We are getting closer to the long-awaited and highly expected release of Hecq's new album, "Conversions" (adn174). The result of a long, careful work, this album is a conceptual project by Ben Lukas Boysen, who chose ten tracks from his peers and remixed them, turning material ranging from deep ambient to hard dancefloor beats into Hecq-ian sharp and emotional soundscapes.
You can already read more about Hecq's "Conversions" here, and pre-order your copy on CD there, on poster print here and as digital files there. Today's news is the medley uploaded here and below, which mixes all the tracks from this album, providing you with a unique foretaste of Hecq's new album. Enjoy and don't forget that this album is coming out on July 7th.
Tapage presents with "Eightâ€œ the second part of his conceptual series in which he submits his art to a set of rules related to time and tempo. A lot more than an clinical exercise, this album is also the one in which Tapage unfolds his musical expertise to include acoustic strings, field recordings and prominent vocals. Mesmerizing, subtle, multi-layered and warm, "Eight" is an essential work by and for an artist who demonstrates here again his ability to evolve and the scope of his talent.
Below is a short video trailer for this album, which should not only give you a new excuse to listen to Tapage's music, but also give you an impression of the visuals that influenced Tapage while writing this album and the mood of this work.
Bigger, louder, more broken and more live: below comes a new video of Igorrr performing as a live band (the first is here). Gautier Serre, the composer and mastermind behind this project, has recently decided to take Laure Le Prunenec and Laurnet Lunoir (who had participated to his albums, but so far only in the studio) to the road with him. The resulting shows are a considerably more communicative and visual experience than the (already impressive and highly regarded) Igorrr solo gigs.
The video below (also to be seen here and there) was shot on May 17th in Toulouse, France. This punishingly broken and dangerously exhilarating track played is "Moldy Eye", taken from Igorrr's "Nostril" album (adn132).
Turn up the volume, then rave and / or thrash away:
Do not expect your usual, short, colorful and futuristic breakcore video this time around. The creators of this video took a resolutely different approach for "Jitter Room": shooting in the countryside, on fields and in forests, with a cast made entirely of children, and the whole thing shown in black & white, this eleven-minute long movie is a short film in itself, and not just a video. Showcasing the many emotions and sides of the original track, it follows a precise narrative and tells its story of excitement, violence, despair and humanity.
You can watch "Jitter Room" here and below. Thanks again to everybody who helped fund this film. Those of you who have entered the crowd-funding campaign will receive their goodies quite soon.
Friday Freebie: we have already posted a few tracks from Tapage's coming "Eight" album (adn180) on this album's information page, but we also know that people like their music streamable on "social" websites. Therefore, below is Tapage's "One Of Eight", the accurately titled opener from this album, just a click away on Soundcloud.
A few weeks later on July 7th will Ad Noiseam release's Hecq's new album, "Conversions" (adn174). The fruit of a very long writing process and a project which Hecq had been wanting to bring for completion for years, "Conversions" is this artist's homage to his peers, influences and friends. From Bersarin Quartet to Lusine ICL, from Svarte Greiner to The Outside Agency, Ben Lukas Boysen chose for this album eleven tracks which mean a lot to him, and delivers here his own versions and remixes. A highly personal and uncommonly varied album which Hecq has been creating with care and carrying close to his heart. Audio preview and pre-orders for Hecq's "Conversions" will come in a couple of weeks.
Stay tuned for more information about these releases soon, as well as about another coming album, this time by Monolog.