Saturday 21 May 2016

Kabouter Chismus Release and Message

So after some years I can proudly announce that this blog generated its first reissue. Belgian cassette-label Sloowtapes has reissued the legendary Dutch acid-folk hippie singer songwriter project Kabouter Chismus (1970) on cassette. I posted it in 2014 on Archaic Conventions (my oddity blog which moved to the youtube channel), which also turned out to be the record surfacing in the best condition.

If you want to know more about the release or get a copy yourself go to the Sloowtapes blog. Strictly limited to 100 copies.

As for this blog: lately I have been quite busy. I just started some projects at the museum of modern art in Eindhoven and I try to graduate this summer. This means that posts might become more irregular for the time being. I will try the best I can though. This blog won't be over until I run out of material and even I don't know when that will happen yet.

Bence - AI

Monday 16 May 2016

Jacques van Erven - Tunes & Scenery (Hard To Whistle) -1984- (Cassette, Eksakt 010), Netherlands

Jacques van Erven is a Dutch Artist and multi-intrumentalist from the city Eindhoven. He had some releases on the great impro-jazz and new wave fusion label Eksakt from the city Tilburg of which there are some compilations on the blog. Van Erven was also featured on this Christmas compilation and was a member of this obscure project.

Tunes & Scenery (Hard To Whistle) was his earliest solo effort and shows a geat combination of different moods and styles. It brings together synth sounds, cheap casio's, Jew's Harp, guitars, all types of drum sounds, improvisation and wave influences spread over fifteen songs. It reminds me of music somewhere in-between acts like Ptôse, Achwghâ Ney Wodei and Woo mixed with some new wave reminiscent of André de Saint-Obin. Very weird, very good and unclassifiable due to its variety of styles. Nice home-made Rock in Opposition with analogue synthesizers recorded on a four-track. A perfect release for Eksakt and pretty unique stuff from Holland I'd say.

It's not always May!

Update May 2020: Link removed due to reissue on Futura Resistenza Label