Fiese Art & Half A Twin :: Double review (Förderung Kosmischer Kunst – Musik)

The synth wave resurgence rolls on. Parallel to the revival is a wealth of new artists and groups taking up the synth mantle. Some have tried and failed, touting some angular hair form of electroclash. F.K.K. are right on the money, reinvigorating classic sounds whilst broaching into experimentation.

Fiese Art 'Blinde Kuh / Gemein Sein'

The 7” has had a turbulent life. Once the compact medium of the singles market the 7” seems to have been all but for forgotten. Some labels still love the smallest of the vinyls, and an interesting imprint has just sprung up with a selection of releases. F.K.K. – Musik is a label, despite being just born, with an impressive roster. Alongside a range of debutants sit some established names, jumping off the screen is the return Nine Circles. So what is this new label all about?

Fiese Art open their 7” with the strangeness of “Blinde Kuh.” The track combines a warm synth line with an unsettling, almost hypnotic, chant. This peculiar cocktail leaves the listener whirling, throwing up memories of Funkstorung. The flip sees “Gemein Sein” continue down a similar avenue. The addictive synth hooks are present, but it is the vocals that once more add an uneasiness to the composition.

Another new outfit cutting their teeth on F.K.K. are Half A Twin. Vintage synth pop is the aim, and the achievement, of this petit EP. “Hat Say Fly!” sees clever analogue chords combining with terse vocals to create a well rounded synth track. “Hat Say Streuner!” follows a kindred formula. Classic sounds of Korg and Roland come together alongside brisk lyrics. Two very well produced pieces of synth pop from this German outfit

The synth wave resurgence rolls on. Parallel to the revival is a wealth of new artists and groups taking up the synth mantle. Some have tried and failed, touting some angular hair form of electroclash. F.K.K. are right on the money, reinvigorating classic sounds whilst broaching into experimentation. It’s difficult to judge an imprint based on two releases, but F.K.K. looks to have all the right characteristics for a seriously exciting new label.

Both releases are available on F.K.K. – Musik.

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