Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Blank Banshee..



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OPN, Co La, and Experimental Vaporwave fans should be most pleased by these transmissions.
Submit to the Banshee.

Cool Video Funtime #407 - Floating Area


Monday, October 28, 2013

EIC's 10Q's w/ Dale Cooper & Co.

"..like watching/slightly celebrating the beginning of the Industrial age evolving into the great depression, in slow-motion.."


Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones
Looming Attraction

Dale Cooper & Co. Bio:
Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones are the quartet made of musicians covering a wide variety of musical styles (they are former members of Tank, Osaka, TF and ex-groove combo Loupous) creates a music that mixes electronic (samples, cuts, sound treatments) and acoustic (guitars, saxophone, trumpet). They play moody ballads that sound as if they come out from one of David Lynch’s movies. Like in the Hollywood master of bizarre pieces, there is something like a dark and poisonous colour broken by red thunderlights and blue cigarette smoke. The music spawns some odd characters and landscapes while the listener makes out some more friendly faces that loom up out of this nowhere place: the voice of Zalie Bellaccico, Milanese streets sounds, a lazy flute, some distant breathing swim on the surface of this deep troubled waters. “Parole de Navarre” is an invitation for opening the red curtain of this Dark Jazz cabaret made of shimmering and whirling walls.


Hello, how are you?
Gael: Hi! I'm fine thanks!
Yannick: I'm OK.
Christophe: Fine, thanks and you?
EIC: I'm swell, thanks for asking;]

What are you currently listening to?
G: Right now I'm listening to Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Reverso"
Y: I'm into Sacred Bones, an american label that releases very gloomy stuff.
C: Actually I'm into Arve Henriksen's world right now..

Whom or what inspired you to begin writing for this project (Dale Cooper Quartet)?
G: I think we were inspired at first by the Twin Peaks bizarre atmosphere and Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, but that was almost 10 years ago.
Y: Yes, it was our first aim. But we are now less focused on this kind of music. That's why there are singers on the last 2 albums. We just wanted to play music together as we used to be connected but we played in our different projects. There is no direction but we sometimes wonder if our music fit in the DC4tet style or not. The regular Dark Jazz recipe sometimes change and we can write long moody and ambient stuff but also short noisy songs.
C: I think the landscapes, people or atmospheres are mainly more influent than any other artists. remembering the starting point, we referred yes to Twin Peaks, or Mulholland Drive diving introduction but the recordings were only made late at night or early morning, cold coffee and cigarettes ambiance… but it was as important as the Lynch prysm.

Care to shed some info on your latest LP; theme, favorite track(s), etc?
G: This is a whole thing, each track can't be easily extracted from the entire LP, nor you can't really understand one track if you don't listen to the other tracks. the last track was finished on while we were mixing, i find it to be a great closing sequence.
Y: We are discussing  a lot about the track listing to make an original record. We decided to start with a 21 mms track as we thought that it was a perfect starting point for "Quatorze Pieces…".
C: A funny and hard record both, as we optioned various tracks first and it's funny to see where we arrived from the first ideas.. but the hardest thing is that it's a 3rd record, make the good choices without being inspired by the two first records, going ahead..

Will you be touring extensively for said release?
G: Don't know yet but I'd like to!
Y: We all have regular jobs and don't want to get bored with long tours. Meeting nice people and discovering new towns and countries is 50% of a good gig.
C: It could be easy for us to tour more, as we play 2 or 3 gigs a year;-) Then if we happen to play 5 gigs a year, we'll say it was a tour de force tour!

If you could pick any 3 artists to remix your work whom would you choose?
G: Very difficult question, why remix? I would prefer collaborations:-)
Y: Maybe electronic artists that are not making the same music as ours; Fourtet, Fuck Buttons, Pan American.
C: A very bad mainstream Jazz band.. or someone like David Sylvian as opposite.. but collaborations yeah is best..

Got any other projects we should know about?
G: My ambient work in progress: www.moregeometrico.net (I invite some musicians to make an album in one night, and publish it free the day after)
C: I released a first record under the name of Pan & Me last year, also released on Denovali, a second one is on its way..

What movie would work best on mute while listening to you music?
G: A road trip across Romania shot in black & white by the window of a bus.
Y: Night shots mainly I guess.
C: The movie you'll choose..

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
G: Brian Eno's 'Ambient 4: On Land'
Y: 'Hex' by Bark Psychosis.
C: 'Laughing Stock' by Talk Talk

Are you living your dream? 
G: it's like I'm having the most beautiful dream... and the most terrible nightmare, all at once.
Y: "Dreams Never End", New Order, 'Movement' 1981.
C: 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)', Eurythmics, 1983

Thanx DC&Co. and Isa!

Dale Cooper & Co. recently released THIS.. I strongly recommend you check that out;]

REVIEW: Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones - Quatorze Pieces De Menace

8.25 out of 10


Dale Cooper & Co. wanted to prove something on this release. They wanted to show you they're more than just another "Dark Jazz" ensemble.

Make no mistake, the Dark factor is still highly present on 'Quatorze Pieces De Menace'. Yes, there are those Jazz elements as well.. The major difference between this release and previous efforts is a stronger focus on menacing drones and white noises (reminiscent of The Caretaker, L. Pierre, and The Haxan Cloak) as well as a smaller focus on loud guitar rock (of some sort). Dale Cooper & Co. shift the sound direction from "just" menacing drones into rotting buildups that portray audial decay in a different light. Once past the 21 minute intro track you are thrown ear first into smoothing vocals followed by a lingering synth and.. saxaphone (did I tell you I love the saxaphone?). The tone then shifts again into something louder and more attentive; the fuzzy side of guitars if you will, this may be Dale Cooper & Co. at their most aggressive. Catch your breath, the mood loosens up again..back to bleakness, then back again to something heavenly and possibly derranged. This is what I love about these guys, listening to their music is like watching/slightly celebrating the beginning of the Industrial age evolving into the great depression, in slow-motion. The visuals that come from this release are extremely intense under the proper settings. Am I saying this album is "dark & depressing", yeah..kind of, in a good way though of course;] I would say It's not quite cold enough for this release yet, but those weeks are just around the bend. No matter the season, much like everything Dale Cooper & Co. have had a hand in, this release is quite magical and mysterious. Seduction is only a pair of headphones + button click away.

Literal goosebumps when listening to this album at night with all the lights off. RECOMMENDED.

Standout Tracks: Brosme En Dos-Vert, Nourrain Quinqet, La Ventrée Rat De Cave, Il Bamboche Empereurs, Céladon Bafre, Lampyre Bonne Chère

Sunday, October 27, 2013

EICV7" No. 54 - Kigo


"Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted." ~Percy Bysshe Shelly
 
Next release comes out November 10th.
 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

EIC's 10Q's w/ Kigo

"..a bedroom producer out of Brisbane brewing some of the best Fuzzy-Warm-Loud Shoegaze around.."


Kigo
Going Forward, Gazing Downward

Kigo Bio:
Brisbane based Shoegaze band. Kigo has been writing songs for longer than he can remember.  Kigo is a Shoegaze band that loves noise, reverse reverb, and the sound of a tremolo arm bending pitch.  Kigo plans to become more active over the next year, and aims to release a full length album by the end of 2013. From Dwayne (Kigo) "I write songs in my bedroom. They are recorded in my bedroom. I like dream pop and Shoegaze music mostly."


Hello, how are you?
I'm okay, just going through some changes in my personal life, but I'll be fine.

What are you currently listening to?
I'm not currently listening to many bands at all really. I'm sort of taking a break from music. A lot of stuff I used to love is too painful to listen to at the moment, but I'm looking forward to listening to The Beach Boys again when the time is right.

What or whom inspired you the most to begin this project?
I think what inspired me most to start this project would be going to New York at the start of the year, and while I was there I bought a new guitar. I hadn't really written guitar music in ages, so I was pretty excited to get started again. I was listening to a lot of Shoegaze stuff like MBV (obviously), and I wanted to have a shot at writing some Shoegaze stuff..

Is there a story behind the name?
I picked the band name because I love four letter band names. Something about kigo just jumped out at me, so I picked it. I really can't explain why I chose it.

Care to shed some light on your EICV7"; theme, favorite track(s), etc?
My favourite track from the EP is "Cold (Now Closer)". I'm really happy with the melody in it. And I love how gentle it is in comparison to my other songs.

What's next for Kigo?
I'll be releasing a full length album in November, then hopefully start playing more shows. I might take a break from writing for a while, and get back into it next year.

Got any other projects we should know about?
I currently have another side project called Afterwalker, I play bass in a band called Epithets, and I play keyboard in a band called J. Francis.

What movie would work best on mute while listening to you music?
I think something that is pretty dreamy, but at the same time heavy, and dark. Not really sure of a movie that fits that description. I don't really watch many films.

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
'Pet Sounds' by The Beach Boys. An obvious choice, but that doesn't make it any less amazing than it is. It truly is perfect.

Are you living your dream?
I'm not really living my dream, but I do have a good life. Hopefully one day Kigo will be playing more often, and I can tour the world. That would be the dream for me.

Thanks Dwayne!

Kigo & EIC have something very special for you tomorrow..;]

Friday, October 25, 2013

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cool Video Funtime #406 - Strom


New 18+..!


Don't forget to get this one too..(one of this year's best "albums")
UPDATE: 3 may be better than 2..wowza.

Check into (x2) ḅoƞeṣiƒt and sink \ sink..


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Although (only slightly) on the opposite ends of the euphonious spectrum, I find both ḅoƞeṣiƒt and sink \ sink create quite the alliance when it comes to scoring the impending season(s). ḅoƞeṣiƒt immediately reminds me (almost exactly) of HTRK and/or Puce Moment. There are also moments of early Projekt sounds there as well. sink \ sink sound like a Lo-Fi Bedroom Pop version of Sigur Ros as produced by someone from the Kranky alumni. You're not even reading this are you? You're too into the music..(I don't blame ya;)

Monday, October 21, 2013

REVIEW: Midnight Davis - Severance

8 out of 10
Find it here. 

Midnight Davis is a consistently improving project from Chairman Kato. While the overall tone has remained unscathed in this evolutionary phase, the overall production and minor electronic experimentations have improved ten-fold.

'Severance' is the second release under the moniker Midnight Davis. On said album "Mr. Davis" has perfected the art of melding dark-ominous with shiny-futuristic. Somewhere between Underworld's hyper-catchy/smooth Electronica and Sinner DC's seductive Synth Gaze, Midnight Davis has found his sound. If you remember (one of the best labels ever); Output Recordings, you probably know what I mean when I say this album would fit perfectly amongst their solid discography. If you don't know anything about said label, well that sucks for you.. Just trust me when I say you'll love this album, ok?

Highly Recommended for people who like to take full advantage of their headphones.

Standout Tracks: ALL esp; In The Mood For Love, Midnight Manifesto, Equilibrium

EIC's 10Q's w/ Midnight Davis

"..perfecting the art of melding dark-ominous with shiny-futuristic.."


Midnight Davis
Visionary Enchantments

Midnight Davis Bio:
  Midnight Davis is a singer & producer based in East London. The rest is mystery..


Hello, how are you?
*inserts obligatory complaint about the weather*

What are you currently listening to?
Liking the new Banks EP a lot. Took me a couple of listens with the Huerco S album for the penny to drop how good it is. Robert Rental YouTube porn. Kendrick Lamar. Lana Del Rey. Always Lana Del Rey.

What or whom inspired you the most to begin this project?
I was already producing music under my other name Chairman Kato. But then I experienced the breakup of a relationship and I went through a period of writing what became 'Aftershocks'. It felt too different to my Kato stuff to give it the same name and it was too personal to put a face to for a while. They're different people saying and doing different things.

Is there a story behind the name?
Haha. Isn't there always? You know that pornstar name game? It was the hyopthetical porn star handle of a friend of mine. As soon as I heard it I knew I'd use it for a project one day. The sound of the name fits the music though, guvnor.

Care to shed some light on your latest release; theme, favorite track(s), etc?
I brought the guitars and vocals to the foreground more on 'Severance'. I was listening to a lot of The Cure and Echo and The Bunnymen at the time and it just started coming out that way. It's late night music, definitely, as with everything I do. I'm kind of glad it's coming out when summer's over actually, it wouldn't have worked in mid-August. Fun's over, kids.

Will you be touring extensively for said release?
I've been rehearsing with a live band over the last few months. I felt it was important to bring some live musicians in rather than just fiddling with my laptop awkwardly. Instead I play guitar awkwardly. We've reinterpreted the songs so they sound quite different to the record. I think it's good to do that as far as possible, maybe surprise people a bit. We play the launch party for the EP this week and are lining up shows after that.

Got any other projects we should know about?
I've released 3 EPs as Chairman Kato but I've been mainly focusing on visual art this year using that name, in particular my 'Membranous Labyrinth' installation and my forthcoming 'Purgatory' at the V&A. I've been working on tracks for that name as well though and will be putting them together for release soon.

What movie would work best on mute while listening to you music?
Oh, probably something with lots of gratuitous bloodshed like Battle Royale or something. Nothing like a few Japanese schoolkids murdering each other to get the juices flowing.

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?

Are you living your dream?
Would that be legal?

Thanx MD!

Midnight Davis recently released the 'Severance' EP, I strongly recommend you check into that now...

Sunday, October 20, 2013

EICV7" No. 54 - Kigo ..coming soon!

EverythingIsChemical Virtual 7" No. 54 - Kigo comes out October 27th!
  
"My nature just changes." ~Jimi Hendrix

(hopefully you checked out the last v7"?)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

[[EIC Mixtape: № 18 - November '13]]

[[EIC Mixtape: № 18 - November '13]] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
1. Hugging - [Intermission] 
FIND IT HERE.
2. Rudio - Sega Genesis (Yoga Fire) 
FIND IT HERE.
3. Brothers Hand Mirror - We Don't Hide 
FIND IT HERE.
4. Comanche - Rush
 FIND IT HERE.
5. Luminary Youth - Satorion 
FIND IT HERE.
6. World's Fair - Sammy Sosa (Jeff Donna, Cody B.Ware, Nasty Nigel & Remy Banks) 
FIND IT HERE.
7. Saint Pepsi - Nicely Nicely 
FIND IT HERE.
8. Paws - Story #1 
FIND IT HERE.
9. Tomggg - U-g-i-s-sgu 
FIND IT HERE.
10. Coco ᴐaᴚᴃoᵯᴃ (Prod. by Nattymari) - Natalie Natalia 
FIND IT HERE.
11. Hugging - Diamond Of Your Eye 
FIND IT HERE.
12. Jeremiah Jae - Pervert 
FIND IT HERE.
13. Departments - Late Night 
FIND IT HERE.
14. Paul J. Fox - Sir Duke Of York 
FIND IT HERE.
15. Viktor Disque - Deja Vu 
FIND IT HERE.
16. Fog Lake - Life's A Bummer (R.L Kelly) 
FIND IT HERE.
17. Taz - Bedroom
FIND IT HERE.
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Thanx for listenin';]

Cool Video Funtime #405 - I.V. Aided Dreams (+ Bonus Video)


+ Bonus Video:) ..because Soul Glimpse is perfect music for the season..

Friday, October 18, 2013

Good (FREE) music laying around the interwebs.. Pt. 1


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Monday, October 14, 2013

EIC's 10Q's w/ Distel

"..ominous embodiments can excite us and bring a sense of aberrant pleasure.."


Distel
Sinister Systematization

Distel Bio:
After several contributions to compilations and one 7 inch release here is the long awaited debut album called 'Puur' by Dutch Electronic project Distel. Their sound is not easy to define... When seeking for references you could say that Distel has all the originality and talent of Coil and the sound is like that of Autechre on a dark trip. What is evident is that the waiting for this album was worthwhile as it is one of the artistic highlights from the house of Enfant Terrible. It is beautiful and complex and grotesque on all levels.


Hello, how are you?
Fine, thanks.. or 'busy', as is the more common saying for a Dutchman, which, for us, somehow indicates that things are going well in general.

What are you currently listening to?
I'm actually in the middle of a recording session for two new releases by my other band Hadewych and at such a time I try to refrain from spending too much time listening to other music. Still, today, on my way to our rehearsal space, the last things I listened to were Swedish black metal band Craft, Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Virgin Prunes ... Mainly because I enjoy rhythmic stuff while riding around.

What's the story behind the band name?
'Distel' is Dutch for 'Thistle'. I like the sound of the word and the aesthetics of the plant itself. And the stingy bit.

Whom or what inspired you the most to create the kind of music you do?
For Distel that would be a childhood filled with Kraftwerk, Jarre and Marouani.. and a quite some years of trying to make sense of the first 20.

Care to shed some info on your latest LP 'Puur'; theme, favorite track(s), etc?
There's no real unifying theme on Puur. Recurring elements are the purity of failure and being trapped in compulsive behavior. My favourite tracks are "hxxx" and "vxxx", mainly because of the way they stand out in their directness. Some trivia; the album itself was written and recorded within a two year period (2009-2011) in both Nijmegen - my hometown - and Paris; most tracks on it were hand-played, apart from some sequenced percussion parts and the album title (which simply translates to 'pure') can in Dutch refer to both something exalted and something raw or too strong for the average taste…

Will you be touring extensively for said release?
This Autumn we will play some shows in Scandinavia and a few in the Netherlands together with Europ Europ from Norway. Apart from that there will be no extensive touring - just your occasional show here and there.

Got any other projects we should know about?
Not if you were looking for something that resembles Distel. Currently I'm participating in about 8 other projects and bands of which the most important one is Hadewych. I'm also in the process of setting up a small music/art object label that will issue its first release - by free jazz/noise duo Dead Neanderthals - near the end of this year.

What movie would work best on mute while listening to you music?
For me personally Distel's music has become such a world on its own that it does not easily allow non-musical elements to accompany it, without them seeming banal or just an inane abstraction of what is actually there. Still, a movie which I think creates a similar kind of  dense and saturated atmosphere on a visual level is Merhige's 'Begotten'.

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
None. I'd rather live with the memory of all that I've heard.

Are you living your dream?
More and more, but not primarily due to my musical endeavors...

Thanx Distel!

Distel is currently going slightly unnoticed, let's turn this around people, posthaste..