Harvesting #14: Transistor Sphere / DRAMA! / Eoster

Without further ado, Harvesting returns with a smattering noise. It’s been about a year since you last saw something in regards to this. This time covering releases from artists that have self-released their albums, to artists whom are already on a label. Everything from Transistor Sphere, an angst-pop artist crossing into cold wave territory, to DRAMA! a Hungarian avant-garde minimal electronics outfit being released on KHK Tapes. To Eostre, whose debut-album will soon be put out in full by the label Soft Corridor Records. Three enigmatic artists with their own perks. Three artists that are going to be covered here in Harvesting number 14. The fourteenth edition of Harvesting, to date. Scroll down and read it all.

a1517745545_10With a total of fifteen songs, the artist Transistor Sphere moves and shape-shifts into whatever that pleases him for the moment. Electronica is moving swiftly from a rather calm intro, to an angst-pop assault. Clashing beats, hypnotic atmospheres and cherished dark rhythms make this moment such a bliss. A moment that can be endured, a moment that is packaged in between fifty minutes and a little bit more. Lurking transmitters wire you to this experience, that moves somewhere in between the minimalism of minimal electronics, to the fast-paced rhythms you’d otherwise hear in a breakbeat or drum’n’bass track. The album itself has a titled that describes the feeling you get when listening to it: “Disintegrated“.

Here’s where everything dissolves and at the same time it’s a trip into the utmost space of the soundscapes. It can change for a minute, a few seconds – or a little bit more – from the most beastly fast-paced running electronica – to the utmost minimalistic heresy. The melodious content of this album is not something you should underestimate. His eloquent touch with sincere electronics overshadow the whole darkness that is repetitive in the atmosphere of the tracks. It feels organic and it doesn’t feel soulless at all. Low-key beats bounce upon the samplings, the noises that can be heard are briefly swooshed away in favor for something else. Clearly a multifaceted release that goes in between ominous music, deliberate angst-pop with baselines as deep as the blue sea, to the cold wave and in touch with the emotional content at hand – to a degree that is probably not heard when listening to other artists. It’s also clear that he’s influenced by Friedrich Nietszche‘s philosophy to a degree, in regards to the quote on his page: “The future influences the present just as much as the past“. A mysterious artisan at his craft, an interesting antagonist at our hands. Listen to Transistor Sphere‘s album “Disintegrated” below.

khk03_The cacophony doesn’t stop here, as DRAMA! steps up to the plate and run amok. This is a Hungarian artist whose participation in music ranges back to a compilation this artist was featured on, which was “Central Heating” – a compilation crafted by the same label he’s on – namely KHK Tapes. It was released back in 2012 and even though this release, which is his first self-titled, was released in 2013 – we thought of featuring it anyway. He’s got a rather out-of-the-ordinary industrialized landscape of sound which is carefully crafted together between the boundaries of industrial and tape music in the first hand, and minimal electronics as the underlying motor that is pulling this workhorse forward. Forwarding public domain information from the United States in the shape of sound, mixed together with a regular rhythm make a rhythm out of the samplings that he’s borrowed from these domains. This results in a pretty weird but rather analogue experience that will drive you insane sooner or later. A lot of the tracks don’t even make it over three minutes, which makes them a lot shorter then what is expected. The release is compromised of thirteen tracks and the further in you go, the stranger it gets. Noise gets on top of the chain, whilst an almost power electronics sound is dominating throughout – resonating with the scrappy sound of the electronics. Once you go in there, you’ll come out with bad German soap operas that have been used for sampling purposes, but also dubbed things that you can’t really find the source for – unless you’re interested in that stuff. The whole ordeal you’ll have to endure when listening through it feels like a re-cycling of sound. All the primitiveness that can be heard is overlapped with interesting build-ups, heavy and noise synthesized sounds, charred beats that would make you suffer if you had to listen to it even longer. The format is well-thought out, since you can only endure it long enough until the repetitiveness kills you on its own. But mind you, it’s not boring to listen to, at least. You can listen to the whole self-titled release down below, from KHK Tapes bandcamp.

a2596681461_10Glad you’ve read this far. Lastly, we’ve got an experience for you that you’ll probably find rather enjoyable. Eostre is a solo-project that combines the ingeniousness of minimal electronics with the rather rugged sound of ambient and experimental electronics. A formula that the man behind the solo-project, the Belgian man Sébastien Schmit (K-Branding/Service Special) have made his own. Harnessing the monotone vocals that he puts out on the smooth surface of the tracks. A rather interesting paradox between the smoothness of the ambient in the tracks with the rather rugged beats that hit you hard in your neck. This is his debut-album under this moniker and it’s titled “They Were Made Of White Cloth“. Put out by the label Soft Corridor Records. What’s interesting with the two tracks made available on this release is how they change from being a rugged trip into the unknown, hitching a smooth ride – but ending with bubbling electronica and then simply fading out.

Just to change to rather ethnic beats with the other track made available, a kind of middle eastern and/or oriental touch with a sullen synthesizer that almost reminds you of that calm, but oriented emotional saxophone sound that gets played rather frequently in films from the 1980’s. Especially if these films are Action-films. It is clearly noticeable that the different instruments form an intricate rhythm together, that is being based upon underlying rhythms that soar through the dampened landscape of sound. Well, tough luck, because Sébastien is a drummer when push comes to shove. This is also noticeable in how he form the different patterns for the rhythms. Everything goes dancing throughout the soundscapes of these two tracks. Not much more can be uttered about this release, since all tracks have not been made available. It’s a joint release between Soft Corridor Records and Alt. Vinyl, and is going to be put out on the 20th of April. The cover illustration was created by Jess Pauwels, and the photography was taken (and designed) by Julien Lambrechts. Listen to and stream this release down below, from Soft Corridor Records bandcamp.

FERRO is a new label in town!

Ferro #00 Cover

The newly emerged label FERRO is specializing as a tape-label for techno releases. They’re currently in the process of managing their first release, which will come out on the 23rd of January. As they clearly state in their own manifesto, their releases will be limited to exclusive copies and digital downloads, making them as personal as possible. With that said, their first release will be a compilation of great deep techno tracks, which feature the following artists: After Disco, Centrist State, Mount Wishmore Unlimited, Zzzzra, Basic Noise and San Jolér. The release will go under the title of: “Various – Ferro #00“.

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My New Fascination: MsXAbigailX

Excerpt frame from their interpretation of November Növelet - Magic

I stumbled across this account on YouTube when searching for some hard-to-get November Növelet. It was a depiction (in film) of the song Magic by November Növelet, released on Galakthörrö in 2007. Anyway, I finally found it and when I saw it my jaw fell down in awe. This wouldn’t be considered your normal YouTube-video dedication, where someone spreads a bunch of Windows Movie Maker fonts and create an annoyance. No, this could be considered art. I would consider it art since it affects me as a viewer on a deeper level and also make total sense with the video that is depicting the song both lyrically and musically. What I didn’t notice at first was that they’ve actually made a ton of clips accompanying various noise, experimental, synth-pop, shoegaze and whatever-you-say acts.

So, lets get to the point shall we?

November Növelet - Magic (as portrayed by MsXAbigailX)

This is the first one that came to mind. Because when you search for November Növelet on YouTube, it’s the video that pops up and has the most views. Therefore it’s right on the top for you to click on. I was actually thinking, for one moment, that it might’ve been an alter-ego for that group. It seemed way too professional, being done by a regular YouTuber. So, when I read the comments, I realized that this wasn’t the case. The setting seems to be in Prague from what I know by reading the comments to the video. They obviously know their schtick, a kind of advanced form of stop-motion. I wouldn’t be surprised if the special effects are created by a kind of stop-motion either. But I’m guessing that the video must’ve taken some time to make.

I’ve wondered for some time now how many hours they put down in the making of this video. Even though I’ve been speculating very much about the background of it, their technique, if they’re art-students and everything in between – I’ve come to the conclusion that the mystery behind it all make the videos enjoyable. It kind of takes the mystical touch out of the equation if there’s too much speculation going on. Anyway, the whole video is excellence in its purest form, and I wont reveal anything happening in it, you’ll have to figure it out for yourself. They manage to tickle my emotional senses and it’s a joy to watch it all. Some of the pleasurable eye-candy can be found below, so do check it out and hit the subscription button on the top. It’s certainly worth it, even though I haven’t followed them as closely as I should’ve.

Excerpt frame from their interpretation of [Haus Arafna] - Part Of Fortune

Their latest addition is for the song Part Of Fortune from the album Butterfly by Haus Arafna which was released in 2003 on Galakthörrö. Which is an interesting take on the whole song, where they mix sensuality, decadence and film noir into one piece of minimalistic but ambivalent art. I must admit that not everything on the channel gives me any long-worthy sense of emotional high, but this one and the one I mentioned before are those that are my favorites. I might also catch a third one to fill this out. Until then, make sure you visit their YouTube-account because they’ve got some damn interesting stuff going on there.