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ShapeShiftingAliens – Fade Away (The Sublunar Society 31 January 2019)

Sweden’s ShapeShiftingAliens presents haunting futuristic ‘Fade Away’ single

Sweden’s ShapeShiftingAliens presents their new single ‘Fade Away’, following up their latest video for Showing My Face’ earlier in 2018.

‘Fade Away’ is the second single off the band’s self-titled album ‘ShapeShiftingAliens’, the CD release of which will take place in mid-February via Stockholm-based label The Sublunar Society.

ShapeShiftingAliens is a Swedish duo, consisting of Johan Cléve on vocals and Niklas Rundquist, also known as solo artist by the monker Brainshadow. Together, they create music and unusual and eccentric videos.

‘Fade Away’ is about a civilization and a world on the verge of collapse as a result of the endless drive for greed and power, but this song is also about the temporary nature of everything nowadays. The accompanying video perfectly reflects this thematic. Niklas Rundquist created, produced and directed the video, eerily bringing the lyrics of this dystopian song to life.

ShapeShiftingAliens signed to The Sublunar Society in 2016. They have since released several singles, followed by their self-titled ‘ShapeShiftingAliens’ LP. ShapeShiftingAliens’ inventive approach was noted by Nolan Cook of The Residents, leading them to collaborate on ‘Shadows’, the final track from their debut album.

Rundquist and Cléve met when they were working with Iodine Jupiter. Cléve is a producer, composer, live and studio musician (guitar) for film, as well as touring and performing artists. Inspired by various film music composers and especially horror films, their music has also been influenced by David Bowie, Lou Reed, Goldfrapp, Air, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, and Massive Attack.

Niklas Rundquist / Brainshadow collaborates with other artists as an electric violinist, remixer and mastering engineer. Most recently, he cooperated with Big Paul Ferguson of Killing Joke and Mark Gemini Thwaite (GMT, The Mission, Gary Numan), Lima 13, and Sonisk Blodbad. He is also a member of The Leather Nun, whose history runs back to the 1980s. He also composes music for films, documentaries and commercials, and various artists on the London scene.

The Sublunar Society is a record label and publishing company, founded by Marie Lundvall and Peder Bjoerk in 2013. Sublunar releases music and publishes literature for the international and national markets. The company also produces exclusive limited edition art products for collectors. The guiding spirit behind The Sublunar Society is one of artistic freedom and creative exploration beyond the conventional.

‘Fade Away’ is now available across online stores and streaming platforms like Spotify, as well as Bandcamp. Not long after that, the ‘ShapeShiftingAliens’ album will be released on CD on February 15, and can already be ordered now.

LYRICS
Everything will fade away with time
Days are counted, now don´t look behind

A new world order stained and tagged in grime
Illusions trapped when our religions disappear
The flight of footsteps, am I sure they´re mine?
Don´t fall asleep, you might be next to be aware

Everything will fade away with Time –
There´s nothing to do but get on with life,  not do what you´ve been told
Days are counted, now don´t look behind –
Fate´s tailing our footsteps, hunting us down until we´re dead and cold

My days are haunted, yet I´m feeling so alone
Illusive pictures flickering in a twilight zone
In my dreams you show up as a white clad bride
Her plea is of confusion, and guess what, so is mine

Everything will fade away with Time –
There´s nothing to do but get on with life, not do what you´ve been told
Days are counted, now don´t look behind –
It´s  tailing our footsteps, hunting  us down until we´re dead and cold

I know my world has fallen down, my life has gone berserk
I must have died a thousand times, but never, ever open-eyed

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Posted by on January 11, 2019 in Electronic

 

Pas Musique – The Phoenix (Alrealon Records 1 March 2019)

Brooklyn electronic outfit Pas Musique announces ‘The Phoenix’ LP, previews 2 tracks

New York-based electronic collective Pas Musique has announced details of their new album ‘The Phoenix’, to be released via the Alrealon Musique label on March 1. Ahead of that, they are previewing two very different tracks – A Finnish Bedtime Story’ and ‘Electronic Brain’.

Comprised of 7 tracks, ‘The Phoenix’ presents a diverse palette of experimental electronic music – with some tracks flowing and building, while others are packed with industrial crunch and a notable hint of krautrock.

This album follows up the latest album solely from the collective, ‘Inside the Spectrum’, a 2015 limited edition album inspired by space and philosophy. The title track was originally released by Wire Magazine as part of its ‘Wire Tapper’ compilation. In 2018, they also released ‘Composited Reality’ in collaboration with Rapoon, based on field recordings that originate from Brooklyn, Indonesia and Newcastle, England.

Founded by Robert L. Pepper in 1995, Pas Musique emerged from Brooklyn, New York as a solo project around abstract sound. Since then it has developed into a collective that has gone through many variations of experimental, electronic iterations.

Today, Pas Musique remain as a four piece consisting of Jon V Worthley, Michael Durek, Jesse Fairbairn and Robert Pepper, pursuing the musical elements of electronic, experimental music with krautrock undertones. Pas Musique have collaborated with many great musicians, including Faust, Rapoon, ZEV, Philippe Petit, HATI, Chester Hawkins, Jim Tuite and many more.

Their sound has been influenced by the likes of  Zoviet France, Faust, Coil, Rapoon and Alien Sex Fiend.

Pas Musique are a successful touring entity, having performed in 18 countries and all throughout the United States. In fact, ‘The Phoenix’ was developed during the Pas Musique 2016 Indonesian tour and their 2017 European tour.

“This music was influenced by the experiences we had while during these tours. There are no lyrics but there are vocals, which are improvised sounds,” says Robert Pepper.

“When growing up, I listened to a lot of punk and metal. Most of the time I couldn’t understand what the vocalists were saying unless I read the lyric sheet, but the sounds the vocalists made were amazing. So I try to use the same idea but producing improvised vocal sounds by mimicking the style of punk/metal vocalists.”

‘The Phoenix’ will be available for digital download across online stores and streaming platforms. It will also be offered on red vinyl as a limited edition release. Already now, it can be pre-ordered via the label’s Bandcamp.

CREDITS
Peformed by Robert L. Pepper, Michael Durek, Jon V. Worthley, Jesse Fairbairn
Recorded, mixed and mastered 2016-2018
Audio sample on “A Finnish Bedtime Story” is from Kenneth Kovasin ([ówt krì])
Mixed and recorded in Brooklyn at the Pas Musique studio
Mastered By All Real Sound
Released by Alrealon Musique
Catalogue number ALRN082
Original cover photo by Chris Carlone
Record Design by The Glue Mill

TRACK LIST
1. The Phoenix
2. Miss Globule
3. Electronic Brain
4. Ancient Culture in a Warp Drive
5. Xlalo
6. A Finnish Bedtime Story
7. New Sheriff in Town

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Posted by on January 10, 2019 in Electronic

 

Indarra releases debut video

Indarra, the brand new project from Canadian vocalist Sue Hutton (ex-Rhea’s Obsession), has just released their debut video for “Turn The Light Within” a track from their debut album entitled ‘Walk On Fire‘ on Metropolis Records.

“Turn The Light Within” features Sue Hutton on lead vocals, Debashish Sinha on percussion and backing vocals by Athan Maroulis of the band NØIR.

Click HERE to listen to the interview we did with Sue Hutton for The Blackout Radio Show.

The video was partly filmed at Indarra’s recent Pittsburgh performance by director J. Aaron Hager and produced by DJ/promoter Kelly Litzenberger.

 

New Front Line Assembly album

Electro-Industrial act Front Line Assembly has always pushed the boundaries of the genre it helped define, a fact that remains true on their forthcoming album Wake Up The Coma.

This new album provides some surprising elements such as a cover of Falco‘s “Rock Me Amadeus” (feat. Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence), along with contributions from Robert Görl (DAF), Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost), and Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks, Cocksure, Ministry).

Wake Up The Coma will street on February 8th, 2019 on all digital formats, CD and a limited edition 2 LP vinyl set.

The following is taken from the site of Metropolis Records:

“Front Line Assembly is the primary focus of Vancouver-based musician Bill Leeb. A founding member of Skinny Puppy, Leeb moved on to form FLA in 1986 with Michael Balch, releasing some cassettes (since released as Total Terror I & II) which paved the way for their 1987 releases: The Initial Command, State of Mind, and Corrosion. In late 1988, they recorded the mini-LP Disorder, since combined with Corrosion and released as Corroded Disorder. Their 1989 release, Gashed Senses and Crossfire, further cemented their popularity in the industrial scene, and prompted their first world tour. By 1990, Balch had departed and Rhys Fulber rounded out the duo, releasing Caustic Grip. But it was two years later when the duo released what for many has become the genre’s crowning moment, the classic album Tactical Neural Implant, which to this day still defines the best of industrial music.

FLA enraged many of their fans in 1994 when they began to experiment with their established electronic-only sound. Millenium, with its heavy doses of live and sampled metal guitars, dared its audience to grow and expand with the band beyond industrial’s perceived barriers. Front Line stepped to the firing line again in 1995 with Hard Wired, which reflected both a return to form and a continued embracing of the guitar. Hard Wired not only picked up where Implant left off, it improved on the sound by adding in elements of all of their side projects. A fall European tour was recorded for the 1996 release Live Wired, their first concert CD ever. Also in 1996, Front Line Assembly followed up Hard Wired with two CD singles, “Circuitry” and “Plasticity“, and toured North America with Numb and Die Krupps.

1997 saw the first realignment of Front Line Assembly since 1990, with the departure of Rhys Fulber and the addition of Chris Peterson to the ranks. Front Line’s 1998 album, FLAvor of the Weak, featured the band’s first flirtation with electronica. Re-Wind, a twin CD of remixes, followed later that year. The duo then released Implode in 1999, and Epitaph in 2001. Epitaph exhibited building intros, trancy synth lines, pulsing beats, and solid melodies, which proved to be contagious anthems for a new future of industrial music.

After the 2001 release of Epitaph, another changing of the FLA “guard” occurred: Chris Peterson left, and original member, Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Conjour One) returned. The newly charged Front Line Assembly delivered the highly anticipated Maniacal single in late 2003. The successful single laid the ground work for the 2004 album Civilization, and Vanished EP which featured three unreleased tracks.

Then finally in 2005 came the event that everyone was waiting for, a Front Line Assembly fusion. Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber, and Chris Peterson with new members Jeremy Inkel, Adrian White, and Jarod Slingerland began working on the 2006 album, Artificial Soldier. The newly re-formed line-up managed to create an album that no only lived up to the expectations of Front Line Assembly fans, but surpassed them. Heavy pounding beats, atmospheric strings, percolating melodies, dynamic synths and Bill Leeb’s trademark vocals couldn’t be fused together any tighter if you tried to do it at an atomic level. As if all of those factors weren’t enough, two guest vocalists appear on Artificial Soldier – Eskil Simonsson from Covenant (on “The Storm“) and Jean-Luc De Meyer from Front 242 (on “Future Fail”)! After the release of the album, the band embarked on a successful world tour, and released the remix album Fallout one year later.

Throughout the years, FLA has seen many line-up changes. Bill Leeb remains the constant behind the band. For 2010, a new line-up has emerged featuring Jeremy Inkel, Chris Peterson on programming duties, and Jared Slingerland on Guitars, and FLA has been joined by Three Inches of Blood guitarist Justin Hagberg, and guest keyboardist Craig Huxtable of Landscape Body Machine.

The result of this reinvigorated lineup is the all new album Improvised. Electronic. Device. As well as the Shifting Through The Lens single. The new songs demonstrate that FLA has not lost its edge over the past almost two and a half decades. And as if Front Line Assembly’s legacy and namesake alone weren’t enough for the album, Al Jougensen from Ministry contributes his vocals to the song “Stupidity.”

Bill’s work can also be heard on a wide number of side projects, including Noise Unit, Delerium, InterMix, Cyberaktif, Equinox, and Synaesthesia. Bill has also contributed music to the popular video game, Quake 3 – The Arena.”

Click HERE to pre order the new album Wake Up The Coma

 

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2018 in Electronic

 

Hante. on Metropolis!

Hante. is a one woman project from the Parisian artist Hélène de Thoury.

While on the surface it may seem striking, cold, and synthetic, it becomes immediately evident that this unique blend of darkwave and striking electronics is also revealing, offering deep emotion and intimacy.

The beautiful new album, Fierce, showcases an artist of passion and emotional depth using her music to face her fears.

Fierce will street on January 18th, 2019 on Metropolis Records and will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl and via all digital outlets.

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Posted by on December 8, 2018 in Electronic

 

Engram – Das Kapital (2018)

 

 

 

Martin Bowes and John Costello have both performed experiments in sound for over 30 years; Martin with Attrition and John mostly under his own name.

Together they have concocted an atypical mix of minimal wave, body music,soundtrack tonalities and lush melodies, bound with washes of dark electronics.

In 2018 a wheel turns full circle and a partnership forged 22 years ago is finally fulfilled.

Back in 1996 the original version of What Am I? was released in demo form on US label Silber Records compilation, Alleviation.

In 2013 the project was consolidated with a remodelled version of What Am I? c/w the compelling atmospherics of Law of Betrayal and Hi Teikei No.

Various limited edition releases on vinyl and CD compilations followed hard on its heels and now after all these years comes Das Kapital, the debut full length album, and soon the first ever live shows…

ENGRAM defies easy categorization. It is a synthesis of two very different personalities thinking in unison; it contains many surprises, few rules and no fixed poles, posing questions but withholding answers.

If H. R. Giger would have been a musician instead of a painter, this is the music he would have composed…

Produced by Martin Bowes & John Costello
Mixed and Mastered by Martin Bowes at The Cage Studios, Coventry, England. 2013 – 2018
Cover image by Rainer Ganahl

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2018 in Electronic

 

Perpacity feat. Neil Francis – ‘Words are faith and water’ (December 7th, 2018)

Hard on the heels of their latest album release ‘The order of Now’ in September, electronic duo ‘Perpacity‘ take another musical turn with their latest single release, teaming up with vocalist/Radio DJ Neil Francis for a soaring ballad that wouldn’t be out of place in a London musical.

Words are Faith and Water‘ is a poignant, hopeful, track about trust and coming to terms with loneliness that, although as much orchestral as electro, still retains the quirky catchiness that the duo has been associated with on other releases. Neil’s vocals are powerful and emotional throughout, creating a rich interplay with the music taking the sound of the band in new directions.

In 2014 a video of Neil’s impromptu London underground singalong of 80’s hit ‘A little respect‘ caught the attention of the world’s media and scored a ‘viral’ hit across the internet with over 40 million views and counting! This led to him being invited to perform at pop duo Erasure‘s 30th anniversary party where he was surprised to be joined on stage by Erasure front man Andy Bell to duet with Neil on ‘A little respect’.

Martin Nyrup: “We knew of Neil’s work in the music-scene and had obviously seen the London video, and I think he stuck in the back of our mind’s for some time as someone we would like to work with. We’d written ‘Words are Faith and Water; last year, but knew that it would take a special kind of voice to do it the way that it was meant to be – and eventually realised that Neil was one of the few that would be able to pull it off.”

Ian Harling: “We try to avoid getting ourselves stuck in one genre or sound, so every new track is an exploration in terms of production, but we’re very pleased with the way it’s turned out. It’s good for us to work with other people who can bring their own style and ideas to our tracks, it helps us grow musically.”

Neil Francis: “I was delighted when Perpacity asked if I’d like to add my vocals to a song they had written with me in mind and headed to the studio with my producer Day Clifford (Daysound) to experiment on finding the right voice for this rather wonderful composition. I was no stranger to Perpacity’s music and would often play them on my radio show, so was eager to do my best on this song. It’s been wonderful to collaborate with both Martin and Ian, throwing idea’s back and forth over the internet and working with Day on the video, seeing it all come together has been a great experience. I am immensely happy and proud with the finished product – both song and video – and I really hope you enjoy the joint efforts of Ian, Martin, Day, and myself.”

’Words are Faith and Water’ will be released December 7th, 2018.

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Posted by on December 1, 2018 in Electronic