Monthly playlist-Favourite albums May 2022

Posted: 16th June 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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The future has a dark face as Soft Cell are singing, but it listens to some pretty good damn music or at least that’s our take on the matter.

logo playlistFrom the bone-cracking realism of Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio and their dark ritualistic waltzes, to the captivating, motivating, exhilarating soundscapes that came out of the synergy of TOKEE, Static Logic and Access to Arasaka, the soundtrack of the previous month was more ‘grounded’ in terms of its energy compared to the previous month, but equally stimulating when it came to the concepts behind the releases and the music. We welcomed the return of Soft Cell with ‘Happiness not Included’, a dystopian pop, noir synthpop album that addressed ideas that cross our minds everyday. Channeled through the humble – yet-bitter honesty of Marc Almond‘s performance, the topics of the latest Soft Cell album touched on religion, personal relationships and the human experience especially as it has been convoluted recently. Emma Ruth Rundle‘s demonic, paganistic, ritualistic call from another dimension was the release that haunted the creation of this soundtrack. The catchy EP entitled ‘Kiss the Boys’ by Je t’Aime, brought to mind the energy of the first gig of Dear Deer at WGT in Leipzig. So whether, you prefer the melancholic, post-punk injected sounds of Glaring or the techno inspired tracks of FEIERTAG, we hope you enjoy this playlist as much as we did while preparing it.

 

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Monthly playlist- Favourite albums April 2022

Posted: 13th May 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistDear darklings, the soundtrack of April 2022 is meant to get you off your seats. Its purpose is to rekindle your desire to go out dancing because, let’s face it, we’ve done enough dancing in our bedrooms over the last two years. If there is one thing we can conclude from the releases of the previous month, it is that, despite the world being in standstill, bands and musicians were working on new stuff behind the scenes. This month we had the comeback of Rammstein after three years with ‘Zeit’, an album the equal of ‘Liebe Ist Für Alle Da’. We also had the return of Archive with ‘Call to Arms & Angels’, original material coming six years after ‘The False Foundation’. Beloved punk disruptors CROWS have offered another addictive collection of songs in their sophomore album, while Sudden Infant have returned with a poetic, sometimes punk, sometimes noisy, minimalistic album, four years after ‘Buddhist Nihilism’. Speaking of punk, Lady Bird have made a powerful entrance onto the scene with ‘WE’, their debut album, and are now been on our radar as a ‘must see’ live band.

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Monthly playlist- Favourite albums March 2022

Posted: 23rd April 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistA month that includes new albums from Edward Ka-Spel and Current 93 is no ordinary month of the year, it outshines the previous ones and will do the rest (oh yes it will!). A month that resurrects our interest in the carefree 90s indie music scene with one of the best releases of PLACEBO to date, is definitely not a month to forget. We had incredibly dark, cynical (in terms of their lyrics), lyrical, poetic, haunting, releases during March – but overall they were all incredibly inspiring on some many levels. We have to draw your attention to the incredible experimentation of Alone In The Hollow Garden with instruments, and specifically the sonic dialogue between the electric saraswati veena and the electric sitar. The ceremonial aspect of the doom metal side of this monthly soundtrack is being represented mightily by the releases of The Nest and Egregore, while the emotionally lighter synthpop and post punk sides of it shine through the releases of Dear Deer, Rue Oberkampf, and Assassun. Industrial textures were craftily applied by Xotox to our all-time favourite ‘Popcorn’ while Kavinsky, Ben Lukas Boysen and BLVCK CEILING made sure that our addiction to dreamy, downtempo, trippy electronica was well-fed through their unique takes on each of these subgenres.


We feel that if we say more we might take time away from your enjoyment of this playlist. We hope you lose yourselves in it, in the same way we did while preparing it!

 

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Monthly playlist- Favourite albums February 2022

Posted: 16th March 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistFebruary was an absolute revelation compared to January in terms of its music releases. As yet, another war broke out just as lockdowns eased we enjoyed the unexpected return of some all-time favourite bands, the most prominent of which, was Tears for Fears. ‘The Tipping Point’, has come 16 years after their previous studio album and made us dance again to its 80s synthwave rhythms and all-familiar vibe of innocence and lightness.

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Monthly playlist- Favourite albums January 2022

Posted: 20th February 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistAre black holes cannibals or is the universe a cannibal? This monthly playlist aims at taking you on an experimental, dark sonic meditational journey that leaves the mind with a numbing sensation and the soul with a difficult-to-satisfy ‘hunger’.  Starting off inside melodic and dark IDM sonic spaces, we are offering a trip into dark ambient, heavy psych rock, post-punk, coldwave soundscapes which ends on the top of a hill filled with Scottish folk melodies.

We were particularly excited for having Empusae‘s latest offering on this playlist, ‘Praeter‘, coming three years after his previous release. ‘Walls‘ the new release by Hollow Columns alongside Maya Shenfeld‘s ‘In Free Fall‘, added the dark ambient, poetic and cryptic tone that this conceptually obscure playlist needed in order to properly place itself in the realm of dark music. Further along, Vlimmer‘s new EP made us want to remind ourselves of the music of Diary of Dreams, while Biosphere‘s fascination with 70s post-punk electronics and the way this was translated into an improvisational psychedelia was a particularly fascinating moment during the creation of this playlist.

 

We hope you enjoy this playlist as much as we enjoyed making it.


 

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Monthly playlist- Favourite albums December 2021

Posted: 25th January 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistDecember, the last month of another dark year, filled with the feelings and news surrounding a pandemic. The soundtrack of the month was nothing but following the collective mood as the world seems to be ‘closing down’ again. We listened to 60 releases during this month and chose those ones who sketched the most wicked, the most obscure and for these reasons, the most interesting sonic journey for us. Enjoy them here and find our favourite songs on the image links.

 

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best albums of 20212021 did not turn out to be the year that would overturn the black veil of dystopia cast over the world by the pandemic. But it did bring other good things – like the ability to stop, the ability to slow down, an appreciation of walking and resting. Despite all the noise around the impact of covid-19 on the cultural sector, some bands and musicians found new ways to communicate with their audiences and fans and others found inspiration in this dark place. Our list of the best releases of the year is testament to the above. Towards the end of the year, some gigs did manage to attract an audience ‘albeit a hesitant one’ and, even though the desire to attend gigs might have been challenged for good, the year ended with the promise of better things ahead.



Music, as always, was the only constant during this year and we have been treated with exceptionally powerful sonic stories by new and well established bands alike. As far as Blauerosen was concerned, we started a monthly radioshow on Tak Tent Radio – partnering with Jointweird – and we launched an online merch store on Redbubble with original Blauerosen designs.

Bands responded to a general trend of ‘looking inside’ and saying things as raw as they come to one’s mind. At the same time, most of the sonic output of this year was existentially obscure and emotionally ‘cold’. The past two years have changed everyone and everything and this is reflected in the music that was created. Our soundtrack of 2021 takes a sonic trip that passes through psych rock, experimental, dark ambient, electronic, gothic, post-punk and coldwave. Glimpses of melody and lighter emotions have managed to slip through the darkness in a few of our favourite releases of the year, cutting through the dystopia that we all lived in. During 2021 we particularly loved the new albums by Of The Wand And The Moon, IDLES, Public Service Broadcasting, Mogwai, Whispering Sons, Wolves Like Me, Lingua Ignota, hackedepicciotto and The Underground Youth. We neither know, nor can predict, how the new year will develop and what changes it will trigger in the live music business, but we know that new ways of supporting musicians and labels will only strengthen our connection with them, just as new music will inspire us. Continue to support your scene, focus on the fact that sound has the ability to make the mind journey to less travelled paths and cherish the newfound ability to take things slower. As Justin Sullivan wisely pointed out during New Model Army’s 40th anniversary gig in London, ‘…remember, people, not everything was great before all this shit, so let’s hope things will be better from now on…‘!

best albums 2021

MINISTRY- Moral Hygiene Whispering Sons-Several Others hackedepiciotto-The Silver Threshold Lola In Slacks-Moon Moth I Tpame I Tvrame- II Daniel Knox- Won't You Take Me With You Viagra Boys- Welfare Jazz Divide and Dissolve- Gas Lit distortion six- skade The Gluts- Ungrateful Heart Modern Studies- The Body Is a Tide Cheap Violent Cats- Pandemonium In Our Quirky Town Justin Sullivan-Surrounded Lisa Gerrard & Jules Maxwell- Burn Empyrium-Über den Sternen LINGUA IGNOTA-SINNER GET READY Penny Rimbaud & YOUTH emceekee-Soundings at Earthquake House Alva Noto-HYbr:ID I Trees Speak: Vertigo of Flaws Det Kätterska Förbund - Lidaverken — Del 1: Att i Vådeld Förgås Band of Holy Joy- Dreams Take Flight Godspeek You!Black Emperor-G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! TV Priest-Uppers Wolvennest- Ritual MMXX Mogwai- As The Love Continues Luis Vasquez- A Body Of Errors Danielle de Picciotto- The Element Of Love PETER BJÄRGÖ- The Translucency of Mind's Decay Veik- Surrounding Structures Wolves Like Me- Who's Afraid Pet Needs- Fractured Party Music TANZ OHNE MUSIK - Babes Of The Abyss The Real Tuesday Weld-Blood Public Service Broadcasting- Bright Magic  Daniel Davies- Spies ANIKA- Change TEATRE-Priešistorė The KVB-Unity Irreversible Entanglements Blak Saagan-Se Ci Fosse La Luce Sarebbe Bellissimo The Underground Youth- The Falling Howard Rickard- Beyond The Pale Ledfoot- Black Valley Daemonia Nymphe- Witches' Lullaby World, Interrupted- Deception,Follow Me Tindersticks- Distractions Xqui-Twenties Fatima Al Qadiri- Medieval Femme Kirlian Camera- Cold Pills IDLES- CRAWLER Edward Ka-Spel and Patrick Q Wright- plus ça change Conjecture-Hydra Asylum Promises- Winter Solstice Plague Theoreme- Les Artisans Of The Wand And The Moon- Your Love Can't Hold This Wreath Of Sorrow
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Monthly playlist – Favourite albums November 2021

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Monthly playlist- Favourite albums October 2021

Posted: 14th November 2021 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums September 2021

Posted: 13th October 2021 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlist We have been seeking spiritual solace through the new music we have been listening to throughout this month. It was such a relief that, during our journey we came across the latest dreamy sonic tale by Edward Ka-Spel and Patrick Q.Wright! We might not have found anything but disquiet along the way, we might have felt nothing less than an urge to delve into deeper and darker spiritual labyrinths, but we enjoyed the trip very much. You can expect heartbreaking dark folk sonic tales, describing powerful everyday feelings and situations that would feel anybody feel powerless. At the same time, textured, IDM and industrial soundscapes fill the atmosphere with a ‘heaviness’ that is only being alleviated by the power of the synthesizer, ever so present in our favourite post-punk releases. At the end of the day you need to ask yourselves:

Are sonic ceremonies enabling or disturbing your psychic processes? What were you doing on the day the night forgot to visit?

 


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