“I Am Pretty Much You” reviewed / Soundcloud

Hi. My third album “I Am Pretty Much You” got a lovely review by ambient superhero and music review connaisseur Thomas de Bauw. You can listen to his moving music here, you can follow him on Twitter here or you can be nice to him on last.fm here.

On his recently relaunched blog, he put a review of IAMPY online which is not only a worthwhile and illuminating but also very enjoyable read:

“I Am Pretty Much You, released in May 2012, abandons what previously made up the project’s canon, and is the best Stefanus Strom album to date.”

Read the entire review here.

I have also uploaded the entire album to Soundcloud:

I AM PRETTY MUCH YOU

My third album was released a few minutes ago. And you can download it here!!!

It was already announced for November or December 2011, I know. But school exams and all that stuff kept me busy. Sorry about the delay though.

Well, nevertheless it’s released now and this day, one of spring’s last days, is actually a very apt date to release it as this album has a rather distinct “summer” feeling. It’s sounds very sleepy, very empty yet filled with a huge amount of field recordings, sounds and other sources.

If you have any questions about the album, if you want to know anything about it or about me, about the music, sounds and samples – or if you want to ask me some questions for a fancy feature article in your hip music blog – go ahead and write an e-mail. I’d love some feedback: mmlampin(at)googlemail(dot)com

If you write any reviews or something else about this album – please contact me via my last.fm account or write me a mail.

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TRACKLIST

01. Infirmary Glume 2.25

02. Waves I (Radiation) 3.59

03. Laughing at Anna 4.52

04. Get Rid of Your Lovely Mouth! 6.54

05. Go Home, Get Home, Stay Home, Fuck Home, Die Home 7.35

06. Waves II (Rippled & Airborne) 3.31

07. Waving About & Mosquitoes 2.11

08. Flying Around & People 4.47

09. Waves III (Media and Pain) 10.44

10. I Am Pretty Much You 11.42

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==Some thoughts on the record==

Although my first 2 albums had recurring themes and topics (“this is iii!” basically dealt in most simple and most abstract terms with medial representation of atrocities whereas “Presence Loop” was about the current state of the United States), my new album “I Am Pretty Much You” is basically an amalgam of various things and topics: cosmopolitic feelings vs. ways how to distribute things vs. silently burning west winds vs. wastelands of hot media. It is about the connection of media and pain, sound and death. References include books like “Understanding Media” by Marshall McLuhan or “White Noise” by Don DeLillo.

“I Am Pretty Much You” is a collection of various tunes, manufactured in a period from July to December 2011. I tried to capture our white noise of cultural and civilizational engineering with this record, our disorientation. Although I’m pretty sure that most of you will think of the record as the “most happy record” by me, for me this is my most depressing, gloomy and quiet record. However: most of this was created during a very happy period of my life. Yet, I somehow understand why (at least) I associate this album with those vague feelings of loss, desperation and soulless void. But there is hope. Somewhere, hidden in communication.

(THANKS TO: N, Max W, Brian, Andi, Jens S, Johannes, Malcolm W, Jan H, Thomas, Klaus, Maik.)

love, s. strom.

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The album’s last.fm page where you can download some tracks of it.

The actual Mediafire download link.

Mail: mmlampin(at)googlemail(dot)com

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Announcement of Album #3: “I Am Pretty Much You”

Hello. New album. Cover, tracklist and some thoughts below.

I AM PRETTY MUCH YOU.

Cover photography: Stefanus Strom.

Tracklist:

1. Infirmary Glume (2.28)
2. Waves I (Radiation) (3.58)
3. Laughing at Anna (4.52)
4. Get Rid of Your Lovely Mouth! (6.54)
5. Go Home, Get Home, Stay Home, Fuck Home, Die Home (7.35)
6. Waves II (Rippled & Airborne) (3.31)
7. Flying Around & People (4.45)
8. Waves III (Media and Pain) (10.44)
9. I Am Pretty Much You (11.40)
Total length: 56.27

I hope, it will be released in December, maybe even November. I might upload some preview tracks to last.fm or Soundcloud. Stay tuned. Any new information will be collected in this blog.

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==Some thoughts on the record==

Although my first 2 albums had recurring themes and topics (“this is iii!” basically dealt in most simple and most abstract terms with medial representation of atrocities whereas “Presence Loop” was about the current state of the United States), my new album “I Am Pretty Much You” is basically an amalgam of various things and topics: cosmopolitic feelings vs. ways how to distribute things vs. silently burning west winds vs. wastelands of hot media. It is about the connection of media and pain, sound and death. References include books like “Understanding Media” by Marshall McLuhan or “White Noise” by Don DeLillo. Also quite important: Noah Chomsky, John Lennon, Theodor W. Adorno, Lady Gaga, various sound historians, DJ Spooky, Alfred Hitchcock.

“I Am Pretty Much You” is a collection of various tunes, manufactured in a period from July to October 2011. I tried to capture our white noise of cultural and civilizational engineering with this record, our disorientation. Although I’m pretty sur that most of you will think of the record as the “most happy record” by me, for me this is my most depressing, gloomy and quiet record. However: most of this was created during a very happy period of my life. Yet, I somehow understand why (at least) I associate this album with those vague feelings of loss, desperation and soulless void. But there is hope. Somewhere, hidden in communication.

(THANKS TO: my boyfriend N, Max W, Brian, Andi, Jens S, Malte R, Johannes, Malcolm W, Jan H, Thomas.)

xoxoxo, s. strom.

“Presence Loop” now released

The official 2nd album by Stefanus Strom got released. Hooray! From now on feel free to download it, to spread the word, to remix it, to write about it, to create awkward fan-art (well, um…).

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

The blog “VIOLETCURRENTS” by the inspiring ambient act Blues4Spacegirl wrote a bodacious review about the album. Here are some excerpts:

Xenophobia in its many forms seems to be a recurring theme, and so are bigotry and war crimes. They aren’t overtly condemned. Here’s the really scary part of the record. The field recordings portray them in a deadpan, as-is manner. The true evil that oozes through the album lies in the mundaneness of its topics, addressed in a heart-wrenching way by the closing track’s protagonist.

Read the full review here.

(Yeah, by the way: any feedback about the album would be nice. Comments, reviews, shouts at last.fm… whatever! I’d be very happy!)

(More info about the album can be found at the “Presence Loop” page.

New Track: Clutter During Downpour

Hi, folks. New track.

Clutter During Downpour – 5.07 min.

Download Clutter During Downpour for free here.

Might be published as a last.fm bonus track for my upcoming second album Presence Loop.

Clutter During Downpour, a mixture from glitch and dark ambient, was inspired by works of Derek Piotr, William Basinski  and Christian Fennesz, who I recently saw live and I was surprised by his brilliance. This track is a nice warm-up for Presence Loop and I hope, you like it. If you do, please spread the word.

ttwwoo nneeww aallbbuummss pprreeddiicctteedd

Excuse me for that shitty headline, but it looks pretty … um… pretty cool.

Anyway.

2 NEW albums are finished. Is that awesome or is that awesome? It’s probably just mediocre and boring, but at least I am excited.

So…

I should stop making all those paragraphs and start to talk about the real stuff.

A NEW STEFANUS STROM ALBUM.

So… here’s the first album. It’s my 2nd album after “this is iii!”, which you still can download for free here. The name of the second album is “Presence Loop” and consists of one 63-minute-long soundscape, split into 11 tracks.

Cover art: Stefanus Strom / Annette S. (This is only the first suggestion of the album cover. If you find it stooopid or have a better cover, please tell me!!).

This album is a bit more aggressive, more propulsive than “this is iii!”. It’s the result of 13 months of work. I worked on both albums, iii! and Presence Loop, at the same time.  Of course you can download this album for free when it’s published.

Tracklist: tba.

Date: probably October 2010.

ANOTHER ALBUM WITH STEFANUS STROM

This is the first album of Exc!amation Disko, a new post-rock project by a good friend of mine and myself. My friend played thee geenious e-geetar and thee dizzy drums. He also sings a little bit and we both play with a rusty metal xylophone. I added samples, ambient, drones, experimental stuff and found sound. The record is about 60 minutes long, 3 tracks. Yep, only 3 tracks. Every track is about 20 minutes each. Those lengthy songs are pretty diversified, experimental and… quite casual. This is the cover:Cover art: Stefanus Strom. The name of the album is “The Collapse of nearly everything”, which is a pretty ironic title. That’s why we chose it.

It’s a collage of post-rock bits, instrumental impro, weird samples, ambient drones, field recordings, shortwave transmissions… you’ll like it if you like post-rock and my music.

Tracklist:

1. Space: Do Jesus Things – 21.44
2. And all the Party People jumped into the Fires – 19.23
3. Shiny Leaves in Wasteland Void – 19.25

Date: probably November/December 2010.

That’s all for now. But as you see, there will be a lot of trouble in the next weeks. So stay motherfucking tuned.

Current stuff and news and so on.

A collaboration with an American ambient/glitch-producer from NYC is planned. It will be probably more experimental, really different stuff. I can’t say a lot about it at the moment.

A new album is expected for fall. No title, artwork or tracklist yet. It’s a bit like “this is iii!”, maybe more aggressive. But still no happy record, no beautiful music. Still with lots of field recordings showing the decay of our modern world (yeah, that sounds nice).  If you have nice ideas for track titles or artwork, let me know! Please!

Another album is expected for fall. It’s a post-rock-album which I made together with a friend for mine. He was responsible for the “rock” parts, I was responsible for the ambient/experimental bits. It will contain lots of found sound again. The album won’t be released under the name of “Stefanus Strom”.

More info on this a.s.a.p. so stay tuned. thanks :)

<3
Stefanus