Feuerbahn - Suolo

Italy’s Feuerbahn return after over two years of silence. Their previous cassette, The Fire Dance released by Aufnahme+Weidergabe was a chaotic affair, an aspect that has been pushed to the side for Suolo (Italian for Soil), focusing instead on the somber, funeral march atmosphere that might just be the core of the band.

It’s difficult to describe the music of Feuerbahn. There are hints of post-punk, but they just as easily fit into the current wave of dark Italian neo-psych. On the one hand it’s quite majestic, but on the other hand the sheer filthiness of it invokes a feeling of utter despair. Like wandering the barren lands of a post-apocalyps Europa.

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Posted on November 27th, 2015 under Releases, ,

L'Avenir -  Engineer EP

The majestic grandur of L’Avenir is hard to put into words. In one sense, it’s “just” synth pop, but where as that eponym might suggest banal, and vapid qualities, what L’Avenir is doing is conjuring up images of eternalness. There’s a truly ritual sensibility to these slow moving, glacial songs. The hooks are there, one listen and you will find yourself humming them while doing the dishes, but there’s something deeper at work.

L’Avenir offers comfort. An enveloping sense of calm. A focus of will. Let’s call it Hypno-pop.

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Posted on November 25th, 2015 under Releases, ,

Blitzkrieg Baby - Cannibal Commando

Blitzkrieg Baby is back! A year and a half after their Kids’ World EP on Beläten, they have returned with an EP that takes their twisted combination of Industrial and Pop further than ever. Blitzkrieg Baby serves up lyrics from the crème de la crème of the modern condition—cannibalism, war crimes, pre-pubescent murderers, world domination, and the end of civilization—fueled by endless frustration with human existence. The only light in Blitzkrieg Baby’s world-view is the glint in the knife as it cuts through your throat. Blitzkrieg Baby are willing outsiders and uncompromising purveyors of industrial music in the true sense of the word: no barriers, no rules, and never any inkling of hope.

Ultra Negative Industrial Pop!

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Posted on November 23rd, 2015 under Releases, ,

Heather H Celeste - Modern Death

In August 2014, Heather Celeste fired her voice deep into compositions with a mix of drums and deformed and resampled analog sounds. She has undertaken a wild creative process, releasing masses of dark music monuments which perch over techno, coldwave, minimalism quarrel and dub digital.

Modern Death consits of minimalist hallucinations, separated in space but strung tight with tension. From a complex rhythmic skeleton, Heather develops evolving textures and lyrics, filling out the narrative arcs. Listening, we dive into streams of consciousness, guided by her distant voice—between singspeak and ethereal singing—which rises over whirlwinds of arpeggiators, wisps of disturbing basses, disrupted by extreme percussions.

Heather is fed by the futurology of Ray Kurzweil, New York video art of the 60s and 70s, passionate about design and architecture. She observes the modern world, cross-references Descartes, quantum physics, psychoanalysis, and formulates her hypotheses in the form of song.

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Posted on November 21st, 2015 under Releases, ,

Beatbox Machinery - Cyberpunk Agitator

Beatbox Machinery was formed in February 2010 by Toxic Razor. Hardware synth wave soundscapes blended with analogue monophonic waves and digital analogue sequences. Everything is recorded with real hardware gear and there is no use of midi, VST instruments or software plugins.

Edition of 3 collector’s item square transparent 7″ vinyl, comes in a double-sided gatefold sleeve, including 5 stickers, a flyer & an A3 sized poster.

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Posted on November 19th, 2015 under Releases, ,