Believe it or not, this particular album was my introduction to Ukrainian alternative music. It has managed to stay on my CD shelf for two decades, and it’s quite nice to have this wonderfully digitized so that I can refer to it at my leisure.
Though I think Foa-Hoka are defunct, bandleader Dmytro Kurovskiy is still quite active making music.
Here are this year’s (disappointing, as usual) Bandcamp toppers of 2017. No Santiago Fradejas. No A.M. Ferrari-Fradejas. Nor Jeff Gburek. Nor Marco Lucchi. Nor Noël Akchoté. Nor so many other deserving artists who don’t offer up a plate of decent, non-offensive pseudo-soul, hip-hop or tacky dance music. Ah, well.
For your perusal, click on the links below. You WILL find some gems in here.
The latest release by Jurica Jelić marks his third appearance on our modest blog. This EP is a bit of a departure, as Jurica’s vocals, a deep, resonating baritone, gets prominently featured on this release. It’s hard to believe that he’s hitting notes that comparable singers like Michael Gira (Swans, Angels Of Light) could not hope to hit. With a voice like this, I can’t help thinking that he’d appeal to those into neofolk, apocalyptic folk, or gothic music.
This Is Darkness is a website based out of Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States which is dedicated to promoting dark ambient music. This is their first in what we hope to be are a long series of compilations dedicated to the promotion of the best of bleak music. Such names as Xerxes The Dark, Cisfinitum, Kammerheit and Leila Abdul-Rauf should be familiar to those of you who dig throughout the Internet finding the finest in headphone music, but there are loads more talented artists waiting for you to explore.
Sonologyst is no stranger to this blog. Raffaele Pezzella, Mr. Sonologyst himself, brings a new release (also available on vinyl!) of dark ambient inspired by conspiracy theories. If Alex Jones were an ambient composer… oh, just kidding. He has a far more serious interest, and you can either read more about it at the Bandcamp page for this release or in the pull quote below:
For a serious introduction to the conspiracy theory, and the Breakaway Civilization, here’s a link to an excerpt from the book “A.D. After Disclosure
” written by Richard Dolan
and Bryce Zabel
Raffaele has brought so much good music into existence, both his own and so many others’, that he is owed a debt of thanks.
Though I loathe that I can’t simply buy a download from Edward Ka-Spel (too many of his latest Bandcamp releases are truncated version so that you’re forced to buy a hard copy, be it vinyl or CD), that’s his prerogative. The music is up to the standards one expects from the Legendary Pink Dots‘ frontman.
Friends and colleagues, if you are able to help out with setting up performances in Belgium, France or Poland, please contact Till Kniola of Auf Abwegen. His letter of request is printed below:
dear drone list,
sorry for the intrusion but maybe some of you can help/spread the word….
aufabwegen is bringing british experimental ambient group O YUKI CONJUGATE for their first ever proper tour to europe in december.
so far concerts are planned in germany, the netherlands and switzerland.
the tour will happen together with german artist KONRAD KRAFT.
we would love to do further concerts in belgium, france and poland. if any of you on the drone list is an organizer or knows of someone who might be interested in setting up a show, please contact me off-list at <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org
the tour period is december 11-19th 2017.
thank you all!
a u f a b w e g e n | Till Kniola
Lindenburger Allee 20 | 50931 Cologne | Germany
label & magazine: <http://www.aufabwegen.com/> http://www.aufabwegen.com
mailorder: <http://www.aufabwegen.de/catalog> http://www.aufabwegen.de/catalog
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Dutch label Seja Records graces us with a magnificent new release by Swedish neofolkers Fatal Casualties. It’s amazing to thing that Stefan Ljungdahl and Ivan Hirvonen have been performing off and on as Fatal Casualties for 30 years now, as the current release is perhaps the freshest, most vibrant music they’ve put out in more than a decade. It’s hard to even consider this neofolk, because it uses so many other genres as a touchstone. One can hear post-punk, goth, dark electronic music, a bit of a soundscape here and there. Ivan’s vocals top the aural cake off beautifully. Kudos to the engineer who managed to balance the sounds perfectly.
This album was released in 2016, but as I came around to it only recently, I’ll gladly consider this a new-ish release. Well worth your time.
George Hadow in an English percussionist currently residing in Amsterdam. It was a bit of a shock to see that he would be pairing with Dirk Serries, who won his fame as Vidna Obmana, his dark ambient project out of Belgium, but they blend together rather nicely.
This has to be some of the bleakest music I’ve heard in a while. Утро (Yutro, or Morning) are a band I have absolutely no information on, but they sound a bit like Joy Division going on a bender after swallowing a bunch of downers. Heavy, brutal, but really good-quality post-punk.