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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums January 2024

Posted: 25th February 2024 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistUnlike others, we love winter and its darkness, and we look forward to the releases of the season. The soundtrack of the first long month of the year had everything from post-folk, to metal and heavy psych. We enjoyed impressive debut releases and promising self-released music and once again we were amazed by the paths that sonic experimentation is able to open in our consciousness.

But let’s take things from the beginning, a year that begins with a new release by New Model Army, must prove to be quite the memorable one. Never mind the band’s well established socio-political criticism of the state of affairs around the world through their lyrics. Their latest album ‘unbroken’ manages to incorporate Cretan lyra rhythms, typically found in traditional dances of Crete within their sound that also includes (in other parts of the album) metal/heavy guitar riffs. Those who follow the band will know that there are albums when New Model Army embrace melody and fantasy in their sound and visuals and other years when these are set aside. This latest album belongs to the second category and as with every verse that comes out of Justin Sullivan’s mouth, it awakes a fighting spirit that every other part of life seems to want to keep dormant!

The new album by Data Fragments is a true post-punk revelation, and the reason is that it manages to create an osmosis between sounds that fans of the dark alternative scene since the 80s would be very familiar with. What is worth mentioning here is not as much that this band has good influences, but that their influences cover the 80s Belgian coldwave scene, the modern post-punk revival, Greece’s punk music tradition and the way it manifested in the 90s as well as the more obscure, new wave/dreamy sound that came out of labels like the legendary Sarah Records. I think in the white noise that is created by the abundance of independent/underground releases, the album ‘Total Absence Of Light’ deserves your attention as well as a place in your collection.

Now brace yourselves for SLIFT‘s new album ‘ILION’ full of heavy psych and metal elements, slow rhythms and a ceremonial attitude to all of the above. Listening to this album on repeat made one thing clear – SLIFT are bearers of some important message and this is the sound they created in order to communicate it with us.

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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums November 2023

Posted: 27th December 2023 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistOne month before the end of the year, our favourite albums covered all the colours of the industrial/noise music spectrum offering a lot of room for self-reflection. There were some very memorable come backs during this month and the first was the new album by Riotmiloo, probably the conceptually darkest release of the band so far. Taking inspiration from bands like Haus Arafna and Monolith, and developing their sound in such a way so that it reached the depths of their existence, the band has created an almost autobiographical album that has a very strong grip around one’s heart.

Another surprising come back, was that of Lebanon Hanover, who released the EP ‘Better Than Going Away’ and seem to have altered their sound in such a way that the neofolk/militaristic references have become very prominent.

 

The synthwave music spectrum was covered fully with the trippy and very memorable release by Nick Carlisle ‘Bloody Saturnalia’ while the album ‘The Most Dangerous Machine In The World’ by strom|morts can clearly be characterised as the weirdest, experimental release of this month. Next to this, sits the mesmerising storytelling album of Edward Ka-Spel, ‘Tease, Seize…Apply’. We can never get enough of sonic wizard Edward Ka-Spel’s otherworldly stories who always manages to make everything feel lighter and manageable!

Lastly we would like to draw your attention to the forceful ceremonial atmosphere created within the latest dark ambient gem released by Atrium Carceri. This is an album that will immediately transfer you into the dimly lit, mystic corridors of some far away castle and it should not go unnoticed.

We hope you enjoy this playlist as much as we did while preparing it.

 

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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums October 2023

Posted: 20th November 2023 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistWe listened to 70 independent/underground releases during October 2023, and we were stunned by the debut singles/EP/albums during this month. 26 of these 70 releases form this monthly playlist and let us admit that there have been a few disappointing releases that did not make it despite our biased convictions that they would.

There are some big highlights here and I am not just referring to the customary October release by Nox Arcana who once again gave us a haunting gothic sonata to get us through Spooktober! Oliver Marson, whose intriguing stage presence we enjoyed recently at the 100 Club, released a very memorable, new wave, synthwave album entitled ‘Why Did I Choose This?‘. The overall sound of this album brings to mind equally the Psychedelic Furs and Japan and the melodies are addictive beyond belief. The lyrics also share some Bukowski qualities and are quite poetic and pop at the same time.

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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums April 2023

Posted: 15th May 2023 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistApril was the month with the biggest number of releases so far in 2023. The 66 releases we listened to during this month covered everything from dream pop to existential symphonic metal, and for that reason it represents almost all the moods that we went through the last month. Our favourite albums of the month reflect this incredible mix of music that talented people created for us from around the world.


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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums November 2022

Posted: 15th December 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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Blauerosen_Jointweird logoThis is the playlist that prepares for the end of the year — the soundtrack of a journey through an abandoned fairground where everything is left in a state of limbo. Our favourite albums of this month include the dynamic return of Pecadores, a cult band from Brazil, 11 years after the release of their previous album. This time they have been haunted again and have come back with their incredible mix of industrial rhythms that sometimes nod to Wumpscut and tribal percussion that bring the mind to tribal ceremonies. A special mention in due to the fantastic releases of ant-zen by vromb, thorofon and 2kilos&more who created an addictive IDM/noise/industrial symphony that kept us on edge for most of the month! TEATRE‘s album ‘Metropolis’ added to the captivating sonic mix with notes of downtempo and dark techno.

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Misfortunes can act as driving forces to pursue something better or to drag you down with them. I like that contradiction.”

Logo interviewIt is quite hard to describe the feeling of coming across a band that reminds you of the qualities you value so much in music and which are somehow, lately, been set a little bit aside but most bands. This was the feeling since we came across the latest release by Misfortunes entitled ‘Brilliant Endings‘. This is a band that shines bright in the gloomy synthwave sonic universe. In fact, we were so touched by the melancholic melodies and the poetic lyrics that it became imperative that we talked with the musician behind this brilliant project, Ioakim Vasiliadis.We talked about the band’s beginning, the songs, the collaborators and the future. 

 

 

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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums September 2022

Posted: 9th October 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistIf a path cannot be fathomed nor designed, then sound shall carve one out of nothingness. We might not ‘curse’ anyone this time, but our favourite songs celebrate both the realms of death and those of a pastoral nature with equal passion.

 


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Monthly playlist – Favourite albums November 2021

Posted: 10th December 2021 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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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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