I have a deep interest in Old Prussian culture, as a thread of my own ancestry comes from the region now known as Kaliningard, though it was once East Prussia. I’m impressed to see that some bands are trying hard to preserve the culture.
H. J. Ayala has been featured here before, providing some mightily atmospheric guitar playing. His current release has to be his darkest yet, however. The entrance to the album (appropriately titled “Entrada“) feels like the beginning of a horror movie with a proper budget. The tension is palpable.
It gets deeper in feel from then on. The whole of this album was made on guitars only, with some effects added afterwards. Eerie listening, but very rewarding.
By now, you probably know this album’s story: avant-garde collective Laibach go to North Korea in 2015 and become the first Western band to play there ever since the country split in two. What they play is a variation on their regular praxis: The Sound of Music, the soundtrack of a movie which is apparently […]
Though credited to Korean composer mcthfg, this release is actually a compilation featuring three of South Korea’s finest dub technicians. From the Bandcamp site:
South Korea has a vibrant, amazing group of underground artists, and this album is dedicated to them.
Tengger is Itta (Indian Harmonium, Voice and Toys) and Marqido (Synthesizer)
Kuang Program is Taehyun Choi
Belarusian record label Ezhevika Records had a very impressive 2018, coming up with impressive release after impressive release of all sorts of electronic music and electropop, as they call it.
Their latest release is a compilation of indietronica, future beats and other hard-to-describe genres put together for a record whose profits will be given to SeaLegacy, a non-profit society for ocean conservation.
Learn more at www.sealegacy.org