[photo courtesy close to 94]
I hadn’t come across Kontakte (pictured above) before this performance. They wear their Germanic inspiration lightly (being named after a seminal Stockhausen piece and all), focusing instead on a universal, propulsive, often noisy – though always accessible – wall of electric guitar and synthetic textures and rhythm. Very effective it was too, and entirely sympathetic to port-royal’s set to come (watch one of the songs they performed here). I will definitely be looking up their new album, We Move Through Negative Spaces, when it arrives early next year.
Kontakte have recently announced their October tour via their MySpace page.
After spending the last drops of summer finishing off the new album and fighting over the artwork, we have started rehearsing and saving petrol money for our upcoming mini-tour.
Lots of new stuff in the pipeline to play you, we’ve even chucked in a few old surprises too!
All 4 venues are new to us, 3 out of the 4 dates are new towns we haven’t played yet, that always ups the ante’ and should keep us on our toes.
If any of these dates are near you, please come down, it’ll be great to see you all.
The London show in particular will be an excellent one. We’re supporting the brilliant port-royal and also on the bill are our good friends Winterlight. Tickets are bargain priced and can be found here :
There should be more dates to come after these as the winter truly kicks in, but for now :
Oct 27 2010 8:00P Carpe Diem (Leeds, UK)
Oct 28 2010 8:00P The Nines (Barrow-In-Furness, UK)
Oct 29 2010 8:00P Club AC30 @ The Wilmington Arms (London, UK)
Oct 30 2010 8:00P The Chichester Inn (Chichester, UK)
Nov 19 2010 8:00P The George Tavern (London, UK)
Nov 20 2010 2:00P AUDIOSCOPE 10 @ The Jericho Tavern (Oxford, UK)
London bliss-rockers Kontakte continue their journey into the outer reaches of motorik rhythms and chimingly elevated guitar work with an EP which works around the theme in differing ways. “Superbug” itself boils over with tightly-wound energy, surging from twinkly psychedelic guitar melodies which dive off into shoegaze metal territory on a bedrock of cascading, weighty beats and a buzzing undertow. It’s reminiscent of the way Bowery Electric took the sound of ecstatic soaring guitars and made them throb to drum machine rhythms, but updated for a new century of technological beat-making, pulling off switchback returns until the final crash out.
“The Light Shining From A Window Behind Us” brings a benign uncoiling piano solo to the fore to introduce the final push into the reverse-engineered electronica of “Flight Paths,” where crossover keyboard reverberations trickle Harmonia-like into a langorous cloudscraping guitar line, all mellow and fruitfully calm until the music blossoms into the sort of sound which makes freefall dives into cottonwool spring to mind. But there’s a tricksy subtext here too, with interjections of chaos spilling the gentle mood briefly until the normality of the glissando is resumed.
Kontakte “Superbug”, Single, Drifting Falling 2010
A dispetto del nome teutonico, i Kontakte vengono dall’Inghilterra, e propongono una spacey psychedelia tinta di post rock, con una massiccia iniezione del Kraut più peso che piace a noi. Il “Superbug” che cova sotto la sabbia è una specie di insetto di lamiera, lucido, nero e in rapido avvicinamento. La traccia, priva di vocals, se non un paio di campionamenti, ha un bel ritmo sintetico (di matrice tedesca, appunto), elettrificato da stratificazioni di stampo shoegaze. La seconda traccia, un po’ spiazzante, è un “piano work” minimo e elegante, forse un po’ “difficile” per chi è avvezzo a sonorità “rock e derivati” come il sottoscritto. La terza traccia, “Flight Paths”, torna su tracciati sintetici, facendo confluire il lavoro del piano su un pattern ritmico minimo, e un buon tappeto di tastiere. Un qualcosa di profondamente “ambentale” e sperimentale, per chi si trova nell’arcipelago le cui isole maggiorni si chiamano Eno, NEU! e Mogwai. Un buon ascolto “altro”. Attendiamo i Kontakte su LP.
Every November, just as we’ve done since 2005, we pay tribute to ten labels that have stood out from the crowd and brought us multiple hours of listening pleasure throughout the year. This installment’s selections are a typically wide-ranging group, with the labels collectively representing an encompassing stylistic range. Many are based in the US, while others call Singapore, Berlin, London, and Nottingham home.
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Attempting genuine post-rock has always been a treacherous pursuit – one just as likely to result in nonsensical folly, as paradigm challenging genius. Well, luckily for us, this time the coin has landed shiny side up. London’s very own Kontakte (Ian Griffiths, Gary McDermott, Stuart Low, and Ben Worth) appear to be the real deal.
Put on their debut album, “Soundtracks To Lost Road Movies”, and you are instantly beamed onto the autobahn – electronica ringing in your ears, whilst insurgent guitar lines roar past in a streaming blur. In fact, we were so convinced by the whole experience that we felt the need to pull over, pick up the car-phone and ask some questions.
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“Soundtracks For Lost Road Movies” is a remarkably apt title… A cinematic trip where the landscape is awe inspiring and ecstatically ethereal. Kontakte’s music swells and simmers; (it’s) Music to wonder at, to close your eyes to and slip into a hallucinogenic naturalistic world. The album shows a depth of musicianship, production and song structure. As the musical journey comes to and end, you are left sitting back in awe. As you start to feel yourself come down, you find you must take the trip again and again.” – Crumbs In The Butter (Top 10 Albums 2008)
“The opening track from epic instrumentalists Kontakte’s debut album is hypnotic, ethereal and beautiful music that a 30 second sample simply cannot do justice to ! Backed with a steady motorik pulse Kontakte expertly build the atmosphere of each track, often reaching a crescendo of massive, orchestral proportions – but with guitars ! This is ace, very cool, epic space-rock… sounds like continents colliding.” – iTunes UK
On the back of a couple of wondrous 7″ platters, Kontakte now offer up their fantastic debut album. Combining six tracks and remixes of those six tracks, “Soundtracks To Lost Road Movies” takes their motorik space-rock to new levels of excellence!