dj M. – Lesson#65

A new mixtape/dj set is online… recorded as part of the Radio Resistencia show for Intergalactic FM for June (2016)…

This mix features some contemporary folklore sounds as well as ambient/drone pieces but also post-industrial/ritual music… a dark trip for your ears only…

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dj M. – Lesson#64

There is a new mixtape online now… this one is like a dark meditation as somebody else put it… even though I myself think it is not that dark… the sounds range from ritual soundscapes to experimental folklore influenced pieces to psychedelic movements… it features music from Paul Kelday, Namenlosigkeit, Psykopharmaka, Brannten Schnuere, Gryke Pyje and many more…

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…

 

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…

Radio Resistencia with live Diamantener Oberhof

DO_junophotoDespite the fact that Our Voice for the radio show Andy Dufter always calls our show very special I am confident to say that next time we have a truly special show…

On sunday 19th of April German avant-garde neo-folk duo Diamantener Oberhof will be performing live… for various reasons this will be a special afternoon… first of all this will be the very first live performance by this duo, secondly the artwork which comes with their debut LP (released on Vrystaete) was printed in the very same room they will perform live, and last but not least their music is quite special with it superb mix of subtle electronics and acoustic instrument touches… most prominent accordion melodies…

Here is what some reviews said about the debut LP:

“The work of German artists Brannten Schnüre and Johannes Schebler, who is behind the Baldruin project, Diamantener Oberhof is a reflective, at times introspective work that provides the soundtrack to a world of their own making. … detuned fairground carousel music, mixed with discordant Middle Eastern drones.” (Juno Plus, UK)

“… pure, organic and avant-gardistic and at times soundtrack like. Not music which displays conformity in content nor structure.” (Dark Entries, Belgium)

“Diamantener Oberhof’s self titled release is an assortment of peculiar nowadays folk tracks gathered at the boundary between analog and digital harmony. … This delicate album inclines to get close to unexplored nature through playful wizardry and innocent rituals which are to be followed fearlessly for imagination can’t do no harm.” (The Attic, Romania)

“Self-forgetfulness and sleepy, it indulges into daydreams. … <this LP is> a strictly limited number of tickets into an expressionistic, surreal world of sound, which on the one hand borrows from the Finnish freak-folk, and on the other hand it recalls  the music of bands as the French Vox Populi.” (Skug, Austria)

As always Radio Resistencia is at Kapitaal in Utrecht, entrance is free and we start at 15.00 hour and finish at 18.00 hour…

And here is a piece by Diamantener Oberhof to get in the mood…

Morc

anneliesmonsereSome years ago I came across the music of Annelies Monseré due to a collaboration she did with In Gowan Ring/Birchbook… although it was on  my want list since then I never bought a record of her until recently… not sure why now but most likely as I am listening to quite some tranquil and folklore inspired tunes lately…

I ordered her 10″ vinyl EP entitled “Nest” directly from the label… being Morc Records from Belgium… a label specialised in small limited edition vinyls, tapes and cd’s… only vinyls lately… the sounds they put out are mostly drones, ambient and folklore inspired stuff… or all of that in the mix…

Label boss Wim Lecluyse is a musician himself too and releases under the alias of Circle Bros… his album “Haven” is really something to check out if you are into ambient and drone like music with a lo-fi touch… next to electronics he puts in some guitars and vague vocals… resulting in soundscapes to dream away on for sure…

With 70 releases up to now there is lots of music to discover for fans of this kind of stuff… if you are not familiar at all here is one track of Annelies Monseré to start out with… sort of Nico inspired in one way or another this one…