Here's a review Frans de Waard has written about COLDSORE - POLLUTANT (promo-CD-R) for Vital Weekly 1069.
"In Vital Weekly 1044 I first came across the music of Coldsore, which is the same guy as Totstellen and GRMMSK and here we have something political again, as the music deals with environmental pollution. The first edition apparently contained toxic materials, but the one I have here is a regular edition. It says on the cover: "recorded in 2016, while digging out from the ruins of TEPCO's Daiichi NPP. We hear the sounds from under the debris inside the slowly collapsing sarcophagus containing reactor 4. COLDSORE uses mostly handmade electronic equipment: sound generators and -deformers powered by disastrous memories of the future and dirty electricity", so you never know what is really true about such things, but I am sure there is a genuine concern here. In the pieces they use cold synth bleeps, airy electronics and sometimes a bit of voices, all to mark off a sense of a post nuclear landscape, via some nicely primitive ambient industrial music. Music, in general, which slowly builds up with some shimmering frequencies to make up a sense of violence and treat. I say 'primitive' to indicate the kind of instruments they are using here. I would think much of this comes through a bunch of humming monotrons and a couple of stomp boxes, plus perhaps a 2-bit sampler, older than the current owner and full of dust; all neatly taped on a cassette for that extra layer of roughness, which is not lost in translation back to the CDR. The website mentions this as fifty-minute tape, but I have here a sixty-three minute CDR; the final piece being a twenty-two minute live recording at the Anarchist Black Cross in Helsinki, in which everything goes up a bit and the group/project sounds a tad more industrial. This is surely a sonic wake-up call."
IDWAL FISHER has written a very nice review of our recent releases. In case you are close to the UK, be reminded that the LIBBE MATZ GANG / COLDSORE splittape is also available for LIBERTATIA OVERSEAS TRADING.
"Tapes come and go in the room where I type out these words and when I’m done with them I put them in a box. Sometimes I pass them on or, if I’m feeling devilish, I take them down the chazza where no doubt ladies of a certain age pick them up and look at them with a curious squint before asking a colleague if they still sell cassettes or not.
For the last few weeks and months these four cassettes from the Finnish label Totes Format have been whirring away in the background, clicking over from one cassette to the other via the wonders of a trusty twin cassette deck. If I’m concentrating on something computer wise I can often hear the same two sides of the same two cassettes all evening and when I’m hearing sounds as enigmatic and captivating as these I sometimes feel as if I’ve been held in some kind of a trance. Some people have streaming media players and suggestion algorithms, I have recycled cassettes from Finland and a JVC twin cassette deck.
What makes this all the more compelling is that I have no idea who any of these people are. I’ve had Totes Format releases through these hands before and excellent they were too with GRMMSK [I have a feeling the label head here] running around bald, naked and painted white within bridge structures making along the way some amazing sounds with a homemade string instrument and a drill. That was about three years ago now which judging from their website makes for a very steady release program. Editions don’t run to many numbers and as you see we’re in hand made recycled territory here with hand stitched, reclaimed material sleeves and the use of old circuit diagrams as seen in previous TF releases. Its a stance to be applauded.
Out of this dark sea of ambience and dark electronic sounds the last track of three by German artist Kemia got to me the most. It might have been artistic judgement, kismet or a recording made on an inspiring day when the sun just about rises over the horizon and the temperature barely budges above zero but ‘untitled 3’ [never has a track of such beauty been given such a mundane title] did for me like a Novocain shot in a dentist’s chair. A dreamy and blissful decay wrung from an only dreamt about Basinski/Prince collaboration where a series of underwater detonations reverb out to coda on bed of dreamy muffled voices and celestial treated harp. Hypnogogic pop eat your heart out. The preceding two are bleak low hertz blasts and nocturnal ritualistic electronics and something I need to investigate further but track three … let me play it just one more time.
On the flip comes Ollijohanna and two tracks of stunning black industrial ambience. Here is all cavernous drones and desolate electronic skree, hollow roars and stripped wastelands, the sounds of distant explosions and their aftermath.
Coldsore appear twice each time creating dark and foreboding atmospheres that focus on both depression and pollution. On the Libbe Matz Gang split ‘0+0=0’ there’s mention of Largactyl and a quote by Wittgenstein and it is of course suitably wrist slitting. Pollutant’s four tracks contain various synth atmospheres accompanied by sampled dialogue, the odd disguised PE vocal and air raid sirens all leading me to think that these tracks were recorded by someone who hadn’t been listening to disco for a while. Depressing, sombre works no doubt recorded in the depths of a Finnish winter at three in the morning.
‘Under the Chemical Cosh’ is where we find Libbe Matz Gang and a short side of swirling flanges and lower key synth blurp that would no doubt pop the woofers on cheap paper cones. A fitting flip to the Coldsore track. While RST’s ‘Haikus’ consists of two live tracks as recorded this year, the first a constant stream of low end flutter and tundra storms perforated with granular crumble, dark, random pulses and eerie ritualistic melodies, the second an empty room filled with angular resonating electronics.
Putting these releases in a box seems criminal and the chazza is definitely out. Perhaps I’ll leave them on display for a while before giving them another outing on the JVC."
KEMIA / OLLIJOHANNA
Will be a clear C50 split-tape of dark experimental electronics by KEMIA and no-input-mixer dronescapes by OLLIJOHANNA in a limited edition of 15 copies in a numbered postcardsized package.
RST - HAIKUS
Will (most likely) be a one-sided recycled C90 tape by RST with two live recordings plus one exclusive track of somehow broken experimental noises with the B-side of the tape with it's original content (most likely) recorded telephone cconversations about medical topics. Limited edition of 15 copies in a numbered postcard-sized package.
COLDSORE - POLLUTANT
Will be a clear C50 tape by COLDSORE with disastrous doomdrones generated with handmade electronic devices interlaced with voicesamples. Limited edition of 25 copies in a numbered postcard-sized package with additional screenprintet POLLUTANT patch in random colours.