Exploring the lovely #landscape of #halsnøy, #kvinnherad. #norway
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Exploring the lovely #landscape of #halsnøy, #kvinnherad. #norway
Test Tube netlabel has really some nice releases. This three track record of polish Radosław Kurzeja is one of them. Although the first track did not really break the ice with me at once, the two other ones did. Kurzeja uses loop layers to create a dreamy and dull atmosphere. Each of the pieces is rather long (17 - 22 minutes) and by this rather hypnotic.
Think of the last days of a teenage summer, when the woods were drenched in the golden light of a low shining sun. This music evokes a calm melancholia which is hard to not letting touch you.
felss - Ara and Ink
Although released in december 2010 this record is the perfect soundtrack for summer’s lazy days. Watching the clouds sailing by and enjoying doing nothing. This is at least how I would prefer listening to this one. Felss provides us with epic drones where almost nothing is happening at all. Gentle waves of sound come and go, they give you the opportunity to just sit and listen.
I do not know very much about this project called “felss” from the UK. But the records available on their bandcamp are all very lovely and highly recommended. Their website shows the matching photograhpies to this music. You will find all releases on tape and or CD as well as free downloads. I find this whole package very beautiful and highly appealing, maybe because everything is more or less uncommented which makes it even more mysterious. Go check it out!
FJRicharts - Anders Als Alle
Ok, this one is my own business now. I have waited months for my EP to be released on the great great camomille music netlabel. Today is the day! Enjoy it, share it.
Picture is by Øyvind Sundal Holen
Mastering by Jonas Foerster
"While listening to debute album "Anders als alle" by Germany’s FJRicharts, one could rightfully assume it being a study of the relationship between movement and stillness. I’d like to advance the idea that Florian’s music is never either of the two : in its most desolate, cold state emerges immense thrust and motion and, in other more active moments, you feel time coming to a stop. He plays within these parameters with grace and sobriety, resulting in a brooding epic that will justly accompany your spring cloudwatching."
Biathalon is Eric Adrian Lee, strangely enough mainly known for his cover artwork on Muhr’s anthème pour les regrets. At least when I tried to google his name. This detail seemed to be very odd, because I got to know Lee as a musician and not as a painter far before I got to know Muhr. It must have been in 2007 when there was a site called “virb” which seemed for a very short period of time to become the “new myspace”. I had a profile with my band then and strolled around by going after tags and suggestions from other users. There I found these tracks and a few more, which were then totally free download. Sadly enough this is not the case any longer, but anyway I am really glad to find his work back on line, which was not the case some time ago.
Anyway, this 12-track record is put together from two albums made between 2005 and 2007 which were simply called 1 and 2. Thus the title. The tracks are all very smooth and calm, yet sometimes noisy. Mainly made with layered guitars, field recordings and soft synthesizers. These tracks are in a way special to me, because when I first found them some years ago they introduced me into a totally new kind of sound. Until then those cranky drony sounds and loops used by for instance Boards of Canada were to me just elements of something else. It was this record that showed me that these elements could be used not as elements but as the whole thing. I then realised that I had been waiting for this for years.
I have to admit that I really liked the old cover much much better and think this cover artwork is not quite fitting. This is why the picture shown above is not the actual cover, but another picture made by Eric Adrian Lee.
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Cenote Glow - Anza-Borrengo (fadeaway tapes #021)
I got to listen to this one very much over the last several weeks. I was strolling my favourite music blogs and stumbled upon this in particular because of the nice cover design. Cenote Glow is Franklin Teagle who seems to be quite a cassette tape music enthusiast according to his output on tiny underground labels (mainly with his project Afterlife). He provides us with a 30 minute release, one track per side. The atmosphere throughout the whole thing is very calm and rather contemplative, using some few field recordings and mainly synthesizer pads and arps. The different pieces fade into one another which makes this a cinematic experience. Especially the arpeggiated sequences are very hypnotic and trancey and really lets one wander off.
Yet I am listening to this very much while working (laptop work), this is the perfect soundtrack for a day dream.
Buy here: http://fadeawaytapes.blogspot.com
Take a peek: http://soundcloud.com/sundrips/ft021
Jane Harris - Misery Cares [meupe #20 / badminton bandit #15]
Jane Harris is Jessyca Hutchens from Perth, currently residing in Berlin. She draws a very intimate and fragile picture on this records, with minimalistic instrumentation (mainly acoustic guitar) and her soft and stunningly beautiful voice, which makes this 7 track record sound like a dreamlike sung diary. It takes you away into mysterious landscapes or distant memories. The high light on this one is “Having a Day” where she sings several voices. Reminds me somehow of early 70s slightly psychedelic acoustic folk which suits very well for hot summer days in the south of France (as we surely all know).
Get the mp3s for FREE on bandcamp.
And if you are in Berlin, come to see her live:
Pimmon / Fabio Orsi / Jasmine Guffond / Jane Harris
Wednesday April 25, 2012
Trickster, Oberbaumstraße 11, Berlin
— Pimmon / Fabio Orsi
— Jasmine Guffond
— Jane Harris
See you there!
#5: MY DAD - stunts
This record really made my day yesterday and propably will today too! Not only that the cover picture is super-cute (just look at it), the music makes me feel like 15 back in 1999 when all this mathy (post-)hardcore emo whatever stuff was the latest. But do not get me wrong, this is not a retro-let’s-sound-like-90s kind of thing. This is just rock music, very well done, with some trance-like feedback noises and riffs reminding of early Tarentel, Mogwai, Cap’n Jazz, you name it…
The first thing coming to my mind was a record of the british The Babies Three from ‘99 who have newly reunited.
Get this one for 3,-$. Hurry to get one of the hand-made CDs (2 left!) or the whole thing on MC tape, which I think makes it even nicer: