Gertrud Stein - Moonlandings

8 years after the first album, two 7″ from Kernkrach and a CDr self-released in 2016 with singles and tracks previously featured on compilations, Moonlandings is the latest long awaited album from Gertrud Stein, a solo act from London who’s striking again with a self-released 4 tracks EP.

It kicks off with 2m2, a killer track rhythmed by synthetized percussions evoking whiplash sounds over a gritty bassline and a pulse that could drive people berserk on the dance floors. Monotonie carries on with the drive of tight analogue drums and a raw bass that is typical of her sound. On the B side, Sad Song is a throbbing slow track with more robotic rhythms and melancholic lyrics with spacey effects reminiscent of laments from beyond. Then Wires and Lights ends in beauty with another generous dose of lovely synth tunes and dissonant percussions. In its whole, the minimal groove and trippy synths that were assembled here should satisfy the cravings of any minimal electronics junkie.

The dark energy emerging from Moonlandings definitely seems to come from outer space. I was glad to find back the trademark sound of Gertrud Stein, but more importantly, I was very excited to find the same drive and madness that was pushed even further.

EP / Digital Album

Posted on October 26th, 2018 under Releases, Reviews,

Shadow of Dreams

Tadash is a Parisian duo that was born in late 2012 from members involved in OIZAK (Dark Ambient), Province (Psychedelic Rock), Red Space Cyrod (Indie Rock) and Cyrod Iceberg (Indie Folk).

Shadow of Dreams is the full length following to their debut self-titled EP that just came out one month before.

Using guitars and bass guitars with synthesizers, archaic percussion instruments, harmonica and field recording, their style cannot be described with a simple label but their music quickly brings up to mind references like The Legendary Pink Dots, Brian Eno and The Fall.

This album managed to fit together the perfect mix of melancholic guitar riffs and melodies with ethereal vocals and trippy synthesizers to create a dreamy whole for which I could not grow tired of. Very relaxing and easy to listen, this should please a lot of music lovers out there…

Listen and download here.

Posted on November 20th, 2014 under Reviews,

Limited to 400 hand numbered copies with screenprinted artwork, Torment is the long awaited first full length album from Makina Girgir that just came out on La Forme Lente.

Makina Girgir, also known as AratkiLo, is a solo project from Toulouse, France. In 2007, the debut EP The Spell was released on Das Drehmoment and other tracks also appeared on various compilations like Dance With Us! and Synthesize Me in 2007, Circuit d’Actes 2 in 2011 and The Future Echo Tapes in 2012.

Faithful to the original spirit, every song is mixing cold and spacey sounds with warm and haunting melodies. Often urging you to dance, robotic rhythms and piercing synth riffs are contrasting in sweet and seducing harmonies. Mechanical sequences are arranged with deep and spacious soundscapes in a way that won’t leave anyone indifferent.

Female spoken words, processed through icy effects, are also making this record even more slick and sexy.

Definitely getting off the beaten paths, Torment has a modern edge that I found original and refreshing. Every listening got me totally absorbed with the head in the clouds, ironically taking me away from life’s torments…

Makina Girgir – Torment

Posted on January 29th, 2013 under Reviews, ,

Ame de Boue is the solo project from Datz, a member of Dolina and the man behind Spielzeug Muzak. If you never heard of anything from Dolina yet, you must go listen to some of their material right now. This French project is still keeping me totally fascinated since I first discovered them in 2009.

To speak of Ame de Boue, this is the debut album and only 250 copies were released on Treue Um Treue, in February.

Soundwise, I was pleased to find back some elements from Dolina but the obscure madness was pushed a bit further. I got stunned by the diversity and the beauty of the sounds that seems to be mixed and arranged with real magic. As others often reuse the same type of classic analog sounds, there is much more originality to be found here.

Musically, most of the album has some sort of bizarre carnivalesque ambiance, making me dreaming of clowns dancing on barrel organ music. The spooky theme, from the beginning to the end, really stirred me deep inside.

Out of 15 songs, my favorite title is definitely L’Inconfort Néccésaire (live and very different version). The beat stays on a slow tempo but near the end, It’s Fun to be Dead also kicks in with a danceable song using a distorted rhythm over a killer bassline.

The intro and the first 2 songs are written in French, 5 are in English and the rest is instrumental. The vocals are sang or spoken in some kind of simple and modest way that really makes them shine. At other times, wicked effects are also used over vocals for more experimental passages.

Why only 250 copies were printed? Given the quality of the music, I think it is a big nonsense but to be selfish, I am very glad to own my copy of this limited edition. It seems that Ame de Boue and Dolina aren’t much into self-promotion. Just search online and you won’t find their page on any stupid social network. I found it relieving after wondering what’s the matter with so many artists and so-called marginals, using private mainstream medias without much consciousness.

Certainly, L’Inconfort Nécéssaire will pass the test of time as I have no doubt its intemporal originality will make it a priceless collector item.

Also worth mentioning, you should check out Illustrations Sonores, a new and very promising project from Datz and Froe Char.

L’Inconfort Néccésaire on Discogs

Posted on July 7th, 2012 under Reviews, ,

Hailing from the UK,  The World Is Getting Colder is the debut LP from Lebanon Hanover, a duo formed of William Maybelline and Larissa Iceglass.

It came out in February as the 5th release from Fabrika Record. Before that, you might have heard Kunst that appeared on Monosynth and they also released a split cassette with La Fête Triste on aufnahme + wiedergabe, in September 2011.

The first song, Die World, starts up with an harmony from Bauhaus’s classic Bela Lugosi’s Dead, to quickly bring us into the mood for the bewitching ambiance that follows up.

In its whole, Lebanon Hanover are using distorted guitars, bass guitars, sporadic synthesizers and a drum machine to create a cold and minimal aesthetic, all structured in a very shiny way. Their haunting vocals highlighted in wide reverberations, which didn’t fail to rock my guts more than once, are adding a nice touch of warmness. Mixing a bunch of efficient elements from the past into their sauce, I think Lebanon Hanover still innovated with a very distinct sound.

Just listen to Totally Tot where things are getting pretty mad with this earth shaking rhythm and deep pounding bass line. I have no doubt it is going to hit the dance floors like a ton of bricks!

The World Is Getting Colder is still available on Fabrika Records store.

Posted on April 16th, 2012 under Reviews, ,