Thursday, November 17, 2011

Phaedra - The Darkest Hour VIDEO

I have no excuse except for a moment of absence, or nonchalance, but how could I? In October this year, the luminous Phaedra issued a video for the song "The Darkest Hour" from her seminal "The Sea", to which I gave a 9 out of 10 here, and you can finally see it on the spooking blog. The video was made by Lasse Gretland and Dita von Berisha. It is oddly stipulated "Unofficial Video" while this is Phaedra on the video and she posted it on her own facebook page, so it is official enough for me. Enjoy! Although I advise you to put on your scarf, it's rather windy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Iceage - New Brigade (2011) REVIEW

(Post)-Punk is pretty hot these days, bands are popping up everywhere like mushrooms, mostly from the West Coast, with the rather chaotic HEALTH, the more tropical tinged Abe Vigoda, the guitar-and-drums duo No Age or the snotty slackers Wavves, and the list could get on forever. Everyone of these bands are trying to bring something new, something fresh, while keeping the music cohesive and enjoyable, to a 'genre' which is nevertheless more than 30 years old, but none of them have succeeded to be really convincing throughout an entire album. While most of the attention from critics and audiences alike were focused on that part of the world, the West Coast, the real surprise came from the other side of the world, over the Atlantic Ocean, just between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea : Copenhagen, Denmark. Four young 17 years old lads founded Iceage in 2008 and barely three years later, on January 2011, their debut album "New Brigade" is released... in Denmark only. Six months later, June 21, the album appeared in the US. And the band will have to wait 5 months more to see their album reviewed in Spookrijder. I apologize for the delay.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Maja Ratkje - Voice, the movie (preview) VIDEO

A preview of a documentary made by a young German director, Ingo Biermann, about one of the most compelling, distinctive and original artists today, and for a little decade already : Maja Ratkje. She is a singer, a composer, a sound sculptor, name it. On this demo, we can see some other fine musicians as diverse as Arve Henriksen, Joëlle Léandre, Frode Haltli (above pic with the accordion) or Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), a.o.).

What seems particularly interesting here is the successive and simultaneous mix of musical moments (live, studio, rehearsal) with the everyday family life, and vice versa, which gives the strong impression that both 'dimensions' are intimately linked in Maja Ratke's universe.

A very promising foretaste of the full production which will be released in 2012.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Evangelista - In Animal Tongue ALBUM STREAMING

Evangelista's fourth album "In Animal Tongue" was released in September this year by Constellation Records. Evangelista is Carla Bozulich (ex-Geraldine Fibbers) who is journeying further into the exploration of cabaret music and improvisation with the help of her unique, expressionist, visceral, incantatory vocals with a little list of exceptional back-up musicians, among others Xiu Xiu's drummer Ches Smith and multi-instrumentist Shahzad Ismaily. Intense listening experience as always with la Bozulich and you can stream the whole thing below.