No.037 Kral/Max Park "Ascending Ascensions"/"Collages II"
Kral "Ascending Ascensions" Side A of Oma333 No.37
Karl Sjölund and I go way back and he's amongst a small band of people who I just trust in whatever they do. Back in the days Mother booked Silverarken, Unheimliches Manoeuvre, Fas 3, Cold Heart Investment AB, Cosmic Letters and likely some others he was involved in. Actually seeing that list written down makes this feel even more fitting that his first Kral release will be under the Oma333 umbrella. Included within are bits and pieces over the last few years which have a lovely flow to them, conjuring up images of a blue submarine resurfacing in the jungle, a lonely Japanese billionaire in his mansion filled with electronic toys making sounds for his cats or music concrete on a building site as theatre. One track sounded to me like a laser game of death and I swear I heard a Blade Runner spinner taking off somewhere. If I'm forced to make a comparison I'll include Peter Westheimer, Patrick Cowley's weirder stuff and sometimes Ryuichi Sakamoto. 100 clear prison tapes are now available with silver body printing and designed by a new star of the Stockholm art scene Mary Furniss (UK). Here is a sneak peek inside with the appropriately named "Mary's Welcoming Party" https://soundcloud.com/oma333/marys-welcoming-party-by-kral-for-oma333 and a fine video he made for Värmedöd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A4RWcvTEuw&t=43s
Max Park "Collages II" Side B of Oma333 No.37
Max Park and I also have a long history together and I recall his old tape label På Månen, run together with Filip Mesko, as being both a happy surprise and inspiration in my early Stockholm years. Laboratorium Svart was one constellation who performed at a Mother event and Famnen were another gem he was a member of in that fruitful era. Max's presence was certainly missed when he disappeared to Malmö for years but his return was marked by a series of solo concerts which just got better and better, making it increasingly impossible to ignore. This tape, also his solo debut, is full of the glorious crackle and fuzz of dust, with broken pianos dissected and forcing the listener to wonder if he dragged the strings out it and played them as they burned? I found myself immersed in an M.C Esher drawing often with drowned Joe Meek samples coming through as if peeks of dawn through windows. I know you'll need some similar artists to rest your pretty heads on so I hear Broadcast in the Witch Cult times, ZNR - Barricade 3 vibes can be found for sure and even the high honours of Delia Derbyshire, a compliment I wouldn't give lightly. 100 clear prison tapes are now available with silver body printing and designed by a new star of the Stockholm art scene Mary Furniss (UK). Here is a sneak peek excerpt for your lucky ears; https://soundcloud.com/oma333/collages-ii-excerpt