Oct 312019
 
October
29, 2019 – UK-based gothic rock band HER DESPAIR proudly announces the
release of their new video, "The Exorcism."
"The Exorcism"
appears on HER DESPAIR's forthcoming EP, Exorcisms Of Eroticism
available on November 22.

For fans of: Sisters of Mercy, HIM,
Fields of the Nephilim

Check out the video
HERE:
https://bit.ly/36ig07P

"The Exorcism" revolves around
the intoxication of lust; that overwhelming desire for someone to the
extent that it feels you could be possessed. The term “exorcism”
here, is very much a euphemism. Musically we wanted to draw on
influences such as Suspiria, focussing on dance synths rather than our
more usual sounds. We wanted something that was suitably hard-hitting,
but could also get the dance floor moving.

The accompanying
video encapsulates the mood of the music perfectly, and we would
recommend you watch it, if you dare.

HER DESPAIR began as a
solo studio project with the release of the 2015 album Hymns For the
Hopeless. Showcasing the melodramatic sound and aesthetic of gothic
music with the accessibility of punk and the stylings of heavy metal,
the project has subsequently evolved into the current full
line-up.

Drawing influence from such classic acts as The
Sisters of Mercy and Fields of the Nephilim, alongside more
contemporary bands such as HIM, Rammstein and The 69 Eyes, HER DESPAIR
create their own unique twist on the styles they are inspired
by.

Mournography, the follow-up EP and debut release as a full
band, was released in July 2018 in association with Spectre Records
and Dewar PR. Recorded at Whitehouse Studios with producer Matt Bew,
the EP helped the band develop and engage their audience
significantly; both personally and through frequent use of social
media.

During Summer 2019, work was completed on the latest
opus; Exorcisms of Eroticism. Recorded again with Matt Bew at
Whitehouse Studios, HER DESPAIR have evolved and improved the formula
demonstrated in their previous output, stating

Exorcisms of
Eroticism is the dark and dramatic collection of six new gothic rock
anthems from HER DESPAIR. Designed to unravel the mysteries of the
theologic and the erotic, each song is set to a storm of symphonic
instrumentation; providing the perfect soundtrack for your sorrows.
The Mourning fades, now the Exorcisms begin…

HER DESPAIR
continues to expand their fan base throughout live performances as
both headliner and support in cities across the UK including London,
Leeds, Leicester, Oxford, Bournemouth and Reading. 2019 has also seen
HER DESPAIR perform at Darker Days Festival, with further concerts
confirmed, including the Marquis Masquerade Goth Festival in Whitby.
Clouds of smoke and lights theatrically immerse the audience,
providing the perfect setting to experience the compelling material.

For More Information:

https://www.facebook.com/herdespair/

Oct 302019
 

Three years after releasing Sizike–U Zemlji Čuda With Lost DATA Tracks LP (featuring 6 songs from their original 1985 album U Zemlji Cuda, and 6 previously unreleased recordings of group DATA from 1981-1984 period), we discovered another amazing archive: Night Club 1985-86 LP, recorded for international market by the oddball queens Sizike and their leaders Zoran Vracevic and Zoran Jevtic!

Sizike–Night Club 1985-1986 is a collection of 9 previously unpublished italo-disco, Hi-NRG, synthpop tracks. As in our previous Sizike release, fans of the 80’s sound & gear will relish the authentic 808 beats, vocoded rap and vocals, Pro-One signatures and hand-tweaked analog FX. Moreover, they will be meet with a good old song structuring, nearly 2-minute-long intros and plenty of instrumental parts between verses, making many tracks sound like remixes rather than Sizike’s typical tunes. All vocals are sung in a witty, cheeky girls style, with lyrics in English emphasizing fun and having good time.

A-side begins with Sizike’s best known song: Don’t Stop!, but in a significantly different arrangement. Compared to its previous version, with lyrics in Serbian, this track sounds more raw, unpolished and dusty, with a remarkable groove. If you liked the original Don’t Stop!, this one you will simply adore! The next song, Be My Lover, introduces a more italo-disco feeling to the record. Vintage string riffs, naive and predictable harmonies, cheesy lyrics and vocals, flavored with Simmons toms and vocoded rap. No opportunity is lost in the catchy Live With A Lie, which surely should’ve been on Italo charts back then. A-side closes with the song simply called 1,2,3,4, its high tempo octave bass delivering intense energy and vibe that will drive your feet to dance.

B-side features a really special opener: Soldier Boy is a mid-tempo, italo-synth-pop pearl, brilliantly composed and structured (intro lasts 1:21 min), showcasing the irresistible Roland System 100M, punchy LinnDrum and ripping synth bass. Her, the vocals sound more advanced and its lyrics shun the overall light-hearted premise found in Hi-NRG Love All Around, Too Shy For You and, to some extent, I Can’t Stand. However, the top track of the album comes at the very end: Night Club unifies the musical endeavors two Zorans were developing throughout the album in an almost perfect way. The song structure is broad but not too extensive, the harmonies and melodies simple yet exciting and while the singing is relaxed but convincing, the lyrics are clear and evocative. The combination of instruments optimal without overwhelming the whole expression, yet we must point out the fantastic, pulsing Pro-One bass, hypnotic synth riffs of Korg Mono/Poly, warm string pads of Juno 106, and more…

Ultimately, Sizike–Night Club 1985-86 LP brings a fresh sparkle to the old gold. It is not just a testimony to the lost music, it is a juxtaposition of one unjustified musical negligence. It is hard to understand how these songs were not a part of Italo-disco charts during the ’80s and it is even harder to understand why none of them were

published. Surely, if Den Harrow, Bananarama, Tom Tom Club, Baby’s Gang could successfully top the charts in those days, then one Italo-disco-inspired group from Yugoslavia should’ve at least had a record! Well, we believe it is never too late for good music… even if it’s brought out 33 years later!

Review: Luka Novakovic, Vanja Todorovic
Text Revising: Zoran Jevtic

Tracklist:

A side:

A1 Don’t Stop! (English Version)
A2 Be My Lover
A3 Live With A Lie
A4 1,2,3,4

B side:

B1 Soldier Boy
B2 Love All Around
B3 I Can’t Stand
B4 Too Shy For You
B5 Night Club

Music, Lyrics, Programming: Zoran Jevtic, Zoran Vracevic
Vocals: Jasmina Brankovic, Jasna Dimitrijevic, Ljiljana Dimitrijevic
Artwork, Design: Zoran Jevtic
Executive Production: Vanja Todorovic, Luka Novakovic
Mastering: Dadi Stojanovic, Studio Kazablanka Belgrade
Lacquer Cutting: Moritz Illner, Duophonic GmbH
Pressing: Pallas Schallplattenfabrik GmbH

This is a selection of 9 previously unreleased tracks by group Sizike recorded Belgrade, Yugoslavia 1985-86.

The first 100 copies include a “Secret Download Card” which can only be obtained by buying the record directly from the label.

400 copies in pink color and 100 copies in black color.

Oct 262019
 
“industrialpop…and
the term industrial is not referred to the musical genre but to the
industrial sector of our city”
Amber Teaser is an electro combo
from Taranto, the city of steel sea and amber lights.
Sometimes
melodic, sometimes jarring, the forthcoming album Human Ritual is a
mix of synthpop, italodisco with a touch of kraftwerk and
tremolopicking fuzzy guitars who gives an elegant industrial
mood.
The cd contains, among others, the song “Dioxine”, based
on “Monchesque” cold guitars and space synth sequencers, the single
“here”, the elegant Synthpop track “dancing in a restaurant”
and the danceable “go out from this chaos”.
“Human ritual” was
produced by Teo de Cillis and Antonio Iacca at 229 Studios and will be
released by Scentair Records on november 27, 2019

Human Ritual
video trailer:
https://youtu.be/Y4GCt4rOtRo (short
trailer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZkknD8RFOQ (full cd
trailer)

http://www.scent-air.com/
https://www.facebook.com/amberteaser099/

Oct 252019
 
re: phgrp

grischa lichtenberger »re: phgrp (reworking ›consequences‹ by philipp gropper’s philm)«

grischa lichtenberger’s music stands for broken rhythms, for high-density manipulations that emphasize the digital and fractal nature of its working process. a mindset that grew closer to contemporary jazz in recent years. since free jazz, this genre also sought to overcome musical standards and looked for possibilities of an individual artistic expression. within this context, the collaboration between lichtenberger and jazz saxophonist philipp gropper as well as the resulting album are documents of this development. it also offers both musicians the opportunity to expand their familiar environment by breaking with expectations.

the foundation for »re: phgrp« were pieces from the album »consequences« by philipp gropper’s band philm which lichtenberger reinterpreted without giving up their original character. he rather looked for figures, subjects and reference points in the compositions to reflect and condense them. as »consequences« was recorded with all the instruments in one room at the same time (like a classical jazz recording from the 1950ies), the extraction of individual instruments was a challenge which lichtenberger took up with shifts, distortions and rearrangements of the original temporality of the material. except for a few synthesizer sounds and an additional piano recording, he remained largely true to the source material, even though the tracks develop their own unique voice throughout the album.

»re: phgrp (reworking ›consequences‹ by philipp gropper’s philm)« will be released in cooperation with whyplayjazz in a limited edition of 500 CDs on october 25, 2019. the cover was screen printed and shows a compositional notation by grischa lichtenberger. the album marks the beginning of an encounter between lichtenberger and gropper that promises to continue in joint improvisational concert situations and further recordings in the future.

cat#: r-m 188
formats: cd ∙ digital
shop: http://raster-media.net/shop/re-phgrp?c=9

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Oct 212019
 

DEPECHE MODE ANNOUNCE MODE BOX SET

The impact of Depeche Mode’s music on their fans, and the musical landscape as a whole, is undeniable. By constantly evolving and pushing boundaries, while staying dedicated to their identity, Depeche Mode have maintained credibility with longtime followers, attracted new fans and continually inspired countless other musical artists. As the band continues this musical legacy, the MODE box set celebrates this history with an eye to what is still to come.

 

MODE is a comprehensive collection of the band’s work to date – comprised of all 14 studio albums plus additional non-album material — from 2017’s Spirit back to DM’s debut album Speak & Spell. In line with DM’s signature aesthetic, the numbered, limited-edition set is housed in an elegant and minimalist black cube, with each disc similarly enclosed in a black, heavyweight card wallet. The albums’ original covers have been re-interpreted in uniform black-on-black designs exclusive to this box set, and four additional bonus discs provide a chronological collection of non-album singles, b-sides and bonus tracks. Accompanying the audio content is a 228 page, gilt-edged book containing all of Depeche Mode’s lyrics, compiled together for the first time, highlighting their collective visceral power and impact.

 

Reflecting on the set’s content and design, the band commented, “With everything together in this all-black design it feels like a modern reflection of who we are and where we’ve come from. The set couldn’t be more Depeche Mode.”

For more details and to pre-order, click here: https://smarturl.it/DepecheMode-MODE