Saturday, April 23, 2022

Sarram Interview

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project? 

It’s all about music, feel free to listen and discover at sarram.bandcamp.commeanwhile you’re reading this interview! 

2.With this project you have put out 5 releases, musically how do they differ from each other? 

My idea has always been to develop the projectslowly, enjoying my personal sonic trip, adding new sounds step by step – record by record. “A Bolu, in C” was entirely played with a guitar and some fx; in “Four Movements of a Shade” I’ve recorded also some synths, in “Albero” there are also some acoustic instruments, “Silenzio”was entirely made with spoken words, open circuits, tape loop, fx and synths with just little guitar, “ACME#1” is a collaboration full of tape loops, bass, fx and synths. The point is that basically I just search for sounds that I like and that satisfy my musical ideas in that particular moment or period, to underline that particular time, to don’t forget. 

3.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'S A R R A M'?

 S A R R A M is my surname reversed, nothing special or too much researched and really doesn’t want to be a kind of a clever thing or a glimpse of lighting ‘cause really it isn’t. From my point of view it have to be Me in some ways but written with spaces and caps lock. 

4.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with full line up's in bands, how would you compare the two?

 S A R R A M represents my musical view, my time; what I can develop, cut or ignore is exclusive about my tastes, thoughts and needs. When you play in a band or you’re making collaborations with other people everything have to be shared, discussed, analyzed and overthink. I love both ways of making music but we are speaking about two really different realities - which cannot be compared at all. 

5.You also work with a variety of many different musical styles, do you feel this makes you a better musician?

 No, I don’t, I’ve never think in that way. I play what I play always thinking about what I would listen with pleasure during a foggy and rainy day, drinking a nice glass of wine. I just try to do the best that I can, that’s it.

 6.The last full length was released on 'Subsound Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

 Subsound Records is basically one of the best record label out there for the extreme music (of any kind). They’re active from 15years, releasing some of the most exciting acts from all over the world without giving a f*** about the hype. They’re true heroes of our time and I felt myself truly blessed since the first time that I got in touch with them. 

7.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of dark ambient and drone?

 The reality is that, even my expectations were as always low, I’ve seen lot of new people interested to S A R R A M since “Albero” came out; the last record sold very fast and I got more proposals to make shows around but this is entirely based on what I can see/read with my laptop, everything will be more clear when I’ll be able to touring again- which matter definitely more. 

8.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future? 

Hard question, definitely, which I cannot answer at all – I have something in mind but needs time. What I can say is that I have started to touring again and after some super nice shows in Holland in the beginning of April I’ll be performing soon in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, North Italy, Germany and Belgium – Dunk! Festival included! 

9.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

 I never discover the music thinking about styles or genres, if something comes up with a nice vibe, a urgency that I can feel or just sounds/riffs that I enjoy I go deeper; It can be hip hop or black metal, whatever it is, really doesn’t matter what – matter if I can feel it. Anyway nowadays I’m listening to Norna, Matt Elliott, Whitehorse and Sons of Kemet; I don’t know what do they have in common but, well, I enjoy! 

10.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 

Thank you for your interest, keep up the good work dude

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Gåte Interview

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

We have been able to do a couple of shows, but as for everyone else covid has put its limitations on our ability to tour and play concerts. 

So, we have put our time and focus into creating new material instead and are currently working towards a new album. 

 


2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Gåte is deeply rooted in folk music and folklore. It is in our Gåte´s DNA and has paved the way for all our musical outputs. We call ourselves folklorists, and see ourselves as vanguards of folk lore. Our mission is to convey and further this often forgotten folk tradition and show case the beauty and strength hidden in the stories, songs, ballads, legends and myths etc. of this tradition. 


Our music has always been innovative, groundbreaking and different - rooted in cultural heritage and out musical tradition, without following the traditional rules and formulas. 


With “Nord” Gåte too became creator in this tradition.  With the acoustic expression and through a cleaner and simpler soundscape, we have tried to create something we hope might seem even more authentic, beckoning people to join us in this journey back to the very roots of the vast Nordic folk tradition. 


Approaching a more acoustic sound for Gåte also opened new doors and helped us see the music from a different stance. We felt we got even closer to defining our musical DNA and dare to truly expose ourselves and our instruments. 


Gåte has always been a force - using all means possible, maximized the esthetics, and exaggerated everything. This time we wanted to peel everything down to the core and see what lay beneath all the extravagance. "Nord" is the result of this process. 



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explores with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Most of Gåte´s songs are our take on traditional Norwegian folk songs from the early 18th century. In recent years we have also worked with the great Norwegian folk musician Knut Buen, whom must be considered a guru within the Norwegian folk music scene, and we have had the honor of being able to adapt and incorporate some of his work into the Gåte portfolio. 


As part of the folklorist tradition our goal has been to convey existing tradition in a way that resonates with a more people and to mew generations. As such few of our songs are originally written by Gåte. They are narrated, arranged, and reinterpreted by us. 


The themes of the songs vary, but some of the themes we often find repeated are the agony of forbidden and lost love, life and death, and old myths and legends.

 

 

4.The band was broken up for a hew years, what was the cause of the split and the decision to reform?

Gåte started up back in 1999. And had sudden and fast rise to national fame. 

At a point where the band, and especially I (Gunnhild) was very young. 


Turning into an adult whilst playing in a successful rock band, with all the work, focus, and media attention that entail, is heavy.  


At the age of 20 in 2005 I needed a break. I felt the need to figure out who I was outside of Gåte and explore my own path as an artist, and so we put Gåte on hold. 

I quickly got involved in acting, and built myself a career as a actress before we relaunched Gåte back in 2017. 


 

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Gåte’?

A direct translation would be “enigma”. 

It was actually the name of one of Sveinung Sundli’s musical projects back when he was in high school. 

When Sveinung and I were set to do our very first show with what would become what we know as Gåte today, we hadn’t really thought of a name. 

Right before we were to go on stage, they asked us what they should present us as and we just decided on Gåte right there and then, and the name stayed. 

It just felt right. We are Gåte, and our music and will always be genre-bending and enigmatic. 


 

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The cover is designed by an amazing designer called Martin Kvamme. 

It is actually a collage taken from various nature photos. As Nord is an album taking us back to our roots it felt fitting to go to nature for the artwork. 

And just like the songs, the artwork turns into this half dreamscape half real imagery of something frozen in time but at the same time eternal.  



7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We’ve played such a vast amount of shows that it is hard to pick favorites, and live show has always been paramount for us. One of the major elements of our breakthrough back in the early 00’s was our live performances. To this day we are perhaps best known for our grandiose, intense, and energetic live shows. 


If I have to choose though, I guess playing at the Roskilde festival back in 2003 stands out as a great and important moment for us. 


 

8.Are there any touring or show plans for the new album?

For 2022 & 2023 we are hoping to do more tours and concerts also outside of Norway again. So indeed, we hope so. 

 


9.The new album was released on 'Indie Recordings', how would you compare working with this label to other labels you have been a part of in the past?

It’s been great!

Indie Recording is an independent label based in Norway, and it has been great to work with someone that levels with us in the goals and visions for Gåte. 


Moving to an independent label felt like a natural decision when we decided to revive the band. Previous partnerships have been great, but we wanted to have more control and stay in closer contact with every person involved in our music and the realization of the actual album. That said our last album from 2018 was also on an independent label, but Indie Recordings is perhaps the Norwegian label with the deepest roots in the metal and alternative rock scene, where we also find most of our fans. When we were presented to the possibility of joining forces with them, it felt like the natural choice. 

 


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of folk and progressive music?

We feel the reception has been great! 

People seem to be really open towards Gåte and our music, and we can se that our international fan base has grown and is growing with the release of Nord 

I think the average music fan in 2022 is more open to explore new bands and new music than ever before. Something that, in addition to music in general being so available, is a great asset for an alternative band like Gåte.  



11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

This is kind of hard to verbalize, but our main goal is always to keep on growing and evolving. Through the making of Nord we opened up for a totally new way to find inspiration and explore music, and we are in phase now where we allow ourselves to experiment even more with the familiar Gåte sound.  


 

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles the band members are listening to nowadays?

As a band we have a very varied and broad taste in music across the group. But as for musical inspiration for Gåte we look towards bands like Garmarna, Wardruna, Gjallarhorn, Valravn, Heilung Kati Ran and Eivør. 



13.Does Paganism play any role in your music?

No, and we don’t consider ourselves pagan. That said we do find inspiration in the archaic, and in our cultural heritage, including elements from Norse culture and mythology. 


 

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

 

Thank you for the interview! And an even greater thank you to all the people who have listened to Gåte or are about to do so for the first time. 

I hope you will continue to follow us on our musical journey! 


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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Kirril Interview



 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and your musical project?



It's a mix of different influences, most of it would probably be best described as industrial. I gravitate a lot towards industrial, distorted, psychedelic and weird music. It is a large part of what I do.

I don't tend to stick to one genre though, I switch from project to project: I need to keep on doing things that are new for me.



2.In the last few years you have also released a great amount of material, how would you describe your musical progress over the years?


Things are a bit less lo-fi then they used to be, and I am also constantly pushing to keep making things darker, weirder. In the beginning things were very focussed on the dance floor on mostly illegal parties, after that I started studying music for 5 years and things got a bit more complex and more and more my own thing over the years.


The influences of the parties of the early days have begun to creep in again lately, combining it with the sound / body of work I have developed so far.



3.You also have a background with illegal parties and living in squats, what impact does this have on the musical style that you play?



The atmosphere of those surroundings and the way of life that comes with it influenced the sound of my music a lot and still often does.



In the very early years, uncertainty of how long we had electricity and could stay somewhere also made me learn how to make things fast and be perfectionistic about the right things and make sure it worked because it would be hard to change later.

I made a lot of quite minimalist tracks and loops, but making sure every sound worked and was the best I could make it. Then making larger collage type things out of those tracks in livesets.

Us throwing regular parties meant I could check well if something worked in large halls and such,/ got a reaction out of a crowd very early and consistently. That time learned me a lot overall



4.A lot of your song themes are inspired by dystopian topics and turbulent nightlife, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?



It's what I see around me, it connects to how we live.



5.In the last few years you also have released a great amount of material, do you spend a great amount of your time writing and creating music?



Yes, I have worked at it almost every day for the past 17 years. That could be for just an hour or entire days.



6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?



I work a lot on my own, but also have put out different collaborations over the years. From one on one collaborations to me leading small teams of different diverse artists.

The last three years were more solo work, but I would like to collaborate more in the future again and have been taking some steps towards that lately. trying some things with different people.



7.What are some of the best shows that you have played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?



I have done different kinds of performances over the years. From illegal party´s in dark hallways and basements, to commercial clubs to brightly lit art gallery type environments. Sometimes with a laptop and some midi gear,everything tightly controlled and prepared. Sometimes also with just hardware, modular synths, drumcomputers and cheap guitar pedals and such, more freeform. Lately I have been moving more into combining those two different approaches.


I stil feel more comfortable in dark rooms/ larger halls where I can project large visuals, so that the focus is more on the music and the visual art than on me.



8.What are some of the record labels have you worked with on the releases so far?


In October I put out a self-titled cassette album on Tartarus Records, A Dutch metal label that has been getting more and more into releasing industrial stuff lately. On the 7th of January my Album Nocturnal was released on Revok Records, an industrial techno label based in London and Tokyo.


Most of my work before that was self released and promoted, in 2012 the American darkpsy label Anomalistic Records spread my EP Hardwired quite a bit, which was cool.



9.On a worldwide level, how has the reaction been to your music by fans of industrial, noise and other underground forms of music?



It's hard to tell sometimes this year because so much is just online, and so many events having stopped with the pandemic and all.


I´ve read some great reactions online though.


There's been some good responses in the industrial techno scene.

I was quite surprised to find my release on several release of the week lists of some notable metal blogs/ podcasts. That felt great. My music is far from metal but I do feel a connection to it/ attracted to it, especially to the really dark stuff. It´s a great scene.


It would be great to do some crossover stuff with some metal artists some day.



10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?



Things are going to get darker. And a lot of it more danceable, I am tired of that not being possible (at events), I miss it, it's been enough.


I also have some more slow noise/ industrial projects coming up though that are going to get very dark and weird.


I have a lot of new releases coming up, experimenting in how I can expand my body of work.


I am also working on developing more of a visual world around my music, making that a part of my live performances.




11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?



I am listening an awful lot to The Weeknd to be honest, which a lot of people probably wouldn't expect. I like the world he created around his music. Also a lot of Lil Durk lately (not kiddin here)

On the other side of the spectrum I have been into more extreme noise/ experimental music like Prurient, Nurse With Wound and I´ve been listening to some stuff from the Deathbed Tapes label lately. There's some really great noise on there.

I listen to and am inspired by a quite wide spectrum of music. I like different ways of creating worlds with audio, either with or without vocalists.

I like it when underground and mainstream influences overlap and something special comes out of that. Artists that really develop their own thing.



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?


Not really at the moment, I think I said most of what I could think of now.

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Sarram/Albero/Subsound Records/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Sarram  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  with  some  elements  of  post  rock,  electronica  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Albero"  which  was  released  by  Subsound  Records.


  Distorted  soundscapes  and  drones  start  off  the  album  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  along  with  the  guitar  riffs  also  mixing  in  influences  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  post  rock  style  melodies.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  while  each  song  also  sounds  very  different  from  each  other.  All  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  an  instrumental  direction  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  atmospheric  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  touches  of  electronica.


  Sarram  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient,  drone,  doom  metal,  post  rock  and  electronica  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark.


  In  my  opinion  Sarram  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal,  post  rock  and  electronica  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heavy  Sleep"  "Diving  Deep"  and  "The  Far  Side  Of  The  Moon".  8  out  of  10.


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Saturday, February 12, 2022

Picture Ann/(Missings And Captures)/Floodgate Moods Productions/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Norway's  solo  project  Picture  Ann  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  mixture  of  experimental,  lo-fi  ambient  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  (Missings  And  Captures)"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  lo-fi  sounding  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed.  


  All  of  the  tracks  also  sound  different  from  each  other  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  whispered  vocals  which  also  adds  in  touches  of  black  metal  as  well  as  most  of  the  songs  also  being  instrumentals  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Picture  Ann  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  lo-fi  ambient  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "This  Man's  Rusty  Tomb"  and  "A  Lousy  Funeral  For  Iris".  8  out  of  10.



Sataray/Blood Trine Moon/Scry Recordings/2022 EP Review

 


  Olympia,  Washington's  Sataray  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  ritualistic  form  of  dark  ambient  with  elements  of  harsh  industrial  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  2022  ep  "Blood  Trine  Moon"  which  was  released  by  Scry  Recordings.


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  while  the  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  as  well  as  using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  whispered  vocals can  also b e  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks. 


  All  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  while  one  song  also  introduces  melodic  vocals  onto  the  recording.  Touches  of  industrial  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  yet  ritualistic  direction.


  On  this  recording  Sataray  takes  dark  ambient,  dungeon  synth,  industrial  and  ritual  to  create  something  very  different  from  her  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  occult  explorations  of  the  natural  world.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sataray  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  dungeon  synth,  harsh  industrial  and  ritual,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Astara"  and  "Hexennacht".  8  out  of  10.


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Okeano/Ocean Highway/Submersion Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Okeano  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ambient,  soundtrack  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Ocean  Highway"  which  was  released  by  Submersion  Records.


  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  female  vocals  a  few  seconds  later.   Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  tragic  sounding  pianos  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  clean  guitars  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  film  soundtrack.


  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  while  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts,  the  drum  beats  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  tribal  feeling  when  they  are utilized  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  electric  guitars  can  also  be  heard.  


  Okeano  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ambient,  soundtrack,  drone  and  experimental  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  ocean,  dreams  and  poetry  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Okeano  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ambient,  soundtrack,  drone  and  experimental  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Unicorn"  "Genesi"  and  "Mariana  Trench".  8  out  of  10.


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