Thanks to Amélie and Alice…
Curation & Translation by Morgan & Onito; Additional Translation by Jeff Diteman
Hands In The Dark est né fin 2010 lors d’une soirée arrosée! Ce qui aurait pu s’apparenter à une fulgurance doublée d’une histoire sans lendemain n’était en fait que le début d’une belle aventure musicale réunissant deux amis passionnés de musiques inclassables. Hands In The Dark rassemble des sonorités diverses et ayant pour dénominateur commun un côté expérimental allié à un versant pop. Rassemblé sous l’étiquette d’ «Expop music», le catalogue du label comptera bientôt 12 références… Cd’s, vinyles mais aussi cassettes. HITD, c’est aussi l’importance du côté « DIY ». Tout est de A à Z géré par nos soins, de la prise de contact avec les groupes que l’on aime à l’envoi des disques. Aucune entrave à notre liberté, aucune contrainte artistique… Tel est le vaste chantier de HITD.
Merci à Amélie et Alice.
Mixtape Stream & Download
Stream the entire mixtape here, or see the full post for descriptions in French and English, as well as a download of the entire mix.
1. Lee Noble – “Woman In The Dunes”
An unfaltering vibration, nourished by nocturnal visions where synths and guitars go hand in hand. Lee Noble makes us climb as high as a mountain top, hardly reachable.
2. Ensemble Economique – “Your Hands, Your Lips, Your EYES, Your Hips”
Seen as the mutant music-child of an illicit encounter between Kosmiche Musik and synthetic Minimalism, Ensemble Economique’s sound magnifies the volatility of those moments when rationale gives way to pure emotion on a new scale.
3. Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier – “Amish Amish Land”
The music of Felicia Atkinson, aka JSLPC, is made of experimental bits that must be taken as the crossing of unknown lands, sometimes hostile, sometimes enchanting and moving… Your imagination’s soundtrack.
4. Lumerians – “Track 1″
From Africa to Germany, from Brazil to NYC, these bulimic visionaries of disobedient music produce a hypnotic, incantatory, and smashed groove that botches your preconceptions, shatters the ground, and monstrously widens your skull.
5. Death And Vanilla – “Cul-De-Sac”
One of the most vivid and troubling crepuscular idyls of the year 2012… Sensual, minimal, and magnificent music!
6. Sacred Harp – “Brother Green”
Between virtuoso acoustics and mantras that are riddled with sitars and perpetual humming, Daniel Bachman aka Sacred Harp stands as a sound shaman who satisfies himself only with incantatory gestures.
7. Holy Strays – “Peaceful Rain”
Holy Strays is the adopted nom de plume of a young Paris-based producer, who delivers equally massive and intimate beats. His subtle soundscapes lead to communion, between trance and contemplation.
8. Cankun – “Your Fingers The Snakes”
Inveterate dreamer, Vincent Caylet imagines clever sound cocktails that perfectly match the ending of a burning summer. A kind of lost seaside paradise, where Hawaiian guitars drift on undulating musical waves.
9. Co La – “Love Nest”
Bits from hip-hop to ’60s girls bands, from classical to reggae music, from jazz to traditional chants — that are then cut out, stuck, mixed, and dissected to be reinvented. This clever mix creates absolutely new pieces of pop and completely avant-garde music. One of the most astonishing music creations of this time.
10. Johnny Hawaii – “Wave Goodbye”
Here comes the beginning of a dream made of reverberations, misty loopings and infinite waves. To be continued…
11. Cough Cool – “Plastic Jewelry”
Lo-fi, irradiated and unstructured shoegaze, coming straight out of a devastated Philadelphia!
12. Metacomet – “Warm Winds”
An exciting, open-ended experiment in melding the muted grandeur of “big skies” Americana with the meditative drone and melodic experimentation of psychedelic/experimental traditions. Difficult to name or define but the power of this music to bewitch you is huge.
13. Stag Hare – “To Coyoto To Hop”
The birds are announcing the contemplative communion that awaits the listener. Things are peacefully setting up, at their own pace, without any excitement or overplaying emphasis. Notes seem to entirely belong to time, running on at the pace of natural elements. Guitars respond to each other and complement each other. A voice punctually and quietly invades the space. Percussions indefinitely hammer a hypnotic rhythm that enhances the feeling of being in trance. Such is Stag Hare’s music – naturalist and introspective.
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