Released in 2013 and 2014, “Sint-Denijs” (Blackest Rainbow Records) and “Ode” (Deep Distance Recordings) have shown to be pivotal records for my music and even for me personally. Both records have been out of print for a while so I thought it was time to share them with the digital world. You can read about, listen to and buy the music below.


HELLVETE – “SINT-DENIJS” (lp) (BRR245)

“Brand new record from Glen Steenkiste, founding member of Silvester Anfang and their more recent incarnation Sylvester Anfang II. Currently Glen is also frequently collaborating with his fellow Anfang member, Ernesto Gonzalez (aka Bear Bones Lay Low) in their free-drone project Gonzalez & Steenkiste. But whilst being active in these projects he still finds time to craft his own music. “Sint-Denijs” is his second solo full length vinyl release following his “De Gek” lp for Kraak Records from 2010, and several great cassette and CDR releases for fantastic labels like Funeral Folk, Sloow Tapes, Audiobot, Crooked Tapes and SicSic Tapes. Since his previous record on Kraak, Steenkiste has been getting more and more interested in sustained tones, foreign melodies and longer compositions. On this new record he draws influences from early Minimalism and old folk music and with the use of harmonium, bowed banjo, electric tampura and analog synth he creates probing intense sounds that try to undo notions of time and place. Steenkiste’s music is like taking an endless shower of sunbeams, warm, comforting and mind-altering. Music that makes time stand still and focuses on shifting details and textures, but massive in sound and presence. This record is pressed in an edition of 500 copies on 180 gram virgin vinyl including a digital download coupon or instant download when bought from Blackest Rainbow’s Bandcamp. 200 copies are on ultra clear vinyl, 300 on black. Ultra clear copies are available to people who preorder direct from Blackest Rainbow, and some copies will be randomly distributed to shops.”

 

Hellvete – “Ode” (lp) (DD15)

“Deep Distance is releasing the new LP from Glen Steenkiste‘s HELLVETE project. Arguably best known as one of the founding members of Belgian collective; the incredible Sylvester Anfang and it‘s SAII recent incarnation. “Ode“ is his third LP following previous, always amazing, sold out cassettes, cdrs and wax on labels as diverse as Kraak, Sloow Tapes, Funeral Folk, Blackest Rainbow and SicSic tapes to name but a few.

“Ode“ continues Glen‘s recent slant towards longer compositional pieces with 2 sidelong drones, which in his own words “document the ongoing search for sustained notes, flickering overtones and blissful environments”.

Recorded prior to his last LP “ Sint-Denijs” in 2011 and is “in praise to all things that bring and inspire great joy. A quest for focus in an impulse overloaded age. Like a weaver combining all the yarns into one delicate woven lace”.

A beautiful LP on both the ear and the eye- wonderful sleeve art and an edition of 300 only on ultra clear vinyl. Expected to move fast, as per previous output for label and artist.”

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De Gek Bandcamp

December 26, 2016

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To close down 2016 and step into 2017 I entered the world of Bandcamp. This will become the home for the  ongoing “Droomharmonium” and “Buiten Het Droomharmonium” stories and a place to drop unreleased music. To get things started you can download a new track, titled “GO’R 2”. If you like it and want to support, you can throw a buck in the hat. I hope you enjoy and all the best for 2017!

“Dimly Lit” free download

September 29, 2014

The “Dimly Lit” tape by González & Steenkiste that came out on Fort Evil Fruit earlier this year is sold out from the label, but Fort Evil Fruit made it available as a “name your price” download on Bandcamp. So if you missed a physical copy and you want it to transfer it from your computer to tape, chip in and support Fort Evil Fruit. All profits go to the label so they can continue to do what they do best: Swamp you with tunes that make your head explode! Do it! You want it!

Some extra persuasion from The Wire: ‘Dimly Lit’ would easily merit release on CD or vinyl