Bye Bye April 2018
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29.4 QONICHO B! Bistro Alter Schlachthof
5.4 No Age + Miaux Het Bos, Antwerp
29.4 Porches + Pale Grey
5.4 Olden Yolk
Trefpunt (Democrazy), Ghent
30.4 Polar Inertia + Combe + Lunar Convoy + Kafim C12, Brussels
6.4 Stellar Swamp Le Vecteur, Charleroi 7.4 Alex Cameron
7.4 Jamie Tiller + Tako + RTS
15.4 Black Is Blue + The Watermelon Woman Cinematek, Brussels
10.4 Phèdre KulturA (JauneOrange), Liège
18.4 Pulsar KASK Cinema, Ghent
11.4 Lauren Auder + LYZZA
20.4 The Florida Project
In De Ruimte, Ghent
13.4 Kassem Mosse + Lowtec + Different Fountains C12, Brussels
14.4 Eric Cloutier + Shades + Kafim
Cinema Zuid, Antwerp
27.4 Bouge B Day 2 deSingel, Antwerp
16.4 Minami Deutsch + BkillD
KulturA (Go With The Flow), Liège
19.4 Antwon Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
— 22.4 Get Help Argos, Brussels
19.4 NAH Beursschouwburg, Brussels
19-22.4 Aglaia Konrad — Gibellina Argos, Brussels
19.4 Quiver: Obsequies + more
Minus One, Ghent
— 27.5 FIG BPS22, Charleroi
20.4 Onmens + Uniform Kolonie, Ghent
20.4 Zaltan + Orpheu the Wizard C12, Brussels
Derrière le soleil — Extra View BPS22, Charleroi
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Bye Bye A wave, a flip of the hair, a strut into the distance. Or a quick dismissal, followed by a flurry of explanatory emojis and maybe an ‘x’ and an ‘o’. Kisses, tears, foreboding, a prelude to yearning — goodbyes, the deliberate kind, are a versatile bunch. Then there’s the things we unknowingly bid farewell to every day: time, memories and cells may leave us unceremoniously, but their departure is a long and understated affair. Before you start wondering who you’ll see next, think about what you have to let go of now. Relish the sweetness of separation, make your own way, and remember that nothing you have encountered ever really leaves you. 5
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No Age + Miaux
ft. Snapped Ankles + Strange Cages + Spookhuisje
5 Apr – Het Bos, Antwerp 20.00 – €14 – free for members
6 Apr – Le Vecteur, Charleroi 20.00 – €10 – free for members
Noise rockers/dream punks No Age are back after being away waaaaay too long. On their latest record, Snares Like a Haircut, they sound fresher than ever, using all the best things No Age stand for: raw energy, extremely catchy refrains and riffs, and some premium weird sound effects. It feels like your head is going to EXPLODE when you listen to this record — but still, it’s impossible to stop playing it. Support act is Miaux, the Belgian ambient Casio queen (think: Ultra Eczema, Tangerine Dream, Angelo Badalamenti, Huerco S).
Snapped Ankles is a British DIY postpunk/krautrock band, for fans of Can and Girl Band. Strange Cages is a British psych-rock band, for fans of The Black Angels and Thee Oh Sees. Spookhuisje is a Brussels-based guitarist, for fans of Sir Richard Bishop and Six Organs of Admittance. To sum up: a top-notch night of psychedelic music by three acts with their own distinct approach to the genre.
7 Apr – Concertgebouw, Bruges 20.00 – € 18 – free for members
5 Apr – Trefpunt (Democrazy), Ghent 20.00 – €10 – free for members
Cameron is coming to Bruges to invite us into his eccentric little world. Last year the Australian artist released his second album on Secretly Canadian, with songs that, according to Pitchfork, ‘are as effortlessly catchy as they are eminently creepy’. We call it an adventure that gives you a small glimpse of his somehow ungraspable persona. Expect a performance full of sleazy pop songs and quirky dance moves that’ll make you wonder if we’re not already living in an alternative universe, where Cameron is the biggest pop star in the world.
Olden Yolk is the brand new project of Quilt member Shane Butler. Get ready for an interesting mixture of ’60s folk, motorik krautrock rhythms and New Weird America. They released their debut album in February of this year on Trouble in Mind Records, home to Jacco Gardner, Omni and Ultimate Painting. Listen to the haunting track ‘Takes One To Know One’, and you’ll turn up at Trefpunt.
Jamie Tiller + Tako + RTS
and high-BPM electronica. Mana for disorderly internet-reared kids. Check out their latest album, Swipe, on Torontobased record label Daps Records and catch the duo (sans Hippolyte) on the stage of KulturA.
7 Apr – C12, Brussels 23.00 – €10 free for members until 01.00
Lauren Auder + LYZZA
Alongside running Amsterdam’s beloved record store/general music hub Redlight Records, Jamie Tiller and Tako also happen to be the co-founders of perhaps one of the most exciting labels to emerge in recent years, Music from Memories. The label releases astonishing electronic music from both past and present, recovering long-lost gems and presenting intriguing new music to a wider audience. Take Outro Tempo (Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978-1992) or Gaussian Curves’ Clouds for a hasty illustration, but if you have the time, the best advice would be to just check out all their releases. In this spirit, it should be no surprise that Tiller and Tako are long time diggers with an impressive collection ranging across all genres of music.
11 Apr – In De Ruimte, Ghent 20.00 exclusive for members and their +1 Lauren Auder is a singer-songwriter born in the UK but who grew up in the south of France. He perfected his art as a teenager by producing and lending his voice to French rap and in electronic underground scenes. As a digital native, all his stuff was naturally crafted and produced from his bedroom. His first EP, Who Carry’s You, is a fusion of classical baroque pop, post-rock and modern electronica. Keep an eye on this baby.
Kassem Mosse + Lowtec + Different Fountains + more
10 Apr – KulturA (JauneOrange), Liège 20.00 – €7 – free for members Phèdre’s music resembles a colourful comic book, pages made sticky by melting lollipops, shooting strobe lights at you once you manage to pry it open. It’s a melting pot of psychedelic textures and bright colours. Closer to the real world, it leans towards hip hop, psych
13 Apr – C12, Brussels – 23.00 – €10 free for members until 01.00
In case you ever wonder if house music is getting boring, DON’T. Remember Kassem Mosse will always be there for us. Whether it’s under his own moniker or together with Mix Mup as MM*/ KM*, the left-field producer keeps pushing and ensures everything stays fresh and daring. Unlike most producers, he releases songs differentiating over 50BPM from one another — what gives? As a DJ, the same goes. Prepared to work any crowd, he knows how to engage the room, be it a laidback set or one full of housey tracks. If you’re ready to reset your average clubbing experience while simultaneously bringing your dance moves one step further, make sure to stop by.
Eric Cloutier + Shades + Kafim
Minami Deutsch + BkillD 16 Apr – KulturA (Go With The Flow), Liège – 20.00 – €7 – free for members Kraut quartet Minami Deutsch, aka for the locals, packed their bags and fled Tokyo to give Belgium another visit since their last concert back in 2016. Signed to Guruguru Brain, the same label as Kikagaku Moyo, these Japanese psych-rockers will demonstrate their enormous talent for reappropriating high-floating songs of the ’70s, transporting you in a hypnotic and fuzzy trip! Also on the bill is BkillD, four dudes from Liège who aren’t of testing how loud their amps can go with their noisy psych sounds.
14 Apr – C12, Brussels 23.00 – €10 free for members until 01.00 C12 is throwing a club night and you’re invited. So get ready you experimental and ambient house addicts, the deepin’boys are bringing Detroit-born DJ Eric Cloutier to the Brussels underground venue. Cloutier, known for his integrity as a DJ and authority as a curator, has the magic ability to unite dance music’s past and future. And there’s more, as Cloutier will be in the great company of Belgian up-and-coming artists Kafim and Shades. Believe us when we say this is a party that can’t be missed.
19 Apr – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels 20.00 – €15 – free for members Starting out as a hardcore-punk musician Antonio Williams made the shift to hip hop for his solo project, better known as Antwon. With a unique sound that combines the anger of Death Grips with the dreaminess of Cocteau Twins, Antwon will be presenting his latest mix tape Sunnyvale Gardens described by Red Bull Music as ‘a breath of fresh air, a feel-good workout boasting a lightness that feels anomalous in the context of an otherwise dreary mixtape world.’
poem ‘Les Chants de Maldoror’, it’s evident how the music is ‘as beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table’. Before wandering off in Obsequies’ surreal universe, the night will kick off with a short film by KASK students. After that, Crater will slowly guide us back into our world with a DJ set at the bar.
19 Apr – Beursschouwburg, Brussels 20.30 – €14 – free for members Say yes to NAH’s blend of noise rap and hardcore. The prolific rapper surpasses these genres to deliver drum-centred and boundary-exploding experimentations. Think Death Grips but with more restraint and less yelling. His output from 2011 to 2015 has been chronicled on PURCHASE, an incredibly intimidating 60-track compilation. So have a listen and decide if it floats your boat. Support Stakkatak has the right kind of aggressive and abrasive thrash-pop grooves to put you in the mood.
Onmens + Uniform 20 Apr – Kolonie, Ghent 20.00 – €11 – free for members
Quiver : Obsequies + more 19 Apr – Minus One, Ghent 19:00 – €4 – free for members When you listen to Organn, Obsequies’ debut release on Knives, it feels as if you’re stumbling through an obscure landscape and suddenly noticing something that resembles of a lighthouse. Or maybe it’s a bird. You can’t recall — just as you forgot how you’ve gotten there in the first place. According to the Belgian artist, at its core the album is about ‘love and duality’. The distant melodies and broken samples lead you on a journey that is comforting in a strange way. Taking inspiration from Lautréamont’s
Onmens freely translates as ‘Unhuman’; neither resembling nor having the qualities of a human being. This might explain why it’s not hard to imagine their music being played at a hot and grimy rave somewhere in Mordor, back in the days. Belgium’s self-proclaimed most explicit electronic music group takes their influences from hardcore and noise, to punk and back again, seeking to ‘keep you dancing immersed in a trancelike state while blood gushes from both ear-holes’ — aggressive rave music at its best. Although heavily reliant on the personal, human experience that transcends politics, the sound of the NYC-based duo Uniform could easily be interpreted as the post-Trump rage wave we’re all riding on. Uniform’s latest album, Wake In Fright, on Sacred Bones is evidence of how the duo have been pushing themselves to be as loud, intense and overwhelming as possible.
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Zaltan + Orpheu the Wizard
Subbacultcha at S.M.A.K.: Smerz + Golin + Partners
20 Apr – C12, Brussels 23.00 – €10 free for members until 01.00
Paris-based Zaltan is ever-ready to drench the crowd in his wholesome, glowing sets, as if he’s soothing everyone in a warm bath after a long and rainy day. And in the unlikely case it didn’t rain, a warm bath is nice anyway. As the head of the Antinote label, he’s already brought forth some of the most promising electronic music acts out there. The signature sound of this label remains somewhat ungraspable, but good quality seems to be the key concept linking everything together. This is reflected in Zaltan’s eclectic selections. He’ll be joined by Amsterdam’s own little wonder, Orpheu the Wizard. Whenever you stumble upon a hidden gem that makes you feel like a true archeologist, be aware that the Red Light Radio co-founder has probably played that track several times before and will have already moved on to your yet-to-be-found gem. After all, he’s called the wizard for a reason.
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25 Apr – S.M.A.K., Ghent 20.00 – €8 – free for members Oh my oh my, Norwegian duo Smerz are coming to town, inviting us to enter their magical cocoon of electronic sounds. Henriette and Catharina’s unique vocals, combined with drums and woozy synths, speak directly to our hearts, leading to pulses imitations and accelerations. Smerz are a world of their own, a telepathic duo that not only manage to put their intimate moments into music but also those of a larger generation. Take the single ‘Oh My My’ — fluctuating and stammering soundscapes reveal and embody the duo’s magic union. Golin and PARTNERS are joining the bill.
Moaning 27 Apr – La Zone (PopKatari), Liège 20.00 – €7 – free for members Moaning consists of three long-time friends who have been a part of the LA DIY scene for over a decade now. After playing together in different bands since high school, they formed Moaning back in 2015. At the beginning of this year, the trio released their self-titled debut album on Sub Pop, who signed them immediately after seeing them play at SxSW.
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The album illustrates how the band took their former experimentations and influences — such as No Age and Abe Vigoda — and merged it into a more polished, mature and distinct sound. Moaning’s roots in the LA post-punk scene is reflected in the raw and energetic songs, which often sound like a gloomy basement packed with people, but with an excellent air-conditioning system that keeps everything surprisingly fresh.
QONICHO B! is the trio version of QONICHO AH, in case you wondered. Okay, are you confused now? Okay, here we go. QONICHO AH is Morgane on saxophone and vocals and Blanche on drums. Together they only work through improvisations of jazz and punk. Then along comes Nina Garcia and the duo becomes a trio, and AH becomes B. That’s it :)
Porches + Pale Grey
Convextion 28 Apr – C12, Brussels 23.00 – €10 – free for members until 01.00 Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Gerard Hanson (aka Convextion) is one of the most beloved producers out there. Keeping a low profile in general, it could be said that — as the cliché goes — he mostly lets his music speak for him. However, here’s another one: sometimes clichés are there for a reason. Hanson’s atmospheric (dubby) techno releases as Convextion have gained a lot of enthusiasm ever since his first record came out on Detroit label Matrix back in ’95. The same can be said about his electro-edged moniker E.R.P., with whom he gained something of a hero status amongst electro-heads all around. Make sure to see this long-time favourite at work while he’s overseas!
29 Apr – Botanique, Brussels 20.00 – €17 – free for members Porches is the melancolique electropop project of Aaron Maine. After two very successful efforts, Maine is back with a third album named The House, a very exciting piece which includes collaborations with Blood Orange, (Sandy) Alex G, Okay Kaya and Bea1991!
Polar Inertia + Combe + Lunar Convoy + Kafim
QONICHO B! 29 Apr – Bistro Alter Schlachthof (Meakusma), Eupen 16.30 – €5 – free for members
30 Apr – C12, Brussels 23.00 – €10 free for members until 01.00 Polar Inertia is a deep techno project based in Paris. Don’t ask us who’s
behind the project, because we don’t know. No one knows: ‘We are no one because we want to be no one, and to be no one we have to be everywhere and nowhere,’ Polar Inertia once said. Beside music, the inertie polaire ‘boys’ also have pretty cool printed artwork project: ch-ch-ch-eck this out: polar-inertia.tumblr.com.
succeeding one another and dubiously friendly neighbours, Samuel sinks into paranoia and WiFi rays obsession. For his third movie, Stockman offers a tech fable about modern urban solitude.
The Florida Project
20 Apr – Cinema Zuid, Antwerp 18.00 – €5 – free for members
Black Is Blue + The Watermelon Woman
Bouge B Day 2
15 Apr – Cinematek, Brussels 19.00 – €5 – free for members
ft. Bengolea & Holzinger + PYRIT + KhadyaK + more
18 Apr – KASK Cinema, Ghent 20.30 – €5 – free for members
27 Apr – deSingel, Antwerp 19.00 – €18 – free for members
When Mireille moves to New York to intern at a reputable architect’s office, Samuel (Matthias Schoenaerts) is left alone with his stale pharmaceutical delivery job and a life that suddenly resolves itself into some kind of big boring waiting room, orbiting around heart emojis and cute Skype puppet shows. Samuel keeps himself busy, pacing up and down through his temporarily Mireille-less existence. And then, his computer gets hacked. Amid shifty, blankly staring IT men ineffectively
This spring festival provides an anthology of upcoming performance and dance talent, followed by late-night concerts from national and international artists. Brazilian-Indonesian installation artist Daniel Lie will display his work all night, surrounding the performers. Plants, rotting fruits and minerals inspire him to reflect on the states of the elements. The performances by Eisja Jocson, Jenna Sutela, Cecilia en Florentina and Juliana dos Santos range from urban
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Pauline Beugnies: Derrière le soleil — Extra View
to Afro-Brazilian and explore sexuality, gender and ecology. The music breathes eclecticism as well: Swedish underground soundscapes by PYRIT, minimalistic world music by Témé Tan and electro ghetto pop by rapper and choreographer KhadyaK.
Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby — Get Help
until 8 Apr – BPS22, Charleroi 10.00-18.00 – €6 – free for members
Benjamin Installé: Providência
until 22 Apr – Argos, Brussels 11.00-18.00 – €6 – free for members
21 Apr-27 May – BPS22, Charleroi 10.00-18.00 – €6 – free for members
Aglaia Konrad — Gibellina
Cléo Totti: Mechanical Lyrism
19-22 Apr – Argos, Brussels 11.00-18.00 – €6 – free for members
Marcel Berlanger: FIG
21 Apr-27 May – BPS22, Charleroi 10.00-18.00 – €6 – free for members
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Tracking down Norwegian electronic-pop duo Smerz was no easy feat. With Catharina Stoltenberg nestled deep in the back woods, and Henriette Motzfeldt wandering the streets of Oslo, the young producers initially gave the impression of two evasive nymphs, glimmering brilliantly in the distance yet impossible to catch. You start to get a sense of how chaotic their lives have been lately — climbing the European charts, touring the States, videos going viral at every turn — but beneath all the sparkle, there they are. Two people sitting quietly, processing their feelings, and reflecting on life. When talking to Smerz, something crystal clear comes through. Between all the heartache, apathy and melancholy, Catharina and Henriette also express a kind of love that is pure and raw: a love of friendship, of experimentation, but mostly a pure love of musicmaking. It’s what got Smerz on their feet, and it’s only getting stronger. In that sense, their joie de vivre is in the rhythm of the everyday: it’s an eternal search for the right flow, but one that seems to find them naturally. Interview by Julia Yudelman
Photos by Maria Lyngnes shot in Oslo, Norway
I heard you guys have been close friends since you were 16. How does your friendship affect the artistic relationship? Catharina: It’s probably harder to hide your true self, in the way you express yourself through music. It’s easier for the other person to feel like, ‘Okay, this doesn’t feel completely like us,’ or, ‘This doesn’t feel right.’ And that’s very nice, because sometimes it’s hard to tell but the other person can kind of tell for you. That’s a beautiful thing. So you guys are based in Copenhagen now. What brought you two there?
Henriette: It was after high school, and it wasn’t meant as a big like, ‘Oh, now we’re going to move to Copenhagen and make music.’ It was more of a gap year during which we wanted to sing. We ended up going to music school, and making music turned out to be something we really liked. How did you come up with your name? H: It was also at that music school. We were just making music for fun. I don’t really remember why, but at some point we needed a name for it, and then we thought of Herzschmerz, which means heartache in German. But it was so hard
Why? H: I think you would be, like, good at the workouts. You could easily get yourself into the LA mindset if you had to, but still keep perspective. You could go into, like, yoga and juice culture without losing yourself. I think I would lose myself completely! [Laughs] Fair enough. I really like how your music doesn’t fit into one specific genre. I feel like it’s in between minimalism, pop, R&B, electronic and all these other sounds. How does that fluidity reflect your work?
pronouncing that name, and no one understood what it was! So we just made our own short form of it, and that was ‘Smerz’. I saw that you guys were in New York and California this summer. If you had to pick, which one of you would be New York and which one would be California? H: Ah, shit. We both really liked New York the most, there was no question. But Catharina, I think you should move to LA [they laugh].
C: It’s super nice that you say that. Often interviews give the feeling that we’re this club band or this R&B band, and it doesn’t feel right. But it’s hard to be like, ‘Oh, it’s not R&B, it’s more like a mix of —’. It’s better if someone just listens to the music. It’s probably because of the trial and error thing. We listen to a lot of different music, so you have different kinds of sounds inside you. You make a beat, and weeks after, make a melody, and they can come from completely different places. We don’t ‘plan’ what kind of track we’re going to make, so it ends up as this mixture.
‘I think visually, there’s something about two girls that brings a lot of associations that might not all be true.’
Talking about genre boxes, what about the box of ‘girl musician’? Is that category frustrating, or can it be empowering?
Can you tell me about your upcoming EP? C: Yes! It’s almost ready. It feels super nice. It reminds me of the last EP just because I love every track in its own different way. They’re a bit all over in style, but they all have this same kind of restless, apathetic, melancholic but a bit hopeful feeling.
H: In practice it’s only been good I think, because people often get positively surprised. The people I’ve met, they’re not so judgmental that they can’t be won over. But image-wise, it’s hard, and that’s something I struggle with. It’s hard to not be ‘two cute R&B girls’. And I also automatically think that sometimes.
H: I agree. I think lyrically it’s a continuation from the last one. I guess we’ve kind of evolved in mood as well, or in our thoughts, and that’s reflected on the EP. It’s mostly about our everyday feelings.
Like, you’re told it so often that you start to believe it yourself? H: It’s hard to explain, but I think visually, there’s something about two girls that brings a lot of associations that might not all be true.
What are those everyday feelings? H: I guess restlessness, and wondering if you’re happy. A bit of apathy as well, but at the same time, completely the opposite.
C: We think it’s super nice to be female producers, and that people think that’s something positive because there’s not that many female producers, and blah, blah, blah. It’s true, and I really want to scream that out loud. For us, our ‘weapon’ is just to make music we’re proud of. Well, you’re doing a good job so far. C: [Laughs] That’s good.
Smerz 25 Apr – S.M.A.K., Ghent free for members
Partners Partners is the Ghent-based collaborative project of Femke Fredrix and James de Graef. Brought together by a keen interest in the ever-evolving marriage between electronic music and storytelling, they decided to combine their strengths to realise a shared vision. Or as they themselves call it â€˜providing the perfect backdrop for spastic movementâ€™.
Text by Montage
Photos by Partners
Partners 25 Apr â€“ S.M.A.K., Ghent free for members
Olden Yolk While the name may be new to some, Olden Yolk have been brewing an incredibly rich and interesting musical concoction for some time. Having recently released their debut album, theyâ€™re now entering the second phase of their journey, one that aims to share their unique and thought-provoking sound with the world. Catching up with them before they begin their tour, we sat down with Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer to discuss songwriting, closure and the inevitable fluidity of life.
Interview by Sasha Ermakov
Photos by Richard Perez shot in Brooklyn, New York
‘That’s the most rewarding part of songwriting; not just tuning into yourself but tuning into the issues of people around you’
Congrats on your debut album. Have you had time to reflect on it yet — what you could’ve done differently or things you want to bring to your next album? Caity: I think, listening back, certain strengths pop out a little bit more, especially our vocal interplay. That’s something that we definitely want to expand upon for the next record. Even some of the more experimental songs that you hear on this record, we want to add some of those elements again into the next record, and take everything a step further than we’re comfortable doing. Shane: It’s always crazy making a record, you document where you are at that moment. I’m really pleased with a lot of what took place and also there’s a lot you could expand on. You see a lot of room for growth which I see as a very exciting thing. It means there’s a lot more to be done. Do you ever feel a sense of closure with a song? Does it ever feel complete? S: I feel like when you start to play it live, one thing that happens for me lot is, ‘Oh, I wish we got more of this energy in the recording.’ There’s a song on the album called ‘After Us’, which is a song
that Caity wrote. On the record it’s very mellow and it doesn’t have drums on it but we started arranging it for the live sets and we now have a different version of the song, which we could record. Songs do take on a life of their own, whether you’re in the studio or performing it live. There’s so many iterations you can make. But no, I never feel complete closure. C: Yeah, they feel like living organisms, especially with ‘After Us’. The closest sense of closure that I personally get is when playing a song live. As we’re playing many more shows and playing those songs I feel like they’re coming towards completion. When you set out to record music, how do you find a balance between your inspirations and creating something that’s true to you? C: When I’m writing a song it’s inspired, usually, by something that I can’t put into words,
something that I want to understand — whether it’s an emotion, an event, or something going on in the world. For me that’s the most rewarding part of songwriting; not just tuning into yourself but tuning into the issues of people around you or the issues of the community of the world. Trying to put a finger on how that struggle is taking shape. Is there a goodbye that you wish had gone differently? S: My mother passed away a couple of years ago. And it was very sudden, and unexpected. Maybe I wish I could’ve said goodbye to her, but I also want to say that I had a great, profound experience of being able to part with this person, and say goodbye without having to do it physically, within myself. Being able to peacefully let somebody go. I think that was a really big experience for me, knowing that even when somebody leaves abruptly and in a way that you don’t wish for, you can still contact them, even if it’s within yourself, it doesn’t have to be a spiritual thing. Being able to make peace with somebody leaving and let them go. C: Sometimes I didn’t know how to leave a place, and I feel that no matter how many goodbyes I gave or last conversations I had with
‘You can’t really say goodbye to the thing or end it; it’s fluid’ people, it simply wasn’t enough for the transition, and that way I think I should have been looking inward a little bit more. Just in terms of not thinking about the relocation and changing lives in such concrete terms, but more in that it’s the inevitable fluidity of life. I don’t mean to get too out there, but I don’t know if I want to believe if there’s such a thing as a goodbye. S: It’s more like the relationship changes. I think that’s kind of what happened with my mother. Even though I never saw her again, it’s not like the relationship ended; it’s just that the relationship drastically changed. It’s kind of funny ’cause the question you asked earlier about songwriting — do songs conclude — and it’s like, no, not really, the relationship just changes. Like, now there’s a recording of it. And our relationship to the recording changes and how it’s performed changes. You can’t really say goodbye to the thing or end it; it’s fluid. C: I think that’s comforting too, ’cause there’s less of a sense of loss and I think that’s a beautiful thing.
Olden Yolk 5 Apr â€“ Trefpunt (Democrazy), Ghent free for members
Lauren Auder Lauren Auder’s kaleidoscopic mishmash of styles is the product of growing up with the world at his fingertips and a refusal to heed boundaries; the internet has given him the freedom — and confidence — to be whomever he wants. Since finishing high school, he’s been crafting moody, enigmatic soundscapes littered with personal anecdotes, a dark twisted fantasy for millennial pop omnivores. Two years on, he’s ready to confront the world on his own terms.
Text by Derek Robertson
Photos by Laura McCluskey shot in London, UK
Lauren Auder + LYZZA 11 Apr â€“ In De Ruimte, Ghent exclusive for members and their +1
Interview by Elice Spillebeen
Photos by Tiny Geeroms shot in Brussels
After graduating from the school of fine arts in Bordeaux, Laurie Charles moved back to Brussels where she’s now living and working as a video-artist/painter. For the past two years she’s focused on topics concerning ecology and utopias, and the position of humankind within. We were curious where her fascination for these topics came from so we paid her a visit and had a chat about it. You make sculptures as well as paintings, texts and movies. How do they all relate to each other? For me, all these mediums are complementary to each other; to create my movies I use writings, sculptures and paintings. Today I mostly direct movies and make paintings on textile, but these are never separate from each other. My paintings always have a connection with film. When I started practicing art as a student my main focus was movies. I only had a small 15 square metre flat, and in there I created my first movie set-up with a green screen behind my bed. When I moved to a bigger flat I started building set designs for films and began making sculptures, paintings and objects. Ever since I’ve continued discovering all these mediums.
a way of focusing on things with a certain point of view. I work around subjects that affect me and I’m constantly searching for stories to rewrite. The last two years, I mainly concentrated on ecology and utopia topics but even within these subjects there’s a gigantic space with many possibilities.
What’s the main focus in your work? My work doesn’t focus on one thing; for me it’s more about
In your exhibition in CIAP in Hasselt, you examine the concept of ‘going back to nature’. What does that mean to you? It can have multiple interpretations according to me. From leaving the city for the countryside to quitting the busy life for a life of freedom. I see it as an act of resistance against certain kinds of rules in society where going back to nature can be an open proposition to live closer to the natural cycles, to grow your own food etc.
How would you link your expo to the contemporary issues around ecology? Are you concerned about it? I’m quite concerned about it, yes. Since we named our century ‘Anthropocene’ everybody is aware of the fact that we are clearly living in a world that is suffering from our domination. Though in my creation I’m not specifically talking about the larger global ecological crisis, but more about my surroundings: Brussels, the people I live with, the place I grew up in, etc. It’s within that context that I want to explore the question: what’s my position towards what we call ‘nature’? What are you working on now? I’m mostly working on shooting preparation of my movie for the show in CIAP. Besides that, I’m also working on a project together with the w.o.r.k? collective in France. We’re creating a sciencefiction movie that is exploring questions of transmissions and memory through practices of collective narratives and group talks within different communities.
Laurie Charles is exhibiting in CIAP, Hasselt starting 4 May ciap.be
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recent finds STRRR
by Hannes Rooms
STRRR profiles itself as the future of horizon-expanding television. Superstars and brilliant newcomers hailing from the world of music, art, design, film, and fashion present their favourite clips and films through the nearly unlimited archives of the internet. Each meticulously crafted episode takes one hour and presents a self-portrait of the selector, which allows us new insight into their life and work. S04E05 features producer Celestial Trax who picked an Iggy Pop music video, a docu about Rothko, a TED talk and a clip in which Björk introduces the late Mika Vainio. Other episodes feature Berghain’s bouncer Sven Marquardt, experimental noise artist Pan Daijing, vocalist Melanie De Biasio, CTM festival curator Oliver Baurhenn and many others that I myself still have to discover. Strrr & Chill.
Sam Rolfes instagram.com/sam.rolfes
From cover art for Kingdom’s latest album and merch (which Quavo sported in Migos’ Motorsport video clip), to live motion capture for the A/V show of Rabit and House Of Kenzo, to collaborations with high profiles such as Rihanna, Danny Brown, Dave Gahan, Louis Vuitton and Palmistry. Sam Rolfes’ art is everywhere. His work mixes different visual formats like modelling 3D sculptures, rendering, mocap and net art, but always closely tied to club culture. Often characterised as futuristic, dystopian and otherworldly, it makes you feel uncomfortable for sure. Even Mark ‘Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore’ Lecky commented: ‘best vid seen in a llllllong time. Makes me feel both terrified and thrilled of the future’ on the Progress Bar S03E03 trailer.
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the lost track
with Alfred Anders
Au Paradis Chagrin D’amour
Label: Barclay Year: 1982
I found this record during my latest trip to Paris a couple of weeks ago. Like all ‘good’ records it was just another €2 find. The cover gives you a good first impression of what it sounds like: sexy, provocative and tricky. The B side, ‘Au Paradis’ — my favourite — takes you on a sensual journey where you feel like you’re in the middle of a conversation between the ‘good looking’ singers on the cover. Asking each other to say ‘apple’ — or as they say in French, ‘pomme’ — in as arousing a manner as possible, their intense conversation, interspersed with a singalong chorus, makes this a perfect slow-burner. Have a listen and dream about apple pie tonight.
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Straf Noors jazzcollectief Jim Black
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Met Amerikaans drumicoon Jim Black
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Ansatz der Maschine Surround show Droomwereld vol samples en live elektronics
Inwolves cd-release Krachtige soundscapes
© Jean-Michel Clajot
Explosie met Aka Moons drummer & friends
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Stéphane Galland & (the mystery of) KEM ft. Ravi Kulur
recent finds Insert Name festival insertnamefestival.be
Mark It Zero, PopKatari, Rhâââ Lovely and Silenceless, some of Liege’s more active promoter collectives, join forces again to present the fourth edition of their Insert Name festival. Expect a sharp selection of various fierce and generous bands to rock the two stages of the KulturA. Top billing: the Swiss/Canadian couple Peter Kernel, well-known for their voluptuous live performances, fuelled by an experimental and liberating art-punk. Come early and don’t miss the dusty Nineties rock of local heroes KING FU, the furious noise of Ghent’s Crowd of Chairs and the seismic dreamsludge of American trio Spotlights (signed on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings), our favourite picks of Insert Name’s heavy line-up. See you on 21 April at KulturA. in Liege!
Because it cannot be said enough: women are here to take the stage. Enter the Psst Mademoiselle live sessions, which are doing their part to ensure that Brussels will not go down as an place hostile to female performers. With previous editions hosting cutting-edge acts like Brussels wild child Blu Samu and Montreal-based journalist-turned-DJ Gayance, Psst Mademoiselle have big plans for the future. Up next will be the sensual and uber-catchy electronics of SWEATS followed by Liègeoise producer Karla Bohm, whose smooth beats will help you surrender to the night. Come to Kumiko in Brussels on 5 April for an evening of music, drinks and love.
recent finds Häxan Benjamin Christensen 1922
by Sabzian 10 April Cinematek, Brussels
In 1922 Benjamin Christensen made an extraordinary hybrid of documentary and fiction. Häxän is a film that explores the appearance of witchcraft during the late medieval and early modern periods. According to Christensen, the phantom of witch power haunted Europe due to unrecognised manifestations of clinical hysteria and psychosis. ‘Lacking the scientific knowledge and insight of the present age, the spectacular symptoms of hysteria (most often identified in women) were misattributed to the power of Satan and the condition of being in league with him. Deftly weaving contemporary scientific analysis and powerfully staged historical re-enactments of satanic initiation, possession, and persecution, Häxän creatively blends spectacle and argument to make a deeply humanistic call to re-evaluate both the understandings of witchcraft in European history and the contemporary treatment of hysterics and the psychologically stricken.’ — Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers, Realizing the Witch. Science, Cinema, and the Mastery of the Invisible Door
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse Agnès Varda, 2000 15 April Cinema Zuid, Antwerp
Sabzian is a collection of online reflections on cinema, and maps cinephile events in Belgium and its surroundings. Articles are written in Dutch, English and French. sabzian.be
‘In my mind emerged the image of gleaning, this ancestral agricultural reality, which I practiced myself during the war to find something to eat. My film is not only a view on a terrible social reality, it is also about the pleasure of finding things, in the streets or on the fields. I tried to make a rigorous documentary by approaching different reasons to glean. And I tried to approach the people who live off our leftovers, because we all throw away so much. The things have lost their lifetime. Before, one would have one watch his whole life, or until it broke or died. The revolution started when the publicity told the people that they could change their watch. Now, the things are not manufactured to last anymore, and people change everything all the time.’ — Agnès Varda
we visit you
Name: Simon Gossiaux Age: 27 Zodiac sign: Aquarius Website: soundcloud.com/simonfantome Subbacultcha member since: February 2017
Tell us, what do you do in life? I work for a streetwear brand. I occasionally throw Homeland parties.
Have you experienced any regrets recently? Those hangovers that ruin my Sundays.
What do you like best about your place? It’s quiet even if in the city centre of Brussels.
Which future Subbacultcha show are you looking forward to? Lauren Auder and LYZZA! Looking forward to seeing these two on a same night!
What kind of music are you listening to at the moment? From Hamza to Ikonika. The latest Oklou is on repeat as well. What’s the first record you bought? Justin Timberlake — Justified. What’s your favourite pastime? Scrolling through SoundCloud and playing ‘Fifa 18’ with my friends. What makes you dance? A cool DJ playing on a loud sound system. What’s your favourite phrase to close emails with? The casual ‘Best regards’ — but to be honest, I hate emails. He-he.
Photo by Sasha Vernaeve shot in Brussels
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