Nunca Nada - Discordia

Minimalist post punk band from two ex-members of Antiguo Régimen completed with the recruitment of one member from the deep and lisergic pop band Tercer Sol.

Nunca Nada has a strange, profound but austere sound. As a trio the band permits itself to emphasize both the void and the intense with disarmingly simple lyrics that are vacant of decoration.

Make-up and style become inauthentic when looked at in the mirror of frustration, a confrontation where silence is not an option. The day to day truth, unavoidable by its own nature, is spit out and proclaimed: everything is lost, there is no possibility for a positive outcome.

Reminiscent of post-punk/new wave bands like Glorious Din, Chameleons, Wire or Wipers.

LP / Digital Album

Posted on May 9th, 2021 under Releases, ,

Human Figures - Footsteps

An album of intricate minimal wave/post punk from Daniel Holt’s new project Human Figures.

You may know Holt as the head of Ardetha Records, but he also has an impressive resume of experimental synth and ambient projects, such as synth duo Vault, and the mind-melting techno 12″ for L.I.E.S. Records and Frigio records under his own name.

Human Figures is a completely new and personal avenue of expression for Holt. “Footsteps” is liminal, lonely and misty with negative space between each instrument. Each note invokes a warm hypnagogic atmosphere, tinged with fluttering anxiety.

Through these eight tracks, this multifaceted musician shows another side of his art with guitars, basslines and drum machines. The mournful “Lifted Burden”, with its cowbells and echoing vocals swaddled in warm strings, sets the tone. Haunting notes are supported by a staccato beat as Holt´s melancholic vocals sail in “40 Days” before the bare brilliance of “An Open Heart.” A spread of influences is drawn on for Human Figures: the post-punk rawness of “For My Angel”, the synth romance of “Footsteps” the cold reductions of “Passing Beyond Body.” Sombre, stirring and superb.

FFO of the minimal vibes of records like Solid Space “Space Museum”, Dark Day “Exterminating Angel”, The League Of Nations “Music For The New Depression”, Lives of Angels “Elevator To Eden”.

LP / Digital Album

Posted on April 30th, 2021 under Releases, ,

Group A - Initiation

Group A was formed in 2012 when art student and musician Tommi Tokyo (synths, drum machines, vocals) met textile design graduate Sayaka Botanic (violin, sampler, tapes) and her friend Kaoru. Inspired by radical art movements of 20th century, Tommi’s idea was to form a new band with non-musicians in attempt to approach music differently. Since their first performance at gallery COMMUNE in Tokyo, the project has explored the possibilities in breaking the preconceptions of live performance. The group (A) attempts to subvert the boundary between musical performance and performance art incorporating use of the body, live-painting, noise, acoustics, and poetry in their formative performances.

They create a unique mixture of dark minimal synth and avant-noise with striking visuals and stage performances. Group A carries on the very breath of early pioneers and the Japanese underground scene from the early 80’s.

LP / Digital Album

Posted on September 27th, 2020 under Releases, ,

Paralelo ‎– Iberorromance

Paralelo is the solo project of Raul Q. de Orte (also member of Wind Atlas). Since his early dark wave and synth pop recordings he has evolved with strong personality to his own style that could be redefined as cold electronic amidst anxious pop. His last tape “Synth Protesta” can be consider as a pure underrated gem of the spanish synth wave. Retro and contemporary at the same time, Raul sings against the modern reality demanding explanations to the world.

This new record “Iberorromance” continues the essence of “Corazón Roto Por Siempre y Orgulloso”, but here we have a wandering soul that returns defeated and hassled from a lost war. A beauty and crystalline piece of work.

FFO early Depeche Mode, Opéra De Nuit, Iron Curtain, Martial Canterel, She Past Away and Décima Víctima.

«La vida es un campo de batalla y no quiero luchar más.»
«Life is a battlefield and I don’t want to fight anymore.»

Cassette / Digital Album

Posted on July 1st, 2020 under Releases, ,

Dame Area ‎– La Soluzione é Una

The Barcelona’s duo explore their more industrial (as in early industrial, not industrial noise) and minimal synth facets. Tribal elements are kept to just a couple of tracks. Metallic percussion, throbbing synths and arpeggios living together under the same roof. This release has it all: rhythm, experimentation and melody.

FFO: Throbbing Gristle, Diseño Corbusier, Chris and Cosey, Liasons Dangerouses, Einstürzende Neubauten, Soft Moon, Cabaret Voltaire, Essaie Pas, DAF.

12″ / Digital Album

Posted on May 14th, 2020 under Releases, ,