In collaboration with Stockholm/Manchester-based label Maternal Voice, we bring to you the video for Målgrupp‘s (Julian Murray) release from 2017, “Musik från Gallerian“, with music taken from the B-side of the release. This is dystopia, harrowing pieces of field recordings that would not be understandable at all without a context. The utter creepiness of modern urban planning and popular music disseminated to what it really is – a piece of garbage now meant for human consumption.
If everyone put on headphones in the vein of the sunglasses in the movie “They Live“, this is what they would hear throughout the repetitive music that perforates everyone’s mind, you cannot escape it and it will force its way upon you. I don’t really know what to make of the “music” itself more then that it is a form of anti-music that is very much needed in times where you only need to produce a simple track around 3 minutes that has no inherent meaning anyway.
In a way, this anti-music corrodes the fabric of what popular music actually is when not heard through the ears of the “normal” person – it is what music listeners hear when it is stripped of all the glamor, melodies and hype that surrounds it. A shitfest reserved for those with no taste, ironically a totally different track started playing automatically after this video – it was exactly what we portray in words here.
View the video up above and listen to the album down below, buy the cassette.
Since I’m way off on the countdown this time, I’m going to introduce one new clip each day until the 24th of December. I’m eagerly awaiting Christmas (or Yule as we say) and this day is dedicated to The Stockholm Monsters – a criminally overlooked band which released one album and a number of EPs and singles. One of those records were their first and only album Alma Mater (1984) which contained one of my favorite songs from this blissful act, songs like “To Look At Her“, “Your Uniform” and “Terror“. Besides that, I’ve also got some other favorites that I’d like to tell you about here. The single How Corrupt Is Rough Trade? (1985) is one of their best singles ever to be released, accompanied by their other single which was released earlier, that goes by the name of Miss Moonlight (1983).
I must also say that I have no favorite EP that this band has released, since the singles and their only album at hand give me the listening pleasure I need. However, I need to recommend the compilation that was released in the 2000’s, titled All At Once (Singles 1981 – 1987) which was released in 2002. The track at the top is from this compilation and I think it pinpoints their sound and really doesn’t compromise with it either. All the tracks that are supposed to be on it is in there.
This is the 17th of December and I’m the Invisible Guy.
Now that we’ve come this far, I’ll be showing off some must haves in the new wave region of the 80s. This serie will be in four parts, ranging from today up until Sunday. Featuring both well-known and obscure gems from the new wave past. Just so that you can have your obligatory reading and some well-needed tips for your music-pool. Not that you’d have a need to expand it after visiting Invisible Guy, but I’ll show you some things that you’ve never heard of but should’ve heard. Hopefully this will be a listening pleasure and hopefully you’ll find tips suitable for yourself. As I said in the latest episode featuring minimal wave: the numbers mean nothing.
You’re now entering Part I of the recommendation.
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