Passive/Aggressive

Janushoved – “I always wanted a feeling of anonymity” (interview)

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Interview and all photos (Yuri & Internazionale, Soho Rezanejad, Raquin, Manon Lescaut 22.06.2018 @ Mayhem) by Cameron Pagett

“I always wanted it to have a feeling of anonymity.” Mikkel Valentin, founder and recording artist of Copenhagen electronic label Janushoved reflects. “I started making noise music when I was 16, I thought I had invented a completely new genre.” (laughs). Some years later and a total of 80 releases past the beginnings of Janushoved it feels like a big step forward to him. Showcasing and coming out and connecting physically as a label and a unit hasn’t always been directly on the cards. With numerous releases under different aliases, the label has a feeling of mystery and familiarity. Having established itself firmly as a name in the local Copenhagen DIY electronic scene, it feels like this could have or should have been done much more than it has. With an adoring local and international audience and a unique presence in the noise community with a sound normally bearing a romantic and sensual aura, Janushoved has grown organically from the seeds of pure sound and a penchant for exotic, bizarre and sentiment driven visuality. “It’s a label that draws the intellectually stimulated melody junkie,” an admirer reveals, “The style is distinctively Copenhagen but feels less harsh and calculating then some others … it’s more like red wine on a Saturday night rather than vodka.”
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Yves Tumor – Perfectly unpredictable (live report)

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Yves Tumor, Khalil, Scandinavian Star and Soho Rezanejad hosted by Lowlife Scum and Knife Magazine at Mayhem 23.3.2018. Review and all photos by Cameron Pagett.

“Don’t fuck with my shield! Don’t fuck with my shield! …”

It’s the fourth and final set on a crowded Mayhem night and the headliner Yves Tumor has broken or rather, ripped his way through his plastic cage which had separated him from the audience for much of the first portion of his set. The music, or rather the drilling, cerebral, sordid symphony of siren like noise complete with jackhammering, invasive vocals called from the fog for a sense of security. Young men scurried from the imaginary room once partitioned by painter’s plastic which still adorned the majority of empty wallspace in the room.

“Don’t fuck with my shield! Don’t fuck with my shield!” Cries for respect in the midst of full body assault sound filled the space momentarily. Yves stares into a young woman’s eyes standing beyond the table with his controls resting on it. Stares into her eyes possessed with the same madness jolting from the speakers. This is aggressive. Engage or leave.

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Astrid Sonne – Balancen mellem gentagelse og fornyelse (interview)

Blog February 12 2018

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Af Alexander Julin

Astrid Sonne er et af de nyeste navne inden for den blomstrende eksperimentelle, elektroniske musik i Danmark. Med alsidige og livlige kompositioner har hun på sit debutalbum, “Human Lines” (Escho), skabt et værk, der både bærer præg af improvisation og en velovervejethed om, hvordan værkets numre komplementerer hinanden – stilistisk, kompositionelt såvel som stemningsmæssigt. Astrid Sonne dyrker gentagelsen uden at udelukke muligheden for fornyelse og uforudsigelighed.

I anledning af “Human Lines” har vi interviewet Sonne om bl.a. improvisation og tilfældighed, indflydelsen fra hendes musikalske skoling i bratsch og sang, om ikke at tøjle musik til bestemte følelser og udtryk, at placere bestemte æstetiske udtryk i alternative sammenhænge og at droppe “den kristne arbejdsmoral”. Læs resten

Soho Rezanejad – Længslens og harmens mange stemmer

Kritik January 19 2018

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Soho Rezanejad “Six Archetypes” (Silicone Records, 2018) – anmeldelse af Alexander Julin

Soho Rezanejad debuterede i 2015 med EP’en “Idolatry” på Silicone Records, som Rezanejad selv driver. Foruden et par mindre udgivelser, hvoraf seneste single, “Uplifter”, udkom på Janushoved sidste år, har Rezanejads stemme ellers figureret på bl.a. Croatian Amors album “Love Means Taking Action”  og Lust for Youths album “International”. Mens Rezanejad siden sin debut er blevet en fast del af Lust for Youth og har udgivet en række bånd på Janushoved med projektet Angeles, er “Six Archetypes” det første mere substantielle udspil i eget navn siden “Idolatry”. Læs resten

Truce & Rosen og Spyddet – Images of desire

English Kritik December 12 2017

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Truce “An Olive Branch on the Bed, Pictures of Christ and Military Clothes” (Janushoved, 2017) & Rosen og Spyddet “Fantasia” (Janushoved, 2017) – review by Alexander Julin

Since the label’s first release, the compilation “Ny Dansk Romantik” from 2014, Janushoved has manifested itself as one of the most prominent Danish labels when it comes to synth-oriented lo-fi aesthetics. Back in September, the Copenhagen based label released its latest batch of tapes, counting four new releases: “Uplifter” by Soho Rezanejad, a two-track tape consisting of the title track and a remix by Internazionale; a double-tape by Olympisk Løft entitled “Tvillingeseglet” which is the project’s first release since 2015; “An Olive Branch on the Bed, Pictures of Christ and Military Clothes”, which is the fourth release by Truce; and “Fantasia”, the follow-up to Rosen og Spyddet’s “Drengen Ved Brystet” from last year. Læs resten

Et afskedsbrev – Le Salon Pissoir est mort, vive Salon Pissoir!

Feature November 20 2017 Foto: Jonathan Hjorth

Kære København, musikelskere og kammerater

Vi er taknemmelige for alle de øjeblikke af stilhed mellem tonerne, og at vi sammen kunne skabe det rum. Et rum hvor livemusikken var det vigtigste, selvom højttalerne nogle gange slog fra og gik ud.

Ethvert miljø skal have sine scener, og vi føler, at vi skabte denne her scene sammen. En lille scene lavet af træ, som ikke ser ud af meget, men som holdt nogle af de stærkeste lydoplevelser for vores ungdom.

Den scene blev ramme for en serie af debutkoncerter, hvor bandets navn nærmest blev lavet til aftenen; Sink Ships og Pardans er blandt dem. Der var Dokument#1 releasefesten, hvor 180 mennesker var pakket ind i vores lille teater sammen med Iceage, Communions, Lower, Hand of Dust og Skurv. Loke ender dansende på baren, kaster sig ud for at gribe fat i loftsbjælkerne og falder ned midt i et vildt dansende, tætpakket publikum. Sofie Hvid, der rejste hele vejen fra en efterskole på Fyn, for at spille en uopfordret guitar-seance for Daniel Frank og Madeleine Kate på Morgenstedet, og senere blev inviteret ind som solo act før Less Win. Og vi, Madeleine Kate og Daniel Frank, har været omgivet af byens smukkeste til at lave Salon:Pissoir; Patrick Kociszewski har kørt gear. Bjørn Manniche fik skabt bro mellem miljøer. Matthew Moller bragte elegancen ind i baren. Jonathan Hjorth ikonificerede øjeblikke med sit kamera. Helene Gianakos, Sarah Armstrong, Victor Vejle og Soho Rezanejad var kattene i døren. Victor Nuno kom forbi og sagde, at Sisyfos-Myten var misforstået, at Sisyfos elsker at skubbe stenen op af bjerget, og så blev Victor hængende. Der var elektricitet, som forsvandt og bragt tilbage af et syngende rum. Læs resten

Angeles & Internazionale – Desolate electronics and echoes of abandoned spaces

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Angeles & Internazionale ”Vigilance” (Janushoved, 2017) – Review by Ivna Franić

Copenhagen tape label Janushoved kicked the year off with several new cassette releases of recordings by Liberty Uganda, Mercury Ribbon, Tevere, and one intriguing duo. Angeles & Internazionale is a collaboration between Soho Rezanejad – whom you might have heard on Croatian Amor’s latest record, if nowhere else, and Mikkel Valentin Dunkerley – the head of Janushoved, member of Rosen & Spyddet and man of many other monikers. Although Internazionale has a new solo album coming out on Posh Isolation these days, which might hopefully bring him some well-deserved exposure, the beautiful ”Vigilance” tape with Angeles should not go unnoticed. Læs resten