A couple of months ago I went on a trip down to Malmö, and took some time to check out the local record stores as I always do when I visit another town. For this trip I ended up in the very great and eminent store, Rundgång! A small and quaint store with an awesome collection of old vintage records and new exciting stuff from the vibrant local music scene! As I made my way through their collections of electronica vinyls, exploitation DVDs, and art fanzines, I found a plastic bag with a cassette and a dark looking fanzine, with the very ominous name Krypta, Swedish for crypt. Needless to say, I had to have it! However, there was still a pressing thought in the back of my mind; the fact that the bag was stapled shut would mean I could not ever open it and listen to the cassette, without potentially damaging the package and ruining its worth as a collectible.
I guess this is one of the downsides of being a music collector, or collector of any kind. Do you dare to open the cover/package to enjoy the work, or do you keep in intact and let it collect dust on the shelf but preserving it in its whole? I would say that the most important is to take part of the work, rather than let it sit in its packaging and not enjoying the work as it should be, collectors value be damned. But it still feels bad to tear through the staples, or wax stamp, but it is all worth it to hear the music! And this is true for Krypta – Cavities!
The sun is setting, the snow is laying thick and white on the ground outside, a fresh pot of coffee is brewed. The only thing left is some mood music… The new Boduf Songs album; too clean. Blut Aus Nord; too energetic. 396 Mountains; now we’re getting somewhere. Ak’chamel; perfect!
Trepaneringsritualen, or shortened to T x R x P, is the main musical project from the mystical, legendary Swedish “goetic death-industrial” artist Thomas Martin Ekelund. He has gained a lot of medial attention over the last couple years, and with good reason! T x R x P spectacular and ritualistic live performances includes all the essentials of a dark disturbing noise/industrial act, lots of blood, religious symbolism, blasphemous chantings, and harsh abrasive soundscapes. Not only can he do impressive live shows, but he has a real knack for design and producing immaculate soundscapes, like his other(dead) project, Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words.
With the recent release of his latest full-lenght, Perfection & Permanence, the media fascination and spotlighting of this project has escalated to it being featured on Pitchfork, and named on a magazine list of what a “gothic” teenager should listen to. Has the original exclusivity and intent of a small and personal musical outlet been washed out with the ever increasing media attention? Has the integrity of the intimate ritual been lost, or has just the audience increased?
Filed under Dark Ambient, doom, Esoteric, Experimental, Industrial, Lo-FI, Neo-Folk, Rhythmic Noise, Ritualistic, Soundscape, Swedish, Synth-pop, Trepaneringsritualen