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Varg – Erindringen om et åndedræt

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Varg ”Nordic Flora Series pt. 4: Techno Music & pt. 5: Crush” – anmeldelse af Lasse Skjold Bertelsen

Første gang jeg stiftede bekendtskab med Varg, var det via en anbefaling af anden del af svenskerens ”Nordic Flora Series” med undertitlen ”En Ros Röd Som Blod” udgivet på Posh Isolation. Den ambitiøse, tredobbelte kassettebåndsudgivelse overraskede mig, fordi det til dels var svært at ryste den grundige udforskning af stemninger i det ambientindustrielle udtryk af sig, og fordi denne udforskning aldrig veg fra fundamentalt at beherske virkemidlerne i det både længsels- og rædselsvækkende lydmaleri.

Efter i mellemtiden at have udsendt ”Pt. 3. Gore Tex City” er manden bag projektet, Jonas Rönnberg, nu klar med, hvad der kunne ligne afslutningen på udgivelsesrækken. Læs resten

The Empire Line – The Oslo report

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Reportage from The Empire Line, Varg, Croatian Amor, Vanity Productions at Blå, Oslo, 22.03.2018. Text and images by Cameron Pagett.

There is a river which runs through the heart of Oslo. Beginning in the mountains and trickling its way down from the Artic sea on the northern tip of our continent, past fjords and craggy peaks which carve the stocking shaped country’s landscape into an epic, serene and quiet place. The sun is out and snow covers most of the hilly and forested terrain as we begin our final approach into Oslo. The closer we get to land the more visible the open spaces cutting through the trees reveal themselves as ski slopes and the entire country begin’s to resemble one giant ski resort. It’s early afternoon when we land, and I am seated some way behind Posh Isolation founders Christian Stadsgaard and Loke Rahbek, who after a decade of releasing music out of a DIY-ethic in Copenhagen are now traveling with international acclaim. It’s my own first time in the country and for Stadsgaard his first in 11 years, and a first ever showcase here for Posh Isolation. After a brief rendezvous at a convenience market in the airport we separate without words to our lodging places beginning what would be an interesting evening in the last major city of the North. The sun is shining, the snow is melting and the river runs with momentum along the clean and well manicured banks before meeting the inner fjord on which the city stands. Somewhere near the end of the river is a brick building covered in graffiti named Blå. Now an establishment, and opened since 1998 this river-side, somewhat historic and unassuming space would be the host for our evening.

Children step into the train with ski’s and snow-suits (quite regular I hear) as I exit into the city centrum and head to my Airbnb. There are a few hours to spare before the show, and walking around feels like visiting an old friend in a new place. Passing the Nobel Prize house and the Museum for Surrealist Painter Edvard Munch, I get the idea that this place holds everything I have heard about but couldn’t locate from first-hand memory. Slinking atop a small table in the dark my Airbnb host who closely resembles an opiated railway worker from the 1800’s crossed with mid-life Gollum looks at me suspiciously when I arrive. After some convincing that it was me he was hosting, he asks me if I can just come back later because he is not ready. I am not too fond of the idea, and I am put in a made-over closet for the night. Luckily the bed isn’t half bad, and even though he won’t stop staring at me from his table-top perch by the corner near the door I feel happy that the night will soon begin. Oslo is a small city, smaller then Copenhagen, I am staying on the opposite end of the city from Blå and its only a 20 minute walk. Camera is in my backpack, time to move, it will be a tale of two or possibly an endless night. Læs resten

Physically Sick 2 – Music and medicine against legally administered poverty

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By Emil Néné Rasmussen

In the always peculiar legal world of the USA, a particularly odd system is set in motion almost every time someone is held in custody or otherwise detained. The system is called bail, and it is the procedure of letting the detained person pay a deposit to the court in return for being released until their trial. While the exact cost of this procedure varies from state to state, depending on the severity of the crime, it has potentially destructive financial consequences for those impacted by it. No matter where one stands on crime and punishment, the matter of the fact is that 1: “We do not tend to confine the most dangerous – we jail the poorest among us”, 2: “Our jails are disproportionately filled with Black and Latino men” and 3: “Defendants sit in jail for long periods awaiting trial. Some defendants have even waited in jail for more than four years before trial”. (Alexander Shalom, “Bail Reform as a Mass Incarceration Reduction Technique”, 2014)

So what can you do? Læs resten

The Empire Line – Et tværsnit i den kontemporære klubscene

Blog Kritik March 1 2018

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The Empire Line “Rave” (Northern Electronics) – Anmeldelse af Sandra S. Borch

For lyttere med hang til den industrielle rytmik og introverte droner var nyheden om Mika Vainios dødsfald et stort tab. Det kommer nok ikke som nogen overraskelse, at de tre bagmænd i The Empire Line også var Mika Vainio-fans. Blandt tracklisten på deres første fuldlængde-album findes nummeret ‘Ø’, der er dedikeret til et af Vainos aliasser. Det, der gjorde Vainios musik interessant, var hans overlappende indflydelse på ambient og noise til rave, techno og industrial; “klangen var rå og af gennemgribende maskinel karakter, frembragt af (ofte hjemmebyggede) analoge maskiner, som også var med til at give en varm glød i ellers kolde lydlandskaber,” som Danny Kreutzfeldt skrev i sin nekrolog sidste år for Mika Vainio. Det samme gør sig gældende for lyden af The Empire Line.

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Fotoreportage – Martin Breidahls København 1. kvartal, 2017

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Fotos af Martin Breidahl. Han er én af Københavns vel nok mest aktive koncertgængere, og vi bringer her et udvalg af hans billeder fra første kvartal af 2017 i kronologisk rækkefølge. Billederne er udvalgt af fotografen. Hvis du er arrangør/musiker og vil i kontakt med eller invitere Martin Breidahl, så kan han kontaktes via Facebook. Læs resten

Varg – Opblomstringer i golde landskaber

Blog March 18 2017

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Af Emil Néné Rasmussen – foto af Paps Loco

Svenske Varg – alias Jonas Rönnberg – er en særdeles produktiv mand og har således begået en omfattende og vidtfavnende serie af techno, navngivet “Nordic Flora”, udgivet over bare fire måneder. Varg er bl.a. kendt for sine udgivelser på danske Posh Isolation og som medstifter af svenske Northern Electronics, i samarbejde med Abdulla Rashim. Læs resten

Body Sculptures – Storladne synthesizere fra øverste lag af den skandinaviske undergrund

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Body Sculptures “A Body Turns to Eden” (Posh Isolation, 2016) – anmeldelse af Tobias Linnemann Ewé

Body Sculptures er nyt. Body Sculptures er nu. Det er i hvert fald, hvad de fortæller, når man læser om dem på nettet. De består af en række anerkendte danske og svenske navne, der blandt andre tæller Frederikke Hoffmeier (Puce Mary), Loke Rahbek (Posh Isolation, Damien Dubrovnik, Lust for Youth) og Jonas Rönnberg (Varg, Northern Electronics). Sidste år udgav to af medlemmerne den roste EP “The Base of All Beauty is the Body”, og efter en performativ debutkoncert på Berlin-festivalen Atonal blev duoen til en kvintet.

“A Body Turns to Eden” er udgivet på Posh Isolation, og på pladeselskabets hjemmeside står der: ”Body Sculptures is a contemporary project that brings together five unique voices in European experimental electronic music today […] A body turns to Eden is an essential piece for anyone with interest in Scandinavian electronic music today.” [min kursivering] Iscenesættelsen er dermed en del af værket hos Body Sculptures, som blot efter et år skriver sig ind på frontgrænsen af den elektroniske musik. Problemet ved at placere sig i ’nuet’ og på forkanten af skandinavisk elektronisk musik (hvad det så end skal betyde) er, at det sætter barren alt for højt. Hvordan skulle et band kunne favne så bredt og samtidig være på forkant af en allerede fasttømret genre? Læs resten