Pre-order of zenmetal. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
releases October 17, 2019
42DKK or more
Cassette + Digital Album
zenmetal on cassette tape, with beautiful artwork by Elvira von Wiedin Lidin
A side zenmetal failed circle motion human charlie used to be your favorite month but not anymore (w. Sofie Birch)
B side happy dogs (w. Gabo Barranco) pink desert (w. Gabo Barranco)
Includes digital pre-order of zenmetal.
You get 2 tracks now
(streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the
complete album the moment it’s released.
Having spent many years as a soundtrack composer, 28-year-old Johan Carøe now puts out his first solo release, ‘zenmetal’, a seven-track EP filled with minimalistic synth improvisations, tape loops, and sparse string and organ arrangements.
While working on ‘zenmetal’, the Copenhagen-based composer and electronic musician sought a refuge from anxiety - escaping into music performed and constructed on intuition and a spontaneous whim, as opposed to the more premeditated and meticulous way of writing music for film. The result is a series of unassuming sketches that pave way to a deeper level of meditation in his music.
As ‘zenmetal’ progresses from its eponymous, gloomy opening track into more tranquilizing pedal loops and brighter melodies, the A-side ends with a dreamy jam session between Johan Carøe and long time friend Sofie Birch (Kai Oke, Infinite Waves) on ‘Used to be your favorite month but not anymore’. On both tracks on the b-side, Johan Carøe teams up with Gabo Barranco aka AAAA (DOVS, Acid Test), where the pair compose stretched and distorted synths and manipulated field recordings, mixed with natural elements like piano, cello and choir. As ‘Pink Desert’ reaches its climax, the heart and crux of ‘zenmetal’ unfolds: ostensible calmness on the surface with chaos underneath.
If Disambiguation isn’t the gothic ambient album of the summer, it’s certainly the ideal soundtrack for sunbathing alone on a float at an abandoned community pool. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jul 12, 2018