With the onset of the Corona Virus pandemic changes occurred in the underground music scene. From moving to largely Digital releases through to the Bandcamp revenue initiatives, arguably more music was released due to the nature of isolation and lock down. It has become quite difficult to keep up to speed with all these releases, […]Whitelabrecs / Slowcraft / La Petite Chambre / KrysaliSound – Digital Isolation. — Drifting, Almost Falling.
I hope you and all your families are fine after these difficult months.
Before the closing of the season and the restart in September with new amazing artists I am pleased to present 3 digital releases which are published together today June 13th. During the lockdown I received a lot of demos and I wanted to give voice to new names that I hope you will remember in the future. All of these works are involved in some way with the Coronavirus days.
Sascha Rosemarie Höfer is the first name and comes from Germany. In the last months he found an archive with an old project recorded in 2012 and during the isolation he edited and completed the work.
Robbie Elizee is the second artist and comes from Nashville, USA. I found his music on Soundcloud and what I will propose you is a collection of minimal electronic songs almost all recorded during the isolation.
Flow Control is the project of the Tucson Az based Jesse Anderson. He uses recording techniques which are very fascinating to me like tape loop cassette and reel to reel.
You will find all info about their works on the Bandcamp pages and below useful links.
Thanks for listening.
KS40 | Sascha Rosemarie Höfer “Bar-Do”
KS41 | Robbie Elizee “Cull/Machine Choir”
KS42 Flow Control “Ephemeral”
Flow Control is the electro-acoustic project of US-based musician and composer Jesse Anderson. With a past in drone, IDM, and experimental composition, Flow Control emerged from a deeply felt spiritual searching for the ineffable undercurrent of life. Utilizing eurorack modules, tape loops, piano, and other outboard analog and digital synthesizers, Flow Control musical inspirations include nature, meditation, and the subtle blending of imagination and memory as experiences fade deep within the mind and form a nostalgic reminiscence of what once was.
Krysalisound will publish in digital format his work “Ephemeral”.
Release date: June 13, 2020
Robbie Elizee is an electronic composer based in Nashville, USA. His music comes from cheap instruments bought from the pawn shop like guitars, keyboards, effect pedals, cassette recorders then all processed on his laptop. He makes music in his spare time and usually self-releases his records publishing them on his Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages
Krysalisound will publish in digital format his work “Cull/Machine Choir”.
Release date: June 13, 2020
Sascha Rosemarie Höfer came to Hamburg at the turn of the millennium to immerse himself in the subculture there and to sensitively trace what moved him musically. From then on, he was up to no good in various indie and post-rock formations and played on Hamburg’s stages; presented solo appearances under various pseudonyms, recorded albums with some of his companions at the time and in this way travelled through Germany’s cities and backwoods as well as the adjoining estates.
Krysalisound will publish in digital format his work “Bar-Do”.
Released date: June 13, 2020
FRANCIS M. GRI – Boke (…
We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions. The series […]Continue to read here: Home Diaries 015: Francis M. Gri — whitelabrecs
Listen to the album: https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-015
The world is a blur especially the musical one. Releases come at a rapid rate that not all can be processed in time for their release dates. As I try to balance the older and newer releases, here are some released in February which I cast a brief look over. “Ammil” started as […]The Catch Up. — Drifting, Almost Falling.
I am pleased to invite you on Sunday, May 3, at 9 p.m. to the second KSND live streaming.
We will go to the house of Pawel Pruski, an amazing musician from Poland, who will delight us with his electronic ambient touch…don’t miss it!
Sono lieto di invitarvi domenica 3 Maggio alle ore 21 al secondo KSND live streaming.
Andremo a casa di Pawel Pruski, musicista polacco, che ci delizierà con il suo tocco ambient elettronico…non perdetevelo!
Day: 03.05.2020 – Hour: 9 p.m. (Italian time zone)
Polish music producer, electronic music artist. Also known as Minoo. He has released four albums so far. Known for his works recorded for Asfalt Records, Mad-Hop Records and Post Label. Actively involved in the creation and promotion of electronic music since 2007. Appeared live at Freeform Festival, Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival, WRO Festival and many more. He performed, among others, in China, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Russia, the Czech Republic and Belgium. He participated in the CHOP project aimed at promoting Polish experimental music in China. The result of this cooperation was the album Improvision (WePlay! Records) created with the Chinese artist Sin:Ned. When creating music under his own name Paweł Pruski focuses on the more experimental variants of electronic music. The purpose of this new beginning is to separate the existing projects from the new one, rooted in different aesthetic areas. He is on a search for sounds bordering on ambient, spacial dub, and electro-acoustic music. Sleeping Place is a debut album in that regard.
Having recently lost a close family member to Alzheimer’s related illnesses, I can partially sympathise and empathise with how Francis M. Gri, owner of Krysalisound label, feels with this neat new record. Boke means “Blur”, and is made to represent memory disorders and the time it takes for an image to do just that. Gri calls it “the memory illness” – it’s always dementia, Alzheimer’s or some such. Great novelist Terry Pratchett was taken from us by the latter; many its link.
On with the record itself, and this uses repetition as a narrative device. Give ’em a few rounds, then hit ’em with the boomerang. It catches us unawares. Succinctly peaceful, the album is so decent it dispenses with nom de plume’s such as “beautiful art” – I don’t want to wax insincerely about a delicate subject that has affected so many, and is being shown to put pay to Covid figures among others. What does one do when the memory is ready to pack up? Francis communicates the point well in some of my investigative email questions: “you transform in an empty box…we ARE memories it’s undeniable!”
It is like that – life is a blur, because the present is at best a memory, since memories are about dream or goal meeting, and fantasy becomes secondary. Memory loss is rife with grief, and that is presented emotionally on “Boke”. Especially that track, which closes the record. The music sounds like it comes from a very faraway place. A bit like Bvdub’s, and his recent record “Ten Times The World Lied” on Glacial Movements, of similar ilk. Directionally but not genre wise, the sombre feel of Massive Attack tracks with Tracey Thorn and the like. Those have a similar emotional trippy poignancy to them.
In its palette spectrum, much ground is covered, painting in cool blues, treading miles upon miles in a dead body’s shoes. That lifting of a classically trained surfeit, Francis working with many musicians over the years, now producing his own material most of all, has never sounded so comforting in my own rough time with with coming to terms. I can tell you now, “Boke” is destined to be a quiet memory in the back of your mind for years to come. It, like a blur, will wait for you.