics, which change rapidly from the first-mentioned claustrophobia, urban decay, colorlessness – to the less harsh and less industrialized landscape of reverberated sound. The industrialized tracks sometime border to harsh noise, without being an embodiment of it at all – at least not to the fullest extent. Acting as a barrier between the general experimentalism of noisiness, and harsh noise as such. Due to the fact that he utilizes the experimentalism that makes German Army a floating experiment per se – makes it hard to categorize what shouldn’t be categorized. But we humans need an explanation as to what we’re actually listening to, which is hard to do when you come across something like this. Actually deciphering this wall of menacing, and possibly “heard before” sound, without making any pointers to what actually can be experienced through their sound – is hard enough. I advise you to listen to it, at least, because it’s magnificent with its all-out chilling influence, on the mind. The release can be bought from A Giant Fern Records, in the physical shape of a 180g LP.
My friend James Light of the Die Song label have been hard at work with his first release, which is Carrion Sunflower‘s eminent album “The Romantic Youth Of Jesus“. This is a seriously intricate item that will be yours if you’re one of the last pre-orderers, which are left. As this edition, limited to 30 copies was made – it was made with ultimate care. With a lathe cut LP, housed in the heaviest of materials á la French muscle tone paper, with a silver screen print front and back – which in turn have been hand-folded by Mr. Light himself. Make sure you support his work if you’re interested in Die Song 001, as Carrion Sunflower carries his darkly material through venues of unconventionality, as he combines the acoustic splendor of lo-fi black metal atmospheres with touches of neo-folk. So, if you really want to store something unique, be sure to pre-order this gem. To celebrate this occasion and the release to come in its entirety, as it is going out for shipping sooner or later – you get a free download of the eighth track “Don’t Hold Me Close“. You can pre-order this limited edition LP over here. Support his label if you really like this, by buying this limited edition release!