The Slovene multi-genre trio TRUS! launched a video for “Seven Words”, a song off their new album, “Banana split”. The video was made in cooperation with AVA – Academy of Visual Arts Ljubljana and you can view it here.
At the beginning of 2013 TRUS! were still searching for the right sound, which they eventually found and recorded on their debut, “First Step” (Moonlee Records, ZARŠ). By the time their sophomore record, “Banana split” (Moonlee Records, God Bless This Mess Records, 2013) was out that same year, they were already lauded as one of the most pleasant surprises in the Slovenian independent music scene, as both records got a lot of praise from music critics and fans.
The video for song “Seven Words” proves that TRUS!‘s exploration of musical and social curiosities won’t stop in 2014!
This time, they’ve embarked on a search for solitude and emptiness and wrote “Seven Words”, in which Jelena’s voice subtly intertwines with keyboard tunes and free jazz-like drum acrobatics, oscillating wildly between playful and tranquil parts. Altough it’s gentle and uplifting upon first listen, »Seven Words« is actually inspired by an urban myth about seven words that should be said to tollbooth attendants, in order to cheer them up, prevent the depression and discourage them from suicide. Alongside the presentation of the video, TRUS! actually are starting a campaign of cheering tollbooth attendants up and they’re inviting all their fans to join! Altough the problem may seem marginal, it seems to us that rain feels more gentle and sounds nicer with »Seven Words«.
The video was produced by AVA – Akademija za vizualne umetnosti from Ljubljana (Academy of Visual Arts Ljubljana), where it was made by Pepi Sekulich (directing and camera) and Matija Jakin (editing and post-production), continuing the collaboration started at Klubski maraton Radia Študent 2012, which was also the first time TRUS! presented themselves to the public.
Serbian post-punk trio Repetitor is heading north again. They will perform twice at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2014 festival in Groningen, Netherlands, and on their way back they will play couple of shows in Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland on their way back. As most of you already know, Repetitor is fantastic live band, so grab the chance to see them on stage if you live nearby.
15.1.2013 @ De Spieghel (Up), Groningen, Eurosonic (NL)
16.1.2013 @ Shadrak (Floor), Groningen, Eurosonic (NL)
17.1.2013 @ surprise gig ! (NL)
18.1.2013 @ Vrankrijk, Amsterdam (NL)
19.1.2013 @ Neustadt52, Schaffhausen (CH)
20.1.2013 @ Glockenbachwerkstatt, Munchen (DE)
Mr. Moonlee has joined powers with God Bless This Mess, a record label from Prekmurje (a region in Slovenia), and proudly announces a double nice surprise – a second release this year by TRUS!, and kleemar‘s eagerly awaited debut album, which we’ve been waiting for the last decade. These nice guys joined forces, peeled the banana, threw the peel in front of your legs, sliced the banana in half, served it in the form of a collaborative vinyl record, and named it “Banana Split”.
“Banana Split” brings a double exciting dose of an insightful musical expression. Full of energy and curiosity, TRUS! fill their side of vinyl with post-punk playfulness, indie-electronic mischief and seductiveness of trashy pop. Therefore, it’s simply impossible to put their musical expression inside the usual genre compartments and pull up obvious comparisons with other bands, which is just one more reason to cock our ears and simply spin the music. On the other side of the disc, kleemar took care of sentimental ethereal electronics which explore the subtle melancholic microambients and invokes a delightful atmosphere. Kleemar remains indefinable by genre, as well, as he draws influence from very diverse artists such as Mount Kimbie, Dan Deacon, Gold Panda, Four Tet, Album Leaf, Caribou …
”Banana Split” will be released on 17th December 2013 as a 12” vinyl and free download where each can also decide about the amount of the support. For those dying to know how Banana Split tastes like, vinyl pre-orders are already available, and music is also ready to listen and download on Bandcamp.
The release parties will take place on 20th December 2013 at Gromka, Ljubljana, and 21st December at MIKK in Murska Sobota. Also, TRUS! and kleemar have prepared a special surprise for these occasions, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
It’s almost holiday season and Mr. Moonlee‘s offering up two singles as a preview of his next release, the »Banana Split«, on which TRUS! and Kleemar will be joining forces!
Kleemar, a.k.a. Matej Končan, the enfant terrible of Slovene IDM electro and ex-keyboardist of Lollobrigida, presents his first single, »Made in My Hand«, which brings a subtle, dreamy soundscape bathed in the melancholy of Prekmurje.
On the other hand, TRUS! are offering the dynamic and playful »Movie Star«, which proves that this Slovene trio still radiates a special creative energy and freshness, which we’ve been amazed by since their debut release, First Step.
»Banana Split« will be released on 17th December 2013 by Moonlee Records and God Bless This Mess as a 12” vinyl and free download. The release party will take place on 20th December 2013 at Gromka, Ljubljana, and 21st December at MIKK in Murska Sobota. Also, TRUS! and Kleemar have prepared a special surprise for these occasions, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Mr. Moonlee is becoming an old man, slowly but surely – next year he will turn 10. As he’s getting more and more eccentric and unpredictable, he’s suddenly decided to start selling his records by the pound!
Good music must end up in the hands of good people, the ones that support us or will do so. It’s a fact that records always feel better and happier in someone’s living room than in Mr. Moonlee’s warehouse. And emptying the warehouse will also free up some space for new records looking for a new home. Vicious circle. And last but not least, if this operation earns Mr. Moonlee some extra cash, it’ll be so much easier for him to release cool new records in the future, as well as to provide moonleenade and lemon pie for all of us us to stuff ourselves with at next year’s Moonleejada!
So, what should you do? Grab some records and start the countdown to 2014. – the year of Moonlee. :)
Here’s what’s going on:
A heap of great records at low prices.
2) Baby Pack
If you buy two Moonlee releases, you get the third and cheapest one for free.
3) Bonus track Pack
If you make a big order, Mr. Moonlee will throw in some treats for free.
So, start your cargo trucks, Mr. Moonlee’s already sitting in the warehouse, behind the wheel of his forklift and yelling: First come, first served!
And what Mr. Moonlee prepared for the future:
- A musical marathon, »Od Vardara do Triglava«, during which three bands will visit Ljubljana, Belgrade and Skopje.
- A new webpage – Moonlee Booking‘s on the way!
- A new Moonlee release: Kleemar / TRUS! – Banana Split LP will be released on 17.12., followed by promo shows on 20.12. in Ljubljana (Gromka) and 21.12. i Murska Sobota (MIKK). Some serious dancing will ensue in December!
- Repetitor are confirmed for Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Holland in January 2014.