SMK103 – Damselfy – Tasting the Battleground

More ambient electro glory from Albion courtesy of Damselfly, astride and hanging most righteously over the South Downs, sucking up their essence (and Genesis P Orridge’s footprints from 20 Jazz Funk Greats) and blowing them over the channel for us to enjoy. We get snatches of ritual ancient and modern in this release, brooding Get Carterisms and sharp, dry Goth-style route marches through sound dovetailing with gossamer snatches that could have been played at Thomas Hardy’s wedding. Yet more proof that there are many, many more inner visions of England than people are aware of; from the blue murderous (the one rammed down everyone’s throats) to the transformative, as heard here.

SMK102 – Charlie and the Lesbians – Lost Boy EP

It’s time for more pink on your turntable. It’s time for Charlie and the Lesbians!

Last Saturday the album was released as a combination release between Smikkelbaard and Monomentum Collective. The lovely bunch from Eindhoven kicked ass in the new basement of Sociale Dienst. With support from Moar and Those Foreign Kids.

SMK101 – Mo Bedick – KFC Jones EP

Fresh sounds conjured up from the Leiduh/O-Town interface, a weird no mans land of parks, bad snack bars and old mental institutions. Titles like ‘Gas Station Cigs Girl’ may conjure up awful Arctic Monkeys flashbacks (you know, lots of kitchen sink lyrics, choppy workmanlike guitars and lumpen key changes). Luckily we get colourful bugged out soundscapes that float around with the aid of the odd guitar lick that comes straight out of the Robin Guthrie “here are the guitar bits that were too floaty for Victorialand” scrapbook. This is lush slacker pop, not too far away from Yuko Yuko at their most horizontal but with sonic about turns that remind this old sod of Prefab Sprout or Aztec at their most radio friendly. There’s no post-modern existential angst here though, the last time I saw this lot live the drummer couldn’t sit on his stool properly due to the amount of ‘erb he’d ingested. “It’s international weed day tomorrow”was the excuse. Practice makes perfect.

SMK100 | Suzanne Peeters – Orchestral Suites

The soothing sounds of Suzanne Peeters early Piano and Clarinet works reminds the listeners of both Valentin Silvestrov’s Bagatelles for Piano (2005) and Arthur Russell’s 1975 Instrumentals. Leaving room for musicians to adapt to the seemingly easy structures, Peeters gives rise to an aesthetic that incorporates pop and jazz characteristics. Though the pieces all have their distinct sonic periphery, Peeters’ auditory autograph is obviously present in all five pieces: her focus on simple harmonic structures, musical coloring and slow rhythmic changes signify the charming world of this Belgian composer.

Originally meant for a small movie production called ‘Chema’, Peeters’ music tries to capture the cinematic portrayal of Álvaro de Campos. Focussing on strict structures and small – but nevertheless meaningful – changes in time and color, Peeters’ beautifully sketches the personality of a man not-knowing.

This small release has been directed by Maria Afonso, with the generous support of De Bescheidenheid. We would like to thank Smikkelbaard for giving us a platform to present Peeters’ work and of course we would like to show our appreciation to Bert Geelink for keeping us on the right track. The scores of this piece are kept at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag.

Joop Maas – Grand Piano
Cooper Wilde – Eb Clarinet
Frederique Masquet – Mallets
Meredith Black – Percussion
Mortengo String Quartet

Recorded on the 10th of May, 2017 at Studio Haring met Ui, Katwijk.

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