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.

Birken Tapes

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)

ORDER HERE

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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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