While we shed our skin and turned Invisible Guy into Repartiseraren, Johannes Strobel of XTR Human sent a special edition track of “Spiegelmenschen” – a track being featured on their forthcoming album “Atavism“. We felt it was appropriate to give you a taste of that full track when Invisible Guy changed into Repartiseraren, and our domain wasn’t up and running. This track is an outtake that isn’t being put out from that upcoming album. An electro bass version that sounds completely different from the original. Changing their post-punk outfit for a minimal synth meet cold wave track, just once. It’s probably one of the best tracks that I’ve heard in a while, even beating the original version of the track. Getting a good use of band-member Valerio Kuhls’ expertize with synthesizers. Adding a totally different atmosphere to this track. The lyricist of the band, and front-man for that matter, Johannes Strobel – add a vibe from his manipulated vocals that make it even more enjoyable.
The notable label No Ebm Blanc whom have released quality releases like “Everytime” by Sixth June, “Preludes” by Daybed, “Artificial Heart / Frenzy” by Th. Thot‘s (Thomas Ekelund of Beläten) outfit with vocalist Clara Hall, namely: Soma Sema – and countless other releases that have been put out. The album itself represents different influences and facets that have made XTR Human what they are, having been around since 2012 and having self-released “Dysfunction” back then. A manifestation of “technotic” grandeur, post-punk vibes – and many other genres being fitted together. The album will be titled “Atavism” as have already been said, and it will be released on the 28th of April (preliminary). You can stream the special edition track “Spiegelmenschen (Electro Bass Version)” down below, exclusively on Repartiseraren (ex- Invisible Guy). This is the portal to a new dawn with Repartiseraren.
For everyones interest, the much revered Malignant Records have recently unleashed the furious picture-disc 12¨ split between DEATHSTENCH and Trepaneringsritualen – whose presence haven’t gone unnoticed. A mythological nordic connection, an esoteric nihilism, the wings of death-industrial are spread into the realms of ritual death-industrial and ambient – but also entrench into the occult. Trepaneringsritualen is the alias which Thomas Ekelund puts out his excellent, and original ritual ambient and death-industrial on. From old norse to his first release “Ritualer, Blot och Botgöring” released by Harsh Head Rituals, to his latest compilation “The Totality Of Death” released in two different versions by silken tofu and Malignant Records. Earlier versions of this release was not on label in 2011, came into Beläten on 2013 – and then on the aforementioned labels. Not to mention the countless releases on other labels, in different formats, Thomas Ekelund has shaped Trepaneringsritualen to what it is today. Always with exquisite physical packages which harken to the purpose of his alter-ego. Not to mention that he’s been releasing material under the guise of Nullvoid since early 2000’s, on his earliest net-label for experimental releases – Fukk God Let’s Create.
To the abstractness of his maniacal ego-tripped project Teeth, with releases such as “Sick Sick Sick” on When Skies Are Gray, and “So Sick Of The Reflection In The Mirror” on iDEAL Recordings. I could go on forever, but I want to nail the hammer to the head. He’s been involved with two labels, which he’s been the sole proprietor of; Fukk God Let’s Create and the successor Beläten. His name has also been written by the name of Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words, and his more recent collaborative efforts through the nickname Th. Tot, in the form of remixes and assistance to Soma Sema and Sutekh Hexen. Now, he’s got a track on the new 12¨ split-release picture-disc out on Malignant Records. I told you that I would be giving you a surprise, and here comes the last one. The track from the DEATHSTENCH/Trepaneringsritualen-split that I will be premiering thanks to Thomas himself, is titled “Åkallan Mímir“. It’s a 17-minute long mammoth that hasn’t been out more then as an excerpt of 7 minutes at most, so now you get to enjoy the ghastly performance of Thomas Ekelund himself under his moniker Trepaneringsritualen – exclusively on Invisible Guy for your dissatisfaction. I’d like to thank Jason from Malignant Records as well, for giving me the “go” for this last surprise, too. So plunge yourself into this egregious apocalyptic landscape and fall from grace, stream the track itself in its entirety exclusively down below. Buy the physical edition over here.
The aesthetic beauty of the front cover is absolutely astonishing. A hint of minimalism, overload of darkness and a subtle ambition. With a synthesizer brain, you can’t go insane. Also, the geometrically aligned dots with numbers make an excellent expression, as if this is a calculated (which it is) release with lots of things to offer. The ambiguity of it is perfectly fitting with the black, white and gray layering. As if you’re storming into something you haven’t seen before, revealing details of a flawless manufacturing with multidimensional influence.
Which at large can become a little bit too detailed, but it makes for the interesting contrast of the backside featuring a small Beläten symbol with roman letters contra a computerized URL. So, in case you’d wonder about it, you won’t really escape the pin-pointed detail and cleanliness of it. But I really like the multifaceted approach of keeping the cover tidy and minimalistic, but at the same time experiment with immense detail. Nothing hits the spot more than some scientist trying to squeeze some synthesizer knob, and at the same time being branded as “nr. 1“. Apparently the brains synthesizer seems to be labeled in German, making it sound even more underground. What number 3, 4 and 5 are references to seems pretty unsolvable. But the a, b and c seem to be in the geometrically correct position.
The aesthetics become a reminder of experimental electronic covers, and since this release comes in tape-shape, it makes it even better. Since the resemblance of older tape-released experimental electronica comes to mind, with grinding gear and industrial feeling. You can actually see the depicted character on the front push a button, in which the line of sight and geometrical line goes in total symbiosis with it. Like a well-oiled machinery, or a symbol of man and machine – e.g. a cyborg. Also, when opening up the folded cover, it discovers the secret passages of “E” and “F” on what seems to be disco-lights. Excellent.
Thomas Ekelund is the man behind the label Beläten. He’s also a musician, graphic designer and visual artist and comes from Gothenburg. His older projects include Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words a musicproject active from 2000-2010, Fukk God Lets Create a MP3-label active from 2000-2005, Fukk Tapes Lets Erase a tapelabel active from 2005-2009. And also a bunch of other projects, currently he’s occupied with these projects: Trepaneringsritualen, Swollen SS (with Lina Babydoll), IRNI (with Joachim Nordwall) and also, at times, Teeth. So, in other words this man is obviously occupied and have been occupying himself with projects throughout the years. I got the opportunity to interview Thomas about his current “sideproject” Beläten, where he draws his influences from, what he thinks about the music industry, where he is in the piracy question, tips for people wanting to start out their own label and much more. This is the first label-interview ever published on Invisible Guy, make sure to check it out!
Invisible Guy have gotten the honor to stream: A Somatic Response — A mixtape curated by Soma Sema. A 50 minute long mixtape featuring the best from the world of Beläten.
It will be available for purchase on their Bandcamp the 4th of June limited to 200 copies.
“Beläten are proud to present »A Somatic Response«. A 50 minute mixtape of of cold synthetic pop, troubled industrial funk and dada rants selected by Swedish/American synth pop duo Soma Sema. The tape features exclusive songs from Blitzkrieg Baby, Television Set, Vita Noctis, Club Amour, Nimam Spregleda, Makina Girgir, Kord, Estroboscorpio, Lust For Youth, Goz Mongo Alliance, Xiu & Soma Sema.
»A Somatic Response« is the first in an ongoing, irregular series of artist curated compilations on Beläten. The twofold idea behind this series is, on the one hand, to see what inspires artists who inspire us, and on the other, to avoid becoming predictable and to challenge our own preconceptions of what constitutes great music.”
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