Oh right, I’m supposed to write stuff here, sorry ’bout that, been a bit lazy lately.
I had a conversation recently with a friend about band names, and we got on to the topic of the frequent usage by bands of “exotic” letters, like, Ö, Æ, and Ø. A lot of bands use them liberally, and often use them to replace letter like, A , E, O, making their names quite fun to say using the correct pronunciation. All of these “exotic” letter come from the Scandinavian alphabet, however, a specific letter has been left in the dark and there is almost no bands that use this letter in their name; Å.
I like the letter “å”, it’s very aesthetically beautiful, the sharp geometric lines of the “A” with the perfect halo crowning it. Very nice! It also has many different meanings to it, just the letter alone. It can be an exasperation of ultimate pleasure, or of defeat and hopelessness. Beautiful and meaningful, why haven’t more bands used it?
Well, I know of a label, and also a band, both called Åderlåtning, which is Swedish for bloodletting. The label is Swedish and focusing on obscure, small editions of experimental tape music, and they are great! I recommend you give them a gander here! The band is a dark ambient/industrial act which I haven’t listened to any extended period, but they were pretty alright I seem to recall.
A while back I came across a video on YouTube of a live recording of a one man project called simply Å. It was pretty standard HN stuff with a good sound to them. But I didn’t find much information on them and I have since lost the video and trying to find it again seems pretty futile… Also I think they were from Italy. Flash forward to last week and the Lithuanian label Terror got a 7″ split in their distro, and what do you know, one of the two artists featured on the vinyl was named, simply, Å. Needless to say, I immediately ordered a copy!
I did some research(checked Discogs) and found that this Å is a HNW from France, and has been quite productive on a couple of labels. The most frequent being the French AnarchoFreaksProduction. This split I got was released by AnarchoFreaksProduction and Underground Pollution Records, and also features Ecoute la Merde, another quite prolific HN artist.
Both tracks are straight up harsh noise walls with little variation, Ecoute la Merde being the most sonicly diverse. This is not very nice music, but boy is it powerful! It feels quite weird trying to describe and compare HNW records, since they all, for the most part, are so similar to their sound, but if you know what harsh noise wall is you already know what you are getting into. All in all, solid HNW by good artist, and if anyone has a spare copy of any Å albums out there, I’d be happy to take care of them!