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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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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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Klypp – Manifest EP

I would never expect to bump into the band sounding like they could become the next Rhye in such a distant country – namely India. But the truth is, a Bangalore-based duo Klypp does sound impressive. It is composed of ex Bicycle Days’ frontman Karthik Basker (the band has gone on hiatus in January) and local producer Faheem Hasan who used to be a guitarist in a prog metal band (did not see that coming, huh?). They met at a workshop a while ago but have been making music together only since last December. The effect of this collaboration is a wonderful debut EP called Manifest which is going to be followed by Klypp’s first ever live performances and – hopefully – the release of some new material in the near future.

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Idls. – Soy Sauce

Idls. is an abbreviated form of a Spanish expression interpretaciones del leve sentir and it is a name of one-man project which has been founded in A Coruña but is now based in Taipei (quite a cool place to create music, isn’t it?). One of the latest tracks released by the artist is this beautiful song Soy Sauce in which melancholic beat is accompanied by dim vocals. This combination results in a deeply calming song with running time almost reaching eight minutes but you will need much less to fall in love with this emotional sound.

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Niomi Eve – Sounds You Made

Exactly a month ago Crossing Lines, a compilation album from NX Records, has seen the light of a day and it brought an amazing collection of tracks created by artists associated with the particular area of London – namely New Cross and Deptford. One of the songs that impressed me the most was a beautiful contemporary ballad Sounds You Made recorded by Niomi Eve.

The artist herself describes her music as minimal love songs written on a piano, performed electronically and after listening to Sounds You Made you will find out that when Niomi says minimal she really means it – the sound is extremely delicate and humble but it does not stop the track from being packed with emotions underlined by a sensational voice.

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