As a follow up to his long awaited 2018 new release “Sphere”, LA based Robot Koch (real name Robert Koch) will release another new one titled “Sphere outtakes” on April 26th. The veteran producer issued outtakes and remixes by other artists from its original, enough to warrant it as new full release in itself. “Sphere Out Takes” is a follow-up to Koch’s recent and highly acclaimed electronic music album “Sphere” which was conceived as the soundtrack to an audio visual live show, made especially to be exhibited in planetariums and full dome venues which sold out in venues from LA to Berlin.
The German born artist, producer and composer has had a prolific recording career, releasing over 50 albums, singles and EPs until he took a break in 2016 – two years before the full album “Sphere”. Personally my favorite recording of his would be the 2009 full album “Death Star Droid”, a manufacturing of terrifying auditory forecasts, where it may emit warmth at times, before unsettling itself in adventure. It was one of an example of influences from different artists that transitioned not just at the turn of the decade, but pivoted from the overpowering influence of late 2000s industry designed dubstep.
Since then, he’s won the German Music Composers Award in 2014 and also had his music featured on movies and TV shows including NBCs “The Blacklist” and ABCs “How to Get Away with Murder”.
The latest episode of Chill is now available. It is titled Chill #53.
Listen to it on either mixcloud.com or hearthis.at. Topping off the show is LA based Tamaryn’s single ‘Angels of Sweat’ from her newest full release “Dreaming the Dark”. Click on the link of the title to read the sites review. The second half starts off with Rev Rev Rev’s new single ‘Clutching the Blade’, released by UK label and fanzine Fuzz Club.
Watch the video ‘Cursed’, from NYC-based, LA-born producer Beshken the latest single from the artist from his forthcoming debut album “Aisle of Palm”. According to the bio, it’s inspired by Maya Deren’s “Meshes of the Afternoon”, exploring the concept of living like we’re dead due to an obsession with personal progress.
Ben Shirken (a.k.a. Beshken) grew up in Los Angeles, where he eventually became influenced by the mixture of electronic variations of hip hop, ambient and witch house from the likes of Shlomo, Flying Lotus and Teebs. After performing as a member of Partytime in LA, he moved to New York in 2015 and began performing in the city’s D.I.Y. scene, where his multi-instrumental and ever-evolving live shows brought him to hallowed venues like Palisades, Elsewhere, and the now-closed Cameo Gallery. He recently finished touring in his support of Gus Dapperton last fall (2018).
Watch the video below from the soon to be released debut album.
French electronic producer Uppermost (Behdad Nejatbakhshe) would seem like a busy producer this past March (2019). Earlier (March 8th 2019), his Uppwind label released their first compilation titled “Uppwind on Air” featuring a Digitalism remix of Uppermost’s 2018 track ‘Better Days Ahead’, plus separate tracks with Satin Jackets and Jack Lena. Curated by him it also featured songs by Elder Island, Mesita, Last Island and many more….according to the bio, its an eclectic combination of electronic tracks that cover a broad spectrum of genres, including ambient, house, synthwave, nu-disco, French Touch, funk, and a drop of liquid drum and bass.
He would conclude, ““I am happy and proud to put out the label’s very first compilation. I’ve always been looking for ways to showcase the work of talented and passionate people through an independent brand that focuses on quality rather than quantity. I also took this opportunity to include a brand new track of mine featuring Jack Lena’s amazing voice. It follows the new direction I took a few months ago, going away from the expectations of success and fame, focusing on the things that truly matter to my heart.”
To culminate this month, this weekend (March 29th 2019), the veteran recording artist of 9 full albums and 16 EPs released his new single ‘Overcome’ on his Uppwind label. Before listening be prepared for a song driven by emotion, tug of heartstrings, dreamy chords and ethereal vocal manipulations with a funky bassline.
Speaking about ‘Overcome’, Uppermost says, “I’ve discovered that the depth of my music is linked to the experiences I live, especially the most painful ones. Like if you needed to be at your lowest to bring out what’s best in you. Music is a way for me to overcome the negative energy that takes control of my mind when something bad happens, kinda like a silent friend that’s always there to cheer you up when you’ve lost hope.”
Apparently it happens to be a part of the one single every month series which began earlier this year with ‘Open Hearts’.
Listen to the track ‘Bodies Meld Together’ from the Brooklyn-based producer Octo Octa. Its from the veteran underground house and IDM artist’s recently released (Mar 1st 2019) EP titled “For Lovers”…..and already its received some good press from the likes of FADER….and why not if you have a weak spot for borderline lofi, dreamy and dark synths to dance with.
“‘Bodies Meld Together’ is a song about physically connecting with the people you love” explains Maya Bouldry-Morrison, aka Octo Octa. “I believe that connection is a deeply integral part of creating bonds and trust with them. It’s about sharing an experience of becoming one with them and having that experience carry on. Love is important and showing that love to your partners in important. It lets you all become a stronger force together.”
Listen to it below.
Just recently completing a brief US stint, Octo Octa is now in the middle of a tour which started in early March.
Check the dates below….and at festivals this summer including Dekmantel, Melt, Sonar Istanbul and Primavera Sound in Barcelona.
Octo Octa Tour Dates:
Fri 08 Mar – Natural Selection at Headrow House – Leeds, UK
Sat 09 Mar – Sónar İstanbul 2019 – Istanbul, TR
Fri 15 Mar – Public Records – New York, US
Fri 22 Mar – Origins at Moles – Bath, UK
Sat 23 Mar – Origins at Mick’s Garage – London, UK
Sat 04 May – Dabadaba – San Sebastian, ES
Sun 05 May – ZeeZout Liberty Day – Amsterdam, NL
Thu 30 May – Primavera Sound – Barcelona, ES
Fri 31 May – Lighthouse Festival – Tar, HR
Formed in 1999, The Cinematic Orchestra (comprising of founder Jason Swinscoe and long-time collaborator and friend Dominic Smith), while being labeled above, continues to suggest that they have always defied category and convention. Neither an orchestra nor a band, not a pure jazz act but full of its influence, not electronic but originally rooted in a London based electronic scene. Musical trends come and go but they have assuredly and defiantly stuck to their principles. A refusal to compromise, to bend to classification, to follow convention.
Lauren Laverne of the BBC recently interviewed them and it could be heard here for a limited time only.
With their new album “To Believe”, The Cinematic Orchestra have enlisted album contributions from collaborators old and new: Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Heidi Vogel, Grey Reverend (vocalist on Bonobo’s ‘First Fires’), Dorian Concept and Tawiah (Mark Ronson band, Kindness). Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Flying Lotus, Anderson .Paak, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote) features on strings, Dennis Hamm (Flying Lotus, Thundercat) on keys and photographer and visual artist Brian “B+” Cross collaborated with Swinscoe and Smith on the album’s concept. The record was mixed by multiple Grammy winner Tom Elmhirst (David Bowie, Frank Ocean, Adele) in Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Electric Lady Studios. The album artwork comes courtesy of The Designers Republic™ (Aphex Twin).
‘Lessons’ is the latest release from the new album. Check it below. You can listen to ‘APromise’here & ‘A Caged Bird’ here.
The Cinematic Orchestra also started touring earlier this month, with early support from newly added Brainfeeder artists Salami Rose Joe Louis.
Remaining 2019 World Tour Dates for The Cinematic Orchestra
26th March – Royal Concert Hall – Glasgow – UK
27th March – Sage Gateshead – Newcastle – UK
29th March – O2 Institute – Birmingham – UK
30th March – Manchester Academy – UK
31st March – BBC 6Music Festival – Liverpool – UK
18th April – Sankei Hall Breeze – Osaka – Japan
19th April – Hitomi Memorial Hall – Tokyo – Japan
17th May – A2- Wroclaw – Poland
18th May – Studio – Krakow – Poland
19th May Stary Manez – Gdansk – Poland
20th May – Palladium – Warsaw – Poland
21st May – Sala Ziemi – Poznan – Poland
23rd May – Astra – Berlin – Germany
24th May – Music Hall – Cologne – Germany
26th May – Les Docks – Lausanne – Switzerland
30th June – Canon’s Marsh Amphitheatre – Bristol – UK
23rd Nov – Walt Disney Concert Hall – LA – US
source courtesy of and shared by press release
featured image courtesy of Eddie Alcazar
Update – EP release was actually April 11th. That said, available now.
Moscow based music producer and composer Tim Aminov, fresh off the success of his 2018 video releases – including the Festival London Short Series nominated ‘ORPHEUS (FEAT. CÉDRIC GASAÏDA)’ and critically acclaimed ‘VENENO’ – recently released his newest single ‘Opium’ on March 14th. Listen to it below.
If you’re familiarity of him is limited to the tracks listed above and his music soundtracks like the First – soon to be available on Netflix – fans of Yves Tumor, Gaika, Amnesia Scanner, and James Blake should take note that he’s influenced by all listed. In addition according to his bio, his new solo material could be best described as a blend of electronica, RnB and Neo-Soul with definitive Trip-Hop and Chill tones, delving deep into a rich, atmospheric and textural focus…comparable to similarly like-minded artists such as Jordan Rakei, Corbin or River Tiber.
Expect melancholic keys at the start of the self-produced title-track of his upcoming EP before Tim’s sombre voice fills the void over atmospheric effects. Soon after, a bass-heavy trap-like beat is introduced as the hook of the song hits and the dark tone of the track is filled with atmospheric synthesizers, creating a layered production that oozes with Tim’s signature minimal, yet intricate soundscapes.
When asked about the EP he comments, “This release was written under the influence of a difficult situation in Russia. We live in a very aggressive political mood and this mainly concerns ordinary people in our country.”
Tim Aminov’s EP “Opium” will be available March 28th April 11th…out now.
Since the first single ‘Berlin is in Love‘ was released last summer, the Naples based Starframes proceeded to release their third full album, the conceptual Nicht Vergessen last November 2018. Written by their guitarist/singer Raphael Bramont, the album and story is loosely based on Anna Funder’s book “Stasiland”. This month (March 2019), they released another video from the album called ‘Close’.
In describing the song, “its related to the third chapter of our album-novel, Nicht Vergessen, and takes place during main characters’ (Friedrich Braun and Akelei) first meeting in the winter of 1961; with the lyrics containing both dialogue and emotions occurring between them. It’s a snap-shot in an East Berlin courtyard, an innocent moment in a cold and dangerous era.”
As the lyrics close out, sung in John Lennon-esque like “You’re even better than the girl I conceived from far away/I realize that I’ve never been so close to you/We’re living where they try to own the pages you want to hide/We won’t allow this, just have faith in me Akelei”, the jangly guitar rhythms subtly submerge and is succeeded by gliding and lucid yet psychedelic passages more inspired by solo Lennon outings, as if the meeting of 1961 couldn’t attach itself to an appropriate soundtrack until 10 years later at the least.
Italy’s electronic duo Golden Rain – formed by Zaionair (Almamegretta) and Mario Grimaldi – are inching closer to their new full album. Founded in 2015, they have been recording their brand of dreamy and sensual music since, with their debut self titled EP earning positive press reviews from Italy and elsewhere.
On March 1st (2019), they released their first single “Break My Heart” from their upcoming debut full album to be released by Italian indie label Bulbart. Watch the accompanying video, directed by Tanello Production, as they describe the video as two human beings in the middle of nowhere, suspended in a surreal atmosphere, flashing imaginary worlds of the mind.
If you like a duet consisting of honestly talented voices with slight resonating contrast, then mixed with a stew of moody electronics topped with a wistful combing of warm guitars, then listen and watch the video. Its also available for listening to on Spotify.
American ambient musician and film score composer Craig Padilla has accumulated a vast amount of recordings since his mid 1990s debut “Eye of the Storm”, more than 40 to be exact and even this decade hasn’t slowed him down. His music is regularly heard on XM Satellite Radio and radio stations throughout the US, including the long running radio programs “Echoes” and “Hearts of Space.” His last release “Being of Light”, was a 2017 collaboration with another veteran musician Howard Givens. For 2019, he recently teamed up with long time folk guitarist Marvin Allen and in February released a new album “Toward the Horizon”. Known more than a title, the newest release is a recording project that began as a minor musical experiment and quickly blossomed into what they view as an alluring album that perfectly synthesizes the talents of two long-time friends who are finally collaborating for the first time.
Padilla explains, “I’ve known Marvin since 1990 and I’ve always wanted to make music with him, but we’ve been traveling our own paths since then and never had a proper chance to collaborate until now. We began by riding the waves of inspiration and following our creativity to see where it would lead us.”
According to the bio, any electronic, ambient and rock music fan should expect to thoroughly appreciate the resulting explosive melodies, classic Berlin school sequencing, and haunting ambient soundscapes. Allen uses Strymon Effects on his guitar, and all of the synthesizer parts on “Distant Waves” were created using only a modular synthesizer that was designed by legendary synth builder George Mattson.
Padilla muses on the recording process, “On Hidden, Marvin played a rippin’ guitar solo, and when he finished he said ‘Reverse that, throw some reverb and any other magic on it and see how it sounds.’” This is also Allen’s first foray into the world of ambient electronic music; he is an established Northern California based multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, performer, and music educator. Check out samples of the new album below. Its released by Spotted Peccary Music and also available on streaming services such as Spotify.
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-feature image from left to right – Marvin Williams and Craig Padilla
Now that Italian shoegaze/post-punk trio Be Forest have released their long-awaited new album “Knocturne” through the Italian-American label collective We Were Never Being Boring (on February 8th), the band is ready to follow up on a prior announced tour to America in a few days – this Friday actually (March 8th). They’ll start at the New Colossus Festival in Brooklyn before spending four days at SXSW 2019 in Austin, TX (where they’ll be playing at some of the same showcases as fellow Italogaze artist Rev Rev Rev), before touring the rest of the country before apparently closing out back in Brooklyn. In between, they’ll also be at the Treefort Music Festival in Boise, ID. See the dates below for more details.
If you’re not familiar with Be Forest, my initial reaction to them was written on my Catching up with Italogaze write up from last year. I described it as “music that relies on the aesthetics of futuristic preservation”, which happened to be my impression of “Earthbeat” at the time. They are a three-piece band from Pesaro, Italy formed in 2010 consisting of: Costanza Delle Rose (bass, vocals), Erica Terenzi (drums, guitar, vocals) and Nicola Lampredi (drums, guitars). With prior releases (“Cold” and “Earthbeat”), they have oscillated from post punk to dreamy ethereal and shoegaze sprinkled with driven tribal vibes and longing melancholic verses. With their newest release “Knocturne”, Be Forest describes the new release as a response to the sentiments of today’s times of tyranny, sadness and confusion, an evocative album that retreats toward imaginative universes of infinite midnight feels. From the grand curtain rising of “Atto I” to the fantasia free-fall finale of “You, Nothing,” the trio takes the listener upward to solemn, celestial places of endless sky as well as plunging them into the abyss depths of infinitude that defy conventional adjectives and descriptions.
In addition, Be Forest enlisted Steve Scanu to assist with production and mixing duties and mastering came courtesy of Josh Bonati (Mac DeMarco, Zola Jesus, David Lynch).
And the reviews have lined up with positively. The Line of Best Fit calls it”…a pensive yet menacing slice of goth…” and “…gorgeous, ethereal and moody “Bengala” that has some serious Slowdive vibes.” – BrooklynVegan
The movement from the seemingly stable “Earthbeat” to the unknown darkness of “Knocturne” is not uncharted at all, as if the appreciation of our planet, what we have been lucky to experience, is feeling the long dark foreshadowing of what others have experienced all along. With the atmosphere emerging into coldness and the beats drumming primitively into darkness, a line is established crystal clear and it separates from nothingness and yet with “Knocturne” an impressive attempt is in display from crossing into the path of abyss where break down is imminent. The song ‘K’ and ‘Sigfrido” emphasizes this best, icy sounding guitars and life incentive patterns. If you want to further speculate on an artist based on their newest release, give Be Forest and especially this release a chance. In my mini review, i have this slightly obsessive theory to myself that this could be significant in hindsight, maybe moreso than the current climate of Italogaze but the reason is unclear.
Check out the video below. “Knocturne” is available for sale and on all music services.
Upcoming Be Forest Tour Dates
3/08 – New York, NY – Pianos (The New Colossus Festival)
3/09 – New York, NY – Coney Island Baby (The New Colossus Festival)
3/12 – Austin, TX – Barracuda (Part Time Punks SXSW Showcase)
3/13 – Austin, TX – The Velveeta Room (WWNBB SXSW Showcase)
3/14 – Austin, TX – The Catherine
3/16 – Austin, TX – (WWNBB’s 10th Anniversary Boat Party)
3/17 – St Louis, MO – Gaslight
3/18 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club #
3/19 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle #
3/20 – Minneapolis, MN – Kitty Kat Club
3/22 – Denver, CO – 7th Circle Music Collective
3/23 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest
3/27 – Seattle, WA – Lo Fi Performance Gallery
3/29 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
3/30 – San Diego, CA – Tower Bar
3/31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex
4/03 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
Chill #52 veers away from the industry definitions of chill music and features new music from SPC ECO, After Daylight, Merely and the Suncharms. In the case of the Suncharms, this episode careens to the edge for the indie shoegaze act, releasing new songs for the first time since 1991! SPC ECO is the project of former Curve member Dean Garcia, his daughter Rose Berlin and a list of collaborators that goes back since its 2007 inception. Their newest album “Fifteen” is their 10th release. After Daylight is another project, this time for Death Notes guitarist Martin Bradley (read interview) whose DIY debut album “the New Dawn” was released this past February (2019).
This episode also features music artists performing live at SXSW 2019. Swedish dream pop artist Merely just released “Hatching the Egg” this past Feb(2019) and will be playing at the 2019 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. Italian shoegaze music act Rev Rev Rev is also on their way to Austin, TX for the SXSW Festival and their first ever US appearance.
After over 30 years of recording, electronic recording artist and arguably new age and ambient music icon Steve Roach is making his second consecutive appearance at the Grammy’s for Best New Age artist. When his classic double album “Dreamtime Return” was released in 1988, it went on to be known as “one of the pivotal works of ambient music” and “groundbreaking. Although not nominated for a Grammy that year, it went on to be included in a number of lists of the world’s best music, including 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. Instead Yusef Lateef’s Little Symphony won the 1988 Grammy for Best New Age Album. This year, Roach’s second nomination is for “Molecules of Motion”.
He’ll be joined by a list of first time nominees in the Best New Age Music category including Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance and known for her collaborations with Hans Zimmer. She’s nominated with percussionist David Kuckhermann for their album “Hiraeth”. Also included is singer, songwriter and author Snatam Kaur, Los Angeles based ensemble band Opium Moon and Canadian guitarist Jim Kino West. Watch it Sunday Feb 10th on its streaming Grammy.com website starting after 330pm ET since it likely won’t make the CBS live ceremonies.
61st annual Grammy Award for Best New Age Music nominees
Dean Garcia of 90s shoegaze and dream pop Curve and Rose Berlin (his daughter) of SPC ECO released their 10th full album “Fifteen” last Friday (Feb 15th). Since 2007, Garcia hasn’t shuttered his Curve influences. In addition the duo has released shoegaze and dream pop plus alternative rock and droning shaped recordings.
According to the bio, the father and daughter duo explore their relationship and the world around them through music, creating heartfelt sounds to express the language of their souls and conversations that are often too difficult to be encapsulated by mere words. This intent stays the same for the latest album “Fifteen”.
“This album means everything to us. A collection of songs that simply happened to us over a period of the 9 months or so it took to record, during which time there have been numerous uncomfortable, unsettling and challenging changes all around us, not just to our personal real life situations as to where we live, but also to the catastrophe of various unaccountable, blatantly corrupt governing bodies that perch menacingly over us all like death itself,” says Dean Garcia.
“This record is about that, this and the other, a selection of recordings that mean more to us than we can ever possibly know. We do know they’re our escape and energy, the glue that keeps our family together, the means to cope, deal and adapt which all goes towards making it The Heart and Soul of us, which by careful consideration is the first track we’re releasing to introduce this record.”
Listen to the single from the new album above and also watch the video “Think Twice” from the earlier released “Anomalies”.
-source shared from courtesy press release
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February 19, 2019 – Dark Electronic Duo Hot Pink Satan (Clea Cutthroat (Bonaparte) & Jeremy Creamer a.k.a. allinaline (DAATH, Chimaira) has released an official music video for their single, “Breathe.” Directed/Filmed/Edited by allinaline, “Breathe” is the pair’s second single off of their October 2018 released LP, Spells.
Hot Pink Satan described this as a seductively enticing video and adds….
“”Breathe” is about connection. It’s one of our favorite songs to play live, and always gets a wild response from the crowd. We wanted to make a music video that captured the same intensity and feeling of excitement that we get when that connection is made with our audience.” – Hot Pink Satan
Since 2017 the relatively new duet has released 3 singles/videos and an EP before their full album debut “Spells”. Watch the video below.
Chill #51 features music from Tim Hecker and David August, two music artists/producers who represent the more ambient side of the III Points festival in South Florida this weekend (Feb 15th to Feb 17th). In addition, we have a brand new release from Bristol ambient electronic artist Phonseca and other current releases from Christopher Sky and Matthew Dear – who is on tour and scheduled to perform live in South Florida March 2nd (2019). On Dec 27, 2018, Sun Glitters announced their Singles Collection 2011-2017 album was available on Spotify. We’ll be playing a track from that as well.
(Credit: Chad Kamenshine)
Chill #51 closes out with probably (maybe) one of the more ambient sets in the entire series.
Hope you enjoy.
Recently guitarist Martin Bradley – of the English post punk band The Death Notes – released his first full album under his new project titled After Daylight called “The New Dawn”. Definitely DIY focused, it is available on his bandcamp page. After 10 years with the band, Martin decided in 2018 he wanted to pursue a new direction when creating After Daylight.
“With the music of The Death Notes being a collaborative effort, the sound did tend to end up in a dark post punk direction, due to the collective influences within the band. I have always been a fan of the ‘shoegaze’ scene/sound and I have been writing a lot of music from those influences over the last few years. Much of it was not completely suitable for the Death Notes sound, so I have decided that this new project will concentrate in further exploring this style of music.” said Bradley.
For Death Notes fans, there may still be some songs left on the floor that see the light under this project. Bradley adds “…….the song ‘The Drowning’, is an old Death Notes song that was never used but was one of my favourite songs that I wrote from that era. I really felt that I should finally get it recorded and get it out there. So there is still a bit of post punk influence on this album. The new album that I am working on will be more of a move away from the post punk influences. Fingers crossed, that (it) will be out by October (2019).”
Check out the latest release ‘Snowdrop’ from the newest album shared below.
While the bio states influences from Mogwai, Mono, Interpol, Slowdive, Ride, Loop, Echo and the Bunnymen, Russian Circles, My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division and Sonic Youth i couldn’t help on how compelled i was to keep returning to the Loop suggestions – although there’s tracks that recall the shoegaze/space station themes as well (Slowdive, Catherine Wheel).
“I am a massive fan of Loop. I think that their influence is definitely evident on songs like ‘Monolith'”, but also carefully avoids deliberation, “but it will have been more of a subconscious thing rather than an attempt to copy their sound. My method of writing is to literally sit with the guitar and jam around to see if any interesting ideas come out and then work on developing them. The beauty of moving towards a purely instrumental direction is that I don’t have to be restricted to a set verse chorus verse chorus middle eight chorus song structure, so it allows me to take my ideas in many different directions whilst still making it melodic and interesting to listen to. However, it is definitely humbling to have someone think of a band such as Loop when they listen to my music, especially one I hold in high regard. So thank you.”
source of bio courtesy of press release, interview segments by Ray DeSpinlema
Yesterday (Feb 8th) German electronic producer and visual artist Christian Löffler announced the release of his new LP “Graal (Prologue)” out 4/5/2019 on Ki-Records. Its his ninth release and first full release since 2016’s Mare – and his third full album overall.
The upcoming full album was created on the road and according to Löffler, he likens it to a travel diary. Listening to “Graal (Prologue)” expect an oscillation between melancholic ambient minimal, euphoric neo-classical techno and downtempo psychedelic. Its also a reflection of Christian’s frustration of not having the mental space at the time to create music, solely focusing on visual art instead – painting, drawing. Drawing from his art gave him the freedom to create without restraints, and to “turn off my brain a bit, especially thoughts about what is possible or not”, he explains. The record is also named after the town he calls home and described as “a windswept yet picturesque German outpost on the Baltic coast – and the rugged beauty and wonder of the area’s famed landscapes shines through the whole record.” It comes illustrated with a series of Löffler’s hand drawn sketches, stark, monochromatic line drawings of people and places.
He discusses more about his newest album.
In addition he also released the single “Like Water”. Speaking of the single, it was created while sound checking at the Elbphilharmonie. Mohna (the vocalist) was improvising and singing different melodies while playing piano. We played this track often with the ensemble, but never recorded it. The finished piece has completely changed from its initial acoustic version.” says Christian.
Speaking of which, Christian Löffler is also on tour. Check out the dates below.
2/16 Hamburg (DE) – Uebel und Gefährlich
2/23 Berlin (DE) – Watergate Club^
3/1 Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust – Event page
3/6 London (UK) – Southbank Centre
3/22 Saint-Sebastien (ES) – Dabada
4/3 Utrecht (NL) – Pandora at TivoliVredenburg*
4/4 Poznan (PL) – Tama*
4/5 Warsaw (PL) – Niebo*
4/6 Paris (FR) – Pavillon Cambon*
4/10 Brussels (BE) – Botanique*
4/11 Berlin (DE) – Columbia Theater*
4/12 Vienna (AT) – WUK*
4/13 Prague (CZ) – Cross Club*
*with special guest Janus Rasmussen
^with Kiasmos, Stimming, Matthias Meyer and Dennis Kuhl
On January 14th, 1999 the prolific career of multi-instrumentalist Bryn Jones of Muslimgauze ended shockingly with his death from pneumonia due to a rare fungal disease. He was 38. This episode honors him as its the 20th year since this tragedy. Born and raised in Manchester, England, one can argue (or have grand revisions in your dreams) that he’s a Mancunian iconoclast considering his recording career juxtaposed with the indie jangle sounds of the Smiths versus the crossover appeal of New Order’s electronic music whose origins stemmed from the dark break up of Joy Division. Also with Factory Records Tony Wilson’s affinity for dance beats and psychedelia (Happy Mondays, Madchester, Stone Roses, Charlatans UK), triggering a media battle with another hometown icon and its antithesis Morrissey, Bryn Jones’ warped collection of dub, ambient and tribal influences probably fit more with the burgeoning industrial scene but even this was too limiting as the standards that led to its growing popularity was too confining for him. While Morrissey challenged his northern neighbors as an animal rights activist before being criticized for his histrionic stances (supporting Brexit, emphasizing the Falafel mayor of London), the entire career of Muslimgauze was about the response to modern imperialism, with his most vocal the Israeli treatment against Palestinians.
So perhaps fitting Muslimgauze’s sound into the industrial scene may not be a good comparison. He’s probably more related to artists discussed in the book England’s Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground which include first wave industrial artists. That said, many of the associated second wave of Industrial also split off into different sects. Many of them that veered into experimentation, that met with being associated with record labels like Staalpaat, Soleilmoon, Extreme etc, were at the most treated with cult like status. While its difficult to determine where he stood amongst the list, Bryn Jones was no exception. Rest in peace. Rest in power.