Odd coincidences arise when you’ve got so little time to assemble a non-commercial collection like Ljudkalendern. Picking two opposites that in no way resemble the other, then you know that it’s something fate intended. It was by no means planned in complete detail ahead of time. Because I had no time I missed the opportunity to showcase to you a track for the 11th December, I’ve had to combine yesterday’s—with today’s exclusive premiere. You got to stream the first song ahead of time, before an article was to be published. So you already know that Kord (Johan Sturesson) got his time in the limelight prior to this article being written, contributing with a humorous yet ambitious piece of synth-pop venture—leaving no time at all, to impress the author, as well as the listeners.
Since we’re running out of time, before the 12th December is about to be set, we introduce to you: Germany Army—post-Tassili Plateau—stronger and odder than before. Welcomed out of the swamps where they’ve resided for revitalization, before launching a miniature drone, transmitting sound bytes to enthrall, or disperse your mind once again. Still nobody knows if they are for real or just a product of your own self-delusion. Their donation to Ljudkalendern is titled; “Life, Debt” which is a gloomy marshland of sound; where humans go to escape civilization. It’s back to how it once were—in tune with mother nature, in a rather decayed, manner. When interpreted by us, the title of the song becomes a metaphor for how you’re owing German Army your life, and your indebtedness to them. We on the other hand feel like we owe them a proper showcase since their masterful album “Last Language“—one of their best efforts.
“Who’s at your side,
to for you provide
“For the army,
For the army,
don’t be smarmy”
This is a special and fated release, due to lack of time. 10th and 11th December in one article. Feel how you move from a spaced out adventurous story, to a draining hazy experience in the midst of a huge prairie pothole—bordering Canada, America’s own North and South Dakota, as well as Minnesota and Iowa—you’re screwed. Take the aforementioned text as a hint, German Army, I might’ve given you a concept for a follow-up to Tassili Plateau.
Well, what can be said? The Tobler Orchestra ain’t working alone in this universe. Because the producer behind this particular alter-ego have been placed on a compilation with five other artists and groups. The well-known minimal synth act Xiu, AKA Oksana Rodinova – have made Minimal Trend Records her homestead for now. There is also where the magic will happen, as this compilation will be the first release on this label and spark the continuation of minimalism within the electronic genres as such, obviously channeling it from the “trend” of it. Because, quite frankly, isn’t minimal synth and wave a trend by now? Everyone seems to be up over their heads trying to conjure something magical within the boundaries, and outwardly towards others – within this niche, that has become widespread. The “Minimal Milan EP“, which is the compilation’s name, will be available for purchase on the 12th of December. The artwork is courtesy of David Imbërnon, a Spaniard with a wicked sense of proportions, and art as such. When it comes to the artists involved on this compilation, they are the following: AU+, Plovdiv, Words and Actions, MM2, and MarryMe2Night. Of course, The Tobler Orchestra are also featured, but that might’ve made sense in a paragraph above. MarryMe2Night is the alterego for Oksana Rodinova, in which she explores a darker and more steadfast realm in the minimal universe.
Anyway, that’s not why we’re here. We’ve gotten the honor to premiere the music-video for the track “Scry“, featured on this compilation, by The Tobler Orchestra. You can watch it up above and you can stream the two tracks currently available from this compilation – down below.
Image Of Life is an interesting person, whom you may or may not know, but that’s irrelevant. According to himself, at least. He heavily indulges in what he calls “nihilist pop”, a sub-genre which he himself has coined. Not much can be said about him, but the overtly misanthropic and nihilistic music that he makes. The first album that appeared was a self-released cassette titled “Last Letters From Leper Colony“, which featured ten songs, all written between the years of 2010-2012. After being featured on Kristopher Reinshagen’s list in “favorite musiks of 2012“, on the ninth place – he delved into further anonymity. Until he surfaced once again, now to be featured on the Chondritic Sound roster, as he released a double-single in 2013, by the name of “Weight Loss In Wartime / Walking In The Dark“. This original minimal synth purveyor is not to be known, but we shall make sure to know him a little bit better. Therefore, I asked him a few questions, ranging from his albums, his person and a little bit of everything you’d ever want to know about nihilism.
I just thought I had to push for this compilation, because it’s awesome. A truly great one, which is a tribute to Snowy Red, which was the moniker for Marciel Thiel. One of the more influential artists within the minimal synth genre. This release feature a lot of the up and coming people, mainly from America, whom have contributed a whole lot to their own scene. But there are also a lot of artists from other parts of the world. The following are represented: Bestial Mouths, //TENSE//, Strange Powers, Mushy, Violet Tremors, Mirror Mirror, Meddicine, Nové Můra, Jessy Champagne, Revelator, Freddy Ruppert, Animal Bodies, Newclear Waves, Safyée, Led Er Est, Bright Future, Marburg and Deathday. So, it’s jam-packed with the best of the best, covering songs from albums like “Snowy Red“, “The Right To Die“, “Vision” and “The Beat Is Over“. Meaning; virtually every album he ever released. It’s inspiring to hear such a flawless re-interpretation of those legendary songs. All from different areas of the minimal synth sound. This is surely an investment, as you get a gatefolded double-LP, 180 gram, with hand-numbered packages limited to 500. You’ll can get this for twenty-two euros, and you really should, because it’s a great release. It’s also the first release on Weyrd Son Records (WyS-001), but surely not the last. Artwork was made by Betsy VanLangen.
Eftersom att det snart bara är en vecka kvar tills EPn “Lilla Ukraina EP” släpps, så låter Rigas den Andre oss inte vänta och därför kommer ännu ett smakprov därifrån. Låten “Not Just People” är den andra singeln som släppts, vilket ger sig ut på en resa mellan vidderna av nostalgisk R&B, tillplattat med den värsta av Skweee. Men den ger även utrymme för mer minimalistiska tongångar, när den elektroniska musiken sammansmälter med de underliggande influenserna. Däremot så låter denna singel lite mer poppig, snarare än något annat. Trots det så är det ytterligare ett mästerverk som kan signeras utav Rigas den Andre och får de som törstar efter någonting nyskapande att sätta sin musikalitet i halsen. “Lilla Ukraina EP” släpps den 22:a Maj, av samma bolag som Henrik Euler (Rigas den Andre) bossar över – nämligen Flora & Fauna. Denna låt kan även laddas ner helt gratis, för den som känner att de behöver ha det mer fysiskt.