Dortmund-based experimental guitarist Hellmut Neidhardt and Basque sound artist Txesus Garate aka Tzesne have joined forces to give us more than forty solid minutes of drone. It hearkens back to Windy & Carl on Antarctica or Depths where it sounds like you’re descending down in to a deep, lightless crater that just opened up in the middle of Siberia. You start to hear some cries of anguish and gnashing of teeth as you go deeper and deeper, but you know that’s just par for the course. About halfway through your descent in to these perilous pits, you decide it’s probably in your best interest to start backing up to the sweet, rough, bitter cold surface of Siberia – it’s a bold move, but you’re willing to take the risk.

When you get back to the surface, you realize Siberia’s really not that sweet and it’s a bit… icky. You look out in to the distance and you see black specks among the walls of snow and you’re reminded of cookies and cream ice cream – all of a sudden, everything bad that surrounds you melts away. You wonder why you wanted to go down in the crater again, and you start walking towards the nearest ice cream shop. Perhaps Vladimir Putin will greet you upon arrival and serve you some scoops and tell you about his days in the KGB. One can dream. Check out The Belt via the Spotify stream below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

N is the moniker of Dortmund-based German experimental guitarist Hellmut Neidhardt. June marks the release of two new records, including a second collaboration with Tzesne (ES). After a first very fruitful collaboration with Basque sound artist Txesus Garate alias TZESNE for the album CARRISSALS, released in 2011 by Denovali Records, the artistic vital necessity to exchange and work together carried on. In contradistinction to their collaborational debut Carrissals, where warm and dark qualities of drone interweaved – blended with Tzesne’s distinctive field recordings – they left the bright nature of that imaginary sundried place in Spain behind to take a leap into the harsh environment of the post-industrial landscape, being the inspiration of their upcoming release named THE BELT. Both artists share the interest of reflecting the conditions of a chosen location. Usually a an existing place gives inspiration for N’s sound research as distinguished from Tzesne, who collects field recordings from a wider area and manipulates them in the phase of post-production to a rather diffuse imprint. Way more heavy and dark is the impression, which THE BELT causes, right after giving a listen to its first minutes. The smell of bygone plants is synaesthetically floating within the soundscape, though trails to the dawn of a new era are roughly outlined. The four-track album features the tracks “Weaving A Wall”, “Beton”, “Bold Backwards” and “IkKky”. Limited to 100 LPs.

Accompanying the collaborational release with Tzesne, N recorded a one track solo record named N(31) “OIE KIRR“. Following the approach of his previously solo album GOOR, N has captured again his current live set. N(31) “OIE KIRR“ is a 45 minute track, only interrupted by the need to flip the record. Almost detached from its tonal origin created with guitar and amp, a deeply dark rumble initiates the track, followed by slowly accumulating captivating sounds, drifting into one another to finally gush forth to sea-like melodic drones. While the track wanders ethereal through different kinds of state, it more and more draws the listener in. After around half of the track the dense grim atmosphere clears up, offering an invitation to take a rest in the sun spread doldrums… before the storm breaks loose... The uninhabited islands of (Barther)-Oie and (Great)-Kirr are the record’s eponyms. Only rising one meter above sea level, they belong to the nature reserve, located in the lagoon of Barther Bodden on the Baltic Sea coast of northeast Germany. The islands are covered by salt marshes and dissected by creeks and are well known for their species-rich nature. N(31) “OIE KIRR“ is strictly limited to 100 LPs, including a download code presenting the track as one piece.

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