Worm Is Green – To Them We Are Only Shadows

And speaking of Icelandic artists – there is also another magnificent new album recorded by the musicians from that island but the band behind it has spent incomparably more years on the scene than our latest hero M-Band. The release is called To Them We Are Only Shadows and it is the fourth album in the discography of Worm Is Green, a group of musicians from Akranes, a small port town on the west coast of Iceland, who have been making music together since the beginning of the century. The LP is full of lovely and peaceful sound that is enriched with the delicate voice of Guðriður Ringsted and the outcome of this mix could be easily compared to the best releases of the British trip hop.

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M-Band – Haust

I first heard about M-Band, a project of Icelandic artist Hörður Bjarnason, from my Reykjavík-based fellow during a night ride with S-Bahn in Berlin, somewhere between Charlottenburg and Ostbahnhof. The circumstances proved to be really accurate as the musician currently lives in capital of Germany. Anyway, I promised myself that I will check out his music as soon as I can and when I finally did, I found out that the debut album was supposed to appear in a near future. Fortunately, I did not have to wait too long – Haust has been published yesterday!

The album begins with the weird sound-snippets of Launch but just when I start to wonder whether M-Band presents the same side of Berlin as Holly Herndon, the majestic piano note strikes in the style of Halls and then you simply know that there will be something more in his sound – melody, beauty, melancholy and emotions. There is also one both important and magnificent element that is added to this mix and it is introduced when you are well into the hypnotizing Ever Ending Never. Yes, that is the vocal. And Hörður’s voice varies throughout the album; he may sound a bit like Thom Yorke only to turn into Antony Hegarty in the next track.

One of the things that M-Band does wonderfully on Haust is connecting atmospheric vocals with the surprisingly intensive beats. Because you would not expect the song like Jon Hopkins’ Open Eye Signal to be accompanied by high voice but this is exactly what happens in Ever Ending Never and the effect is amazing. Let’s consider another example – in Fractions elongated vocal parts of high voice are backed by very fast melody and it works extremely well. But there are also other highlights of the album – over ten-minutes-long experiment called Psalms Of The Mushroom War or the ecstatic organ part in the title track.

Two morals can be derived from this text. One – Haust by M-Band is a great release. And two – one should always pay attention to what the Icelandic guys are saying. They have amazing taste in music, I can tell you that.

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Dario Zenker – Mörsin EP

You may not notice this at the first glance but there are actually many similarities between Rawaat’s EP that we featured in our last entry and the release that we want to present to you right now. First of all, Dario Zenker also runs a label (Ilian Tape) and he is doing it with a little help from his brother Marco. What is more, Dario’s brand new EP called Mörsin is released via the London-based imprint too (in this case The Trilogy Tapes) and it his debut EP for this label as well.

However, the thing that counts the most – namely the sound – slightly differs these two artists. Although for both titles the genre can be classified as techno, Zenker’s tracks bring more raw and industrial beats. But fortunately there is one more thing that links the German producer to his Canadian fellow – his EP is also full of top quality music!

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Rawaat – Day Laborer EP

We do things in our lives that do not make us happy and they consume so much time that there is nothing left for what we would like to do. That is what has been happening to me throughout the last year but fortunately I still manage to listen to a lot of music, although not necessarily being able to find time to write about it. Anyway, OSOM is back.

And there is a very good reason to write again as young and mysterious Detroit producer and head of Crisis Urbana imprint Rawaat has released his first EP for Lobster Theremin just few weeks ago. It is called Day Laborer and will take on a journey from the dreamy ambient opener track to the excellent housey remix of the title track made by Huerco S. Hypnotizing stuff!

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The Knife – För alla namn vi inte får använda

It turns out that The Knife‘s contribution to the antinational cabaret called Europa Europa resulted in the release of the regular track and by saying ‘regular’ I mean it possesses all of the following elements – vocal parts, characteristic for this Swedish duo sound and acceptable running time. In few words – it does not resemble Old Dreams Waiting To Be Realized at all. But there are things that have not changed since Shaking The HabitualFör alla namn vi inte får använda is heavily influenced by politics and it features yet another crazy dance that we are supposed to learn to fully enjoy the music. Well, good luck with that!

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