out now: Kurt Uenala feat. Dave Gahan – Manuscript [HFN Music]

 

Artist:
Kurt Uenala feat. Dave Gahan

 

Title:
Manuscript

 

Label:
HFN Music

 

Cat#:
HFN145

 

Release Date:
16th December 2022

 

Format:
download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
Cracks Are Showing

02.
Longing

03.
Get Out

04.
G.O.D.

05.
I Think Not

 

Press Info:
Kurt Uenala has his fingerprints on more things than you may realize. While his name may be new to you, it’s possible you’ve come across collaborations he’s done under the moniker Null + Void, including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Moby, John Grant, The Kills, Woodkid and most notably, Dave Gahan and Depeche Mode

Having worked in Gahan’s NYC studio for years, and traveling with Depeche Mode, Uenala became aware of one of Dave’s rituals. Sometimes a notebook and pen would come out.
Something would get jotted down.

But what? That remained a mystery.

Uenala now calls Iceland home, so he’s no stranger to isolation, but what about city-dweller Gahan? The two kept in close touch during lockdown, sharing thoughts and ideas.

“I always wondered what he was writing in the notebook,” Uenala says, “but I never pried. During one of our check-ins I eventually asked what he was scribbling down when he was off in some corner, or standing on his own, next to a studio window.” Gahan disclosed that they were thoughts, feelings, and observations that would likely never see the light of day.

But then again, why not? Living during a lockdown is unquestionably difficult, but fortune also favors those who are bold in challenging times. Gahan sent Uenala a recording of him reciting something from the journal.

In his studio, a decommissioned hospital situated on an Icelandic Fjörd, Kurt sat in front of a classic Oberheim synth with the recording, reacting to anything from the timbre of Gahan’s voice, to background noise. Inspiration also came from ambience in the black chapel in Uenala’s town, which has often acted as a natural reverb chamber when one was needed. Songs started to take shape, through a modified form of call and response. The confluence of tone, poem, and tone poem.

Both artists were pleased with the results, and agreed that the prose had more of an impact in concert with the music than it did merely existing, on paper, hidden in a notebook. Work continued, and produced a collection of recitations set to soundscapes. “Longing,” “Get Out,” “G.O.D.”, “I Think Not,” and a piece born from the first recording Gahan sent, “Cracks Are Showing,” were completed, then assembled as the Manuscript EP.

Gahan says, “I’m not sure why, or when, exactly, I wrote these short pieces. I knew they were never to be songs. I do know that they were written when I was alone. Sometimes in a hotel room. Where? I can’t recall. Sometimes standing by the ocean, or walking the beach in winter. Sometimes on the empty streets of New York City, during the lock-down. Always whilst feeling the beauty, power, and loneliness of a world beyond me.”

 

Snippets:

 

Video:
“Cracks Are Showing”

 

Special:
Kurt Uenala aka Null+Void – “Obedient Citizen Mix”

 

Recommendations:
single “Where I Wait” by Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan on HFN Music
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.1)” by Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan on HFN Music
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.2)” by Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan on HFN Music
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.3)” by Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan on HFN Music
album “Cryosleep” by Null + Void on HFN Music
“The Light The Dead See” by Soulsavers feat. Dave Gahan on V2 | Mute
“Angels & Ghosts on Columbia Records
“Imposter” by Dave Gahan & Soulsavers on Columbia Records

 

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Websites:
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Dave Gahan
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© Photo Of Kurt By Einar Snorri

out now: Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan – Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.3) [HFN Music]

 

Artist:
Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan

 

Title:
Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.2)

 

Label:
HFN Music

 

Cat#:
HFN82

 

Release Date:
25th May 2018

 

Format:
digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Where I Wait
(Alva Noto Reduxmodel)

02.
Where I Wait
(Alva Noto Remodel Dub)

02.
Where I Wait
(Aristókrasía Version)

 

Press Info:
Building on the remix project of Null + Void’s ‘Where I Wait’, the third part of the project invites the one and only Alva Noto to provide his magic to Kurt Uenala’s standout track from last year’s album.

Carsten Nicolai needs little introduction, but it is fair to say that his Alva Noto project has collapsed the boundaries between techno, noise and soundtracks over his long and illustrious career.

Here he dives into ‘Where I Wait’ with precision tools, producing a thick, atmospheric electro rhythmic bed for Dave Gahan’s iconic vocals. The track finds a deep groove and sticks to it – the analog richness of the synth pulses a result of his unending quest for sonic brilliance.

The Alva Noto remodel dub strips away much of the vocals, but leaves fragments in place, dubbed out and sparse.

Also included on this release is the Aristókrasía Version in collaboration with Iceland’s Úlfur Eldjárn – previously surfaced towards the end of last year following the Cryosleep album, but here given a new lease of life in all its rich, neoclassical grandeur. Sweeping strings replace the electro pulses, and provide a totally new perspective on the track.

 

Snippets:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Where I Wait (Alva Noto Reduxmodel)”

 

Video:
“Where I Wait (Aristokrasia Version)”

 

Specials:
“Obedient Citizen Mix”

 

Related Releases:
single “Where I Wait”
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.1)”
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.2)”
album “Cryosleep” by Null + Void on HFN Music

 

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Websites:
Null + Void
Dave Gahan
HFN

 

© Photo by Timothy Saccenti

out now: Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan – Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.2) [HFN Music]

 

Artist:
Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan

 

Title:
Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.2)

 

Label:
HFN Music

 

Cat#:
HFN81

 

Release Date:
20th April 2018

 

Format:
digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Where I Wait
(Null + Void Rework)

02.
Where I Wait
(Kasper Bjørke Rework)

02.
Where I Wait
(Kasper Bjørke Instrumental Rework)

 

Press Info:
Following on from the first tranche of remixes of Null + Void’s ‘Where I Wait’, this extra package pulls out yet more big guns.

For Null + Void, the project of Kurt Uenala, the Swiss born producer and multi-instrumentalist who has a long history of working with synth legends, ‘Where I Wait feat. Dave Gahan’ was a straight up highlight of last year’s album ‘Cryosleep’.

Here Null + Void himself takes on one of the reworks, twisting the original into a hard hitting electro bomb. Dave Gahan’s vocals float over the pulsing and punchy blips and bleeps to form a striking partnership.

The other two mixes are by Danish legend Kasper Bjørke, who opts for a more laconic pace – a chugging and playful groove provide the bedrock for the iconic vocals.

Bjørke also supplies an instrumental version to please the DJs, giving space to his exquisite production, right up to the compressed vinyl samples and detuned, fuzzy synths.

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Where I Wait (Kasper Bjørke Rework)”

 

Specials:
“Obedient Citizen Mix”

 

Related Releases:
single “Where I Wait”
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.1)”
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.3)”
album “Cryosleep” by Null + Void on HFN Music

 

Buy Digital:
Null+Void @ Bandcamp
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Websites:
Null + Void
Dave Gahan
HFN

 

© Photo by Timothy Saccenti

out now: Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan – Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.1) [HFN Music]

 

Artist:
Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan

 

Title:
Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.1)

 

Label:
HFN Music

 

Cat#:
HFN76

 

Release Date:
16th March 2018

 

Format:
digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Where I Wait
(The Hacker Remix)

02.
Where I Wait
(The Hacker Dub Remix)

 

Press Info:
One of the undoubted highlights of the Null + Void long player ‘Cryosleep’ is the collaboration with Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan.

Null + Void is the project of Kurt Uenala, the Swiss born producer and multi-instrumentalist who has a long history of working with synth legends, and ‘Where I Wait’ further enhances that reputation.

Turning over remix duties to The Hacker – another long time collaborator with Depeche Mode and others, the French producer delivers a typically dark and driven take on the track. A mid paced groove unfolds with tightly programmed arpeggiated synths seemingly barely under control. Gahan’s iconic vocals float over the top, creating a powerful, poignant track.

Also included is a The Hacker’s Dub Remix, stripping back the vocals into a few dubbed out snippets and echoes, and focussing in on the tough groove, courtesy of the tight drums and thick, propulsive bass.

 

Snippets:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Where I Wait (The Hacker Remix)”

 

Special:
“Obedient Citizen Mix”

 

Related Releases:
single “Where I Wait”
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.2)”
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.3)”
album “Cryosleep” by Null + Void on HFN Music

 

Buy Digital:
Null+Void @ Bandcamp
Google Play
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Amazon
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Websites:
Null + Void
Dave Gahan
HFN

 

© Photo by Timothy Saccenti

out for a while: Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan – Where I Wait [HFN Music]

 

Artist:
Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan

 

Title:
Where I Wait

 

Label:
HFN Music

 

Cat#:
HFN69

 

Release Date:
13th October 2017

 

Format:
digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Where I Wait

02.
Where I Wait
(Radio Edit)

 

Press Info:
The upcoming album ‘Cryosleep’ introduces the world to Null + Void as a serious production entity in its own right – and the third single ‘Where I Wait’ more than solidifies that point.

Connecting with longtime collaborator and legendary Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan, the track is a haunting and luminous lament on lost time and the ghosts of lovers past.

Back in 2003 Kurt’s releases on indie electronic compilations such as “The Sound Of Young New York” caught the attention of fans and artists around the world. It eventually landed him a gig recording with Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan, not to mention a long list of major acts such as Moby and The Kills.

The collaboration with Dave was especially fruitful —the two became friends, and it wasn’t long before Kurt began writing original songs for Depeche Mode.

His love for vintage synthesizers, dark electronic music, and exploring unusual chord structures was a natural fit. The more Kurt worked with Dave and Depeche Mode, the more time he spent at his Manhattan studio. He started writing his own shadowy, melancholic songs, filling them with angular beats and moody atmospheres. After a while, the basis of Kurt’s new solo project, Null + Void, took shape and ‘Cryosleep’ alongside ‘Where I Wait’ came to life.

 

Snippets:

 

Video:
“Where I Wait”

 

Specials:
“Obedient Citizen Mix”

 

Related Releases:
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.1)”
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.2)”
remix single “Where I Wait (Remixes Pt.3)”
album “Cryosleep” by Null + Void on HFN Music

 

Buy Digital:
iTunes (part of the album)
Google
7Digital
Amazon (part of the album)
JunoDownload (part of the album)
more soon

 

Websites:
Null + Void
Dave Gahan
HFN

 

© Photo by Timothy Saccenti