Feb 152015
 
New Zoharum CDs out now:
INNER VISION LABORATORY ‘Austeros’ CD
MACHINEFABRIEK ‘The Measures Taken’ CD
STROM NOIR ‘Glaciology’ CD
HYBRYDS ‘The Ritual Should Be Kept Alive’ CD
HYBRYDS ‘The Ritual Should Be Kept Alive’ CD
Zoharum continues reissuing past works of one of the most interesting projects coming from the 1980s underground – Hybryds. This album is the fourth instalment in the reissue series of Hybryds classic releases. It is an expanded reissue of ”The Ritual Should Be Kept Alive (1)” EP released back in 1991. That release featured only the first part of the title composition. The Zoharum edition was extended to a 70-minute full album with the other two parts of ”The Ritual Should Be Kept Alive” included plus one more bonus song.
Contrary to the previous releases (”Mythical Music from the 21st Century” and ”Music for Rituals” – both reissued on Zoharum – with lots of short pieces), ”The Ritual Should Be Kept Alive” contains slowly-evolving, long pieces which will hypnotise the listener with their sonic magic. Four songs on this album come from the same period, so it sounds very cohesive. And because three of them were not published before, ”The Ritual Should Be Kept Alive” v.2014 might be treated as a new album.
The album has been digitally remastered from the original stereo cassette master by none else but Sandy Nys, who also provided the cover based on the previous editions. This is the ritual music at its best. Now you can enjoy it in the best digital quality. The CD is housed in a digipak sleeve and the album is strictly limited to 500 copies.
STROM NOIR ‘Glaciology’ CD
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Strom Noir, which is a moniker for Emil Maťko, amazed everyone with his last year’s album “Urban Blues”, which saw Emil exploring urban spaces with the use of ephemeral guitar melodies. On his new album on Zoharum Emil, goes to entirely different places: filled with white glaciers and snow-capped mountains.
The subtitle of Strom Noir latest album is “Four Songs about Snow and Ice.” Emil Maťko skillfully converted the arctic landscapes into sonic structures. Four compositions filled with static guitar drones resemble a snowy picture. They unravel very slowly and subtly into one another. They require focusing on them. A 20-minute bonus track which is the full version of ”Niekedy Sa Vracaju” originally released on “Tanec Rusaliek” cassette in the shortened version, has a similar sense.
The CD is housed in an ecopak sleeve and is strictly limited to 300 copies. The cover is based on photos by Martin Matula. ”Glaciology” was mastered by Michal Iliaš.
MACHINEFABRIEK ‘The Measures Taken’ CD
After last year’s two releases (a compilation of rare tracks ”Dubbeltjes” and the reissue of a collaborative album with Dag Rosenqvist entitled ”Vintermusik”) a renowned sound artist Rutger Zuydervelt returns with a completely new album called ”The Measures Taken”. It is the score for a dance performance by choreographer Alexander Whitley and visual artists Marshmallow Laser Feast.
”The Measures Taken” was originally commissioned by the Royal Opera House (it premiered there in May 2014). The spectacular performance involves a lot of hi-tech interactivity between dancers and projected visuals. The theme of man vs/with machine is magnified by the music, which combines warm melodic pads with glitchy white noise and (more than on any other Machinefabriek release) propulsive rhythms. Now you can enjoy the music from the performance on a physical album which is also striking without the use of the visual side.
The album is released in a 3-panel ecopak in a strictly limited edition of 300 copies. The cover is based on the original by Rutger Zuydervelt. It was mastered by Łukasz Miernik.
INNER VISION LABORATORY ‘Austeros’ CD
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”Austeros” is the third album of Inner Vision Laboratory, an ambient project of Karol Skrzypiec, on Zoharum following ”Future Chaos” (2011) and ”Perpetua” (2012), and two collaborative releases ”Decline” (2010) with Hoarfrost and ”Ambit” (2014) with Nepenthe.
On the new album “Austeros” the artist unite sounds from the surrounding reality. The meanings and references do not illustrate or deconstruct as usual, but allow completely new musical beings to peal out, torn alive from random, lost radio broadcasts, the cacophony of everyday life, or unspecified ether. “Austeros” is an album that allows the individual to enjoy the sounds, served with reverence, which, thanks to its minimal consequences reverberate with the strength. The more they strike, the more you get into this kind of futuristic world, disappearing faster and faster into oblivion. Once again IVLAB shows that the form is a useful tool in overturning established routines … to build on their ashes a message sent to sublime senses.
The CD is housed in an ecopak sleeve and is strictly limited to 300 copies. The cover was designed by Ewa Skrzypiec.