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Four New Vinyl Releases in Spring

After a small winter break we report back with some news in tow!

One year ago TWIN TRIBES caused a big stir with their debut “Shadows”. Now the successful album of the first US American band in the Label has been remastered in the Young and Cold recording studio. The record is now available in transparent red. 

BRAGOLIN also made a steep start with “I saw nothing good so I left”. After only 7 months the album already went into the repress. And it’s a beautiful piece to behold: The vinyl is released – matching the cover – in copper red.

Since 2014 the SCHONWALD duo has been developing the Dark Electronic project SHAD SHADOWS. On April 15th the debut album “Nocturnal” will be released by Young and Cold Records. So much is certain: it will be dark and atmospheric.

PINDROPS from Lithuania deliver another debut. The EP “Reflections” is a guitar-heavy mix of post punk and noisy shoegaze elements. The vinyl comes in two versions: transparent blue with black streaks and clear black. Both are available from May 15th. 

As usual, all Young and Cold Vinyls contain a download code.

Translation: Jan Oswald

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Plastikstrom – “Beton gegen Angst“ – Album Preview

On the weekend Matthias Günzler and Jürgen Schips from Plastikstrom came to the Y&C recording studio to record their first album. The roots of the project go back to the 90’s, Günzler and Schips then performed in the gothic rock band Darc Entries, on which they mainly concentrated. At times Plastikstrom was even paused, but since the early 2000s the project has picked up speed again.

Now Plastikstrom record new songs together with label producer Daniel Hallhuber while also reworking older recordings. The working atmosphere is not only familiar, but you also notice the passion with which all parties work together.

“Beton gegen Angst” is the title of the new release. A title that evokes associations with grey buildings, a mood of the end of time, decay and anxiety, but also current political world events. “Beton gegen Angst” or “Concrete against Fear” is borrowed from a documentary about people who began to set up bunkers in the USA in the 1990s. The Cold War had just ended, but the fear of imminent danger was not over for many.

Within this dystopian, apocalyptic theme the songs deal with both social and private topics. It is about life in an asphalted world, the urge for freedom, fear of overcoming. About pain, anger, the loss of culture and the degeneration of humanity. Instead of breaking the concrete, people continue to build it and hide in it.

The album skilfully spins a red thread of old and new songs. Musically, Plastikstrom ranks in several genres. The sound could be described as a mixture of electro, dark wave, punk, EBM with borrowings from Neue Deutsche Todeskunst. This multitude of influences trace Plastiktrom back to the fact that the scene in the 80s was less fragmented and they moved between the groups.

The release of “Beton gegen Angst” is planned for May. For the rest of next year, however, Plastikstrom will have some surprises in store!

Plastikstrom on Y&C Records

English translation: Jan Oswald

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Sine City releases new Album “The Last Train”

Swedish newcomer Sine City (Ex Art Fact) will release their new EP “The Last Train” on Young & Cold Records

Sine City,  known from the Minimal Wave groups Art Fact (Måns Jonasson) and Blipblop (Pål Roos), are aiming to unite Pop and Darkwave. The vocals of the first track, which provides this EP with its name, are especially reminiscent of Hurts frontman Theo Hutchcraft. The mixing was done by Hélène de Thoury (Hante.) “We are big fans of the atmospheric sounds that Hélène creates on her albums, so we just asked her and she mixed the track for us. It was fantastic and the booming, haunting sound is the perfect introduction to the rest of the EP” Måns reflects.He then asked the frenchwoman if she would like to collaborate on a song, which led to the duet “On Water´s Edge”. “We had written a tragic love song about a couple that went together, hand in hand, to death, to the ocean.” “On Water’s Edge” works so well because Hélène’s warm and Måns rather subtle voice harmonize perfectly. Musically we feel strongly reminded of Hante’s solo works. The EP ends with the six minute ballad “Scared of Living”. It is remarkable how progressive this song is. Starting quietly and emotionally, the Juno 106 driven song develops into an epic, steadily expanding title, which in its culmination translates into a dystopian instrumental. We are thrilled!See Sine City Artist PageEnglish translation: Jan Oswald
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Daria Leeres new album Fragmented Identity

We welcome Daria Leere (Ex-Monowelt) with her new album Fragmented Identity to our label.

Fragmented Identity is cold, straightforward, yet emotional and multi-layered. The Coldwave influence from past days remains as noticeable as the beginnings of EBM and the lyrical borrowings of the golden Kassettentäter era of NDW. Fragmented Identity blossoms and begins to breathe by cleverly placed field recordings, that is recordings of the natural environment. On “Baustelle” a sledgehammer pounds against concrete, iron rods clang, construction workers scream…

The Russian-born artist set most of the tracks on Fragmented Identity to music by herself in her Berlin home studio, while producer Kieron Will was also involved in the final product. Producer of the Label Daniel Hallhuber helped with the fine-tuning of some tracks. The use of analog devices from the 70s and 80s, which not everyone can call his own, led to a result that fits well with the performers vision. For this purpose, the musician went to the Young and Cold Records Studio in Augsburg. Daria’s innovative approach and her unmistakable voice in Fragmented Identity, which she knows how to utilize in Russian, German and English, will certainly enchant many more listeners.

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