MD 029: [ B O L T ] + GROWTH – SPLIT TAPE

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With this release we want to bring you a collection of fine drone and ambient tracks from Germany. As you might already be familiar with the band on side A, side B maybe could be new to you. But lets start from the beginning.

Side A contains three new tracks by [ B O L T ], who are currently in the studio, recording their next full length album as a trio with Maik from Kodiak. That circumstance makes this release also very special, cause this might be the last [ B O L T ] output as a duo. The tracks evolve within 20 minutes playtime into massive soundwalls, build by two bass guitars. Compared to previous released material those tracks have a very homogeneous structure and surprisingly one track has also a real name, caused to it´s function. A drone tale, with quiet and loud parts that will embrace you.

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Side B features two tracks by Growth from Berlin. If you are familiar with not so ambient drone guitar music, you might know him as guitarist of Sun Worship. Growth concentrates on ambient and drone sounds made by guitar and has a big focus on floating sounds. This is what the Inverted Horizon tracks on side B are all about. Diving into a wave of ambient sounds and swimming through drones and noise, just to breach safely back to the shore.

Finding a fitting body for this music document, was a little bit challenging, but we finally came up with this: Clear transparent Tapes with black reels, black thick cardboard sleeves with die-cutted windows to give you a look at the artwork, which is printed on magic chrome cardboard, that makes the inlay card looks metallic.

The Tape is limited to 50 copies and comes with a download code.

Release date: 08.10.2016 (By the way, it´s Cassette Store Day)
Preorder starts: 22.09.2016 / 20:00 (german time)

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MD 028: BIRKEN – MONSTERA

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Birken might sound unfamiliar to you, but you might know the artist behind this name as Andreas from [ B O L T ]. Thomas from [ B O L T ] already released his solo material as ninemiles via Midira, so we are very happy that Birken also joined the family with his debut album “Monstera”.

Birken concentrates on guitar sounds, mostly in a way that you think someone added some synthesizer sounds, but that´s a false conclusion, everything is made by six strings and some soundeffects. As Andreas is also interested in old school recordings he captured all the tracks without overdubs, what makes the tracks predestined for a tape release.

The songs, all named after plants, are very experimental always moving between ambient and drone, but you also can capture a kind of recurrent melody, what makes the characteristic difference compared to other releases of the same genre. “Monstera” comes up with four tracks, mostly in an ambient mood, but morphing occasionally into different ways, which makes this album a must-listen.

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Not enough that the album is a special soundjourney, Birken had a special artwork inspiration which ended up in an edition of 50 tapes with 50 different artworks. All cardboard sleeves have a unique silkscreen print of monstera leafs plus a second black silkscreen lettering print on it.

You can choose between the following options:

20 sage green tapes housed in yellow cardboard sleeves
20 neon yellow tapes housed in pink cardboard sleeves
10 neon pink tapes housed in green cardboard sleeves

The Tape is limited to 50 unique copies and comes with a full coloured inlay card and a download code.

Release date: 08.10.2016 (By the way, it´s Cassette Store Day)
Preorder starts: 22.09.2016 / 20:00 (german time)

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MD 033: N (45) + [ B O L T ]

After their two unnamed full length albums known under the moniker of „dead rabbit“ and „dead squirrel” N + [ B O L T ] now return with their new unnamed Lathe Cut / CD EP which we lovingly call “dead mouse”.

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The record contains one track by N on side A and one by [ B O L T ] on side B. So, is it a split? Well, YES if you just listen to the lathe cut tracks and NO if you look at the whole concept:

N + [ B O L T ] recorded two blackmetallish drone tracks with the same length, intended to be played simultaneously. To experience the maximum listening pleasure, you have to listen to the lathe cut and to the CD at once and at this point it´s not a split but a surround sound collaboration.

For those of you, who do not have the chance to listen to both tracks simultaneously, we added a mix of both tracks as a bonus track on the CD. But trust us, it´s not the same experience.

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You can stream the mixed version right here:

And just to share our experience with this record, here are nine different ways to listen to it:

  • N “5.23” 33rpm lathe version
  • [ B O L T ] “5.23” 33rpm lathe version
  • N “5.23” 45rpm lathe version
  • [ B O L T ] “5.23” 45rpm lathe version
  • N “5.23” CD version
  • [ B O L T ] CD version
  • N + [ B O L T ] CD version
  • N + [ B O L T ] CD version + N lathe version
  • N + [ B O L T ] CD version + [ B O L T ] lathe version

There is no hint on the lathe cut about side A/B or 33/45 rpm. Experience it for yourself.

The record comes as a wonderful all ultra clear (no labels) 7inch lathe cut, limited to 30 copies, cutted by Peter King (NZ), housed in a heavy sleeve made of 400g chromoduplex grey/white cardboard, printed inside out and handfolded by the band. Additional to this, the package contains a full colour printed CD-R with the tracks in a different mastered version plus a mix of both tracks as a bonus track.

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Please note: Lathe cuts do not have the same sound like vinyl records and need to be cleaned carefully to get the best sound results. We cannot give you a guarantee that you will not hear any scratching noises. But that´s the fascinating thing about records made by cutting the music into a piece of plastic. Anyway, we love the sound of N + [ B O L T ] via a lathe cut record and the result sounds amazing.

Release date: 12. August 2016
Preorder starts 25. July 2016 at 20:33 (german time)

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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)

 

2015 RELEASES

Happy New Year, dear music friends!

2015 is already four days old. Time to tease you with some fine sounds from our forthcoming five releases.

We´ve uploaded a selection of tracks on our soundcloud page. All you need is to take time to listen to 48 minutes of drone, doom, spacerock, dark jazz, ambient and minimal metal by Caudal, Tecumseh, N + [BOLT], Zenjungle and Aidan Baker / N / Dirk Serries.

Listen, love and share…

MD 011: N (30) + [ B O L T ]

131002_N_30_Bolt_Front_EndversionAutumn is right in front of the door, it´s getting colder and the colours of trees are changing… Time for some warm experimental sounds.

Our new release MD 011 is a joint venture between N and [ B O L T ] . N known for his massive drones, made out of on/off guitar effects and [ B O L T ] famous for their raw doom-drones, played on two bass guitars, crossed their ways while playing and meeting at the same venues across germany. We are very glad, that they decided to meet at a recording studio to play together, just to find out if their sounds would fit together. The results are impressive.

The collaboration N (30) + [ B O L T ] does not just sound like N with [ B O L T ], it is a substantial progress of sounds for both acts. They recorded three tracks that show different aspects of their sounds in a new way. The first track is a slowly swelling biest of drones and noises, the second track is a catchy experimental epos and the last track is a little melancholic surprise.

You can listen to “16.33”, the second track, right here:

N (30) + [ B O L T ] will be released on black vinyl with very raw & thick cardboard covers in a limited edition of 100 pieces. The album also includes a download code with some great remixes of the album tracks.

Here is the tracklist:

Vinyl Tracks:
20.31
16.33
05.17

Download Remixes:
05.17 – Desolation Remix – Dirk Serries
16.33 – ABRMX – Aidan Baker
16.33 – Watcher of the Sties Remix – Aalfang mit Pferdekopf (Mirko Uhlig)
20.31 – Selmamix – Selmatrix
16.33 – MEINEIN Remix – Meinein
20.31 – A Transitory State – Nils Quak
16.33 – Andrea Belfi Remix – Andrea Belfi
16.33 – Biblo RMX – Biblo
05.17 – Oikos Remix – Oikos

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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.

Order “Grimsey”…

Release date: March 4th 2013
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