Exclusive Premiere: TWINS – What Should I Expect

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The littlest of the labels in Enfant Terrible‘s ensemble, Petit Enfant, is mature enough to present the forthcoming release “Make Life Before You“, a 7¨ compromised of two songs that are entangled in different universes within electronic music. The part that has been sliced off from this metaphysical cake and fed to us, in celebration of three releases short of twenty – is “What Should I Expect” – a very minimalistic and gritty electro song.

A release with only two songs can either fail in a big way or enthrall the listener, TWINS manages to captivate with the different tones of both the songs, pitting the first song against the second one, the preferred A-side against the hated B-side – which side do you pick? I for one pick the second one, but the first track definitely has some charm attached to it, a less experimental knife piercing through the soundscape.

This is the first of three exclusive premieres from Enfant Terrible’s wonderful concoction of electronic releases, you can listen to it down below and it will be available for purchase in late October, limited edition of 250 copies.

 

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Exclusive Premiere: Os Ovni – No Time Static Hide

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The clock is ticking, time is running out. We’re just here to be with you for a while. The duo Os Ovni have been releasing their delightful mixture of synth-pop, minimal synth and dream pop, also channeling other differentiating electronica that can be hard to put together – since 2010. The duo consists of Logan Owlbeemoth and Omebi Velouri, whom have been performing together beneath various experimental electronic aliases in a period of 15 years. By the way, did you know that “Os Ovni” actually means “The UFO” in Portuguese? Now you know. Back in 2010, they released the single “Something In The Sky” on Answering Machine Recordings. A year after that, they followed it up with a split-release with Modern Witch, which got placed on the label Tundra Dubs. After a lot of moving around on different labels, releasing a split with Blue On Blue and then thundering on to participate in yet another split-release with TWINS, they’ve finally settled down and decided to release an album of their own. Together with their soothing love for specific sci-fi, our cosmos and everything in between – Os Ovni have been planning a release which goes by the name of “Lets Leave Reality“. Matt Weiner of Featureless Ghost have been the overseer when it comes to the production of this particular album. Something Cold Records have gotten the honor to release this, and this is probably what further cements their wish to turn away from reality and embrace space. I must say that this record is oozing of minimalism, twirling synthesizers, space-y virtual rooms that places oneself into their cybernetic shoes. Invisible Guy has gotten the honor to premiere a single from their album, and more to come, but first up is “No Time Static Hide” – the fifth song on this eight-tracked album. You can listen and stream the song down below, so you can get more of a taste of what’s coming in November. I also asked Justin Carver of Something Cold (Records) about the release itself and what’s on the menu in the near future.

Last year you released a compilation of tracks, and now you’re going to release an album by Os Ovni. What can you tell us about this?

– I’ve been a fan of Os Ovni since I first heard their split 7″ with Modern Witch. Their music always stood out amongst other minimal electronic bands because of how harmonious their vocals were on top of very fragile synth work. I was able to meet them firsthand when they performed in Detroit for Something Cold in December of 2011. The show took place in a very weird little banquet hall in Mexicantown! Their performance blew me away, they had the most simplistic set up but filled the room with the most psychedelic synth waves. From then on out we stayed in touch and I continued to follow their releases and excellent video work they do (Tachyons+). Their track on the Something Cold compilation was one of the albums most well received tracks, so one day I told Logan when you’re ready, I’d be happy to release your debut LP. Him and Omebi agreed to let us release it for them! They are both incredibly hardworking musicians and I’m proud to be working with them.

What was the original purpose of Something Cold records?

– Simply to release new (and rediscover old) exciting music within the minimal electronic, industrial and wave underground on vinyl. I’ve been running the Something Cold parties in Detroit since 2009, so moving forward and starting a label seemed like the next logical step. My friend Jason Amm (Suction Records/Solvent) has provided an enormous amount of help with the label and helping it come together.

Since your first release has been sold out now for some time, what kind of reactions did it get?

– I was surprised with how fast it sold out and how well received it was. I’ve gotten a few emails from people who picked it up on a whim in record stores and wrote to express their enjoyment and curiosity about the label/party. It’s cool to see tracks from the LP pop up on playlists from radio shows and DJs around the world. Thankfully, while it is sold out, it’s not being price gouged on Discogs or Ebay yet!

Are you going to release anything else in the near future on Something Cold records?

– Absolutely. We’re talking to a few artists at the moment about our next releases. Expect it out around the first of this coming year. We also plan on doing a limited repress of the initial Something Cold compilation LP eventually as well.

Harvesting #7: Through deeper electronica armed with Featureless Ghost?

Welcome back to another edition of Harvesting. This time around I’ve been experimenting in between different forms of writing. I’ve decided that I wanted to continue with the five questions asked for different artists, bands and underground phenomenons. So in this harvest I’ll be deepening your interest in the following: Featureless Ghost. A duo consisting of Matt Weiner and Elise Tippins, which have been around since 2007. They have also been performing in Something Colds venues some time ago. Therefore I’ll also be revealing something new coming their way. Hope you enjoy this edition of Harvesting and I also hope that you’ll come back, hungering for more and more. I’ll be having a great feature tomorrow that you should not miss out on. But now, back to the interesting duo Featureless Ghost. I took some time to ask Matt Weiner and Elise Tippins five questions and I’ll also review one of their latest tracks in this edition.

So I get that you’ve been making music together since 2007, but where did it all begin and why the name Featureless Ghost?

– Our musical collaborations took on many forms and styles before we fell into the music we make as Featureless Ghost. The first official FG recordings were made in the beginning of 2011. Everything we had done prior to that lead us to where we are now. Our style was much looser and more experimental before FG, a lot noisier too, and it wasn’t until we both became more confident vocalists that we felt like we could attempt the sort of minimal-synth/dark-pop songs that we’re writing now. As far as the name goes, Featureless Ghost is a concept we picked up on from reading, thinking about, and talking about identity: the spirit-ghost, and the information net. Our songs definitely come from this space.

Could you tell me anything about the creative process behind your releases up til’ now?

– With the exceptions of “Projections” and “Biologically-Sound Cyber-Bodies,” the recording process is almost identical to the live performance. We write everything on our live rig (which doesn’t include a laptop) and try to limit ourselves to things we can pull off using what we have in front of us. We do have a few synths and drum machines in the studio that we don’t use live and will sometimes pepper the recordings with them or sample them on the MPC to trigger as we need. Synths are both sequenced and hand-played over the drum sequences written in the MPC and vocals are performed and processed live on top of it.

What kind of landmark memories have you had in your time together as Featureless Ghost?

– Our first tour of the midwest in April and May 2012 was a pretty special time. We were treated extremely well in each city and got to meet some amazing bands/artists and play to some great crowds both large and small. We didn’t go broke, although Elise got terrible bronchitis and felt miserable for a good chunk of the trip but she stayed strong and powered through regardless. It was a good first tour and definitely made us realize the benefits of hitting the road and linking up with new people.

You’re going to release your debut-LP now in October, are you stoked about it and could you reveal anything you haven’t revealed about it?

– We are extremely stoked to be releasing this LP, “Personality Matrix.” If you go to our bandcamp page you’ll see that we have 5 releases out, but unlike “Personality Matrix” none of the releases we have out are really representative of where we’re at now and where we’re going. The only way to know, without hearing the upcoming LP, is to catch us live.

Thank you for letting me ask these questions! What do you have in store now in the near future?

– Thank you! Coming up we have a tour of the East Coast and Canada and we are currently working on some new songs and recordings for upcoming FG releases. We’re always working on something new! We have also co-founded a label with our friends Chris Daresta and James Andrew called “DKA” and we will be releasing the first 3 DKA cassettes before the end of the year and have plans for future vinyl releases as well. We also have a bunch of FG videos produced by Fantastic Lands (Elise) in the works that will be released over the next few months.

The most interesting part about this song is that it sounds timeless and share the components of what makes Featureless Ghost stand the test of time. I think they have a different approach on this single if you compare to the other songs. But they’re essentially the same. If I’d think wishfully, it sounds like they’ve taken care of the more minimalistic touches that can be found within their music and made that their top effort. At least when I listen to this song, the wonderfully monotone, but at the same time varied song is drilling itself right into my eardrums. There’s some kind of retro feeling to it as well as futuristic, but I guess this could be because they’re good at that balance. It’s not obnoxiously nostalgic, yet it’s at the same time futuristic. A feeling that comes to mind when I listen to it, is that it’s got a calm and controlled tempo, yet it’s got that pushy kind of drive that turn things up a notch. Basically, it’s also built around the vocalists different expressions vocally. That sounded pretentious of me to say, but I think they get more room to experiment with their vocals in this song than they’ve had in songs prior to this one. So I’m hoping for a new turn on their behalf, and I’m also dying to hear another single-song that I can listen to.

Au revoir for this time around! In the next edition of Harvesting, namely the #8th, you’ll find yourself on familiar grounds.

Harvesting #3: A huge overload of electronica or maybe I’m wrong?

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.