Swarm Intelligence's new album is a remarkable homage to decay and bleakness. He has spent the last year gathering recordings of abandoned power stations and factories, corroded metal and found objects. The source material was rearranged, processed and woven into intense, distorted landscapes and sharp, metallic drums. With "Rust", Swarm Intelligence has taken the cold hard elements of metal and forged them into a warmer, more organic sound, resulting in a strikingly stark, dissonant and immersive journey. (Get this on clear double LP / on CD / as digital files)
Few works have been as eagerly awaited as Drumcorps’ second album. Coming out nine years after "Grist" (Ad Noiseam adn70, 2006), "Falling Forward" looks to the future while staying true to the project's heavy guitar music roots. Dense riffs, vocals, melody, guest musicians, and a diverse array of modern electronics combine with concise songwriting to form a complete work of integrity. The result is powerful, cohesive, tender, and in a class of its own: keeping all the elements which made "Grist" a success and taking them forward, confirming Drumcorps’s position as not only a perfectionist, but also an innovator. (Get this on blue & white LP / on black & white LP / on black LP / on CD / as digital files)
Following a couple of weeks of silence (due to our much dreaded move to a new office and warehouse) and the recent releases of new albums by 2methyl, Stavros Gasparatos and Igorrr, we are proud to give everybody an hindsight of what is coming in the next months on Ad Noiseam.
All the following releases are planned for releases in October and November. We'll post more information, audio excerpts and pre-order links soon.
We have survived moving the office and warehouse and are happy to announce Ad Noiseam's Autumn 2015 roster: -Drumcorps "Falling Forward" - adn188 - LP / CD -Swarm Intelligence "Rust" - adn189 - 2xLP / CD -Ontal "Entropia" - adn190 - CD -DJ Hidden "Directive" - adn191 - CD -Mago "Definition of Raw Moments" - adn20 re-release - CD
Friday Freebie: 2methyl is known for his excellent remixes, in which he combines the original material with his own brand of futuristic bass and sharp arrangements. The track below, a re-work of something originally written by Horskh, is no exception. With its vocals, it also carries a delightfully retro industrial feeling which should appeal to many people here.
Friday Freebie (on a Sunday this week): we don't much about the young TSS Podcasts series, but the fact that these people's third episode was recorded by Swarm Intelligence makes them very interesting already. This musician, whose new album is getting closed (remember this?) is no stranger to free mixes and sets, as proved here, there and there again, among others. This week's offering starts very slow and deep, slowly mutating into the kind of bassy and industrial technoid noise we have learned to appreciate from him.
You can listen to Swarm Intelligence's "TSS Podcast #3" here or below. The playlist is after the cut.
Friday Freebie: while most of the free music posted on this page are live sets or new material by musicians on the Ad Noiseam roster, this week's giveaway is not. What you can listen to here is an improvised DJ set played by Nicolas Chevreux (yours truely, founder of the label), played at the now defunct Subland club on NYE 2014. This party was organized by DEFCE and featured, among others, Swarm Intelligence, Monolog, Sonair and Submerged.
Audio interviews are much too rare these days considering how practical they are for people who drive, take the subway or can work with their headphones on. The extensive one run by The Collective Podcast with Ben Lukas Boysen (a.k.a Hecq) is therefore a very welcome one, and though we wish the audio was a little bit clearer, we strongly recommend everybody to click play below (or here) and listen to Ben talking about his music, his past, his productions and life in general.
We are not the only ones impressed by the ideas and craftmanship behing Stavros Gasparatos's "Expanded Piano" performances and artwork. Ableton (well known for their Ableton Live software) has published today an article about this artist, his place in a series of musicians innovating what can be done with the piano as musical instruments, and the techniques he used to record his brand new album.