Capturing the spooky and beautiful themes of Angelo Badalamenti
(Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive) and the introspection of Bohren & der
Club of Gore, Radare return with their third release, Im Argen.
Four years after their sophomore record, Hyrule, the instrumental
quartet has left the vast landscapes of its predecessor and conceptually
arrived at a scenery of impasses. Since then, the band has dedi cated
themselves to quieter and more patient compositions — relying
mostly on Rhodes piano, brushed drums, brass sections, and mellow
tremolo guitar sounds.
The setting of Im Argen (a German term for in a sorry state ) is gloomy,
the songs are creeping slowly, spinning a suspenseful mood to turn
calmness into unease. With the approach towards following an under lying
narrative, the arrangements were condensed into five episodes —
each one offering a perspective on people finding themselves left
alone in unexpected and extreme situations.
The recording and production was handled by the band itself, the mastering
was done by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering. Newman
— who also worked for bands like Timber Timbre, Arcade Fire, and
Godspeed You! Black Emperor — put the final touches on the album and
gave the recording a more distinguished and brilliant sound.
Im Argen will be released by Golden Antenna Records on September 25,
2015 on digipack CD as well as on heavyweight vinyl including a free