Lend Me Your Underbelly (again)

I wrote before on Lend Me Your Underbelly… a Dutch one man band in love with psychedelic music… most of his work until now is with electric guitar with lots of effects and electronics… but there is a new album coming up with a more acoustic focus…

The title is quite fitting as this new album will be called “Campfire Ballads”… the songs are all quite long with a prominent acoustic guitar and some other acoustic instruments and electronics and effects on the side… so not 100% campfire tunes… only for the better in my opinion!

You could describe the sound of the album as lo-fi ambient folk but basically this psychedelic music… to keep it simple…

Below is a preview of one full track… the album will be out on the 22nd of February…

Lay Llamas and Benoit Pioulard

The Italian label Backwards is among my favourite labels since they
started to release records in 2012. Control Unit and Wakinyan both delivered great albums that year through the label. Mirt is another personal favourite artist related to Backwards and the Fabrio Orsi album Endless Autumn is equally amazing… too bad it is only available on cd. And… also check out the Father Murphy 10″ while you dig into this…

layllamasAnyway… recently Backwards released some new records which are truly nice… One of them is the re-issue of the first Lay Llamas album… released on 2012 on tape. This album is the perfect record for this summer… trippy and spacey tunes that never over the edge psychedelic… it is quite relaxing music which works well while hiding in the shadows on a hot day… think some sort of Sun Ra Arkestra but not jazzy… if this makes any sense…

The other record is also a sort of re-issue… as the two songs on the Benoit Pioulard 7 inch are basically from 2000-2001. So from even before his debut release. For this new release the tracks are re-recorded. These two tracks are both typical for the artist as well as a great introduction to his work… The A side is dreamy song… a bit in between indie-pop and experimental folk while the B side is an ambient soundscape… very tranquil and soothing… and these two “styles” are basically which Benoit Pioulard works around in his music today…

A few copies of both records are available at the ET webshop… already available at the discogs shop and soon also through the new ET website/webshop…

Here is the B side of the Benoit Pioulard 7 inch…

And here is one piece by Lay Llamas…

 

new dj set / mixtape online

I uploaded the dj set I did for the January episode of Radio Resistencia on my mixcloud… it is a trip into ritual, spiritual and occult atmospheres with music ranging from post-industrial music to experimental folk inspired tunes to modern classical stuff…

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Donderdag (Hans de Wolf) at Radio Resistencia

RR_logoNext sunday it is the last Radio Resistencia session for 2015… and a stupid coincidence… performing live is the duo Donderdag… which means Thursday… and  from January onwards the sessions will be on thursday… but still in Kapitaal!

Anyway Donderdag is a project by Hans de Wolf… maybe you remember the tape object I released with him? That went together with an the online presentation of some of his art… if you do not remember it… see here…

Donderdag is weird folk inspired experimental pop music from Utrecht… so definitely something fitting the Radio Resistencia show…

As all sessions this past year we start at 15.00 hour and finish at 18.00 hour… some records are spanned by me of course and dj Hans D.

Here is a piece of Donderdag…

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Sieben

sieben_spark_cvrI did not listen to my old Sieben cd’s for a long time when I decided to order his latest album… first I wanted to order the older ones which are now re-released on vinyl for the first time but in the end I got hold on a copy of “Each Divine Spark” released last year…

Since it got here it has been making quite some rounds on the turntable… even though the music is recognisable instantly as being that of Matt Howden the songs and this complete album is so strong it is not at all a disappointment… apparently Sieben has lost nothing of its creativity and flair…

This flair is best evident in the live performances… Matt Howden is alone on stage with his violin and pedals to loop pieces he plays… each track is built layer on layer with rhythms, melodies and vocals… this results in maybe a typical song structure but still this way of working does not make you end up with the same kind of songs over and over… as evident on “Each Divine Spark” album for example…

Here is one track from this simply amazing album…

Vrystaete

Vrystaete_1_1Last year I created the Vrystaete label for sounds I am interested in and that did not fit in the existing series of Enfant Terrible. For a part these sounds it goes back to my long love for traditional music… what one few people know for example is that I dj’ed folk music for quite some time and that I released a compilation cd with contemporary folk music back in 2004 in collaboration with Folkwoods Festival.

For a part I neglected folk music due to the focus on Enfant Terrible… but I have always  listened to some folk sounds… especially to the weirder stuff from Fonal, but also to classics as Pentangle and Steeleye Span and to some more modern stuff like Hedningarna, Garmarna and more recently to the darker side of folk by Wardruna…

Vrystaete is not meant to be a “folk label” but I am releasing some folk related sounds on it… like the Niedowierzanie already was and the upcoming Diamantener Oberhof and Brunnen also have some links to folk music in their own ways…

Some people asked me about the name Vrystaete where it comes from and what it means… if you translate it into English it would be “Freestate”… when it concerns my label it means that the label is a freestate (for me) to release  adventurous music on… so to speak “free spirited” music… no cliche sounds and not music which is genre and style bound… it is also music for people with an open mind and taste and who like to hear new sounds and are not bound by any subcultural dogma’s… thus simply people who have a true interest in music…

The spelling of Vrystaete relates to the part of Holland where I live and the Vrystaete label is established… in my village are many old estates which were built at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. These estates were from people who lived and worked in Amsterdam and came here in the countryside to stay for the weekend and for hunting for example…

These estates have names spelled in old Dutch which reflected either the family name of the owner or what the estate was used for… so often names related to hunting and leisure time… so when I created the Vrystaete label I took a name which is related to the estates here and which reflects the free state of mind with which the label is done…

Anyway… here is one Diamantener Oberhof song…

And here is one song by Brunnen…

Both tracks are from the upcoming albums… more information and sound previews can be found here…