This band, founded in Münster in 2010, is one of the most interesting new acts in the German post-punk scene. Despite featuring obvious influences of icons of days gone by, Messer still stands out from the current crop of German-language bands. In contrast to Die Nerven or Isolation Berlin, who have quickly become the darlings of the scene, Messer’s music has an urgency and vehemence that sounds pleasantly urban and tends to incorporate the turbulent and rebellious period of the late 70s and early 80s in dark, intelligent, driving rock songs with a highly individual and unique character. Their relocation to Berlin has long been reflected in their musical output, and since the release of their album «No Future Days» a few months ago, a concise dub influence has been apparent, driving their music even further away from the canon of German-language post-punk or indie rock.
Lucrecia Dalt (COL)
Before working as a sound artist in Berlin, Lucrecia Dalt was a geotechnical engineer in Colombia. This fascination for rock layers and the earth’s history inspire her work and had a huge impact on her album «Anticlines», released in 2018, as powerful metaphors that reflect on the limits of human development. In her recently released work «No Era Sólida», Lucretia explores physicality. How do bodies merge with sounds? Is there actually a moment when a body completely mutates into sound? The atmosphere is inviting and haunting at the same time, pervaded by the minimalism of modular synthesizer textures as well as a surreal groove scattered with noise. The voice comes across as a fragment, detached from language and grammar, and yet still with the ability to breathe life into the overall image.
Karl O’Connor is one of the founders of a British scene whose works, somewhere between abstract techno, driving electronica and industrial sounds, is often referred to as the Birmingham Sound. Together with the DJ and producer Surgeon, he founded the British Murder Boys and the Downwards label, works regularly with his local mate Mick Harris (Scorn) and enjoys nothing more than creating dark minimal wave in the duo Sandra Electronics. Under his solo pseudonym Regis, he has been creating outstanding electronic music since the mid-90s, which never simply wanted to be dancefloor friendly but rather absorbs influences from Throbbing Gristle, Einstürzende Neubauten and Cabaret Voltaire. The brilliant album «Hidden In This Is The Light That You Miss» has recently been released, yet another milestone of electronic music that doesn’t dance on the dance floor but around it.
Omni Selassi (CH)
Rea Dubach from Biel and her two musical companions, Lukas Rutzen and Mirko Schwab, have been travelling around a highly innovative sound cosmos for years. The trio meanders somewhere between kraut, noise, experimental jazz and psychedelic punk – sometimes enchanting, sometimes metal hard, quite often distorted, but always mysterious and surprising. Their live performances are a pulsating trip, driven by two drums, always strewn with playful sound elements and permeated by Rea’s mystical and beautiful voice.
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