MD 032: KLEEFSTRA | BAKKER | KLEEFSTRA – DIZE

After releasing the highly acclaimed album „Moarntiids” by Piiptsjilling, the Kleefstra Brothers return to Midira with “Dize”, this time by Kleefstra | Bakker | Kleefstra.

Anne Chris Bakker, Romke Kleefstra and Jan Kleefstra joined forces a while ago and started releasing limited collaboration albums. Their sound is a fragile construct build of guitar drones by Romke Kleefstra and Anne Chris Bakker crowned by the unmistakable voice of Jan Kleefstra. It´s the most simple sound structure in their oeuvre, but also the most effective.

Speaking of voice, once again we are happy to preserve a little piece of language history, because Jan brings up some spoken vocals in north Frisian from the Netherlands. A rare language that is almost dead and got spoken by a small group of “north people”. We also offer you the english translation on the inside of the CD package, but it´s just the translation of the words, find out foryourself if you get the meaning. It´s mysterious.

Dize is a dark piece of music, taking you to a journey through the cold seaside of the north. Sounds like waves and winds create an atmosphere that gives you the creeps and on the other side you get a feeling of being safe, surrounded by the warm voice of Jan Kleefstra. The guitar sounds start with a certain motive and than they transform into a big crawling beast of wall with a forcing bass sound and swelling heights.


A four tracks journey between ambient, drone and cinematic soundscapes. We recommend a cold day, with dimmed lights and a cup of tea or coffe for listening to this epic album. Maximum volume preconditioned.

“Dize” comes as a 4 panel digisleeve with matt finish, including the frysian lyrics and the english translation. Limited to 180 copies.

Release date 17.02.17
Preorder starts 09.01.17 (20:00 german time)

We also offer you a limited Preorder Bundle including the Piiptsjilling CD.

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MD 027: NIKOS FOKAS – THE ETERNAL CREAK OF THE ICEBREAKER

The Athenian musician Nikos Fokas comes from a country that is known for sunny beaches and ancient temples, but his heart beats more for cold and wet places. Krassin, the first russian icebreaker, as a symbol for his musical journey, brings you to this places far beyond your imagination.

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“The Eternal Creak of the Icebreaker” is the most ambitious release in our roster, bringing different kind of styles and musicians together into an experimental story of music composed around a dream of the greek experimental musician Nikos Fokas. The album contains 10 tracks including over 70minutes of ambient sounds graced with some very jazzy moments and haunting guest vocals.

While Fokas started the recordings for his album, he dreamed of being at the bottom of a dark sea, covered with ice. The only thing that was interrupting the illuminated stillness was the creak of a icebreaker. The 10 tracks of the album correspond to the ten spheres of the Tree of Life as the voyage of Krassin the icebreaker is a symbolic gradual passage from one sphere to the other. And that is exactly what you can hear on the album: Illuminated stillness with creaking sounds and some jazz moments like the unique “folly land” or “Krassin” surprising with female vocals, that puts you out of the dark silent sea of minimal ambient sounds.


The artwork corresponds to the dream of Fokas featuring the Cabalistic tree as an allegoric light, like that of an icebreaker, creaking through the ice of a dark sea.

The album comes as a 4panel digisleeve CD with matt finish, including a full coloured inlay with all credits and lyrics.

Release date: 05. August 2016

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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 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 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 006: AIDAN BAKER & MAIK ERDAS – CAMEO

aidan & maikLast year when Aidan Baker released his Album “The Spectrum Of Distraction” including collaborations with 18 different drummers, he went on tour with A Sun Amissa to support his album.

Cameo LPThis circumstance was the birth of an idea to do a show with Aidan Baker and a drummer. The guys over at thepostrock.de invited Aidan to do an improvisational show with Maik Erdas (former drummer of disbanded experimental Doom Trio Kodiak) in a church in Bochum (Germany).

The result was a 50 minutes long set full of different kinds of soundideas. Beginning with smooth melodies and rhythms, changing to experimental blueprints ending in an epic wall of doom sounds.

We are very proud to present you the documentation of this very unique evening. Aidan Baker put some final hands on the masters and the result is “Cameo”, a Vinyl + CD release. The vinyl contains the first and the last part of the set and the CD completes the package including the whole set from the church show.

Limited to 250 Vinyl + CD sets
Vinyl: Cameo I + II (40 minutes)
CD: Cameo I – III (49 minutes)

Cameo CDThe CD comes in a thick full colour paper wallet, with a full colour cd-onbody print. The vinyl comes in black with full colour labels housed in a stunning artwork by Phillip Kunze. Take a close look at the whole artwork and the details will keep some surprises ready. Just preorder your copy and you will find out…

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Label ALabel BRelease Date: 30 / 09 / 2013

All PREORDERS are being packed from 30/09/13 and will be shipped in the same week. Thanks for your patience.

Related release: A-Sun Amissa “Christuskirche Bochum 17.02.2013”

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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