Heat and White – “Sea-Through”

August 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Heat and White

Olof Persson from Broken Boys also has a solo project he calls Heat and White. In spring he released his debut EP “Sea-Through”, which is a different cup of tea than Broken Boys. Here we move down to the sea in 4 ambient and melodic variants of the same theme, with a very special mix of  melodica, reverb heavy guitars, synth figures and beats.

You can listen to the entire album on Bandcamp. The EP is released on the label Zeon Light who explain that they are a tape label, which obviously means that  “Sea-Through” also is available on cassette tape.

Sea-Through

Conny Olivetti – “Ley Lines”

August 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Ley Lines

The productive Conny Olivetti, whom I have written about before, released the new album “Ley Lines” in May. And while that album was waiting for a post another album was released, “Lumino”, but I will come back to that in a later post.

As before I’m fascinated by Conny’s ability to move from different ambiences and themes, in time and space, from one album to another, and each time manage to create a wholeness. It’s also the case on this album, which for me more feels like an inner journey than a journey to another place or time. The title theme “Ley Lines” frames, with it’s six parts that start and end the album, 5 other songs.

Ley Lines feels a lot like retro electronica, somewhat minimalistic but yet with a lot of detail and shifting. The other songs feel suggestively dark and on three of the songs we can hear the vocals from Linnea, a singer Conny has collaborated with before in the band wHaT iF?. Fun is also the jungle adventure “Speed Dating in the Amazonas”, a song that brings up memories from Yello.

The albumet is available for free on Conny’s Bandcamp page. You can follow him on his site.

Connections

Amina Hocine

May 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Amina Hocine

Amina Hocine is a young interesting artist hailing from Göteborg, who also has Algerian roots. She experiments with ambient backgrounds, which she explores with her lyrics and vocal melodies. It’s naked, creative and entralling as I listen to the albums she’s released on her Bandcamp page. You can also follow her music on Soundcloud. You can find her site on Tumblr and she also has a Facebook page.

Redwood

A. S. Swanski – “Electro Noir”

April 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

A. S. Swanski - Electro Noir

I wrote about A. S. Swanski’s electro ambient music last year. Now he’s released the album “Electro Noir”, from which you can hear a song here below. It’s a fitting name for the album, which feels like a dark journey through gloomy, hard cities with Orwellian undertones, but also with spots of beauty here and there. A really good and well-made thematic album, which feels filmic and full of images.

The vocal additions and the style place us in Europe and it’s not hard to draw parallels to Kraftwerk. The album cover, though, is a tribute to the New York-based, electronica-pioneers Suicide, according to the artist himself. The first song, “Moscow Hearts”, which you can listen to here below, is referring to a crime novel he has published and you can read more about the song here.

A. S. Swanski is a pseudonymy which was created in 1999 when he was searching for a name which didn’t sound English, but more European in general, without defining from exactly where. He had been playing rock and pop for several years, but wanted to go in a different direction, and created this name.

You can listen to “Electro Noir” on the Bandcamp page, on Spotify or on Wimp. You can follow A. S. Swanski on his site and on Facebook.

Moscow Hearts

Posttod – “Moon”

February 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Posttod

The electronica duo Posttod, which I wrote about a little more than a year ago, is back with a new release. It’s about the 7-track album “Moon”, which you can enjoy on their site. Here’s a range of ideas and textures, from beautiful pieces of ambience to more energetic songs with vibes of synth pop. A really pleasant album to listen to.

The band name is a composition of the word post (in the meaning of after) and the german word for death, tod, which in some view is meant to reflect their thoughts and music.

You can also  find Posttod on Facebook and on Spotify. Here are two songs from “Moon”:

Wild
Under the Stars

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