Listen: Veil Of Light – Pale Eyes

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The day has come when Veil Of Light finally got the run-up to his forthcoming debut-album released. Together with the Swedish label Beläten, five remixes and one original track have been put up digitally. Since there’s still about a month left until “Ξ” – the full album signed Veil Of Light. A.R.M., Ghost Actor, S S S S, Distel and Th. Thot have remixed four tracks — five if you include “Pale Eyes” — from the forthcoming album, which are “Falling Apart“, “Martyr“, “In Ruins” and “They Said“. When judging on the only available track, it feels great to realize how far he’s come from his earlier releases. It seems like he’s matured even more and the music sounds more organic. Even though a drum-machine is present at all times, the riffs seem even more melancholic, when tuning in to “Pale Eyes“.

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Judging from the remixes, they’ve all done a great job in their own peculiar way. Even though my preferred remixes have been created by Distel and Th. Thot – the others are okay if you like subdued atmospheres. S S S S are more like Distel, keeping the mythic environment alive and shapeshifting away from the calmness. Abiding by no other rules than what is set up by the rhythm. The industrialized mammoth that is coated with a layer of noisyness feels like smoke clouding your eyesight – you’re caught in the middle of a tense situation. Distel on the other hand keep at their signature sound, keeping their original rhythms but straying away from the atonal sound for a more melodic chanson. The melodies are otherwise not as prominent and clean. When you get to the end, the deep baseline takes you out of bound and into a completely meditative setting.

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The favorite of all remixes is clearly stated by Herr Thot himself. Th. Thot is Thomas himself, stirring up a whirlwind together with a static rhythm and simple melody that slowly progresses and in itself give an added value to the song. Now that I haven’t heard the original track, it is hard to state how true it is. But I really like how the manipulated vocals add a layer of melody and harmonics – that wouldn’t pack the same punch without it. All in all it’s a wonderful free release that Beläten is generous enough to give out before the “real” release is put out to the masses. Not to mention how the combination of emerging artists and steadfast champions make it a total brawl. Veil Of Light will release his debut-album “Ξ” on the 7th of November which will be the first ever vinyl-release Beläten have ever done. While you’re waiting for that release you can download this digital release for free.

Stream: Veil Of Light – Cold Skin

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Finally, the latest album that Veil Of Light has put out there is up for grabs. “Cold Skin” not only takes you into another dimension with the music at hand, it also proves that the Zürich-born project can be done single-handedly. Of course, he’s had the help of Viktor Ottosson when it comes to mastering, and Edition GRIS when it comes to releasing. But when you think of it, it’s kind of impressing that Michael Ho (Veil Of Light) has managed to do something only a band should be able to do. Everything about it reminds you of the past, yet in a more callous form. Nothing is about nostalgia, but it is obvious that the influences are put apart and put together again – so he could have something to play with. The almost ethereal and shoegazing sound that he graces you with in “Treasure“, to the slower and more gripping dark rock anathema of “Cinereous” – pave way for a whole new way of doing it, without copying the way it’s been done before. Not to mention the hazing atmosphere that “Into The Night” gives off. It’s as if you’d pick up a demo from yesteryear’s crazily underrated gothic outfits, put into the 21st century, done without the cheesiness of it. I must say that I like demos, but I like this even more. There’s something about the chastised atmosphere that makes you want to swing your arms around, but not too much – so you don’t embarrass yourself. What am I really talking about? I don’t know by know, because I’m so enthralled by it. I must say that this is something you should consider buying. If you buy it, you’ll have to be quick, because it’s limited to 200 copies. When you buy it, you get a download-coupon to the other two tracks. You can buy it from Edition GRIS over here, and stream it down below.

Exclusive Premiere: Veil Of Light – Cold Skin

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Don’t scream, just listen. This is something out of the ordinary, as usual, on Invisible Guy. I don’t know if you could say that it actually is something out of the ordinary, if it happens that frequently. But what I meant about that was the following: we’re giving you an exclusive, once again. This time around, there’s a difference. The one-man project Veil Of Light from Zürich, Switzerland. Last we heard of him, he had released his self-titled cassette on the much revered Swedish label Beläten. Now he’s up for another release, this time a two-tracked 7¨ by the same name as “Cold Skin“, will be put out on the Swiss label Edition GRIS. Invisible Guy have gotten the opportunity to premiere the track “Cold Skin” from this two-tracked single, which comes with two extra songs in a download code – if you buy it from Edition GRIS. The vinyl-release is limited to 200 copies, so you’d better hurry. When it comes to the sound, you can clearly hear that this project clearly has matured a lot since his self-titled release. Especially with the track “Cold Skin“, you can hear the agonizing ordeal that is his dark mantra – repeated over and over again. Shed your skin as you transform in the crystal clear, but sturdy atmosphere, that Veil Of Light have produced with this song. Enjoy yourselves with the first taste from this release, as you listen to those dark melodies take an upper-cut with their slowdive into oblivion. Stream the track exclusively from Invisible Guy and share it whenever you’d like to introduce your fellow man to this promising project.

Harvesting #9: Too far away but not something in between! [Part II]

Since I had to get the first Part rolling, I started to think about including another part. Just to be fancy and to cram in as much as I can within the tenth edition of Harvesting. I’m hoping that it will expand and be something more than just the writing here. Hopefully it will be symbolic and reek of quality. I know that I’m not the greatest writer out there, but I have a great passion for music and I’m hoping that it’ll be showing even more in this part. The bands and artists included in this part of the ninth edition will be the following: Erik De Vahl, Burzinski, the Hex Dispensers and Bitapart. There will be questions asked for Bitapart and you’ll have to enjoy the customary reviews and introductions to bands I find need more exposure and are unique in any way, shape or form. Stay with me now and carry the torch further down the aisle, let’s create some history!

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One of Sweden’s finest pearls right now, music-wise. There’s a sincerity in this music that moves on a much deeper level than anything else. Every word that comes out from his mouth is precise, every intonation is great and the atmosphere is blistering of emotions. Normally, I don’t prefer anything that can be related to pop. It has to be very experimental or unique, and Erik De Vahl shows off his skills and strengths on this latest album. Even though it’s just a collection of older songs, it sounds fresh and new. On “Side A” of the album, featuring six different songs, the first one: “Skogsbrand” sets the pace for the rest of the album. The fiery but controlled spark of light travels throughout the tunnel and meet its connector, a jazzy feel-good kind of thing mixed with strong melancholic pop-vibes. Even though I wouldn’t say that it’s purely in that category, since it switches itself in between the ambient landscapes and catchy hooks.

The second song, “Stolen Parts“, sounds even more experimental and it boils down to an ambitious project. Continuing to deliver the means to an end and also a whole new world of Swedish music, at least when it comes to this kind of waddling in between the genres, never attaching himself to any label. Though it’s apt to describe it in this way, there’s also a need for this music to gather around something. He has a lot of potential when it comes to music and he shows it off very well with this album of connected melodies. I believe he’s the new starlet of the bunch and could surely pave his way to a place in musical history. I must say that the genres per se may not be my cup of tea for the moment, but it reminds me of a dearly missed period of Swedish indie-pop in one way and a sorely missed ambient sphere that hasn’t really caught up with the rest of the world yet. But if he develops it, more will follow and it will be a good period. Also, I prefer “Side B” over the first side, but it really hits its full potential closer to the end of it.

Buy this limited edition cassette of 61 copies for 8 dollars. Or if you prefer the digital version, pay 5 dollars and download it yourself. Even though I’d prefer you buy the real deal instead, so you can listen to it in these cold times. It’ll bring something to you, both emotionally speaking and as a memory. There’s nothing stopping you now, and since it’s cheap, you should head over to the Zeon Light bandcamp and purchase it.

Burzinski – Female Faces EP

Even though this album dates back to the 15th November 2010, I had to recommend it. It’s one of the best new romantic gothic that I’ve heard for a while. There’s some kind of odd touch to this album that is hard to grasp while listening to it for the first time. A kind of ethereal feeling to it, but at the same time not too inaccessible. The first song “Ghostly Female Faces” envelops a sense of romanticism within itself, shrouded in the darkness that is the gothic sound. A feeling of being abandoned at one of the scariest places in the world: a graveyard. In this music, there’s also a sense of not belonging. It feels like its melancholic, but not to self-obsessed really. There’s a stronger and bigger philosophical perspective to the songs. With calm guitars, fine percussion and down tuned baselines – you get the best of me. In the second song “A Useless Tale“, I get dragged even further down in the catacomb.

I like the calmness in the singer’s voice and the sound-scape as a whole when he utilizes his dark voice and it collides with the bassdrum and the melodic background noises. It would be ideal to listen to this song when you’re moving through the vast landscapes of the big city. Every time I listen through it, each song grows on me individually. There’s a kind of repetitiveness to the songs, which make them catchy even though they’re far from it. I remember the two first songs the most, since they caught my attention with the different instrumentation and as a whole landscape. I feel free when listening to this and feel even freer when I stop the songs. Not because I don’t like them, but because I feel relieved each time I’ve listened through it and gotten to the end. A huge delivery, even though there are not many songs on this EP.

Either buy it over at their bandcamp as a digital-only version for free, or move on to this link and buy the limited edition CD. I suggest you give him some cash though instead of downloading it for free, so offer him some of your hard earned money if you like what you’re listening to.

the Hex Dispensers – Paralell 7¨

I think of a modern version of The Damned. This is also one of the older albums that I’ve found, but it’s from this year. Released on the 1st of April 2012. I think there’s a lot of crap out there when it comes to straight-forward punk, but the Hex Dispensers manage to sort themselves out of that category. With a little bit freaky lyrics and interesting approach to it melodically. Actually one of those releases that I’ve listened a little bit more too than other stuff that I’ve encountered. A friend of mine recommended the band and I heard a song from one of their albums. First song “Paralell” really caught my attention musically, it’s such a catchy song and it still delivers the brutal underground “smack-in-the-face” sound, but without pretensions or trying to hard. The thing about the first song is that it’s the best and set a high standard for the other songs. It’s also a pinpoint to other punk bands to follow, since they’ve managed to set the stage for my favorite form of punk.

When it almost borders to psychobilly and the likes of it, since it very much sounds in that way and manner on many of their songs. Both the drumming and the riffing is excellent and the vocalist make the sound-scape sound much more alive. Even though it would’ve held itself without him. This is even more obvious with the second song “Young Blood in the River” which is one of the other great songs on this release. If only more bands would follow the path that they have taken, they’ve decided to make something and make it good. It sounds unique but still reminds me of other great bands with the same attitude. Powerful rhythms and savvy melodies, would be great to finally see these guys live sometime. Hopefully they’ll release something new within the next couple of months. Or at least in the next year, so we can get more of this greatness.

Find their music over on their bandcamp and buy their 7¨ from here. It’s a limited edition and it’s got some great artwork going on. You can also download it digitally if you pay 2.99 US dollars for it, which would be great if they didn’t have a physical version. Though you should get the physical version instead. Great piece of music and definitely something you should hold on to.

Who are you and why did you choose the name Bitapart?

– My name is Bitapart and I live at the grid, a digital world of the 80s. It’s about vector graphics and a lot of neon lights as you can tell by looking at my logo/picture.

How I chose my name? I was looking for a name to fit my style of music. It’s quite hard to find a good name these days because every name I came up with was taken, so I asked a friend if he could help me with it. I wanted something associated with digital and different. He came up with the name “Bitaparte” like the name of Napoleon Bonaparte. I dropped the “e” and voilà. You can read the name as two words: BIT- as in bits and bytes (the digital part) and -APART (something different, not from this world). To make it even more interesting I added the grid story to it. It’s still at the beginning so it has to evolve further during the production.

How would you define your own music if you had to describe it to listeners?

– My music is like a soundtrack to an 80s movie. You get action, romance and that typical 80s feeling. In short: It’s like Miami Vice busting Tron for illegal possession of home-recorded cassette tapes.

What kind of gear do you use when you make music and how would you describe your creative process in making different tracks?

– I use almost exclusively the Op-1 from Teenage Engineering. It is so intuitive and with it’s vector graphics and visuals seems to support my creative work. I started to use the Roland JP8000 for warm pads and baselines as well.

Description of the creative process: I got a muse which is inspiring me to all of my creative work and is to find in every track and artwork. In the beginning there is a feeling I want to capture with my music. On that basis I make a visualization of it, a neon artwork to intensify the feeling and to know what my music not only feels but also looks like. That’s why to every track there is an artwork. After that I start with the drums or the bassline on the Op-1 and start building up a track. There is also watching a lot of Miami Vice episodes involved in the creative process but I can’t tell you any more about that, it’s a secret.

Are you going to make any EP or album soon?

– I’m releasing my first EP soon. I have to get the tracks remixed in a professional studio though. At the moment I’m working on new tracks for another EP. Some of the concept is already planned. The tracks will be released all together instead of one after another as I did on soundcloud with my previous tracks.

Thank you for answering these questions! What do you have to say?

– Thank you for featuring me it was a pleasure answering your questions. What I have to say? Spread the word!