Michael Idehall have been featured here countless times, but he never ceases to improve in regards to his industrial music (seancetronica) – now releasing his eighth album, if you only count full, solo releases. His work spans from the occult and back into electronic music, beyond any comprehension at times and sometimes in the realm of fathomable. With this album on the German label Raubbau, titled “Machine Spirit Transmission” – he widens his approach exponentially, including more beat-oriented sounds in terms of a general theme musically.
Aesthetically it features a new emblazoned symbol which we don’t know the inherent meaning about, but for those eager to know about the symbolism of Michael Idehall (the project), you should venture through his gates and into The Hermetic Library. Without knowing all to much, Aleister Crowley seems to be an influence in terms of the occult and esoteric nature in which music like this is created.
We’re pleased to announce to you that we’ve teamed up with Raubbau to bring you a full track from the forthcoming album. “Dream Circuitry” is the middle-point in which this album is construed, or at least that’s how we feel about it. Tune in and remember to buy the physical tape from the Raubbau distributer ant-zen, or simply order the digital release from Raubbau if you prefer it that way. The release date for it is on the 25th of October.
The Berliner label Raubbau have upped their discography with “machine spirit transmission“, a new album courtesy of Michael Idehall. It has eight tracks in total and will be released both digitally and on cassette – the latter through ant-zen mailorder. His music have been self-described as seancetronica and one could understand why – because the music itself resonates deeply with a spiritual nerve within the listener.
Tracklist for the release is as follows:
2. ma kra oum ka bra nha
3. power mantra
4. dream circuitry
5. the singing of machines
6. technological automism
8. prophecy of the apparatus god
The previews of the songs adhere to a stronger, more present sound that Michael Idehall haven’t had as presence in his other releases. A murkier, more atmospheric and less noisy sound – which translates very well into how it progresses track to track.
You can preview snippets of each song from the ant-zen mailorder.
Two parties went down in Berlin less than a month and a week ago. The first event featured live-acts from a compilation released on Enfant Terrible, the second one featured a wide-range of different DJ’s. Former Descent, Sololust, Europ Europ, F O Q L, Neugeborene Nachtmusik, Good Cop / Naughty Cop, and DJ M were on-stage with the first event “A Gathering Of Post-Everything” – taking the name of the compilation “Post-Everything” – spinning it around with Radio Resistencia at The Loft in Berlin. At the same time, Disko Resistencia had the friday night fever and embellished the evening with DJ M., DJ Alacidius, DJ Philipp Strobel (aufnahme + wiedergabe) and DJ Down The Rabbit Hole. Organizers for the events were; Enfant Terrible & xXx Berlin for Disko Resistencia, Enfant Terrible, xXx Berlin and Sentience for “A Gathering Of Post-Everything“.
When it comes to the compilation, the artists featured on it were Former Descent vs Sololust, Europ Europ, FOQL – on the A-Side of the tape – whilst Neugeborene Nachtmusik and Good Cop / Naughty Cop were featured on the B-Side. This compilation was issued in conjunction with those live-events. According to Martijn who runs the label, the purpose with this release was to have a representation of familiar faces from Enfant, but also with people outside of that circle – to showcase a less cliched approach to the genres which these artists and groups represent. Since it was some time ago that the compilation was released and that the events were closer in time, this is written a bit late because of unfortunate circumstances. That does not make the exclusive track less exclusive. Because this track is even more interesting now than it was when it was first put up. Every time I listen to it, I realize the different complexities that surround it. The sound-scape is really fleeting and so far away, yet so close at all times. You can listen to “Two Steps At The Time” exclusively, by Neugeborene Nachtmusik, down below. If you like what you’re hearing, you can order the tape directly from Enfant Terrible.
Well, we hadn’t heard from novva falla in a while, but he’s already out there with his release “Before the Journey to Eben-Ezer“. This is an homage to Austin Osman Spare, an occultist an painter from the 20th century Britain that we no longer know. He’s probably most known for his contribution to the esoteric legacy in Britain at that time, and his occult grimoires titled “Earth Inferno” (1905), “The Book of Pleasure” (1913) and “The Focus Of Life” (1921). One thing that sets novva falla apart is his dedication to personalities that no-one else would even think of. Also, the fact that they’re knitted into the history of that particular country in one way or another, which in itself is fascinating, as you learn more about it. His analog minimal synth mayhem is everything from droned out landscapes, to intimate rhythms, to self-explanatory melodies. That, accompanied by haunting vocals. You’ll get eighteen tracks that you can listen to as you delve into the history and background of this release. It was released in August on his own tape-label called “Tesua“. If you buy the tape itself, you’ll get a download code with it. Support his work if you like what you are hearing.
Suffice to say, this is the second part of your indulgence with Nostilevo. I’ll keep pressing it to your face, so you can hear it for yourselves, as you roam your apartment late at nights. Peacefully, you’ll sail with me on the wide oceans that is the Spring batch of tapes from this label. Controllable, uncontrollable – everything is relative, but relatively hopeless. Everything from the purest of experimental endeavors, to scarred Gothic delights, topped of by industrial heaviness. For those of you that haven’t checked it out yet, Part II includes reviews (and only reviews) of the following artists/groups/bands: Pure Ground, Ritual Howls, Church Shuttle, Mammal and The Glass Path. Enjoy it while its enjoyable, return when you feel like returning – and read when your eyes aren’t shut.
I’ve gotten the honor once again to stream something. This time the stream comes from Zeon Light tape label from Sweden. Titled: Den Osynliges Hand. Twelve tracks, 40 minutes and the ultimate sound experience for this summer. In the nearest future Chicagojazzen and Erik De Vahl will be releasing new stuff on Zeon Light.
1 Guernica – Cafe´De Psycho 1982
2 Ghostwriters – Sleedermauseman 1981
3 Paavoharju – Tuonen Marja 2011
4 Mangamma Sabatham – Cola Cola Coca Cola 1985
5 Chicagojazzen – Beach 2012 2012
6 Folkmun -. Anekdot Från Småland 2012
7 Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras Meet The Congos – Sunshine 2012
8 VA – Princess Nicotine – Good Time
9 Franco Falsini – Strange About The Hands 1975
10 Phil Yost – Wave Your Moonlight Hat For The Snowfall Train 1967
11 Erik De Vahl – Tastes Like Tears 2012
12 Skeppet – Tripolitania 2009