I couldn’t get this published anywhere, so I’m posting it here. I think it’s really worrying that there are so few places in which we can talk about artists’ politics, even when they are actively dangerous.
came up with this melody while humming with liz pelly in london. emily reo made the beat for this track. lyrics for the chorus inspired by faye orlove's portrait of katniss everdeen. (girlpower girl love sisterhood friendship bestfriends forever.) here are the lyrics:
In our third feature of Other Spheres, we interview the founder of one of our favorite music sites, No Fear Of Pop's Henning Lahmann. Learn all about NFOP and the people behind it, Henning's year 2013 and his future plans.
im very very happy to be posting a new yohuna song !!! because i love yohuna and her ‘revery' release was very important to me (it still is!) and her 4 way split with moonlasso, emily reo & brown bread was one of the best things from 2013 (and one of my favorite tapes that i own! ah)
so yeah, considering the two-ish year gap between those two releases, i’m very happy to not be waiting so long to have new music from her again and i’m damn excited to get to include anything of hers here. the song is called ‘apart’ and i’ve been listening to it on repeat for quite a while so i dont know what to really say about it besides that it’s lovely and perfect for listening to on repeat at night while taking a lot of xanax and dreading work and idk.
it comes to me also from the le sigh's zine & tape put together via birdtapes and thats sweet cause they rule and the zine/tape both rule and if youre quick you can probably still buy one via birdtapes so you should probably do that
and listen to this song a whole lot i know i’m going to continue to for a while.
this is also the first time ive ever drafted a post and posted later since i have a job now so hopefully i do that right.
Beyond proud of my fellow bloggers & friends of No Fear Of Pop. Not only have they relaunched their long-time blog with a stunning new design last week, this week marks the start of another exciting journey as they will be running a little label called Stratosfear themselves as well….
No Fear of Pop. Do they even need an introduction? The new music blog started in early 2011 has been a mecca for emerging talent to shine in the form of daily updates, premieres, mixes, live sessions, showcases, and all-around…
Broken20’s art director and resident drone sage David Fyans aka Erstlaub brings his latest work to digital
and DVD-R in the form of ‘Marconi’s Shipwreck’. It follows his now traditional modus operandi of a single
longform single take performance with no edits or additional processing, comprised of smaller discrete
pieces created entirely through synthesis. It builds on previous releases such as 2011’s ‘The Last Few
Seconds Before Sleep’ (itself recently confirmed as the soundtrack to Scottish artist Alastair Cook’s
forthcoming film project ‘Little Forks’) by delineating a fuller, at times bass-heavy dynamic, whispered
percussion and ultra-distilled Berliner dub moves.
The piece was inspired by a notion from radio pioneer Marconi that sound waves, once created, can never
die; rather they slowly fade as they drift through time and space. Fyans writes that “From the age of radio
onwards, we have been cast adrift in a sea of technology, waves of information crashing against our hull.
Technology has the ability to connect people; conversely it can lead to intense feelings of isolation, lack of
human contact and disconnection. And so we find ourselves scuttled, clinging to the wreckage we drift, trying
to make sense of the new horizons we inhabit.”
As part of Fyans’ degree show in Time Based Art this summer, the idea was extrapolated into a spiralling
meditation on communication in the digital age, where passion, friendship and interaction are reduced to the
click of a ‘like’ button.
Sonically and visually these concepts are translated into a focussed study of decay and loss. The audio
builds on the touchstones of previous releases (sheeted dark ambience, grain echoes, cinematic dread) by
adding white noise snare hits, creeping fuzz, monolithic bassweight meditation and fragile picked melody.
The video was created live using tail-chasing recursive feedback loops, these ‘films of film’ creating layers of
otherworldly dream machine simulacra that depict busy friction between violently dying information packets;
confused, lost, or as Fyans puts it, “little more than hundreds of people shouting and nobody listening.”
Genuinely beautiful, unquestionably forlorn and at times righteously angry, it’s a massive step forward for
a producer whose philosophy, intellect, spirit and skill now converge into a wordless sermon on charred,
crumbling connections and a tentative, careworn eulogy for those diamonds bereft in the ash. It’s his best
work by some distance; accomplished, heartfelt and pensive.
‘Marconi’s Shipwreck’ will be available as a digital release and as a DVD-r that includes a download code
for digital sound files of the album. As with all Broken20 missives, the artwork is by David Fyans in his
recognisable house style.
Waking up only for a few minutes
waking up once in a million years
only to make sure to carry on sleeping
for another million years
sometimes I feel the beauty of things
inside them and only for them alone
but mostly, all the things seem so small
what an amassement of tiny, little things
and only believing in this I feel
the grandeur and perfection
of waterfalls, rocks, alps and caves.
From Horrid Red’s 2nd LP of 2012 “Nightly Wreaths”, Out October worldwide on Terrible Records.
“i’m at loss trying to write something about this record. i don’t know what it is. an exotic ambient pop album with post-punk/new wave/punk roots but that sounds goofy.”
-Edmund Xavier of Horrid Red
Accomplished French artist Jérémie Grandsenne presents this brief piece of introspective solo piano music to get lost in. His understated playing leaves room for the listener to settle into a mood of existential wandering and reflection. No accompaniment or embellishment is needed - this is a pure statement of singularity. Presented in a numbered edition of 50 hand stamped 3” cdrs. $4 postage paid anywhere.
New Jersey / New York based project LTD plays a brand of dream pop that’s heavy on the pop, albeit a highly mechanical version of it. It’s a sound built on contrast; a juxtaposition of the mechanized, danceable grooves of New Romantic synth funk-pop and walls of noise-gaze guitar layers. While these sources may be somewhat at odds with one another (music for dancing vs. music named after gazing at one’s shoes), LTD’s debut single splits the difference between them, and arrives at a pop hybrid that calls to mind early Madonna singles had they been a collaboration with Psychocandy-era Jesus and Mary Chain. This “double A-sided” single, released on fellow NJ-native Matthew Mondanile’s (Ducktails, Real Estate) New Images imprint, features “You Must Be Dreaming” b/w “New Day Rising”: two pop anthems which shroud sequenced rhythms and bubblegum choruses in a thick sheet of warm static that runs through the whole thing. The “Hi-NRG” arrangement style injects some welcome liveliness into an otherwise often sleepy genre. Meanwhile, the filter of static abstraction forces the listener to dig just a little deeper for the hooks, making them all the more rewarding.