“…the sonic scree of ‘The First Cause’, crumbling post-rock spire of ‘Parachutes Forever’ and ‘Fast Cars, Clean Bodies’ towering peaks of bass and guitar. You might need a Sherpa to get through it, but the view from the top is magnificent.” – Rave Magazine
Salli Lunn weave dark magic in the bleak hinterland of guitar-driven atmospherics, stirring in equal parts pop melody and angular noise. Songs rise and fall in vertiginous shifts, carried by thunderous rhythms, skewed guitar patterns and the compelling vocal presence of Lasse Skjold Bertelsen. Across the expansive terrain of their debut, Salli Lunn are utterly bewitching.
Heresy and Rite
Across the expansive terrain of Heresy and Rite, produced by Jonas Munk (Manual), Salli Lunn are utterly bewitching, weaving dark magic in the bleak hinterland of guitar-driven atmospherics, stirring in equal parts pop melody and angular noise. From the tumbling drums and lurching coda of opener ‘The Frame of Reference’ to the stunning finale ‘The First Cause’, Salli Lunn walk a tightrope between bright-eyed songcraft and shadowy textures that threaten to overwhelm. Songs rise and fall in vertiginous shifts, carried by thunderous rhythms, skewed guitar patterns and the compelling vocal presence of Lasse Skjold Bertelsen, each a superb demonstration of Salli Lunn’s mastery of light and shade. Chiming guitar arpeggios highlight the hope and yearning woven throughout the album, while thick coils of bass, pounding drums and wrenching chord changes deepen the atmosphere of foreboding and menace. The album was mixed and produced by Jonas Munk (Manual, Causa Sui) and mastered by Anders Schumann (Oh No Ono, Decorate Decorate, Death By Kite).
Salli Lunn formed in 2001 in the Danish harbour town of Frederikshavn. Three of the four members – Lasse Skjold Bertelsen (vocals and guitars), Line Grønbech (drums and percussion) and Christian Blæhr (guitars and keyboards) – have played as a band for nearly a decade, recently joined by Jan Nissen (bass) to create a line-up that is musically adroit as it is dynamic and powerful. With members of the band playing in other acclaimed acts The Late Parade, Death By Kite and Amber, it is only in recent years that the music of Salli Lunn has received the devotion it demands.
Salli Lunn have supported numerous acclaimed international bands, including Jeniferever, USA Is A Monster and Extra Life. Songs from Heresy and Rite were debuted in Copenhagen and Aarhus in the spring of 2009, where the magazine Soundvenue booked the band for a number of shows. The album was produced and mixed by Jonas Munk (Manual, Causa Sui) and mastered by Anders Schumann (Oh No Ono, Decorate Decorate, Death By Kite).
Hidden Shoal is excited to end the celebration of its 10th year of existence with the new compilation album Eat Your Friends, comprising remixes and covers of Hidden Shoal artists, by Hidden Shoal artists. This freely downloadable album not only showcases the wealth of original music released through Hidden Shoal, but also the creative ingenuity and deft musical touch of the remixers and cover artists.
From searing solar-flared adaptations to delicately reconstructed covers, deep space jam reworkings, and shimmering ambient tapestries, Eat Your Friends reimagines the Hidden Shoal discography in new and beautiful ways, playing to all the strengths of the roster’s dizzying array of talent.
Includes remixes and covers by: Antonymes, Arc Lab, Glanko, Wayne Harriss, Liminal Drifter, Makee, Chloe March, Markus Mehr, Erik Nilsson, REW<<, Slow Dancing Society, Tin Manzano, Willem Gator, and Zealous Chang of music by: Arc Lab, Brother Earth, Cheekbone, City of Satellites, Medard Fischer, Gilded, Glanko & Daniel Bailey, Kryshe, Memorybell, Erik Nilsson, perth, Slow Dancing Society, Tangled Star, Umpire, and Zealous Chang.
Eat Your Friends is available now as a free download via Bandcamp and is also streamable via SoundCloud. Listen and then throw yourself into the wormhole as you explore the originals and more work by the remixers and cover artists. For all the filmmakers, games designers and others in need of engaging music, don’t forget that all tracks in our catalogue are available for licensing (film, tv, games, compilations etc).
Hidden Shoal is extremely excited to be celebrating its 10th birthday this month. It’s hard to believe that back in May 2006, Perth-based musicians Cam Merton, Stuart Medley and Malcolm Riddoch began Hidden Shoal Recordings as a means to put out releases by local artists. Tim Clarke, based in Melbourne, joined the team in 2007. Hidden Shoal has since gone on to become a much-loved independent label and publisher, releasing over 120 albums from a diverse range of international artists and licensing music from its catalogue across film, tv, web and compilation.
Stay tuned for special anniversary announcements in the coming months!
Hidden Shoal is proud to announce the release of the new EP Deconstruction Manual featuring remixes of Hidden Shoal artists by Murdoch University Sound students. The EP is available as a free download via Hidden Shoal’s Bandcamp. Download the full press release here.
On Deconstruction Manual, three students of Perth’s Murdoch University have taken the work of Hidden Shoal artists and subjected it to deconstruction, manipulation and glorious reinterpretation. The project is an ongoing collaboration between Hidden Shoal and the Murdoch University Sound Program, and the three remixes collected on this EP represent some of the diverse, innovative work produced by students of the course. Dr Simon Order, Chair of the Murdoch Sound Program, says of the project “Remix is such a powerful activity which fires up the imagination. These fabulous tracks bear witness to the creative energy of Murdoch Sound students.”
Skybreaker’s remix of Slow Dancing Society’s ‘I’ll Leave A Light On’ throws the original into an industrial thresher, transforming its calming piano and nylon-string guitar into a juddering nightmare of synths and snarl. Karl Ockelford’s ‘Greylands’ renders source audio from Antonymes, Boxharp, Gilded and Salli Lunn into an expansive, glowering horizon of drones, strings and distortion. Finally, Lövmark’s reworking of Antonymes’ ‘Doubt’ immerses Jan Van Den Broek’s monologue within patient, melodically rich minimal electronica.
Skybreaker is the moniker of Hadyn Lander, a versatile multi-instrumentalist and game designer whose influences range wildly from ’60s jazz-rock to modern electronica. Karl Ockelford is a musician and visual artist who has been working in and around the Perth experimental music scene for the past 15 years as part of Sub Ordnance and Abe Sada, and also releases music under the moniker Reluctant Carnivore. Lövmark is an electronic music producer hailing from Northern Sweden, now based in Fremantle, whose influences range from heavy metal to down-tempo bass music.
Throughout the month of May 2012, Hidden Shoal Recordings is celebrating its sixth birthday. Later in the month will be the release of the latest free sampler album, Triangulating Nature, which compiles 12 singles released over the last 12 months. Other delicious surprises will be revealed in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more info.
Since starting up in Perth, Western Australia in 2006, Hidden Shoal has developed an enviable roster of genre-defying global and local recording artists. With 40+ acts from 10+ different countries, ranging from British ambient artist Antonymes through to American musical experimentalist Todd Tobias and beyond, the committed team at Hidden Shoal continues to play an integral role in promoting exciting new independent music.
Hidden Shoal is excited to announce the release of single ‘50 Kisses (TV-Baby Remix)’ by Danish spectral noise-rock quartet Salli Lunn, taken from their recently released album A Frame of Reference, which comprises remixes of songs from their debut album Heresy and Rite, plus all-new songs.
‘50 Kisses (TV-Baby Remix)’ sees the previously unreleased track from the Heresy and Rite sessions reworked by Denmark’s TV-Baby as a driving, lo-fi chase scene. The track hurtles through your brain like a delirious late-night panic attack, rapid-fire beats ricocheting against woolly bass surge, disorientating echoes and electro squiggles. Then, in its closing seconds, a gorgeous coda of chiming interwoven guitars lulls you to a narcotized sleep, the chaos of the preceding minutes a distant dream.
‘50 Kisses (TV-Baby Remix)’ is taken from remix album A Frame of Reference, which also includes single ‘Mirror Girl (Scott Solter Remix)’ and remixes of Heresy and Rite tracks by Markus Mehr, City Of Satellites and Manual. Previously unreleased track ‘White Sight’ rounds out the album in fine style.
“The Danish noise rockers show on A Frame of Reference the hidden depth of many of their prior songs, as well as willingness to re-envision them on the fly… This is no stopgap release, but an extension of Salli Lunn’s growing confidence… The band’s blend of Krautrock, shoegaze, techno and straight on melodic rock is an addicting stew.” – Music Emissions on A Frame of Reference
‘50 Kisses (TV-Baby Remix)’ is available for free download from the Hidden Shoal Store. A Frame of Reference is available as an exclusive digital release through the Hidden Shoal Store and all good third party online stores. Album Heresy and Rite is also available worldwide in CD, vinyl and digital formats through Hidden Shoal Recordings.Salli Lunn – ’50 Kisses (TV-Baby Remix)’
Salli Lunn’s awesome A Frame of Reference has made a sweet dent in the latest KJHK (Kansas) top 30, sitting pretty at number 8! A Frame of Reference by Danish spectral noise-rock quartet Salli Lunn comprises remixes of songs from their stunning debut album Heresy and Rite, plus previously unreleased tracks.
Stream it and grab it here.
Lots of lovely US college radio action happening for our current round of releases. Here’s a run down!
City of Satellites Remixed is one of WRSU top 5 RPM adds and Kramies The European is one of the top 5 Radio 200 adds, Salli Lunn’s A Frame of Reference and Kramies’ The European are in Bagel Radio’s top 5 CMJ adds this week, The Caseworker’s Letters From The Coast continues its long term camp in the Bagel CMJ top 30 charts, Salli Lunn’s A Frame of Reference gets a top 5 CMJ rotation add at KJHK and City of Satellites and Kramies are both charting in the 3WK CMJ top 30. Nice!
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Salli Lunn – ‘Parachutes Forever (Markus Mehr Remix)’
Hidden Shoal Recordings is excited to anounce the release of album A Frame of Reference by Danish spectral noise-rock quartet Salli Lunn, which comprises remixes of songs from their stunning debut album Heresy and Rite, plus all-new songs. The album kicks off in fine style with Scott Solter’s remix of ‘Mirror Girl’, on which the in-demand producer, musician and remixer pares back the original’s spidery postpunk guitars to bring a lurching industrial rhythm section to the fore. Markus Mehr’s dizzying take on single ‘Parachutes Forever’ brings sizzling amp hum into juxtaposition against a double-speed guitar loop, snatches of the main groove, and Lasse Skjold Bertelsen’s vocal, while City Of Satellites transform ‘Fast Cars, Clean Bodies’ into a dreamy electro-rock night cruise.
Heresy and Rite producer Jonas Munk (Manual) takes on ‘The Invention of Steel’, rendering the song a brilliant, cascading and hypnotic krautrock jam. Previously unreleased track ‘50 Kisses’ is reworked by TV Baby as a driving, lo-fi chase scene, while ‘White Sight’, also previously unreleased, rounds out the album in fine style, with its main riff simultaneously drunken and laser-guided in intensity.
“… Salli Lunn persistently avoid any repetition or similar themes – and take every opportunity to push their music into new territories and expand on their own musicianship… on Heresy & Rite, this act of innovation and unpredictability delivers with extreme accuracy.” – No Ripcord
A Frame of Reference is available as an exclusive digital release through the Hidden Shoal Store and all good third party online stores. Album Heresy and Rite is also available worldwide in CD and digital formats and for the first time is now available through Hidden Shoal on vinyl. Be sure to check out the awesome music video for Scott Solter’s remix of ‘Mirror Girl’.
Salli Lunn – ‘The Invention of Steel (Manual Remix)’
Hidden Shoal Recordings today announced the release of ‘Mirror Girl (Scott Solter Remix)’, taken from the forthcoming album A Frame of Reference by Danish spectral noise-rock quartet Salli Lunn. In-demand producer, musician and remixer extraordinaire Scott Solter, well known for working with bands as diverse as Superchunk, St Vincent, Neon Indian, Pattern is Movement and Boxharp, has worked his magic with Salli Lunn’s ‘Mirror Girl’. Solter’s remix pares back the original’s spidery postpunk guitars to bring a lurching industrial rhythm section to the fore. The interplay between the clattering drums, throbbing filtered bass and Lasse Skjold Bertelsen’s vocal creates a sweaty, nocturnal atmosphere that proves alluring and addictive. The track is accompanied by a superb video by Cam Merton, Hidden Shoal label manager and experimental film-maker, which renders the dark majesty of the track as a kaleidoscopic cascade of image fragments, like some sort of psychedelic tv nightmare.
‘Mirror Girl (Scott Solter Remix)’ is taken from the forthcoming album A Frame of Reference, which includes remixes of Heresy and Rite tracks by artists such as Markus Mehr, City Of Satellites and Manual, plus all new, previously unreleased material recorded with Jonas Munk (Manual) during the Heresy and Rite sessions.
‘Mirror Girl (Scott Solter Remix)’ is available for download now from the Hidden Shoal Store and its accompanying video is available for streaming on Youtube and Vimeo. A Frame of Reference is released on 8 September 2011. Album Heresy and Rite is available worldwide in CD and digital formats through Hidden Shoal Recordings. Read a full press release here.
To coincide with the label’s 5th birthday celebrations, Hidden Shoal is proud to announce the release of the latest installment in its free downloadable sampler album series. Hydrozoa compiles 18 singles released over the last 18 months and lovingly sequences them into an epic journey. The album is divided into two sides, each a distinct listening experience in its own right – or, if you choose to digest the album in its entirety, it’s a graduated ride from the ambient and minimal all the way through to the widescreen and guitar-fuelled. Whichever way you slice it, Hydrozoa is a compelling creature.
Featuring Antonymes, Boxharp, City of Satellites, Elisa Luu, Hotels, Iretsu, Jumpel, Liam Singer, Markus Mehr, Mukaizake, My Majestic Star, Rich Bennett, Salli Lunn, Slow Dancing Society, Stray Ghost, Toby Richardson, Umpire and Wes Willenbring, Hydrozoa touches all the bases that make the Hidden Shoal roster unique, and massages them into a broad-ranging and utterly engaging whole. The release accompanied by a pdf booklet containing stunning artwork by Hidden Shoal’s Stuart Medley.
Download the sampler here.
Excerpt: “It might seem curious for a band to follow up its debut with a record of remixes of songs from that debut, but Salli Lunn are anything but predictable. The Danish noise rockers show on “A Frame of Reference” the hidden depth of many of their prior songs, as well as willingness to re-envision them on the fly. There are a couple new songs here too for the nervous. This is no stopgap release, but an extension of Salli Lunn’s growing confidence. The acoustic techno of “Parachutes Forever (Markus Mehr Remix)” is heavy buy warm, to say nothing of daring given their past work. It announces that the band will not play it safe here…. Salli Lunn’s remixes of early tracks on “A Frame of Reference” are often brilliant efforts that re-imagine those songs but retain their essence. The band’s blend of Krautrock, shoegaze, techno and straight on melodic rock is an addicting stew.”
Excerpt: “Danish four piece Salli Lunn have a sound that is likely to divide both critical opinion and listeners generally. The band blend elements of experimental noise-rock, post-punk and even veer toward post-rock, compositional structures rather than ‘songs’. All this adds up to a difficult listening experience. Scales go down when you expect up, and vice versa, wrong-footing the listener at every turn…. Confusion, sleight of hand, twist of fate – Heresy and Rite functions. It is skillful and occasionally excellent but I must add that it is entirely not to my own personal taste… Yet it is imaginative and dare I say distinctive… There’s a power here and dynamism to Salli Lunn that you don’t find all that very often, even in post-rock circles. The album is superbly produced by Jonas Munk (Manual). Its traumatized subject matter and Lasse Skjold’s bruised vocal delivery are other plus points.”
Excerpt: [loosely translated] “… One of the best albums of the year 2010 contained in the final sprint is from Denmark. Point. The band is called Salli Lunn and, with “Heresy And Rite” fresh wind in the noise-rock universe. Point…. The album will be released on the Australian label Hidden Shoal Recordings (initially only) digital form and on CD & vinyl. Point. The post-rocking, psychedelic, progressive shoegazer noise-rockers Salli Lunn have cut me with their debut “Heresy And Rite” of felt slippers…. Even while listening to “The First Cause” I was driven to the wall, the accolade for the song of the week was thus inevitable. Perhaps not the absolute highlight, but a breathtakingly good song “Mirror Girl”, is milled with beats, the whirring Giarrensounds creating a brilliant singing in the ears. A psychedelic guitar orgy, driven by drums and bass, and always on the Twelve, it is never better…. Between Soft and Hard of pop flashes, through the walls of guitars, the songs all sound fresh and intoxicating. You only have to hear the fulminate finale “The First Cause” to understand it’s a remarkable debut. Flushed with power it is simulated in over seven minutes until calm beauty dream-pop, and then with chopped rhythms and hard guitar sounds that really throttle, the specialist Progressive and Post-Rock to go to the end with Noise-Gewaber listeners the last nonsense drive off. And the best thing in the end, “Heresy And Rite” is growing day by day.”
Excerpt: “Formed in 2001, it is only now that Swedish quartet Salli Lunn are releasing their debut LP; averaging over five and half minutes each, Heresy & Rite’s eight tracks are, at their core, studies in spectral rock. Front-man Lasse Skjold Bertelsen sings well in English, but his lyrics are frequently overshadowed by the arresting instrumental lines they nestle in… the highlights here are the vast soundscapes; the sonic scree of ‘The First Cause’, crumbling post-rock spire of ‘Parachutes Forever’ and ‘Fast Cars, Clean Bodies’ towering peaks of bass and guitar. You might need a Sherpa to get through it, but the view from the top is magnificent.”
Excerpt: “Superior and thoughtful math rock from this Danish band. You might expect it to be thrilling and visceral (and it is) but it’s the unexpected details that get me. Like the beautiful pop thrust of ‘Belongings’, the organ wash and intertwining guitar melodies of ‘First Cause’, the itchy percussion on ‘Fast Cars, Clean Bodies’. And overall the restraint.”
Excerpt: “… a debut that is alive with creative individuality. There is a deceptive precision to this work which is further enhanced by Jonas Munk’s expert production. Heresy & Rite unravels a web of creative ideas… Its complexity challenges definition with tracks that are often built on a simple, yet compelling platform, upon which is added building blocks of texture and unexpected twists and turns to deliver a totally intriguing end result. Chiming guitars over the ever shifting, twisting, pulsing, and impressive drumming of Line Gronbech help create a maze of possible directions which prove impossible to second guess. Some simple yet memorable pop-fuelled melody gives way, in wanton acts of deconstruction, to dark layers, unsettling atmosphere, and a myriad of alternatives.”
Exceprt: “Salli Lunn has generated some formidable buzz in the blogosphere… Heresy & Rite is a damn good listen. What Salli Lunn attempt on this record is to redefine the entire meaning of post-rock. Instead of a well-rehearsed, concise and cohesive album, Salli Lunn persistently avoid any repetition or similar themes – and take every opportunity to push their music into new territories and expand on their own musicianship. This is a highly risky approach and one that could have easily turned the record into just another failed attempt at experimentalism. But on Heresy & Rite, this act of innovation and unpredictability delivers with extreme accuracy… With a startling lack of predictability… Heresy & Rite puts a new name on the Danish music map: Salli Lunn. Remember this name, for this Danish quartet is here to stay.”
Excerpt: “There is a lot going on here, with Salli Lunn doing everything they can to twist their material beyond its original forms, and while this can mean shedding the actual song at a point where a lot of bands would add another verse and two choruses, it also leads into studio jamming of near stroboscopic intensities. Predictable it isn’t, and while it might seem that the band threaten to overstretch their abilities when turning their songs inside out and adding cataclysmic waves of effects generated powerchords and thunderous rhythmic arpeggios, the quartet are sufficiently adept to avoid repeating themsleves at any point… Salli Lunn have gone well out of their way to produce a record that has both the noticeable hallmarks of their influences and still manages to sound an entirely original work, and in this they’ve more than achieved their aim. Anyone wanting to hear a purposeful and imaginative rock album will find very little fault with Heresy And Rite, which while it openly references any number of influential and well known bands of the last three decades also has the defining qualities of an album very much of the present moment. And it’s loud, very loud indeed.”
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Salli Lunn’s music is available for licensing (master & sync cleared) through Hidden Shoal. Please contact us with some basic details about your project and the track(s) you wish to use and we’ll be sure to get back to you straight away.