Review: Marrow Mandler – Sensual Seas

816703764-1If you could see the world through other eyes, or if you’d see Tatsuya Nakadais eyes, you’d be petrified. Marrow Mandler is the brainchild of Sascha Mandler. It seems like if he touches your soul, it will be in a realistically but cold manner. With the opening song “Shattered Acticipations“, he delves deeper into the sphere of power electronics. Contracting the brutality of the generic term “power electronics“, but subsequently increasing the melodic content in and of the aforementioned genre. The undertones of the sound-scape are vicious, as the melodic content burrows itself deeper into our souls. We’re left behind, left for dead, as the powerful electronics smear and crush everything in its wake. Possibly the more intriguing material that could’ve been found in that particular genre, as the fondness of power electronics arises anew from this particular song. Leaving no way out, continuing with “Shed Skin“, as you’re forced into a corner of fight-or-flight. But not for long, as the landscape is re-shaped, uttering a more minimal synth approach in contrast to the sound we just witnessed. Blending the interesting cold wave with more of an atonal, but also melodic sound-scape, quenches the thirst of anything heavier. As the isolated, lonely roars of a disenfranchised individual lets itself be heard, amongst an atonal but semi-melodic wave of thought.

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Spotlight: Transform | Transport | Transcend


An impressive compilation compiled via teamwork between the German labels aufnahme + wiedergabe and Totally Wired Records. This joint operation is passing through the genres of minimal synth, post-punk, cold wave, garage punk, power electronics and much more. Artists featured on this release are the following: Dot Dash, Bruch, Ana Threat, Gran, Pü, Crystal Soda Cream, Kate Kristal, Dazed Pilots, BruchGran, Al Bird Dirt, Clemens Denk, Tommy Weinberg and the Dreams, Rigor Mortis, Krafftmalerei, BLACK VASE, The Anxiety Of Love, In Death It Ends, Die Selektion, Bloodygrave und die Lust!, Novva Falla, Marrow Mandler, La Fete Triste, Death Of Abel, Xiu, Bloated Backdoor and Die Nerven. So this 26-tracked compilation is split in between the both labels. Totally Wired Records have curated the tracks from 1-14, whilst aufnahme + wiedergabe curated 15-26. Go on a field-trip in sound and discover bands you’ve probably never heard about. Below is a descriptive piece of the purpose, written by them:

aufnahme + wiedergabe teamed up with TOTALLY WIRED RECORDS to compile “Transport | Transform | Transcend” [a+w TWR], a free download sampler, in honour of the TRANSFORMER INAUGURATION. if you choose to pay for this compilation (“name your price”), you directly support the new TRANSFORMER shop in Vienna.
there is also a limited edition of 40 C-100 tapes of [a+w TWR] that are exclusively given away for free to customers at the opening day of TRANSFORMER.