Teenage Menopause: Xiu Xiu

FORGET was recorded during a period of epic productivity for Xiu Xiu. While writing FORGET, they released the lauded Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, collaborated with Mitski on a song for an upcoming John Cameron Mitchell film, composed music for art installations by Danh Vo, recorded an album with Merzbow and scored an experimental reworking of the Mozart opera, The Magic Flute. All of this frantic, external activity lead to a softly damaged dreaminess and broadened intent that has not been heard before in other Xiu Xiu works.

Standout track, “Wondering” is one of the catchiest boogie pop gems in the Xiu Xiu catalog, but like much of FORGET, it still bears an underlying tension that manifests differently in each piece. From the haunted guitar duet of “Petite”, the hilariously fraught lyrics of “Get Up,” the advanced industrial boxing match of “Jenny GoGo,” or the experimental goth explosion of “Faith, Torn Apart”, all the songs, in their own ways, build to a roiling boil of a fate in vanishing.

The calligraphy on the cover translates literally to “we forget.” It bows to the universality of everything and everyone’s inevitable decline and foggy disappearance. Regarding the album title, Xiu Xiu singer Jamie Stewart said, “To forget uncontrollably embraces the duality of human frailty. It is a rebirth in blanked out renewal but it also drowns and mutilates our attempt to hold on to what is dear.” FORGET is both the palliative fade out of a traumatic’s past but also the trampling pain of a beautiful one’s decay.

LP / CD / Digital Album

Posted on December 13th, 2016 under Releases, ,

The Horrorist - Here Comes The Whip

Oliver Chesler better known by his stage name The Horrorist, is an electronic music artist from New York. He is the owner of the Things to Come Records. He has live performances all around the world but a hotspot is Germany. Many remember him as the punk styled kid in D.A. Pennebaker’s concert film “101″, featuring Depeche Mode.

Limited edition 7″ inside an astonishing motional effect artwork sleeve.

Posted on July 20th, 2016 under Releases, ,

Violence Conjugale - Vices et Mensonges

From completely opposite cultural backgrounds, one is the son of a rich German industrial man and the other of a craftsman, Hans and André meet early in highschool. Their mutual love for Bowie and Kenneth Anger pushes them to flunk school and smoke in their tiny school movie room. There they dream of an ideal future, made of space travels and industrial music. Feeling the pressure from this private institution, they eventually decide to go to Berlin and see what taste has decadence there. They meet Marianne Katza, an eccentric woman who tells them to come to an artist squat in Mitte district. As Warhol’s Factory, the place is an indistincte magma of ideas, musics and drugs. Here, as André begins to fiddle with a korg ms20 synth (he never told where he found the money to afford it) and dreams of exquisites performances, in another room, Hans tries to write his wildest nightmares to exorcise them. Marianne decides to introduce the future band to one of her lovers: Marc Berron, a young arrogant and rich kid blessed with a perfect ear. He helps them to slow down their drugs issues and take a new direction: to play a cold and personal music in pop format but with a feeling of urgency which characterized young Berliners. So he kidnaps them in his own studio for several weeks to experiment, give feelings and eventually find Violence Conjugale’s ultimate sound.

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Posted on May 11th, 2016 under Releases, ,

Jessica93 - S​eul Contre Tous

First Jessica93 Maxi LP Reissue: Seul Contre Tous – His Manifesto!

When innocent psychism meets algebra of need. When Hell becomes a white jail of blissful joy.

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Posted on January 2nd, 2016 under Releases, ,

Le Prince Harry - Split LP

A split LP between two major bands from either the Canadian & Belgian DIY Scenes. Duchess Says from Montreal and Le Prince Harry from Liège aka Toxcity.

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Posted on July 5th, 2015 under Releases, , ,