[10th|11th] December: Kord & German Army

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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.

Poem(s):

Who’s at your side,
to for you provide
It’s Johnny!
Who’s Johnny?

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For the army,
do everything
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.

Premiere: Maskinåldern – Avsnitt 3 – Gustav Jansson (Sturm Café)

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Det här är ett avsnitt som jag velat göra sedan jag startade denna podcastserie. Egentligen fanns där inga stora förhoppningar om att lyckas med det, men efter mycket om och men så blev en intervjutid bokat för avsnittet med Gustav Jansson från duon Sturm Café. En grupp som inspirerat många andra inom den “nya” svenska bodyscenen som långsamt började växa fram under tidigt 2000-tal – där Sturm Café var mer prominenta nu i efterhand – än vad de visste där och då.

Men egentligen är det helt egalt i sammanhanget. Fokuset låg på hur bra musiken var och vad som varit upphovet till deras musik, inte bara i studion men också i dynamiken hos duon och deras liveframträdanden – egentligen hela det kit som gjorde att denna duo på ett rätt så framgångsrikt vis kunde göra ett avtryck inom elektronisk kroppsmusik – både här, i Tyskland, men också i resten av världen. För att inte glömma att nämna de otaliga sidoprojekten, varav Kommando XY och Working Puppets utgör de mest prominenta – och kanske egentligen de man intresserat sig mest för.

Nu har man gått och väntat länge på att få släppa detta avsnitt, som är mer än två timmar långt och innehåller en djupintervju med Gustav Jansson. Här får man reda på en mängd saker som inte kommit fram i tidigare intervjuer, kanske för att frågorna inte formulerats på detta vis eller att intresset inte funnits. Förutom att avsnittet är så långt så finns där även tre exklusiva och osläppta låtar, som “1632” från det färdiga (men osläppta) albumet “Europa!” av Sturm Café, demoversionen med en annan sångare på låten “Kyss Mig” av KROPP, och en tidig demo av låten “Mozart-Ideal” som förmodligen är en av de mer populära alstren Sturm Café levererat.

Mycket mer kan egentligen sägas och man skulle kunna täppa till så många andra luckor, men jag låter någon annan göra det. Det finns alltid något av intresse. Det är bara så skönt att äntligen kunna leverera det tredje avsnittet av Maskinåldern. Nu tycker jag att vi kör igång maskineriet för fullt.

Innan ni börjar lyssna så vill jag tacka Minmiart för konstverket till avsnittet. Ni kan titta på annat som hon haft för sig genom att besöka: http://minmiart.tumblr.com/

Låtlista:

1. Spartak – Tiden
2. Position Parallele – Silence et grésillement
3. PTP – Show Me Your Spine
4. Sturm Café – Koka Kola Freiheit (Thomas P. Heckmann Remix)
5. Jäger 90 – Immer Dümmer
6. Sturm Café – 1632 (Unreleased)
7. DAF – Ich Will
8. Kommando XY – Manlig Gemenskap
9. Portion Control – Karateka
10. Keine Ahnung – Plastik
11. a;GRUMH… – M.D.A.
12. Kommando XY – Norrland
13. Working Puppets – Monopoly
14. Working Puppets – Welcome
15. Rheingold – Distanz
16. Les Visiteurs Du Soir – Je T`ecris D`un Pays
17. KROPP – Kyss Mig (Demo Version / Other Singer) (Unreleased)
18. Sturm Café – Mozart-Ideal (Demo) (Unreleased)

Article: Imaginary trips into outer space with Adderall Canyonly – the Field Hymns years! [Part I]

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Introduction

Tumblr-esque aesthetics have never ever been so nauseating. We’ve seen it everywhere, and continue to see it here. But somehow Adderall Canyonly fed this appearance to the monster of the 1980’s, an American ghastly and gargantuan 1980’s beast, whose aesthetics are similar to Tumblr fast-food. One must admit that the aforementioned decade is more impressive when it comes to the aesthetics, then what Tumblr ever could deliver. It seems like this man is tired of putting out material for almost an eternity, well yeah – four years now – and not getting as much as a glance from the trendy music-press (both mainstream and the so-called ‘underground’). However, what makes the aesthetic nerve of his project even more interesting is the covers for his releases, which seem to be bright pastille-colors blended together with the adolescence of cartoons. Add that together with their rather psychedelic influences and you have a formula that they’ve settled for. If you’re not being fooled, Addreall Canyonly is the alter-ego of Wayne Longer, based out of somewhere-in-America. Probably a rather boring place, with regards to his musical fantasies. This is Part I.

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Premiere: The Tobler Orchestra – Scry [Musicvideo]

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.

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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.

Some questions for Image Of Life!

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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.

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Spotlight: Various Artists – _ever Alive – a tribute to Snowy Red

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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.

Premiär: Rigas den Andre – Not Just People

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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.

Sweating Tapes release-party and more to come!

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Since the debut-album of the much renowned dark esoteric electronica meets post-punk was sold out, Sweating Tapes are re-releasing Deathday first album “Deathday“, on a limited edition LP. Those of you who are lucky enough to order the first 50 batches, will also receive a limited edition patch and button. We’ve also written about their split with another LA-based band, by the name of Bestial Mouths. It’s still available and you can fetch both releases from their bandcamp, the first one here and the aforementioned split-release here.

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If you’re a resident living in the LA-area, I advise you to come and join the Sweating Tapes Night 001. Which is a party that is to be hosted by Bestial Mouths and Deathday, for their latest split-release titled “A Split Release“. You’ll be able to hear DJ-sets from WMX (Bestial Mouths), Alex Guillén (Deathday) and Remy Marc (Sweating Tapes/VSSL). The party is free and is being put on in Los Angeles, California – in The Lash on 117 Winston st 104, 90013 and it’s 21+. So get in your right gear and head in to California for this night, because it’ll be worth it. But you’d better hurry up, since it’s going to be on the 1st of May – which is today and tonight!

Sweating Tapes are readying up for two more releases, which will be the continuation of the “A Compilation” series. You can listen to Volume 1 and 2 over here, and here. Their current aim for this will be in the bulls-eye of Los Angeles and Texas, as they’re trying to document a section of the North American synth-artists. They will go from city by city, to region by region. So if you’re interested, feel free to hook up with Sweating Tapes by dropping them an e-mail to this address. Also, listen to their currently released volumes down below.


Review: Vandal X – God Knows

77075_10151176287253883_2050433331_nVehemently outrageous hardcore, mixed with noise, rock’n’roll, psychedelia – and have some tendencies to drone. Compromised by a duo that could’ve been a whole orchestra, for all that you folks care. Günther Liket and Bart Timmermans are tiling up the world throughout a maniacally combination of wickedness. The first track which is also the title-track, “God Knows“, is a rattling piece of noisiness. Focusing on the wide sphere of combining spontaneous, no-wave-ish vocals with the stop-and-go technique of a rather monotonous but rhythmic arsenal of guitars, baselines, figurative drums – with spontaneous outbursts of playful and angered vocals. Nothing is holy when their vile notion of virtual reality is colliding with the place that we call Earth. This formula seems virtually unchanged at a first glance, within the next song “How Sick Is That“, but changes rapidly the more you get into it. Here’s more of the noisy and uncontrollable rock’n’roll you’ve always wished you could master. With atonal messages, spoken with worthiness – Vandal X are the true vandals of the confined space. Getting claustrophobia is easy, as you’re pushed to the edge of a tiny room.

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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.