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.
“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.
we proudly present our first release “Nadja & N (23) – Vomos“.
Captured live in a church (Christuskirche Bochum in Germany), where both artists played a stunning experimental evening.
The canadian drone-doom-duo Nadja played a set that ended up with a special version of “The Bungled & The Botched” (originally released by Consouling Sounds) and the german artist N presented a set that included tracks like “Prora Stadt” from his sold out album “Prora” (Droehnhaus) and “Baukum”, an unreleased song that was played once at this show. The sound is not only amplified by the backline, but also by the sound quality of the church itself. You can feel the bass of Leah Buckareff crawling through the ground of the church, while Aidan Bakers guitar is slowly growing from the background to build up a big noisy soundwall. N is just using his guitar and two cases full of pedals and sound effects. His distorted sounds spread like a churchorgan and you can feel waves of sounds crossing through the church hall.
To commemorate this evening in this special venue, we pressed three songs on 12inch vinyl. With this we want to support the importance of special live shows and special sound recording formats. Both things are fundamental to support this kind of music.
“Vomos” is limited to 100 copies on black vinyl (black sleeves & black labels) with handmade silk screen printed covers (40 black prints / 60 white prints). Every copy is handnumbered and comes with an insert including pictures of the show and credits. Every vinyl comes with a downloadcode for the whole album including a remix of “Baukum” by Nadja.
A – 23:25
Nadja – The Bungled and The Botched (Version)
B – 23:25
N (23) – Baukum
N (23) – Prora Stadt (Version)
Bonus Download Track
N & N – Baukum (Echo Beach Mix by Nadja) 13:14