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, 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…‘!

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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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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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logo playlist A dance to death by a songbird in boghz as it navigates the world in a year of no light! It is flying through urban places best left to rot together with their self-defying, self-loathing inhabitants. It only stops momentarily when it hears a heart beating fast in agony. It only takes off again when the sorrow reaches manageable levels. The sound it creates when it flaps its wings is only audible to creatures looking for sonic disquiet. Can you hear it? Can you bear it?     

If this playlist were a soundtrack for a ball, it would be for a dance-macabre. Borrowing aesthetic elements from black and white movies about ghosts and twisting and turning them so that they end up sounding as an injured animal that roars, this monthly playlist is not for the faint-hearted light seekers. Enjoy it!

 

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HOROLOGIUM-Carmina Contagionis

Release date:28 June 2021

Label: Ur Muzik

HOROLOGIUM — a.k.a Grzegorz Siedlecki — is a project that devotees of dark ambient, post-industrial and neoclassical ceremonial music are very familiar with and very fond of. We had the pleasure of enjoying the sonic strength of their music live in London during the mini festival Deliquium in 2018 and loved the way their sound was complemented by beautiful visuals that revealed a fascination with the aesthetic of old black and white movies. Three years after the release of ‘Atavistic Americana‘ and one year after the release of their even darker EP entitled ‘Starvation Musings‘, the band is ready to release a new album entitled ‘Carmina Contagionis‘ through Ur Muzik. By carefully decomposing their industrial rhythms and enriching them with distorted dark folk, spoken word elements and choral vocals that evoke the atmosphere of a church, HOROLOGIUM are about to release their most cinematic album to date. Their political comments are artistically handled, shrouded in vocal samples that evoke the aesthetics of old movies, while disquieting loops play addictive tricks with our spiritual comfort. We noticed and loved the way the tracks finish, each breaking its own ‘mould’. This is an album for the end of times, an album that glorifies the moment before everything stops and is reborn. Make sure to preorder it now!


Here is the official press release from the band:

“Every plague has its own melody (music to die to), but the past centuries knew that music could also serve as a medicine: carmina contra mortalitatem hominum. But what kind of illness actually threatens HOROLOGIUM coverthe very essence of a noble soul? Horologium are back with their trademark sound: obsessive and overwhelming aural collages meet sublime ambient fragments, martial industrial meets spoken word and choir singing. The album features a collaborative track with the old-time comrade Der Arbeiter. The artwork’s been skilfully crafted by Bunkier Productions. Carmina Contagionis offers six new tracks on a strictly limited and hand-numbered lathe-cut LP (20 pieces only!). This is a ‘rara avis’ release per se and will not be reissued! 10x black LP // 10x transparent LP EUR 39.00 (plus shipping)  Pre-order you copy at ur.muzik(at)yahoo(dot)com or via our fb page


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Blauerosen_Jointweird logo A Jointweird production of Blauerosen’s monthly playlist made up of favourite independent and underground music releases of May 2021.


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Monthly playlist-April 2021

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logo playlistThe days might be getting longer but we will forever be fascinated by the sound of the night. Our favourite independent/underground releases of April 2021 follow a circular pattern, that infinitely expanded our consciousness in all possible dimensions. The journey begins and ends with ethereal soundscapes composed by Peter Bjärgo and Daemonia Nymphe but not before creating some ceremonial sonic spirals with post-rock, doom metal, punk, post-punk, dark ambient, IDM, always melancholic but dynamic textures. Godspeed You! Black Emperor have returned after four years with their impressive album, “G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!” – accompanied by a political statement that made us jump from our seats in support and solidarity! The new sonic endeavour of Darren J. Holloway (SINNEN, Damselfly) with The German Ocean, has began taking some shape through the debut release of the album ‘The German Ocean‘, full with serene and disquieting soundscapes where subtle melodic alterations are toying with our emotional balance as they ‘break away’ from the sonic distortion that envelops them! Wolvennest, have offered us a ritual in a sonic form entitled ‘MMXX‘ – that has continued to make us shiver every time we listen to its ritualistic, doom, throbbing rhythms and the unapologetically affirmative vocals and lyrics!

We don’t want to tell you how this journey will end and we cannot promise that you might not lose yourselves within this sonic tunnel, but we will only say that with their new EP ‘Witches’ Lullaby‘, Daemonia Nymphe seem to have now actually passed from this world to that of Nymphs!

Have a listen here and enjoy!

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You can also access our teaser/broadcast of a part of this playlist- as presented on Tak Tent Radio here:

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