mercredi 18 mai 2016

mh.t043 - Hangin Freud - Motherland

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A couple of years ago, we received a message from Paula and Jonathan a.k.a Hangin Freud, telling they were working on Sunken's follow-up, entitled Motherland. And then... silence...
Last autumn, they released No Body Allowed which is still available on myhand.thanx, here. The noisy, hypnotic and nightmarish mini-album was great, and we supposed it was Motherland, and that Hangin Freud had only changed the title...
But we were so wrong! A few weeks ago, a song surfaced on youtube, posted by Hangin Freud, called Boat. Motherland was coming! They distilled the first 3 songs of the mini-album, and each one was like an extraordinary gift to our ears. The 6 tracks are really profound, mixing traditional instruments and sounds with electric guitars. The voice and words of Paula are striking with emotion and kind of ominous vision of the world. Jonathan explained Motherland was above all Paula's artistic concept, based on her observations on Brazil.
Every single song is fraught with soundscapes, landscapes and stories that stay in mind: the repetitive guitar from Boat, like waves coming back and forth, the monsters from the Kingdom, creeping ineluctably, the voices from another time responding Paula's lyrics on Motherland, the rising angst coming from The South... Lost Children is probably our favourite from the album with the closing track Centuries, both have this paradoxical atmosphere, they're the kind of song that move you to tears, and at the same time, they make you want to dance... a sad but relieving dance...
Important to note that the album was mastered by Harris Newman at greymarketmastering in Canada, that the artwork was made by Alice Porto, and that cassettes made by Cryptic Caroussel are available via HF's bandcamp!

samedi 30 janvier 2016

mh.t042 - ThOmas.W - Long IS ThE Night

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Here it is! ThOmas.W's new album is finally out and available for a free downoad. "Long IS ThE Night" is the 7th release of ThOmas.W on our netlabel, and his 17th since he started his solo project. This brand new album is a trip into the artist's personal story, as he told us : "The last two years have been really intense, extreme joy, extreme pain, frustration and fulfillment, and sometimes, when things go wrong, you can't do anything else but write and compose." Indeed, "Long IS ThE Night" consists in 9 tracks, 9 ups and downs, that could happen to anybody. It's not a complaint, but a really matter-of-fact display of emotions. A distorted family ("siSSter" / "sMother" / 'feAther") meets a mysterious "V", a "guudboi" gets angrier and angrier but he finally cools down as "Elvis" and his new "Brothers" come into his life... and the noise goes on, and on...
Musically, ThOmas.W's bass is still the same, weaving melodies as the songs develop, the voice is omnipresent and reminds us of "bru:t". The drums appears as a new feature in his music, and gives it a much much lo-fi colour. As the artist call his music, it's "cold noise" with a twist of "lo(ve)-fi"... We agree, and we simply love it!
The artwork is based on a photograph by Pierre Boé.

Le voici! Le nouvel album de ThOmas.W est enfin là et téléchargeable gratuitement. "Long IS ThE Night" est la 7ème sortie de ThOmas.W sur notre netlabel, et sa 17ème depuis qu'il a débuté son projet solo. Ce tout nouvel album est un voyage dans l'histoire personnelle de l'artiste qui nous a dit : "Ces deux dernières années ont vraiment été intenses, joie extrême, douleur extrême, frustration et accoplissement, et parfois, quand les choses vont mal, on ne peut rien faire d'autre qu'écrire et composer." En effet, "Long IS ThE Night" est composé de 9 titres, 9 hauts et bas qui pourraient arriver à chacun d'entre nous. Il ne s'agit pas d'une complainte, simplement d'un récit émotionnel et rationnel. Une famille distordue ("siSSter" / "sMother" / 'feAther") rencontre une mystérieuse "V", un "guudboi" est de plus en plus en colère mais finit par se calmer lorsqu' "Elvis" et ses nouveaux "Brothers" entrent dans sa vie... et le bruit continue, encore et encore...
Musicalement, la basse de ThOmas.W est la même, tissant des mélodies au fil des chansons, la voix est omniprésente et nous rappelle "bru:t". la batterie apparaît comme un nouvel élément à part entière dans sa musique, et lui donne une coloration bien pus lo-fi. L'artiste appelle sa musique "cold noise" avec un soupçon de "lo(ve)-fi"... Nous sommes bien d'accord, et nous aimons ça!
L'artwork est basé sur une photographie de Pierre Boé.


mercredi 11 novembre 2015

mh.t041 - Hanging Freud - No Body Allowed

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Après de longues années d'attente, Hanging Freud nous revient avec un magnifique EP intitulé "No Body Allowed" et qui nous prend aux tripes! Le duo de Paula et Jonathan nous propose 7 titres hypnotiques, profonds et touchants. "PWM" nous plonge sans ménagement dans l'univers si particulier de "No Body Allowed", puis "Toadboy" et "It's time" nous confirment qu'Hanging Freud est définitivement un projet sans compromis, et que depuis "Sunken", sorti en 2009, leur musique radicale n'a pas pris une ride. Chaque titre sonne comme une injonction, une prémonition, une incantation. On est forcément embarqué, et les visions s'enchaînent. "Share the love" est désormais en boucle dans nos têtes, "Well, jump in" nous réveille en pleine nuit, comme un cauchemar dans lequel nous voudrions replonger immédiatement. "Porch" (qui était apparu il y a quelques temps sur le soundcloud du groupe) nous appaise, pour finalement laisser place a "Hand drop", final absolument fabuleux, au rythme entêtant, à l'atmosphère à la fois oppressante et aérienne, et cette voix...

After long years of waiting, Hanging Freud is back with a beautiful EP entitled "No Body allowed" that hits you in the guts! Paula and Jonathan's duet offers us 7 tracks that are hypnotic, deep and moving. "PWM" makes us dive without warning into this so particular world of "No Body Allowed", then "Toadboy" and "It's time" confirm the fact that Hanging Freud is definitely an uncompromised/uncompromising project, and that since "Sunken", released in 2009, their radicale music hasn't aged at all. Each tracks sounds like an injunction, a premonition, an incantation. We are taken away, and visions multiply. "Share the love" is now a loop in our heads, "Well, jump in" wakes us up in the middle of the night, like a nightmare in which we wish to dive back immediately. "Porch" (which surfaced some time ago on the band's soundcloud) calms us down, to finally give birth to "Hand drop", an absolutely marvellous finale, with an uplifting rhythm, an oppressing and aerial mood, and this voice...


Recorded and mixed in 2015
Paula - Songwriting, lyrics, voice, yamaha keyboard, piano, tape recorder, sampling, mixing
Jonathan - Electronics, production, arrangements

samedi 19 septembre 2015

mh.t040 - The Green Love Experiment - 99/06

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Il est des projets musicaux qui restent gravés dans nos mémoires pour longtemps, voire éternellement... The Green Love Experiment en fait partie. D'un concert mémorable en catimini au Sloppy Joe de Reims (avis aux connaisseurs), à une première partie tonitruante de Chevreuil, le duo rémois a laissé quelques souvenirs impérissables. C'est avec une grande joie que nous vous proposons aujourd'hui une compilation de leurs titres, en ordre quasi-chronologique (Master-Girl étant un de leur premiers morceaux). Green Love, c'est TomP et TomW (aujourd'hui ThOmas.W), qui, après l'expérience Shiver; se sont alliés pour créer ce son si particulier, entre cold wave et post-rock, qui ne vous laissera pas indifférent. Découvrez ou redécouvrez The Green Love Experiment, faites l'expérience de la violente sensualité qui émane des titres, laissez vous porter par l'hypnotisante musique de ces deux artistes hors du commun, puis... respirez...

Some musical projects remain stuck in our memories for a long time, even forever... The Green Love Experiment is one of them. From a memorable secret gig at the Sloppy Joe in Reims (connoisseurs know where it was), to a thundering concert supporting Chevreuil, the Reims duet has left some lifelong memories. We are so pleased to offer you today a compilation of their tracks, in an almost chronological order (Master-Girl being one of their earliest tracks). Green Love is TomP and TomW (aka ThOmas.W now), who, after the Shiver project, have got together to create this particular sound, between clod wave and post-rock. Discover, or rediscover, The Green Love Experiment, experience the violent sensuality that perspire from their tracks, let yourself get hypnotized by the music of these two unusual artists, and then... breathe...


mercredi 17 juin 2015

mh.t039 - We Are All Slaves - You Must Be Stuck Into Some Complications

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We Are All Slaves is a really cool project by Filip Stojiljkovic, a Serbian experimental artist. He started this noise/dark/ambient project at the age of 17, using a laptop, toys a singstar microphone, making every unsettling noise he could. "Chaos" and "mayhem"are words he likes to use when talking about WAAS... Here, at myhand.thanx records, we have been struck by the nerve of this guy! the opening title "Fucked Up and Boring" is insane, raw and as noisy as can be! The following tracks are just like knives stabbing your ears, sometimes violently, some other times slowly... It's at the same time straightforward and insidious, and always uncompromising. The closing track is a 10-minute ode to Sylvia Likens, who died a painful death in the 60's. Knowing the facts, the track takes a deeper dimension, totally disturbing and also moving. WAAS is radical, experimental and paradoxical. Download it, experience it.


samedi 16 mai 2015

mh.t038 - Borgesss - Terrified of Everything

This is the kind of news we really love at myhand! Borgesss, aka Paula Borges, aka "Hell, yeah! Paula from Hangin Freud!", offers us a delightful lo-fi EP entitled "Terrified of Everything." Four absolutely great tracks, demo-style, recorded on a 4-track cassette recorder. "Snake" opens the EP, insidiously crawling into our head, and soon, the venom invades us, and we're hooked!
"Born Again" is breathtaking, a melodious loop that leaves you speechless... but not for a long time, because the "Queen" emerges suddenly, rock'n'rolling desperately, playing a saturated guitar, haunting us with her beautiful but scary voice. "We spit" closes the EP like a nightmare we don't want to be over, we're terrified, but we have never felt so good...

All songs written by P. Borges
Extracted from 4 track tape recordings

Guitar, voice, bass, percussion: P. Borges
Bass on "Born Again": J. Skinner

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C'est tout à fait le genre de nouvelle que l'on adore chez myhand! Borgess, aka Paula Borges, aka "Oh oui! C'est Paula de Hangin Freud!", nous offre ce délicieux EP lo-fi intitulé "Terrified of Everything." Il s'agit de quatre titres absolument superbes, sous forme de démos, enregistrés sur un 4 pistes cassette. "Snake" ouvre l'EP, rampant insidieusement dans notre tête, et rapidement, le venin nous envahit, et nous sommes accros! "Born again" est à couper le souffle, une boucle mélodieuse qui vous laisse bouche bée... mais pour un bref instant, car soudain, la "Queen" surgit, dans un rock désespéré, jouant une guitare saturée, nous hantant de sa belle et effrayante voix. "We spit" referme le maxi comme un cauchemar que l'on ne veut pas quitter, nous sommes terrifiés, mais nous ne nous sommes jamais sentis aussi bien...

samedi 2 mai 2015

mh.t037 - DRUNkENC - RED

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DRUNkENC est de retour! 3 ans après "Whisper" (toujours disponible ICI), Cécile nous livre sept titres magnifiques dans un mini-album intitulé "RED". Une fois de plus, elle nous emmène loin, très loin, mais on n'est jamais perdu car DRUNkENC nous rappelle toujours notre chemin, tantôt avec une ligne de basse hypnotique ("Melody in my ears") comme elle seule en a le secret, tantôt avec une distortion noisy ("Red") qui évoque des références bien ancrées dans nos mémoires. On retrouve Polly Jean, on se remémore les débuts de Hole, les chuchotements de Kim Gordon, mais surtout cette atmosphère parfois brûlante puis glaçante... Certains titres sonnent comme une incantation ("My trouble"), une complainte ("Wanna be alone") voire une injonction ("Lovers of the past")... C'est certainement l'une des claques de cette année 2015!
Soutenez DRUNkENC sur sa page bandcamp!

DRUNkENC is back! 3 years after "Whisper" (which is still available HERE), Cécile releases 7 magnificent tracks in a mini-album entitled "RED". Once again, she takes us far, far away, but we never fell lost because DRUNkENC always reminds us the way, either with a hypnotical bass line ("Melody in my ears") of which only she has the secret, or with a noisy feedback ("Red") that brings back to mind some references fixed in our memories. We bump into Polly Jean, remember Hole's first songs, Kim Gordon's whispering, but above all, we find this weird atmosphere, burning and chilling... Some tracks sound like an incantation ("My trouble"), a lament ("Wanna be alone") or even an injunction ("Lovers of the past")... A must listen for 2015!
Support DRUNkENC on her bandcamp page!