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Dumdum Score – “Audio Sheep”

July 11, 2016 at 4:21 pm

Dumdum Score

Experimental 80′s music from Newcastle meets 2016 in a self-sampled material with both new and old content. The British duo Dumdum Score, Cristopher Simpson and Michael Fielding, were never quite satisfied with the outcome of their 80′s album. They sampled their own songs and reworked it to an album which breathes synth and tape loops from the 80′s as well as a complex, multilayered content that feels more 2016 than 1987, when the original was released . The atmosphere feels somewhat metallic and desolate, but is also music with a kind of black humour. There are tracks with vocals and voices, sometimes clear, sometimes quite obscure, and there are tracks based only on instrumental and other sounds.

According to Dumdum Score they have tried to create a surrealistic music with connections to various popular currents within art, and they mean that their music is a collision between the concious and the subconcious. Beside the music there are also associatied art and videos you can check out on their site and on Youtube.

Swells and flows

Heads of tulips

Dumdum Score’s site - on Twitter - on Bandcamp

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Fredrik Hagstedt/Duo Gelland – ”Sinfonia per due violini”

July 7, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Music for two violins. Fredrik Hagstedt’s ”Sinfonia per due violini” is a monumental work in 44 minutes written directly for the two violinists in Duo Gelland, with the intention to be played without pauses. It’s music that insists on your attention, without being obtrusive, as it moves between a romantic-expressionistic style and something I perceive as a stroke of folk music. It’s impressive and grand, but also music you want to listen to.

”Sinfonia…” has also been performed in combination with other art expressions, which isn’t surprising since it was written based on a film script by Johannes Nyholm. You will see a taste of these contexts and combinations in the film below, a film created by Keyvan Haghighi.

Duo Gelland and Fredrik Hagstedt have collaborated in various projects before, but the Sinfonia is one of the most extensive.

Fredrik Hagstedt’s site - Duo Gelland’s site - on Facebook

Sinfonia per due violini on CD - on Spotify - on Apple Music

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Death Team – “Death Team Loves You” EP

July 6, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Death Team

The duo Death Team, Mayka Edd and Johan Tilli, have released their debut EP, “Death Team Loves You”, from which you can enjoy a few tracks here below. It’s an irresistible collection of electropop songs where they use much of their palette of naive cheekiness, playfulness, humour and sincerity. You can smile at the images they paint or just dance away without thinking about anything. They don’t complicate things, and I often recognize the melody hooks and the sounds, but still they sound like nobody else.

Death Team’s site - on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

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Ismael – “Lukas”

June 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Ismael

The trio Ismael has recently released the song “Lukas” together with a video, a song they describe as a fiery pride pop song about the possibility to find a new  way out together with someone else. The track is taken from their album “Som om jag vaknar nu”, released in the beginning of this year.

That album is possibly the best I’ve heard so far with the band, so I thought I should let you taste some more of it with another song here below. They command the space between postpunk-vibing Swedish rock from the 80′s and grand-sounding indiepop with soaring guitar harmonies, a space they fill with earnestness and blackness in lyrics where they find their own angles on the issues we wrestle with today about our humanity.

Ismaels on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

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Codespira1 – ”Artefact”

June 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm

This is the first post from our new co-worker on Meadowmusic, Stefan Klaverdal. He is going to write about electronica, minimalism, classical music and many other genres. Stefan is a Swedish composer and sound artist working with acoustic and electronic music, performance and interactive sound art. /Ed.

Rhythm, noise, glitch sounds, drones and bass are some the components of the sound on Codespira1′s album ”Artefact”. The music makes me associate to Ryoji Ikeda and electronic minimalism, but it’s quite dynamic and moves smoothly between different emotional states rather than punching you in the face. Some of the songs could very well fit on the dance floor and the final track, ”Artefact – On My Feet”, is like an electric guitar solo or a mystical abstract song. Music for both meditation and dancing, perhaps?

Codespira1 is Mattias Petersson’s alias as a solo artist (he’s also one half of the duo There are no more four seasons, if you missed them – look them up and listen!). ”Artifact” is his first release on the Dutch label Moving Furniture.

Node #1

Artifact – On My Feet

Codespira1′s site - on Facebook - on Bandcamp

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