I have been a Deezer user for three years. When I started, I compared Deezer and Spotify and thought that Deezer had a better user interface and was a little better with “similar artists” and hence, with “radio” (‘play similar artists’).
The first time I went to the Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, was the disastrous 9th edition in the year 2000. It took a couple of years before I went again. Recent years I went annually. The WGT is so big and varried that there is a lot to see even for me. I have no big interest in the ‘general gothic scene’, the dress-up parties (but I guess when nobody did, the WGT would not have the atmosphere as it does now) and most of the music would never find its way to my stereo, but like I said, there are always enough concerts to visit. So what did I see this year?
Not much music reviews recently, but I am as much a music addict as I used to be. It is just that I do not run into new things that I really like very often. I listen to a variety of music styles nowadays. My ‘usual’ or ‘old’ scenes do not present all that many interesting releases. I am curious about the upcoming Sophia (but not so much that I went to see them live), a lot less so about the new Der Blutharsch. New releases of ‘old labels’ (Cold Spring, Cyclic Law) are not often groundbreaking to my ears. Even ‘new labels’ such as Beläten and Aufnahme + Wiedergabe do not seem as interesting as when I just discovered them.
I have known the name Consumer Electronics for a long time. ‘Some old power electronics project, probably sounding like Whitehouse and Merzbow’, I thought, so I never paid much attention. Recently I am digging through the old industrial past and Consumer Electronics proved to be even older than I thought. I listened to “Estuary English” on Deezer and actually liked it a lot. Not earcracking power electronics, but ‘listenable’ noise with extremely aggressive vocals, screamed with a lot of cursing and swearing. The album starts with ranted ‘minimal wave’ and gets more and more extreme in music as the release continues. The vocals and lyrics are so filthy that the smile on my face grew with each track.
Since I wanted one of the 100 copies of the Funerary Call / Crown of Bone split tape, I added a few title from the Fall of Nature catalogue. The descriptions sounded interesting, the music does not…
Since I “scrobble” most of what I play, Last.fm can tell me fairly accurate what I play most. Looking back at 2014 here are my most played artists:
Tundra, Phurpa, Aquavoice and Sound Around.
Before Bandcamp and Soundcloud became the way for new bands to present themselves, they used Myspace. I never used Myspace much, but one time (in 2008/9 or so) I was searching around a bit and found out that there is a Dutch project that tagged itself “angstpop”. I liked the music a lot, but even saw him/them live before the debut 7″ came out in 2010.
Recently I ran into the Noise Receptor weblog. It appeared that there is also a printed version available.
As always, the Wave Gotik Treffen was a nice party. Besides free visits to museums, including an exposition of the recently deceased Hans Rudolf Giger with pieces from the Giger museum in Switserland, the ‘heathen village’ and the marked in the Agra hall, there were of course plenty of bands to choose from. Sometimes too much, so I had to skip a couple, but the bands we did see are:
TeHÔM “Lacrimae Mundi” CD
TREHA SEKTORI “Severh Sehenh” CD
REUTOFF & SAL SOLARIS “Eigengrau” CD
See Cycliclaw.com for more information.
DESIDERII MARGINIS ‘Thaw’ CD
BISCLAVERET ‘Theu Anagnosis’ CD
1000SCHOEN / AB INTRA – Split 2CD
See here for more info.
Thot is a strange band from Belgium making noisy, industrial rock. Not always brilliant, but they have got some moody tracks.
An all-American band that makes a filthy kind of blues rock. The vocals sound like they are shouted into a bad microphone and the music goes from upto rock to more traditional blues. The band has some very nice songs.
Deezer recommended me to play the album “2” of Neu! It proved to be a very nice album. A bit of wave, a bit of shoegaze and more experimental tunes. The album proves to be from 1973! That is not very new!