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“.
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.
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.
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.
För tre vintrar sedan hade allting stannat av, för tre vintrar sedan var inget glasklart. Men här är saker och ting annorlunda. I och med att synth-popare ömsar skinn, uppkommer i Norge och består av en trio, så kan spelets regler vändas åt ett annat håll. På den första låten “Atrocities” så är långsamhet en dygd. Uppbyggnaden från att vara ett ekande tomt skelett, till att bli en kraft att räkna med, sker på mindre än en minut. Likväl som att det minimalistiska ges andrum, då skelettet plockas ned igen. Det är inte den klassiska synth-popen vi möter och framförallt inte den som varit på språng. Nej, det är en mer välavvägd blandning av de mest drömska syntharna, till de mest mörka vrår av schackbrädet som de använder sig utav. Alla nyanser befästs, de tyngre och statiska bastrummorna lämnar inget övrigt att önska. Där det finns ett tomrum, fylls snabbt upp utav en melodisk ingång. Äntligen är vi på banan igen.