Two new Scandinavian acts. Händer Som Vårdar from Stockholm follows up the Bakåtböjning cassette released on Järtecknet in 2011 with a similar claustrophobic piece. With slowly moving loops and barely breathing electronics, Henrik Söderström here works with subtle nuances and shiftings. No obvious climax in sight and no easy ways out. Johan of Megan from Copenhagen had the audience's jaws dropped at the Posh Isolation showcase at Utmarken early 2011 with one of the best shows of the year. Chaotic electronics with intense vocal delivery. Constantly trembling on the edge, all over the place and with everything around falling apart. 33rpm. Mastered by Viktor Ottosson. Artwork by Dan Johansson
The Bitters are Aerin Fogel and Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Governor). Formed in the east end of Toronto, The Bitters write and record their self-proclaimed Cave Pop from their studio, an artistic cooperative shared with Toronto\'s most creative musicians. Their debut 12\" EP, Wooden Glove, was released last spring on Captured Tracks and sold out shortly after, having been instantly well-received among tough critics and keen listeners alike. The band is a result of Cook and Fogel\'s prolific efforts and their ability to construct songs ranging from 50\'s melodies atop dark post-punk instrumentals, to 90\'s throwback alternative and grunge, which stems from their unique dynamic as friends and partners. Their collaborative work appears live with the help of drummer Jonah Falco (Fucked Up) and a rotation of starry guest bassists.
The debut fullenght from San Franciscos The Holy Kiss! Dark and heavily blues tinted rock 'n' roll somewhere between the early Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds stuff and Sixteen Horsepower, coming from the same scene as bands like Get Hustle, Bellmer Dolls, Lion Fever and The Phantom Limbs. 11 songs, including their take on Erik Saties beautiful composition Gnossienes: III Lent.