Category: Releases

LUC STARGAZER – DRAMABOY AND TRAUMAQUEEN [Single]

New Release – July 2018

LUC STARGAZER –
Dramaboy And Traumaqueen

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Digital Single
Cat No: RMD006
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 27.07.18
File Under: Post Punk | Wave | Shoegaze

 

LUC STARGAZER Release Info

Since 2010 the Dresden-based band LUC STARGAZER and its frontman Lazy Schulz (Whispers In The Shadow) are exploring the endless expanses of the musical universe between Post Punk, Wave and Shoegaze. Their sound leads through a mixture of melodic guitar walls, starry bass and powerful drums combined with charismatic and unique vocals. The atmospheric music with both electronic and rock elements includes themes around the universe in multilayered arrangements with subtle lyrics.

LUC STARGAZER have found a new home with the Cologne-based indie label Reptile Music where they release the first single “Dramaboy And Traumaqueen“ from the upcoming album “Lunascape” on July 27th. The title track tells the story of two soulmates in a tragical way and is driven by an energetic up-tempo sound. Besides the edit of “Dramaboy And Traumaqueen” the digital single features also the exclusive song “Sleepless”. The debut album “Lunascape” is scheduled for release at the end of August 2018.

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Live:
08.09.18 Deutzen, NCN Festival

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SWIRLPOOL – CAMOMILE [EP]

New Release – May 2018

SWIRLPOOL – Camomile

Label: Reptile Music
Format: EP (CD/Digital)
Cat No: RM003
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 25.05.18
File Under: Shoegaze | Indie | Dream Pop

 

 

SWIRLPOOL Release Info

Sometimes you feel a certain way you can’t even describe. As if someone pressed the pause button on life. There might be obstacles in your way, a heavy heart, thoughts going around your head. That’s what SWIRLPOOL is here for; for all your nightly worries and woes.

The band from Regensburg, Germany, is made up of half the members of Dress and already caused some commotion in the alternative music scene since its formation at the end of 2016. With an easy-going attitude to music, a mix of Shoegaze, Indie Rock and Dream Pop, as well as true to the motto ‘sounds better with reverb’, the quartet secured a place in the hearts of all of those who were looking for such an atmospheric sound. SWIRLPOOL’s musical tapestry gives you a deep feeling of hope, nostalgia and confidence that the film of your life is flying by, in chilled out slo-mo.

After the two singles Camomile & Tired Eyes plus videos and several live shows, the debut EP Camomile is finally released digitally and on CD by Reptile Music, as well as on vintage tape by the passionate indie label Koepfen. The songs delight with a cool arrangement, balanced production, catchy harmonies and a big wall of sound, without sounding melodramatic. As an extra there are two electronic remixes from Sailora and Aethon on the record.

Furthermore, at the end of May and beginning of June SWIRLPOOL are going on tour with their label buddies Shun. So check out the dates and come along. Let’s wait and see where this road leads to. Until then, good night and good slo-mo.

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SWIRLPOOL Tour Dates

31.05.18 München, Cord Club (w/ Shun)
02.06.18 AT-Wien, Venster 99 (w/ Shun)
08.06.18 Karlsruhe, Kohi (w/ The Foreign Resort)
29.06.18 Deggendorf, Holler
04.08.18 Hamburg, Häkken
01.10.18 Regensburg, Alte Mälzerei (w/ Jaguwar)
28.10.18 Regensburg, Popkultur Festival
09.11.18 Köln, Gebäude 9 (w/ Holygram & Whispering Sons) > TICKETS | FB


Watch the official video clip for “Tired Eyes”:

SWIRLPOOL’s debut EP “Camomile” was released on May 25th!
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SWIRLPOOL – TIRED EYES Video Release

SWIRLPOOL New Video Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIRED EYES

14.05.18

SHUN – NOTHING QUITE AS HEAVY [EP]

New Release – May 2018

SHUN – Nothing Quite As Heavy

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Digital EP
Cat No: RMD005
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 11.05.18
File Under: Shoegaze | Alternative

 

 

SHUN Release Info

After two years of playing shows and releasing demos, “Nothing Quite As Heavy” is the first proper release for SHUN. The four-piece group hailing from Münster, Germany presents four tracks that combine a whirl of distorted guitars and pounding drums with airy and intricate pop sensibilities. With their influences set in both traditional and newer alternative rock, indie and shoegaze, the band avoids an all too exaggerated use of noise and layers while still easily maintaining a profoundly dreamy atmosphere that should appeal to fans of acts such as Nothing, Newmoon or Turnover. By exploring different notions of the self in its relations to others, SHUN prove with this debut EP that a sense of being can’t be found in a single feeling but exists only in between those moments of weightlessness and the ones that bring you to the floor.
Shun Web

Live:
31.05.18 München, Cord Club (w/ Swirlpool)
02.06.18 AT-Wien, Venster 99 (w/ Swirlpool)
06.06.18 Köln, Live Music Hall (w/ Psychedelic Furs)


Watch the official video clip for “Over Me”:

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Get the limited tape edition at koepfen records

MESSER BRÜDER – GESTÖRT_01 [EP]

New Release – April 2018

MESSER BRÜDER – Gestört_01

Label: Mira Records / Reptile Music
Format: Digital EP
Cat No: Mira18
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 27.04.18
File Under: Electronique Garage Rock

 

 

MESSER BRÜDER Release Info

Train out of order, instruments lost, no internet, no room, pangs of hunger: disorder on all levels. Stranded in the outback of nowhere. 12 hours on the station platform, too much time just to wait for the next connection. Bad mood and a plan: 12 hours time to write new songs. Using mobiles, instruments (I thought they were lost???) and empty water bottles, 12 songs emerged. This year revised versions will be released on three new EPs. Due to artistic differences the first part Gestört_01 will be released on April 27th, 2018 instead of March 2nd. The video for the song Bit Commander is already available in the internet.
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DEAD LEAF ECHO – BEYOND.DESIRE [German Release]

New Release – March 2018

DEAD LEAF ECHO – Beyond.Desire
[German Release]

Label: Reptile Music / Moon Sounds
Format: Album (CD/LP)
Distribution: Altone
Territory: GAS
Release Date: 09.03.18
File Under: Nouveau Wave | Shoegaze

 

 

 

 

DEAD LEAF ECHO Release Info

English Version:

Brooklyn’s DEAD LEAF ECHO is a music/art collective that released their debut LP Thought And Language in 2013. That premier album was strongly influenced by many 4AD acts, brought into sharp focus by the mixing of John Fryer (Cocteau Twins, Lush, NIN) and featuring artwork by 4ADs legendary designer V23’s Vaughan Oliver which further enhanced their strong aesthetic connections to that label. The band maintains a distinctive ethos-embracing their idols, while still forging their own sound.

Their second LP Beyond.Desire finds them working with legendary engineer Guy Fixsen (My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive) and Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, No Joy, Tamaryn) with artwork from Timothy O’Donnell (another 4AD design alumni) at Mexican Summer’s Gary’s Electric studio in Greenpoint/Brooklyn.

The new record finds them exploring something much more than bands within their sphere typically strive for – it’s introspection leavened with human connectedness and higher arching themes of maturation and growth that transcend the basic needs of lust and want. This record comes far closer to approximating their live show, with a scorching sound that is often volatile, rife with damaged guitar deconstructions and gleaming figures, yet maintains their eminently melodic sensibilities. Beyond.Desire shifts from shimmering to scorching at the drop of a hat held together by rock solid songwriting. By moving between both ends of the spectrum, the ten tracks on Beyond.Desire function both as blissed-out, resplendent expository narratives, and also as pure, white-noise nihilism.

Both their live performances and album, replete with gorgeous packaging and artwork, are crucial entry points to understanding the band. DEAD LEAF ECHO has done multiple tours over the past years resulting in over 200 shows worldwide. Their upcoming tour will also take them to Europe again for the third time.

Deutsche Version:

Nach der Veröffentlichung der Vorabsingle Strawberry.Skin im vergangenen Jahr legt das Musikerkollektiv DEAD LEAF ECHO nun sein zweites Full-Length-Album Beyond.Desire nach. Ähnlich wie beim Vorgänger Thought And Language von 2013 zeigt sich das Quartett aus Brooklyn erneut sehr stark beeinflusst durch den musikalischen Stil und die künstlerischen Gestaltung von Künstlern aus dem Umfeld des britischen Kultlabels 4AD (Cocteau Twins, Lush etc).

Nichtsdestotrotz entwerfen DEAD LEAF ECHO auf ihrem neuen Werk einmal mehr ein eigenes Klangbild, das mit dichten Reverb-Gitarren, atmosphärischen Flächen und dunkler Rhythmik irgendwo zwischen Shoegaze, Dream Pop und Nouveau Wave pendelt. Die melodische Textur wird dabei des Öfteren gebrochen, um kurz darauf wieder harmonisch zusammenzufließen. So fängt Beyond.Desire besser denn je den Bühnensound der Band ein, der in der Regel noch um einiges brachialer und düsterer als die Studioaufnahmen daherkommt.

Für die Produktion von Beyond.Desire wurde der legendäre Soundtechniker Guy Fixsen verpflichtet, der auch schon mit My Bloody Valentine und Slowdive gearbeitet hat. Ebenfalls beteiligt war Jorge Elbrecht, der zuvor bereits für Ariel Pink, No Joy und Tamaryn tätig gewesen ist. Das Artwork hat Timothy O’Donnell beigesteuert, bekannt durch deine Aktivitäten bei Vaughan Oliviers Desginstudio v23, das in den 1980er und 1990er Jahren etliche Cover von 4AD-Releases gestaltet hat.

Im Mai 2018 werden DEAD LEAF ECHO auch wieder live in Deutschland zu sehen sein. Im Zentrum ihrer dritten Europatour steht u.a. ein Auftritt beim diesjährigen WGT in Leipzig.

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DEAD LEAF ECHO EU Tour 2018

16.05.18 Berlin, Monarch
17.05.18 Hamburg, Grüner Jäger
19.05.18 Leipzig, Haus Leipzig (WGT)
20.05.18 CZ-Liberec, Azyl Pivni
21.05.18 Erfurt, From Hell
24.05.18 CH-Yverdon, Les Citrons Masques
25.05.18 CH-St. Gallen, Grabenhalle
26.05.18 Köln, Tsunami (w/ Kadeadkas) > TICKETS | FB
27.05.18 FR-Lille, Le Cactus de Siberie
28.05.18 FR-Strasbourg, Diamant d’Or
29.05.18 UK-London, Monarch
30.05.18 UK-London, Lexington

 

SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE – Seltsame Zustände [Re-Release 1984]

New Release – March 2018

SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE – Seltsame Zustände
[Re-Release 1984]

Label: Reptile Music
Format: CD | Digital
Cat No: RM002
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 02.03.18
File Under: New Wave | NDW | EWR

 

 

 

 

SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE Release Info

English Version:

SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE was a predecessor project of the famous german Post Punk/New Wave band ESCAPE WITH ROMEO, founded by frontman Thomas Elbern with Karl Hamacher and Silvio Franolic in Cologne/Aachen in the early 1980s. After two tape releases the trio recorded its full-length album with producer Dieter Joswig (known for his work with NICHTS) in 1984, who released it on vinyl and tape via his label JoJo Records within the same year. Thomas Elbern subsequently moved on to form PINK TURNS BLUE, but left the band soon after to launch ESCAPE WITH ROMEO in 1989. The rest is history…

34 years later Reptile Music proudly presents the re-release of the SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE album – which has meanwhile become a sought rarity – for the first time on CD. All tracks of the original record have been digitally remastered and the reproduced artwork has been adjusted for a digipak reissue.

 

Deutsche Version:

Anfang der 1980er Jahre in Köln: Thomas Elbern war gerade von Mönchengladbach in die Domstadt gezogen und vollzog mit dem Projekt T.E. MUSIK seine ersten eigenen Gehversuche. Doch noch war nicht abzusehen, wohin der Weg ihn führen würde. Die Gründung der Band ESCAPE WITH ROMEO, mit der er später auf insgesamt elf Alben die deutsche Post Punk/New Wave-Szene drei Jahrzehnte lang maßgeblich prägen sollte, lag noch fern in der Zukunft…

Im Zuge seiner frühen Soundexperimente lernte Elbern bald Karl Hamacher und Silvio Franolic, beide aus dem Raum Aachen, kennen. 1981 war auf Franolic’s Kassettenlabel Reinfall Tapes zwei Releases von T.E. MUSIK erschienenen, fortan wirkte man gemeinsam unter dem Namen SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE. Nach zwei Tape-Veröffentlichungen (1982/83) nahm das Trio im Studio des Düsseldorfer Produzenten Dieter Joswig (der zuvor bereits mit der Gruppe NICHTS gearbeitete hatte) den ersten Longplayer unter professionellen Bedingungen auf. Joswig war so angetan vom Resultat, dass er das Album 1984 über sein Label JoJo Records auf Vinyl und Kassette herausbrachte.

Satte 34 Jahre sind seit dem Originalrelease vergangen, der den Geist des frühen Gitarren-Wave atmet und mit seinen größtenteils deutschen Texten auch undergroundige NDW-Referenzen offenbart. Die längst vergriffene LP-Edition gilt mittlerweile als gesuchte Rarität, die bei Discogs zu horrenden Preisen gehandelt wird. Nun erscheint das Album via Reptile Music erstmals auf CD, komplett remastered und mit reproduziertem Artwork im Digipak.

Es blieb übrigens die letzte Veröffentlichung von SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE. 1985 gründete Elbern mit Mic Jogwer die Formation PINK TURNS BLUE, stieg jedoch 1987 bereits wieder aus und rief 1989 schließlich ESCAPE WITH ROMEO ins Leben. An der Entstehung des ersten Albums, das den ewigen Klassiker „Somebody“ enthält, waren auch wieder Hamacher und Franolic beteiligt. Der Rest ist Geschichte…

2018 steht nun im Zeichen der großen Abschiedstour von ESCAPE WITH ROMEO. Der Re-Release von SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE erscheint pünktlich zu den Auftaktshows in Essen und Köln im März.

SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE Album Info

Tracklist:

1 Die Grosse Chance
2 Disziplin
3 Signale
4 Fussball
5 Stillstand
6 Der Fehler
7 Le Feu
8 Paranoid
9 Neutrale Liebe
10 Fleisch+Blut

All songs recorded live at Joswig-Studio Düsseldorf, 1984
Produced by Dieter Joswig for JoJo Productions
Remastered by Dieter Joswig & Fritz Fey at Double-D Studio
Artwork Reproduction by Patrick Haase
℗+© 2018 Reptile Music under exclusive licence from JoJo Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CD is also available on Reptile Music’s Bandcamp site, please click here to order.

ESCAPE WITH ROMEO The Final Escape Tour 2018

02.03.18 Essen, Grend
03.03.18 Essen, Grend
17.03.18 Köln, Gebäude 9 (w/ Invisible Limits) > TICKETS | FB
14.07.18 Hannover, Subkultur
15.07.18 PL-Bolkow, Castle Party Festival
20.07.18 Meschede, Live am See
21.07.18 Bochum Total
08.09.18 Deutzen, NCN Festival
14.09.18 Karlsruhe, Kohi
15.09.18 CH-Flums, Eine Nacht im Bergwerk
21.09.18 ES-Barcelona, Salamandra
22.09.18 ES-Valencia, Rock City
23.09.18 ES-Madrid, Rock-Ola
27.10.18 Hamburg, Hafenklang
10.11.18 Krefeld, Kulturfabrik (w/ Invisible Limits)
24.11.18 Berlin, Bi Nuu
more to be announced soon…

SWIRLPOOL – CAMOMILE [Single]

New Release – January 2018

SWIRLPOOL – Camomile

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Digital Single
Cat No: RMD004
Distribution: Bandcamp Release
Release Date: 05.01.18
File Under: Shoegaze | Dream Pop | Indie

 

 

SWIRLPOOL Release Info

If only this world could stop.

When four guys from Regensburg, Germany, get together to play music, many elements merge: a wall of sound full of atmosphere and depth brought to life in the suspension of consciousness, the mirroring of a lucid dream. Set between Shoegaze, Indie and Dream Pop „Camomile“ is a first taste of SWIRLPOOL‘s upcoming debut EP which is scheduled for release this spring…
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Live:
25.01.18 Regensburg, Alte Mälzerei (w/ Telquist)
10.03.18 München, Milla (w/ The Garden)


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HOLYGRAM – Acceleration [Cold Colors Remix]

New Release – October 2017

HOLYGRAM – Acceleration
(Cold Colors Remix)

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Digital Single
Cat No: RMD003
Distribution: Bandcamp Release
Release Date: 12.10.17
File Under: Post Punk | New Wave | Shoegaze

 

HOLYGRAM Release Info:

Free download of COLD COLOR’s “Acceleration” Remix to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the release of the original HOLYGRAM EP! This mix is brandnew and was not included on the CD version of the self-titled debut EP.

HOLYGRAM walk the tightrope between New Wave, Post Punk and industrial Krautrock: driving, gloomy and full of catchy moments. The varied influences of the five band members who gathered in the vibrant music landscape of Cologne in 2015 are unmistakable: New Order meets NEU! Previously contradictory elements are deftly combined into a sinister soundtrack for the city at twilight. Music for the lost.

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PALE HORIZONS [Compilation]

New Release – July 2017

PALE HORIZONS [Compilation]

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Compilation Album (Digital)
Cat No: RMD002
Distribution: Bandcamp Release
Release Date: 07.07.17
File Under: Indie | Post Punk | Shoegaze | Wave

 

 

PALE HORIZONS Release Info:

PALE HORIZONS compiles 10 songs from artists which are connected with Reptile Music in one way or the other. Many of the tracks are taken from releases that have been distributed and/or promoted over the course of time. PALE HORIZONS is a journey through the depths of edgy Post Punk, dreamy Indie Pop, glimmering Shoegaze and atmospheric Wave. The digital compilation is exclusively available on Bandcamp for a very special price of 1€ (or more if you like).

 

PALE HORIZONS Tracklist:

 

  1. THE FOREIGN RESORT – Skyline/Decay

Hailing from Copenhagen, the Danish trio mixes melodic 80s New Wave with explosive Post Punk and atmospheric Shoegaze. “Skyline/Decay” is taken from their latest EP “The American Dream”.
THE FOREIGN RESORT Web

 

  1. HOLYGRAM – Daria

The band from Cologne walks the tightrope between New Wave, Post Punk and industrial Krautrock: driving, gloomy and full of catchy moments. “Daria” is taken from their self-titled debut EP, released via Reptile Music on CD in February 2017.
HOLYGRAM Web

 

  1. DEAD LEAF ECHO – So.Wrong

Brooklyn art collective that crafts every aspect of their sound and vision incorporating elements of Indie, Dream Pop, Shoegaze, New Wave and Post Punk. “So.Wrong” is taken from their EP “True.Deep.Sleeper”.
DEAD LEAF ECHO Web

 

  1. ESCAPE WITH ROMEO – After The Party

Led by mastermind Thomas Elbern, the Cologne band looks back to an impressive New Wave history since 1989. “After The Party” is taken from their last album “After The Future”, released on Zeitklang Records.
ESCAPE WITH ROMEO Web

 

  1. MESSER BRÜDER – Fake Fake Copyright

The group from Darmstadt recently changed their style from electronic instrumental music to more song-oriented Indie Pop with female vocals. “Fake Fake Copyright” is taken from their new album “Fahr zur Hölle”.
MESSER BRÜDER Web

 

  1. VELOCHROME – Flood

Located in Cologne, the four-piece presents its very own version of Indie Pop, undoubtedly influenced by the sound of British Post Punk bands from the late 80s. “Flood” is taken from their current album “5 Seconds”.
VELOCHROME Web

 

  1. THE HISTORY OF COLOUR TV – Even Rain

The Berlin-based international band has limited the reverb-laden sound signatures from the past and now blends the melodic sensibilities with noisy echoes of the early American underground. “Even Rain” is taken from their third album “Something Like Eternity”.
THE HISTORY OF COLOUR TV Web

 

  1. THE AUTUMN SIGHS – The Autumn Sighs

The trio from Siegen is mainly influenced by the guitar-sound of the late 80s/early 90s and classic Shoegaze anthems that combine disturbing Wall of Sound and bittersweet melancholy. “The Autumn Sighs” is taken from their EP “Branches”.
THE AUTUMN SIGHS Web

 

  1. LEVEL PI – Memento Mori

Multi-instrumentalist Uwe Cremer from Cologne follows his passions for progressive Krautrock and psychedelic Post Punk. “Memento Mori” offers a Dark Ambient approach and is previously unreleased.
LEVEL PI Web

 

  1. BOX AND THE TWINS – Waiting For The Birds (Dreamed)

The Cologne trio moves within its unique set of coordinates while the enthralling voice of songstress BOX guides through dark and dreamy landscapes into the light. “Waiting For The Birds (Dreamed)” is taken from their debut EP “Our Fears”, the first album “Everywhere I Go Is Silence” (containing a shorter version of the song) was released via Manic Depression/Synth Religion last November.
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