DREIFALT – remembered​/​remastered​/​reissued

I’ve always hated spending a lot of money at once. That is, unless it’s something I need, like new furniture or a new mattress or whatever. Spending a lot of money on something I want, but not necessarily need, I always hated doing it. I bought a new computer last week, and it cost a lot of money. To make up for that, I decided not to spend any money on anything I didn’t need for the rest of March. Sounds simple enough, and it’s just another three weeks.

I mean, it really is simple enough, it’s just that when most of the music I like comes out in limited quantities, not picking up one on release means you’ll either never get one, or pay a stupidly high price to get a copy a month later. Yes, you can just buy a digital copy, usually for a lot less money, and I do buy digital copies quite frequently, but I like having music on physical media. So far this month there’s been a new sky 空 release on No Problema tapes, an excellent V/A release on Adhesive Sounds, Boliden’s new album out on Oxtail, and later today there’s a new chris††† tape out on Bedlam Tapes. And we’re only ten days into March.

And today, there’s another one. In late 2014, M.K.Hensel, probably better known as Trium Circulorum or Kanal Drei, created a new moniker for a conceptual series of double-sided singles, where the B sides all were heavily modified versions of the finished A sides. The alias for the project was Dreifalt, and was finished in January 2015. Now, the entire series has gotten a remaster and reissue digitally, with a special cassette release containing a mixtape of the artist’s personal favorites. With only five available copies I can’t imagine there being any left at the start of April, but I’ll be sure to pick up the digital edition when I can. Check out Trium Circulorum’s full Bandcamp page, and make sure you give Silent Surveillance a listen as well.


Candy – Wrapped in Plastic

The increased international shipping price from the US that came into effect in January is honestly not that big of a problem. Or, it shouldn’t be, at least, the difference isn’t that huge, something like 10%? The price of an ice cream cone or a pack of gum? For some reason it’s become a bigger issue for me than it really should be. Well, I say that like I don’t know why I think it’s a problem, but I do. Buying a tape from the US was already far more expensive than buying a tape from, say, Canada or Japan. I think I ordered a tape from Chile once that had higher shipping costs, but for the most part US topped the list. And now it’s gotten even worse? The shipping alone costs twice as much as the tape does, and I know there’s nothing that can be done about it, but it annoys me and has stopped me from buying physical copies of music i love more than once.

So, I was pretty sad when I saw that Candy (Calum Newton) had his 2014 release «Wrapped in Plastic» released on tape through Out of Breath records. Out of Breath is a fantastic label that consistently puts out wonderful music from talented musicians, but I’ve yet to buy any physical copies from them. I might have to change that though.

To my knowledge, Calum does it all himself. Production, mixing, mastering, which in itself is pretty impressive. He recently released his newest album Azure on cassette through Z Tapes, which I’m expecting to pop up in my mail any day now, and less than two weeks later comes the physical release of Wrapped in Plastic. Music for hopeless romantics.

Pick up a copy of Wrapped in Plastic on the Out of Breath webstore, or the digital copy on Candy’s bandcamp. Z Tapes still have copies of Azure available too, which I highly recommend picking up here.

Marti & the Dads – Hang Tentative

I’d love to tell you how I came across Grouphug, but I really can’t remember. I mean, the first release I heard from them was their recent split compilation with King Pizza Records, but I’m not sure whether it was Grouphug or King Pizza I discovered first. I have a habit of following labels and artist on Bandcamp, forgetting about them, and rediscovering them as they pop back up on my feed, though it has lead to me having an annoying backlog of releases at all times.

I tried to do something about my backlog by deciding to not listen to full albums if I didn’t enjoy the first 5-10 minutes of the release, which I suppose has helped somewhat. Time will tell, I suppose.

Marti & the Dads are a 4-piece surf punk / garage rock group from Colorado that have been making fall feel like summer for two years, and Hang Tentative is no exception. Check out the EP up top, and follow the shitrockers on Facebook.

Dying Adolescence – Dear You, it Can’t Wait

I guess you could argue that writing songs about the end of high school and turning 18 is the easiest way to get people to connect with the music on a more personal level. Combine the lyrics with the innocence of lo-fi pop and you’ve probably got an album that’ll catch a lot of people’s attention. Regardless of what your own high school life was like, Dying Adolescence has probably got you covered. It’s easier for you to just listen yourself. The lyrics are all available on the Z tapes page, and the cassette can be picked up here.

Sóley – Ask the Deep

It’s pretty common knowledge that there’s something about Iceland that turns regular musicians into fantastic artists. I mean, it’s not difficult to make a list of some fantastic acts to come out of Iceland. Múm, Sin Fang, Seabear, amiina, and Pascal Pinon would just be the start of a very long list of both well-known and less known artists. Your guess about how it came to be like this is as good as mine. Maybe something about the long nights, maybe the nature is more inspiring.

This time it’s Sóley Stefánsdóttir I’ve been listening to. Her first solo album since 2011 (she’s also a member of Seabear) was released early in 2015, around springtime. I could’ve sworn I listened to it back then, but it still felt like today was the first time I actually heard it. For an album released during spring this one sure feels cold and much more fit for winter. Dark and brooding lyrics performed with the familiar Icelandic accent over the accompanying drums, strings and piano.

Oddly enough the album closes out with Dreamers and Lost Ship, and while the lyrics on the latter can be a bit morbid (Maybe it’s best\If I kill you right now\You’ll be my guest\And I’ll show you how), they both seem more warm than the preceding 8 tracks, in particular Dreamers.

Johanna Warren – nūmūn

Like two-three years ago, after listening to an album in full, I’ go looking for reviews written for it when it first released. Seems counter-intuitive I guess, for the most part reviews are supposed to help someone that’s on the fence decide whether or not it’s worth giving the record a listen, the movie a watch, or the book a read. I liked reading reviews because it was a way to find out if others felt the same way about an album that I did. I didn’t really write my own reviews much back then, I’d just share whatever music I liked on a blog with a couple words and links. All the reviews would talk in length about the emotions and feelings the albums and the songs displayed, the deeper meaning of lyrics, and all I had to say was that «this is good and makes me feel nice.»

For the most part I’m still like that. My reviews don’t actually discuss the music as much as you’d expect an album review to do. It’s just thoughts that I want to put down on paper. Or in this case, a computer screen. I guess I got fed up with the reviewing style of pages like Pitchfork and Paste that try to make the review seem like as much of an artwork as the review. It just came off as pretentious.

But here’s Johanna Warren with nūmūn, released in May 2015, right about when I got into Vaporwave and didn’t listen to anything else for a couple of months. I only recently realized how much music I actually missed out on, but I guess there’s not really a rush to get through as much content as possible. nūmūn is in a lot of ways very similar to Warren’s 2013 debut, Fates, with the exception that Fates handles somewhat different subject and seems to emanate a more eerie nature than her new album. Both releases are acoustic indie folk releases, mostly just Warren’s voice and her guitar, occasionally accompanied by piano and what sounds like a single flute assisting in setting the ambiance just right. nūmūn demands your attention, it’s intense, honest, rich and piercing. A highly recommended listen.