It has become quite a common wish for electronic producers to try and integrates accoustic instruments into their live shows, as demonstrated only yesterday (for example) with a video of Oyaarss performing with a drummer and a guitar player. This is a particularly tricky challenge for artists playing dancefloor music, for their beats and breaks are often difficult (or impossible) for human musicians to replicate. This doesn't mean that they do not try and, as demonstrated below by 2methyl, can succeed.
We posted last years two videos of Oyaarss performing his tracks "Parejošs kaut kas" and "Malduguns" as a live band, joined on stage by members of the Riga-based outfit Neļaudis. The trio has been playing quite a few shows ever since, and presents today a short video presentation made of excerpts shot at a show played in September 2013 at Riga's Totaldobže space.
The adiditon of live drums and guitars to Oyaarss's heavily emotional industrial instrumentation brings an obvious new dimension to this artist's shows. Bookers: get in touch to bring such a concert to your neck of the wood. And everybody: enjoy.
"Prologue", the paradoxically-titled second album by Underhill, follows "Silent Siren" but differs significantly from it, as it is a collaboration between only two members of the Underhill collective. Dean Rodell (also of Machine Code) and Ivan Shopov (also known as Balkansky and Cooh) have recorded here a fully instrumental, very calm and highly melodic album, which displays a very deep side of their respective talents and extends Underhill's scope.
Following the larger-than-life "Silent Siren" and preceding a new album as a full-band, "Prologue" is an instrumental, introvert musical dialogue between Dean Rodell and Ivan Shopov. If both are known for their beat-driven music, Underhill's new album is what they listen to and write when the time comes for calm moments and beauty. A melancholic and beautiful play of acoustic tones, dub atmospheres and electronic glitches, "Prologue" provides a welcome respite to an overdriven electronic scene and does so with subtlety and humanity. (Get this on CD / as a poster print with download code / as digital files)
2014 is a very active year for Ad Noiseam artists: following the releases in the recent weeks of records by Broken Note ("Black Mirror", adn169) and 2methyl ("Orb", adn175) and an album by Mobthrow ("Unfolded", adn176), we are announcing today the release in a few weeks of Detritus's new album, "The Very Idea" (adn177). The longest-running artist on the label (his "Endogenous" debut came out in 2003), Detritus is back once again with a full-length album in which he proves his position as a constant innovator and influential act.
A refinement, a sharpening and a surpassing: Detritus takes his art in yet another direction with "The Very Idea". The sixth studio album by this musician is the one in which he strips down his music to its cores and present it in both its rawest and most touching aspects. Heavy and crisp, but also gentle and humane, Detritus's new work is something which expands the scope of his talent and confirms yet again Detritus's position as an always-innovating, influential artist who constantly takes his tools forward. (Get this on CD / as a poster print with download code / as digital files)