[20th|21st] December: Lymland & Neugeborene Nachtmusik!

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Two small Islands not too far away from one another—Langeland and Lilleø—might have more in common then you think. Both are geographically not far away from one another. The last-mentioned is closer to a bigger island, the fourth largest island of Denmark, namely: Lolland. If their names were to be transfused and given a totally new one, it would be close to suggest a certain Swedish act that released their debut-album in September of 2012. Since you’re reading this article and have glanced over the headline – you already know what duo we’re writing about.

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Lymland“—an Island full of lemmings? No, it’s not very likely. Rather: an island of wastrels – as “lymmel” is an older Swedish word for “wastrel“. Jerker Kaj and Sonja Perander, currently based in Malmö, released their first album under the name of “Ensamtidsroman” – which sounds terrible if translated directly in English and beautiful – in Swedish. Here’s where the actual thought about their own island came to set root. They created a map to represent their small island. Their reference for the outline of a map perhaps actually was Lilleø—one of the smallest islands in Denmark with an area of meager 0.86 km2. Linguistically the name is constructed of two components: “lille” (little) and “ø” (island), when combined becomes “lilleø” (little island) – with an uppercase “L” transforms into: “Lilleø” (Little Island).

Their artwork for the album outlines the different portions of the island, most of it linguistically interesting, with names on land such as: “Björndalen” (Bearvalley), “Saven” (The Sap), “Molnbyggen” (Cloud-constructions), “Stora Sågen” (Big Saw), “Klingen” (Third Person); from Old High German, etymologically in New Swedish: the blade of a sword. “Notgrund” (Shallow-Note), “Ryggen” (The Back), and “Snårskog” (Brushwood). When it comes to the coast and off the shore, the following names show up: “Gråsjälsgrynnar“, where “grynna” means: underwater shallow. “Silvertoner” – a reference to Sanna Nielsen’s debut in 1996 with the same name? Probably not, but maybe. “Hammar” – their Swedish place of origin? Which could be one of these two places: Hammar, Kungälv or Hammar, Hammarö. The final name, and description of their map is written out as: “Bullerkobban” (Noise-Islet), located in the North-East of their map and island.

Enough with our etymological descriptions and speculations, now it’s time for their actual music. Even though a description they themselves want to put on “Ensamtidsroman” is, and I quote a part of a whole collateral sentence: “Nine tracks that are held together by an honesty and simplicity,” may not be as developed like what we’re about to show you, but with the aesthetics of an island by our own definition, with the exception of their original intent, go well together and bring forth visuals that we ourselves adore. The idyllic setting and the freedom of an eremite, if only for a few moments, are what’s needed when you’d want to take a break and rewind. That’s what their music do on this specific album.

We’ve asked them to contribute for Ljudkalendern, a non-commercial collection where different songs are put up each day to create a nice palette of different kinds of music. For everyone to enjoy now when Christmas is soon upon us. So they worked on a track and got it mastered. Now for the 20th of December which we all missed, it will be our pleasure to bring forth “Fantom Mot Fantom” – a track seemingly inspired by the Finland-Swedish poet Edith Södergran, and specifically her poem: “Stormen (Rosenaltaret)“.

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Featured Premieres: Illuminoscillate / Abre Ojos!

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Secrets Of Giza is an independent label based out of Santa Barbara, California. They have a small roster, but seem to be very dedicated to what they see as their mission; which is to help the artist be an artist, without the administrative “bullshit” that comes with it. Which helps the artists do what they do best, which is to create music and slowly develop it into what can be called art. Anyway, I was in touch with one of the label-heads of this particular label and we decided that we’d be better off with a double-premiere. Two artists from his roster, namely Illuminoscillate and Abre Ojos, have released their albums not too long ago on Secrets Of Giza. Mind you, you’re in for a treat when it comes to this, if you’re interested in dark ambient, drone, industrial – or anything that could even remotely be considered to be dark. Both artists have a history of releasing albums, so they’ve settled down into what could be their niche. Or have they? Anyway, Illuminoscillate has released “Uniform Wall“, which is the second newest addition to the label. Abre Ojos is the newest addition, an album which have been titled  as “Gates“. As I say new, I’m speaking of those two albums in relation to each other. When it comes to these particular songs, which I’m going to premiere here on this blog-zine, they’re eerie but different. The first premiere which I am going to share with you is from Illuminoscillate, as he delves deeper into the brain-thrusting motions that deliver buzzing saws that will crack your skulls open. It will bleed you out, sonically.

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The trackLate November” is all about the icy and dampened coldness that can be called harsh noise, mixed with dark ambient. A colossus doesn’t fall far from the earth as such, when the deliverance is stomping upon your civilization with all its glorious weight. Every bit of this track is about as torturous as its beginning, which is a numbing experience – from the core of the characteristics that Illuminoscillate already patented, but within the realms of dark ambient. It will be to your big dismay as your eardrums are being drilled into with such mercilessness, that you may well not endure it. Really, really harsh jolts of checkered beats, industrial rhythmic and general arrhythmic noisiness, will destroy you. Abre Ojos, on the other hand, enters with his track “Light On Our Foreheads“. There are such contrasts between these two tracks, as he introduces us to a more eerie and illusive musical landscape. We really needed to get away from the harshness for a bit, which is why these two tracks might’ve been handed over. Hear the monumental sighs of the titans that dwell below us. Fear not, because their rage is instilled and they’re our captives. But for how long? Abre Ojos really deliver the needle in a haystack when it comes to precision. It would feel impossible, it might well be impossible – but when he takes over, there are many barriers he’s crossing at the same time. Hear these pounding drums as they sound closer, as they move closer. You should fear, because it’s an impending doom. Better hide yourself, because they’re coming to take over once again. Moving from claustrophobic to a marvelous open landscape of fruitfulness. It might become a little bit stingy, but is in no way as harsh as the track before it. Listen to it with joyous feelings, stream it as you like, because these are the mastered versions directly from the CD’s. “Uniform Wall” came out on the 6th of August and “Gates” was released on the 20th of August. Support the label Secrets Of Giza, buy both these (or one) physical album in the store. Where you can also buy it digitally, if you want.

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