new sounds from the last few months: Brannten Schnüre and Diverting Duo

divertingduo_cvrTwo releases I enjoyed a lot these last weeks are the debut LP by Diverting Duo and the debut vinyl release by Brannten Schnüre .

“Desire” by Diverting Duo was released in October on Etch Wear… the Norwegian label run by one of the Europ Europ members… Diverting Duo themselves are from Italy and are indeed a duo… music wise their sound is a mix of synthpop and shoegaze… rather melanchcholy and soothing… and for sure the band is inspired by Julee Cruise… not only vocally… a really nice and even sweet record…

branntenschnure_cvrThe other record which really caught my intention is the first vinyl release by German Brannten Schnüre… who is of course one of the two musicians behind Diamantener Oberhof and who is also known as Agnes Beil… the LP “Sommer Im Pfirschichhain” is at a few point reminiscent of the Diamanter Oberhof LP… as it features the same mix of dreamy electronic soundscapes and touches of folklore music… but most of the pieces are much more like dreamscapes… becoming ritual at some points… even to the point it reminds me a bit of the ambient pieces by The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud…

Here is one of the pieces by Brannten Schnüre…

And here one song from Diverting Duo…

 

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early techno mix

On my mixcloud page I posted a dj set which I recorded a few years ago… it is a mix of early/proto techno… with music from Belgium, Germany and Spain from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s… so EBM and New Beat in different flavours… there is also one Gooiland Elektro track in it but all the rest is from the old days… enjoy!

Donderdag (Hans de Wolf) at Radio Resistencia

RR_logoNext sunday it is the last Radio Resistencia session for 2015… and a stupid coincidence… performing live is the duo Donderdag… which means Thursday… and  from January onwards the sessions will be on thursday… but still in Kapitaal!

Anyway Donderdag is a project by Hans de Wolf… maybe you remember the tape object I released with him? That went together with an the online presentation of some of his art… if you do not remember it… see here…

Donderdag is weird folk inspired experimental pop music from Utrecht… so definitely something fitting the Radio Resistencia show…

As all sessions this past year we start at 15.00 hour and finish at 18.00 hour… some records are spanned by me of course and dj Hans D.

Here is a piece of Donderdag…

new dj set / mixtape

I posted a new dj set / mixtape on my mixcloud a few days ago… and it seems some music lovers and listeners out there like it a lot… it is a mix featuring post-industrial, elektro, techno and trippy (modular) synth stuff…

This mix was recorded as part of an episode for Radio Resistencia which is narrowcasted every first monday of the month on Intergalatic FM at IFM1 from 22.00 set onwards…

Here is the mix:

 

Glice

Glice - LIX - ArtworkIn the end I am not a big noise fan… I do like noisy music and industrial music and sounds… but most noise is just noise to me… noise for noise sake is not my cup of tea…

But since a long time I do listen to noise music such as performed by Sonic Youth for example… this as it is not just noise… it has interesting narratives to get into and lots of dynamics and it plays around with genre definitions… well these same aspects I recognise in the debut album ‘Lix’ (it is a shamed but only available digitally for now) by Dutch noise duo Glice…

Glice did present an EP a few months ago which I enjoyed but this album is just way beyond that… the music is richer in sounds and textures and due to this much more daring and interesting… from the first seconds it grasps you and pulls you down under in creepy soundscapes and nasty noise pieces…

The opening piece “Terebinths” is a 10 minutes long ritualistic dark trip… something which will appeal to fans of old Lustmord stuff… and absolute highlight is “Flax” which is the most melodic (sort of of) and tranquil piece of the album… almost meditative but too disturbing in the end… another highlight is the bombastic “Tamarix”… which could have been on an old Cold Meat Industry record…

The 80’s and 90’s industrial influences seems to be there but the music by Glice is very much contemporary too… fitting in somewhere with the post-techno music by Kerridge for example… really an awesome release… also for non noise fans…

You can see and hear Glice live on Thursday 21st of January at the Radio Resistencia session at Kapitaal in Utrecht…

And… enjoy “Tamarix” here / below…