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Our latest addition to the form und leere roster, Juliane, sat down and wrote her debut review for the blog. Check out the second installment of Notes From A Smooth Talker and read what she thinks about lypurá’s very first Long Player. The Episode also includes a review for the first work of Alex Bigman's and Niko Zaglaras' new project called Ghost Spirit.





lypurá - á

02/12/16



Lypurá from Karlsruhe started in 2014 and has already put together a quite distinctive piece of art. For their debut they found a home at Karlsruhe-based Twisted Chords records. I listened to the pre-released songs 'prerequisite' and 'weak' for a while until I realized that finally, the whole album was available on bandcamp. These first two tracks but also the demo from 2015 had already raised some expectations, which the other seven songs on á didn’t belie. The record has this beautiful dynamic and variety in each and every song absorbing you from the start. You’ll hear screamo crossing genre borders to post-hardcore, shoegaze, jazz and punk, building up energy during calmer parts, where you start clenching your fist, ready to raise it, and on the outburst screaming along in unison. While some songs surprise with growled parts like in 'a lost harmony', others - in the manner of the absolutely phenomenal 'growing' - have a dreamy attitude intensifying in chorus singalongs. The instrumental 'convalescence' could even be considered a shoegaze song.  On the other hand, you get glimpses of emoviolence on the track  'light'. Dani, David and Basti all share vocals, alternating between screamed parts and chants, reciting lyrics, which are permeated with self-doubt, disappointment and inner turmoil. The singing is not always on tone, but that makes the package even more likable. Despite the described rollercoaster of emotions caused by loneliness, the album, which is also available through the Italian DIY label Blessed Hands, ends with a hopeful 'In the end, everything will be just fine'. Give Lypurá a try - one way or the other, they might get to your heart.

“You promised me that we, too would get through this together / this darkens everything like unkind clouds” [aberration from path]

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Ghost Spirit - S/T Long Player

05/03/17



Recently founded Ghost Spirit is a LA-based screamo outfit, consisting of CMHWAK’s Alex Bigman doing the vocals, guitarist Niko Zaglaras, bassist Evan Henkel, and Taylor Jewell on drums. Within the scene, in one way or another, each of the four has already made a name for themselves, as the group features members of bands like Lord Snow, Fight Fair, Seeing Means More, Heritage Unit and VRIL. Released on Blue Swan Records, their self-titled debut starts with Reflections, an intense two-minutes screamo song full of changes in tempo and varying vocals - including background as well as spoken word vocals. At the latest when Bigman's voice kicks in, screaming „Trace your dreams onto a mirror and tell me what you see. Reflections engraved into eternity and drowned amongst the clouds.“ it becomes clear that melancholy and desperation is deeply ingrained to Ghost Spirit’s song-writing. Supporting those aspects during the entire album, the band’s angry sound is dominated by obscure harmonies, created by the guitar play of Zaglaras and Jewell’s incentive drumming. After a pack of four songs, it’s the instrumental interlude, Memories, Heirlooms, providing some space to digest the first eight minutes, before Ghost Spirit’s debut closes with Weightless, the most colorful track of the album and Distance, a love song, slowing down after its furious start, as Henkel, Jewell, Zaglaras and Bigman cautiously pick up the pace again until Distance reaches its carefully composed climax around the four minutes mark. Towards the end, the song fades out again, leaveing us with a strong impression about the first work of the Californian foursome.

“Breathe into the sky, through perilous clouds and towards a new tomorrow. I will be there for you always, even when crimson rain comes pouring down. I’ll be by your side, you will be safe and sound. Yes this is my love-letter to you. Cross my heart, hope to die, your gift keeps me alive. And if we’re drawn apart, it's only distance my dear. I’ll be back soon in your arms, you have nothing to fear.” [Distance]

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We’re stoked to introduce, Notes From A Smooth Talker, a brand new review series for proper albums - the pendant of Short But Sweet, Polite And Respectful. Each episode will feature two write-ups, starting right now with the latest albums of emoviolence quartet kishote and Stockholm's Trachimbrod.





kishote - kaleidoskop

14/04/17



Kishote consits of Rancho on guitar, Phil on drums, Flo on bass and Holger doing the vocals. After two years the four-headed emoviolence outfit from Bielefeld are back with a brand new album, following the band’s furious debut full-length, 'bis deine hülle bricht'. With ZUKUNFTSSCHLEIER the ten song collection starts with a banger, setting pace and characteristic of the rest of 'kaleidoskop'. The opening track starts with an absorbing build-up, which gathers intensity after 45 seconds, as a massive guitar wall takes lead, getting ahead of bass and drums. Another 45 seconds later and the raging vocals of Holger finally burst through the wall, adding a further element of chaos and violence to the composition. Each of the following songs keeps up with the tone of the overture, showcasing typical facets of the genre like the rolling baseline during DAS TRUMA, DAS ERBE or pounding blastbeats, which almost draw through the whole album. After fifteen minutes it is AM ENDE NIE GERECHT, closing the record in the most perfect way as it makes for another blistering highlight.

"WARTEN DASS ES FÄLLT. UND DOCH NUR IMMER STOLPERN UND GERADE SO NOCH DIE HÄNDE NACH VORNE BEVOR DU DIR DEIN KNIE AUFSCHLÄGST. ES WAR SCHON DUNKEL. DOCH DIESMAL FÜHLT ES SICH DUNKLER AN. UND ES WAR AUCH SCHON SCHLECHT UND DIESE WELT AUCH NUR ANSATZWEISE GERECHT."

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Trachimbrod - Leda

04/04/17



Leda marks the second release on full-length distance of Stockholm based emo / screamo hybrid Trachimbrod. The Swedes recorded a post-rock infused album, whose great potential already could have been foreseen after the premiere of Allt är som det alltid var - a song, shining because of its beautiful simplicity, shaped by constantly recurring melodies and dual vocals. Regardless of some screamed parts on the vocals side of the song, the listener gets spoiled by its ease, as if the created soundscape swallows every little distraction. The song, which could be considered as the centerpiece of Leda, is embraced by a phalanx of strong songs, including the incredible written opener Rum Utan Fönster, Medskyldighet and Vi Två, which appear to be the heaviest songs within the nine-song collection. After 32 minutes of playtime it feels quite easy to switch sides, starting all over, once again diving into one of the most brilliant releases of the current year.

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Today, April 13, marks a turning point in the calendar of Tapestry’s own guitarist and vocalist Syed. It is his release day from two years of compulsory military service in the state of Singapore.


During these past 730 days Tapestry’s lyricist has spent more time in camp than at home, missing out on friends, family, life. Syed's feelings are captured in 'strings and azimuth' as it unfolds emotionally before its audience within a playtime of 2:13. Hailing from the Lion City State, the emo three-piece sends us on an audible rollercoaster ride going through highs (“4 more days till I get home, till I come home”) and lows (“Now I stand tall defenseless”) - the text simple and on point, in odd and yet wonderful unison with the instrumentation.

We are more than happy to present you the first of the four songs out of 'our laughter under cerulean skies' - the split Extended Play with Indiana's screamo veterans, Coma Regalia, whereat each band will contribute two songs on 9" vinyl. Stay tuned, as the whole thing will be released via Dingleberry Records, Pointless Forever Records, Canopus Distro and Middle-Man Records, quite soon.




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Galician ambient screamo outfits Desidia and la ciencia teamed up to release one of the genre’s most unwound split EPs of the foregone years. Convince yourself and exclusively stream the five-song-collection in its entirety right below.


Already announced in last year’s summer, the split between Coruña’s finest, Desidia and la ciencia, took its time to finally see the light of the day and with all the months passed by it’s save to say that the final result was definitely worth the wait. According to Rayo Rodríguez, who plays in both bands and also is responsible for the fantastic artwork of the split record, showing the Elephant’s Trunk nebula, la ciencia’s song titles are reference to the sound archives that some apollo mission took on the dark side of the moon. Lyrically, both groups turn to another topic. While Desidia’s lines are political, discussing the way the system controls its individuals, Lois Anta, who does vocals and plays guitar for la ciencia, recites intimate lyrics about growing up and failed relationships. In both cases, those emotions are wrapped into an ambient sound garment, which is smoothly interwoven with laid-back post-rock influences. Out on April 12 - the day Yuri Gagarin completed an orbit of the earth in 1961 - via Miss The Stars, Krimskramz, Dingleberry Records, Rubaiyat Records and zilpzalp records, the split will be available on pink and black vinyl.





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Issue #44 of SBS contains the debuts of mira, portrëit and Newman as well as the powerful 5-way collaboration between Thisismenotthinkingofyou, Yotsuya Kaidan, Healing Powers, I Hate Sex and Ghostlate.





Thisismenotthinkingofyou / Yotsuya Kaidan / Healing Powers / I Hate Sex / Ghostlate - 5-Way Split

28/02/17

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We’ve already seen lots of great split records in 2017 thus far and with the international collaboration between Thisismenotthinkingofyou, Yotsuya Kaidan, Healing Powers, I Hate Sex and Ghostlate - five of the most exciting screamo bands out there - we witness another powerful band fusion packed with five incredible songs by five elite performers. The centerpiece of the 5-way split consists of ’Hyperrealism’ by Yotsuya Kaidan followed by ’An Apparition’ by Healing Powers, two stand-out tracks, which are wrapped by songs of Shaun Hancock’s one-man-project Thisismenotthinkingofyou, Canada’s screamo sweethearts I Hate Sex as well as Ghostlate’s ’A Bouquet That I Held And You’, which makes for a fantastic final. Records will be available on 7 inch via Rubaiyat Records and Samegrey Records.

Newman - friends demo

01/02/17

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Newman is a Stockholm-based emoviolence outfit, consisting of members from Vivresavie and Kid, Veral. For their common project, Hedda, Tobias and Vile’s focus lies on short and intense songs, whereat distressed screams perfectly interact with the chaos, inflamed by the furious instrumental department of the band. A neat prologue paves the way for its follow-ups, two short-winded songs, which are characterized by some changes in tempo and with lines like "It's warping, the scenery surrounding me builds itself up again. Each feeling, reinvented, felt again.“ the threepiece is capable of creating an oppressive symbiosis between music and lyrics.

"I don't know if you noticed but lately I've been drifting aimlessly, disillusioned. My friends leaving me for someone better - bizarro days - I’ve lost count, I don't care, big deal!!"

mira - s/t

18/03/17

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Based in Bremen, mira includes former members of Manku Kapak and ilill. Those former projects clearly become noticeable within the three songs of their self-titled debut as well as the band’s fascination for emotional punk music of the nineteen-nineties. Since their very first recordings from last year’s fall, the four-piece turned some setscrews, polished their song material and finally established a sophisticated sound pattern, quite close to Emo’s blueprints from three decades ago. Mira consist of Johannes, Malte, Nico and Lela - and they are 300 light years away from earth.

"But no matter how far I've come, how far I run, how high I fly. I can't deny the pain."

portrëit - demo

11/03/17

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With merely burbling guitar chords, portrëit’s first song starts cautious, as Guckert’s screamed vocals abruptly burst through the melancholic sound and all of a sudden you’ll find yourself within one of the strongest emoviolence debut records of the previous years. Recorded in their rehearsal room during a couple of weeks in February, the two tracks of the demo have a playtime of slightly more than 14 minutes, whereas bassist Sonja, drummer Timo and guitarist Dirk were able to merge them into one coherent piece of dark, violent art and without letting chaos gain the upper hand the foursome from Giessen convinced us with their well-balanced song-structure. Definitely watch out for the demo tape, which will be available via Dingleberry Records anytime soon as well as for the group’s upcoming shows with Coma Regalia and Drei Affen.


Time As A Color, one of Germany’s oldest, yet active screamo / emo labels, celebrates its 10th anniversary and to live up to the occasion they have put on a nine-song-compilation including Nebraska’s yet unreleased song Plug, which can be exclusively streamed right here, on Form und Leere.


Besides Plug you can find another eight exclusive tracks by Carson Wells, Bail, Lorraine, Coma Regalia, Duct Hearts, Kumulus, Grand Detour and Terraformer on the anniversary sampler, which will be released on April 1st. The song of the Australian screamo outfit from Adelaide was recorded and mixed in February 2016 by Jon McNichol at Twin Earth, Somerton Park, SA and pretty much sounds like a time travel to early resp. mid 90s, harmoniously blending into the band’s overall anthology. Just like the other bands, Andrew, Craig, John, Matt and Samuel accompanied Time As A Color on its way to release more than 50 records, helping to write the story of the label over the last ten years. This compilation expresses the mutual gratitude and could be seen as a gift for all of us.

Form und Leere says thank you for all these years and hopes for many more full of fantastic releases - to the next 10!




Daniel of Time As A Color about the physical version of the anniversary comp:

„Records are housed in a hand-die-cut plain off-white cover sleeve and black inner sleeves, include an inlay and download card and are handnumbered /309, 135 on green card (band copies), 9 on yellow card (first preorders), 16 on pink card (more preorders) and the rest on white card. I made the download cards of 30 years old cassette inlays my grandfather labeled with his typewriter for classical music he recorded from the radio. Apparently he’s been a real DIY guy I never understood back then.“



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Vienna meets Stockholm, as Pettersson teams up with Det är därför vi bygger städer to spoil us with one hell of a split record. Each of the bands contributed one track - now available for pre-listening right below.


In customary style, Pettersson - who were able to leave a remaining impression with their 2016 debut, Rift & Seam - are leading off the split with the three minute, post-rock influenced screamo epos, Sensory Deprivation > Motion Sickness. Slowly Rising, the song is characterized by the ability of Adrian, Dominik and Tobias not to exaggerate, but to make clever use of post-rock riffs, wrapping Dominik’s breathtaking vocals into a well-composed sound garment. Hereinafter, Det är därför vi bigger städer comes up with their part of the split, shifting the focus to a edgier sound, sticking a bit closer to the roots of the genre. On Reverse Polarity, the Swedes offer an intense mix of versatile guitar-playing and wild drumming, changing the pace quite a lot. Released by ten different DIY labels, the split, whose cover artwork was created by Chaz Hewitt of Human Hands, will be available on black and grey seven inch vinyl (check the links below). Pre-Orders will be up today as well.





Gabriel of Det är därför vi bygger städer on how the collaboration between both bands came about:

"Us doing this split felt kind of natural, since we're friends from outside the internet. We played together in Vienna twice with mine and Måns old band. Det är därför vi bygger städer played that second show as well. It was kind of a mini-fest. Super lovely! The split sort of happened after Pettersson was done recording their LP (which I recommend everyone to listen to) and they had a left-over track. So we recorded our side as quick as possible, aka super slow, and we had ourselves a split! Obviously there's more to it, but that's basically how the collaboration happened. I'm very happy about it, and I'm extremely thankful for all the lovely people who are in on this release."



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Koepfen Records

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Through Love Records

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