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4 New Zoharum releases

Tundra, Phurpa, Aquavoice and Sound Around.
Tundra presents a cd with soundscapes.
Phurpa is a musical project based on the music of Bön, the pre-Buddhist religion from Tibet. It opens with two songs by Alissa Nicolai which is a big Diamanda Gallas-like, but then not my taste. The other trackss are minimalistic songs with singing reminding of Buddhist mantras.
"Nocturne" of Aquavoice is also a soundscape
"Sounds Around" is presented as a various artists compilation. It opens with chaotic free jazz, but the music just as well concerns soundscapes, field recordings and even technoish sounds.

Distel and ‘the new music’

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.

I guess I knew that material would be released on the Dutch label Enfant Terrible that releases all kinds of strange electronic music, tagging it as "minimal", "minimal wave", "minimal electronics", "dirty disco" and what not. I tried to listen to the music, liked some of it, but I was mostly surprised by the vastness of this scene with tons of bands, projects and labels that I never heard of. From there I bumped into other labels ('kindred scenes'?) and some of the music that I listen to still does.

Much later Distel started a Facebook page and every now and then Nijland announces a release that he cooperated on and so I only recently I discovered Trepaneringsritualen (that I knew by name but stupidly enough never listened to) and recently the Aufnahme + Wiedergabe label from Berlin and the Swedish Beläten label (of Thomas Ekelund of Trepaneringsritualen).

There was a time that I 'accidentally' bumped into all kinds of things new and hip-to-be, nowadays Nijland always seems two steps ahead of me inspite of Last.fm, Deezer, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc. My rising age perhaps?

As a sidenote I can add that I sometimes listen to the webradios of Nonpop and Kulturterrorizmus. Yesterday I noticed that Nonpop also plays Beläten music, so there may be another channel to keep an ear on.

Noise Receptor journal

Recently I ran into the Noise Receptor weblog. It appeared that there is also a printed version available. I got myself volume 1 (early 2013) and 2 (released a couple of months ago). The journal is well printed on A5 size and nicely bound. Of course the journals look more structured than the WordPress blog, so personally I think it was a good idea to make a print-version. The journal mostly consists of music reviews, but there are also lengthy interviews and more focus on art.
I have not checked if the texts are all available on the website and if they have been reworked for the journal, but I think when you are only interested in the interviews and reviews, you do not really have to buy the journals. On the other hand, the length of the Trepaneringsritualen interview (12 pages in the journal!) makes a more comfortable read in a physical copy in my opinion.

WGT 2014

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:
- Andrew King, early on Friday (16.30). King gave quite a 'martial industrial' show in the Kuppelhalle;
- 7JK in the same place, but the small room called "Kantine". Quite nice, but Matt Howden does not a very big box of 'tricks', so his performances tend to look alike;
- Pouppée Fabrik (Saturday Agra), an energetic show with too little audience;
- A very short piece of the Sieben show in the Altes Landratamt sauna;
- Antichildleague's noisy show in the Moritzbastei waa followed by:
- A dark piece of noise of Trepaneringsritualen, the best show of the 2014 edition of the WGT;
- It was not all noise, since the Kraftwerk-like Belgian project Metroland played in the Kohlrabicirkus for a way too small audience (we watched half a song of Chrom afterwards, but that is not my thing);
- Early on Sunday in the Kantine played the band that I much looked forward to see: The Lost Rivers, two young shoegazerockers whose show was unfortunately less noisy than their recordings. Still an alright show though;
- The last day started with Fetisch:Mensch in the park, but this musical outlet of Oswalk Henke was not my cup of tea;
- During the Konstruktivists in the kantine I fled the massive volume, even though the show was nice;
- Land:Fire a bit lateron in the Kantine was a good as the previous time I saw them;
- Sigilum S was an alright, but not too existing closer-off.

Did I forget a few? I should copy my photos to the computer to find out.

Three Cyclic Law releases

TeHÔM "Lacrimae Mundi" CD
TREHA SEKTORI "Severh Sehenh" CD
REUTOFF & SAL SOLARIS "Eigengrau" CD

See Cycliclaw.com for more information.

Three Zoharum releases

DESIDERII MARGINIS 'Thaw' CD
BISCLAVERET 'Theu Anagnosis' CD
1000SCHOEN / AB INTRA - Split 2CD

See here for more info.

Thot

Thot is a strange band from Belgium making noisy, industrial rock. Not always brilliant, but they have got some moody tracks.

Left Lane Cruiser

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.

New!

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!

Three Zoharum releases

"25.04.2014 it's release date:
TROUM 'Dreaming Muzak' CD
IN SCISSORS 'The Circus Of Ichneumons' CD
AABZU 'It came from outer space' CD"
See here for more information.