Strömma Exklusivt: Dödsvarg – Glädjedödaren

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Ut från det tomma intet kommer en varg som representerar den karga verkligheten. Med hinkvis av det osande hat mot livets tristess som det mänskliga släktet vant sig vid, tittar de bortgångnas baneman ut från skuggorna. Ett djur mer fasansfullt än det hemskaste din egen fantasi kan uppbringa. Denna best är frammanad av Jon Ekström, eftersom att det är hans soloprojekt, går under namnet: Dödsvarg. Med de basala drifterna tillfredsställda, garderar sig denna helvetes uppkomling genom att dra influenser vitt och brett, utan att för den delen låta det påverka hans uppdrag—att alltid skräda ljudbilden till minsta beståndsdel. För två månader sedan släppte han en trippelsjua, där alla hans EP’s fick plats under samlingsnamnet “Människan är en ruttnande process“—inkluderar “Total System Collapse. Fuck!” (2012), “Om det där med omänskliga relationer” (2013), och “Slaget om alltings jävighet“—plus en helt ny bonuslåt vid namn “Anställd som underställd“.

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Det som intresserar med Jon Ekström och hans musik är att han just nu, åtminstone i Sverige, är ensam om att skapa något som kan sammanfattas som oljudsframkallande “industriell metal“. Ännu intressantare är hur man kan lyckas med detta umbärande när man bara är en person som i stort sett sköter all inspelning, av alla instrument, med få undantag ersatta på vissa låtar där han samarbetat med andra. Men det är oftast på fåtalet låtar och då handlar det om ett instrument eller en strupsångare som ersätter hans karaktäristiska—men plågade—underjordsvrålande. Om man bestämde sig för att förbeställa de fysiska vinylskivorna så fick man ett album på köpet, ett osläppt album som varit färdiginspelat sedan länge men som enstaka personer fick ta del av som tack för mödan; att de skramlat ihop pengar till att betala för sig.

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På detta släpp har Jon Ekström samarbetat vitt och brett, bland annat med två sångare och en rappare, varav en sångare som täcker upp för honom själv i en låt, medan de andra fått ta över med sina sångröster helt och hållet på de låtar som varit designerade för dem. Utöver allt detta så har han tagit hjälp av två trummisar, en som trummar för en sång rakt igenom och en annan som kompletterar Jon Ekströms trummande. Alla dessa personer är namngivna: Jens Ekelin,  Primatho, Samuel Skoog, David Flood och Hector Sjölund Peinado Peña. Visst kan man tycka att det är spännande med samarbeten till en viss grad, men när ett släpp är så fullständigt infekterat av samarbeten så blir man rätt motvillig inför lyssnandet. Särskilt eftersom att Jon sköter det musikaliska så bra annars, men det ska sägas att det går att genomlida med råge, eftersom att de bidragande musikerna faktiskt lägger till ytterligare en dimension till annars jävligt välsvarvad och bra musik.

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Eftersom att det är tolv dagar tills Jon Ekström släpper detta tidigare exklusiva och otillgängliga släpp, i sin helhet via sin Bandcamp så fick Repartiseraren en exklusiv förhandsströmning av albumet så att ni kan lyssna till de härliga tonerna av världens undergång; och en näve eller två för mycket nihilism. Plattan består av elva låtar, varav “Slutet“, “I Kolgruvorna” och “Satan” förblir Jon Ekströms egna alster, då alla andra innefattar ett samarbete eller två. Allting har spelats in av Dödsvarg och även mixats av honom, omslaget har även tillfallit honom att skapa. Mastering skötte Audiosiege ypperligt som vanligt. Hoppas att ni tycker om detta album lika mycket som jag gjorde. Om ni inte gör det, så går det alltid att spela albumet en gång till—jag lovar att ni kommer att fastna efter sjätte gången, eller tidigare. Njut av den karga nihilismens stålhätta, vars totala misantropi tar sönder dig inifrån.

[4th] December: Crowhurst – Shallow

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From America with deep-rooted hatred and especially no love for Bono or The Beatles, comes Crowhurst—a solo-project commanded by Jay Gambit—also known under the guise of Girl 27—a continuation of his sound experiments. Before May of this year the project was a collaborative one with a full band set-up. From then he’s gone from noise, power electronics, dark ambient and back again, including numerous attempts at drone and ambient. We must admit that many of his releases remain unheard but his concepts are of interest. Not only because of his collaborative efforts on split-releases with Water Torture, Et Nihil, Sordo, Human Fluid Rot, Tanner Garza, Black Leather Jesus, Breakdancing Ronald Reagan, Trevor Bolin, et cetera — but because of his productiveness, and transgression between electronic and non-electronic music. Power electronics and power-violence seem to have more in common than one could ever imagine. It’s actually not that hard to fit those genres together, the only bump in the road would be where to draw the line, but there have been even weirder constellations co-operating so nothing should be said about that.

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One confusion is whether Crowhurst since Girl 27’s first release “And I Hope Nothing Hurts You More​.​.​.” goes back to being a whole “ensemble“, or if it is intended for his personal experimentation. I hope for the latter. Somewhere along the road if you’re not into the phenomenon, you can easily confuse both his solo-project and his supporting players for one and the same, besides the reality of the harshness that separates the two. So it’s good that he chose to go his own way under a whole new name. This makes the connections even more irrelevant and creates a distinction between his follow-up work and the original setting of Crowhurst. Anyhow, his productiveness, let’s return to that. With his harsh noise endeavor, four original releases have been put out, named: “And I Hope Nothing Hurts You More​.​.​.“, “The End“, “Haldol“. and the self-titled release “Girl 27“. He’s also been able to hook in Dreamcatcher for a split-release. Though I am not too sure about the nihilistic tendencies delivered, conceptually the releases make for vivid interpretations.

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So for the 4th of December, Crowhurst have lent himself for a more beat-oriented and noise-driven intermezzo which starts of painfully harsh, keeps going at it for what feels like more then four minutes and then completely dies out into nothingness. It might be a proper transgression from his old self to the new moniker he operates. The song is titled “Shallow” and separates the thin lines between ambient-like noise and a steady rhythm which shakes you around and spins your world 360 degrees in the wrong direction.

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You be nice to Santa,
he’ll grant you Americana
If you’re not,
he’ll be utterly distraught

4th of December has not ended yet, but only begun. We’re past the cold and chilly grounds, we’ve entered the desert and you’ve suffered heat exhaustion. Tomorrow a new track will be released and the temperature might flutter. Until then, enjoy the exclusive and newly produced song “Shallow” courtesy of Crowhurst, on Repartiseraren.

Spotlight [Compilation Special]: White Circles and Not So Cold! [Part I]

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In this Spotlight we give heed to newly arisen compilations. Out from the dusk and dawn comes the White Circles Compilation – a celebratory gesture by aufnahme + wiedergabe – for the first anniversary of White Circles, a club in Leipzig with resident-DJ’s Kevin Bigo, Ralph and aehm. So it was really written in stone that the residents were those who should compile the music. With their club they specialize in the colder and more melodic sub-genres of electronica, but they’re not limited to a certain kind of genre. Conceptually they feature live gigs by local and international acts, continual rotation of guest DJ’s, and co-operation with the different themed club-nights and labels – including special events. Their first event was held on the 8th of November, it featured Automelodi as the evening’s live-act, in-house DJ’s Ralph and Kevin Bigo, together with their first guest DJane Coco Darlin (DisTanz). A year later a compilation was formed in advance for the first anniversary of White Circles. The release was held yesterday on the 15th of November, featuring live-acts such as the legendary Clock DVA alongside the fresh blood that is Phase Fatale. Their guest-DJ was :dark sounds:.

Roughly at the same time, but maybe a little bit earlier, the Not So Cold-compilation was showcased for digital streaming on the Tacuara Records bandcamp-page. They call it “A Warm Wave Compilation” – maybe to consolidate support from our frozen friends in the North – or simply a referencing the supposed warm climate of Argentina and Perú. It’s a joint release signed Tacuara Records and Cintas Triangulares. One of the creators is César Canali who also runs the aforementioned label where the compilation is currently hosted, whilst Cesar Aguirre runs the Peruvian-based label Cintas Triangulares. The wonderfully slick cover have been photographed Rui Luz, Photo Digital Art, worked into artwork by Rafael Esteche, and the mastering have been done by Pablo Zumarraga.

a2222851647_10When it comes down to business, the aufnahme + wiedergabe and White Circles curated compilation “White Circles Compilation“, starts off with Azar Swan – whose music I am most unfamiliar to – having listened only to individual songs before. But the bombastic drums together with her assuring voice make for a line between popular music and the darker movements of dark-wave that is an underlying theme. I’m not particularly fond of the style of singing which she applies to this song, which is called “Foreign“, but when the chorus hits off it’s impossible not to dig the complexity of the moving patterns of music – where you’re saved by the gong-gong (in this case, the bridge; that fires off the chorus).

After that, Cocktail Twins deliver hard-as-nails but emotional post-punk with cold-wave overtones, with their song “Rooms Made of Dust“. I really enjoy the sound of a hammer onto a bolt, together with the apathy of the singer. It creates such a distance between the warmth of sincere and calm emotions, with the scraping of nails on the chalkboard – if you get what I mean. The paradoxical sameness that harsher and more straight-forward emotions contribute with, in comparison with the soft-spokenness of true emotions that border on love. There’s a hate-and-love relationship in the deliverance of the lyrics but also when it comes to the music. I believe this synergy creates such a complex atmosphere – as well as the percussion drums up a sea of emotion.

Then comes one of my favorite names from the aufnahme + wiedergabe, but not as I remember them. Velvet Condom used to be more electronic and less minimalistic, but I like their sincere vocals which are shrouded beneath a layer of something sweet. There’s a certain kind of innocence they deliver with such a name as “Self Injury” – which in itself is a hardship and not a joking matter. But I think there’s a paradox between the sweet sound and the topic which they’re ventilating through harsh post-punk rhythms and a steady melody conjured with a synthesizer. There’s a certain indifference to the tone of the singer which is enhanced when paired to the instruments. They’ve given up and they’re just stating a fact. It might seem brutal at the first glance – but what I’m seeing is a form of acceptance. It’s just how it is, I’ll live with it. The more I think about it the more I stray away from the lyrical content – in turn I am drifting away into total gloominess.

a3555187109_10For a change, I decide to turn on the Not So Cold “A Warm Wave Compilation”. Where I’m immidietly hooked into everything by Hante – the solo-project of Minuit Machine’s own Hélène De Thoury. The project doesn’t differ that much from the duo, but there’s a certain fluidness of the sound-scape which flows more into ambient territory. There’s not a strictness that can be felt with the main project which she has with Amandine Stioui – who’s also the singer when it comes to Minuit Machine. It’s also great to hear a different voice and a more playful tone when everything comes around, even though most of it is deadpan. Hear as it slowly transgresses from a full-on assault of synthesizers until it tones down and dies out in the abyss. Most of the track feels existential even though “Falling from grace” suggests otherwise. Sure, there’s a certain existentialism embedded into the bits and pieces of the track and the title alone, but it feels like a settlement between an imagined ego and reality knocking on heaven’s door. But I don’t really want to find it out – I’d rather speculate.

Since I had to skip YusYus because of an error probably created by Bandcamp itself, making the track entirely silent and only playable for four seconds – I move into Jenny Eve & Dan Söderquist (Twice A Man). Their track “Immersion” (taken from “The Monastery“) seems francophilic at a first glance, but then an ethnic vibe is leading you through the monastery. There’s much more to a title than what anyone could suggest. An invitation, an extended hand which guides you through and lets you follow them into a certain mood – fulfilment seems to be their goal. The good thing about all this is how it’s obvious what the meaning of everything is, but it is open for interpretation. Because when you get so certain of something, you generally refuse to see anything else then what is told. Who knows, maybe it’s not an invitation at all but rather a poisonous substance for your mind – delivered with sincere and beautiful music, whispered into your ear just so you believe it to be the other way around. I don’t know, but their sound is magnificent and intriguing to say the least – relaxing, a relaxation from the electronica that have flowed through already.

Now we’re up for something really exciting. I’ve just heard their name and listened to some of their songs, but now it’s allvar (severity) for Alvar. This Swedish duo touch upon the same bizarre no-go zone that Celldöd enters when he blends the most primitive, with the most complex music. I don’t know if this is industrial and electronic body music interpreted in a practical way, or if it’s simply theoretical and primitive at the same time with the track “The very witching time of night“. We’re however taken into the industries directly, wheezing pipes and knocking on tin – sampling morbid historical content, by reciting older criminal cases from Swedish criminal history. But the thing is that I don’t even know if it’s for real or not. It all seems like a dream to me and when the chaos erupts its difficult to wake up from this nightmare. They’ve really outdone themselves with the percussion and the wrecked noises that form an almost undanceable body-beat. This is how it was supposed to be done, so it’s a good thing that someone is finally taking it seriously. This is Alvar – uncompromising and stripped from every form of conscience, strictly based on factual happenings. Cold and harsh, fair and just – or is it an illusion?

Here ends Part I. There will be a follow-up for the rest of the songs. Wait until Part II.