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.
Contemplative, minimalistic and raw in its purest form – transgressing between electro and synth-pop – are where their alias Solitairen Effekten, or Solitude FX as they’re also called, take you. Having put out their latest release on Enfant Terrible back in 2007; in the form of a self-titled mini-album. This duo is comprised of Marc Patrick Schaffer whose legacy stretches far and wide beyond just this duo, but he might mainly be known as the owner of Anna Logue Records. His partner in crime, Orpheo Weidelt has besides his involvement in Solitude FX, also participated for a track on a Sudeten Creche-release, but also written a song called “My Beloved” for Rossetti’s Compass – a solo-project by Mark Warner. So they have been entangled with synth-business since the beginning of this project and outside of it, too. With this forthcoming release they’re scheduled for having released on Enfant Terrible, titled “sfx LP“, things get just a tad bit more minimalistic – but adds to a primal rawness. From the speedy and energetic tracks to a contemplated look into melodies, everything is there to sway you into their sound and way of thought. Through lit passages of emotional fires, the wholeheartedness that Solitude FX display in this album is for everyone to hear. Beating yourselves on the chest boys, because the limelight is here for you.
I think I will be stealing a bit of that. No, I’m not that interested in doing that. For this round of Enfant Terrible and Gooiland Elektro-releases that are going to be put out in the end of August, I will show humility. Since this is the second and last release that I will be showcasing here on Repartiseraren, I thought it would be apt to pick the best track as usual. The track I feel is best. It is featured on the B-Side of this vinyl and is actually the closing track on this record. What’s special about it is that all the synthesizers in this track are as dark as they can be in this setting. Solitude FX turn it up a notch and fit melodies for a painstakingly abrasive venture into minimal electro, adhering to an underlying passion for everything electro. The track is called “In This Night” and is not as muffled as the other tracks on the record. It is an in-your-face kind of ordeal that you’ll have to endure when listening to it. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. Listen to it exclusively down below and don’t forget to order the vinyl if you like what you’re hearing. The vinyl was mastered by Ruud Lekx (Rude 66), artwork by Hans De Wolf and assembled by Frank (Trumpett).
Well, it’s the first feature ever on Invisible Guy! Or, maybe not, but certainly the first that’s titled in that manner. The man Adam der Somnambule, have been keeping up with the minimalism within his heart. He’s released two tapes, almost simultaneously, with one week apart. First up is “other tracks“, with essentially is his collection of tracks recorded in between 2011 and 2012, for the series ‘Minimal In 30 Minutes’. Besides that, it’s dedicated to Peter Ratajczyk, also known by the name of ‘Peter Steele’ – the now deceased (R.I.P.) frontman of Type O Negative. The next one is “Tapes of Valkenburg“, which has an historical connotation attached to it. Valkenburg Castle was a castle in the Netherlands, which was erected in the year of 1115 by Gosewijn I, Lord of Valkenburg. However, this wooden fortification was destroyed in 1122, when it came under siege by Henry V, the Holy Roman Emperor. It was originally built by Lord van Suilen en Anholt. Which is pretty cool, since I love historical anecdotes or homages of any sort. This album is dedicated to the late Japanese film director 黒澤 明 (Akira Kurosawa).
When it comes to the tapes themselves, they have different nuances. The aforementioned, “other tracks“, is more of a calm and seething minimalistic wave piece. Sometimes speedy, other times somnambulant and bewildered. Somewhat melodic, but at the same time monotonic. Which differentiates in between the segments of each track, leaving room for respite. On the other hand, “Tapes of Valkenburg” – seem to be more primitive at heart. Leaving a more industrial-oriented setting for the macabre landscape that is building up, slowly – from within. It’s also got a much ‘warmer’, but at the same time ‘colder’ approach – to the beats and general fortification of the sound-scape at hand. The rhythms are more benevolent and connected, then it is in the aforementioned tape. However, both are available for purchase if you’re interested in this kind of music. “other tracks” is strictly limited to 50 copies of C40 tapes, whilst “Tapes of Valkenburg” comes with the same amount of copies, but with a C60 tape instead. Both of them cost 7 euro. Listen to them below and make up your own mind.