act 338 · distel · zand · cd

tracklist:
01. cell
02. fall
03. dögn
04. regn
05. che
06. coralline
07. nothing to mend
08. unfold
09. the first
10. in ruins
11. snake messiah

upc 821272216025
release date: 27october2k15

artwork by salt
mastered by frank riggio at doznexist
gatefold cd packaging

the second full length album by the remarkable dutch project is a striking feat: the followup album to 'puur' displays once again distel's outstanding skills, fusing sound treatments, songwriting and emotional intensity with the ability to generate a coherent, monolithic opus reaped from a wide range of sources.

'zand' is a collection of songs expressing autumnal, funereal moods through subdued atmospheres carried by subliminal beats, phantasmal electronics, processed guitars and gloomy, sometimes mildly distorted vocals. particular levels of discomfort are never exceeded, never the less they are audible and linked with layers of tension and intensity.

four exclusively recorded tracks, a cover version of a song by the legendary n.y. based project suicide and six remixes made for keluar, acclimate v.1, ghost actor, black egg, veil of light and michael idehall add up to a harmonious and perfectly coordinated set executed in distel's very own style oscillating between ritualistic soundscapes, vintage industrial music and cold-/darkwave. an album that leaves space for adventure, fun and some strange moments.

also available:


ikon143 distel. kita. t-shirt
black t-shirt with white frontprint.
sizes: s, m, l, xl, one-sized girlie-shirt

discography 10.2k15:
zand. cd. ant-zen act338. 2015
nord. 7". beläten 55 cs. 2015
puur. cd / tape. ant-zen act318 / black horizons bh-88. 2015
ultra2012. cassette. beläten. 2014
puur. lp / lp+7'. enfant terrible enfant22 / enfant22.2. 2013
mrok / regn. 7'. enfant terrible petit enfant 006. 2010

official webpages:
www.tuchtunie.nl/distel
www.facebook.com/spekktredistel

track 01 - 04 written & performed by distel. additional vocals by lilla magyari on track 03. additional percussion by scramasax on track 04

track 05 taken from the album 'suicide - tribute to iconic new york legends'
with kind permission from unknown pleasures records - www.unknown-pleasures-records.com

track 06 originally written and performed by keluar - www.facebook.com/keluar
taken from the album 'keluar' with kind permission from desire records - www.desirerecords.com

track 07 originally written and performed by acclimate v.1 featuring katrin radman - www.acclimate.co.nz
taken from the album 'nothing to mend {remixes}' with kind permission from samboy get help! recordings - www.samboygethelp.co.nz

track 08 originally written and performed by ghost actor - www.facebook.com/theghostactor
taken from the ep 'torn' with kind permission from aufnahme + wiedergabe - www.aufnahmeundwiedergabe.de

track 09 originally written and performed by black egg - www.facebook.com/black.egg.room
taken from the ep 'brotherhood' with kind permission from aufnahme + wiedergabe - www.aufnahmeundwiedergabe.de

track 10 originally written and performed by veil of light - www.facebook.com/veiloflightmusic
taken from the ep 'pale eyes' with kind permission from beläten - www.belaten.se

track 11 originally written and performed by michael idehall - www.belzebez.se
previously unreleased, with kind permission from beläten - www.belaten.se

reviews:

peek-a-boo
zand is the second album by the dutch formation distel (the debut being puur). the album contains four original compositions, a cover of a track by the new york band suicide (che) and six remixes of songs by keluar, acclimate v.1, ghost actor, black egg, veil of light and michael idehall. zand is released on the german label ant-zen, which means that you can expect drone-like soundscapes. cell is a quiet, almost ballad-like composition with dark drones in the background, whistling synths to the fore and machine gun-like flashes in between, while fall gets a higher pace, monotonous drones, synth flashes and vocals that penetrate gently through the sound scape, sometimes whispered, sung at other times, echoing to the sound of powerful electro-drums and thick layers of synth music. the more repetitive dögn has similar vocals, whiny and playful synths, again dark and buzzing drones and it comes closest to what you might call a normal rock ballad in terms of accessibility. you can imagine that there is interest in this kind of music outside the drone genre. the fourth track is called regn, which sounds pretty cozy, with soft rustling drones, occasionally muffled percussion, gentle noise and echoing voices as a cathedral choir. it may sound strange but sometimes we thought we heard the fragile and brittle sound of the nits. che is a track from the debut album (1977) by the american band suicide, with dreamy vocals, buzzing drones and grinding-like synths in between, a quiet rock anthem getting louder electro support afterwards. in distel's remix version the voices are less prominent and the drones and synths sound darker, quieter and less sharp. it is rather a matter of nuance than of an entirely different approach and it is difficult to choose between the two versions, but the remix version is far more intimate and dreamy. in distel's remix version, carolline (original by keluar) loses its sonorous tone. the sparkling electro is replaced by whizzing and dark drones with an occasional serving of layered and thumping percussion, and vocals that are much less accentuated. a similar process is used in the remix version of nothing to mend (acclimate v.1): the hectic autechre-like electro is removed and replaced by dark drones, synth and metallic noise and an almost waltz-like pace. little has been retained of the original song and the roared lyrics of the acclimatize the v1 version are carefully recited by a distorted voice. we haven't found the unfold version of ghost actor on the internet (so we can't compare), but distel applies its now familiar technique: the melody is downgraded and fits perfectly with the rest of the material. the first, a track from the debut album by black eggs, probably gets the most radical metamorphosis of all the remixes on this album: the vocals are removed, the dark drone is maintained, while the noise fragments are replaced by controlled synth sounds and synth noise. as a result the first becomes an attractive instrumental composition, which remains far from the dream-like and rather loud approach of black egg. the penultimate track is a remix of the veil of light composition in ruins. distel undresses the turbulent atmospheric electropop tune, making it sound less nervous, with darker tones, while the vocals are mixed much more to the fore. we haven't found the original version of michael idehall's snake messiah on the internet, but it certainly sounds more emphatic than what remains in the remix version of distel. it's amazing how easily the members of distel adapt the seven compositions by other artists to fit their own style. consequently, this second album makes a very homogeneous appearance. the band clearly has no need of bombast or exaggerated effects, and the result is a controlled and balanced album that you can play often. (william lienard)

black online
nachdem ant-zen im vorigen jahr das debüt-album "puur" der niederländischen angst pop-formation im cd-format wiederveröffentlicht hat und mit der single "nord" bei beläten zumindest drei neue songs erschienen sind, war ich sehr gespannt auf das angekündigte neue album von distel. jenes liegt jetzt via ant-zen vor und bei aller vorfreude stellte sich nach genauerer betrachtung leider etwas ernüchterung ein. "zand" ist nämlich nicht das lang erwartete neue album, sondern eher eine bündlung rarer tracks und remixe. so entpuppen sich drei der vier vom label mit dem attribut exklusiv angepriesenen songs als schon bekannt und so war "regn" damals die b-seite der ersten single, "dögn" auf der "kamp holland"-compilation zu finden und "fall" stammt vom soundtrack des edwin brienen-films "exploitation". dazu gesellt sich noch die geniale coverversion "che" von der suicide-tribute-cd des unknown pleasure-labels und im anschluss sechs distel-remixe für befreundete bands. diese sind im einzelnen dann keluar, acclimate v.1, ghost actor, black egg, veil of light und michael idehall. zumindest letztere interpretation war bisher unveröffentlicht und übrigens hat ant-zen erst kürzlich dessen beide beläten-tapes auf der cd "deep code sol" vereint. doch zurück zu "zand", wo das verblüffende daran ist, dass die cd am ende wirklich wie ein album wirkt, da selbst die remixe den absoluten distel-stempel tragen. es zieht sich somit komplett durch "zand" dieser für distel so typische melancholisch-traurige melodie-schleier, welcher dem analogen angst pop-sound die eigenständige note verleiht und das duo von jeglichen verdacht einer gewollten kopie freispricht! ein zum teil massiv wummernder bass-sound und die schläfrig-hintergründig grummelnde gesang tun ihr übriges, um distel aus der masse herausstechen zu lassen. von der grauen atmosphäre her erinnert mich das ganze an eine elektronische angst pop-ausgabe des "faith"-albums von the cure und das ist jetzt natürlich völlig subjektiv gesehen wie einfach nur großartig! natürlich wäre es auch schön gewesen, wenn man bei dieser gelegenheit gleich noch die restlich verstreuten tracks von distel mit auf "zand" gepackt hätte, aber wollen wir mal mit der cd so zufrieden sein, wie es ist und wer weiß, wenn wirklich mal wieder neues material von distel erscheint. (marco fiebag)

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