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Zenevloed picks: 10 outstanding releases of April
Having had a great start to May with our 3 hour long Red Light Radio take over, it is time to look back on the noteworthy releases April gave us. This time we will dive a bit deeper into the stream and look for the quality stirring in the deep! DIY, live takes, self-released, community efforts, and more: things we do to share intimately.
We have decided to compile this monthly list, because of the sheer amount of underground releases that simply deserve a mention due to their beautiful quality, cutting-edge sound, and inspiring artwork. This list is in no particular order! As always we will also provide links to where you can buy these gems and support the artists/collectives.
01. Anna Homler – Deliquium in C [Praesens Editionen]
Zweikommasieben affiliated Praesens Editionen manages to release some extraordinary stuff, such as Deliquium in C, which remained under the radar. The live takes from Homler’s offer a wide variety of intimate gestures, in beautifully paced back and forths between her and various collaborators.
Release is available via: https://praesenseditionen.bandcamp.com/album/deliquium-in-c
02. V I C I M – ademptus demere [Tape Lamour]
Dark ambient is still one of the most surprising genres, where cinematic landscapes overlap with grandly staged emotions. V I C I M is the alias of Linus Schrab, 1/2 of the amazing duo Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet (who did a podcast for us a while ago). ademptus demere reminds us of an intersection between subtle atmospheres (like Thomas Köner and How To Disappear Completely) and contemporary abstract electronics, like we find on labels as Northern Electronics and Posh Isolation, even bordering on rhythmic noise.
Tape is available via https://tapelamour.bandcamp.com/album/v-i-c-i-m-ademptus-demere
o3. Ebauche – Formic Syntax [Supple 9]
If a project is to be released via Kickstarter, the soundcloud has 0 followers, and the music sounds this good, you know you have hit a hidden gem. Formic Syntax lays somewhere between microacoustic ambient, dark ambient (once again), and slower paced forms of DnB, with signature nice twists and turns. The cover art is beautiful, which mirrors the time and effort the artist put in to gather the right people mastering, designing, in order to press and self-release; true DIY style.
o4. *todas las anteriores – mis ojos arden en el espacio ciego [pan y rosas discos]
The Chicago based netlabel pan y rosas discos aims to share music freely over the ethereal threads of the internet. *todas las anteriores presents with their release a collection of pieces inspired by the Mexican poet Margarita Michelena, delving into themes of waking life and sleeping death. Beautifully orchestrated chaos.
Also worthwhile to note, pan y rosas discos support the following great initiatives: http://www.panyrosasdiscos.net/who-we-support/, strengthening the message they have to say with the music they release and the artists they work with.
05. Ixuol – Abstraction In High Fidelity [Zabte Sote]
Nothing less than mesmerizing. Abstraction in High Fidelity by Arastoo Darakhshan aka Ixuol does entirely what it says, abstracting the fine sounds of the traditional Persian instruments Santoor and Ghanoon into synthetically operated waves, discovering the duality between organic and artificial, spilling over to genre-pushing melodies. Amazing contemporary classical music. Released on the label Zabte Sote, spearheaded by Ata ‘Sote’ Ebtekar, their output invites us to a richer, more sensitive, sensuous world.
06. Sova Stroj – Transcend [Rohstoff Records]
Artificial intelligence, space machines, weightless bacteria, and the vast terror we can only imagine in black holes.
“Past the abyss of the human mind, towards the hidden structures of the universe. Where light radiates into insignificance and consciousness collides in the four-dimensional manifold of spacetime.”
Small Munich based label Rohstoff Records releases these claustrophobic compositions by Sova Stroj from Luxembourg.
07. Mark Solotroff – The Myth Of Community [BloodLust!]
The Myth of Community continues on Solotroffs synth investigations into metropolitan terrains and their murky frameworks, as offshoots from his more abrasive Super Eight Loop project, which began in New York City. The tape contains two piercing, metallic, brain-draining long form works under the apt titles Administrative Framework and Institutional Transparency. Released on DIY label BloodLust!, founded in the mid 90s in Chicago, USA.
08. D. Hale – qairos [Misophonia] (pic)
Qairos, brought out by young Chelmsford, UK based label Misophonia is an arresting 14-track venture into softer, complentative states. At times reassuring in its hesitation, the drones interlace the sound recordings into a beautiful spring-like pastel palette.
09. VA. – Sounds From Slovenian Bedrooms II [ŠOP Records]
Slovenian DIY label ŠOP Records gathered representatives from the Slovenian underground onto a V.A. compilation carrying challenging compositions ranging from electroacoustic splendors, folk infused abstractions to weird lofi assemblages.
10. Soft Issues – Soft Issues [Opal Tapes]
Soft Issues makes a powerful impression on their first eponymous release. A genuine intensity, forward in its despair, work from the vocals all the way through the field recordings, bass, and electronics. Bringing forward the silenced pain from everyday (work) life in this rotten capitalist society, Soft Issues merges the darkest shades of power electronics, noise, and drone to something that is very coherent and strangely comforting in all its terrifying self.