Monthly playlist-August 2018

Posted: 12th September 2018 by blaue-rosen in News,press releases
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I took punk to be the detonation of some slow-fused projectile buried deep in society’s flank a decade earlier, and I took it to be, somehow, a sign.” (William Gibson)

August was a month whose soundtrack had punk at its core and experimentation as its drive. There were new releases from favourite, well established musicians, welcomed stylistic changes in the music of others and plenty of debut albums that proved the originality of young musicians in the creative treatment of their influences.

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September 2018-December 2018: A new season of gigs/albums’ releases

We did not have to worry about the possibility of a war this summer but things continue to be nerve wracking worldwide. Artists are concerned about the impact of Brexit on their plans to visit the UK in the future and promoters seem to have scheduled as many gigs as possible before things become seriously uncertain, early next year.

Blaue Rosen, will be covering as many of these as possible having as our only drive, our desire to experience music in our own way, taking into account the artists’ intentions and exploring new sonic horizons. These are the highlights of the next few months, so far.

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You’re not alone…’ from David Bowie’s ‘Rock n’ roll Suicide’ to ‘Life Is Golden’

Summertime is the preferred period of the year for SUEDE to tease us about an upcoming album release. Following ‘Night Thoughts’ that was released two years ago and was followed by a captivating performance at London’s Roundhouse, SUEDE will be offering to us another glimpse into the ideas that dominate their psyches these days, through their new album entitled ‘The Blue Hour‘ expected on September 21st.

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Monthly playlist-July 2018

Posted: 12th August 2018 by blaue-rosen in News,press releases
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What makes night within us may leave stars.(Victor Hugo)

July was an unexpectedly warm month and it definitely needed a motivational soundtrack. This is exactly what it got, both in terms of album releases and in terms of gigs in London. Blaue Rosen’s soundtrack includes releases from many genres and everything in between. One release set the tone and that was no other than the joint EP of Underworld with Iggy Pop (more…)

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‘An artist wears his work in place of wounds’ (Patti Smith)

June turned out to be mostly a punk month, simply because of all the 60 releases that we listened to and which covered everything from noise/techno to soul, it was the various ‘faces’ of punk that fascinated us the most. So let me tell you why…

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You might have picked up that this week is very rich in terms of gigs. There are many well established bands as well as new projects that will offer memorable shows in different venues around London but we wanted to talk about one in particular in more detail. This is no other, than the special show that Daemonia Nymphe are preparing for us on Saturday 23rd June at the largest venue the band has performed so far in London, the O2 Academy in Islington.

The band has come a long way and is heading towards even greater things by constantly enriching their sound with new elements, new instruments and new ideas. Daemonia Nymphe have started their career in Greece in 1998, having been inspired by the mystery surrounding ancient Greek music and the aesthetics associated with ancient Greek theatre. At the very beginning they revealed their influences from the sound of 4AD and Dead Can Dance in particular, but very quickly they enriched their original sound and the lightness of the ethereal female vocals, with ceremonial male vocals and aesthetically psychedelic elements in the performance, making reference to characters like nymphs, oracles and even witches and demons. Their stage appearance has also evolved and enriched with different and more theatrical elements over the years. This was until the release of their album ‘Psychostasia‘ where the idea for a music/theatre performance materialized. ‘Pyschostastia II:The Ritual‘ was not the first time the band had been involved in theatre but it was the first time they transformed one of their music albums into a play. Daemonia Nymphe have provided live scores in numerous theatrical productions both in London and in Greece.

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Deconstruction seeks neither to reframe art with some perfect, apt and truthful new frame, nor simply to maintain the illusion of some pure and simple absence of a frame. Rather it shows that the frame is, in a sense, also inside the painting. For the frame is what “produces” the object of art, is what sets it off as an object of art—an aesthetic object…James N.Powell

May 2018, was a month that glorified music experimentation in the most obvious way. Our initial impression that ‘traditional’ music genres are being gradually and creatively deconstructed or reconstructed by the bands these days, was confirmed by the releases of this month.

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It is one thing to celebrate a birthday with a gig, it is quite another to simultaneously celebrate the career and all the things an artist has offered us so far and has achieved personally. The purpose of the half day gig that we are about to present, is exactly this. Having as a starting point Johny Brown’s birthday, ‘The Devil Has A Hold On The Land, scheduled for May 27th, will feel like riding a multisensory carousel. The experience will be guided by carefully selected musicians, artists and DJs with many points of reference that will start with folk rock, embrace their improvisational moods, become highly experimental and conceptually intriguing and conclude with the always visually stimulating, loud, melodic, emotionally generous but never betraying its punk character, live performance of Band of Holy Joy. So, clear your day on May 27th because The Devil does indeed have a hold on the land…Without further a do, here are a few words about the participating acts: (more…)

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Monthly playlist-April 2018

Posted: 10th May 2018 by blaue-rosen in News,press releases
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I hold a beast, an angel and a madman in me, and my enquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, downthrow and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression…Dylan Thomas

Some people say that it’s best not to expect much so that when good things happen you get to experience the full extent of the positivity they bring with them. Well something similar happened with the releases of April 2018. We already knew about the new albums that were being prepared by well-established bands, but it was actually those less (or not at all) advertised releases, that we have found by exploring the music milieu, that excited us even more. This month had it all, progressive rock, metal, post punk, industrial, IDM, ethereal, darkwave, punk and genre-defying weirdness… for the ‘beast’, the ‘angel’ and/or the ‘madman’ in you!

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Monthly Playlist-March 2018

Posted: 8th April 2018 by blaue-rosen in News,press releases
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“…And since the appearance of things was no longer definitive but limitless, this paradisiacal awareness freed me from the reality external to myself. The fire and the rose, as it were, became one…Federico Fellini

March was a very psychedelic month in various aspects (including the weather!) and its soundtrack could not have been any different. The 20th anniversary party of Rocket Recordings and the unforgettable performance of Alva Noto with Anne-James Chaton, worked like sonic attractors and it was as if everything that we listened to during this month, was to be compared with the quality and the sound of these two performances. In the name of impartiality though, we had to try to ‘forget’ the impact of these two shows and the aesthetic ‘pull’ that they exercised, so that we could create a soundtrack that would be characteristic of the releases of the previous month. Out of the 60 albums/EPs and singles that we listened to during the previous month, it was the different incarnations of punk that somehow ‘neutralized’ the ground before we got enchanted by the weird, the ‘too experimental’, the ‘textured’ sound and the ‘heavy’ music that creates space for social and political critique. If there is one word that could describe the feeling that the soundtrack of March 2018 has created, this is numbness.

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