BRDCST: Extensive spotlight upon the intriguing label Blackest Ever Black
BRDCST is AB’s outstanding indoor spring festival spotlighting musical boundlessness. The name is a direct reference to the retro futuristic electronica-pop of English band Broadcast that released inspiring albums like ‘Haha Sound’ and ‘Noise Made By The People’ over the past decade. Artists who feel strongly about musical innovation form the focal point for BRDCST.
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
BRDCST has has been enamoured of the intriguing UK label Blackest Ever Black for years now, a name derived from the ’07 album with the same title by noise terrorist Russell Hasswell & Florian Hecker. BEB has now issued more than 100 releases by artists like Raime, F Ingers (with Carla dal Forno), Killing Sound, Prurient, Regis and AF Ursin. What's more, BEB is the brainchild of ex-FACT journalist Kiran Sande. FACT: ‘Blackest Ever Black take on the dark or ‘gothic’ veers more towards the romantic, hermetic and mysterious than the violent, transgressive or shocking – particularly the label’s often sumptuous artwork, which appears to draw more on the mystery of film noir or 60s paperbacks.’
CARLA DAL FORNO (uk)
BRDCST is only 3 springs old, but this is still the second visit to BRDCST by Australian Berlin-resident Carla dal Forno. It's Carla’s own fault! The burden of proof? #1: her excellent debut ‘You Know What’s It Like’ from ’16 with its attractive, lazy and hypnotic, melancholy song. #2: on her latest EP ‘The Garden’ there's a remake of the Einstürzende Neubauten track of the same name. Let's just say: a BRDCST favourite. #3: Carla dal Forno is a fan of Broadcast, the band after which the festival is named. Carla: you are convicted!
SILVIA KASTEL (LIVE AV SHOW) (it/de)
Italy's Silvia Kastel moves within the soundscape of no wave, industrial, dub, extreme electronics, free rock and improvisation. With her debut ‘Air Lows’, she is also the latest signing to the label that still resonates with musical echoes such as musique concrete, avant-garde synth sounds, Japanese minimalism and techno-pop.
AF URSIN (b)
Af Ursin is the alter-ego of Finnish (Belgian resident) autodidact/composer/improv-musician Timo van Luijk. His rich musical language flirts with drones, acid folk, classical, musique concrete, as well as jazz. In ’05, via his La Scie Dorée label, he released the album ‘Auro Legato’ that was re-released in ’16 by Blackest Ever Black and was described as ‘a modern classic’.
PESSIMIST (DJ) (uk)
The enduring influence of jungle on the English dance scene is still underestimated. Just take a look at the self-titled debut by young producer Kristian Jabs from Bristol. His distinctive view of drum ’n bass – minimal, ice cold and futuristic – results in a hybrid of ‘cutting edge techno-dnb, jungle, acid rave, downtempo breakbeat excursions and industrial ambience.’ Fine compliment: ‘It is hard to think of a producer that has so radically, and successfully, reinvented/deconstructed the jungle-techno relationship.’
This evening was, in part, made possible by Liveurope:
The first pan-European initiative supporting concert venues in their efforts to promote emerging European music.