Thursday, December 29, 2011

Music now: Herzel & Genoveva

This months cover,
photo by
K.K.W. Taken @
Central park, 2010.
Canon 28 40mm lens,
fujifilm 400.
Music Now: Herzel & Genoveva. By K.K.W

He studied @ NATFA, is a photographer and DJ from Bitola Macedonia, she studied @ The University of Sheffield, is from Skopje(capital of Macedonia)and sings in a choir. Both are stunning talents in electronic & techno, producing amazing tracks together and working the post production side as well. Her wonderful vocals usually on the tracks, their an extraordinary couple. 

Herzel, @ the helm.
Photo courtesy of the artist
Of all the things I know are good together, Herzel & Genoveva are an interesting pair. Working out of Skopje, Macedonia their tracks together(they also work individually)are a symbiotic melding of talent and skills. Near-perfectly, well orchestrated sound-scapes that are relaxing as they are moving. One of the first things you notice is a strong knowledge of music and their influences(Detroit Techno, Experimental Electronica, Soul, and Ambient Electronica). 

Herzel has been producing his own tracks for the last few years, and working with Genoveva for about one year. Most of their tracks together are on Filter Label("The good music label, founded in 2007 as a result of the revolt to the current state of the music industry"-1), and both are on Sound-Cloud. Tracks like "Outer-Space funk"-Exploring Callisto-shows a serious sophistication in the use of rhythm,  harmony, and beats. A strange, fun, mellow flow that can be a great door to introspective sound meditation, while roaming your city. The mind becomes clear and its just you, the track and any visuals you want. "C64"-Map's and Thoughts part 2-is a wicked track with a slightly more gritty, analog/digital sound, thats perfect for an evening having drinks with friends, or a lonely night spent roaming the city streets, lost in its translation. 

"The Safe Place"-Maps and Thoughts part 3- is, to me their best track. A  potent, stellar-smooth, pimped-out flow that can go perfect with an above-ground train ride through & over New York City, or a great party in Skopje(with Anastazija Manasievska taking pictures, of course:). The chorus is haunting and soothing, while the beat and melody brings you along for a fantastic 3:19 ride. The track is a perfect blend created on the cusp of modern electronic, musical creativity. "Intelligent techno/electronica; music you can listen to @ home"-2. Its a great example of the transference of spirit from the body to the machine, and the digital world. When I asked Genoveva about working with Herzel she said, "We started working together about one year ago. I started recording some short samples for his tunes, and over time we started exploring sounds together". Herzel & Genoveva are another prime example of the new progressive, electronic sound coming out of South Eastern Europe. The music they produce is fantastic. If you would like to know more go to: . "Art is the reason, art is the way" [#1, Filter label's face-book page, #2, from wikipedia's  article, 'Techno'], see our October 2011 post for the interview with Aleksandar Grozdanovski-Herzel. 

Genoveva, the one & only.
Photo courtesy of the artist.
Genoveva. Image created by,
& courtesy of both artists.

Herzel(one of his recent FB profile pic's).
Photo courtesy of the artist.

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