Squalloscope - Three Minutes For A Detuned Diorama, from the Desert EP, out now on Seayou Records
Saying “Boys will be boys” is just a lame excuse to raise idiots, states Squalloscope and I agree entirely, albeit tiredly. I don’t know if it is because being a feminist in the entertainment industry in Western Europe is so exhausting I don’t even want to know how hard it is elsewhere, or because by the time these lyrics come up, it’s the fifth song on this EP and I’m a sucker for catchy hooks of which it doesn’t have many.
Therefore I suggest you listen to the EP’s first track, Three Minutes For A Detuned Diorama, instead, which features a detuned piano or dissonances or both (really not an expert), which sounds surprisingly great.
Bis eine heult - Abwesen
Dieses Jahr bin ich nicht da um alles zu sein
This song has great lyrics, as expected from a Bis eine heult song but this is also one of the best music videos I’ve seen this year. (Directed by Gerald Zahn, by the way.) It’s such a simple idea and although there’s little variation throughout these three minutes, I never got bored.
Black Manna - Xanax
I spent a semester analyzing werewolf sightings, from 16th century Lithuania to 20th century USA. This would’ve been a great soundtrack.
Garish - Auf den Dächern
"Wer Bogart falsch zitiert, hat das verdient" is a sentence that connects this first appetizer for the upcoming (and presumably excellent) Garish album with its accompanying music video.
After all, it makes a huge difference whether someone looks into your eyes or you look into theirs. It’s a question of power and subject/object relations (check out Sartre if you have doubts) and that’s what makes people on the screen looking directly at you so eery.
Not sure if that is really the meaning of the lyrics fragment or the video, but good art usually leaves space for interpretations, and this is some very fine art.
Hella Comet - Scatter The Ashes from Wild Honey, out now via Noise Appeal Records
For one hot second I heard a Björk-ish voice in there. I’m saying that mostly to add something new to the usual things said about Hella Comet’s sophomore record, that it’s poppier but also super shoegaze-y and noise-y.
Andreas Gstettner-Brugger said that Sonic Youth could be proud to have “Scatter The Ashes” in their discography. If that were the case, I’d maybe finally get into Sonic Youth.
Dot Dash - Care, from Dot Dash out today via Totally Wired Records
This sounds like twee post-punk to me which I know isn’t a thing. I also know that Dot Dash (and Johnny Cash) don’t usually sound quite so adorable but it’s refreshing.
Can we make twee post-punk a thing though? I’d be all over it.
Dot Dash are celebrating their LPs release today, November 27, at the Bach in Vienna.
Ana Threat - Bretzel High Stomp, from the Dropout Dumpling double 7” on Totally Wired Records
Due to circumstances that involve another Walzerkönig editor’s presence at the video shoot or video presentation (I don’t remember which exactly, because of wine), I now own a signed autograph card of one of these fine actresses whose voice is by far the sexiest I know.
Mimu - The Tender Song
Why does music made by one-woman-projects sound so very elf-like so very often? Okok, this song has “tender” in its title, but still. It bores me almost as much as the average angsty young white male with an acoustic guitar.
Please don’t be offended by this opinion. Here’s something positive: This would be great for a Darbo commercial when they get tired of Coin Operated Boy.
Robb - Beyond
First things first: Is this person called Robb because he has the same beard as (TV) Robb Stark or is this person called Robb because he is actually called Robb?
Second things, music: I was fully prepared to hate this when it began with a beardy sensitive guy in a hat singing about stars in the sky. Then it turned into such a smooth, milky, jazzy thing that, juxtaposed with people arguing and vomiting and throwing eggs (?), that I couldn’t help but love it. Ah. Kontrapunktische Filmmusik, you’ll always get me.
Robotra - Sylt, from Tinker, out now on Numavi Records
Are Robotra the most charmingly shy and cool and low-key band around that everyone wishes they were friends with? I think yes.
Ja, ja, das Interview ist jetzt zwei Wochen alt und wir haben alle zumindest die Zeilen über Sex und Kanye, die überall zitiert worden sind, gelesen. Aber am schönsten fand ich eigentlich diese Illustration.
Parkwächter Harlekin - Getarnte Mauern
I find this video a bit boring (forest, four panels, pixels, blah) but the phrase “minutiös geplantes Trauern”, which is just one half line from the very clever refrain, more than makes up for it.
Silvius Sonvilla - Rücklicht
Silvius Sonvillas Texte kommen manchmal jenen von diesen deutschsingenden Indiepoppern, die den Zettel mit den Stilmitteln aus dem Deutschunterricht am Kühlschrank picken haben und für jedes Lied mindestens drei davon abhaken, oft gefährlich nahe.
Zum Glück reimt er dann aber “Blumenmeer” mit “Ich schwitze sehr”.
(c) Matthias Rhomberg
Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. This month, the spotlight is on ROBOTRA.
Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 27-track compilation through Ge.tt here.
Robotra – Morninglight 2 (MP3)
Don’t let the noisy, distorted lo-fi shell of Robotra songs trick you. This three-piece band from Graz and their pop melodies will catch your attention and make you want to sing along immediately. Morninglight 2 is taken from their full-length debut Tinker, which was mixed and mastered by Wolfgang Möstl (Mile Me Deaf, Sex Jams, Killed By 9V Batteries).
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