Soft Grid ernährten sich 2016 von abgefressenen Kilometern und beginnen das neue Jahr ein weiteres Mal auf Tour. Nachdem sie im Oktober ihren »Corolla« als LP über ANTIME in den Verkehr entließen, quetscht sich das Berliner Trio ein weiteres Mal auf die Rücklehne und macht im Kofferraum zwischen Drumkit, Synthies und Bratsche Platz für ANTIME-Labelmate Bad Stream und den Resident-DJ konkrit. Es wird ein kurzes, aber nachhaltiges Vergnügen, nach dem es selbstverständlich weitergeht. So angeschlagen ist Soft Grids Corolla nun doch nicht.
Stimmen zu »Corolla«:
»Ein zusammenhängender, vor sich hin mäandernder Strom an, bei dem sich aus jeder musikalischen Idee bereits die nächste herausschält.« – SPEX, Daniel Welsch
»In diesem Album steckt mehr drin als in so mancher zehnalbigen Diskografie.« – LUXEMBURGER WORT, Vicky Stoll
»Soft Grid [konstruieren] ihre wie Momentaufnahmen wirkenden, live eingespielten Stücke aus vielen Schichten und nach genauen kompositorischen Ideen.« ZEIT ONLINE, Vicky Rose
With their debut LP Corolla for ANTIME, the Berlin-based trio Soft Grid captures the explosive energy of its celebrated live shows. Soft Grid was started in 2014 in an abandoned hospital ward by Jana Sotzko (of Dropout Patrol) and Theresa Stroetges (alias Golden Diskó Ship), who had previously been working together in the improvisation project Epiphany Now. After their spontaneously composed and recorded tape release Stingrays was issued through Berlin’s Twaague Records in the summer of 2015, the British drummer and producer Sam Slater was recruited more or less directly from a Berlin dance oor to join the band for live shows. He became a full member in no time. Since then, the three-piece has shared stages around Germany alongside such diverse acts as Des Ark, Milemarker, Messer, or even Tolouse Low Trax.
Corolla is as much of an improvisational effort as their live shows: not really. Just like their gigs – which have all members wandering around to take over duties on synthesizers, bass, guitar, viola, and microphones – Corolla is a carefully mapped out, compositional whole, recorded live over two days in Salon Berlin by Sylvain Livache. It showcases the trio’s taste for ventures into the realms of extreme acoustic sounds and electronic textures as well as their knack for catchy hooks and driving rhythms. Even amidst the heaviest synth breakdowns, there’s something joyful to cling to. Soft Grid make music that is continuously twisting and shifting, which immerses itself in the steady flow of sonic events without losing focus. Anything goes on Corolla, and when it does, the three head in exactly the same direction.
From the massive opening chords of »Herzog On A Bus« to the subtle Chicago-style Post-Rock influences on »Hospital Floor« and the erratic finale which is the title track, Soft Grid create a musical narrative throughout their debut LP which reflects its lyrical themes. While the lyrics of Corolla, themselves a collaborative effort, sample everything from a Werner Herzog documentary to the eerie atmosphere of that hospital ward where the band was born,
there is at least one leitmotiv which ties them together:
Soft Grid are first and foremost concerned with
moving forward. And they will.
Bad Stream live A/V
Hainbach live modular
Tony Renaissance live
Daniel Craig live
Sure, it would have been almost quiet around the ANTIME crew if we hadn’t had the pleasure of releasing a stunning remix bundle for Soft Grid’s 2016 LP »Corolla« late this summer. But that doesn’t mean we’ve been idle in the face of turmoil. On October 28th, ANTIME will return to Berlin’s most beloved musical hub, Urban Spree, for a label showcase that doubles as release party for the brand new digital ANTIME compilation released on the same day.
Label founder Martin Steer has been busy this year perfecting his Bad Stream audio-visual live show and will present the newest results along some old and new faces. The recent Opal Tapes alumnus Hainbach has been performing and collaborating with people from the ANTIME crew for quite a while now and we’re happy to have him back for one of his modular synth sets, just before he sets out for an exciting future with us. Daniel Craig hasn’t been living in Berlin for long, but has rapidly become a very active figure in the city’s experimental underground scene and will bring some of his oneiric trademark sounds this evening. The line-up will be completed by two exciting artists who are completely new to the ANTIME universe. Tony Renaissance from Vienna blends a knack for elegiac pop ballads with a passion for sweaty, contemporary club music into an eerily fascinating whole. The Venezuelan DJ and producer Hyperaktivist, host of the regular Mess nights at Berlin’s Ohm will bring some Industrial and EBM-inspired off-kilter Techno to the party.