Zwischenwelt (2011) is a collection of memories - which are for for me literally of interest; inter-est.
It suggest to look at a memory as something in-between-being, inter-est, rather than in-being. A memory as something which pulls you outside yourself and places you inside the world. A memory not as an 'Innerwelt', something as a world-less residue or an island that we call 'subjectivity'. But an in-between-world throughout which you are already outside yourself, in music, is life, in being.
"limited CDR hand-made artwork + a2 poster available
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Dämmerleben (2011) Following the suggestion of some of these track titles, don't expect big rhythm changes, this is an ambient release. I won't be offended if you fall asleep on it. Actually, you can view it as an aesthetic accompany thereof. It's for those who have lonely nights. I'm there too.
available at Vynilla, Ghent (Be).
Limited edition of 18 hand-made copies. Picture on recycled carbon sleeve, wrapped in tracing paper. Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the facebook if you are interested (picture)
Herbstlaub l Streets Aren't For Dreaming Youth. (2012)
In 1922 Franz Kafka wrote to Milena Jesenská: "Mein Leben ist das Zögern vor der Geburt". 'Streets Aren't For Dreaming Youth' resembles that same hesitancy in a very subtle way. Fear and hesitation, admiration and awe into one breath, felt within one sound. In this album the cold sphere of indecision isn't just attached to the warmth of veneration but merged into a unified bliss. As a sublime synthesis of electronics and ambient, of dance elements and still enjoyable quite parts these tracks are somewhere in between the head and the hands.
Interstellar Sounds (Europe)
Disk Union (Japan)
Photography is done by Belgium talented artist Jeroen Mylle. Ten copies contains a unique and signed photo of him. Limited to 100th copies. (preview)
Dutch review (from rifraf april 2012): click here
Herbstlaub - Remnants
(2012, Entropy Records)
„ Ja, wenn man Tränen schreiben könnte [...]. “
(Kleist, an Karl Freiherrn von Stein zum Altenstein; 4. August 1806.)
Remnants of sounds, remnants of things or remnants of things already be lost.. All things get lost, eventually. "Remnants" (2012) isn't an attempt to get grip on this matter, trying to give it a second life or as you can state alternatively: trying to get lost the loss. On the contrary, this release is at the heart of the things which pass constant through us, as every moment renews itself - to become: a new one; to become becoming and to lose itself again, in itself. To make this process tangible harmonious parts are alternated with broken sounds, occasionally sustained with deep, tremblings evoking baselines. Repetitive parts are intensified with pure sounds until they get larger and larger, to eventually cut through you and resulting in an explicitly awareness and feeling of this moment. Music as the phenomenology of loss -to get renewed and to become rigid again- because also music must stop; once. Hence the loss.
Herbstlaub', a belgium ambient artist, sound can be described as warm, long stretched melancholic layers which resembles both something of an eternal loss as well the concealed joy of continuous recollecting. Normally he is somewhere inbetween the head and the hands, combining ambient spheres with intelligent beats, for example in his latest album 'The Streets Aren't For Dreaming Youth'. However for this release he totally disrobe himself of the beats and clicks to evoke a world which is dark, actually hardly to conceive a darker one, but pure at the same time. A world which is a witness of loss, and yet that you can experience over again in only 22 minutes.
Photography by Jeroen Mylle.
Mastering and packaging by David Ya.
Music by Herbstlaub.
Released on Entropy Records, ED.005.
Limited to 100 copies.
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This Grace Is Only Reaching Out To Surrender (2012)
Re-edition on 100 pieces of the album Zwischenwelt (2011) and Dämmerleben (2011) together with bonus material and unreleased tracks.
In total more than 130 minutes of Herbstlaub music.
FDL#02 - 2012.
Photography by Jeroen Mylle.
Mastering by A.P.
Interstellar Sounds (UK, Europe) > "Sold Out"
Entropy Record Store (FR, Europe)
Disk Union (japan)
Vynilla (Ghent, BE)
Kornelia (Antwerp, BE)
Review (dutch, RifRaf magazine december 2012)
Our Love Was Only Half Forgotten (2013)
On Our Love Was Only Half Forgotten Herbstlaub continues his path of singing in an hitherto unknown language, whispering sighing mantra's that spin around the head and attempt narrating unnarrated stories - stories that were hidden, concealed under a language that never existed.
Although this voice that isn't singing and neither merely sighing gives the album a slightly dark touch and atmosphere, as if night would lay his cold hands in your neck, the subtle use of filters accompanied with the typical herbstlaub guitars, under a sea of warm and reverberating electronics, still gives the album a wholehearted and gentle fullness. As minimal parts are being sustained by spinning guitars and almost dancing synths, glitches and high frequencies accompany a very spacious and reverberating sound. This album, even more than its herald Streets Aren't For Dreaming Youth, is definitely somewhere between head and hands.
Herbstlaub#Two, Other Heights
Release date: 21 June 2013
Photography by Jeroen Mylle
Mastering by A.P.
Distribute / Order:
Vynilla (Ghent, BE)
Web & Visuals:
Close friend haven't seen for years:
Beside The Hands
Session La Lluvia: Fehlleistugnen
For the Belgian collective La Lluvia I made a more 'dance' session under the moniker of Fehlleistungen.
You can stream these tracks and download for free over here:
Carl de Keyzer
for the Ipad release of Zona, a photography book on russian work camps by Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer, I made the accompanied music.
Track is a reworked version of the song 'mellemhverandre' from my first album Sonnewende (2010).
Concept and realisation by Little Miss Robot
21 December 2013.
7 September 2013.
Indian Spirit Festival,
15 June 2013.
Wedding, Berlin (de).
7 June 2013.
Privatclub, w/ Útidúr (is)
Kreuzberg, Berlin (de).
15 March 2013.
Herbstlaub (live) @ Soireé Urthonà.
9 February 2013.
Herbstlaub (live) @ Infinity
Magdalena club, Berlin (de).
4am - 6am (sundaymorning)
16 November 2012.
Herbstlaub (live) @ Delta.
Brunnen70, Berlin (de).
7 September 2012.
Herbstlaub (live) @ Indian Spirit Festival
Chill Out Room,
31 augustus 2012.
Kornelia, klapdorp 57,
29 oktober 2011.
Herbstlaub (live), die Nachtstunde
Ambient Room hosted by Federleicht.be
Cubic Clash, Turnhout (be).
20 may 2011.
Herbstlaub (live) - Per Sonare Album Release
La Lluvia, 't Kwartier,
12 oktober 2010.
w/ Aus (jp) - livingroom, Ghent (be).
7 august 2010.
La Lluvia @ Meadownight, Brecht (be).
10 april 2010.
w/ Microphonics (Dirk Serries), Oude Pastorij, Westmalle (be).