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I’m really not sure how to start this one off. When I first heard Tryshasla, it came off immediately as one of the finest records that I had ever had the pleasure of listening to – a sentiment that still remains to this day.

Not necessarily straying too far from brother-album Tryshasla in terms of sound and structure, Secede (aka Lennard van der Last) managed quite successfully in creating a piece of work that compliments his ability to aurally paint wonderfully detailed soundscapes that explode with vibrancy in Silent Flower Observers.

Cliché or not, the man has an intriguing signature that I haven’t been quite able to find in other artists within the same musical vein. It doesn’t really take much time to ascertain and make sense of how the man puts his feelings and thoughts onto the record. He even sings in some of these tracks; quite low key and “private”-like.

Much like Tryshasla, Silent Flower Observers doesn’t really have any primary backbone as far as pure musical structure – the sounds heard within this album subscribe to spontaneity and not too much more. Wonderful pads accompany tasteful vocal sampling and warm beatwork, ultimately coming together to create a wholly unified and magical work of art.

In reality, a wide range of sounds can be heard upon entering the daydream world of Secede’s records. From the distant, threatlessness of thunderstorms opening to an audience at (in my mind) a magic show clapping in appreciation to a magician’s trick. The nature of this album means that it can contently and quietly enables its listener’s imagination to soar to stratospheric heights as a result of its expansive, lighthearted dreamworld.

The general consensus is that Secede’s breakthrough musical moment is with the release of Tryshasla (very much a defining and heavily influential album within the idm/electronic music world), however Silent Flower Observers seems to be a bit overlooked, maybe as a result of the fact that the man himself canceled it for reasons not currently known (even the Sending Orbs website offers just a vague one-liner sentence on this subject).

Unavailable physically, unfortunately.

P.S, I’m already seeing that this post could be written a bit better, but give me some time and I’m sure I’ll reconnect with my vocabulary sooner or later.

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– Clothes HQ post on Secede’s Tryshasla


Secede is known for his potently atmospheric music. Released on Sending Orbs (think Kettel), this 2005 album vividly captures the talent this man has for creating fabulous artwork. Eloquently shifting between ambient and IDM, Secede makes fantastic use of short and concise vocal samples to drive the song onward into a blurry, dreamy realm of fantasy.

Although you may not get this feeling from the upcoming clip taken from Youtube, Tryshasla makes you feel like you’re a child at an amusement park at night; quietly bewildered at all the flashy-ness and people walking aimlessly filled to the brim with contentment and joy. A highly enjoyable and simply stunning album.

This song is called Born In A Tropical Swamp. It is the sixth track out of eleven on the album (which clocks in just short of an hour).

If I had to pick just two songs that I like most on Tryshasla, it would have to be Kingdom of Hearts and Shrine. The former uses a wonderful “organ-like” vocal sample, while the latter is a relaxed piano piece which incorporates nature-sounds (bug chatter and the like).

Very, very unfortunate that the physical release of this record is out of print. It was initially scheduled to run only a mere 1,000 copies, but due to overwhelming demand, Sending Orbs scheduled another run of 500 copies a year later in 2006. Rare imports can run you up $100+ USD.

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Spontaneous, playful IDM. Released last year on Sending Orbs. User review on Discogs:

Reimer Eising, producing under the name of Kettel, is no stranger to the IDM scene. Since 2001, Eising has vigorously released a dozen EPs and nine full length albums on a handful of respectable labels, such as Planet Mu, Neo Ouija, DUB, Merck, Kracfive, and his home label (which he co-runs with his brother, Wouter Eising and Kristian Peters), Sending Orbs. His last album, Myam James Part 1 was originally scheduled to be an EP, but Eisings onslaught of his mind-to-music-stream has borne not one, but two albums in the Myam James series. Based out of Groningen, The Netherlands, Eising is a classically trained musician, growing up playing piano since he was five years old. His love for Bach is clearly evident through complex, mathematical, and harmonic progressions in the acid driven, micro programmed, and organically acoustic pieces.

From the album page on Sending Orbs: “Kettel manages to squeeze uplifting, warm, cheerful and enjoyable music out of his kettle and pottery factory, which is sad, melancholic and sensitive at the same time.” The tracks on Part 1 are as intelligent as Inteligent Dance Music can be, with excellent production, masterful effect control, and instantly memorable melodies. Towards the end of the album, the track My Dogan (from the album My Dogan, on Sending Orbs [2006]), gets a treatment by Phoenecia. We also get an excellent remix from Secede, of another track, Church. Highly recommended if you like Aphex Twin, The Flashbulb, Jega, Barry Lynn and Wisp.

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