Quintessence 2008 – 2018by Various Artists
1 June 2018 · afmusic · X-XV0995
It's been 10 years since we started the label; a lot has changed, and a lot hasn't. Who would have thought that a small net label would have lasted this long?
Formed in 2008 as a digital label, we have successfully established the strategy to offer a large part of the repertoire as a net label under a free license. Now, we can look back at more than 150 releases which can still be found at archive.org/details/afmusic. Next to those, there have been more than 100 CD or Vinyl releases in the Dark Wave-, Gothic-, Post Punk- and Independent-Genre.
Within the last 10 years, nameable indie bands like THE SEARCH and EMERALD PARK, as well as the Gothic Rock / Dark Wave veterans GOLDEN APES and the up-and-coming Post-Punk ensemble PRINCIPE VALIENTE were promoted and established.
On 1st of June, to celebrate our 10-year anniversary, we will publish a free download compilation at Bandcamp containing 29 songs from bands who released CDs with us.
Principe Valiente (Second Edition)by Principe Valiente
25 May 2018 · Aenaos Records · X-XV0001
On 25th of May 2018 we will reissue Principe Valiente’s debut album that has defined the band’s own interpretation of Post Punk and Shoegaze to this day. The new edition comes in a special 6-panel-digipack with all original recordings and is available for order on the band’s Bandcamp page as well as on all major online stores such as Amazon, Discogs etc.
A Wave From The Sidelinesby The Search
27 April 2018 · Aenaos Records · X-XV0003
Razmig Tekeyan and change are the only constants when talking about THE SEARCH. Having released 6 EP's since 1999 under the name ‘The Silverslut', the band has recorded 9 albums from the time of its formation (2003).
While their early work was dominated by 80's-influenced new/dark wave and indie rock sound, the 2012 album "Staying Alive in a Country Industrialized" showed the more pop-oriented side of their music for the first time. Major shifts in the line-up since 2012 lead to the first solo effort of the band's creative mind with last year's album "Echo", a minimalistic low-fi recording focusing on composition and lyrics.
15 years after the first album, Razmig Tekeyan – the founder and now sole member of THE SEARCH - decided to record and release the retro-inspired album "A Wave from the Sidelines"; a love letter to the sound of the 80's meant for people to listen to during a late night drive.
The guitars were put aside while big drums, over-the-top tom fills, and Juno synthesizers united for a challenging yet successful transformation of songs written on acoustic guitar into a "Wall of Sound" reminiscent of the 80's. The album was recorded and produced by Razmig Tekeyan in the band's own studio and mastered by Tommy Steuer (TS-Musix Studios, Leipzig).
Running Juvenilesby Principe Valiente
13 October 2017 · Aenaos Records · AFM-DL1150
The homonymous song is the third single to be released from the band’s most anticipated latest album “Oceans”. Shot around Östermalm in Stockholm, the video was filmed & edited by the Swedish filmmaker Andreas Hillerborg.
Echoby The Search
22 September 2017 · Aenaos Records · AFM-DL1149
One year after the release of “Songs about Losers”, the Swedish band The Search is back with ten new songs collected on the album “Echo”. This time the creative mind of the band Razmig Tekeyan brings the minimalistic sound to its top.
“Echo” is a low-fi recording where the recorded demo tracks ended up being the final songs on the album; all songs sound more natural, as if played at home under a warm candle light with a guitar. In this calm atmosphere the listener is able to focus on the compositions and lyrics waiting for the emotion-filled stories to unfold.
“Echo” is The Search’s most intimate and earthbound album thus far and increases the curiosity about what comes next.
The album was recorded and produced by Razmig Tekeyan in the band’s own studio and mastered by Tommy Steuer (TS-Musix Studios, Leipzig).
Oceansby Principe Valiente
12 May 2017 · Aenaos Records · AFM-CD073
After an outstanding self-titled debut album in 2011 and the breathtaking “Choirs Of Blessed Youth” in 2014, the Swedish post punk / shoegaze band lead by Fernando Honorato, true to their vision, continues to carve out its own unique musical path. Drawing inspiration from ambient experimentalists like Cocteau Twins, 80’s sci-fi soundtracks as well as exuberant vocalists like Bowie and Kate Bush, PRINCIPE VALIENTE ventured deeper into the sonic landscapes of their minds.
The intensity of the athmospheric sound and the interplay of melodic guitar strings, the dark drifting drums, rhythmic bass lines and above all the warm, emotional voice of the singer, have remained. The listener is captured in a mixture of longing and loneliness, which is fluently and hypnotically directed. Calm pieces alternate with energetic compositions, such as the recently released single “Strangers In The Night”, and give the album a strong note of ambivalence.
With their third work “Oceans”, the band has created another alluring world with “human, all too human” lyrics and phantasmagorical soundscapes. Cool, yet impassioned and loaded with sweet anxiety, PRINCIPE VALIENTE have managed to make an irresistibly beautiful and intense continuation of what was started in the previous two albums.
“Oceans” was partly recorded by the producer Martin Ehrencrona (Les Big Byrd), and partly in various basements and art school lobbies around their hometown Stockholm, Sweden. The combination of innovative and inspired material makes for an invigorating listen as it is difficult to pinpoint in regard to genre.
Wildest Flowersby Principe Valiente
28 April 2017 · Aenaos Records · AFM-DL1145
Two weeks before its official release, the Swedish post-punk / shoegaze band Principe Valiente unveil “Wildest Flowers”, one more song from their new album “Oceans”. This time the title track is accompanied by a remix from the Stockholm based musician ‘Big City Bright Light”, as well as another remix by the dark pop/electro band New Canyons.
The single is available from Friday 28th of April onwards at the bands Bandcamp page, iTunes and Spotify.
Strangers In The Nightby Principe Valiente
10 March 2017 · Aenaos Records · AFM-DL1144
After their outstanding self-titled debut album (2011) and the breathtaking subsequent album “Choirs of Blessed Youth” (2014), the Swedish post punk / shoegaze band lead by Fernando Honoratio, true to their vision, continues to carve out its own unique musical path.
As a first glimpse of their new album “Oceans”, to be released in early May, the new song and video "Strangers in The Night" was revealed on March 10th. The song is produced and mixed by the band themselves and the accompanying video is made by Swedish director Jacob Frössén, who among other things created the acclaimed documentary films "En film om Olle Ljungström" and "Henric De La Cour" in Sweden.
As B-sides to the single, there are two remixes made by the Swedish synth producer Mister Monell, and by the dark pop/electro band New Canyons Chicago who made the song ready for the dancefloor.
M Ʌ L V Sby Golden Apes
25 November 2016 · Aenaos Records · AFM-CD072
M Ʌ L V S is departure.
With their 8th studio album M Ʌ L V S, Golden Apes have again widened their horizons by extending the scope of their sonic language and by adding a new layer on the canvas of their music.
M Ʌ L V S is interference.
In its 13 tracks the band sounds more versatile and more experimental than ever before.
If they used to deny stylistic borders so far, now they simply ignore them to grant every song it´s proper setting, it´s atmospheric biotope.
M Ʌ L V S is faith.
There´s the leaden sweetness of songs like “Shadowplay”, the vast claustrophobia of “Drown”, “Verity”´s surging energy, the spare dignity of “Correlation” or the disguised melancholy of “Halving Moons”…It is the ambient scope that marks the poles of M Ʌ L V S, the diversity of percepts that is the album’s DNA. And that is the only direction selected.
In the end you might label it Goth Rock, name it Darkwave or brand it Post-Punk, but you better call it music that churns and calms, music that consoles and agitates, music that can touch you while passing in the distance. Music that fills your heart with honey and nails.
M Ʌ L V S is correlation.
Arisen from the essence of the last four years, M Ʌ L V S seems to reflect upheavals and contemplations of the band’s macrocosm in the same way that it appears to mirror departures and homecomings on an interior level, bind transition to reliability, take memories to new places.
M Ʌ L V S is deliverance.
Never before has the band worked in such a self-contained and autonomous way, has avoided any kind of external involvement during the recording and mixing process, has skirted practices for new influences, like the guest-singing of The Frozen Autumn´s Froxeanne, and has refused any offers that would have resulted in a limitation of the time the album’s genesis was going to take.
American Innocence (Pts. 1 & 2)by (((S)))
28 September 2016 · Poisonic
The new digital only release by (((S))) - "American Innocence" (Parts I & II) – is a poetic album about two American innocent subcultures.
Part I: SUNSET PARK - On a background of jangling mandolins, lapsteels and guitars (((S))) takes you on a cinematic journey through the small backwood stages of rural America’s outdoor music parks in the 50’s and 60’s. The intimate, $1-a-carload picnic concerts at ‘Sunset Park’ was a stopover for many of the touring country acts such as Johnny Cash, Stanley Brothers and the early Dolly Parton. Out in the woods there was a wooden stage some benches and a single microfone. As there was no backstage area, the audience was as close as they could be to the biggest stars of the day. In this peaceful nonalcoholic afternoon atmosphere, it was like there was no boundries between the performer and the audience.
Part II : PACIFIC VIBRATIONS - In the vacuum after World War II and the consuming angst ridden times of the A bomb and coldwar mindsets – a group of young men dropped out of society in search of the next wave. Like some sort of Dharma bums they lived on nothing, travelling up and down the Californian coast and later on to the then unknown Hawaiian beaches. At the same time as the beatpoets Ginsburg, Kerouac, Burroughs etc were travelling the continent, writing their now world famous books, these surfer guys just wanted to feel the vibrations of the Pacific Ocean. Wordless dreamers of the wipe outs. Later on this subculture was commercialized in music and movies and of course lost it’s fundamental purpose in the transition. This piece of music is an hommage to these surfers and their wavedreams.
"American Innocence" has been recorded and produced by (((S))), at Everyday Studios (Copenhagen), the audio mastering was done at TS-Musix studio (Leipzig / Germany). The album has been released as a digital download set by the German label PoiSonic in 2016.
Songs About Losersby The Search
24 June 2016 · Adora · Adora02
Listening to the Swedish band THE SEARCH will bring back the sound of your best memories…
The band was originally formed under the name “The Silverslut” in 1999 and they recorded 6 EPs before evolving into THE SEARCH in 2004. The group has since released 6 studio albums and has faced many changes in their line-up until it was eventually reduced to a trio shortly before the release of their record “Our Need for Solace” (2014).
Their new album “Songs about Losers” comprises 17 dark/dream pop tracks that remind us of The Smiths and many other British guitar bands of the 80s. Nevertheless, THE SEARCH’s minimalistic sound is modern and authentic, providing the perfect ambiance for their emotion-filled stories to unfold. Heart and soul of THE SEARCH is Razmig Tekeyan, a talented musician who once again proves his ability to embrace plenty of life’s experiences and blend them into his compositions and lyrics.
Their new album “Songs about Losers” was recorded and produced in the band’s own studio and mastered by Magnus Lindberg in Stockholm, Sweden.
“Songs about Losers” may not change the world as we know it but listen to it with an open mind and you may be surprised.