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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums July 2019

Posted: 12th August 2019 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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“Punk rock will never die, until something more dangerous replaces it”-Jello Biafra

July (!) is not typically a very dynamic month in terms of both album releases and gigs. It is a month during which a lot of festivals are being carried out worldwide, logo playlistoffering the chance to enjoy the releases of the previous months. One could argue that the soundtrack of the month should always be just the sound of the cheers of the crowds who enjoy outdoor festivals. This month’s independent music releases create quite a melancholic and dark atmosphere that sometimes feels impenetrable and other times otherworldly and menacing. We have listened to 55 albums and we picked those ones that had the strongest impact on us. This time, they can take you to a coldwave, deathrock, experimental, industrial, synthpop, garage rock, IDM, dream pop sonic trip. Enjoy it here:

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Thom Yorke, is the ultimate guide of this soundtrack, as he has unveiled the next chapter of his solo work, entitled ‘Anima‘. This album is the epitome of experimentation into sonic abstraction and minimalism and thus it creates the perfect artistic portal for us to enjoy all the other albums that have been included in this month’s soundtrack. Its title and perhaps its whole style has been inspired by Carl Jung’s concept of  ‘Animus and Anima’ which is part of his theory about the collective unconscious. Anima, according to Carl Jung was the unconscious feminine side of a man who, like animus, transcends the personal psyche. The album’s title, as Thom Yorke has explained is also a critique of the way technology has allowed us to be distanced from the things we say and do by ‘hiding’ behind an avatar or a digital persona. This album follows the release of ‘Suspiria’ in 2018, an album that was used as a soundtrack to Luca Guadagnino’ s film of the same title, that was inspired by Dario Argento’s 1977 film of the same title. ‘Anima‘ is also the soundtrack of a musical film directed by Paul Anderson. Thom Yorke performs the songs and stars in the film, while the music is multidimensional with a deep, reverberating sound. Listening to this album feels as if reading a book with many chapters; each track has a different energy and a different performing style and Thom Yorke’s signature timbre, is making sure that we are kept in a dreamy, almost hallucinatory state where the sound of the voice is echoing and the meaning of the words is unclear. Thom Yorke has said that ‘…if you don’t dream enough, you don’t process enough…‘ and this cannot describe better, the effect his music and his performing style have been having throughout his career but especially through this new album. As far as ‘Anima’ is concerned, in a recent interview he has said that: ‘…on a musical and technical level i was deliberately trying to find something as ‘cold’  as possible to go with it…‘ while its sound, has been inspired by styles that challenge the traditional songwriting ways, such as noise and music concrete.

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Monthly Playlist-Favourite Albums June 2019

Posted: 11th July 2019 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”-Albert Einstein

 

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June was a particularly interesting month in terms of its album releases, the most favourite of which, make a journey from ethereal folk towards doom post-rock.

During this month, I found myself delving more into the condition of ‘post‘ both in music and in art in general. It was actually a definition of ‘the post’, that was provided in one of the numerous student projects at the Architectural Association, combined with a memorable variété/architectural event inside the Hippodrome Casino about post-modern architecture, that enlightened me in such a way that I can now ‘see’ post music with new eyes.


One of the multiple definitions was: ‘A post is a position or a state that defines where or how something or someone has to be, as it was meant to be’. Another one said ‘…a post is a node, a meeting point, a gathering spot. A post is where people converge towards…’.

The releases of Band of Holy Joy, The Membranes, Red Velvet Deception, Vlimmer, The Man&His Failures, BLVCK CEILING, Death’s Head, VOID//GIST, Constant Mongrel, PLAID and Such Beautiful Flowers all tap into different aspects of post music by stressing its ‘heavier’ industrial side, the more emotional coldwave side or even its more vindictive punk side.

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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums May 2019

Posted: 1st July 2019 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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“In a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom”-J.G Ballard


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logo playlistMay 2019 was a very rich month in terms of the album releases that saw the light of day, and our monthly playlist is reflecting the polyphony and the many sides of sonic experimentation that we encountered in these albums. Clearly, all the musicians have been inspired by different concepts, places, emotions, and worldwide developments and channeled their responses to all these using creativity and the kind of ‘madness’ J.G Ballard is talking about…

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28th WGT-The highlights

Posted: 14th May 2019 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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wgt bannerMay is usually the time of year when we start preparing ourselves for our annual visit to the beautiful city of Leipzig. The 28th WGT is less than a month away and we’d just thought to give you a summary of the highlights of the festival for this year.

The festival’s line up accommodates once again, every taste from power electronics to dark ambient and rock. There are 20 bands from the UK (Alien Vampires, Am Not, Arhai, Cradle of Filth, Cubanate, Darkher, Double Echo, Empathy Test, Empirion, Evi Vine,  Inkubus Sukkubus, Lene Lovich band, New Model Army, Nitzer Ebb, October Burns Black, Sad Lovers and Giants, The Adicts, New Model Army, UK Decay, White Lies),  that will perform in the festival this year and several bands which have been in a hiatus for many years but will reunite and perform exclusively for the festival. Let’s not forget the famous after parties, which will feature favourite UK-based DJs behind the decks as well.

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Monthly playlist- Favourite albums April 2019

Posted: 13th May 2019 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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“Art is restoration.The idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented -which is what fear and anxiety do to a person-into something whole”-Louise Bourgeois


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logo playlistThe soundtrack of April 2019, made up of our favourite releases of the month, is making a trip  that starts in a mind-numbing, spiritually freeing atmosphere and ends in a similar but more lyrical sonic environment. We loved this month’s releases because they included albums whose sound cannot be really described or categorised. We are talking about the albums ‘Kina‘ by MAYa&Tolga Baklacioglu and ‘Seven Steps Behind‘ by MANA. In the latter, Daniele Mana has managed to create a sound that achieves an enviable balance between electronic and neoclassical experimentation. Fascinating rhythms which are rich in texture, bring to the foreground instruments that challenge the limitations of their nature and create a kaleidoscopic, disquieting yet ethereal soundscape. It is inspiring to realize that even though the rhythms give the illusion of being static, the flow they encompass is unique and very unusual. After a point, the sound and the atmosphere becomes more mystifying and cryptic compared to the beginning. Sonic snippets of passing choral vocals discreetly ‘interrupt’ the Burton-like atmosphere that is created.

‘Kina’, is differently experimental compared to MANA’s album. Through its seven tracks, you will be guided into a time-altering space filled with distorted techno rhythms, dreamy vocals, industrial textures, tribal percussion and noisy moments. If we were to characterize the sound of this album we would say that it is a sort of ‘deconstructive minimal tribalism’. We read: “It makes total sense that MAYa and Tolga should have made an album together…There is however one unusual element to their collaboration: they have never met. Tolga lives in Eskisehir (Turkey) and MAYa lives in New York City…”. The production of this album is commendable as it provides volume and space to each element of this challenging arrangement so that each one can freely transfer us into its complex dimensions. The vocals, equally multidimensional, are sometimes reduced to expressive hums and other times, they reveal their more ethereal qualities and somehow bind this whole album together.

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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums March 2019

Posted: 15th April 2019 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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“I believe in empty spaces, they are the most wonderful thing”-Anselm Kiefer

March was a month whose sonic footprint was mostly industrial and darkwave. We listened to 75 independent music releases during last month and the ones that had the strongest impact on us had a heavy and melodic sound. There were albums that had as their starting point ideas around the preservation of the environment and others that found inspiration in alchemical processes and psychedelic states of mind. We equally enjoyed the few but precious releases that had more evidently punk rhythms and aesthetics as well as those ones where the synthesizers were creating a melodic and captivating sonic trail that we absolutely had to follow…

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Monthly playlist-February 2019

Posted: 10th March 2019 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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“…because we live in an industrialized, fast-paced world that prefers that the soul remains asleep…” (Bill Viola)

February was a particularly dynamic month, rich in independent music releases that cover the whole spectrum from ethereal/neoclassical to psychedelic rock. Even though most of our favourite albums are clustered around the post punk genre, the doom metal/ black metal and the experimental music releases were so intense that, in a way, set the mood of this whole monthly playlist.

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When I was growing up all the women in my house were using needles. I’ve always had a fascination with the needle, the magic power of the needle.The needle is used to repair the damage.It’s a claim to forgiveness. It is never aggressive, it’s not a pin (Louise Bourgeois)

Blaue Rosen salutes the International Women’s Day 2019 with a playlist that celebrates the music of female artists in their solo careers. There is a ‘thread’ that connects our favourite songs from these releases and it has to do with the melancholy and darkness that these artists are expressing from the guerilla_girlsdepths of the human psyche. The personal stories of some of these women artists, have strongly influenced and constantly inform their music, sometimes manifesting in otherworldly and dramatic ways. At the same time their sound  simultaneously becomes conceptually incomprehensible and very much ‘within our reach’. Enjoy our playlist!

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albums_gigs2019 is shaping up to be another exciting year for independent music, both in terms of live music and on what concerns album releases. Judging from the very first albums that have been released so far and from the artists that are expected to produce new music in the following months, it seems that we are up for some great sonic treats the following months. As far as gigs are concerned, there are also great names that have already planned to visit London until the end of 2019, some of whom we have not had the chance to enjoy live for quite some time. But let’s get to it…

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