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 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 023: ARCHITEUTHIS REX – STILBON IS DEAD

ARThe Italian doom duo Architeuthis Rex (Antonio Gallucci & Francesca Marongiu) is returning with their third full length album and their first vinyl release: “Stilbon Is Dead”.

After an intense journey through different variation of doom music in the last half decade, Architeuthis Rex return with their very own version of doom. “Stilbon is Dead” is their most concentrated batch of impulsive sounds, breaking out of your speakers. It´s just a few seconds warning footstep field recordings at the beginning of the album, if you overstep this moment you will find yourself in a doom cave with accentuated guitars, beautiful siren vocals, unseizable synthiesounds and very erratic drums.

Speaking of drums, this album is the first release including drums by the new third bandmember Francesco Gregoretti. And speaking of other musicians, Architeuthis Rex asked their friend Terence Hannum (Locrian) to do some vocals for “Almagest”. The result is a haunting track with locrian-ish vocals.

Listen to “Atol”:


“Stilbon Is Dead” has been largely inspired by the idea of “gleaminess”, as spoken in the Ancient Greek Mythology, referred to one of the aspects of Planet Mercury. The Greeks could see Mercury in the morning and at dusk. In the 8th century B.C., they thought that it was two different planets, so they gave it two names: Stilbon, “the gleaming”, as the Morning Star, and Hermaon, the Evening Star. Lately, probably thanks to Pythagoras, they realized that both Stilbon and Hermaon were the same planet, and they called it Hermes, the Greek name for Planet Mercury.

Mock up VinylThe idea of a dead Stilbon symbolizes both the concept of darkness and gleaminess, which can be traced in the metallic light of the world in the Antropocene Era. This light can also be a glare of the ancestral origins of the Universe and the Earth, when science and mythology were melted. Alchemy and sci-fi have always been major interests to Architeuthis Rex, so this is a way to connect James Ballard with Pythagoras, Ursula K. Le Guin with Robert Fludd, all encompassed in an overflowing, gloom and gleamy present.

Stilbon is DeadWell, looking on this concept of music, alchemy and sci-fi, we had to find a package for the album. The band discovered the work of artist Christopher Colville and his series “Work of Fire” fits perfectly. This works are a perfect allegorical image of what the band created with “Stilbon Is Dead”. The result will impress you.

Tracklist

Copper Light
Oikoumene
Almagest (feat. Terence Hannum)
Fallen
Atol
Stilbon
Magma (Digital Bonus Track)

“Stilbon Is Dead” comes in an edition of 300 copies on swamp green 12inch vinyl, housed in matt outersleeve containing the artwork of Christopher Colville. The LP comes with a download code including a different master of the album and a bonus track.

First 50 preorders will get a CD including the digital master of the album, plus a bonus track.

Preorder starts: 10.03.2016 / 20:00 (german time)
Release date: 20.05.2016

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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