Mesh is perhaps not a band you associate with classical music. But the electronic Bristol band played a very special concert with orchestra with 65 musicians at the Neues Gewandhaus in Leipzig and recorded it for posterity. The result is finally released: 30 minutes of live tracks together with three orchestral tracks that were recorded in the studio. We were intrigued about this whole project, so we got in touch with the band and asked them a couple of questions. [more...]
Carbon Based Lifeforms are a really experienced duo of Swedish ambient music producers. The pair, Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad, have been making music together since 1996, and recently released their latest studio album “Derelicts” on the Finnish label Blood Music, known for their extreme metal. Mike Whyte talked to the duo about the story behind the album, influences, and threw in a couple of cheeky questions along the way.
Swedish / Norwegian powersynth band Xenturion Prime emerged from the ashes of Code 64 when Hasse Mattsson and Bjørn Marius Borg joined forces. They released their excellent debut album “Mecha Rising” in 2014, and then entered radio silence until now. These days the band have added Cathrine Räisänen Andersen to the roster and is thereby a trio. The new album “Humanity Plus” is out now on Progress Productions, and it’s a damn good one. We decided to have a chat with the band about what they’ve been up to since last time. [more...]
Stockholm synthpop veterans The Mobile Homes have hooked up with new label Psykbunkern and are back with a new song, “It Used to be Fun”. Watch the video below. [more...]
Release had the opportunity to get some time with Edward Ka-Spel to speak about the new Tear Garden album “The Brown Acid Caveat”. They started in 1986, a time when vinyl distribution and print magazines were key to getting your band name out. 30 years later, Ka-Spel and Cevin Key are at it again with their 10th release and its a different world now. For this session, Edward was in London and our writer in Zürich.
Swedish duo Daily Planet makes soft, melodic, very analogue synthpop and their 1996 debut “The Tide” is one of the strongest Swedish synthpop albums ever. After a 18 year hiatus they returned with the follow up “Two” a few years ago. And now they’ve just released album number three, which gets raving reviews including a nine in Release. We decided to catch up with Jarmo Ollila and Johan Baeckstrom.
In contrast to the 2014 album, “Tales of Us”, the new Goldfrapp full length “Silver Eye” brings us back to the electronic pulse we’ve been presented before. This time a bit rawer but still 100 % Goldfrapp. Peter Marchione from Release had a few words with Will Gregory.
Release had the opportunity to interview Bauhaus founding member Kevin Haskins as he was finalising his archival book project. The coffee table book is titled “Bauhaus Undead” with subtitle “The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus” with the most complete set of memorabilia from the personal archives of Haskins, and some fan donations as well. [more...]
Covenant’s ninth studio album, “The Blinding Dark” is here. Fredrik Wik from Release met Eskil Simonsson and Joakim Montelius in their studio in Helsingborg, Sweden, a dark autumn evening in October 2016 for an interesting in-depth interview. The article contains exclusive photos, taken by Fredrik earlier 2016.
Do you know the connection between actor Hugh Grant and Depeche Mode? Do you know the reason 10 000 people with tickets turned up to a 3 000 capacity show with Depeche Mode in Sweden in 1984? If you know the answers, you are either a walking Depeche Mode encyclopedia. Or maybe you’ve just read Martin Sernestrand’s new book “Depeche Mode i Sverige 1982-2016″. Release writer Sebastian Hess has read the book and talked to the author. [more...]