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

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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”.

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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 016: TECUMSEH – SEVEN

Back in 2013 we´ve got in contact with a band which gave us some tracks recorded by Mell Dettmer (known for her work with Sunn O))), Eyvind Kang, Asva and so on). We did listen to the tracks and we were overpowered by emotions, that only minimal drone music can wake. Hard to describe, something between giving you the creeps and the feeling you have when you drink a good espresso.

The band we are talking about is Tecumseh. They previously released albums via Important Records and Beta Lactam Ring Records (to name a few) and now we are giving Tecumseh a home in Europe.

Nearly two years later, the tracks were mastered by James Plotkin and we are very happy to announce the album called “Seven”. The sound of Tecumseh is diffident and impressive at once. Minimal input with maximum sum. E-bowed guitars and simmering bass strings in a perfect blend. Imagine a Chimera of Earth and Sunn O))) with an introverted approach, that makes the music sound very intimately.

The technically results by Mell Dettmers recording and James Plotkins mastering are worth the waiting. Listen for yourself:

The “Seven” CD comes in a 4 panel digisleeve on thick cardboard with matt finish limited to 200 copies.

You can preorder “Seven” in our Online Store.

Release date: 03.04.2015  (3+4=7)

MD 014: PIIPTSJILLING – MOARNTIIDS

We thought it would be nice to add a new direction of experimental sounds to our roster. So, it´s time for our first release featuring vocals.

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Piiptsjilling is a quartet consisting of Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek), Mariska Baars (Soccer Committee) and Romke & Jan Kleefstra (The Alvaret Ensemble). Their new album “Moarntiids” features four epic tracks, which were born out of an improvisational session. The sound is very mystical crawling between surreal sounding landscapes made by guitars, field recordings and electronics. The whole mystical impression gets its highlight when Jan Kleefstra joins with his spoken word lyrics. His calm voice talks in a nearly dead language: Frysian from the north of the Netherlands. Sounding like a language that got spoken backwards, somehow, fitting very nice into the soundscapes of the other musicians. And there are also some special moments where you can hear the handsome voice of Mariska, completing the soundimpression of Piiptsjilling.

Turn up the volume and listen to one of the four tracks right here. We are sure, maximum volume will give you the creeps. Find out for yourself:

“Moarntiids” will be released on CD in a limited edition of 200 copies, housed in a very nice digisleeve including artworks by Mariska Baars.

moarntiidsRelease date: 30 June 2014
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MD 012: B / B / S / – COLTRE / MANTO

Looking back to the same time one year ago, a new Band called B / B / S/ – a trio consisting of Aidan Baker, Andrea Belfi and Erik Skodvin – started a tour to promote their debut album “Brick Mask” (Miasmah). They also played a show in Bochum at the Christuskirche Bochum, that luckily was recorded.

Coltre / MantoNow, one year later, we are proud to announce the second B / B / S/ album called “Coltre / Manto”. It is based on the church recordings made in 2013. Andrea Belfi mixed the tracks and finally Martyn Heyne mastered the album in Berlin, with a breathtaking result of massive sound collages and dramatical sound progressions. The sounds move from ambient based improvisations to impressive krautrocking soundwalls made by two guitars, drums and filigrane electronics. Compared to the debut album, the band is moving forward to challenge more experimental but catchy soundscapes.

Tracklist:
A: Coltre (16:57)
B: Manto (19:55)

If you like the solo releases of the three bandmembers and the records they did with Nadja and Deaf Center, you will love this record, honestly!

You can listen to Coltre here:

The album will be released on black vinyl in an edition of 250 records including a download code.

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

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And the band will also go on tour again, to promote the second album.

 

MD 004: A-SUN AMISSA – CHRISTUSKIRCHE BOCHUM 17.02.12

MD 004 - A-Sun_BochumA-Sun Amissa released their debut “Desperate in Her Heavy Sleep” in March 2012. Some days before Gizeh Records released the album, the band did a small tour through Europe supporting Aidan Baker. The show at Christuskirche Bochum hosted by thepostrock.de was in many ways a special event. A-Sun Amissa did a solo set, Aidan Baker played an improvised set with Maik Erdas (Kodiak) on Drums and as a special closure A-Sun Amissa played an improvised set with Aidan and Maik.

Now, we want to focus on the A-Sun Amissa set. Imagine three musicians sitting in a hemicycle in front of an altar. Fully focused in playing their instruments, sitting on wooden chairs, letting all sounds melt together, letting the sounds move through the church hall… This set has an ineffable gravity, moving between ambient, modern classic and blues sounds.

You can download the album for free here.

A-Sun AmissaA-Sun Amissa will be on tour with Aidan Baker again in February/March 2013.

MD 003: NINEMILES – GRÍMSEY

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASometimes people visit places that are so impressive, that they start taking a lot of pictures and when they move back home, they decide to make a photoalbum. ninemiles did not focus on taking pictures. After he moved back from his journey to the island called Grímsey, he started writing songs.

“Grímsey” is the debut album of ninemiles that emerged from the idea to form the reminiscence of the icelandic island to sounds. The album consists of nine tracks that move between ambient, classic piano melodies, synthiedrones and experimental moments. In one moment you feel secure while listening to melancholic melodies, in the next moment you got covered by dark drones. Day & night, sea & land, good & bad converse on this breathtaking record.

ninemiles is the soloproject of Thomas who is one part of the Bass-Drone-Duo [BOLT]. On “Grímsey” he moves away from the massive sounds of his bassguitar and focusses on sophisticated scopes of electronic music.

“Grímsey” will be released in a limited edition of 200 CDs housed in Digipacks (450g cardboard) with stunning snapshots from the island Grímsey. First 30 orders will get a special booklet with additional photographies, selected by the artist.

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Release date: March 4th 2013
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