Alright! Enough procrastination and let’s check out the two new releases from our latest favorit dark wave/synth, or whatever, artist, VLIMMER!
Oh gosh… Where am I, who am I, what year is this? If the start of this year is any indication of what is to come next, I’d better brace myself for the worst…
For any of you lovely, beautiful readers out there were wondering if I had given up and desperately waiting to hear my choices for the best X albums of 2015, I am sorry. At the new year shift I focused on my personal life and other more pressing stuff, and just the week I was getting ready to write the first new review I came down with some weird flu or fever or something, and not the fun kind of fever. A whole week of feeling like my head was going to implode on itself and barely being able to think straight meant I had to lay in bed all day.
But this isn’t a blog for my personal physical and/or mental health(but if you can assess what you can of it from these reviews, knock yourselves out), but for me to hammer on the keyboard for a while to make me feel a bit more important. And today’s review will be a commissioned thing about the nice darkwave, shoegaze, German band Vlimmer!
You know that feeling when browsing Discogs for some new music to stave of the dreariness of reality for a while, and you stumble upon something that just hits all your buttons and fancies, even some you didn’t even know you had? Some new piece of music and art that just makes you feel excited, and fills your mind and heart with some emotion, joy I think it is called, even the thought that something like this could even exist fills you with mirth.
The Compass Rose and Ekhein does this to me.
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!