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We had already a great anniversary year in our 10th season. And the year is not over yet!


Aaron Martin & Erik K Skodvin,
Bar Mirwaar, Burgstraat Gent
24/1/2019

Aaron & Erik have been fans of each other’s work for many years. From Erik's work as Svarte Greiner, and with the groups Deaf Center and B/B/S, to Aaron's work with Volcano The Bear, Gospel Of Mars and his duo with Alan Courtis. They have created a large and eclectic body of work between them. Their duo album 'Instead of Rain I Bring a Hat' (Hands in the Dark 2018) sounds unique amongst their output. It brings together vast amounts of instruments and techniques to form a surreal and melancholic piece of work. The record was conceived after over 6 years of back and forth, mailing sound clips and compositions while they were working on compiling the massive Volcano The Bear’s 20 year anniversary box set “Commencing” that came out on Erik´s Miasmah label in 2015.

In a live setting they improvise around numerous known and unknown sound sources. Aaron plays percussion, tapes, trumpet and voice and occasionally uses strange instruments to interact with the audience. Erik plays with sound collages, drones, electronics and feedback. For their 2019´s winter tour they have also produced a limited edition cassette release entitled "Hovering Mink", which is a collage of improvisations recorded in Berlin 2016, made into it´s own multi-section piece.


New names confirmed for a live session: Poltrock (BE) and Jeroen Diepenmaat (NL)

Poltrock

Producer and established Belgian keyboard sidekick David POLTROCK spent half a decade experimenting with the impressive range of vintage keyboards and synths in his Brussels’ studio. Growing up listening more to indie rock rather than electronic music, he evolved towards a more organic, humanized sounds by combining these with the mesmerizing textures of a ‘prepared piano’.

Late 2017 however, still seeking the essence, Poltrock bumps into his trusty childhood piano: an old and stubborn Steinway upright.  Enchanted by the muted sound created by placing felt in between the hammers and the strings, he spent only three nocturnal sessions improvising on what was to become the ‘Mutes’- series: short and intimate sketches, cutting right to the core.

This five-year-odyssey culminates with the 2018 release of the trilogy ‘Mutes, Moods & Machines’ by Dutch boutique label Excelsior Recordings. Three full albums, released with a pianesque 88-day interval, all highlighting a different approach to the 88 piano keys.  Three distinctly versatile albums displaying a genuine affection for keyboard instruments of character – and the prepared piano more specifically.  All compositions share melodic and harmonic purity: beauty in all its simplicity.

 

 

 

 

 




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Our Live Sessions

Icarus Live Session #55: Ōgon Batto
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Ōgon Batto is Bent Von Bent from Antwerp, Belgium. Besides working as a visual artist around archiving systems and collections, he is also the co-runner of the Hare Akedod label, together with David Edren aka DSR Lines. Following his debut release, Ōgon Batto secretly started working on a second album Hedoro, meaning “slime” or “chemical ooze”.
Bent is immensly fascinated by Japanese traditional and contemporary culture ever since he first visited the country. Mixing his European background with these Japanese influences, he shifts easily between abstract electronic tracks and pieces with a more classical Japanese tool kit. Think Oneohtrix Point Never or Mica Levi composing a soundtrack to a fantasy game.

With an amazing sense for detail Hedoro's musical story - entirely composed with synthesizers - is reduced to a collection of situations and drama, with space for suggestion and imagination. Every track, how short it may be, is essential to the whole, maximizing the general dramatic effect. The album was mixed in Sapporo, Japan with the typical sounds of cicadas on the background.

 

Icarus Live Session #51: Dominique Lawalrée
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Dominique Lawalrée, probably one of the most unknown contemporary composers in Belgium. For this live session, Icarus works together with IPEM institute. They measured, for scientific purposes, the movement of his finger while playing with sensors on his body, something they did before for the Canvas show 'Thomas Speelt Het Hard'.
Lawalrée (°1954) released more than 20 cd's (on his own Editions Walrus) and composed more than 400 pieces. He wrote a big book about the music of The Beatles and even reveiled a recording mistake in the Sgt Pepper album.
Last year, the first archival release of his work was brought to us by CatchWaveltd, called 'First Meeting'. 

 

 

 

 

10 Years Icarus Radio

Interview with Enola Magazine: Read
Interview with Tumult: Listen

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Our radioshow celebrated its 10th birthday this year and wel celebrated this 08/03/18 at NTGent in coop. with Democrazy!
We were so happy with our line-up: Andrea Belfi, Greg Fox and Dictaphone!

Review by ENOLA


Andrea Belfi (IT)

Italian-born Andrea Belfi is a drummer, composer and experimental musician. Artfully blending the acoustic with the electronic, his performances are equal parts energetic and hypnotic, featuring long-arching soundscapes that are rich and immersive. A live performer at heart, Belfi’s music comes to life on stage where he’s built a reputation for electrifying drum solos and off the cuff improvisations.

Having performed at the likes of Centre Pompidou (Paris), Unsound Festival (Krakow), Cafè Oto (London), Issue Project Room (New York), GAS festival (Göteborg) and Artplay (Moscow), Belfi’s become known for his charismatic and engaging performances. His extensive experience includes both solo and group tours across Europe, notably touring with Nils Frahm’s band nonkeen in 2016. His latest and critically acclaimed studio album called Ore came out in 2017. He made us a mixtape, listen to it here.



Greg Fox (USA)

Greg Fox is a multi-instrumentalist, interdisciplinary artist, and teacher born and based in New York City. He has toured, recorded and released numerous records with Liturgy, Guardian Alien, ZS, Ex Eye, Skeletons, Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, Colin Stetson and Ben Frost. Fox’s solo work is concerned with finding and creating gestural points of procedural interaction that reconcile seemingly unrelated interstitial spaces, using sound to create and describe emotional and geometric architectural territories. Using the drums as a main interface of communication, in tandem with Sensory Percussion, Fox describes, animates and accesses hidden synesthetic landscapes.

The Gradual Progression  (2017), his most recent album, is a transformative collection of new music by Greg Fox. The seven pieces of The Gradual Progression activate spiritual states through physical means, Fox’s rigorous inner rhythms the mandalic vessel for unbound expression and arrangement. On the album, Fox uses tonal palettes, or virtual instruments invented for each piece, in an intuitive and expressive way through Sensory Percussion’s hardware/software system that overlays sensors onto acoustic drums.

"Fox’s interlocking meters and melodies shape a pinwheel sort of gamelan, spinning forever into new moments of wonder... A true musical polyglot.” Grayson Haver Currin, Pitchfork

“One of the most exciting drummers I’ve seen recently in any kind of music.” Ben Ratliff, NY Times

 

Dictaphone (D)

Dictaphone, already formed in the late nineties in Berlin is back with a new album after five years of silence.
The new album ARP 70 features the three Dictaphone core members Oliver Doerell (electronics, bass, guitar), Roger Döring(saxophone, clarinet) and Alex Stolze (violins) and has been composed and produced over the course of three years. It feels as if each of the uncountable layers of which the intricate arrangements are made has just the right amount of contrast to be visible, but there are only very few moments where one of the elements noticeably dominates the others. The cool jazz bits, analogue flourishes, hypnotic rhythms and refined electronics feed a dark serpent-like creature meandering in ever-changing morphologies through shapeless landscapes. "APR 70" is the perfect cocoon for the hazy days and the serene nights. A new
incarnation, maybe even definition, of purity.

 




Best Of 2017 - Listen

in no particular order:

Andrea Belfi-Ore
Claudio PRC-Volumi Dinamici
9T Antiope-Isthmus
Felicia Atkinson-Hand In Hand
Henning Schmiedt & Christoph Berg-Bei
Sarah Angliss-Ealing Feeder
Daniel O’ Sullivan-Veld
Dominique Lawalrée-First Meeting
BJ Nilsen-Massif Trophies
Bicep-Bicep
Carlos Casas-Pyramid Of Skulls
The Elks-Bat English
Cybe-Tropisch Verlangen
Carla Dal Forno-The Garden
The Bug Vs Earth- Concrete Desert
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement-Ambient Black Magic
Bambooman-Whispers
Off World-2
Jean DL/ Karen Willems-Lyra
Various-The Folklore Of Plants
Fossil Aerosol Mining Project-The Unlistening Place
Beatrice Dillon & Call Super- Fluo/Inkjet
Joe Mc Phee/ Bryan Eubanks-My Undocumented Alien Clarinet
Pauline Anna Strom-Trans-Millenia Music
Sarah Davachi-All My Circles Run
Alessandro Cortini-Avanti
Various-Antologia De Musica Atipica Portuguesa
Jasmine Guffond-Traced

Call for demos

We are looking for experimental/electronica artists who want to release their album on vinyl. Do you think your music would be suitable for our label? Please send us a copy to Bromeliastraat 13, 9040 Gent, Belgium or send it digitally to jeroen(at)icarus(dot)fm.

Icarus Live Sessions

Icarus Live Session #50: Karen Willems & Jean DL
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Karen Willems has become an integral part of the Belgian avant-garde, improv and rock scene – in which she enters into collaborations with artists like Zita Swoon Group, Jan Swerts, Novastar, Pascal Deweze, Mauro, Aidan Baker and Dirk Serries. She's also successfull with her own band, Inwolves, and is collaborating with Ultima Vez on a dance performance.


Jean DL works solo, but is also known for his collaborations with the likes of Mauro Pawlowski & Teun Verbruggen and Jozef Van Wissem Besides his music he's also known for his video work. Together they released one of the best albums of 2017, Lyra, and here in our session they played three long improvised pieces, which became one of our best sessions ever.

A new release of Inwolves is planned early 2018.


Icarus Live Session #49: Ben Bertrand
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On 17/12,Ben Bertrand played a live session in our Urgent studio.

Ben Bertrand is a Brussels-based bass clarinetist who evolved in the Belgian contemporary/classical scene. He imagined a device that enables him to transform thenatural sound of his instrument into electronic ones, allowing him to create loops and orchestrations for solo performance. For his first EP, Era/Area (Off Records, February
2017), he arranged a collection of themes drawn from a wide range of places and ages– from a pygmy song to an ancient crusaders' melody dedicated to the lost Jerusalem passing by a Gavin Bryars's piece – merging them into a subtle, fascinating and hypnotic musical object.

 

 

Icarus Live Session #48: Sylvain Chauveau
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Sylvain Chauveau played on 15/10/2017 our #48th Live Session.
He has made solo records on labels such as FatCat, Type, Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier, and Brocoli: very minimal compositions for acoustic instruments, electronics and vocals. His music has been played in John Peel’s show on the BBC and reviewed in The Wire, Pitchfork, Mojo, Les Inrocks, Libération, The Washington Post and many others. He co-runs with Florent Garnier the label I Will Play This Song Once Again Records where musicians have to re-record their songs for each buyer: www.iwillplaythissongonceagainrecords.co.
He has composed a piece titled You Will Leave No Mark on the Winter Snow whose duration is seven years, with extremely long silences inside. One can listen to the streaming here: www.7yearsofsilence.com.

Sylvain Chauveau is also a founding member of the ensemble 0 (with Joël Merah and Stéphane Garin). He was born in 1971 in Bayonne (France) and lives in Brussels, Belgium.


Mixtapes

 

We are very happy to receive an excellent, wicked mixtape by Daniel O' Sullivan. Listen here!

Whether solo or in his varied collaborative projects, O’Sullivan’s work is remarkable in the way it infuses familiar everyday experience with traces of the uncanny, the secret and the magickal. VELD, his latest album, distils these tangled realities into a wonderfully rich and complex record — one of O’Sullivan’s most immediate and moving pop albums to date, yet one that's strikingly dense and allusive, alive with enticing sonic diversions, hypnotic mantras and eerie biomechanical rhythms.
Daniel O Sullivan is an English multi-instrumentalist and composer fromManchester, best known for playing in experimental art-rock bands Grumbling Fur, Guapo, Miasma & the Carousel of Headless Horses, Ulver, Sunn O))), Æthenor, Laniakea, Miracle and Mothlite. He also released solo work under his own name, his latest album was Veld, an album with luminous pop incantations, electroacoustic music and shimmering drones.


 

After several mixtapes with Gareth Davis, Inne Eysermans, Anus Nocturnum, Christine Ott... we proudly present you an exclusive mixtape by 9T Antiope. Listen here!

9T Antiope is an experimental duo (musicians Nima Aghiani and Sara Bigdeli Shamloo)band from Iran, based in Paris. The band formed in 2014 alongside the "Migrain Sq.” trio band, which also includes "Pouya Pour-Amin” and has existed since 2002.
Working since 2014 with this band, they released several albums including Syzygys and Isthmus (2017).
The main focus of the band is on experimental music, using layers of acoustic instruments, electronics and combining them with vocals and lyrics, in order to narrate tiny bits or huge landscapes of the chaotic worlds they vision, along with their inhabitants.


Release i007: Otto Lindholm (BE)

Official release date: 27/05/16.
Limited release, edition of 220-black vinyl only.

Mastered by Fred Alstadt
Artwork by Jeroen De Wandel for Bless You
Screen Print by Marijke Loozen

Double bass player and electronic producer Otto Lindholm comes to light with his project and debut LP simply called ‘Otto Lindholm’, set for release on Icarus Records | Vynilla Vinyl in May 2016.
In the mood of bands and projects as Mohammad (PAN) or James Ginzburg & Yair Elazar Glotman’ Nimbes for Subtext, Otto Lindholm debut LP proposes an intense and noir three track LP, comprised by stand-alone experiments coming from a unique producing process elaborated by the artist where each track was played and recorded in one shot. The double bass dialogues in the dark with blinking analogue machines creating beatless but dynamic music, fully habited by plate-shifting bass drones.
The debut-album by Otto Lindholm is released on a limited vinyl edition by Vynilla Vinyl/Icarus Records, mastered by Frederic Alstadt. Photographer Jeroen De Wandel designed the record sleeve, resulting in a beautiful silkscreen by Marijke Loozen.


« At once dangerous and stunningly beautiful » (FACT magazine)
« An absolutly incredible piece of music » (Mary Anne Hobbs / BBC)
« An incredible odyssey. A great year for classical deconstruction/detonation/disintegration with records by Roly Porter, Paul Jebanasam and Otto Lindholm » (The Bug)
« Stunning » (Rob Booth / Electronic Explorations)
« WOW » (Throwing Snow)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Icarus Radio

Our radioshow grows with an hour. We will broadcast one extra hour on Urgent.fm, so now you can listen every Sunday from 21 till 23h via streaming or near Ghent at 105.4 FM!
This season we will have some guest musicians who 'll make us mixtapes every two months. Coming up in the next few months: Kevin Verwijmeren.

We celebrated our 300th episode with a mix of our favourite tracks.

Icarus #300: 22-11-15 by Icarus Records on Mixcloud




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Icarus Album Of The Month.

This month's album is the album Velcro Bird by Leverton Fox.

The new album features the three Dictaphone core members Oliver Doerell (electronics, bass, guitar), Roger Döring (saxophone, clarinet) and Alex Stolze (violins) and has been composed and produced over the course of three years. While the vibraphone and the more easily distinguishable guitar among other things gave a certain presence to the tracks on the previous album "Poems from a rooftop", "APR 70" leaves the listener with a much more muffled impression. It feels as if each of the uncountable layers of which the intricate arrangements are made has just the right amount of contrast to be visible, but there are only very few moments where one of the elements noticeably dominates the others. The cool jazz bits, analogue flourishes, hypnotic rhythms and refined electronics feed a dark serpent-like creature meandering in ever-changing morphologies through shapeless landscapes. "APR 70" is the perfect cocoon for the hazy days and the serene nights. A new incarnation, maybe even definition, of purity.

Dictaphone never make music for the sake of it, they always want to create something which was missing before. And they did.

Read.

 

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Video Of The Week.

Boiler room with Yves De Mey

 

 

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