Two years ago, I discovered the experimental synth/darkwave group Seacrypt. This was back when they had just released their album “A Momentary Rift” on Katabatik, on a cassette – with eight totally loveable songs. Said and done, I interviewed them and got to know more about them as a group and in particular; Michael Buchanan. He’s probably most known as one part of Nommo Ogo, a psychedelic noise group that dates back to the 1990’s. But he’s also got a project called Identity Theft, a solo-project of his where he’s already released a compilation, and two mini-albums. Even though he’s not the sole member of Seacrypt, he does a lot within that group. The other members do a lot too, and it also consists of Chelsea Friedmans‘ and Paul Sutfins‘ wonderful voices and synth-work. When they released the debut-album back in 2012, not much was heard from them until they appeared on a compilation by Sweating Tapes called “A Compilation. Volume 2: The Bay Area“, with the track “Paper Horses“. Since then, they’ve worked on a full-length album, which was just released by the Makina GirGir-run label Falco Invernale Records (F.I.R.), titled “Seekers“. What struck me as odd was how their style of music was still there, but with the added character of pure synth-pop to their otherwise experimental sound. A more well-rounded and warm release, even though the first release is worth its weight in gold.
Since I’ve always been interested in them in one way or another, I decided to get a piece of the cake. That meant acquiring the wonderfully rhythmic track “The Messenger“, a track that opens up a whole other world of the genres that Seacrypt operate within. An almost erratic cold-wave sound is coupled with a gloomy atmosphere, a mystic kind of atmosphere. Featuring the wonderful voice of who could either be Paul Sutfins or Michael Buchanan, though it would be embarrassing for me to take a wild guess. The album itself is a really good album that shows the versatility of their group. How they have adapted and made a whole new sound out of the hardware they’re using. The difference is notable, but it is also interesting how they draw out the best from their sound and form another layer upon it. Well, now you can stream their track “The Meseenger“, a song taken from the B-side of their release, exclusively on Repartiseraren. Indulge yourself in what you’ve been missing all these years, because Seacrypt is symptomatic of what greatness you can achieve just if you step outside of your own box. Stream and listen to the track exclusively down below.
Things are happening in North America. Namely in Los Angeles, where the sweet label Sweating Tapes is situated. Currently on the way of releasing a limited edition 12¨ split-vinyl with the Los Angeles bands Bestial Mouths and Deathday, together with the European label desire. It’s the first release from them since October, when they released their second compilation “A Compilation Volume 2: The Bay Area“. Since then, there haven’t been as much action on at least the release-front, so the machinery seems to be up at full speed once again. Their split-release feature four tracks, two of each band, and is limited to 500 copies with a two-colored insert, also including download when bought. It costs 13 USD and ships on around the 2nd of April, the digital release for it is on the 26th of March. You can read a summary of the both bands by Jerome from desire below. The tracks featured on the release can also be listened to via streaming. Pre-order this release via the Sweating Tapes bandcamp.
Sweating Tapes & desire are proud to present an unique record: a limited 12″ split between two of the hottest bands in LA, Bestial Mouths and Deathday.
Pooling together a group of influences as diverse as its members, BESTIAL MOUTHS present a raw, synth-driven energy propelled by singer Lynette Cerezo’s powerful vocals. Often likened to Diamanda Galas, Siouxsie Sioux or Lydia Lunch, Cerezo delivers each note with fury and abandon. Synthesists/keyboardists Christopher Myrick and Gustavo Aldana channel early industrial, EBM, goth and minimal synth pop in turns, blending harsh electronics and lush melodies. When fused to Aldana’s splintered programmed beats and the tribal rhythms and samples of drummer Jessica Reuter, the harmonics combine to breathe new life into post punk, weaving their own distinct creation in the process. Bestial Mouths has released an album on Dais Records.
Constructed from the aggressive textures of early industrial music, the ambience of coldwave, & the carnal energy of post-punk, DEATHDAY blends dark and often esoteric images with sparse, primal analog sounds. The quartet has recently contributed tracks to Downwards’ So Click Heels, Mannequin’s The End Of Civilization compilations.
Deathday’s self-titled debut will be reissued on limited white vinyl later this year via Sweating Tapes & desire.
I decided to conduct a mini-interview with a band named The KVB. Since this ones a bit minimalistic, lets use that theme. Make up your own mind by listening to the latest release Always Then. I asked a couple of questions, about the aesthetics and the latest release. If you scroll down, you’ll see what I found out. Hopefully this one will be enjoyable too.
Bruxa as they call themselves consists of Bianca Radd (Vocals), Derek Stilwell (Beats) and Saint Michael (Vocals). They mix witchstep, cold wave, hip-hop and a bunch other genres together. Up until now they’ve released their debutalbum Eye On Everybody on Sweating Tapes. Currently finalizing their second release on the same label, and since I conducted the interview they’ve also remixed their labelmates Nightmare Fortress song Killing Time. Their upcoming EP will be released sometime in June. Hopefully this interview will rejuvenate your mind and get you interested in this mindboggling mix of sanity, insanity and venture, through severeal languages.