When a promising young band is already surrounded by hype before they have released their debut EP you know something special is happening. Magical, mysterious and fascinating are just some of the terms that come up when talking about Laikka. After the internationally acclaimed single "The Answer", Laikka present another strong electronic pop gem with "Dissolving" on May 21. Fitting for the current times, it deals with fears of the future or failure, which lead to self-blockades and a certain self-alienation.
With her fourth album "The Soft Bit" (June 18), sound artist and composer Jana Irmert explores the materiality of sounds. Using manipulated field recordings, voice samples and synthesizer sounds, she carves out electronic soundscapes as if she were using sonar in deep darkness. Jana Irmert's artistic output takes on various forms – from live performance and multichannel composition to collaborations with filmmakers, dancers and visual artists. In 2019 she received the German Documentary Film Music Award, in 2021 she has been nominated for an Edda Award for her sound design on Jóhann Jóhannsson's film "Last and First Men".
Multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer Peter Zirbs has released recordings under numerous pseudonyms and scored a range of experimental films. In 2018 he finally stepped into the spotlight as a solo artist with his album debut »What if we don't exist?«. "The closest and most apt sonic comparison for "What If We Don’t Exist?" would be David Bowie’s Low, with its mixture of futurist Synth-Pop and graceful ambient music" (by US blogger Forestpunk). Following his acclaimed »On A Beautiful Day« EP (2020) Zirbs teamed up with French singer and songwriter Christelle Constantin for a great electro/new wave collaboration single "Ideal" (coming on June 25).
DRAMAS have skillfully mastered the art of the in-between: Between a heavy heart and the knowledge that everything changes, that nothing stands still. Formed in 2016, the boundary-pushing art pop/electro duo presented a big and emotional debut with their album "Nothing Is Permanent" (2018). In April 2021 DRAMAS returned with their self-titled second longplayer including the singles "Bloodbath", "Candy" and "Noday", all of which caused a sensation on over 100 radio stations across Europe.
Following the release of his powerful and dark solo albums "Je suis le Ténébreux" (2016) and "Paradise Lost" (2018) London-based avantgarde musician Christopher James Chaplin presented the final part of an album trilogy "M" in 2020. It's a multi-layered album about change and transformation, featuring Finley Quaye, Mira Lu Kovacs and Aurelia Thierrée as guest artists. With "Enosh" and "Jared", Chaplin is now releasing the first precursors to his new major album project "Patriarchs", which is due for release in Autumn 2021.
Few artists manage to play their way into the hearts of their audience in such a versatile way as Manuel Rubey. He was once a singer in the band “Mondscheiner” and is currently in the great all-star formation “Familie Lässig”, landed a bestseller in 2020 with his book debut “Einmal noch schlafen, dann ist morgen” and is also a sought-after actor in the German-speaking world. On February 26 2021, Rubey will release the audio book, which has become much more than a simple audio version of the acclaimed book text and will also be released with four exclusive bonus songs produced by electronic producer Peter Zirbs.
Following collaborations with artists such as Albin Janoska (SOHN) and Hubert Mauracher (Mauracher) the fascinating, charismatic singer and songwriter Loretta Who presented her own distinctive musical microcosm in 2015 with her solo debut EP 'Virtue'. In the years that followed, numerous new musical collaborations continued to cause a stir. In 2020, she finally teamed up with electronic producer Peter Zirbs for their critically acclaimed single release "Wasted".
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Icelandic electronic music trio Stereo Hypnosis and British experimental musician and avantgarde composer Christopher Chaplin have played a number of concerts together in recent years. During that time, the idea of recording an album based on these live electronic improvisations began to emerge. In the summer of 2018 a fully equipped recording studio was set up in the town of Hvammstangi in northern Iceland, where the album »Bjarmi« was recorded live.