Release date: 29th December 2014 Label: Eibon Records (CD), deafborn records (Vinyl 12")
By combining found noises and field-recorded nature with minimal fragile surfer-tone post-rock-guitars, drones and fuzzy low-end bass-lines, Melanchoholics create mad extensive soundscapes and almost cinematic soundtracks to psychotic euphoria and intoxicated wastelands.
After releasing on Drone Records, MNDR and deafborn, Solar Café is their final low-end manifesto for low-end connoisseurs.
Vinyl 12" contains download code including CD only Track "Nuclear Welfare" + exclusive bonus material "Postnovoletna Depresija" and "Disgusting however fascinating"
Where to buy?
Germany: Melanchoholics shop, A&O Medien, Drone Records, Ant-Zen, audiophob
UK: Cold Spring, Norman Records
USA: Beta-lactam Ring Records
worldwide: bandcamp, discogs.com
Solar Café is the third and final chapter within the discography of MELANCHOHOLICS. It was recorded and mixed by MELANCHOHOLICS between 2006 and 2010. The Cover Artwork as of Solar Café was done by Derek Roczen. It's based on a series of stunning photos Benedikt shot during research for a documentary on the long waiting period for the summer solstice in the village of Flateyri situated in Iceland's Westfjords. Hence the album title “Solar Café”. Almost one year later Benedikt died of cancer at the age of 32. Melanchoholics managed to complete the album shortly before Benedikts departure. The album is released on 29.12.2014 via Eibon Records (CD) and Deafborn Records (12” 180g Vinyl). The vinyl-version of Solar Café is limited to 400 hand numbered copies. The album was mastered separately for CD and Vinyl by Michael Schwabe @ Monoposto.
Sound of Solar Café
On Solar Café Melanchoholics once again have set their attention directly to the lurid sides of human personalities: desperate internal fears. Simplistic structures and melodies fleshed out well with subtle textures and voices. The feeling is one of lamentation and dreariness as the sounds trudge along. Yet there is a warmth and smokiness to it as well. There is a colourful darkness before that day comes... the moment to celebrate the return of sunlight.
Vital Weekly 967
„[…] It's music that I quite like actually. It's both abstract and musical; it's both atmospheric and noisy [...]. It has that great cinematic quality to it. It's experimental music just the way I like it; like very much, actually. […]“ (Frans de Waard)
Absolute Zero Media
"[...] This really came out of left field and Solar Cafe is a wonderful surprise to say the least. [...]"
"[...]‘Solar Café’ evokes an effortlessly bleak and melancholic yet occasionally beautiful atmosphere, which will clearly appeal to listeners of cinematic scoped dark ambient and abstract guitar based music."
"[...] I have seldom heard a band that can put such a great, great atmosphere from beginning to end. [...] 90/100" (google translated)
"[...] the album can unite the best of both worlds: the feeling of claustrophobia of dark ambient and the evocative power of soundtracks [...] 8/10" (google translated)
Melanchoholics "Solar Café" album Release Party took place on Sat 05th Sept 2015@ Djaezz, Duisburg, Germany
live: N, Minus1One, Spherical Disrupted, Död vs. Invitriol + "Solar Café" listening session & visuals
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