out for a while: Jan Wagner – Nummern [Quiet Love Records]

 

Artist:
Jan Wagner

 

Title:
Nummern

 

Label:
Quiet Love Records

 

Cat#:
QLR000

 

Release Date:
26th October 2018

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Nummer A

02.
Nummer B

03.
Nummer E

04.
Nummer I

05.
Nummer L

06.
Nummer M

07.
Nummer G

08.
Nummer N

 

Press Info:
Picture a cozy atelier / studio where all the windows are flung open, a pair of mics set to high gain hang in front of a piano, and the door to the space is locked. The thing is, if he’s going to play, the door has to be locked. A click track pops away relentlessly in the headphones, measuring off time. A seemingly insurmountable feeling rattles the bones, and with every chord which fills the room and spills out into the courtyard it’s slowly taking on tangible shape. It’s being released and translated, completely impromptu. The room tone, the kids playing in the backyard causing a raucous, the cat perched on the window sill about to jump off (making a thud), the creaking chair, the sound of the mallets and all the percussive, mechanical guts of the piano – everything that the mics pick up becomes part and parcel of the composition, and will eventually be woven into the very fabric of the finished full length.

 

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Special:
“NE310”

 

Recommendations:
Jan Wagner’s album “Kapitel” on Quiet Love Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “Opacity” on Quiet Love Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “Soft Resource” on Quiet Love Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “Rigid EP” on Quiet Love Records

 

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out now: Jan Wagner – Kapitel [Quiet Love Records]

 

Artist:
Jan Wagner

 

Title:
Kapitel

 

Label:
Quiet Love Records

 

Cat#:
QLR094

 

Release Date:
20th March 2020

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
1.
Kapitel 30

 

A1.
Kapitel 11

A2.
Kapitel 27

A3.
Kapitel 25

A4.
Kapitel 30
[feat. Rosa Anschütz]

B1.
Kapitel 09

B2.
Kapitel 28

B3.
Kapitel 36

B4.
Kapitel 14

Press Info:
Jan Wagner makes acutely emotional, autobiographical music. What makes his approach different from other artists in his lane is that he willingly strips his work of context. Hence, the generic album and song titles. His debut was entitled Nummern (Numbers), the forthcoming record is called Kapitel (Chapters). The reason for this is simple and pragmatic: to leave space for the listeners to interpret the music freely and allow them to place their own experiences at its emotional centre.

«Kapitel is the second half of a book, it begins where Nummern ends. The tension and the pressure that I was dealing with back then had mostly dissolved along the way. You can still feel the reverberation of the “explosion” in the new material, but you are now floating through this strangely calming emptiness. This music is the moment of silence that follows a huge bang. It’s this millisecond of “nothingness” that Kapitel is about.» — Jan Wagner

Like with his earlier material, the songs on Kapitel started at the piano as a series of informal improvisations. The outcome is significantly different. First of all, the piano is no longer the lead voice and, not only that, but there are a few songs on here where it was completely extracted from the arrangement. What this means is that the emotional impact of the music is no longer coming from the piano – amplified by the synthetic soundscape supporting it – but that it’s the combination of the arrangement, the instrumentation and the song structure where the real magic happens. It’s safe to say that Kapitel marks the artist’s shift from piano player/electronica auteur to fully fledged producer/composer.

«I did not consciously deal with the music, it just came out of me. I can not really put the creative process into words. It just happens. I feel a constant pull towards the piano, to press record and just start playing.» — Jan Wagner

The record is a wild storm of subtlety. Shadow and light play. It’s full of colors (synthetic and organic) and pulsating, tactile textures. There is something mildly orchestral about it, too. Dramatic reversals happen unexpectedly, and there is a new found ease with which the tension and emotional weight are manipulated and distributed at the macro and micro levels. Noise is an omnipresent element, appearing in different shades and densities. Although still understated, drums are more prominent and, for the first time ever, vocals appear (courtesy of Rosa Anschütz on Kapitel 30)!

«Producing other artists is the best thing that could have happened to me. Every musician has a certain energy about them and a very specific approach to music. This energy, all the talks that we had while working together and the music that these artists brought to the table have had a huge influence on me. Producing other people broadens my own spectrum enormously and brings me to places that I would never be able to reach on my own.» — Jan Wagner

The record was produced in its entirety by Jan Wagner. James Varghese, who produced Nummern, stepped in towards the end of the process, acting as a second pair of ears. Kev Koko helped with Kapitel 27. Most of the songs on the album were recorded in parallel to Jan’s production work for Rosa Anschütz’s Rigid EP and Tobias Preisig’s Diver LP. Kapitel will be available as a limited edition vinyl.

 

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Related Release:
single “Kapitel 30” w/ Rosa Anschütz on Quiet Love Records

 

Recommendations:
Rosa Anschütz’ “Opacity” on Quiet Love Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “Soft Resource” on Quiet Love Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “Rigid EP” on Quiet Love Records

 

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Websites:
Jan Wagner
Rosa Anschütz
Quiet Love Records

 

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out now: Jan Wagner featuring Rosa Anschütz – Kapitel 30 [Quiet Love Records]

 

Artist:
Jan Wagner featuring Rosa Anschütz

 

Title:
Kapitel 30

 

Label:
Quiet Love Records

 

Cat#:
QLR093

 

Release Date:
06th March 2020

 

Format:
digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Kapitel 30

 

Press Info:
For the first time Jan Wagner releases a track with vocals. They come from long time collaborating partner Rosa Anschütz. It’s the last song before he releases his second album Kapitel on March 20th.

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Kapitel 30”

 

Related Release:
album “Kapitel” on Quiet Love Records

 

Recommendations:
Rosa Anschütz’ “Opacity” on Quiet Love Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “Soft Resource” on Quiet Love Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “RR4” on R-Label Group
Rosa Anschütz’ “Rigid EP” on Quiet Love Records

 

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Websites:
Jan Wagner
Rosa Anschütz
Quiet Love Records

 

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out now: Pan American – A Son [Kranky]

 

Artist:
Pan American

 

Title:
A Son

 

Label:
Kranky

 

Cat#:
KRANK225

 

Release Date:
08th November 2019

 

Format:
CD, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Ivory Joe Hunter, Little Walter


02.
Memphis Helena

03.
Sleepwalk Guitars


04.
Brewthru


05.
Dark Birds Empty Fields


06.
Drunk Father


07.
Muriel Spark


08.
Kept Quiet


09.
Shenandoah

 

Press Info:
Legacy Chicago craftsman Mark Nelson’s latest offering as Pan American is less a distillation or divergence than it is a return to his musical and spiritual beginnings. Spare, subdued, and largely acoustic, A Son unfurls like late summer dusk on the edge of town, expansive but intimate.

Motivated by notions of “moving backward” and tracing roots – as well as a couple years of hammered dulcimer lessons – the album’s nine songs were written and recorded in his home in Evanston, Illinois, and honed during a recent solo tour in Europe. The emphasis on uncluttered arrangements and the centrality of the guitar and vocals reveal these songs as the most direct and emotional statement of his career.

Nelson cites everything from June Tabor, The Carter Family, Suicide and Jimmy Reed as oblique inspirations, though his truest muse was creative self-inquiry: “What does music do, Where does music start? How simple can it be? How honest can it be?”

After decades of mining post-rock pathways and latticework electronics in Labradford and early Pan American, A Son strips away ornament and distraction in favor of a direct gaze into the heart of what is.

 

Listen:
@ Deejay

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Brewthru”

“Shenandoah”

“Memphis Helena”

 

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Websites:
Pan American
Kranky

 

out for a while: HTRK – Venus In Leo [Ghostly International]

 

Artist:
HTRK

 

Title:
Venus In Leo

 

Label:
Ghostly International

 

Cat#:
GI-342

 

Release Date:
30th August 2019

 

Format:
CD, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Into the Drama

02.
Mentions

03.
Venus In Leo

04.
You Know How to Make Me Happy

05.
Dream Symbol

06.
Hit ‘Em Wit Da Hee

07.
Dying of Jealousy

08.
New Year’s Day

09.
New Year’s Eve

 

Press Info:
The fourth album from HTRK, the duo of Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang, arrives five years on from 2014’s Psychic 9-5 Club. While some much-loved HTRK hallmarks remain—the combination of space and intimacy, the unmistakable interplay between Yang’s guitars and Standish’s vocals—Venus in Leo differs markedly in its energy, returning to HTRK’s underground rock past with the stylistic playfulness and variety of a modern mixtape.

Over the soft strums of acoustic guitar, the album’s introduction, “Into the Drama,” posits a theory that “what was once considered self-sabotage could be revisited as being under the influence of Venus in Leo,” Standish explains. Fingerpicked guitar loops rise slowly and fall over a cold, brittle beat. Previously released lovesong “Mentions” finds Standish exploring the lack of physical intimacy in the social media age. Elsewhere, there are emotional highs, like on the kaleidoscopic single “You Know How to Make Me Happy” which details a suspended state of ecstasy, Standish commending her partner’s conscious efforts to prop her up with compliments. “New Year’s Day” traces a flimsy resolution to get healthier, instantly busted by an evening of debauchery, recalling “the worst possible start to the year with bad friends and bad behavior.” The silver lining is the sunrise: “pink, red, orange, white, peach” Standish repeats as the track laps with a velvety, hypnotic refrain.

Archetypal themes emerge as the band explore the makings of personality. Standish revisits her childhood home in a recurring dream (“Dream Symbol”), a doomed first kiss (“New Year’s Eve”) and high drama (“Venus in Leo”). Recorded more or less live in HTRK’s home studio in the Dandenong Ranges outside of Melbourne, the album’s simple production reveals gorgeous, toned-back arrangements and an evolving, idiosyncratic songcraft.

It’s been ten years since HTRK released their breakthrough first album, Marry Me Tonight. The band has undergone profound changes, with the first two albums released amid the deaths of close friend and collaborator Rowland S. Howard and HTRK co-founder Sean Stewart. Psychic 9-5 Club set them on a path of self-discovery, and Venus in Leo marks a spirited new chapter by one of the most distinctive bands of the past decade.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Videos:
“You Know How to Make Me Happy”

“Venus In Leo”

 

Special:
“Ambient Mix 01”

 

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Websites:
HTRK
Ghostly International

 

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