Sunday, December 25, 2016 0 Engineers

Album: Coastlands - Milieu Archives : Two

Band: Coastlands
Album: Milieu Archives : Two
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016

01. 85 Belongs To The Dead
02. Be Still, Oblivion
03. Going Bridge
04. Flora And Fauna
05. Lest I Yearn: Influx

"As 2016 comes to an end, we want to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported us, come out to shows, let us crash on their couches, bought records or other merch... The list could go on and on, so we'll keep this short and sweet. We very secretly recorded a new ambient record, we are releasing it TODAY and it's yours for FREE! Happy Holidays from us to you!" - Coastlands

Saturday, December 24, 2016 0 Engineers

EP: Blueneck - Christmas

Band: Blueneck
Album: Christmas EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016

01. I Believe In Father Christmas...
02. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
03. Twelve Days
04. Blue Christmas
05. Driving Home
06. Silent Night
07. Last Christmas
08. White Christmas

Blueneck's Christmas EP is an ever growing EP with Christmas covers, in which a song is added each year! This year's addition is the song that we all love to hate and hate to love, in a completely different mood than the original.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1 Engineers

The Inquisition: 082.BARST

1. How did you came up with the name of the band?

In Dutch, BARST has several meanings. It means 'fuck you, I'll do what I want to do'. It also means 'crack', bursting through something. I finally burst through the dark, that was really how it felt when doing my solo thing. No more boundaries. Just hitting it hard, as hard as possible, and bursting through.

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it?

Gosh, that’s so hard to explain.  Sometimes I start off with a riff, playing it over and over like a mantra. I then come in a sort of hypnosis. I also work with loopers all the time. Creating layer over layer. Then I search some electronics sounds to make it sound thicker. But sometimes I start off with a rhythm, another time I will start with synths and arpeggiators. I think it is a very organic way of working.

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?

I try to as eclectic as possible, soak in as much as I can. But you can say that Sonic Youth formed me as a guitar player. Stepping away from the classic guitar player path. Nowadays I don’t listen to Sonic youth as often as back in the days. I love their early work, till Daydream Nation. There or some really good songs and albums after that, but they didn’t touch me as hard as the earlier work. I also love the album ‘Hold’ by James Welburn. Last couple of weeks that album was on my turntable several times. It is the perfect album. It inspired me a lot when, working on ‘The Western Lands’. Next to that I am really into 65daysofstatic, And So I Watch You From Afar, GY!BE, Mogwai, it is an endless list.

4. How difficult was to cooperate with so many guests on your latest album?

In fact, it was not really that hard. Again, the process was very organic. On the other hand I had these guests in the back of my head the entire creative process. When I had a kind of skeleton for a piece, I asked them to listen, to do their thing and so they did. After that I worked and reworked it until it was perfect for me. But it was not hard at all. It was pure inspiration and fun.

5. Which is the one album you can't live without?

That’s an impossible question. Let’s say that today it will be ‘Sister’ by Sonic Youth, but I need the freedom to choose another one tomorrow. Life without music is unthinkable, so narrowing it down to just one, is just not possible.

6. What's the first record you've ever bought?

I think I bought two that day, I must have been 10, 11 years old. ‘4us’ by the Dutch band Doe Maar and Iron Maiden’s ‘Number Of The Beast’.

7. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with?

Again, these limitations! Only one? I think first of all, it must be cool and fun be to hang around with the people, because being on tour is hard work and little sleep. So, when it becomes edgy, you need to be around good people. I would love to tour with Sal-Ocin from Empusae. I think that maybe the guys from Mogwai are rather chill people, that should be fun. Let’s rather make it a festival with Do Make Say Think, Amenra, Mogwai, Empusae, And So I watch You From Afar, Monnik, Eleanora, ESLLY, and so much more (smiley).

8. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to?

Yes, for sure. But the backing of a great label like Consouling Sounds is primordial. Without people like them with ideas, vision and connections, internet will not get you far I think. It’s those people who make sure your music gets around. And after that, off course, internet spreads their word. It’s really fulfilling to see that my music id being bought from Japan to south America, Canada, Russia. It’s amazing when you think about it.

9. Do you support the idea of Bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?

Well, I just want my music to be heard really, I don’t care through what channel.

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years. What's the next step for BARST?

I really can’t say, I don’t want to jinx it, and I really haven’t got a clue. I hope I will be making records and that I will be performing a lot.

11. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?

For sure, it is face of the album and we all remember faces. It also brings the element of recognition. When thinking of an album, I hear the music in my head and I see the cover before my eyes. In one way or another, the cover will also connect with the music. I’m so happy with the work Niels Verwijk did on ‘The Western Lands’, capturing the music, the concept, the everything. When you think about ‘The Western Lands’, I’m sure you see the cover before your eyes immediately.

12. What is your favourite album cover?

Damn, this really is the inquisition! Honestly, for the moment it is the cover of ‘The Western Lands’, it is just so perfect. Niels did such an amazing job there. But that’s just a very personal and emotional choice, I guess you can forgive me that.

13. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format?

Oh, I am a vinyl kind off guy you know. I just love the concept. I love the physical item, I love to hold it in my hands. Open it. Put it on the turntable. Sit down, listen. Looking at the artwork while listening. Vinyl makes the listening experience kind off sacral.

14. What's the most vivid story or moment as an artist?

In the meantime I really played quite a lot of concerts, but I remember vividly one of the first solo concerts, when Mike and Nele from my label ‘Consouling Sounds’ were there and after the concert they came to me and told me they wanted me on their label. As an artist, to get that kind of recognition is everything. Another moment could be to see Mathieu Vandekerckhove, Amenra’s guitar player, in the audience while I was playing a show. Seeing him nodding his head with approval, yeah, those are good moments.

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EP: Ciempiés - Menos Que Cero

Band: Ciempiés
Album: Menos Que Cero EP
Label: Sportklub Rotter Damm
Year: 2016

01. Un Agujero En El Centro Del Corazón
02. Placenta
03. Ya No Te Recuerdo
04. Yurei
05. Menos Que Cero
06. Dios No Sabe Que Este Lugar Existe

Ciempiés is an instrumental post-rock band from Spain.

Thursday, December 08, 2016 0 Engineers

Streaming: Capillaries - Kenopsia (Side A)

Band: Capillaries
Album: Kenopsia (Side A)
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016

01. Horatio
02. Holocene
03. Seventy Five Down
04. Key Twenty Three
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Capillaries is an instrumental band of five from Atlanta, GA. Noise and melody become unintended bedfellows. Bass-driven leads and non-traditional rhythms become the substratum for soaring guitars that take listeners to new heights just before pummeling them back into the earth.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 0 Engineers

Streaming: Barst - The Western Lands

Band: Barst
Album: The Western Lands
Label: Consouling Sounds
Year: 2016

01. Side A: The Treshold/The Rite/The Passage
02. Side B: The Western Lands/The Fields
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After having released the critically acclaimed three-way collab album with Treha Sektori and RM74, numerous cassettes, and a whole lot of live shows, BARST is finally ready to present his full length debut album “The Western Lands”. This is an obvious reference to William S. Burroughs. The fragmented, the transcendental and the viscerally unsettling of his work was taken as an inspiration point to build up the massive effort that is BARST’s debut full length. Moreover, the cut-up technique of Burroughs earlier work, where layer upon layer is fitted to build up a work of art, is exactly BARST’s modus operandi too. Cutting up sounds, and layering them from very subtle to incredibly huge is in BARST’s DNA.

To reach the massive sound achieved on the “The Western Lands”, he had the help of an amazing riches of musicians like Mike Armine (Rosetta), Dehn Sora (Treha Sektori, Sembler Deah, …), Karen Willems (Inwolves), Mathieu Mathlovsky(Mathlovsky), Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe (Empusae, Onus,…), An-Sofie De Meyer (FÄR), Tokyo Oyo and Herr Man. The album is one epic trip, encompassing ambient, drone, metal, shoegaze and electronica. “The Western Lands” captures a multitude of musical universes, and blends them seamlessly together in one of the most complete albums we have ever heard. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tim De Gieter at Much Luv Studio. The artwork, which reflects the same inspiration, was expertly executed by Niels Verwijk.

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Monday, December 05, 2016 0 Engineers

Video: CHVE - Charon

Sunday, December 04, 2016 0 Engineers

Video Premiere: Ciempiés - Placenta

Today we are premiering the first official video by Ciempiés and their song "Placenta" from the EP Menos Que Cero.

Ciempiés is the solo project of the Spanish musician Fran H. recently signed to Sportklub Rotter Damm label.

His first work appeared in March of 2014 in demo format. Seven songs that had been recorded throughout January / February of 2014 and that after being published on the web obtained a good response within the more "post-rocker" audience. 

Ciempiés' music could be defined as ambient / post-rock / shoegaze but without falling into the classic sound of the bands of these styles. Mostly the project is characterized by the use of acoustic instruments, soft and distant guitars combined with occasional doses of distortion, as well as electronic instruments, DIY machinery, synthesizers, field recordings, etc ... Although the biggest bet of Ciempiés is always perform songs with a high emotional content that are capable of transmitting the joy and sadness of the people we live in these days.


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