Passive/Aggressive

WANDA GROUP – “IT IS WHAT IT IS AT THE TIME THAT IT IS”

English Feature January 19 2014 WANDAGROUPLIVE

Af Andreas Syr

The music of Brighton based musician and artist Louis Johnstone is not easily grasped and held on to. Especially not in words. As WANDA GROUP he has released a barrage of damaged ambient music on labels such as Opal Tapes, Vlek and, most recently, NNA Tapes which has just released his latest record, the ominously titled “A Slab About Being Held Captive”. The disembodied drones, fragmented beats and hissing, crackling field recordings that Johnstone assembles into murky collages, has made people compare him to everything from Iannis Xenakis to The Caretaker, but as this interview clearly shows, WANDA GROUP is a musical entity entirely of its own making.

The new mix “A GANG NOT WORTH SHIT” that he’s created for Passive/Aggressive (which is really not so much a mix as a completely new composition) perfectly showcases the strange romance of his noisy assemblages: The harsh and melancholic edifices of found and manipulated sounds that WANDA GROUP erects are both alien and strangely familiar, like half-remembered dreams – and it is in the thousand cracks and fissures between the parts that the world and human experience seeps through and lights them in a soft, organic glow. We also asked him a couple of questions about his work, life and artistic practice, which it turned out was hard to distinguish from one another… Læs resten

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – lyd for enden af tunnelen

Blog May 14 2013 lorelleobsolete

Af Andreas Melchior

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete er fra Guadalajara i Mexico og består af henholdsvis Lorena Quintanilla (“Lorelle”) og Alberto González (“The Obsolete”). Duoen har musikalsk rodfæste i den mikstur af shoegaze, krautrock og psych, som så mange andre bands, mere eller mindre vellykket, kredser om for tiden (de tre r’er: riffs, rumklang og repetition). De er blevet beskrevet som lyden af alle de bedste bands smeltet sammen til ét. Det er de sikkert ikke, selvom det selvfølgelig er en smagssag, men mexicanerne stikker alligevel ud fra mængden.

På trods at at Lorelle Meets The Obsoletes narkoleptiske drone lyder som om, det er indspillet om i et soveværelse midt om natten, eller med bind for øjnene, er musikken hverken søvndyssende eller dyster. De krautede indslag virker nærmere rastløse; som at vågne op et fremmed sted uden at kunne erindre, hvordan man er kommet derhen. End ikke en til tider næsten uoverstigelig mur af støj kan overdøve de simple melodier, der mantrisk gentages. Momentvis som hvis Stereolab blev afspillet på en skrattende transistorradio med flade batterier. Læs resten

Heroin in Tahiti – ‘Blade Runner’ i en fugtig afrikansk megacity

Blog April 29 2013 2011-04-14-heroin-in-tahiti_4

Bandnavnet er på sin vis ret sigende, i hvert fald hvis man forestiller sig, hvordan det må være at være ramt af en tung narkonedtur i et kvælende varmt tropeparadis. Ildevarslende, klaustrofobisk og søvnløst hallucinerende. Italienske Heroin in Haiti udsendte sidste år albummet ’Death Surf’ (via Boring Machine), en instrumental affære brygget på lige dele molramt og dronet, downtempo surfguitar, tyktflydende synth-sirup og spaghettiwestern-patos. Nu er gruppen aktuelle med fem nye numre, samlet på en split-lp med beslægtede Ensemble Economique og udsendt via NO=FI Recordings. Læs resten