mercredi 18 mai 2016

mh.t043 - Hangin Freud - Motherland

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A couple of years ago, we received a message from Paula and Jonathan a.k.a Hangin Freud, telling they were working on Sunken's follow-up, entitled Motherland. And then... silence...
Last autumn, they released No Body Allowed which is still available on myhand.thanx, here. The noisy, hypnotic and nightmarish mini-album was great, and we supposed it was Motherland, and that Hangin Freud had only changed the title...
But we were so wrong! A few weeks ago, a song surfaced on youtube, posted by Hangin Freud, called Boat. Motherland was coming! They distilled the first 3 songs of the mini-album, and each one was like an extraordinary gift to our ears. The 6 tracks are really profound, mixing traditional instruments and sounds with electric guitars. The voice and words of Paula are striking with emotion and kind of ominous vision of the world. Jonathan explained Motherland was above all Paula's artistic concept, based on her observations on Brazil.
Every single song is fraught with soundscapes, landscapes and stories that stay in mind: the repetitive guitar from Boat, like waves coming back and forth, the monsters from the Kingdom, creeping ineluctably, the voices from another time responding Paula's lyrics on Motherland, the rising angst coming from The South... Lost Children is probably our favourite from the album with the closing track Centuries, both have this paradoxical atmosphere, they're the kind of song that move you to tears, and at the same time, they make you want to dance... a sad but relieving dance...
Important to note that the album was mastered by Harris Newman at greymarketmastering in Canada, that the artwork was made by Alice Porto, and that cassettes made by Cryptic Caroussel are available via HF's bandcamp!

samedi 30 janvier 2016

mh.t042 - ThOmas.W - Long IS ThE Night

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Here it is! ThOmas.W's new album is finally out and available for a free downoad. "Long IS ThE Night" is the 7th release of ThOmas.W on our netlabel, and his 17th since he started his solo project. This brand new album is a trip into the artist's personal story, as he told us : "The last two years have been really intense, extreme joy, extreme pain, frustration and fulfillment, and sometimes, when things go wrong, you can't do anything else but write and compose." Indeed, "Long IS ThE Night" consists in 9 tracks, 9 ups and downs, that could happen to anybody. It's not a complaint, but a really matter-of-fact display of emotions. A distorted family ("siSSter" / "sMother" / 'feAther") meets a mysterious "V", a "guudboi" gets angrier and angrier but he finally cools down as "Elvis" and his new "Brothers" come into his life... and the noise goes on, and on...
Musically, ThOmas.W's bass is still the same, weaving melodies as the songs develop, the voice is omnipresent and reminds us of "bru:t". The drums appears as a new feature in his music, and gives it a much much lo-fi colour. As the artist call his music, it's "cold noise" with a twist of "lo(ve)-fi"... We agree, and we simply love it!
The artwork is based on a photograph by Pierre Boé.

Le voici! Le nouvel album de ThOmas.W est enfin là et téléchargeable gratuitement. "Long IS ThE Night" est la 7ème sortie de ThOmas.W sur notre netlabel, et sa 17ème depuis qu'il a débuté son projet solo. Ce tout nouvel album est un voyage dans l'histoire personnelle de l'artiste qui nous a dit : "Ces deux dernières années ont vraiment été intenses, joie extrême, douleur extrême, frustration et accoplissement, et parfois, quand les choses vont mal, on ne peut rien faire d'autre qu'écrire et composer." En effet, "Long IS ThE Night" est composé de 9 titres, 9 hauts et bas qui pourraient arriver à chacun d'entre nous. Il ne s'agit pas d'une complainte, simplement d'un récit émotionnel et rationnel. Une famille distordue ("siSSter" / "sMother" / 'feAther") rencontre une mystérieuse "V", un "guudboi" est de plus en plus en colère mais finit par se calmer lorsqu' "Elvis" et ses nouveaux "Brothers" entrent dans sa vie... et le bruit continue, encore et encore...
Musicalement, la basse de ThOmas.W est la même, tissant des mélodies au fil des chansons, la voix est omniprésente et nous rappelle "bru:t". la batterie apparaît comme un nouvel élément à part entière dans sa musique, et lui donne une coloration bien pus lo-fi. L'artiste appelle sa musique "cold noise" avec un soupçon de "lo(ve)-fi"... Nous sommes bien d'accord, et nous aimons ça!
L'artwork est basé sur une photographie de Pierre Boé.