A music: very simple, as present and obvious as the happening round us. Its sounds: Elements in space, which fly apart in uniform motion, without resistance and get together again.
Llankrú masters the vanishing till the dispersal. Just as its opposite: The bang, with which all wants to expand into space from the center with force. In doing so time is relative. And therefore their im- and explosions happen in seemingly endless calm.
The instruments sound like they sound. A guitar, a second, guitar, a bass and a drum set. The musicians have freed sound and arrangement from all the superfluity and potential masquerade. But intuitively, not wilfully. The single sin is the glowing overdrive sometimes. But to this one the blessing was given already.
With all this „Sturz durch Raum und Zeit Richtung Unendlichkeit“ (C. Karges) Llankrú’s songs relate wonderfully. They could be the six episodes of a film, which may work stand-alone, but forge a bridge of a whole narration together.
The narrative power rises with the reduction. That’s the magic of the basics. Everything runs to a point, slowly the sum of the parts emerges and condenses more and more. And than suddenly: Nothing.
poj.wlkp’s new album ‘Do Zorzy’ is their 10th and presents their best recordings to date. The wonderful progression continues, as the creative force behind the project, Jan Strach, fine tunes his abilities and really focuses them into a unique and forlorn dreamy atmosphere. Taking 4 years to create, these songs have been excruciatingly crafted and analyzed by an artist who has poured his heart and the secrets of his soul into every sound and lyric. Each song has an interesting structure with layers of ambiance, character and experimentation strewn about the melodies, all while maintaining a core of folk.
The opening song “Zrobilem Sobie Spacer” sets the tone of the album with a wonderfully noodling guitar dancing throughout its ether, ultimately climaxing in howling melody. The album continues triumphantly with peaks and valleys, all weaving in and out of heartfelt lyrics and lush instrumentals. Coming full circle at the end with “Białe Pola,” a beautiful acoustic number reminiscent of the early days of poj.wlkp. Two bonus tracks grace the Unfinite Records release, both of which only add to the album’s allure. On the whole, ‘Do Zorzy’ is a crowning effort waiting to be explored on a rainy day in your heart of hearts.
There’s no doubting that todays music technology is powerful and versatile and Rephazer shows us how powerful with his EP he called the ‘Holiday Mixtape’
And it’s just that, a mixtape (or sketches) created while on holiday at the various locations in the track names (I’m guessing). Created entirely on one single piece of Swedish Engineered hardware (from the guys that made the Sidstation way back when) called the OP-1 (for those listeners interested).
Rephazer creates some fantastic moody, detailed and atmospheric Boards of Canada inspired tracks. Perhaps from the same sound palette for each track, but all with a chilled out vibe. Summer is drawing to a close but kick back and relax beside the pool listening to Rephazer!
Drunkeninstrumentcorporation nasce in quel di Saluzzo nel 1998, nella profonda provincia cuneese, per dare un senso alla noia, primo motore della vita provinciale. E per scappate dalla noia Marco Abba aka Drunkeninstrumentcorporation si inventa svariati mondi, e queste sono solo dieci splendide fotografie che ci regala attraverso tanti generi, dal powerpop, al pop più classico, dal college rock al lo fi, ma è davvero limitativo parlare di generi, perché qui c’è la gioia di fare musica e la freschezza che avete sentito in alcuni dischi e che non avete più ritrovato. Vero capolavoro di provincia.
Drunkeninstrumentcorporation was born in Saluzzo in 1998, in the deep Cuneo province, to make sense of boredom, the first engine of provincial life. And to run away from boredom, Marco Abba aka Drunkeninstrumentcorporation invented several worlds, and these are just ten beautiful photos that give us through so many genres, from powerpop to the more classic pop, from rock college to lo fi, but it’s really limiting to talk about genres, because here is the joy of making music and the freshness you’ve heard in some disks and you have not found it again. A true provincial masterpiece
Rough distorted rhythms and hazy melodies. A combination of raw machine jams and jagged textures of lo-fi pads. Fuzzy aesthetics built by field recordings, samples and personal memories. In his debut on sonic moiré nnls musically refers to streets of his home in Italy. Every track is a musical quote of a drive or journey, every title a reference to an existing road. A musical cartography of the artists environment. This piece portrays a persons connection to its environment and its paths, which is captured in the title of the album.
This album is also available as a limited, elaborate tape version and includes a mirroreffect packaging, booklet, download code, bonus tracks and a sticker.
La dolcezza di pop lo fi ed elettro altra, tra respiri e calde insicurezze, un disco magnifico che Marco aka Butipreferrominapower aka Cloud Traveler ci regala, e sarà una gioia per tutti. Brani homerecording registrati e mixati in soggiorno e cucina fra la fine del 2015 e 2016 da Butipreferrominapower
The sweetness of the fi pop and a different electro , between breaths and hot insecurities, a magnificent album that Marco aka Butipreferrominapower aka Cloud Traveler gives us, and it will be a joy for all.
home recording tracks recorded and mixed in the living room and kitchen of
the end of 2015 and 2016 by Butipreferrominapower.
As per yearly tradition, Jan presents an ep with material that did not fit the full-length album from previous year, in this case “Jan Pierwszy Starszy”. As with every JS e.p. there are no rules and the diversity of genres is breathtaking. Here we have casio-retro-wave, guitar post rock, noisy guitars overlaying, joyful turkish zurna-pop with broken time signature and an anthem of the priviledged man with a sturdy beat. As always on Underpolen netlabel, the lo-fi and DIY atmosphere is everpresent in spirit and on surface.
Deftechnixks explores the core of noisy rock music, by stripping it of all non-essentials. All that is left is energetic experimental post-punk clatter featuring unschooled screaming, a drumset consisting of boxes and tins, and an electric guitar with strings crossed. This results in a heap of joyful, noisy rock-bashing in the amateur, passionate spirit characteristic for all underpolen releases.
In December 2015 the commonest comember of Projekt Luty, Stach, visited the Nad Garażem Studio fresh from the British Isles for a joyful recording session. As always the project’s aim is to combine the knowledge and abilities of a person with (some) musical abilities, and the enthusiasm and fresh approach of a person unblemished with musical-theoretical background. And as always, at the crossroads we have an unimitable, undefineable organized chaos galloping through psychedelia, krautrock, punk, post-punk, even ambient and grunge, while keeping its lo-fi and homemade charm.
“notforme!” is the acoustic solo project from Pavel Mokhort, the singersongwriter of the Karelian punk band Six-Pack Sunday. Since 2009, he has traveled half of Russia with occasional forays abroad, playing small bars and cafes. “We Were Coalmine Canaries” is a collection of travel notes, postcards and photographs from his shoebox of memories. Keep it simple: a guitar, a shabby plaid shirt and a couple of friends.
The title could suggest that this is a debut, [“Jan the first the elder”], but it is far from the truth – this album is JS’s 60th (sixtieth!) release overall and 8th under his own name. But at the same time, after years of refining, meandering and looking for his “own sound”, the sworn-lofi experimental casio rocker claims to finally have achieved the middle ground between all his influences and interests on this one. And although jumping between many styles, it is in fact his most balanced yet – synth-pop, post-punk, shoegaze, chillwave, experimental tendencies leave enough space to breathe for pop sensibilities and epic synths – and as usual DIY spirit ensures that nothing is ever too calculated and lifeless – things constantly move, snap to place, click and keep the sounds flowing organically. And all Jan Strach trademarks are still here, distorted synths, some heavy guitars, some lovely delayed noodlings, romantic strings, odd time signatures, noisy outbursts, curious samples, and plenty of plain weirdness.
Proudly released on July 14th as part of the global Netlabel Day 2016, on the best Polish place for the homemade DIY lofi weirdness, Underpolen Netlabel.
Everywhere Kingdom continues the adventure in the improvised/stream-of-consciousness realm but again takes the music in an entirely new direction. Whereas its predecessor was a hypnotic chillout adventure meandering through blurry clouds of warmly distorted synths and subdued guitars, here NOISE and RHYTHM are kings. Pummeling distorted beats, squealing and stuttering synth loops draw the listener into a brutal, yet groovy, experience. Bouncing between primitive hip-hoppy beats (Jellypit, Chimp Thug), industrial (Corrosive, Sno-Blower), techno (Saibaba Goblets, Shrrum Vacuum), ande even making a stop at noisy-casio-ska (When I Die), all slathered in static and distortion, the 9 tracks here make for an uncompromisingly thrilling ride which similarly exhausts and leaves the listener wanting more.
Released on Underpolen Netlabel, home for the raw, weird, homemade lofi treasures.
01 – Low Pressure
02 – Il silenzio delle immagini sacre
03 – There’s Life Outside
04 – The Scent of Female Flesh
05 – せんずり
06 – Nello scantinato degli orrori inconsci
07 – Escursione termica
08 – I suoi occhi sono verdi come foglie di ninfea nel più limpido degli specchi d’acqua
09 – La quiete nel mezzo della tempesta
01 – Visceral Algorythms
02 – After Life Upgrade
03 – Spasmodic Turbolence
04 – Body Fuct
05 – Methods of Abnegation
06 – Abortion
07 – Drop the Pants
08 – Playground Memories
09 – Echoes of Expansion
10 – Subfallen
11 – Social Mutilation
12 – Where’s your Glitch
Electronic Music producer HYPERCUBE (born Rodrigo Passannanti) debuted with a full-length Album (Earobics) on Hypnotic / Cleopatra USA label in 1996, the album received a substantial level of interest among listeners and labels at the time and as result several tracks appeared on various world-wide compilations in the years to follow bringing timeless status to the Album which is still obtainable on major retails today (ITunes, Amazon etc)
Since then HYPERCUBE has been producing and releasing numerous recordings under different names among labels such as Blue Room UK – Klang Galerie (Austria) – Nova Tek (Germany) – Criminal Records UK – SPV (Poland) – Nova Zembla (Belgium) etc including live gigs and a long term collaboration with Producer Andy Hughes (former member of the ORB)
Almost 20 years later HYPERCUBE is releasing his second full-length Album which embraces all sonic explorations and experiences achieved during this time. This Album focuses on experimentation with extensive use of software effect plugins, audio editors and sound processors within the computer environment.
As tradition goes, the Polish purveyor of lo-to mid-fi experimental pop and rock publishes a short collecton of songs that for one reason or another did not make it to the previous year’s full-length. As always kaleidoscopic, stylistically unpredictable and undefinable with regular genre terms, it melts together post-rock passages, distorted casio beats, crazed noise rock, layered askew pop harmonies with irregular time signatures, a chopped up, triumphant organ hymn.
As always proudly published on Polish home for all homemade, passionate and DIY, Underpolen Netlabel.
«Этот альбом должен был выйти еще в 2013 году, но различные преграды никак не давали нам его закончить. Так успело выйти три альбома (ComingOut! (2013), Икра из молодых (2014) и 69 (2015) и только сейчас в 2016-м году мы смогли завершить эту работу. Поэтому качество текстов и игры на инструментах характерные для того времени. »
STEKKLO is a Russian electronic band formed solely by Arkady Cherkashin. His production style was created under the influence of psychedelic-pop bands of new wave as well as of Soviet rock and synth-pop bands. STEKKLO music style can be characterized as a synth-popelectroclash with the elements of lo-fi and acoustic, although the musician doesn’t specify the genre of his project. This main idea is harmony of different kinds of sound and it’s styles in art and live on the whole.
Italian suffering songwriter Uglisse meets the weird master Hank the Think Thank in this really uncomfortable album. Mmh, “enjoy”?
Le CONVENZIONI di Ginevra [0kbps090]
01 – ALTERNATIVA MA NON TROPPO
02 – GLI AMICI NON BASTANO MAI
03 – PROFILO PUBBLICO
04 – l’ASPETTO FISICO NON CONTA
05 – UN FUTURO LUMINOSO
06 – BBONUZ TrRrAK – BaS3 4UGLISzSEh (ByYy Hank the Think Thank)
Second release by the cosmic artist Chix, a journey into the human being’s duality.
Four songs, two sides: “Happy Side” and “Sad Side”. The first one includes “La rapina in pizzeria” and “Le amiche di funch”, two delirious genre songs, with cheeky lyrics, while “Gocce” and “Cinico” fulfil the introspective intention: they talk about love and ego.
Featuring Marina Carbone (choirs and guitars), who was an important contributor to the whole work.
Absolutely black, resolutely extremist, metallically chaotic, at the crossroads of experimental garage and industrial boogie, blues and psychotic Transylvanian noisy, Grand Guru’s kinda rock’n’roll is brought to the world, without an epidural, in form of birth of the monsters and nightmares that haunt our Rouen-based sorcerer.
Забивая последний гвоздь в крышку своего ipad, московский комик-аутсайдер Povalishin Division под шум разложения психоделического рока, рассказывает слушателю короткие заметки о похождениях опоздавшего на фестиваль Вудсток. Лет на сто…
Nava Spatiala – Spotting The Same Old Sun (SOT 45 Phospholipatic Remix) 05:57
Proyect? Moone Jazzers – Uncommon Waltz 02:58
Secrets Of The 45 – Wet Bulbs And Clipped Whites 04:06
Jan Strach – Morze Przed Morzem 04:34
Projekt Luty – Ucieczka w Nieświadomość 03:54
poj.wlkp – Półsen 03:51
Don’t Look At Me I Am Deformed – Ask A Lion 02:36
Secrets Of The 45 – Mother Of Many 1 – Wallpaper Optics 06:55
Jan Strach – Walentynka 03:01
Jan Strach – Roots Of Hau 01:27
Deftechnixks – Marks In The Sand On My Porch 03:07
Jan Strach – Jak Milion Gwiazd 02:49
poj.wlkp – Ameland (Bonus track) 04:45
Projekt Luty – Rzeka (Bonus track) 02:41
poj.wlkp – Na Szczęście (Bonus track) 02:51
Hello and welcome to the Underpopular hits compilation, the third of its kind!
This is the idea: everytime another 20 albums get released on the Underpolen Netlabel, the glorious father of the undernation, Jan Strach, lovingly selects one song from each release to compile into a presentation for all of mankind, to represent what Underpolen is all about.
And we are about freedom of creative expression, creativity with no boundaries, laughing in the face of genre divisions, we love slip-ups and false starts, accidental noises and experiments of all kind. Pixels, artifacts, blurs and smudges around the edges. Ballpoint marks, scratchmarks, fingerprints all over the lovely amateur, homemade creations.
And we would like to share all of it with you.
The lovingly murky, atmospheric rock of poj.wlkp, trapped in a world of eternal sunset;
The ever surprising imrpovised rock of Projekt Luty, where at all times there has to be at least one person included with no background in music whatsoever; ranging from noise and electronics, to casio backing psychedelic twisted soundscapes,
The mysterious, beautiful piano meanderings captured via dictaphone of Proyect? Moone Jazzers, a musician from western Europe who never told us who he was, sent us these lofi recordings and vanished;
The deconstruction of all that we know about rock music, straight from Deftechnixks;
The layered stream of consciousness synth loops amounting to a chillwave orgasmo from Everywhere Kingdom;
The many faces of Jan Strach, from goth rocker, through intricate meditations over an ocean, to casio melodies for children and full fledged electronified punk rock;
Noises and field-recording drones and collages of Secrets Of The 45, sometimes together with Romania’s Nava Spatiala;
Troglodisco of D.L.A.M.I.A.D., clashing ripped samples with a tact and style of a 12 year old deaf kid with elephant hands.
And as always three bonus tracks for your enjoyment because we love you dearly.
If you dig any of these artists in particular, there are links to their bandcamp accounts when you click on a track.
In The Moonlight
In A Bag
The Bonnie Situation (w/ LAWLZBAWLZ, feat. vasQ)
Elix The Dozer
High Voltage Is Dangerous
Daydreams (w/ Couchlocker)
New 5 song EP from singer-songwriter and sound-maker Simon Waldram, Nottinghamshire, UK.
During his musical journey Simon’s been exploring many different paths: drone, acoustic singer-songwriter, psychedelia, twee pop, electronic etc. Always in a pure lo-Fi key.
On his new EP Simon gives us five new beautiful pop-pearls with its feet standing steady in 60´s psychedelia, punk rock and a brilliant DIY attitude.
Jan Strach, a lofi artist and an avid worshipper of the DIY doctrine, returns with another full length, as sprawling and ecclectic , as are JS’s inspirations: Frank Zappa, P.M. Dawn, 90s nostalgia, the city of Poznań, cheesy Casio sounds, odd time signatures, wacky chord changes.
There are no dull moments here, no filler, genres skipping between synth pop, grunge, progressive elements and even elements of reggae and fusion jazz interludes. The landscape is filled with elements of 90s popculture (through a Polish lens), and the cryptic lyrics describe, in Polish, nostalgic reality with poetic pathos. All the songs are , as all on Underpolen netlabel, with a lo-fi angle and a homeproduced charm.
Jan Strach is always ready to play with forms and genres. There is a song in 15/16 about a clock, adding 1 letter each verse up to 12. There is a bluegrass/country song with a warped synth interlude. An upbeat Casio pop number which suddenly erupts with farmyard samples which transform it into a swinging jazz instrumental. And so on.
The main hero of the album, however is the melody. It is clear that this is Jan Strach’s first love, and the thing that he keeps aiming for. Amidst all this disregard for genre and stylistic clarity, the one utmost pervasive tendency can be seen, and that is, to keep the tunes pretty and memorable.
Released on Jan Strach’s Underpolen Netlabel, where you can find all of his other projects and bands, as well as other riveting DIY acts
Novim albumom “Pretvaram osjećaje u stihove”, Čopor nastavlja svoje začudno putovanje. Ambijentalnim mračnim improvizacijama u kombinaciji sa zvucima koji nas svakodnevno okružuju u prirodi i predmtima kojima se koristimo u svakodnevnom životu stvara atmosferu nadrealnog svijeta a stihovima koje izgovara ponire u dubine podsvijesti i izvlači na površinu sve potisnute strahove, frustracije, melankoliju ali i traži put do ljubavi, nade i svijetla. Putujmo zajedno…
“cHE fICA lA mUSICA eLETTRONICA (NetlabelDayEdition)”
is participating on the first Netlabel Day 2015 ever!
formerly known as FabioRosho and releasing a mixture of 8-bit, industrial and breakbeat experiments since 2009, electronic producer Fabio Crivellaro decides to upgrade his lo-fi gear and to focus on a more synthetic and groovy sound for his new incarnation: here it is, dIGITAL dISAGIO
Released as part of the first global Netlabel Day, this e.p. by Jan Strach continues the tradition started with the previous e.p., “Jan Strach Piszczy W Narożniku”. It collects songs and instrumentals created while Jan Strach was working on his full length albums, their only problem being that they did not fit in with the longplays’ general atmosphere.
Otherwise, Jan Strach is proud and happy to present to the world this collection of beautiful things, as usual with JS full of stylistic surprises: a wobbly weave of ping-pongy piano combined with a barely breathing flute and a dirty one-string guitar; a marimba-stylophone luau reverberating as if from a cave with stomping and finger snaps. A shoe-noisy dreamy rock tune about travelling birds, and a punk thing with girly choruses in a time signature of i-lost-count/4 and a toy and a flute; that’s not all.
As usual with Underpolen Netlabel offerings it is lo-fi, diy, full of odd passionate homemade energy.
New album of Chita musician and poet Sergei Zolin, aka Pavkashavet Bantut perhaps the most dismal in the discography of the artist. «Сон прошлогоднего снега» – is a 35-minute dive into the darkness of what we call the post-Soviet space. And if “The voices on the stairs of Jacob” may denote something, so it would be the voices on a ladder between earth and hell. Quite notable is the only thing with text support – «Долгое прощание», after which you will feel binding approaching of hopelessnes from all sides.