Exclusive Premiere: Schonwald – Achrome

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Very much have changed since Schonwald came upon us with their debut-album “Amplified Nature“, released on Pocket Heaven in 2008. From indie rock with synth-pop overtones to pure synth-pop in five years, when they released their double-single “Mercurial / Gemini” – which was dedicated to their freshly made synth-pop endeavor, on Hozac Records. Since then one year has passed and they’ve been welcomed into a place where they fit all too good. This place being Anywave, the french connoisseur for everything from dark ambient to cold wave and minimal synth – to virtually every other sub-genre you could think of.  Here they put out a taste for what is to come with another double-single, this time called “Rays“, featuring two tracks from their forthcoming second album titled “Dream for The Fall“. Many things have changed but their signature has stayed the same, they’ve just engineered a more intriguing sound with futurism embedded as a central part of it. Dreamy, thoughtful and sincere are three words that can be used to describe their forthcoming album. They leap into a peripheral landscape of sound which reminds one about shoegaze – if it ever would fit into an electronic shape. Ethereal might be one of the better descriptions genre-wise, but they lend much of the influences elsewhere, too. Like cold-wave, minimal synth and post-punk.

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I’ve gotten the honor to premiere a track from their forthcoming album. It’s a more bombastic track which I think is separate from the other tracks, but it’s also a great summary of the album at hand. Driven by the groovyness of a baseline that with post-punkish fervor tears into the dreaminess – creating a nice paradox. This track is titled “Achrome” and is the fourth track on “Dream for The Fall“. You can listen to it exclusively from Repartiseraren and note the date of 25th September – which is the release-date for this beauty. It will be featured on CD as well as vinyl, and you can pre-order it from Anywave or Manic Depression Records, as it is a co-release between these two labels. Pre-order it already and receive the whole album digitally and ready to be downloaded, or buy it separate if you wish. Everything on this album was recorded and mastered at Duna Studio, except “Rays” and “Lower Lovers” – which was recorded and mixed at Silver Veins Studio. Post-production was made by Aurelien Delamour, and the cover was designed by Myriam Barchechat.

Exclusive Video: Alone In The Hollow Garden – Field of ∞ Dissolution

The main project of Dan Serbanescu nowadays seems to be Alone In The Hollow Garden, rather than Tanz Ohne Musik. Both him and his partner; whose main mission is to create visuals for the project, venture into a whole world of their own. Color Nurse is his visual aid in a rather dull world, taking care of the visual elements for both Alone In The Hollow Garden but also Tanz Ohne Musik. She’s in other words involved in what he’s doing, also with his own label Red Cavity Records. Creating professional music-videos, photographing different covers for releases, being in charge in general of the video department. Her visuals to the music that is made through Dan Serbanescus aliases, move forth in such a wonderful synchronization. Especially in regards to one of their latest music-videos, for the track “Field of ∞ Dissolution“, taken from the latest release by Alone In The Hollow Garden, titled “L . V . X .“. It’s the first track from that release and the video is as dark as it is mystic. Suggestive patterns move in and out in total disharmony with the paranoid music that has taken its form and refuge within power electronics. Clipped in images relieve one another in a totally erroneous fashion. Unorthodoxy is the main concept, between the shady lyrics that are put out vocally by Dan, and the fast-hitting but brooding electronics that hit as hard but inconvenient as possible. Repartiseraren got the opportunity to exclusively premiere this music-video for the readership. So check the music-video out and stream the whole album “L . V . X .” down below, plus the full song that I got a hold of for the blog-zine.

Spotlight: Various Artists – Transmission Barcelona – Second Anniversary

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Having put on a show with the first anniversary a year ago, of the monthly party in Barcelona called Transmission, which is a party dedicated to the international scene of post-punk, new-wave, cold wave and dark wave. Domestica Records return once again with the second anniversary of this party. The first compilation featured the following artists and groups: The KVB, Selofan, Paralelo, White Hex, Bonjour Tristesse, Ssleeping DesiresS, Crystal Soda Cream, Principe Valiente, Die Selektion, Lebanon Hanover, Chevalier Avant Garde, Police Des Moeurs, Petra Flurr + Modernista, Miserylab, Accident, Jewels Of The Nile, Fernand and Press Gang Metropol. Once again, the compilation is compiled by DJ Sandman – a long-going DJ since the 1980’s, that have played every notable club in Barcelona and Madrid by now – but also internationally at the Nachtwerk Club in Karlsruhe, and for having performed at the 17th edition of Wave Gotik Treffen Festival. As the last time, the artwork for this coming release have been created by Jordi Serrano, and the release itself has been mastered by Roger Cuixart. Interestingly enough, our favorites Női Kabát returns with a cover of an Associates-track called “Kitchen Person“. A fine new artist have also shown himself to be of much pleasure, namely Madmoizel, with his track “Come” – his first track since 2009.

This release will also feature contributions by Seacrypt, Phosphor, Des Âmes Libres, Schonwald, enigmatic group In Death It Ends, Más Allá, In A Lonely Place, and the lovely Xiu with her track “Dancing With You“. Last year the compilation which celebrated the first anniversary, featured more artists and groups, but even if that’s true – this second anniversary contain a lot of contributions that should be checked out. Virtually every track is priceless in one way or another, so it sounds really good having it comprised of only ten tracks. This also makes it less of a nuisance to listen through and every style imaginable is represented within the boundaries of electronica. It will be released on the 19th of May by Domestica Records. You can stream this release down below in full.

Exclusive Premiere: Rude 66 – Under Cover Of The Night (feat. Beta Evers)

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Multi-faceted electronica artist Rude 66, or Ruud Lekx which is his real name, have been creating music under his moniker since the mid 1990s, out of the Netherlands. Other off-shoots like the leftfield techno alias Modulate, with the release “Dreams” on SSR Records in 1993, have been less common. He’s not an artist that has many alter-egos, only two which include the aforementioned, and Jagdstaffel 66 – the acid house and techno freak out – which he went by on a release in 2012 called “Starfighter“, which was put out by Crème Organization. Oddly enough, or maybe reasonably enough, Rude 66 has been his main name since 1994 when he released his first release “Untitled” on Bunker Records, which spanned onto three different releases with the same name, birthing a compilation of all his untitled tracks on the same record label – simply titled “Compilation“. Since his discography is rather long, I thought I would include his trilogy of notable albums that came into place after his numerous untitled releases from 1994-1997. It includes his first album “The Devil’s Highway“, put out on Silver Recordings in 1997, to “De Machine Des Duivels” put out by Bunker Records, and his latest full-length album “Sadistic Tendencies” which was put out on Crème Organization in 2008. Since then, and during his trip through atmospheric acid house, to leftfield techno, from modern electro-funk, to electronic wave and everywhere in between where you’ll find electronica, he’s also released numerous EPs and Singles throughout the years. He’s also done a split with Johan Agebjörn, Sally Shapiro and Elitechnique – which was titled “Spacer Woman” and came out on LoEB in 2008. But that’s not because I’m writing this, when it comes to his discography, it’s because I’ve had the honor to exclusively premiere a track of his latest mini-album titled “12¨“.

This 12¨-vinyl is his latest release since other mini-album “The Kill“, which was put out on Bordello A Parigi in 2014. The difference from that mini-album is that he’s teamed up with Beta Evers and Sololust on the A-Side of the release, with the tracks “Under Cover Of The Night” and “Stars Get Hurt“. Leaving only the B-Side for himself to put out “Mutual Assured Destruction” and “Radio Peace and Progress“. Since I’ve been collaborating a lot with Enfant Terrible and Gooiland Elektro – the sub-label – I’ve gotten my hands on the first track on this release. Which is “Under Cover Of The Night“, best described as a fantastic combinations of arms between Beta Evers sole proprietor Brigitte Enzler and her vocal talent, together with the ingenious acidic electronic body music-ish crossover electronica that Ruud Lekx deliver with Rude 66. A fantastic endeavor that will make you seek out the darker side of yourself, floating into the sound-scape by the sheer hypnotism of the landscape of sound that wrestles for space around you. I’m proud to be giving you the track “Under Cover Of The Night”, for exclusive streaming, only featured on Repartiseraren. Even though the track has been out for a couple of days now, the article is also up. Enjoy it a second time and rejoice.

Exclusive Premiere: The Folk – Subtle Play

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Rock’n’roll or not, that’s out of the question. Canada has fostered The Folk. They’re an unusually interesting rock’n’roll band, at least if you’d enter the premise of “rock‘n’roll” with the ambition of some post-rock and no-waveish influences every now and then. Having released “You Say, I Say” in the midst of Winter in 2011, and the year after that putting out “Say It Again” – both of them being three-tracked releases – they’re now back with their first debut-LP. A full-length album with eleven tracks. Marking their departure from their earlier medium, entering their new self. They’ve just gone out of their shell and are going into the world of the newly-hatched. However, there’s something about their rather mellow rock’n’roll that makes you take another breath, and not huff out the words of “this is some generic rock’n’roll“. It’s solely because of their unique departure into the incomprehensible beauty of their melodies, and their complex rhythm which branches out into a multitude of territories. Mixing both the joyous and rather depressive melodies, with the more upbeat and energetic ones. Accompany that fact with a female vocalist who gives her all. This will certainly be a rather interesting output, into the world of rock’n’roll. Some parts you enjoy, other parts you don’t. That is how it should be.

But we’re more then glad to be giving you a track from their forthcoming album “We All Say“. Which is going to be released on 11th of March for the digital version of the album, and the 15th of March for the LP-version of the album. The track that we’re about to give you is “Subtle Play“, one of their longest tracks on this album. We think it gives a comprehensible representation in sound, and it represents them and what this album is all about. So you can stream this track to your own delight down below, and be sure to check them out and their album. There are other tracks that are available to be played on their album, and they’ll come in handy if you’re getting tired of “Subtle Play“. But we hope you’d rather not, since this is a great track. Stream it as you well please. The Folk is Emma BV, Sara BV, Mark Ferrari, Liam Magahay and Patrick Rody.

Exclusive Premiere: Blitzkrieg Baby – Kids World

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The blitz is now in the parlor of the ritz. Just when you thought the war had been over for decades, it just returned to your living room. You just thought we’d be in peace for now, but covert operations have replaced the inherent symbolism of war. War is now of a different kind, war is born with the Blitzkrieg Baby. If you didn’t know, it’s been some time since pop was fused with martial elements, marking a deranged era – covering the harsh nature of the martial-industrial theme with pop-overtones. This is heresy and nothing else. After a solid place in Neuropa, with the forthright and experimental release “Porcus Norvegicus” – the rather anonymous figurines that is essential for the “Blitzkrieg Baby And The Squaeling Piglet Ensemble“, have gathered once more. Solidifying the enchantment of times past, delivering a knock-out with their piggish hands once again. You’re about to be introduced to a familiar world, with the only difference of it being even more concentrated. Forging an EP that will shove in all its degeneracy into the people’s minds. I know, you won’t mind, because you’re already enthralled.

Once again, Beläten outdo his once grandiose but maniacal plans. It seems like it’s a haven for everything out of the ordinary, and I would like to emphasize “out of the ordinary“. According to he who pulls the strings behind the scenes, it’s the beginning of a new era. He says: “There’s no constancy, the physical universe is in a constant state of flux. Symbols gain and lose meaning. Confusion is essential.“. With those words in mind, instead of the Nordic runes, we’re now entering the khmerian numerical system. A system used by the ethnic group to which most Cambodians belong. Blitzkrieg Baby has the honor of being number one in this order, therefore the symbol for the catalog of this release is ““, which means “1” in the Western world. Why and how, I don’t know, but he’s clearly stated what the meaning of it is – up above. We’re moving on from what we’re familiar with, and entering a whole other place to be. We’ll have to endure.

Invisible Guy is once again, proud to be working together with Beläten. Therefore, for those of you that have been longing for the trio of sounds that is being delivered to you for a pre-order on Friday the 14th, the loveliness begins here. We’ve got the opportunity to give you the track “Kids World“, taken directly from the Blitzkrieg Baby EP suitably titled with the same name: “Kids’ World“. Even though it took some time to negotiate with the head-swine, we got out of it unharmed – with something to give our readers to listen to. Enter a world of uncertainty, enter a world of pain. As the Norwegian swine-flu is brought upon you, alongside no serum to cure it. It’ll be taking over your system as you listen to it, without you knowing it. The infection is here, the swine will enter through your fear, so fear not. Do only listen to, and stream it exclusively, on Invisible Guy. Are you ready to push the button? I know that I am. This cassette will be up for pre-ordering together with two others, on the 14th of February.

Label: Beläten

Cat#: 1 ()

Artist: Blitzkrieg Baby

Exclusive Song: Kids World

Title: Kids’ World

Format: C40

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Blitzkrieg Baby are back after 2012’s epic Porcus Norvegicus CD on Neuropa. And what a return. Four brand new, bile-spewing pork rind delights, backed up by four, previously released compilation tracks, and a reworking of Children In Uniform from the above-mentioned album.

Blitzkrieg Baby fuses diverse influences from Industrial, Electronic Pop and Neo-Classical into dissonant marching music for the balaclava-wearing youths secretly rallying in the pig pens and gutters of the bleak post-industrial wasteland Blitzkrieg Baby live in. Kids’ World EP dives face first into the stink-hole of humanity in the present and impending future; child soldiers, paranoia, rape rallies, broken childhood, terror, and death, often delivered with a sardonic smile.

The swinish words of he whom nobody sees, he who is the number one!

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: Dmitry Distant – System Control (Ekman Remix)

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The clash of two greater artists is the clash of minimal synth and dark electro. This time, there is no room for an original track, but room for a remix. Two artists that have gained control, two artists that have some thing in common, and some things that are uncommon. As the lavishly created spasmic rhythms that follow a trail emblazoned by the most minimalistic of synth you’d ever lay your hands upon, but at the same time delivering the chaotic atmosphere of electro. Yes, electro was infused in the original version of “System Control“, but it’s even more infused with Ekman‘s style of electro, which has a muddy layer of atmospheric delight – to infect your senses with. There may be similarities between the two, but they’re in no way so similar that it wouldn’t make any difference if he (Ekman) lent a hand to the production. No, he has not produced the track itself, but his analogue remixing has been a similarity to be reckoned with.

When there’s a choice, you’re surely enough berated by Beläten, whom is the master of decision in this case, too. But from the choices he gives you, you must choose wisely. Therefore, even though there’s a rough enforcement from he who’s holding the strings, you can’t help but enjoy yourself. This remix is a part of a bigger picture, of Dmitry Distant’s contribution to the world as such, through his forthcoming release on the label – namely “Le Dérivé De L’Amour“. A four-tracked EP that gives you two original tracks and two remixes. Part of the Beläten-catalog as Jera, referring to the rune Jēran symbolized as the j-rune “” of the Elder Futhark. The meaning of this rune is “season” or “harvest“, and you bet we’ve harvested the best for you, through our options.

So we’re proud to give you the remix by Ekman of the track “System Control“, created by Dmitry Distant. Prepare for the signature influences that only Ekman can deliver, which makes this track a little bit darker, but also more passive. There is something lurking in the dark, and the only way you’re going to find out is by listening to it. This is the first remix that we’re setting free for your listening pleasure, which makes this occasion all the more special to us – and to you. The Netherlands is calling, and they’re infiltrating your sound-scape as we speak. Stream this whole track and remix exclusively from Invisible Guy, until you buy the physical edition of this release, which comes in the shape of a cassette (C18). The release itself will be up for pre-order on the 31st of January.

Label: Beläten

Cat#: Jera

Artist: Dmitry Distant

Exclusive Song: System Control (Ekman Remix)

Title: Le Dérivé De L’Amour

Format: C18

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From Moscow comes Dmitry Distant with four tracks of mesmerizing analog worship electro. It’s minimal and it’s dark, but underneath the cold melancholy bubbles unbridled passion: passion for the rhythm, passion for the deep bass resonances, passion for the hooks that will continue to ring in your ears for days on end. Le Dérivé De L’Amour is nicely rounded off by two remixes of the track System Control by Beläten favourite Ekman and The Exaltics respectively.

Like all Beläten releases, this cassette comes with a complimentary download version on a dropcard.

The words of the system controller of Beläten

Exclusive Premiere: Grand Mal x – Units

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Psychotic electronica, gloomy minimalism, sample-based havoc. Three inherently different meanings, three different points of view, three different influences. An arsenal of stockpiled ammunition for a post-apocalyptic world, as Beläten is for the post-apocalyptic avant-garde pop. Feel how the paranoia is grasping your senses. As the Invisible Guy guides you into unknown territory, into a uniquely shaped atmosphere for your mind’s delight and fright. You should be on your guard, as Grand Mal x have learned the tricks of his trade. His mark has been left by the Shadow Rite, his mark has been accomplished in it, as “Tricks Of A Trade” was his first manifestation. Leaving you scarred, but wanting of more – a grandiose vision – which was the aim of his first assault.

As the charred, ancient remainder, of Beläten, sharpen the hooves and clubs – the second manifestation takes form. In a part of a greater scheme, the deliverance of “Life EP“, which is the title given to the work of Grand Mal x – the manifestation seems blurry, but becomes clearer for each second that goes us by. Channeling the might of the Anglo-Saxon futhorc, this rune is symbolized as “” (Eihwaz), which in the Proto-Germanic language is a description of “yew” – which in latin is; “Taxus baccata” – a form of tree native to “western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia“.

This runic inscription births life to amongst other tracks, one track that is certain to be the second manifestation. Charging the depths in the atmosphere of electro, harnessing minimal electronics and the complexity of structure as to the opposite of minimalism, this grandiose but minimal track is shaped as “Units“. Since they come unified, in units, for their overtaking of your mind. You can stream this track exclusively from Invisible Guy and take part in the channeling of a future being – not unbeknownst to us – but to you. So sharpen your minds, head into the mystique that will with all certainty in the world, engulf you. It will be out on Beläten in the shape of a cassette, namely the C36, for your listening delight – up for pre-ordering on the 31st of January.

Label: Beläten

Cat#: Eihwaz

Artist: Grand Mal x

Exclusive Song: “Unit”

Title: Life EP

Format: C36

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You’d be forgiven for thinking of Coil when you listen to Grand Mal x. It’s not the sound and style in itself—GMx offers a kind of motorik driven take on minimal electronics, coupled with influences from the darker tangents of electro. The similarities are on a far more esoteric level, investigating the same currents of the physical and the psychical aspects of life.

There is an ineffable undercurrent of magick and ritual to these songs, even a slightly sinister presence in them. They conjure up images of demon-possessed youth writhing and contorting on a dirty bunker dance floor. It’s sweaty, physical, and sexual music, but it never loses touch with the sublime qualities that turn simply »good music« into a truly revelatory experience. Grand Mal x are here to go. Deeper.

The wise words from the conjurer of Beläten!