MD 023: ARCHITEUTHIS REX – STILBON IS DEAD

ARThe Italian doom duo Architeuthis Rex (Antonio Gallucci & Francesca Marongiu) is returning with their third full length album and their first vinyl release: “Stilbon Is Dead”.

After an intense journey through different variation of doom music in the last half decade, Architeuthis Rex return with their very own version of doom. “Stilbon is Dead” is their most concentrated batch of impulsive sounds, breaking out of your speakers. It´s just a few seconds warning footstep field recordings at the beginning of the album, if you overstep this moment you will find yourself in a doom cave with accentuated guitars, beautiful siren vocals, unseizable synthiesounds and very erratic drums.

Speaking of drums, this album is the first release including drums by the new third bandmember Francesco Gregoretti. And speaking of other musicians, Architeuthis Rex asked their friend Terence Hannum (Locrian) to do some vocals for “Almagest”. The result is a haunting track with locrian-ish vocals.

Listen to “Atol”:


“Stilbon Is Dead” has been largely inspired by the idea of “gleaminess”, as spoken in the Ancient Greek Mythology, referred to one of the aspects of Planet Mercury. The Greeks could see Mercury in the morning and at dusk. In the 8th century B.C., they thought that it was two different planets, so they gave it two names: Stilbon, “the gleaming”, as the Morning Star, and Hermaon, the Evening Star. Lately, probably thanks to Pythagoras, they realized that both Stilbon and Hermaon were the same planet, and they called it Hermes, the Greek name for Planet Mercury.

Mock up VinylThe idea of a dead Stilbon symbolizes both the concept of darkness and gleaminess, which can be traced in the metallic light of the world in the Antropocene Era. This light can also be a glare of the ancestral origins of the Universe and the Earth, when science and mythology were melted. Alchemy and sci-fi have always been major interests to Architeuthis Rex, so this is a way to connect James Ballard with Pythagoras, Ursula K. Le Guin with Robert Fludd, all encompassed in an overflowing, gloom and gleamy present.

Stilbon is DeadWell, looking on this concept of music, alchemy and sci-fi, we had to find a package for the album. The band discovered the work of artist Christopher Colville and his series “Work of Fire” fits perfectly. This works are a perfect allegorical image of what the band created with “Stilbon Is Dead”. The result will impress you.

Tracklist

Copper Light
Oikoumene
Almagest (feat. Terence Hannum)
Fallen
Atol
Stilbon
Magma (Digital Bonus Track)

“Stilbon Is Dead” comes in an edition of 300 copies on swamp green 12inch vinyl, housed in matt outersleeve containing the artwork of Christopher Colville. The LP comes with a download code including a different master of the album and a bonus track.

First 50 preorders will get a CD including the digital master of the album, plus a bonus track.

Preorder starts: 10.03.2016 / 20:00 (german time)
Release date: 20.05.2016

Preorder your copy here

MD 026: UNLAND – DIE RUHE NACH DEM STURM

UnlandWe are very pleased to introduce you the german instrumental trio Unland. Unland are Jonas Meyer (piano/fx), Christian Grothe (guitar/fx/sampler) and Shabnam Pavaresh (clarinet). They came together to create improvised landscapes and the result is an epic marriage of drone and modern classic sounds.

unland band“Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm” (The Silence After The Storm) contains four pieces that crave your attention. The tracks are diving into a world of dark landscapes apparently without any sense of hope, but than a glimpse of light breaks through, just to dive back again into darkness. The trio has a very detailed sense for timing and moods, which makes the epic tracks sound narrative.

Have a listen and dive into the world of Unland:

The CD comes in a thick matt 4panel digisleeve and is limited to 200 copies. 50 of them are housed in a special package including a second CD containing the debut EP by Unland.

Preorder starts 10.03.2016 / 20:00 (german time)

Release date: 15.04.2016

Preorder the regular version here
Preorder the deluxe version here

MD 019: NINEMILES – OBJECTS OF IDENTICAL WEIGHT & SEMBLANCE

Three years ago ninemiles released his debut album “Grímsey” as a reflection of his journey to the island with the same name. After releasing several tracks from the Grímsey recording session, ninemiles returns now with his sophomore album “objects of identical weight and semblance”.

NinemilesThe album features seven tracks that are moving in the dark interspaces of ambient, drone and noise. All starts very calm with “tangential” and than the sound turns very raw in “diversification: noise isolation”, just to be more silent again in “less”. You can also discover a kind of drone melody in tracks like “quadrille paper”. And when you think, you identified a certain musical style “(8(10)” and “invisible curtains” are creeping into your ears with noise and electronic beats, just to dissolve into “inverted”, a massive and epic drone track, that also could be a part of a David Lynch soundtrack. Listen:

This album is kind of a darker version of “Grímsey”, but also much more warmer and sophisticated as the debut album. The album is mixed by the other half of [ B O L T ]: Andreas Brinke aka Bordunoise, what makes this piece of music also somehow a stripped version of [ B O L T ], without bass guitars.

ninemiles tapeninemiles tape“objects of identical weight and semblance” comes in a very limited edition of 50 copies on blue tape housed in a marine blue cardboard sleeve with two different innersleeves made of handmade and handprinted japanese paper provided by Pulp Papier (managed by Leah Buckareff from Nadja). The cardboard sleeves are handmade and feature a silver ink stamp design on the outside and stamped credits on the inside. All tapes include a download code.

Release Date: 19.02.2016
Preorder starts: 08.02.2016 /// 20:00 (german time) /// All preorders receive a free copy of “Grímsey”.

Order your copy right here…

ninemiles album

MD 022: AIDAN BAKER – DUALISM

After different collaborations between Aidan Baker and other musicians, we are finally presenting you the first solo release by Aidan Baker on Midira Records. We are very proud to bring you this little piece of art called “Dualism”.

dualismThe album starts like an untamed beast with dark drone and doom sounds and it morphs into a very gentle floating ambient body. Aidan plays guitar, bass and drums, what makes the tracks sound structured but also disengaged at the same time. The all-instrumental tracks have Nadja-like moments when the sound is darker and doomy and then they transform to beautiful melodies and rhythms. So you can hear the album moving from darkness to light, from heaviness to easiness and from interlaced to clear textured. Sometimes you feel like dancing, sometimes you feel like head-banging, sometimes you feel just relaxed and all sounds and moods fit perfectly together.

Listen to two tracks from “Dualism”:

The album is based on the theory of dualism. A theory enfolding several books and explanation, including different meanings. That´s what Aidan Baker thought about the Dualism theory referring to this recording:

“Dualism in philosophy refers to the theory that the mind and body are different things and while the body is necessarily part of the physical world, the mind (and thoughts) may or may not be associated with a physical, concrete reality… and the notion of a ‘consciousness bridge’ is the way one might attempt to bridge the gap, so to speak, between body and mind.”

We thought that is a nice concept, but then something unforeseeable happened. The Dualism theory overgrew the whole release project. After we decided to press the music on CD, the master tapes got lost. We were talking about what we can do, because everything was set up to be released. So Aidan Baker decided to re-record the album. After he recorded the album, the original recordings showed up again by coincidence. So we had two Dualism albums sounding completely different, both worth to be released. We decided to release both sessions as Session A and B. A circumstance fitting perfectly into the dualism theory. Then we were waiting for the CD to be finalized with a matt finished artwork. The parcel arrived from the plant, but accidentally with glossy artwork. We started to believe that there is a hex of dualism covering this project. But finally, we finished the album with 2 CDs and a handsome matt lamination.

dualism artTo perfect the album package, we added a letterpress inlay including a poem by Aidan Baker (from Passing Through) and an antithetic version of the cover artwork. Manufactured by Letterjazz with some very old letterpress machines.
Some more dualism trivia in this context: The alphabetic characters A and B of both sessions does not only fit to the artist name but also to the name of our contact person at the letter press studio. Dualism fortuity.

IMG_2531Dualism comes as a double CD album in an edition of 200 copies housed in a 6 panel digipack, including a letterpress inlay on 650 gram LeNaBoard (grey cardboard).

MIDIRA_5266And if that is not special enough for you, we have 50 deluxe editions housed in a grey handmade canvas pouch including a third CD featuring “Consciousness Bridge (Dual Version)”. A 21 minutes mixed version of the first track combining the guitar tracks of both sessions, bringing another dualism aspect to the whole package.

Talking about the package. The beast artwork is made by Phillipp Kunze, who also did the artwork for Aidan Bakers “Cameo” album. Our graphic designer Katharina Woltering finally made the whole arrangement, that combines different graphical dualism elements.

MIDIRA_5304Tracklist

CD 1: Session A (Legato Session)
Consciousness Bridge
Dualism (Mind)
Dualism (Body)

CD 2: Session B (Broken Spine Session)
Consciousness Bridge
Dualism (Mind)
Dualism (Body)

CD 3:
Consciousness Bridge (Dual Version)

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PREORDER starts 13. January on 20:00 (german time)
Release date for MD 022 is 22. January 2016.

You can order your copie of the 2CD Edition or the 3CD Edition in our Online Store.

 

MD 024: NADJA – THE BUNGLED & THE BOTCHED (MOVING NOISES VERSION)

Nadja TapeIt is no secret: We love “The Bungled & The Botched” by Nadja, that got released by Consouling Sounds some years ago. That´s why we started this label with “Vomos”, a live split album by Nadja and N, featuring a more quiet version of “The Bungled & The Botched”. Now it´s time for a new episode.

Nadja TapeOn 21. February 2015 Nadja played the whole “The Bungled & The Botched” album at the Moving Noises Festival in the Christuskirche Bochum. It was a massive wall of noise with screeching guitar and simmering bass sounds, pushing the audience into the wooden pews. A set to remember.

Tracklist
Side A / B
The Bungled And The Botched
Absorbed In You

After listening to the recording of that church show, Nadja decided to bring this document to life, as their first tape release (update: meanwhile the ultralimited “Tabernanthe” tape came out earlier). And finally we are very proud to celebrate this special tape release with you.

Nadja Tape Bungled & BotchedThe tape comes in a clear white cardboard cover (300g) with handmade die-cut artwork. The package features a silver splatter clear tape, a mini gatefold inlay (350g) with coloured pictures of the show and a download code. The tape is limited to 121 copies and divided into two different editions that differ in the handnumbered die-cut inlays. Nadja are starting a tour next week and will have 30 copies with handnumbered die-cut birds (only available on tour) and we are selling 91 copies with die-cut handnumbered girls.

Release date: 12.02.2016
Preorder starts: 08.02.2016 / 20:00

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MD 018: N (37) / [ B O L T ]

n bolt md018N + [ B O L T ] are returning with a second collaboration album. The sophomore untitled album (the only difference is the ongoing N release number) will be released in September 2015 and features four new epic tracks.

The trio consisting of one guitar+effects (N) and two bass-guitars+effects ([ B O L T ]) started playing together in 2013 and all looked like a one time happening, but the three musicians became friends in musical and personal ways. They inspired each other and recorded some great tunes. Back from their second recording session (which happened in 2013/2014), you can hear how their sound swells and grows into something very special that does work completely different compared to there solo releases. It is the perfect walk between tame ambient sounds and usurping doom walls. And inbetween there is so much more to listen. This time they will surprise you with some dark jazz and electronic tunes, for example.

The artwork follows up to the aesthetics of death, like it started with the first record. This time you will figure out a different animal, but we don´t want to spoil you. Make your own sleeve/artwork experience.

Tracklist
(no surprise, we do not have real track names, just the track lengths):

A. 11.37 (feat. ninemiles)
B. 19.22
C. 10:59
D. 22.16 (feat. F.Fritsche, B.Kümper and A.Prost on bass clarinet, tuba, trombone & baritone horn)

N BOLT IIWell, we had to figure out, how we can offer you this great music. The only adequate way was to press the four tracks on a double vinyl release, housed in a gatefold sleeve. The music comes on ultra transparent 12inch vinyl and the sleeves are made of very thick and raw-textured grey cardboard. The artwork is printed without any digital hands on it. Pure oldschool offset print.

The album also includes a download card for the digital version, plus three bonus tracks. Last time we asked some artists to make a remix, this time the three bandmembers made a remix of their own tracks. The results are very astonishing.

Bonus Remix Tracklist:
1. 19.22 by Bordunoise
2. 10.59 by N
3. 22.16 by ninemiles

The album is mixed by Bordunoise and got mastered for vinyl by Fear Falls Burning.

deluxe editionStrictly limited to 100 copies, you have the choice to buy one of 70 regular versions, containing the above mentioned features or you can buy one of 30 deluxe editions containing the following items:

Deluxe Edition (30 copies)

  • double gatefold 12inch album
  • housed in a handmade canvas sleeve (manufactured by the band and family)
  • three double sided 12inch digital prints with impressions of the recording studio
  • Remix CD containing the three band remixes, housed in a thick brown (natural cardboard) digisleeve with handstamped artwork
  • download card for the digital version of the album, including the three remixes
  • download card for the first N + [ B O L T ] album, including 9 remixes (feat. Aidan Baker, Dirk Serries, Andrea Belfi, Oikos etc.)

deluxe edition detailRelease date: 30. October 2015

And because “THIS IS MIDIRA 018”, we will start the Preorder on 1.8.2015 at 18h (german time). Be quick, the first album was sold out very fast.

Here are the links to our Online Store:
Deluxe Version (30 copies)
Regular Version (70 copies)

 

MD 017: MONOCUBE – BLUE DUSK /// RED DAWN

“Blue Dusk /// Red Dawn” is the new album by ukrainian artist Monocube. You can expect a dense massive voyage through soundlandscapes, made by guitar, field recordings and alienated vocals, moving slightly between ambient and drone.

monocube coverThe album is about 39 minutes long, but the tracks give you a feeling of endless moving sounds. The soundscapes are very raw, blurred and distorted at the same time, what makes them sounding warm and catchy even if there is no straight structure. Asking Monocube about the intention of the album, he explains that the idea behind the tracks is based on “private associations, memories, atmospheres, vibes of beloved cities, vibe of the night, twilight and dawn times, feelings, emotions…”.

 

“Blue Dusk /// Red Dawn” is part of an concept by Monocube, consisting by the album and a photobook concentrating on the syzygy between people and nature. The intention behind this work is about human reflections in nature, architecture, music and art. The album is the soundtrack for the book and the book illustrates the music.

The book “SYZYGY” is a cooperation between Monocube and THE PMAM and comes in a hardcover plus dusk cover jacket. 100 pages with colour and black&white photographies.

monocube photobookYou can order the CD (190 copies) or preorder the limited CD+BOOK Bundle (10 copies) in our STORE.

monocubeCD release date: 15.12.2014
CD+BOOK release date: 09.02.2015

MD 013: THISQUIETARMY – ALTAR OF DRONE

Time to look back to last years Moving Noises Festival, where thisquietarmy played a set, specially adapted for the particular venue at Christuskirche Bochum.

Eric Quach aka thisquietarmy played an almost improvisational set of dense warm drones without any use of drum machine sounds. Just his guitar and an armada of effects. The result is an impressive wall of sound with a neverending seething of drones.thisquietarmy - altar of droneThe album title is just the simple transcription of the ambience. One man standing in front of a church altar playing drones.

Now you have the chance to bring this ambience to your living room, listening to the recording of the church set, immortalized on a military grey tape, housed in a black fold-out-cross-cover with a diecut-cross-artwork.

tqa altar of dronealtar of drone - tape and crossThe tape is limited to 99 copies and will be released on  27. September 2014, celebrating Cassette Store Day.

PREORDER starts 06. September 2014 at 20:00 (Berlin time).

Listen to the first track here:


Oh, by the way. The next Moving Noises Festival is in the making…

Related Items: Moving Noises Compilation (featuring thisquietarmy)

MD 008: AIDAN BAKER & A-SUN AMISSA – TAPE

MD 008We are very happy to announce this limited release. This Tape is the last document in a series of three impressive performances that got recorded in the “Christuskirche Bochum” in Germany. The first performance is the live set by A-Sun Amissa (MD 004), which you can download on our bandcamp for free, the second one is the live improvisation “Cameo” by Aidan Baker & Maik Erdas (MD 006) which you can order in our store and finally comes the improvised live collaboration by Aidan Baker & A-Sun Amissa featuring Maik Erdas on Drums.

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What you can here on the Tape is the result of a spontaneous idea to play a collaboration as a quintet. A slowly growing piece, swelling and floating. Three guitars, viola and drums steady united into a 22minutes long piece that evokes different moods. Just listen to “17.02.2012 DE” and find out for yourself:

The Tape comes in a limited edition of 99 pieces in three different handmade and hand-die-cutted cardboard sleeves: 33 in graphite-black, 33 in medium-grey and 33 in deer-orange, made out of 300g cardboard. The Tape is pea-green and includes a 450g inlay card and a download code.

MD 008

The B-Side of the Tape includes “25.02.2012 FR”. This is a collaboration track by Aidan Baker and A-Sun Amissa that got previously released digitally (free download) on Drowning.cc.

Preorder starts 03 / 02 / 2014 – 20:00 (german time)

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Release date: 18 / 02 / 2014