trio, Environments, will release their third album, entitled Fraktal,
on March 16th.
takes their blend of slow rhytms, repetitive drum and piano figures
and beautiful and meditative ambiental parts even further and expand
it with minimal guitar bursts and freely phasing drones.
also includes a collaboration with Belgian artist Mathieu
Vandekerckhove, known for his work with bands like Amenra, Syndrome or
Kingdom and who will also perform at the album launch event on March
16th in Bucharest with his experimental project, Syndrome.
their first two records, Fraktal was also recorded at Next Dog Studio,
a remote studio placed by the river Mostistea, far away from the
overcrowded romanian capital.
The artwork created by Romanian
artist Alexandru Daș was largely inspired by naturally occurring
fractals which have also been the main inspiration for the visual part
of the first song released from the album, "An Unconditional Love For
Bad Weather", available here:
After the release, the
trio will embark on a small european tour alongside post-rock /
post-punk band, Valerinne, and will play in countries like Bulgaria,
Croatia, Germany, Belgium and Slovenia.
“Fraktal” will be
available for digital download as well as on
"An Unconditional Love For
"A White, White Day"
"Fathom, Movement, Field"
MNQ 034 VARIOUS – THE END OF CIVILIZATION
Release date: 11 February 2013
“Deathday – After Dark” streaming link:
“Police Des Moeurs – Tout Ce Qui Te Fait Mal Te Fait Du Bien” streaming link:
Mannequin has the dual and parallel aim to unearth hidden or unpublished gems, running along a road that starts from the period of reference for this kind of music (late 70s – mid 80s) and comes to nowdays, with a vision deeply influence by Factory Records / 4AD labels.
Catching the same spirit of such great labels, we asked to the italian synth wave princess Mushy to create a compilation starting from a tabula rasa. The mission was hard. Following her tastes and heart, she had to select a dozen of new bands from all over the world with unreleased and unique for this project tracks, picking up the title and realizing the graphic design and artwork. The full process of “The End Of Civilization” took almost 1 year but the result was touching us deep into our soul.
Mushy began her career crafting noise bursts and aggressive oblique instrumentals before, in her newest form, blooming into a beautiful, epic and heart-heavy icy synth sound, having both “Faded Heart” (2011) and “Breathless” (2012) as album of the week at Rough Trade. “The End Of Civilization” perfectly represents her double sided synth-wave / kraut-psychedelic soul. Every track she selected for us is an absolute highlight, moving from the analog minimal / cold wave sounds of Police Des Moeurs, ASSS, The Circa Tapes, TEEEL and Rosemary to the tempestuous post punk and psychedelia of Deathday, The Murder Act, Phosphor and The Strange Forces, ending with spectral cold folk of Tablets and The Long Wives.
A1. Police Des Moeurs – Tout Ce Qui Te Fait Mal Te Fait Du Bien
A2. ASSS – Clean Up
A3. The Circa Tapes – Olane Dementia
A4. TEEEL – Imperial
A5. Rosemary – Blind Myself
B1. Deathday – After Dark
B2. Phosphor – Skull
B3. The Murder Act – Rapture
B4. The Strange Forces – Shizer In The Shadows
B5. Tablets – I Feel Uneasily Loved
B6. The Long Wives – Odd Funerals
– Limited edition of 500 copies on black vinyl
– Digital distribution by The Orchard
– Exclusive unreleased tracks
– Artists Selection and graphic design by Mushy
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MNQ 032 ANCIEN REGIME – THE POSITION LPRelease date: 11 February 2013
‘Negative’ Youtube link:
‘Heisenger’ streaming link:
‘Outer Space’ streaming link:
Exclusive Online Streaming for Rolling Stones Magazine:
It’s quite unusual for an Italian band to get attention before its first full-length even comes to life. Ancien Régime from Rome might just be the exception to this rule. In fact, the band sole release before 2012 had been the quickly sold out limited edition Split Ep (Mannequin), released together with Brooklyn-based cold wave heroes Led Er Est.
Since then, Ancien Régime have been playing all over Italy along with outstanding bands such as Two Door Cinema Club, Is Tropical, The Soft Moon, Clan of Xymox, A Place to Bury Strangers and many others.
Their first album “The Position” evokes new wave and synth-pop memories, delivering epic vintage sounds and wrapping them all with catchy riffs and melodies. Still, despite this fascination with the past, the band’s work stands out as a distinctive, highly personal take on the genre.
The album is opened by the single “Negative”, with its dark gloomy vocals and war-like drumming. “Negative” is, in fact, the quintessential Ancien Régime composition: wave, biting snare, interweaving synths and guitars, reverbs, delays.
“The Position” was recorded and mixed by Alessandro Gavazzi of “Hell Smell” – Rome, and co-produced by Alessandro Adriani from Mannequin Records and Ancien Régime.
01 – Brief Encounter
02 – Negative
03 – No Lights
04 – Corruption
05 – Polidori
06 – Pictures
07 – The Incident
08 – When They Fall
09 – Heisenger
10 – Outer Space
– Limited edition of 300 copies on black vinyl
– Graphic design by Giandomenico Carpentieri
The Polish Asymmetry Festival promotes itself, 100 days before the grand opening, with the excellent graphic art by Malleus and a show by the native metal legend, the group Vader.
Just like in the past years, the Asymmetry poster is the work of the outstanding artists from the Italian Malleus Rock Art Lab studio, also well-known from their work as the stoner metal group Ufomammut. An exhibition of works by Malleus will be held during the festival, which will take place between 01-04.05.2013 at the Wroclaw-based Centennial Hall.
The extensive catalogue of the group includes graphic art projects for such artists as, among others: Amanda Palmer, Baroness, Brant Bjork, The Chemical Brothers, The Cure, Eagles of Death Metal, Fantômas, Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Incubus, Isis, Kings of Leon, Korn, Linkin Park, Mars Volta, Melvins, Mark Lanegan, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy, Robert Plant, Queen of the Stone Age, Tool and many more. Malleus works are inspired by diverse sources, especially the painting techniques of expressionism and symbolism, Art Nouveau and surrealism, pop and psychedelic art. They explore the topic of primitive goddesses in their output.
So far, the following have confirmed their appearance at the Wroclaw-based festival: Melvins (US), Cult of Luna (SWE), Shining (NOR), The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (NE), Amenra (BEL), Mayhem (NOR), Agalloch (US), Ufomammut (IT), Von Magnet (UK), Metallic Taste Of Blood (IT), Balázs Pándi (HU), IconAclass (US), Astronautalis (US), Matadores (IT). Unfortunately, the Dutch band Wormskull has cancelled their show.
We will soon reveal more artist names, among others, an interesting showcase of Polish bands and more groups from Estonia and Ukraine.
New additions to the festival programme are the Polish metal legend – Vader and the Estonian group Nevesis.
Vader celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. They continuously tour the US, Australia, Japan, South America and Europe since three decades.
Nevesis, originating from a small Estonian town, Paide, was founded in 2008. They perform music from the verge of stoner and hard rock.
We also invite you to read an interesting interview conducted by Lesław Dutkowski with Robert Chmielewski – the festival director, which can be found on the following website:
We also remind you, that there are still a few whole-festival tickets left, in a promotional price of 190 PLN. They are available via www.asymmetryfestival.pl and the Ticketpro, Eventim, eBilet and Ticketportal sale points.
The sale of single-day tickets, as well as additional whole-festival tickets (in a higher price) will start soon.
Organizer: the Firlej Club