Compilation: “Dark Side Of Pop”.

31 Jan 2012 — Tonje Thilesen
In courtesy of the Polish netlabel Cowshed Records, we were last week briefly introduced to the 19-track compilation Dark Side Of Pop, of which you might already have guessed features darker soundscapes of electronic pop, including exclusive tracks from a fine selection of producers and acts on a highly international level. Amongst the contributors are also NFOP favourites Pleq, Sun Glitters and Saskatchewan, but also some exciting new discovers such as UK's Face+Heel or Polish residents Body Spam, to mention a few. All though a great part of Dark Side Of Pop is centered around the deep, industrial sound with an obvious relation to the so-called witch house genre, it also proves to spin in a more interesting, almost brighter distance. Here, the Italian shoegaze trio Port-Royal provides with the stargazing listen "Electric Tears (Nothing's Gonna Change)", while Electric Fitness on the other hand dives further down into beauty in his remix of "Our Falling Snow" by Copenhagen's Sleep Party People. Below, we've picked out some of our favourites from the compilation, which you can also download for free if you follow this link. Pleq - Chamber Port-Royal - Electric Tears (Nothing's Gonna Change) Sun Glitters - Things Are Vortex Rikers - Serenade (hidden track) Face+heel - White Chalk Read more → In courtesy of the Polish netlabel Cowshed Records, we were last week briefly introduced to the 19-track compilation Dark Side Of Pop, of which you might already have guessed features darker soundscapes of electronic pop, including exclusive tracks from a fine selection of producers and acts on a highly international level. Amongst the contributors are also NFOP favourites Pleq, Sun Glitters and Saskatchewan, but also some exciting new discovers such as UK's Face+Heel or Polish residents Body Spam, to mention a few. All though a great part of Dark Side Of Pop is centered around the deep, industrial sound with an obvious relation to the so-called witch house genre, it also proves to spin in a more interesting, almost brighter distance. Here, the Italian shoegaze trio Port-Royal provides with the stargazing listen "Electric Tears (Nothing's Gonna Change)", while Electric Fitness on the other hand dives further down into beauty in his remix of "Our Falling Snow" by Copenhagen's Sleep Party People. Below, we've picked out some of our favourites from the compilation, which you can also download for free if you follow this link. Pleq - Chamber Port-Royal - Electric Tears (Nothing's Gonna Change) Sun Glitters - Things Are Vortex Rikers - Serenade (hidden track) Face+heel - White Chalk

Video: Dylan Ettinger - “Wintermute”.

31 Jan 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Dylan Ettinger's (re)turn to songwriting after the spaced-out jam sessions of New Age Outlaws and his open embracement of deepest 80s cold wave is one of the most exciting music-related things to happen in 2012. The synth wizard's forthcoming album Lifetime Of Romance should be out in the beginning of March via Not Not Fun, and there'll be a slightly more elaborated piece about the album in the January edition of my Beyond Beats column on Electronic Beats that will be published any day now (though not in January apparently). Right now however, I strongly recommend the video for the stellar opening track "Wintermute", directed by Melissa Cha. Read more → Dylan Ettinger's (re)turn to songwriting after the spaced-out jam sessions of New Age Outlaws and his open embracement of deepest 80s cold wave is one of the most exciting music-related things to happen in 2012. The synth wizard's forthcoming album Lifetime Of Romance should be out in the beginning of March via Not Not Fun, and there'll be a slightly more elaborated piece about the album in the January edition of my Beyond Beats column on Electronic Beats that will be published any day now (though not in January apparently). Right now however, I strongly recommend the video for the stellar opening track "Wintermute", directed by Melissa Cha.

Premiere: Power Animal - “Exorcism”.

31 Jan 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Very honored to debut the title track of Power Animal's forthcoming tape Exorcism here today, the project's sophomore effort almost two years after the first full-length People Songs on Waaga. The Philadelphia outfit, once started as the solo project of Keith Hampson but now grown into a full band, carries out a delightfully experimental kind of leftfield pop with "Exorcism", bright and upbeat yet with a considerable amount of reflective and subtly melancholic undertones, some folky hints and above all beautiful harmonizations. Exorcism will be co-released February 21 by Crash Symbols and the band's own label/charitable non-profit organization Human Kindness Overflowing. All of the profits from digital sales will be donated to Philabundance, a Philadelphia-based charity organization that provides food to the needy in the area. Read more → Very honored to debut the title track of Power Animal's forthcoming tape Exorcism here today, the project's sophomore effort almost two years after the first full-length People Songs on Waaga. The Philadelphia outfit, once started as the solo project of Keith Hampson but now grown into a full band, carries out a delightfully experimental kind of leftfield pop with "Exorcism", bright and upbeat yet with a considerable amount of reflective and subtly melancholic undertones, some folky hints and above all beautiful harmonizations. Exorcism will be co-released February 21 by Crash Symbols and the band's own label/charitable non-profit organization Human Kindness Overflowing. All of the profits from digital sales will be donated to Philabundance, a Philadelphia-based charity organization that provides food to the needy in the area.

NFOP Sessions #7: Philco Fiction.

31 Jan 2012 — Tonje Thilesen
It's exactly a month ago since we gave you the 6th NFOP session with Ghost Animal, so obviously it's time for another one. We were lucky enough to get a hold of Oslo-based Philco Fiction when they paid a short visit to Berlin for the first POOL Showcase at Prince Charles last week, playing a stripped-down version of the outstandingly beautiful "Portrait Of Silence" backstage, taken from their debut album Take It Personal. It is by far the longest session I've done so far (lasting for as long as 8 minutes), but we can assure you that it will be worth the whole listen, even though the sound is quite poor compared to their studio material, obviously. Enjoy. Read more → It's exactly a month ago since we gave you the 6th NFOP session with Ghost Animal, so obviously it's time for another one. We were lucky enough to get a hold of Oslo-based Philco Fiction when they paid a short visit to Berlin for the first POOL Showcase at Prince Charles last week, playing a stripped-down version of the outstandingly beautiful "Portrait Of Silence" backstage, taken from their debut album Take It Personal. It is by far the longest session I've done so far (lasting for as long as 8 minutes), but we can assure you that it will be worth the whole listen, even though the sound is quite poor compared to their studio material, obviously. Enjoy.

Tezeo: “Friends”.

31 Jan 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Immersive, melodically strong synth vibes straight outta Brooklyn by Tezeo, a duo consisting of ex-industrial metalcore musicians (true fact) Michael Beharie and Jeff Cristiani who've abandoned the grim and bleak in favor of no less dark yet tremendously catchy pop vibes that do not try to hide their 80s influences. If you add Blondes' Sam Haar, who's been in control of mixing the tracks, you'll end up with a simple yet neatly arranged, infectious pop song. The "Friends"/"Open Windows" digital 7 inch is out now via Dummy Records. Read more → Immersive, melodically strong synth vibes straight outta Brooklyn by Tezeo, a duo consisting of ex-industrial metalcore musicians (true fact) Michael Beharie and Jeff Cristiani who've abandoned the grim and bleak in favor of no less dark yet tremendously catchy pop vibes that do not try to hide their 80s influences. If you add Blondes' Sam Haar, who's been in control of mixing the tracks, you'll end up with a simple yet neatly arranged, infectious pop song. The "Friends"/"Open Windows" digital 7 inch is out now via Dummy Records.

Bodyguard (James Ferraro) - “#FIRE¥2K12 (SILICA GEL PREVIEW)”.

31 Jan 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Apparently, Mr James Ferraro has already chosen another moniker for his ringtone library/contemporary mainstream radio culture project BEBETUNE$$$ - he's just dropped a preview for what was supposed to be the second mixtape named Silica Gel, but it's published as Bodyguard now. In any case, listen to some snippets of what you may expect in full glory when Silica Gel drops February 23 below. If you are in Berlin, don't miss Ferraro this Thursday discussing his music with Daniel Lopatin and Geeta Dayal, and on Friday performing together with Co La at Berghain Kantine. Read more about this week's CTM festival over here. Read more → Apparently, Mr James Ferraro has already chosen another moniker for his ringtone library/contemporary mainstream radio culture project BEBETUNE$$$ - he's just dropped a preview for what was supposed to be the second mixtape named Silica Gel, but it's published as Bodyguard now. In any case, listen to some snippets of what you may expect in full glory when Silica Gel drops February 23 below. If you are in Berlin, don't miss Ferraro this Thursday discussing his music with Daniel Lopatin and Geeta Dayal, and on Friday performing together with Co La at Berghain Kantine. Read more about this week's CTM festival over here.

Introducing: Green & Gold.

30 Jan 2012 — Holly Friedlander Liddicoat

We are very happy to introduce you all to Green & Gold — a new monthly column here on NFOP, curated by our friend Holly Friedlander Liddicoat of the wonderful Aussie blog East To West. Each month Holly will be giving you an exclusive insight into her newest finds and obsessions within the Australian music underground, which obviously swarms of musical gems yet to be discovered. Get lost in the land downunder below. Hi, my name’s Holly and I live on a big island in the Southern Hemisphere called Australia. It’s nice down here. Rather sunny, sometimes too sunny (yes, that is quite possible) and full of lots of strange animals, some being political leaders who are known to have donned this apparel. All in all though, it’s a beautiful place. On top of all that, we have a pretty great music scene too, especially of the experimental electronic vibe that I love to write about over at my blog East to West. As part of a monthly instalment, I’m super excited to be able to share that with you, thanks to those amazing legends Henning and Tonje behind NFOP. Kicking things off with someone who has amassed years of steady talent and a luscious beard to match, Melbourne’s Chet Faker is no amateur in the game of down-tempo beats and future sex sounds. Putting the finishing touches on his latest EP, Thinking In Textures, I thought I’d share one of my favourite Chet Faker remixes with you, that of Radiohead’s "Nude". Soft, building guitar chords, deep-seated bass, a subtle crescendo and the unmistakable yet slightly distorted croon of Thom Yorke make this track the auditory orgasm that it is. Chet Faker - North (Chet Faker minor edit) One thing, which is important to note, is that for me, Soundcloud is God’s platform to all that is divine and holy. Tired of pre-ordained social constraints of ‘what is music?’, monopolising labels and archaic avenues of music accessibility, Soundcloud provides the ability to sift through the pure honesty of people’s creations, both good and bad. It is here that you have humble insight into people’s thoughts and art, rough and raw, in their demo or self-released forms. While time consuming, I find this a pleasure and that is where many of my favourite artists come from. Everyday Average Normal Guy (previously known as Carpet Brick) is just the first example of this, this Sydneysider having released one of my favourite, most intense, soul shattering demos of 2011 "Without Shame". He hits back with this tidbit, turning up the happy meter just a notch with the ridiculous vocal sample and jittery symbol that dominates "FIENDISH". Everyday Average Normal Guy - FIENDISH A current forerunner in sophisticated and stylish beats and online releases is Melbourne’s current MVP, Flash Forest, whose latest EP, Twelve, created in just twelve days, contains five luscious tracks of beautiful proportions. Teaming up with good mate Thrupence for the delectable artwork, Sam Maguire closes out the release with this lo-fi, walking-through-a-storm-and-getting-drenched-by-the-heavens track. Flash Forest – Mauve, Roll Credits This next tune is from what I believe to be a debut EP, which made me come so completely undone on first hear, I struggled to regain limb control for at least an hour. Underwater sounds are the unifying theme, encompassing bubbling reverb and wicked vocal samples from this kid out of Queensland. Motion.Picture.Actress delivers tantalising track "Germs", inducing female vocalist Keiiko to dance intermediately over shimmering keys, restraining the two from completely aligning in an apocalyptic supernova. Motion.Picture.Actress - Germs.W/Keiiko Today, our biggest musical export comes from a South African kid we’ve adopted and called our own. Australia’s only musician signed to infamous Stones Throw Records, Jonti makes crazy technicolour acoustic-beat-teen-dreams. His latest release, a free download of old bits and pieces and reworks from his latest album Twirligig, contains this track "Flesh of Morning"; a culmination of lo-fi disco sounds and good vibes. On his ridiculous adventures, Jonti has collaborated with the likes of Marc Ronson, Hodgy Beats and Illa J. We are just so damn proud. Jonti – Flesh of Morning What this column will attempt to be is an insight into Australian music, past and present. Not past in the sense of ‘what was great in 1989’, rather an understanding of artists who continue to evolve, in sound and dimension. While it may not be their most recent release that graces these beautiful electronic pages, it will be something important and worthy enough to share with you, this newfound audience, who I wish to impart on a holistic view of genuine, hardworking, humble and innovative music which I have the pleasure of hearing every day. Download Green & Gold 1 in it's entirety here and get lost in it.
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We are very happy to introduce you all to Green & Gold — a new monthly column here on NFOP, curated by our friend Holly Friedlander Liddicoat of the wonderful Aussie blog East To West. Each month Holly will be giving you an exclusive insight into her newest finds and obsessions within the Australian music underground, which obviously swarms of musical gems yet to be discovered. Get lost in the land downunder below. Hi, my name’s Holly and I live on a big island in the Southern Hemisphere called Australia. It’s nice down here. Rather sunny, sometimes too sunny (yes, that is quite possible) and full of lots of strange animals, some being political leaders who are known to have donned this apparel. All in all though, it’s a beautiful place. On top of all that, we have a pretty great music scene too, especially of the experimental electronic vibe that I love to write about over at my blog East to West. As part of a monthly instalment, I’m super excited to be able to share that with you, thanks to those amazing legends Henning and Tonje behind NFOP. Kicking things off with someone who has amassed years of steady talent and a luscious beard to match, Melbourne’s Chet Faker is no amateur in the game of down-tempo beats and future sex sounds. Putting the finishing touches on his latest EP, Thinking In Textures, I thought I’d share one of my favourite Chet Faker remixes with you, that of Radiohead’s "Nude". Soft, building guitar chords, deep-seated bass, a subtle crescendo and the unmistakable yet slightly distorted croon of Thom Yorke make this track the auditory orgasm that it is. Chet Faker - North (Chet Faker minor edit) One thing, which is important to note, is that for me, Soundcloud is God’s platform to all that is divine and holy. Tired of pre-ordained social constraints of ‘what is music?’, monopolising labels and archaic avenues of music accessibility, Soundcloud provides the ability to sift through the pure honesty of people’s creations, both good and bad. It is here that you have humble insight into people’s thoughts and art, rough and raw, in their demo or self-released forms. While time consuming, I find this a pleasure and that is where many of my favourite artists come from. Everyday Average Normal Guy (previously known as Carpet Brick) is just the first example of this, this Sydneysider having released one of my favourite, most intense, soul shattering demos of 2011 "Without Shame". He hits back with this tidbit, turning up the happy meter just a notch with the ridiculous vocal sample and jittery symbol that dominates "FIENDISH". Everyday Average Normal Guy - FIENDISH A current forerunner in sophisticated and stylish beats and online releases is Melbourne’s current MVP, Flash Forest, whose latest EP, Twelve, created in just twelve days, contains five luscious tracks of beautiful proportions. Teaming up with good mate Thrupence for the delectable artwork, Sam Maguire closes out the release with this lo-fi, walking-through-a-storm-and-getting-drenched-by-the-heavens track. Flash Forest – Mauve, Roll Credits This next tune is from what I believe to be a debut EP, which made me come so completely undone on first hear, I struggled to regain limb control for at least an hour. Underwater sounds are the unifying theme, encompassing bubbling reverb and wicked vocal samples from this kid out of Queensland. Motion.Picture.Actress delivers tantalising track "Germs", inducing female vocalist Keiiko to dance intermediately over shimmering keys, restraining the two from completely aligning in an apocalyptic supernova. Motion.Picture.Actress - Germs.W/Keiiko Today, our biggest musical export comes from a South African kid we’ve adopted and called our own. Australia’s only musician signed to infamous Stones Throw Records, Jonti makes crazy technicolour acoustic-beat-teen-dreams. His latest release, a free download of old bits and pieces and reworks from his latest album Twirligig, contains this track "Flesh of Morning"; a culmination of lo-fi disco sounds and good vibes. On his ridiculous adventures, Jonti has collaborated with the likes of Marc Ronson, Hodgy Beats and Illa J. We are just so damn proud. Jonti – Flesh of Morning What this column will attempt to be is an insight into Australian music, past and present. Not past in the sense of ‘what was great in 1989’, rather an understanding of artists who continue to evolve, in sound and dimension. While it may not be their most recent release that graces these beautiful electronic pages, it will be something important and worthy enough to share with you, this newfound audience, who I wish to impart on a holistic view of genuine, hardworking, humble and innovative music which I have the pleasure of hearing every day. Download Green & Gold 1 in it's entirety here and get lost in it.

First Listen: Casion Gardens - “Fantasies in Cools Palace”.

30 Jan 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Columbus, Ohio's Byron Ferrari (not his real name, but I dig it) has been haunting us with his Casino Gardens for a good while now, last year delivering a massively compelling tape on Beer On The Rug. This time it gets even better with Fantasies in Cools Palace, Casino Gardens' new cassette on Chicago imprint Lillerne, a superb effort that neatly combines everything we ever loved about "hypnagogic pop" - straight, untainted AM radio pop, sun-bleached late summer afternoon slacker anthems that showcase quite an amazing amount of true musical talent (albeit effectively disguised by simplistic melodic structures and arrangements), all hidden behind a thick curtain of four-track lo-fi mist that this year might start to come across as some fading shtick of 2009, yet for now it still manages to hit all the right spots with its glorious über-haziness. Good times. Fantasies in Cools Palace is out today. Order the tape (including digital download voucher) now over here. Casino Gardens - Malibu Casino Gardens - Triptych for The Teenage Alligator Meanie Read more → Columbus, Ohio's Byron Ferrari (not his real name, but I dig it) has been haunting us with his Casino Gardens for a good while now, last year delivering a massively compelling tape on Beer On The Rug. This time it gets even better with Fantasies in Cools Palace, Casino Gardens' new cassette on Chicago imprint Lillerne, a superb effort that neatly combines everything we ever loved about "hypnagogic pop" - straight, untainted AM radio pop, sun-bleached late summer afternoon slacker anthems that showcase quite an amazing amount of true musical talent (albeit effectively disguised by simplistic melodic structures and arrangements), all hidden behind a thick curtain of four-track lo-fi mist that this year might start to come across as some fading shtick of 2009, yet for now it still manages to hit all the right spots with its glorious über-haziness. Good times. Fantasies in Cools Palace is out today. Order the tape (including digital download voucher) now over here. Casino Gardens - Malibu Casino Gardens - Triptych for The Teenage Alligator Meanie