Samaritan: “Convinced”.

27 Mar 2012 — Henning Lahmann
UK-based producer and NFOP favorite Sam Martin aka Samaritan hit us up this morning with this stellar new tune named "Convinced", gloomy and slow burning with a slightly minimalist feel. Martin keeps dropping new tracks but we're not sure if any of those in fact indicate another proper release anytime soon. For what it's worth, this one's sure album material. (Photo) Read more → UK-based producer and NFOP favorite Sam Martin aka Samaritan hit us up this morning with this stellar new tune named "Convinced", gloomy and slow burning with a slightly minimalist feel. Martin keeps dropping new tracks but we're not sure if any of those in fact indicate another proper release anytime soon. For what it's worth, this one's sure album material. (Photo)

Jerry Paper: “Vol. 1”.

27 Mar 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Jerry Paper used to enchant our realms as that melancholic cyborg named Zonotope™, but as reported back last October, this project has faded away, sharing the fate of many a extraterrestrial fantasy hero. Enter Jerry, the new guise of Brooklyn-based producer L.W. Nathan, equally weird, still relying on muffled retro-ish synth tinkering, and, most of all, equally great. Jerry Paper's first collection of tunes, rather aptly entitled Vol. 1, is out on cassette via Digitalis Ltd but apparently already sold out. However, you may stream it in its entirety below and purchase it digitally over here. Plus, a Vol. 1 without a second coming wouldn't really make all that much sense, right? Recommended material this is. Update: We've just received notice that Digitalis still has some copies on stock. Read more → Jerry Paper used to enchant our realms as that melancholic cyborg named Zonotope™, but as reported back last October, this project has faded away, sharing the fate of many a extraterrestrial fantasy hero. Enter Jerry, the new guise of Brooklyn-based producer L.W. Nathan, equally weird, still relying on muffled retro-ish synth tinkering, and, most of all, equally great. Jerry Paper's first collection of tunes, rather aptly entitled Vol. 1, is out on cassette via Digitalis Ltd but apparently already sold out. However, you may stream it in its entirety below and purchase it digitally over here. Plus, a Vol. 1 without a second coming wouldn't really make all that much sense, right? Recommended material this is. Update: We've just received notice that Digitalis still has some copies on stock.

Future Shuttle: “Crystal Arrow”.

27 Mar 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Alexandra Carlota Velasco recently went down to Mexico City to shoot a portrait of Sofia Ortiz for New York-based Bullett Magazine, the first part in a video series profiling the proponents of Mexico City's emerging art scene. The music for the piece was made by New York duo/quartet Future Shuttle (this of course sounds like Jessa Farkas and Camilla Padgitt-Coles alone), an intriguing and perfectly matching, aptly restrained composition of layered, looping synth drones. Read more about the video here and watch it below, and take a listen to the mesmerizing, mellow sounds of Future Shuttle's "Crystal Arrow" without the pictures and words as well. Read more → Alexandra Carlota Velasco recently went down to Mexico City to shoot a portrait of Sofia Ortiz for New York-based Bullett Magazine, the first part in a video series profiling the proponents of Mexico City's emerging art scene. The music for the piece was made by New York duo/quartet Future Shuttle (this of course sounds like Jessa Farkas and Camilla Padgitt-Coles alone), an intriguing and perfectly matching, aptly restrained composition of layered, looping synth drones. Read more about the video here and watch it below, and take a listen to the mesmerizing, mellow sounds of Future Shuttle's "Crystal Arrow" without the pictures and words as well.

Video: Afterlife - “Space Memory”.

27 Mar 2012 — Henning Lahmann
After a bunch of cassettes on various labels, including a split tape with Thoughts On Air early last year on Hooker Vision, Franklin Teagle and Ryan McGill aka Brooklyn via Georgia experimental synth duo Afterlife will put out their full-length Celestial Habitat tomorrow again via said LaGrange, Georgia imprint, this time on vinyl, thus marking their first LP release (at least if Discogs is not mistaken). Below, watch the Grant Evans-made video for album track "Space Memory" featuring mesmerizing macro shots of geodes, crystals and other rocks and minerals, perfectly complementing Afterlife's meandering yet slowly rising, intricately textured drones. Get Celestial Habitat as from tomorrow over here. Listen to another track from the LP below: Read more → After a bunch of cassettes on various labels, including a split tape with Thoughts On Air early last year on Hooker Vision, Franklin Teagle and Ryan McGill aka Brooklyn via Georgia experimental synth duo Afterlife will put out their full-length Celestial Habitat tomorrow again via said LaGrange, Georgia imprint, this time on vinyl, thus marking their first LP release (at least if Discogs is not mistaken). Below, watch the Grant Evans-made video for album track "Space Memory" featuring mesmerizing macro shots of geodes, crystals and other rocks and minerals, perfectly complementing Afterlife's meandering yet slowly rising, intricately textured drones. Get Celestial Habitat as from tomorrow over here. Listen to another track from the LP below:

Xander Harris: “Chrysalid”.

27 Mar 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Way back last October, we featured "Visor Glare", the closing track from Justin Sweatt aka Xander Harris' new tape Chrysalid on Pour Le Corps Records. Somehow it took another five months to get finished, but now the release, which will come in a limited edition of 100, finally appears to be almost a reality, and in any case you may already stream the whole thing now here below. And if you've missed Harris' other recent masterpiece "The Driver", decidedly less gloomy and more synth disco-leaning than the tracks on the nightmarish Chrysalid, we urge you to catch up on it now as well. Someone's on fire. Read more → Way back last October, we featured "Visor Glare", the closing track from Justin Sweatt aka Xander Harris' new tape Chrysalid on Pour Le Corps Records. Somehow it took another five months to get finished, but now the release, which will come in a limited edition of 100, finally appears to be almost a reality, and in any case you may already stream the whole thing now here below. And if you've missed Harris' other recent masterpiece "The Driver", decidedly less gloomy and more synth disco-leaning than the tracks on the nightmarish Chrysalid, we urge you to catch up on it now as well. Someone's on fire.

Video: A.P. Witomski - “In a Sense of Conformity”.

26 Mar 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Three months ago, French video artist collective Cat(s)fight and participative production company Microcultures started a visionary trans-continental music and video project named Songs From Another Room, to bring together bring independent musicians and directors from France, USA, Italy, Canada, and other places, to compose and record new songs that would subsequently be accompanied by original video works, eventually ending up in a unique CD/DVD box set, all made possible entirely via crowdfunding. Today, the first video from the collection was made public, featuring a new song by NFOP favorite A.P. Witomski. "In a Sense of Conformity" is an incredible pop song, dense and dark, with dashes of 80s-informed synth pop, lush and unashamedly melodic. The video, appropriately held in monochrome, is weird and puzzling yet thoroughly absorbing, a wonderful first result of a truly intriguing, ambitious art project. Watch this short video to learn about the whole project and how you can help funding it: Read more → Three months ago, French video artist collective Cat(s)fight and participative production company Microcultures started a visionary trans-continental music and video project named Songs From Another Room, to bring together bring independent musicians and directors from France, USA, Italy, Canada, and other places, to compose and record new songs that would subsequently be accompanied by original video works, eventually ending up in a unique CD/DVD box set, all made possible entirely via crowdfunding. Today, the first video from the collection was made public, featuring a new song by NFOP favorite A.P. Witomski. "In a Sense of Conformity" is an incredible pop song, dense and dark, with dashes of 80s-informed synth pop, lush and unashamedly melodic. The video, appropriately held in monochrome, is weird and puzzling yet thoroughly absorbing, a wonderful first result of a truly intriguing, ambitious art project. Watch this short video to learn about the whole project and how you can help funding it:

Introducing: Amour & Discipline.

23 Mar 2012 — Henning Lahmann
With Portals, the world has already seen the birth of one exciting collective web venture in 2012, and with Ad Hoc, of course, we hope you'll see another great one starting soon. In between however and with much less fuss, a third collective webzine was recently founded, one that in terms of ambition and sense of mission might very well surpass all other similar projects. Amour & Discipline, online since March 8, is the brainchild of Lyon-based Olivié and "two other pretentious snobbish idealistic d.i.y. activists" who've been working hard to make this internet-age dream come true for quite some time, at least since last August, when they first contacted us to present their, indeed breathtaking, concept (By the way, those folks sure have a knack for thoroughness and curious methods to deliver their message. That first mail aptly started with the words, "Life is short, but this e-mail is endless."). Amour & Discipline is not a collective webzine. I mean it is, and to be clear, it's set to become one of the best out there, gathering contributions by distinguished cultural authorities as widespread and illustrious as imaginable, including bloggers such as 20 Jazz Funk Greats or Weed Temple, labels such as Aguirre, Dekorder, or Upset the Rhythm, and a whole bunch of artists including countless NFOP favorites like Ensemble Economique, Ela Orleans, Dirty Beaches, Julian Lynch, or Sun Araw, to name but a few. It is here where all those beautiful people from now on will submit their musings about all aspects of our cherished global underground cultures, in a manner and with a passion that only two weeks after launching should already force half of the blogosphere to fall silent (including us, probably). But as I said, it's so much more than that. Amour & Discipline is also a mission, a mission to make us change the way we think about music and arts in a digitalized world. In their "Breathtaking Full Manifesto" (and indeed it is long, but here's also the "Short, Reductive and Incomplete Manifesto For Those in a Hurry"), the site's initiators conceive nothing less than an alternative model to fund and financially support musicians based on the concept of a gift economy that is, to leave no doubt, "not about guilt, but common decency". Via the site's Donation Platform that will go online soon, people will be able to give money "to any independent band or label in the universe". That's it, and of course it's both a bold assertion and a grand gesture, and an experiment, but one that is surely worth trying out. And above all, it's most likely just the amount of unashamed idealism we all could use these days. Anything else? Have I mentioned that the site's design is truly unique and totally beautiful? Well, I guess I have now. Check it out, seriously. Read more → With Portals, the world has already seen the birth of one exciting collective web venture in 2012, and with Ad Hoc, of course, we hope you'll see another great one starting soon. In between however and with much less fuss, a third collective webzine was recently founded, one that in terms of ambition and sense of mission might very well surpass all other similar projects. Amour & Discipline, online since March 8, is the brainchild of Lyon-based Olivié and "two other pretentious snobbish idealistic d.i.y. activists" who've been working hard to make this internet-age dream come true for quite some time, at least since last August, when they first contacted us to present their, indeed breathtaking, concept (By the way, those folks sure have a knack for thoroughness and curious methods to deliver their message. That first mail aptly started with the words, "Life is short, but this e-mail is endless."). Amour & Discipline is not a collective webzine. I mean it is, and to be clear, it's set to become one of the best out there, gathering contributions by distinguished cultural authorities as widespread and illustrious as imaginable, including bloggers such as 20 Jazz Funk Greats or Weed Temple, labels such as Aguirre, Dekorder, or Upset the Rhythm, and a whole bunch of artists including countless NFOP favorites like Ensemble Economique, Ela Orleans, Dirty Beaches, Julian Lynch, or Sun Araw, to name but a few. It is here where all those beautiful people from now on will submit their musings about all aspects of our cherished global underground cultures, in a manner and with a passion that only two weeks after launching should already force half of the blogosphere to fall silent (including us, probably). But as I said, it's so much more than that. Amour & Discipline is also a mission, a mission to make us change the way we think about music and arts in a digitalized world. In their "Breathtaking Full Manifesto" (and indeed it is long, but here's also the "Short, Reductive and Incomplete Manifesto For Those in a Hurry"), the site's initiators conceive nothing less than an alternative model to fund and financially support musicians based on the concept of a gift economy that is, to leave no doubt, "not about guilt, but common decency". Via the site's Donation Platform that will go online soon, people will be able to give money "to any independent band or label in the universe". That's it, and of course it's both a bold assertion and a grand gesture, and an experiment, but one that is surely worth trying out. And above all, it's most likely just the amount of unashamed idealism we all could use these days. Anything else? Have I mentioned that the site's design is truly unique and totally beautiful? Well, I guess I have now. Check it out, seriously.

His Clancyness: “Can’t Hear My Eyes (Ariel Pink Cover)”.

23 Mar 2012 — Henning Lahmann
On Monday, Oslo-based Splendour and Italy's Secret Furry Hole will re-release Always Mist by Bologna's Jonathan Clancy aka His Clancyness that originally came out on cassette via Mirror Universe in 2010. It's still a fabulous effort that sure deserved the vinyl treatment, but even if you happen to own the tape, the purchase of the LP is nonetheless something worth considering, as the b-side contains seven previously unreleased bonus tracks, one of them being this slow-burning, absolutely heart-melting cover version of one of our favorite Ariel Pink tracks, "Can't Hear My Eyes". Order Always Mist: Revisited now here (Europe) or here (North America). You may stream the whole album below: Also, this is a good opportunity to re-visit Clancy's amazing Yours Truly performance from April last year: Read more → On Monday, Oslo-based Splendour and Italy's Secret Furry Hole will re-release Always Mist by Bologna's Jonathan Clancy aka His Clancyness that originally came out on cassette via Mirror Universe in 2010. It's still a fabulous effort that sure deserved the vinyl treatment, but even if you happen to own the tape, the purchase of the LP is nonetheless something worth considering, as the b-side contains seven previously unreleased bonus tracks, one of them being this slow-burning, absolutely heart-melting cover version of one of our favorite Ariel Pink tracks, "Can't Hear My Eyes". Order Always Mist: Revisited now here (Europe) or here (North America). You may stream the whole album below: Also, this is a good opportunity to re-visit Clancy's amazing Yours Truly performance from April last year: