Time for a brew - & not just any old brew, but a steaming vat of the robust East Frisian Black that hints at Jan & Romke Kleefstra's deeply rooted, vernacular sound (& a couple of bags of which accompany the salty, tangy experiments of their new Sinneplakken on Time Released Sound, along with other treats like local soil & a Viking collage...).
"With its conceptual basis set in the history and atmosphere of the Frisian Islands, this music is steeped in those shorter days and longer nights of mysterious northern climes. The Frisian poetry that is being read on several tracks is blended with the electronics and sampled sounds of these flat, sub sea level islands, and the spirits of a long founded and somewhat obscured pagan past."
The release adds Christiaan Kuitwaard to these relentless collaborators' trio with Sytze Pruiksma (their Deislieper (Hibernate) was part of LMYE's Festive 50+50 of last year's key albums). Another trio, with Anne Chris Bakker, also has new-ish (& neglected, here at least) material out - the affecting, sombre Griis on our cherished Low Point.
"Frisian for grey, but also for something completely awful, dreadful and terrible. Griis is a slow moving, softly flowing, dark triptych. An ominous soundscape, created by bowed, finger picked, feedbacking, layered and squeaking guitars."
Among the streams from these two must-haves below hear also the implacable, intense build of KBK's unreleased Nacht en Dei (suspect even my limited Frisian can manage that...) - a downloadable soundtrack to images of Shinkan Tamaki's (excerpt below too).
Kleefstra|Pruiksma|Kuitwaard|Kleefstra - Wynfûgel
Kleefstra|Pruiksma|Kuitwaard|Kleefstra - Oanspielt
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