SAND CIRCLES (SE)
YANNICK FRANCK (BE)
Saturday 13 August
Lucas Munichstraat 76/82
PRICE: 5 €
SAND CIRCLES (SE, Not Not Fun)
Melancholic pop chords filtered through malfunctioning drum boxes, echo units and layers of thick tape noise. Tape out on US label NOT NOT FUN and labels KOSMISK VÄG, OH NO MORE TAPES! etc. + upcoming vinyl release.
A new name in our Scandinavian jam rolodex is Martin Herterich, a youngish Swede with a closet full of vintage synth rigs and drum boxes and old echo units who tracks woozy instrumental mood-grooves under the Sand Circles moniker and helps book shows in his local art hoods. Midnight Crimes is his debut EP and showcases the prism of styles he can navigate, from minor key shadow-trance soundtracking to more propulsive fog-rhythm cruiser themes to weirdo hook-heavy synth-bounce anthems (drink in “Infinity Pool” for proof). A focused language of cool sonic hieroglyphs get raked and shaped in the Sand Circles zen rock garden, quite pumped to survey what comes next. Pro-dubbed tapes with photocopied and dual-layer silkscreened J-cards, plus a hand-numbered insert.
– Not Not Fun
6 tracks full of lo-fi synth vibes and broken drum machines open up to you giving all the keys from all the doors in this world. Now you have to make a decision. Road movie melodies go on the radio while you\re passing by white castles and huge slow elephants. Their caballeros flourish hands and fire pink and yellow signal stars. Painty sound makes your moves thoughtless and spontaneous. Walking changes with flying but you do not notice this. You look. God, you love to look now.
This is amazing, absolutely fantastic!
“We’re loving this young Swede’s plastic-y and borderline-cute approach to both the beatific and ambient… when not cruising at this Matrix Metals-paced gait, the remaining quiet, misty epiphinal visions feel about as holographic as it comes”
– Altered Zones
QUILTS (SE, Hockey Rawk)
Warm, shimmering synth drones, dreamy vocal samples and ultra-slow rhythms. Has a tape out on swedish label HOCKEY RAWK.
Quilts is Frida-Li Lovgren. The songs were recorded in Stockholm and Visby. She has recorded sounds that have been going around in her head for hours, days. She has recorded the same thing for about 100 times and then the best recording is chosen. The raw and direct feeling is essential. The sounds are outerworldly, yet firmly rooted in the soil.
– Hockey Rawk
YANNICK FRANCK (BE)
Yannick Franck (°1981, Liège, Belgium) is a sound and visual artist. He lives and works in Gent, Belgium. He runs the independent label Idiosyncratics Records. He is the founder of electroacoustic project Y.E.R.M.O. (Venice Biennial 2009, Pavilion of Luxembourg) in which he’s active since 2005 with guitarist Xavier Dubois and drummer Jason Van Gulick. He has collaborated with Gast Bouschet & Nadine Hilbert, Craig Hilton and currently works on several projects with Pietro Riparbelli / K11, Esther Venrooy, Jean-Marie Matoul, Philippe Petit, Steve Kaspar, Stuart Dahlquist, Christian Renou, alone or together with Y.E.R.M.O.. He works as a composer and sound designer for the National Theater of the French Community in Brussels and with companies Artara and Trotz Ensemble. He has exibited his artworks and performed in many countries, including Russia, United States and most of European countries.