Dutch music. Not usually a word combination that conjures up the wildest expectations. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll be in for many surprises. From ambient, rhythmic workouts to poetic synthwave, the Dutch musical landscape has produced many strange sounds that had flown under the radar. When SSFB published a piece on the tribal excursions of composer Jasper van ‘t Hof recently, the Dutch name that greeted us had similarly caught us off guard. While it’s in our nature to avert nationalistic tendencies on a broader societal level, for now I suggest we go full Dutch and embrace our nationality with pride. No cheese, windmills and other clichés this time. Enter Dutch Sounds From Beyond.
Every month, George Hysteric takes time away from running the “strange music from beyond” Facebook group to create a playlist for SSFB from the group’s extensive music library. Here are his picks for February 2017.
Elicoide – “Mitochondria”
Simply beautiful and hypnotic, this is lounge music from a more advanced civilization.
Genocide Organ – “God Sent Us I”
An alternative and probably more appropriate band for the Trump inauguration: “We came to wreck everything, and ruin your life.”
Tuning Circuits – “I Am A Non-Believer”
Mind-blowing Dutch power electronics! Must be played at high volume, on a regular basis.
(Mokugyo) 木魚 – “木魚のジ・エンド”
Incredible Japanese sad wave drum machine cover of The Doors’ “The End”.
Ericka Irganon – “Rêve De Fièvre”
Murky lo-fi breathing stereo flanging assemblage; deceptively simple but with an intense atmosphere (bonus points for a small-minded critic getting shot down in the Youtube comments).
Schaltkreis Wassermann – “Sex Is Out, Ich Bin Geklont” [slow]
Pitched-down version of this groundbreaking Swiss minimal wave classic.
Solanaceae Tau – “The Algorhythm Dream”
An elegant, haunting and a surprisingly unknown darkwave tape release from Germany 1990.
I am continually grateful to the “Strange Music” group for helping me discover new (old) music that I possibly would never have heard otherwise.