Dear readers, today Black Metal & Brews has the honor of sharing not one, but two impending treats from Swedish blog Repartiseraren. It’s long been a site worth your attention. Now with a split between J.E.L. and L.E.J. as well as a brief yet brilliant compilation entitled The Impersonated Tapes, I’ve got a good excuse to spread the gospel of an excellent site working heavily with the electronic and experimental communities. Those of you who have been following along for quite some time might remember Repartiseraren by its original moniker as Invisible Guy, but regardless of your familiarity, this is a great time to join in.
First off, let’s take a look at this split. I know next to nothing about L.E.J. and J.E.L. as entities, but this collection of mangled techno is really brilliant and jarring. In an interesting spin that rewards fans in different ways, those who purchase the cassette edition of this split will receive three tracks, while the digital edition is bursting with seven songs. On “Trash (Reworked),” J.E.L. offers up blaring, fuzzy synth lines over a constant, stomping beat for just long enough to throw the listener off when the whole thing breaks down into oscillating burbling bits for a good chunk of the song’s midsection. It’s unlikely to be the next dancefloor hit, but it bridges the worlds of dance and noise wonderfully, setting the stage for the rest of the split’s dense and bizarre electronic explorations. J.E.L.’s highlight is “Dense (As Well)” and it’s mercifully included in both the digital and cassette editions, a surefire way to please all audiences. As a firm contrast and complement, L.E.J. fills the cassette’s B-side with “Outtakes (Live in a Basement),” which is delightfully glitchy and dissonant, more on the noise side of the spectrum than its beat-driven counterparts. This is the sort of stuff that melts minds, so don’t delay. Twenty copies on tape to be released near the end of this month. Digital is forever. Pick your poison and lose yourself in it.
Next up is The Impersonated Tapes, a collection of songs from diverse experimental artists. This is more heavy on atmosphere and composition than the split and flows almost like a single composition with multiple themes to explore. My personal favorite is the minimal yet clashing “En Glimt” by Dekorativa Parasiter, but not one of the seven tracks presented here feels out of place or unwelcome. Just a few days ago this compilation only contained four tracks. With a set release date in June, it’s easy to imagine this compilation becoming a vast resource for fans of electronic music’s outer reaches, just as the website that assembled it. From crackling synthesizer melodies to nearly dance-worthy compositions to unearthly soundscapes of horror, there’s a little bit of everything here and it’ll keep you coming back. Well worth the price of admission.