BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS – Carrier pre-orders start today!
Dear worshippers of the mighty riff,,
“Carrier” is available for pre-order from now on, shipping on 4 March 2016, TWO FULL WEEKS before official release date – the first 700 copies of the 2LP to contain a screenprinted D-side. Be the first and save your copy now:
The only constant is the blackness of the shape. Everything else, including the shape itself, is in a constant state of flux for Black Shape Of Nexus. From the very beginning, in 2007, when they released their crushing, suffocating self-titled debut, it was very clear already that some very dark and menacing clouds were gathering over Mannheim, in south-western Germany. Their first live shows confirmed the worst, as audience after terrified audience left each successive gig with a feeling of dread and unease, not to mention severe neck pains. The next release, ‘Microbarome Meetings’, wasn’t so much a step but a running jump with both feet into left-field, a limited-edition display of horrific drone, showing this sextet can pummel your mind into nothingness in a variety of ways, most of which were combined on their ‘Negative Black’ masterpiece, which saw the light (but very little of it) in 2012. A monument of heaviness and harshness, it went far beyond doom or drone or noise or post-anything, beyond genres and categorizations, as if pulled through a black hole and coming out as something unspeakable on the other side. Now, after a compilation that only highlighted how essential B-SON’s adventurous, meandering black sonic miasma has been throughout the years – ironically called ‘Nothing New’, because taking yourself too seriously is stupid – they return with a new beast called ‘Carrier’. It is a monster record, where the band ventures out further than they ever have before, drenching the songs in atmosphere, aggression and/or even speed, occasionally (or lack thereof, mostly, don’t worry), through a tour de force that will exhaust all but the completely deaf. Which we’re all just a little closer to be after each listen. The album cover is self-explanatory and it reveals the one true master that has always been behind Black Shape Of Nexus in each and every colossal song they drop on us – sound, as it emanates loudly and thickly from a stack of amps, louder and louder each time until your brain is finally reshaped.
(Jose Carlos Santos)
CONNY OCHS – Future Fables pre-orders start today!
Dear followers of the Soul Power
Following years of performing with rock, metal and alternative bands, Conny Ochs began producing his own solo material in the new millennium, which showed the artist drawing heavy influence from great rock and folk singer/songwriters like Woodie Guthrie, Townes van Zandt, Nick Drake and others. Yet through his mix of acoustic and electric guitars Conny bears one of the most incredible voices out there; a soulful and dynamic clean style that invokes incredibly emotive feelings from the listener, from absolute joy through the simple things life offers, or of purely melancholic end-time inner blues.
After having finished and released “Freedom Conspiracy” with fellow Scott „Wino“ Weinrich (Exile On Mainstream 2015) our man kept touring and playing live to a growing audience coming from all kinds of musical backgrounds before returning to the studio in late summer 2015, once again with producer/engineer/studio owner Thommy Krawallo, with whom his lauded sophomore album, “Black Happy” (Exile On Mainstream 2013) and both of his collaborative albums with Weinrich were created in full analogue fashion. When Conny arrived, the Kabumm Studio had just relocated from its history-driven place in Berlin (in a former East German and Soviet governmental Radio complex) into the wilderness of a rural Brandenburg village. Conny went in with a bag full of sketches and licks, breathing the atmosphere of the landscape, a yet unfinished house full of instruments and equipment in the middle of nowhere trying to find it´s place. In an unstable, yet hightly ambience of a new start Conny lets in much more than a brise of fresh air with widening his instrumental repertoire to drums, electric guitars, piano, bass and organ. It’s all there, making “Future Fables” different from a singer/songwriter album in it´s common sense. The lyrics and stories circulate more than ever around people Conny has met and places he’s been to on his journey as a traveller and musician over the past years – the album title referring to our approach to give an unwritten future some kind of tangibility through dreams and visions.
„We find and leave traces for the future. The lives that cross our paths and the lives we lead just as much as the dreams and visions we share – growing to be from what this future will be inspired and made of. This is the journey these songs are about.“
In these troubled times people seem to believe only in reality, only in things they can touch, feel, hear or smell while impalpable things like the future seem to remain untouched by dreams. The result seems to be a reconstruction of mankind, in some ways chained to reality. Conny’s songs are trying to focus on the interplay between storytelling and visions – this he carves into the rough edges of songs that come out so natural, so organic and sonically sparkling.
While keeping his approach pure to the heart Conny Ochs reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in and makes you a part of the music, his travels and struggles, and his search for freedom in life and song.
“Future Fables” is available for pre-order from now on, shipping on 12 February 2016, TWO FULL WEEKS before official release date. Be the first and save your copy now:
FRIEDEMANN – Wer hören will muss schweigen pre-orders start today!
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Every time has its voices, every era has its singers. If these singers are able to illustrate the specifics of their time and take us by the hand, showing us a new conceivability and let us recognize what we have to do with it their voices will remain with us. And they will make us realize that we are a part of it, we are there, right in the middle. These artists remain a rare breed and they are the ones who not only say something but tell it and they leave us in bliss, and a tiny bit more geared-up for our everyday’s life. Their contribution is here and now, truthful but transient at the same time. And you know why? It’s life, nothing more, nothing less.
Friedemanns debut album “Uhr vs, Zeit” (released on Exile On Mainstream in 2014) is one of these records who not only deal with the above mentioned approaches, it is one timeless masterpiece in whose contents individuals and society, personal destiny and social life, meta level and microcosm are interwoven to one blissful flow, equipped with true words and a meaning, but without palaver – yet simple but chignon and in the words’ best meaning: music for everyone. Someone found a voice and has been using it.
Now Friedemann delivers the sophomore album “Wer hören will muss schweigen” (‘One who wants to listen, gotta keep quiet’) and tidies up this voice: more rhythm, more melodies, more topics, more thoughts and…more joy. The whole album draws from his search for new ways of expression while channeling in experiences from the past year, touring and maintaining his rural lifestyle. This all is woven into poetry describing how oddity and sense of responsibilty, alterity and community are not antagonisms anymore. Again: Life. Friedemann sings about it and one can feel how much he loves life and we are invited to follow. The life he lives illustrates the songs with a profoundness one can feel even if you’re not familiar with his lifestyle.
“Wer hören will muss schweigen” is available for pre-order from now on, shipping on 15 January 2016, TWO FULL WEEKS before official release date.
ALL PRE-ORDERED CDs and LPs will be shipped with a tour poster and a sticker exclusively on top!
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CONNY OCHS Completes Third Solo LP, Future Fables, For February Release
Melancholic German singer/songwriter CONNY OCHS has completed his third full-length album, Future Fables, now confirmed for release this February via Exile On Mainstream records, the label this week unveiling a brief glimpse into the album through an exclusive trailer.
Earlier in 2015, having released Freedom Conspiracy (Exile On Mainstream) with fellow Scott “Wino” Weinrich (St. Vitus, The Obsessed, Shrinebuilder) and completed some touring across Europe, CONNY OCHS returned to the studio at the end of the Summer, once again with producer/engineer/studio owner Thommy Krawallo, with whom his previous album, Black Happy and both collaborative albums with Wino were created in full analog fashion. The Kabumm Studio had just relocated from its historic location in a former East German and Soviet government radio complex in Berlin, to the wilderness of a rural Brandenburg village. OCHS went in with a bag full of sketches and licks, inhaling the raw atmosphere of the surroundings, a yet unfinished house full of instruments and equipment in the middle of nowhere, also trying to find its place. This unstable environment birthed a new start for him, letting in much more than a breeze of fresh air by widening his instrumental repertoire to drums, electric guitars, piano, bass and organ. The lyrics and stories circulate more than ever around people encountered and journeys undertaken over the past years – the album title referring to our tendency to give an unwritten future some kind of tangibility through dreams and visions.
“We find and leave traces for the future. The lives that cross our paths and the lives we lead just as much as the dreams and visions we share – growing to be from what this future will be inspired and made of. This is the journey these songs are about.”
Future Fables will see release through Exile On Mainstream on February 26th, 2016. Stand by for additional audio samples, preorder links and more album specifics in the weeks ahead.
Future Fables Track Listing:
2. Piece Of Heaven
5. Wake Up
7. Golden Future
9. No Easy Way
11. Strange Alchemy
12. Make Some Room
CONNY OCHS and labelmate Friedemann will celebrate a series of record release shows together surrounding the release of both of their new LPs, with shows across Germany in Leipzig, Quedlinburg, Herzberg and Dresden February 18th through 21st. Stand by for additional live performances to be announced shortly.
CONNY OCHS Double Record Release Shows w/ Friedemann:
2/18/2016 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
2/19/2016 Reichstrasse – Quedlinburg, DE
2/20/2016 P-Party – Herzberg, DE
2/21/2016 Chemiefabrik – Dresden, DE
CONNY OCHS struck out on his own as a solo musician at the turn of the millennium, after having spent many years fronting heavier bands (such as Zombie Joe, Baby Universal) in his native Germany. OCHS’ solitary venture saw him make a marked departure from the direct sounds of modern rock, letting the influences of revered folk singer/songwriters like Woodie Guthrie, Townes van Zandt, Nick Drake and others inform his firm new direction across the course of multiple solo LPs and collaborations. Alongside his savvy combinations of acoustic and electric guitars, CONNY owns an incredibly natural voice; soulful and dynamic, with a clean style that can bring about absolute joy, or of purely melancholic end-time inner blues. His songs focus on the interplay between storytelling and visions – this he carves into the rough edges of his organic and sparkling music. Keeping his approach pure and from the heart, CONNY OCHS reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in and makes you a part of the music, his travels and struggles, and his search for freedom in life and song.
CONNY OCHS’ 2010-released Raw Love Songs and 2013-released Black Happy solo outings, as well as his 2012 Heavy Kingdom and 2014 Freedom Conspiracy collaborative LPs with Wino are available on CD and LP through Exile On Mainstream Records and the label’s US partner Earsplit Distro — the sole US outlet for the Freedom Conspiracy vinyl — and digitally via Exile On Mainstream. In North America view the wares at THIS LOCATION and internationally place orders HERE.
Friedemann and Conny Ochs to celebrate their new releases together
Jede Zeit hat ihre Stimmen, ihre Sänger, die in ihren Liedern ihrer Zeit eine neue Fassbarkeit verleihen, und uns erkennen lassen, was wir damit zu tun haben und dass wir alle mittendrin sind.
Das erste Soloalbum von Friedemann, dem Sänger der Punk-Band COR, “Uhr vs. Zeit” (2014) handelte nicht nur davon, sondern ist eines jener selten zeitlosen Meisterwerke, in denen Individuum und Gesellschaft, persönliches Schicksal und soziales Geschehen, Metaebene und Mikrokosmos zu wunderbarer Musik zusammenfließen. Da hat jemand seine Stimme gefunden.
Diese Stimme hat Friedemann auf “Wer hören will muss schweigen” weiter ausformuliert – mehr Rhythmen, mehr Freude, mehr Melodien, mehr Themen, neue Gedanken, in denen neue Wege und Rückbesinnung, Eigentümlichkeit und Verantwortungsbewusstsein,
Auch hier wieder: das Leben.
Von ihm singt er in all seiner Vielfalt – weil er es liebt und weiß, dass jeder von uns es zumindest mögen sollte, alles andere wäre ungesund, oder nicht? Und das Leben, das Friedemann führt, straft seine Lieder keine Lügen, sondern verleiht ihnen Tiefe, die man spüren kann, ohne von seinem Leben zu wissen.
„Wer hören will muss schweigen“ wurde im Spätsommer 2015 im Schrathaus Greifswald und im La Grange in Bergen auf Rügen von Janko Möde aufgenommen und von Dirk Burke gemischt und gemastert. Das Artwork stammt von Conny Ochs, das Layout von Andreas Kohl. Auf dem Album hört man Judith und Gunnar (Dritte Wahl) im Duett mit Friedemann und wie immer wird er unterstützt von Matthias Arndt (Bass) und Janko Möde (Gitarre+Percussion).
Vom 28.01.2016 bis zum 20.03.2016 ist Friedemann zusammen mit Matthias Arndt (Bass) und Janko Moede (Gitarre+Percussion) in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz auf Konzertreise und stellt sein neues Album “Wer hören will muss schweigen” vor. In Zwei Stunden werden auch einige COR Klassiker und Lieder von Friedemanns erstem Album “Uhr vs. Zeit” die Konzertabende abrunden.
KRISTIAN HARTING Releases “Temporary Rooms Video” From Summer Of Crush LP
Album Out Next Week Via Exile On Mainstream
Denmark’s charismatic experimental soloist, KRISTIAN HARTING, will see the release of his second full-length solo album, Summer Of Crush, through Exile On Mainstream in just one week. As a primer for the LP’s street date, the artist has just completed a new video for the album’s sprawling “Temporary Rooms” video, which has been made available to the public.
While wholly cathartic and calming, there is an underlying sadness and tension to the works of Danish singer/songwriter KRISTIAN HARTING; as one is serenaded by his unique musical compositions and magnetic vocals, a constant harrowing sense of ill misfortune seems at hand. Such is the case with the first video for his Summer Of Crush sophomore album, as “Temporary Rooms” takes the viewer on a soaring journey through nature, exploring simply implausibly beautiful facets of the surface of our planet, yet as the lyrics progress with the video, slowly but surely, the natural landscapes shown in the video are steadily impeded by signs of human civilization. Created by HARTING’s comrade Rich Williams, the video shows meager farming communities leading to roads which eventually intertwine with highways, which lead to cities, and once tranquil fields are now packed with SUV’s parked in front of superstores, as serene natural settings have been uprooted for mankind’s expansion.
Expanding on the ethereal songwriting deeply inspired by Western lo-fi pop, Mali blues and avant-garde folk founded on his 2014-released debut solo LP, Float, on Summer Of Crush, KRISTIAN HARTING channels his thoughts through a self-described, “Motown meets metal meets Morricone” songwriting process. Armed with his guitars, loop pedals, a foot-operated synth and analogue electronics, the artist wrote, performed and recorded all twelve new tracks on his own. Recalibrating his works towards a more pop-orientated approach, the resulting album oscillates between melancholic dreamscapes, swells of articulate outpourings and synth-laden shamanic dance tracks.
KRISTIAN HARTING was handpicked by Matthew E. White as direct support for two shows later this month, in Aarhus on October 27th and Copenhagen the 28th, and just a few days later will celebrate his own record release show for Summer Of Crush in Copenhagen on Halloween, October 31st. Additional performances and tour dates will be announced in the near future.
KRISTIAN HARTING Live:
27.10.2015 DK Aarhus, Voxhall w/ Matthew E. White
28.10.2015 DK Copenhagen, Vega w/ Matthew E. White
31.10.2015 DK Copenhagen, 100 Blomster * Summer Of Crush release fest
BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS Finish Recording Of Miserable Fourth Studio Full-Length
Vile, German sludge/doom kingpins, BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS, have just finished recording and mixing of their fourth full-length studio album. The beast will be called Carrier, and is almost fifty minutes long, boasting six massive tracks including a Hellhammer cover. The record is currently being mastered by the uber-fantastic Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin and will be finalized for release through your loved ones from Exile On Mainstream in the Spring of 2016 on CD and 2xLP.
BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS vocalist Malte Seidel issued a statement on the experience of recording the album, “Carrier is the result of a band being in a constant state of deterioration. Doing a record is a very unpleasant and harmful process for us. Creating Negative Black already was a nightmare, but with Carrier the understanding of the term nightmare needs to be expanded. This is not being said to play the ‘tension and dissent create great art’ card. This album is not art. This album is not musicianship. This album is simply the album that we were able to do under the current circumstances while sometimes asking ourselves if a split-up would not be the better option. The final mix of Carrier is done at the moment.”
The BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS horde will celebrate its tenth anniversary as a unit on November 4th and 5th, 2015 in their hometown of Mannheim, with a special event called B.SON Fest which will feature extensively devastating sets from the band both nights. Further lineup includes ULTHA, SUNS OF ATACAMA, WHALERIDER, GALLONS OF MUD. Additional lineup and event details will be announced alongside more details on the band’s dismal upcoming studio massacre at a later date. Diehards of the scathing, scummy works of Grime, Whitehorse, Graves At Sea, labelmates Obelyskkh and other downtuned, slug-paced sonic decimation stay tuned.
BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS’ second proper LP, Negative Black, is available in CD and 2xLP packages via Exile On Mainstream on 2xLP HERE and on CD HERE. In the Americas please procced to the fine folks at Earsplit Distro HERE.
CONNY OCHS Checks In From Kabumm Studio Sessions
…as third solo LP takes shape
Our dear CONNY OCHS is currently holed up in the studio, immersed in the process of creating his third solo LP, which will see release in the coming months, once again through Exile On Mainstream Records.
Following years of performing with rock, metal and alternative bands, CONNY OCHS began producing his own solo material in the new millennium, which showed the artist drawing heavy influence from great American rock and folk singer/songwriters like Woodie Guthrie, Vic Chesnutt, Bob Dylan and others. Yet through his mix of acoustic and electric guitars and the occasional solitary bass drum thump, CONNY bears one of the most incredible voices out there; a soulful and dynamic clean style that invokes incredibly emotive feelings from the listener, from absolute joy through the simple things life offers, or of purely melancholic end-time inner blues.
CONNY OCHS has returned to Studio Kabumm in rural Golzow, Germany, once again with producer/engineer/studio owner Thommy Krawallo, where his lauded sophomore album, Black Happy and both of his collaborative albums with Scott “Wino” Weinrich were created in full analog fashion. With virtually no specific details on his impending third solo outing available, the artist checks in from the studio with a bit of insight on the current recording sessions.
“Sun is bright at six after yesterday’s rain. It´s crashing in. I can´t sleep; tried a few times but now I got up and sit outside Thommy´s place where yesterday we started recording.
I am full of bits and pieces, burning, some others cool me, too. They all came a long way to hang with me here, now, in the glassy morning. My friend Andreas asked me if I know how we will turn out here, with the album and all… I don´t. But I feel it´s the place and time to be, as we jump into it. Let´s make it ten good songs. That sounds right. Hey, just let it come, my friend would say.
I made coffee; as soon as Thommy wakes up we start rolling again. I miss you all. You´re with me here.