Father Sculptor: “Aristide”.

31 Jul 2012 — Tonje Thilesen
Here's yet another superb track from Britain's guitar pop outfit Father Sculptor, of which recent works "Frances" and "Rhein" we recently also featured a couple of weeks ago. This brand new jam below builds on a very similar 'basement' atmosphere as "Frances", and even though I cannot claim to have spent much of my youth in the 90's, "Aristide" somehow brings back the melancholy of these years back to life; begging to be experienced live. Read more → Here's yet another superb track from Britain's guitar pop outfit Father Sculptor, of which recent works "Frances" and "Rhein" we recently also featured a couple of weeks ago. This brand new jam below builds on a very similar 'basement' atmosphere as "Frances", and even though I cannot claim to have spent much of my youth in the 90's, "Aristide" somehow brings back the melancholy of these years back to life; begging to be experienced live.

NFOP SESSIONS #12: Maribel.

30 Jul 2012 — Tonje Thilesen
As I sat down with Maribel by the shoreside of the beautifully located Norwegian festival Hove, I didn't have the slightest idea what to expect from an acoustic set with the Norwegian/German shoegazers. Only hours after their energetic live appearance, it was hard to think of them in a different sound context than soft vocals drenced in cinematic guitar noise, and especially not on the rocky shoreside Tromøya, only a short walk from the festival site itself. But then again, it was exactly the kind of atmosphere we needed after a long travel, and indeed, a superb start of the Hove festival back in June. Watch and listen Maribel play Flesh & Blood taken from their 2009 LP Aesthetics, that was followed up with the splendid second full-lenght Reveries last year. Read more → As I sat down with Maribel by the shoreside of the beautifully located Norwegian festival Hove, I didn't have the slightest idea what to expect from an acoustic set with the Norwegian/German shoegazers. Only hours after their energetic live appearance, it was hard to think of them in a different sound context than soft vocals drenced in cinematic guitar noise, and especially not on the rocky shoreside Tromøya, only a short walk from the festival site itself. But then again, it was exactly the kind of atmosphere we needed after a long travel, and indeed, a superb start of the Hove festival back in June. Watch and listen Maribel play Flesh & Blood taken from their 2009 LP Aesthetics, that was followed up with the splendid second full-lenght Reveries last year.

Siinai: “Munich 1972 (Bendagram Remix)”

30 Jul 2012 — Tonje Thilesen
Originally posted on Ja Ja Ja As the rest of the world have their eyes set on the 2012 London Summer Olympics, our favourite Oslo label Splendour is plenty busy with sharing a relatively massive remix catalogue of Siinai's splendid Olympic Games (2011) with its respective listeners. We managed to get a hold of JJJ favourites and Helsinki locals Bendagram, having done this strangely mind-altering rework of Siinai's "Munich 1972", slowing down the original atmospheric build-up and adding layers of processed drum machine beats and drowsy guitar sounds; perfectly in veins of the typical 'Bendagram spirit'. Keep your ears and eyes peeled on your facebook feed the coming week, as a whole bunch of new Siinai remixes are about to drop. Read more → Originally posted on Ja Ja Ja As the rest of the world have their eyes set on the 2012 London Summer Olympics, our favourite Oslo label Splendour is plenty busy with sharing a relatively massive remix catalogue of Siinai's splendid Olympic Games (2011) with its respective listeners. We managed to get a hold of JJJ favourites and Helsinki locals Bendagram, having done this strangely mind-altering rework of Siinai's "Munich 1972", slowing down the original atmospheric build-up and adding layers of processed drum machine beats and drowsy guitar sounds; perfectly in veins of the typical 'Bendagram spirit'. Keep your ears and eyes peeled on your facebook feed the coming week, as a whole bunch of new Siinai remixes are about to drop.

Lights Dim / Gallery Six - “Sea of Tranquillity”.

29 Jul 2012 — Magnus
Inspired by the 43rd anniversary of the first manned moon landing, Moon EP is a gorgeous intersection of neoclassical and ambient music. The collaboration comes from the work of Polish composer Lights Dim with field recordings and electronic glitches from the Japanese artist Gallery Six. Together the four tracks flow together and provide a strong sense of serenity, perfect for soundtracking a voyage to the moon. Below, listen to the EP highlight, "Sea of Tranquility", and download/stream the rest here. Read more → Inspired by the 43rd anniversary of the first manned moon landing, Moon EP is a gorgeous intersection of neoclassical and ambient music. The collaboration comes from the work of Polish composer Lights Dim with field recordings and electronic glitches from the Japanese artist Gallery Six. Together the four tracks flow together and provide a strong sense of serenity, perfect for soundtracking a voyage to the moon. Below, listen to the EP highlight, "Sea of Tranquility", and download/stream the rest here.

Video Sunday vol. 36

29 Jul 2012 — Tonje Thilesen
Yes hello, this is the NFOP crew writing from the mountains of Norway, located somewhere in the north for Bodø, deep into an archipelago jungle where it's always bright. We spend the days looking at this beautiful view, fish cod and eat waffles with brunost, and occasionally, refreshing our respective browser windows in search for new buzz. Maybe we'll stay here forever. We don't know. With a few delayed selections, this weekly edition of Video Sunday features Ditt Inre, Neverending White Lights, Alley Catss, Montag, StaG, UMA, Sutja Gutiérrez, and Sam Flax. Ditt Inre - Månljus (Saknad) [directed by Markus Waltå] Sam Flax - Fire Doesn't Burn Itself Neverending White Lights - Goodbye (directed by Grandson & Son / Daniel Victor) Alley Catss - Seamoth StaG - Summerfoot (by pelago) Montag - There Is A Voice (by Sam Gurry) UMA - Wild At Heart Sutja Gutiérrez - Blue & Green (directed by Mariana Borau) Read more → Yes hello, this is the NFOP crew writing from the mountains of Norway, located somewhere in the north for Bodø, deep into an archipelago jungle where it's always bright. We spend the days looking at this beautiful view, fish cod and eat waffles with brunost, and occasionally, refreshing our respective browser windows in search for new buzz. Maybe we'll stay here forever. We don't know. With a few delayed selections, this weekly edition of Video Sunday features Ditt Inre, Neverending White Lights, Alley Catss, Montag, StaG, UMA, Sutja Gutiérrez, and Sam Flax. Ditt Inre - Månljus (Saknad) [directed by Markus Waltå] Sam Flax - Fire Doesn't Burn Itself Neverending White Lights - Goodbye (directed by Grandson & Son / Daniel Victor) Alley Catss - Seamoth StaG - Summerfoot (by pelago) Montag - There Is A Voice (by Sam Gurry) UMA - Wild At Heart Sutja Gutiérrez - Blue & Green (directed by Mariana Borau)

Premiere: Phlex - “Rost Beef”.

27 Jul 2012 — Henning Lahmann
One of the most interesting and compelling releases to emerge from the Berlin electronic underground this year, Phlex aka Daniel Matz has finally dropped his proper debut full-length Atta Atta. Incidentally named after a 2002 play/project by the great, late German theater and film director Christoph Schlingensief (for whom he'd briefly worked), Berlin University of the Arts alumnus Matz has delivered a stunning work of playful, explorative electronica. Deeply indebted to different strands of contemporary bass, heavy on the percussive ends and with an enormous attention to arrangement, Atta Atta offers an intriguing variety of sounds that will work in a club context just as well as for the daily commute. Below, take a listen to album standout "Rost Beef", a thrilling example of Daniel Matz' approach, conceptually raw and minimalistic yet with a stupendous knack for rich and skillful execution in the details. Atta Atta is out on Schematic. Get it digitally over here. Highly recommended. Read more → One of the most interesting and compelling releases to emerge from the Berlin electronic underground this year, Phlex aka Daniel Matz has finally dropped his proper debut full-length Atta Atta. Incidentally named after a 2002 play/project by the great, late German theater and film director Christoph Schlingensief (for whom he'd briefly worked), Berlin University of the Arts alumnus Matz has delivered a stunning work of playful, explorative electronica. Deeply indebted to different strands of contemporary bass, heavy on the percussive ends and with an enormous attention to arrangement, Atta Atta offers an intriguing variety of sounds that will work in a club context just as well as for the daily commute. Below, take a listen to album standout "Rost Beef", a thrilling example of Daniel Matz' approach, conceptually raw and minimalistic yet with a stupendous knack for rich and skillful execution in the details. Atta Atta is out on Schematic. Get it digitally over here. Highly recommended.

Weekly Retrospect 30/12

27 Jul 2012 — NFOP

A selection of tracks you should've been listening to this past week."Here’s a new track from Montreal’s Solar Year, taken from the band’s otherworldly new LP Waverly, which was recently premiered underwater in an olympic-sized swimming pool. I’m guessing that was the ideal way to listen to this record, as the hymnal “Brotherhood” sounds a bit like a new age-y Silent Shout floating up from the ocean floor, featuring entrancing/ethereal guest vocals from the duo’s friend Grimes" — Chris Cantalini, Gorilla vs. Bear"Gobby's Lynchian version of 'Tree Drum' is a prime example of dark techno, with muddy synth beats permeated by gunshot-like percussives." — Emily Wheeler, Ad Hoc"Even though this was released in an instant, it’s a fluent expression of where Actress’s mind is, transported through the net for us all to hear" — Dummy"‘Money’ falls on the dreamy side of trap-influenced EDM, with a cooing sample of the word ‘money’ looped and contorted into a melody. Giraffage unleashes waves of body-vibrating bass and the type of snare programming that’s everywhere right now, before giving way to a very-EDM build and drop. It may not be timeless, but it’s a mover." — FACT"Today’s look comes from Washed Out, who sources “Straight Back,” the Nicks-fronted cut from 1982′s soft rocking, Tusk followup Mirage. In its original instance, the song has a smooth luster and dreamy mid-tempo dance pulse, which is to say it is apropos putty in Washed Out’s hands, who ratchets up the dance and gives it all a beachfront Balearic shimmer" — Amrit Singh, Stereogum"FAYE‘s amazingly beautiful single ‘Water Against The Rocks’ has had us swooning more than what’s healthy lately. Now it’s been reworked by fellow Stockholmers Museum of Bellas Artes, experts when it comes to making a remix completely different from the original, while keeping the bits that truly made it remix-worthy in the first place." — Oskar Christiansson, Ja Ja Ja Music"The song features stuttering beats and claustrophobic electronics, all tightly wound up with mutated vocals rapping 'Dumb luck, numb fuck/ Come out with your motherfucking hands up.' It’s freaky and suffocating and I love it." — Mr P, Tiny Mix Tapes"t’s only a matter of time before MPCs are introduced at Primary School and all the sweet cherub-like little children are banging out bass heavy tracks with creepy drums. That’s kind of what Happa’s doing here, with tracks like Secrets and Let It Go, Pearson Sound-esque vocals and percussions with twisted bassline flourishes." — Joe Bish, Abeano

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A selection of tracks you should've been listening to this past week."Here’s a new track from Montreal’s Solar Year, taken from the band’s otherworldly new LP Waverly, which was recently premiered underwater in an olympic-sized swimming pool. I’m guessing that was the ideal way to listen to this record, as the hymnal “Brotherhood” sounds a bit like a new age-y Silent Shout floating up from the ocean floor, featuring entrancing/ethereal guest vocals from the duo’s friend Grimes" — Chris Cantalini, Gorilla vs. Bear"Gobby's Lynchian version of 'Tree Drum' is a prime example of dark techno, with muddy synth beats permeated by gunshot-like percussives." — Emily Wheeler, Ad Hoc"Even though this was released in an instant, it’s a fluent expression of where Actress’s mind is, transported through the net for us all to hear" — Dummy"‘Money’ falls on the dreamy side of trap-influenced EDM, with a cooing sample of the word ‘money’ looped and contorted into a melody. Giraffage unleashes waves of body-vibrating bass and the type of snare programming that’s everywhere right now, before giving way to a very-EDM build and drop. It may not be timeless, but it’s a mover." — FACT"Today’s look comes from Washed Out, who sources “Straight Back,” the Nicks-fronted cut from 1982′s soft rocking, Tusk followup Mirage. In its original instance, the song has a smooth luster and dreamy mid-tempo dance pulse, which is to say it is apropos putty in Washed Out’s hands, who ratchets up the dance and gives it all a beachfront Balearic shimmer" — Amrit Singh, Stereogum"FAYE‘s amazingly beautiful single ‘Water Against The Rocks’ has had us swooning more than what’s healthy lately. Now it’s been reworked by fellow Stockholmers Museum of Bellas Artes, experts when it comes to making a remix completely different from the original, while keeping the bits that truly made it remix-worthy in the first place." — Oskar Christiansson, Ja Ja Ja Music"The song features stuttering beats and claustrophobic electronics, all tightly wound up with mutated vocals rapping 'Dumb luck, numb fuck/ Come out with your motherfucking hands up.' It’s freaky and suffocating and I love it." — Mr P, Tiny Mix Tapes"t’s only a matter of time before MPCs are introduced at Primary School and all the sweet cherub-like little children are banging out bass heavy tracks with creepy drums. That’s kind of what Happa’s doing here, with tracks like Secrets and Let It Go, Pearson Sound-esque vocals and percussions with twisted bassline flourishes." — Joe Bish, Abeano

Video Premiere: White Poppy - “Mirage Man”.

27 Jul 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Kingfisher Bluez, a Vancouver-based artist collective and recording company founded in 2008, is about to launch its first-ever singles club, releasing a string of 7 inches on a subscription basis in order to showcase "the best of Vancouver's incredible indie music scene". The first installment of the Vancouver DIY: Single-Sided Singles Series will feature White Poppy aka Crystal Dorval, whose blissful if weird I Had a Dream was recently put out on cassette via the mighty Not Not Fun. Below, you may watch the aptly deranged video for his contribution to the project, "Mirage Man". Check the whole list of participating artists, and become a subscriber now over here. Apollo Ghosts Capitol 6 Dirty Beaches Dead Ghosts White Poppy B-Lines Love Cuts Korean Gut Student Teacher Rose Melberg Weed Needles//Pins Read more → Kingfisher Bluez, a Vancouver-based artist collective and recording company founded in 2008, is about to launch its first-ever singles club, releasing a string of 7 inches on a subscription basis in order to showcase "the best of Vancouver's incredible indie music scene". The first installment of the Vancouver DIY: Single-Sided Singles Series will feature White Poppy aka Crystal Dorval, whose blissful if weird I Had a Dream was recently put out on cassette via the mighty Not Not Fun. Below, you may watch the aptly deranged video for his contribution to the project, "Mirage Man". Check the whole list of participating artists, and become a subscriber now over here. Apollo Ghosts Capitol 6 Dirty Beaches Dead Ghosts White Poppy B-Lines Love Cuts Korean Gut Student Teacher Rose Melberg Weed Needles//Pins