Kim Sølve tells us about the Kids’ World EP!

Blitzkrieg Baby Kids' World - Digital Medium

Blitzkrieg Baby have been featured here before, as well as a more personal portrait that came through an intimate interview with your real persona. What’s going to happen now?

– First up is getting Kids’ World EP released. It has been a long time coming, but 2013 proved to be a year of great ordeals that postponed a few things musically. Despite being built from music spanning many years, Kids’ World EP is a snapshot of the Baby right here, right now, with all its children’s diseases on display, grinning at the camera.

So, this is the first time that Blitzkrieg Baby is featured on the best label around (in Sweden) right now. Why did you pick Beläten, or why did he pick you?

– It is the first proper Blitzkrieg Baby release on Beläten, yes. But Blitzkrieg Baby’s Your Happy Place opened the A Somatic Response compilation that came out about two years ago. Thomas Ekelund (of Beläten and Trepaneringsritualen) and me have stayed in touch since long before that compilation, so long that neither of us remember when and how we first got in touch. I am very glad to be doing a Blitzkrieg Baby release through Beläten as I, like you, hold the label in high regard.

I know that it’s about the same insane martial industrial pop that’s coming through. Have anything changed since your last release, or is this more of the same?

– Blitzkrieg Baby is gradually changing all the time, in many directions. There has never been very set parameters for what Blitzkrieg Baby is musically, and we are working on music in several directions as we speak. The core, however, is the same.

Could you tell me how it was to record this record? How long did it take, what did you have to do and did you ever hit upon a greater problem before finishing it up?

– Pretty much everything by Blitzkrieg Baby has been boiling beneath the surface for years already, since the project was initiated back in 2001. This means that everything we release has a trail going further back than the few most recent years. This EP has material that stretches back to the last half of the nineties, as well as music finished the last few months. Also, Anders B. of Mind & Flesh is a prominent presence through all these tracks, and his contributions is one of the unifying factors. Kids’ World EP is a 40 minute EP, while the debut album “Porcus Norvegicus” was a 30 minute full length. That makes sense doesn’t it?

Now, tell me whatever you’d want to tell me. What track is it I’m going to get and what is the inherent meaning with it?

– I am handing you Kids’ World, the title track. I feel this is the pinnacle of Blitzkrieg Baby is at this exact moment.

1. Kids’ World

– “It’s a kids’ world, we are your family now, we teach you how to kill.” The world is not a pretty sight, and here is a pop tune to accompany the images we don’t want to see. From all of us to all of you.

2. Loop

– This is a lyric Mr. B wrote about paranoia.

3. The Swine Supremacy

– Human nature.

4. Those They Could Not Fuck, They Killed

– An instrumental ballad.

5. Half Pig Half Man

– Aren’t we all?

6. Broken Child

– Our childhood never leaves us. Mr. B decided to sing my lyrics as if it was a lullaby, so now it is.

7. Incinerator Symphony No. I

– This track has stems going all the way back to the mid-nineties. Together with Anders B., I was deeply into Industrial music and we began doing sound experiments and industrial-sounding recordings besides playing in a band together. This is when he started the earliest incarnations of what is now Mind & Flesh, and the foundations for what would later become Blitzkrieg Baby were laid down. Incinerator Symphony No. II was featured on Porcus Norvegicus. The third symphony is in progress and can be expected to appear on a later release.

8. Children In Uniform MMXIII

– A reworked track from Porcus Norvegicus, thematically close to Kids’ World.

9. Your Happy Place

– This is the first lyric Mr. B wrote for Blitzkrieg Baby. This track originally appeared on Belätens A Somatic Response compilation. I found it reasonable to conclude the EP where the official collaboration with Beläten first started.

Exclusive Premiere: Les Jumeaux Discordants – Betrayed Bride / The White Room

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This is the continuation of the last post, where Les Jumeaux Discordants were kind enough to grant me access to their world – through their music. Providing me with a careful selection of tracks that might already be out there in some way or another, but mostly whom are restricted to this blog-zine as such – and their limited CDr-releases. The whole purpose of this was to grant people who may be interested in their music, something to listen to if they weren’t that quick to have bought their releases in the first place. These two tracks that I’m about to present to you, were featured on their first and only self-titled release “Les Jumeaux Discordants” – which was released by Misty Circles, in the format of a CDr limited to 100 copies. Alongside four other tracks. Displaying their underestimated experimentalism, as their first release. Engaging into more unknown territory, in comparison with the later releases. Honing what was to become a modern classical masterpiece, lending their thoughts deeper into their own imaginative state with this particular release. You can certainly hear the difference, albeit it’s sublimity. Venturing in between martial-industrialism, dark ambient and a more grandiose landscape of sound changing into the morbidity of the under-dwelling feelings, the suppressed and dark thoughts caught in the moment of them slowly being released into the world, with absolutely no embellishing filters.

We give to you, here on Invisible Guy, the two tracks “Betrayed Bride” and “The White Room” – for your pleasurable streaming experience. One of the tracks are already out there more or less, but “The White Room” features a ‘ghost track’, also. You can stream these two tracks exclusively on Invisible Guy, with the approval of themselves. I would like to thank Roberto Del Vecchio and Aimaproject for giving me this opportunity, to share with you the sound of a greatly under-appreciated duo. So do check it out.

Exclusive Premiere: Les Jumeaux Discordants – Stanze / Horus

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If you’re in any way familiar with martial industrial and neo-classical music, you’d probably know about “Sang Pour Sang“, the debut-album by the duo Les Jumeaux Discordants. Released on the French label Athanor, whom dedicates itself to releasing occult ritual ambient and industrial music. It was released as a CD, limited to 500 copies, featuring thirteen tracks. Even though we’re lead astray by their venture into modern classical, rather than neo-classical, they’ve got hints of both martial industrial, neo-classical and modern classical. However, their first release wasn’t the one I mentioned either, because in 2007 they released their self-titled “Les Jumeaux Discordants” on Misty Circles. Featuring a more experimental approach then their full album. Roberto Del Vecchio and his partner-in-crime Aimaproject (Luisa Papa) constitute Les Jumeaux Discordants, as a duo. In 2012, both Robert and Luisa contributed to a compilation under the name of “Di Aima II Segno“, together with a whole roster of artists from both Old Europa Café, Steinklang, Hau Ruck! SPQR and other labelsEven though it’s a compilation, it can be said to be an anthology, a kind of tribute to the artists they’ve worked with. The compilation, or rather anthology, was released on the label Show Me Your Wounds Productions.

Together with Invisible Guy in a unique collaboration with Les Jumeaux Discordants, we aim to bring you the track “Horus” from this limited CDr compilation, but also “Stanze” – the martial-industrial counterpart, just to show you the complex nature of their music. It’s a channeling of both the vocal talent of Luisa Papa and the composition skills of Roberto Del Vecchio, as the old Europa awakes again, if only for a moment. The ritualistic nature of the track is both mesmerizing and brings a calmer dimension together with the more alarming and lurking feeling; of urgency. Together with the storm that brews with the simultaneous and rhythmic hits on the drums, as if it was a call to war. Stream this track exclusively down below. You don’t even know what’s begun, since this is the first track to be put up there in a series of four. Bringing you the first two from the same compilation.

Presenting: Variegated Heart live-sessions part 1 of 3!

Variegated Heart is a live-sessions of performances conducted by the band THIN HYMNS. This is the first part of three, so you’ll get more where that came from. They’re a psychedelic pop-induced phenomenon based in Chicago, that blend genres from afar and wide. Currently in the process of releasing their coming album, “Black Waters“, they also performed live in their home-studio at Hotel Earth in Chicago, Illinois. Their EP will be released by Sanzimat International, on the 9th of April. You’ll hear more of them in the next couple of days, but take your time and listen to the wonders that be. Pop can be so much more then the static and linear approach, this is something in between ambient, psychedelia, folk, neo-classical and underproduced but carefully oriented pop-twists with a melodic body. As you’ll find out, so watch their live-show here on Invisible Guy as you go about your day. Do also listen to their one track “All Around You” available at bandcamp.