Watch: Britt Rion – Chaos & Beauty

We get many submissions, some we care more for – in this case Britt Rion and her charming music-video, alongside an even more hypnotizing song: “Chaos & Beauty“. Some of the best music undoubtedly comes from down under, in this case New Zealand, as we’ve seen and heard with Fishrider Records way back in the past of this webzine.

At the first glance you might write it off as your regular pop-oriented blasphemy, but the further in you get – she sets a mood that diverts the attention from pop, into a marvelous metamorphosis of that, singer-songwriter and indie-pop. The catchiness is the only thing lent from regular pop, but the lyrics and intonation in her music is more subliminally beautiful – so she doesn’t have to resort to making a visual interpretation that reflects the vanity of regular pop music – it is a simple video that is Grime-esque in a sense – if you’ve seen one of her videos from “Genesis“.

Her voice is stunningly beautiful as well. We have to struggle not to move out of our own bleak hearts, it is as if a dystopian scenery quickly changes into a beautiful field and a forest full of local creatures singing in the day, when the sunlight hits your eyes and you’re with someone you love.

 

Titta/Lyssna: Erik Edsbagge Engström – Sista Silvret

Tidigare, vilket nu känns som för evigheter sedan, har vi skrivit om Erik Edsbagge Engström och hans upptåg som Ereden och E.E. Engström & The Twin Street Tree Trunk Love Ensemble. Det är inte mycket vi kommer ihåg, men det som etsat sig fast i minnet är för det första – välkomponerad och ambitiös musik – så det blir lite déja vu när han upprepar sig med “Sista Silvret” med sitt eget namn. Musiken påminner om en mer psykedelisk version av vad som slentrianmässigt kallas för “americana” – fast istället ersatt med “nordicana“.

Man blir upprymd av den nostalgiska samplingen i “Göteborg“, ett släng av det gråare men numera historiskt otillgängliga delen av Sverige. Trots att han avviker från det mer instrumentala måttet av singer-songwriter och inte drar sig från att låna in lite synthmusik, så passar det bäst med den mer lågmälda och tillbakadragna tonen i låtarna som helhet – även om vissa individuella låtar är bättre än andra – så blir det bäst när det lyssnas igenom helt och hållet.

Även om det rent generellt blickar framåt, så tar man ändå med sig mycket av det som varit, vilket blir fint på något sätt. Det är beviset på att man inte bara kan tro på “utveckling” som sådant, utan man måste veta var man kommer ifrån. Ni kan titta på musikvideon för “Hjärtat Därhemma” här ovanför, och lyssna till albumet i sin helhet här nedanför.

Titta: KRYPTA – Untitled

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Blotta uppenbarelsen är fasansfull. Precis som namnet antyder, KRYPTA, så är det här musik som stigit ur katakomberna och dragit sig upp mot himlavalvet – för alla att beskåda. Upphovsmannen av dessa “mörka ritualer” har även släppt en kassett på ett skivbolag vid namn Skiboy Records. På bolaget lanserades debutsläppet “cavities” – som i sin tur även hade ett medföljande fanzine. Man har även kunnat höra en annan del av hans musikaliska utsvävelser under namnet Gasgiant, vars debut (även den på kassett) “Black Blood” släpptes av underbolaget till Northern Electronics, nämligen: Blodörn. Ni hittar en omnämning av det släppet här.

Efter all denna möda så står det klart att det år 2015 kommer att släppas en kassett på Beläten, ja alltså under namnet KRYPTA. Det är inte särskilt förvånande att det är just Thomas Ekelund som plockar upp stafettpinnen, men det gör att saker och ting blir än mer spännande att se fram emot. Inte bara för att det släpps på ett väldigt bra skivbolag, utan för att det kan bli intressant att se vart det svänger härnäst. Kanske slår pendeln över fullständigt, vi får se. Men det som är mest aktuellt nu är musikvideon till låten “Untitled” som spelades in i September detta år. Allting andas totalt höstmörker och det finns inte en ljusning att se någonstans. Ingenting spricker igenom.

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Det är ibland fartfyllt, skräckinjagande och något som påminner om Ingemar Bergman – om Döden gjort schackspelandet permanent. Förmodligen ingenting man skulle vilja titta på en längre stund, men det känns välgjort och musiken också för den delen. Man kan invänta kassetten som släpps om ett par månader, eftersom att jag antar att släppet lär vara i början av nästa år – men samtidigt kan man titta på musikvideon om man nu vill det. Titta på den här ovanför, eller lyssna till “cavities” här nedanför.

Watch: Roladex – Glass Statuette

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Bright colors intertwined with VHS-quality and other psychedelic enjoyment. Together with the technology of yesteryear, Roladex have done good in their homage to where their influences come from. With their 80’s-infused synth-pop sound and their carefully executed visual FX create a hypnotic atmosphere which is almost exclusive to music-videos from that decade and before the 2000’s. You will find no polished turds á la big business labels and their PR-menagerie here. Not to mention their song “Glass Statuette” on their newly released split with ((PRESSURES)), which is saturated with the mesmerizing duo’s eloquent vocals whose delivery hypnotize you, as the spastic arpeggio rhythm continually rolls in the foreground – an aquatic melody seduces you. You can’t help but start humming the lyrics in a repetitive fashion. I also think the video captures a bizarre vein that Roladex don’t capture as well with their music, which seems to me when I listen to it to be in all seriousness, but the video itself adds that tongue-in-cheek vibe that music-videos used to give. Either because they were abhorrent in their silliness, or simply delivering a positive nerve in the musical delivery – which in Roladex’s case is true – as you also can’t help but smile.

It would’ve been great if this split-release could’ve featured a music-video by ((PRESSURES)), too. Because then it would’ve been more than two songs that you keep on the repeat. But with that said, I think the track “The Voices” complements “Glass Statuette” very well. I think ((PRESSURES)) are the ones whom deliver the futuristic touch to this release, as the B-Side coincides with Roladex’s passionate nostalgic reflections both in track and video. “The Voices” almost touch cold-wave territory, but instead of going into the coldness and reflections of that – there’s a clear disco-vibe to the whole she-bang. With vocals that soothe your soul, together with a steadfast drum-machine rhythm and cosmic synthesizers – I would say that the A-Side gives more hope for us in the future. Though a lot of melancholy can be heard in both tracks, the bleaker side is when Roladex comes on, but I’m not sure anymore after having seen their music-video. All of this might be my hypnotized me talking, but they’ve charmed me with their other side of the coin. Both tracks are complementary as I’ve said, but one wouldn’t stand with the other and they display different characteristics. I just wish they would’ve included the music-video with the release and also made a music-video for ((PRESSURES)) track. That way, their likeness and difference could’ve been visually represented as well as musically.

Since this is a joint release by Medical Records and Disko Obscura, you can either choose to order the limited edition 7¨ in thick transparent yellow, or transparent urochrome vinyl. It’s your choice whether you’d like to go with Medical Records or Disko Obscura, but they both have their unique take on it and if you’re a collector then you should go for them both. You can order the transparent yellow version here, and the transparent urochrome here. Stream both tracks digitally down below and watch the music-video above.

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.

Premiere: The Pale Faces – Heavy Mental

A psychotic introduction to what pale faces are. The Pale Faces are a trio from Leicester that symbolize the total decay of the United Kingdom. Having been featured on their first release back in 2013, as a split-release together with the band Subtitles, with their own track “Any Day Now” on Goodtime Recordings. Ten days later, in the midst of the beginning of the year, in January – they released their first full-length debut-album “Gee Baby, I’m Mighty Blue For You” on the same label. Staying faithful until then, it would take a year more for them to finish their latest addition to their hypnotizing brew of psychedelic and insane combination of garage-pop and what they call “hardcore psychedelic pop“. Their latest album “Chaos Beach” was released just about two months ago, in February this year. Which is probably their most psychedelic and crazy release up until now. Clearly a symptom of everything that is wrong about Britain today, the youth set out in balaclavas to disturb and be rowdy. I got a submission from Two Headed Snake Productions, the production company that filmed a video to one of their absolute mental songs on this album, the most insanity one could gather. I didn’t think much about it and let it be for a while, but I unearthed what they actually wanted. They produced a video for the track “Heavy Mental“, a nice spin-off to heavy metal, but also a stroboscopic disaster waiting to happen, nothing for epileptics.

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It’s probably one of the rowdiest tracks I’ve heard for a while. Feeling outnumbered and that someone is out to get me, is one thing. But their complete disregard for the intention of their own music is rather criminal. After listening to it and watching the video, these loonies should be locked away. Though I must admit that something in their music, be it the crazed out psychedelic pop, or the garage-influences – serve as a post-mortem on the good days of what Britain was a long time ago. They’ve accidentally stumbled upon the historic archive and made a mayhem on it. The music-video itself is also ingenious in many ways, but also terrifying. I suggest you take a peek for yourself and you can also stream their whole album “Chaos Beach” down below if you’re in need of a little bit of calm beneath the stormy sea. Because they’re capable of that, too – believe it or not.

 

Premiere: Light House – In Their Image [Musicvideo]

The people of Light House, namely Dawn Sharp, Chris Relyea and Brooks Blackhawk, have been busy making their track “In Their Image” from the EP with the same name – into a music-video. With the help of Brooklyn filmmaker Jeffrey Richardson, whom have directed this video, and cinematographer Rebecca Steele – they’ve realized a totally symbolic, and picturesque landscape. Matching their song in a way that represents both the song itself, but also their intent with showing the visual elements of nature, as well as the cross that Dawn Sharp has on her garment. There’s a lot that the viewer will have to rationalize and take in, but it is inducing, hypnotizing and serves to make something more out of the track at hand. The looming heavy beats, the sharp atmosphere, suggestive filming – everything is important in compromising the song for what it might contain, and adding to the sublime nature of it. We get to follow Dawn Sharp in this music-video, in what I presume is a channeling of everything we’re missing out on. There are certain ritualistic aspects about the music-video, from the slowly fading clips of trees, vegetation, dew – the last-mentioned making you feel like it’s early in the morning, but still cold. It’s post-winter and pre-spring.

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In my interview with Dawn and Chris last year, they actually hinted that they were going to film this. In regards to the song “In Their Image“, Dawn Sharp outlined: “That song is really important to us because it kind of exemplifies Light House’s sound. We are getting ready to shoot a video for that song actually“. She also commented: “…we want to keep it a surprise but it will definitely include some Northwest beauty and filming at night“. This will, beyond the shadow of the doubt, set some things straight in regards to this music-video. Because some of the video is set in the early morning, and some of it is filmed by night. The most wonderful thing about the video is when Dawn Sharp comes into the picture in the beginning, and the music haven’t started yet. It gives you some kind of peace of mind, just to disturb you a little bit and get you into the song immediately, only sparing a few seconds of total calm. A video worth watching. Additionally, Dawn Sharp edited this piece together with Jeffrey Richardson, and she was also the stylist of this production. I will also mention Sarah Jane McKinley, who was the production assistant. They will also be finished mixing a new EP, when this weekend has passed. By the way, Dawn Sharp of Light House also mentioned that the re-presses of their EP is sold out over at Mannequin Records, but that they have a few vinyl-copies left of the first pressings – released by themselves. So go and get them!