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Phantoms vs Fire
My Mind As Your Amusement Park

Phantoms Vs. Fire - who will win? Well, it looks like we’ll have to wait a while to find out. Project mastermind Thiago Desant intends My Mind As Your Amusement Park to be the first record in an eight-part series. If all of the subsequent LPs are as intense as this one then we’re in for an epic journey - My Mind As Your Amusement Park is a set of degraded, often rather haunted sound design that draws on The Caretaker, bvdub, Jean-Michel Jarre and Olafur Arnalds.

Vlimmer
XIII

Those of you who’ve been keeping up with Alexander Leonard Donat’s output as Vlimmer these past few years will know what to expect from new EP XIII. Donat has carved out a niche as one of modern coldwave’s most prolific and impressive artists, and these five tunes do nothing to upset that particular apple cart. Much of this EP kicks and screams, but cuts like ‘Kontakt’ are slow and insidious in that Alice Glass kind of way.
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Vlimmer
XIIII

Under the title of Vlimmer the one born Alexander Leonard Donat has released EPs at an impressive clip these past few years. Vlimmer’s debut release I only came out in 2015, but as you can see Donat’s already hit XIIII (and a few more un-numbered titles) before the decade is out. Keeping busy clearly suits Donat - by now he’s got his brand of theatrical coldwave down to a fine art. Fans of Gestalt, Absolute Body Control and the rest should scooch on over to this record.
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Feverdreamt
Melantant

German imprint Blackjack Illuminist Records (No Age, Leonard Las Vegas) drop the sophomore LP from Alexander Leonard Donat’s Feverdreamt project. Melantant is a record of portentous, Gothic art-pop that features programmed drum beats going to war with claustrophobic synths and Donat’s quavering wail. There’s clearly a lot of Scott Walker in Feverdreamt’s DNA.
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Phantoms vs Fire
WLDLFE

Phantoms vs Fire takes as his core theme here the destructive relationship that humanity has with our natural environment… with beats! WLDLFE is a lush but dark listen, with synths that have a beautiful but melancholy shine to them and evocative melodies. WLDLFE is released by Blackjack Illuminist Records.

XTR HUMAN
Reflections EP

XTR HUMAN are a German post-punk outfit who took the smart step of backing off from the relentless churn of touring for a little while, all the better to craft new material. And now here they are, back with a fantastic new EP that incorporates shoegaze and positivity into the band’s sound. CD EP, released by Blackjack Illuminist.

Vlimmer
X

The 10th EP in an 18 EP series started by Vlimmer way back in late 2015. Not sure why he decided to do this, but now he's reached X which vitally shares it's name with an Ed Sheeran album. Dark post-punk that really shows off the growth made by the musician in the last few years. On Blackjack Illuminist Records.
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Thanatoloop
Resilencia

Chile’s Thanatoloop (Michel Leroy Valdés) has over forty albums behind him and they keep on coming. The title of this one Resilencia: resistencia y muerte en los dias del capitalismo voraz (Resistance and death in the age of capitalism) gives you a pretty good idea of its subject matter. Themes of frustration and resistance are handled by tracks such as ‘San Sename’, which sounds like intense industrial/coldwave vibes produced - for once - in a gritty modern way that doesn’t attempt to recreate 1980s textures. Later, hope and care are given time to prevail, such as in ‘Expresiones’.
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  • Blackjack Illuminist Records

Car Crash Sisters
Sundance Sea

Car Crash Sisters are a four-piece band from Aguascalientes, Mexico. Their sound finds a sweet spot between ‘90s-style guitar noise, shoegaze and dream pop. Their debut album, The Sundance Sea, named after an ancient, receded sea, is testament to their ability to balance their sound perfectly. CD on Blackjack Illuminist Records.

Vlimmer
Randow (Original Soundtrack)

Randow is a regular podcast show about a village that sits next to a space-time hole where a city used to be. Basically, LOST in a forest. On soundtrack duty is prolific darkwave/postpunk songwriter Vlimmer, this time reining in the songcraft to make some droney dark ambient atmospheres to accompany an eerie and unsettling story.
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Leonard Donat
Deer Traps

Alexander Leonard Donat hasn’t got enough projects to be getting on with it seems. With his various monikers covering kraut drone (Vlimmer), indie shoegaze (Leonard Las Vegas) power-pop-fuzz (Infravoid) and more Deer Traps is a minimal ambient affair that swells and shifts between empty cityscapes and woodland, with vinyl crackling and ghost-like presence of Leyland Kirby. CDr on his Blackjack Illuminist label.
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  • Blackjack Illuminist Records

Fir Cone Children
No Gravity Girls

Fir Cone Children are the kind of band whose attention span is so short that they whip through 13 songs in just 28 minutes. They play catchy punked up twee-pop that is full of exuberant optimism with the sort of melodies that should really be written by grown ups. File alongside the Lovely Eggs as the sort of kidults it's ok to take to meet the kids.  

Vlimmer
IIIII

Berlin’s Vlimmer still intends to complete a hefty series of 18 EPs, making this fifth edition still comparatively early in the proceedings. I hope he adopts a clearer numbering technique soon though, as IIIII is already a little difficult to read… The sounds are brighter than usual, though still with lots of cinematic synth-moodiness. CD EP release on Blackjack Illuminist Records.

Fir Cone Children
Firconium

Contributing to the very worthy and absolutely made-up genre of shoecore (in layman's terms, that's doting shoegaze + a slight hint of grindcore), Fir Cone Children impressed with their sweet but sinister songs on The Age of Blastbeats. Now they return with a record called 'Firconium' hich doubles down on the lovely melodic stuff and absorbs the volume and intensity into the hooks. It'll be a treat for fans of lo-fi shit-stirrers like Joanna Gruesome and Johnny Foreigner.

Leonard Las Vegas
Jagmoor Cynewulf

This shoegaze-dream-pop record comes with the baggage of an 18-chapter book’s worth of philosophical musings (not packaged with the LP), so you know it ought to be interesting. Leonard Las Vegas has created the character of Jagmoor Cynewulf, through whom he channels catchy tunes with existential lyrics. CD / LP package on Blackjack Illuminist Records.
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Fir Cone Children
The Age of Blastbeatles

Fir Cone Children are all about writing and performing pop songs through the lens of fuzzed-out garage-goths: kind of as the corpse-paint pop idols on the cover would suggest. The Age Of Blastbeatles is a quick EP squeezed out between albums, with 7 tracks that speed along 2 minutes at a time. On Blackjack Illuminist Records.

Feverdreamt
Terban Te Ban

Feverdreamt is a brand new project, reportedly only starting to make music at the beginning of this year. In that time, Feverdreamt has moved from heavy-heat drones to fully developed songs: vocals and all. Terban Te Ban, the project’s debut, is released as a CD in a handmade sleeve, by Blackjack Illuminist Records.
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