Words by Andy Rantzen, sounds by Hinterlandt, video by Joel Hussain.
Video officially premiered by Mess & Noise.
Song taken from the EP Smoke & Mirrors.
Free download from boutique netlabel Wood & Wire.
Hinterlandt has engaged in a new collaborative project with Australian musician-thinker-poet Andy Rantzen, best known for his work in Itch-E and Scratch-E alongside Paul Mac. In this new duo, Andy is responsible for words and vocals, while Jochen produces sounds and music. The debut EP Smoke & Mirrors was just released on boutique netlabel Wood & Wire. Lyrically and musically it follows a strict “limitations” theme, including strict rules such as the decision to produce all tracks for an exact length of two minutes and the use of a two-string guitar.
For those who like to see things with their own two eyes, the EP is accompanied by two video clips.
The year 2013 sees two new compilations featuring Hinterlandt contributions. Both tracks are very unusual by Hinterlandt standards, for example they feature some vocals. Rest assured, it’s only a phase.
One is on eclectic label New Weird Australia. It’s called Sixes and Twelves and focuses on experimental guitar music, featuring, among others, Mumble(Speak), Kris Keogh, St. Jambience, Afxjim, Pale Earth, and Julian Day. The other compilation is called I Hear You’re From Australia – My Name’s Bruce Too on Laughing Outlaw Records. As the title suggests it’s a Bruce Springsteen tribute album (yes it is) featuring label mates Mark Moldre, Piers Twomey, Jamie Hutchings, Bambino Koresh, Sam Shinazzi, Bryan Estepa and many others.
Brand new Hinterlandt album “Cartography” is out now on Laughing Outlaw Records with distribution through Inertia. You may purchase the album directly from the label if you feel like it. Here’s some snippets of what the media had to say about it:
The Sydney Morning Herald says the album is “singular” and “without antecedents”.
Cyclic Defrost speaks of “an extremely inventive, intricate and restless release high on originality that sounds like little else at the moment”.
AU Review sees an “uncanny originality and a demonstration of multi-instrumental proficiency”.
Vital Weekly suggests that King Crimson’s “Robert Fripp would be jealous of some of the guitars”.
Drum Media hears “music born of an imaginative mind”.
2SER describe it as “a wildly curated expanse of sound”.
Echoes and Dust say this is “a record stripped of excess, that embraces variety, displays impeccable timing and great self-awareness”.
Tone Deaf compare it to “wandering through imagined cities complete with bustling plazas, epic skylines, meditative gardens, and dark and ominous alleyways”.
Mathrock.net hear “intricate rhythms leading into dramatic post-rock anthems that resonate to the heavens”.
The Sydney Morning Herald recently described Hinterlandt as “The United Nations of Music”. Here is what some others said about the latest album:
“This is the work of a highly skilled, inquisitive, and highly erratic mind”- Cyclic Defrost (AUS) Full Review
“Pop? Definitely not. Great? Absolutely!”- Vital Weekly (NL) Full Review
“Mind-bending experimental soundscapes”- Sounds Better With Reverb (AUS) Full Review
“He is literally juggling with sounds, distorted, altered beats, patterns and rhythms”- Louder Than War (UK) Full Review
“The disk is a blur of ideas and captivating indulgence”- Foxy Digitalis (USA)
“Die Fusion von Song und Track, von Rechner und Gitarre”- Trust (GER)
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Over the last 12 months, Hinterlandt engaged in a number of remixing activities and other stuff. The latest piece was done for Sydney math-rock kings Serious Beak. You can download the whole album for free. Hinterlandt also recently reconstructed a Goethe poem recorded by Emil Klotzsch, turned one of Telafonica‘s songs into a lullaby, injected additional noise into one of Simo Soo‘s electro-rap tracks, and treated underwater field recordings by US sound artist John Kannenberg.
Furthermore, the Hinterlandt track “Motion” from the 2011 album Migration Motion Movement was re-interpreted by Australian producers Seaworthy, Lawrence English, Telafonica, Broken Chip, Puzahki, AFXJIM, Godswounds, and Simo Soo. The results were released as a full album called Through the Motions on Feral Media. Godswounds even made a fancy video clip for their track.
While all of this was good fun, Hinterlandt is now back into writing, recording and producing new original material.
Hinterlandt is proud to announce the release of the compilation “Through The Motions” on Feral Media. The album is a collection of sounds evolving around the Hinterlandt track “Motion”. Each artist created a completely new piece based on a handful of tiny sound snippets from the original track. The resulting inividual tracks are as diverse as the artists themselves. It features the following amazing Australian artists:
This Hinterlandt-curated compilation is now avalibale from the Feral Media label, as a FREE DOWNLOAD.
Shortly after the release of the new album, Hinterlandt is part of an international remix project organised by Goethe-Insitut. The idea is that a recording of the Goethe poem “King of Thule” (courtesy of German artist Emil Klotzsch) travels around the world to be remixed by producers in nine different countries, on four continents. Hinterlandt offers a dubby reconstruction that draws inspiration mainly from the proximity of the Pacific Ocean.
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These brand new studio recordings mirror the current live set, with compositions inviting the listener to take a ride through an instrumental landscape, travelling past organic and electronic sounds, rhythmic complexity, beautiful harmonies, chunks of noise, fragile ambiences, and patches of silence.
The album will is out on Tenzenmen and Bird’s Robe Records. It’s available as a CD (A$9.00) and/or download (A$5.00) via Bandcamp. If you write reviews, have a radio show, book gigs, etc. we’d love to hear from you.
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