Alone - Coast

Alone is a project from Belgrade run by Nikola Vitković (also member of Konvoj Bonton Bajkera, Alone in heaven..). Hiding away from public sight, Alone spends his years in his mono utopia, reinventing the alternative history of industrial and melancholic synth pop. His melody is gentle but dark, his beats are slow but hard, his synthesizer is foggy but sharp. Over last 20 years, he has released 6 albums on N.A.U.K., Treue um Treue and Cold trinity.

This new LP on Spielzeug Muzak delivers a collection of 8 gloomy synthetic lullabyes and scientific love songs from a coast / limit / end of the world, a misty place where all boundaries melt: land, sea and air, inner and outer world, self and non-self. This is the most sleepy and foggiest Alone album thus far, emotionally calm but sonically colourful as ever. It introduces the lead vocals by Igor Petrušić and Draginja Marić mixed with the familiar voice of Nikola.

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Posted on June 17th, 2015 under Releases, ,

Cellule 34 - Self-titled

Collection of otherwise erratically released tracks by this brussels-based minimalist post-punk artist. some have been on compilations or only available online. Blue cassette with offset printed O Card, includes insert and download. Limited edition of 100 split release with Spielzeug Muzak.

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Posted on June 15th, 2015 under Releases, ,

Unur - The Key Broke Off In The Lock

A new offering from Unur. Based primarily on isolation and eradication. Four songs. One new, industrial-tinged serving of synth punk. An oddly cryptic cover/reinterpretation. A more improvised all synth version of “Meanwhile…”. And finally, an instrumental edit of a live recording on an EMS Synthi and modern modular synth.

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Posted on June 13th, 2015 under Releases, ,

Froe Char - Foreigner Skin

New EP of Christina’s patented dark, noisy, catchy minimal synth. Paris’ finest delivers yet again. Split release with Spielzeug Muzak. Limited edition of 100 cassettes.

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Posted on June 11th, 2015 under Releases, ,

Doric - So Far, So Near

Doric is the alternate persona of the multitalented Stathis Leontiadis, mostly known as the one half of the Greek purists, Human Puppets. He is, without a doubt, one of the first Greek independant musicians in ’00s, that treasured new wave synth music, using only hardware. Exactly as his ancestors. Being involved in various avant garde/new wave music projects since 1996, intrigued by the all analogue mentality of the late ’70s – early ’80s music field, he passionatelly commited to vintage synths and machines, creating a very distinctive and specific style and considered by many as “specialist”.

His releases on Fabrika Records (a self-titled 7”, followed by “Over Mentality”LP, 2013) gained excellent reviews and described as minimal electro perfectionism. This time, on this mini LP, Doric builts on his analogue rhythm box (the famous KR-55) a short story about alienation in six parts. All related and connected, these six songs describe a day of a daydreamer, forced to cope with routine and the vile, impersonal stage of socializing. This new age of “impersonalization” connecting with others but never quite communicating our wishes and wills, sums up to the title ”So Far, So Near”, a vast misinterprantion of other people’s motives, as we are trapped inside our own havens; ourselves. This small personal nightmare, is synthesised with multilayered agility, using a MOOG ROGUE, a SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS PRO ONE and the MACBETH MICROMAC-D. All this obsessive use of analogue equipment has only one purpose: delivering an accurate, minimal but not simple description of Life as a concrete, empty, business transaction, full of unique circuits and paths, noone sees.

Overall, this mini LP refers to temper/personality, as an inevitable hideaway of oneself, but yet impossible to maintain, as long as we are bound to norms that regulate superficial relationships. We are far but yet, so near.

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Posted on June 9th, 2015 under Releases, ,