Molly Nilsson

Although Molly Nilsson previously collaborated with John Maus and also has a large discography under her belt, I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing her music before today. The above song caught my attention for its macabre/romantic lyrics and minimal melody, and the other tracks I’ve listened to off of various releases are equally as wonderful. I can’t find much information about her, but some articles claim she was born in Sweden and currently lives in Berlin. I’m loving her powerful voice matched with her simple synth anthems. Her ‘These Things Take Time’ release is available on Spotify, and you can listen to/buy her other releases via her official website.

Cult Club

Sounds like there’s an amazing new project forming in Berlin…Laslo Antal of Sixth June and Sally Dige Jørgensen have teamed up to form Cult Club, a minimal synth project that sounds really promising from the two tracks I’ve heard so far. ‘All The People’ has a relaxed, almost ethereal vibe while ‘Why Do You Go?’ picks up the pace by being amazingly catchy and danceable. I can’t find any information about ordering or downloading their music, but they do have a Soundcloud and an official site that is being updated. If you like Sixth June or Sally Dige I highly recommend checking out Cult Club – it’s a great melding of their distinctive sounds.

La Fete Triste and the aufnahme + wiedergabe label

 It being my first post, I thought it would be fitting to dedicate the entry to the band who inspired this blog’s name. La Fete Triste is a coldwave/post-punk band from Berlin, and my first listen to them was their energetic cover of ‘Kühle Lippen’ by Die Selektion. ‘Lèvres Froides’ caught my interest immediately – the song is filled with otherworldly, upbeat synth sounds that made me visualize secret caves filled with glittering stalagmites (I don’t know – I get weird mental images when listening to some songs). The vocals are cooly languid and dreamlike, which really adds to an already interesting series of instrumental twists and turns.

The label to which La Fete Triste are signed, aufnahme + wiedergabe, is definitely worth checking out if you are interested in coldwave and experimental synth music. Some other notable artists I’ve checked out and loved have been In Death It Ends, Lebanon Hanover, Frank (Just Frank), Xiu, and many more. I hope to cover the above bands in more detail as I continue blogging, but by all means go check out what aufnahme + wiedergabe have in their catalogue now and let me know what you think!

Also while writing this post I noticed La Fete Triste has a split release coming out with NYC’s The Harrow on May 14th – check out the tracks here before they’re released: Giant/Axis. I’m excited! The Harrow is another great band to check out and one of the members, Frankie Teardrop, is the man behind the awesome Systems of Romance blog I’ll probably talk about from time to time. His blog is an awesome way to get introduced to out of print coldwave/synth/post-punk/italo disco gems, and I had the pleasure of attending a Wierd Party in October 2012 that he was DJing. It was my first trip to New York, and my first club night hearing all of this music I deeply loved get played loudly amongst strangers who were also loving it. I shyly approached the DJ (who, it turns out, was Frankie himself) and asked if he would by any chance be posting his setlist online later, as there were a lot of songs I hadn’t heard before and really enjoyed. He kindly told me all setlists are posted on the Wierd Party website, and there it later appeared. Thanks for the music, sir!

Like the music? Buy La Fete Triste music directly from the aufnahme + wiedergabe catalogue Bandcamp page here.