Zombierella: Messer Chups, Tentative Reels and Bleak Engineers

Three recent Bandcamp favourites featuring bassist, vocalist and style icon, Svetlana Negaeva aka “Zombierella” of Messer Chups, Tentative Reels and Bleak Engineers.

This is a great mix of different musical and visual genres from 1950’s and ’60s Surf Rock, B-Movies, classic horror, American Dream, Soviet Wave, electronic goth, doomer and cold wave, Pulp fiction and more, so it brings together a lot of music, art and ideas that I like.

Atrium by Sex Park

 

 

 

New and recommended: Atrium by Sex Park

Well, it is my birthday soon so I decided to treat myself and this is one of a few albums and singles I picked up.

I stumbled on this band as a recommended similar sound to another group I’m getting into at the moment.

If you like 80s goth sounds, check this out:

 

 

NINE INCH NAILS RELEASE GHOSTS V-VI FREE

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NINE INCH NAILS release GHOSTS V-VI as a free download with the following statement:

 

 

FRIENDS-

WEIRD TIMES INDEED…

AS THE NEWS SEEMS TO TURN EVER MORE GRIM BY THE HOUR, WE’VE FOUND OURSELVES VACILLATING WILDLY BETWEEN FEELING LIKE THERE MAY BE HOPE AT TIMES TO UTTER DESPAIR – OFTEN CHANGING MINUTE TO MINUTE.

ALTHOUGH EACH OF US DEFINE OURSELVES AS ANTISOCIAL-TYPES WHO PREFER BEING ON OUR OWN, THIS SITUATION HAS REALLY MADE US APPRECIATE THE POWER AND NEED FOR CONNECTION.

MUSIC – WHETHER LISTENING TO IT, THINKING ABOUT IT OR CREATING IT – HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE THING THAT HELPED US GET THROUGH ANYTHING – GOOD OR BAD. WITH THAT IN MIND, WE DECIDED TO BURN THE MIDNIGHT OIL AND COMPLETE THESE NEW GHOSTS RECORDS AS A MEANS OF STAYING SOMEWHAT SANE.

GHOSTS V: TOGETHER IS FOR WHEN THINGS SEEM LIKE IT MIGHT ALL BE OKAY, AND GHOSTS VI: LOCUSTS… WELL, YOU’LL FIGURE IT OUT.

IT MADE US FEEL BETTER TO MAKE THESE AND IT FEELS GOOD TO SHARE THEM. MUSIC HAS ALWAYS HAD A WAY OF MAKING US FEEL A LITTLE LESS ALONE IN THE WORLD… AND HOPEFULLY IT DOES FOR YOU, TOO. REMEMBER, EVERYONE IS IN THIS THING TOGETHER AND THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN SOON.
BE SMART AND SAFE AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.

WITH LOVE,
TRENT & ATTICUS

 

 

GHOSTS V: TOGETHER and GHOSTS VI: LOCUSTS are available for download here.

 

I’ve been a fan of NINE INCH NAILS for a few years. The first NIN song I heard was a cover of JOY DIVISION‘s Dead Souls from The Crow movie soundtrack. I picked it up on cassette at a new age goth shop I used to pop into on the way home from work.

 

 

I bought the fragile double album a couple of years later by chance on the day it was released. I was heading off on a trip and popped into a record shop looking for something different to listen to for the journey. I was feeling a bit depressed at the time so it had to be something unpretentious – the last thing I wanted to hear was upbeat, happy garbage.

 

 

The album blew me away and I bought all their music after that.  Nine Inch Nails haven’t let me down, aside from a cancelled gig in London, their music has evolved along with my tastes and remains one of a few bands I haven’t changed my opinion of over time.

 

 

 

 

Isolation Loops (soundpack) by Hainbach

 

 

Here is a nice sound pack created by Berlin based electronic musician, Hainbach.

 

As more and more of the world goes into Covid-19 quarantine, I thought it would be nice to have a few sounds to get inspired from. This is a mini-Hainbach soundpack for you to make music with, containing some of my most favorite instruments: the Metasonix D1000 drummachine, whose hummy excellence I have enjoyed for long. The amazing Juno60 run through the nicest passive bandpass filters known, acoustic soundtrack loops with prepared piano, my beloved Ciat-Lonbarde modular, humble dictaphone piano loops and of course raw test equipment.

This soundpack is free until the crisis is over, but of course if you have money to spare it is much appreciated. As a performing musician, I have been hit hard by the crisis, at least a third of my yearly income has evaporated.

Use these in your music as you like, feel free to credit me if you release something, there is no licensing fee. DON’T re-package these and sell them as your own loops, that is explicitly not allowed.

Also, you have to figure out BPM and pitch yourself, as I don’t operate in that world. If you like this pack, you can find many many more on patreon.com/hainbach

Stay safe everyone!
Hainbach
Berlin,15th of March 2020

 

Hainbach Bandcamp

Damo Suzuki at The Old Blue Last, London

 

 

 

 

Kenji Suzuki, better known as Damo Suzuki, is a Japanese musician who has been living in Germany since the early 1970s and is best known as the former lead singer of the German krautrock group Can.

 

I like this approach to making music with an improvised lyrical style.

 

 

The ‘sound carriers’ for this gig were Gently Tender who swapped instruments around during the show.

It was definitely a Live music highlight for me and getting to meet Kenji in person made this a special gig.