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DREKKA - 'Collected Works - Volume 1' (MORC, 2009)

Someone sent last week's issue as a reply back to me, saying he never heard of any of the artists featured. Which I guess is good. Download the podcast and find out, I'd say. It also proofs there is some much music out there that deserves to be heard and that I never heard of.

Drekka for instance, the project of one Micheal Anderson, has been around 1986 (though since 1996 as DRekka) and now gets a collected works release, which are basically his first two cassettes and some assorted other work from his earliest days as Drekka. Morc Records says that if you like folk, shoegaze, drones and/or minimal songwriting this is thre right place. Actually I do like some of that, to some extent or another. And seeing that this is my first introduction to his music, from his earliest days, a good place to start.

Although two discs is a lot of music to take on at once, I must say I m quite pleased with the music. Drone like is the best word to describe this, but played in a lo-fi manner, with a nice emphasis on the guitar and field recordings. Quite raw at times, but never noise based. Maybe its all a bit much with twenty-two tracks, of which some are quite lengthy, but the counterpoint lies in using occasional vocals here and there. Not in all tracks, and not always throughout. Those pieces are not always what I like, say the 'minimal song writing' thing, but here it works quite well. It prevents the CD from being too much of the same thing, which is always good thing.

Nice moody, textured music, with nice rough edges to it. Lo-fi drone noise music. Great introduction.

- Frans de Waard, VITAL WEEKLY, Netherlands, NOV 09

DREKKA - 'Collected Works - Volume 1' (MORC, 2009)

with his experimental-folk band drekka, michael anderson gained his own place in between windy and carl, labradford and balck forest/black sea for 13 years now. morc now collects drekkas very first releases - including the impossible to find tapes grieve and windowframe/hermitage one - on an impressive double cd that shows how it all started. as to be expected from anderson, his first recordings are also very intense and lofi, full of fragile melodies that get blown away by the reverb and the echos. the livingroom-athmosphere throughout the two discs only makes it more intimate.

this is not to be missed by the fans, but this is also a damned strong recommendation for all those that want to get to know the quiet beauty that drekka is.


DREKKA - 'Collected Works - Volume 1' (MORC, 2009)

drekka is the main project of michael anderson, the label boss of bluesant (cindytalk, pantaleimon, bf/bs, in gowan ring), since 1996. in the meantime, anderson travelled half our globe as drekka, and released albums that varied in quality (which also goes for eg nurse with wound). we weren't that enthousiast about his last record extractioning here. but we have a better feeling about this compilation on the ghent label morc.

this is a compilation of his first two tape-releases as a double cd. the difference in approach also documents anerson moving from the countryside to the city. that's good to keep in mind, knowing that anderson often incorporates live or pre-recorded environmental sounds.

for me, his minisongs, played on electric guitar, don't work that well. other people do this better and more credible.

fortunately, we're also generously provided of excellent dronetracks etc. how the man will put up during his show in ghent (inform yourself on the morc-website!), i dont know, but i definately like this older stuff better than the other things i heard by drekka!

the 2cd comes in a paper sleeve with a mini-booklet with lyrics and artwork. 250 copies, gone = gone!

- Jan Denolet, DARK ENTRIES, Belgium, 7/10, NOV 09

DREKKA - 'Collected Works - Volume 1' (MORC, 2009)

This is a really strange underground esoteric release...so be forewarned if you're not into this kinda stuff (!!!). Drekka is the (mainly) one man band consisting of Michael Anderson. This double CD set contains material that Anderson recorded in 1996...most of which was originally released on the underground cassettes Grieve and Windowframe EP / Hermitage One EP (although there are some additional tracks added that were recorded during the same time period). So...what do we have here...? These are the recordings of a man who has virtually no interest whatsoever in creating commercial music. In many ways these sound like sound ideas, fragments, or loose demos that were never intended to be heard. And that is probably what makes them unique. In a world where everyone is producing and layering everything to death, these simple spontaneous recordings certainly sound wildly out of place. Many of the songs sound like they were recorded in a different room while various atmospheric sounds are just as prominent as the songs themselves. Hazy, peculiar, distant, and strangely person...Collected Works Volume One is a very unusual dose of underground medicine.


DREKKA - 'Collected Works - Volume 1' (MORC, 2009)

(three guys, listening to new records and rambling about them)

Piet: Now we're at a career listings ... I've seen Drekka perform live somewhere in a basement in Antwerp. I thought it was nifty.
Kenny: Aja, wio was also very good.

After a few songs ...

Kenny: That sounds like My Bloody Valentine and Dead C.
Hoste: But no!
Piet: Well recorded. Sound wise.

A few songs later ...

Kenny & Hoste: Well done, isn't it?
Hoste: Three stars!
Piet: Very nicely reissued, with the booklet and everything
Kenny: Cool!

- RIUS, Netherlands, Jan 2010

DREKKA - 'Collected Works - Volume 1' (MORC, 2009)

Although michael anderson runs his own recordlabel (bluesanct), he chooses to release the music he releases as drekka (icelandic for drinking) every now and then on other european labels. As such, this compilation collected works vol 1 came out on the blegina morc-label.

It's quite correct to call this a compilation. collected works consists of the full version fo the first two cassette albums he pt out in 1996 on a small scale. those cassettes have been sold out for ages (and besides that: who still buys tapes these days?) and that justifies this release. those who develloped a love for drone music later on can now also obtain these ghostly releases. and those who like to trade in the tapes for cds get a few outtakes in returns.

seen this release is put out on a small scale as well (250 copies) this stuff will be sold out soon. anderson mixes on collected works some long stretched soundscapes in which het often uses environmental souns with lofi acoustic tracks that evocate the same feeling.

if i got it right, these two tapes and the outtakes were recorded when anderson moved from rural america to boston. you can hear that on the more dark sounds of the second tape and noisy enviromental sounds that is waving along.

I only noticed later on that the tracks on collected works sounds a lot less like glitchy, cold laptopdrones than what you hear these days. the sound is a lot more natural (analog if you wish) and as a listener, it feels more pleasant than the more recent potpourri of drones.

- FILE UNDER, Netherlands, Jan 2010

DREKKA - 'Collected Works - Volume 1' (MORC, 2009)


- Mr. Bedroom, SANDS ZINE, Italy, NOV 09

DREKKA - 'Extractioning' (BLUESANCT, 2005)


- Jan Denolet, DARK ENTRIES, Belgium, 5/10, NOV 08

V/A - '19 Ways to Avoid the Draft' (MAR/INO, 2000)

Anyone who doubts that great packaging can unduly influence one's opinion of an album should consult Britney Spears' sales figures. Alas, I too am susceptible; the two parchment inserts and ultra-cool CD slipcover on this compilation make me go all gooey. The music inside is somewhat more hit-or-miss; the eighteen tracks (the title lies!) vary pretty wildly, so it's hard to sum it up. Those efforts are only complicated by the fact that this compilation represents two different labels at the same time. Rather than try to recapitulate the CD in words, I hereby give you the high and low points: a) the four bands present that really wish they were Slint or Don Caballero are varying degrees of okay; b) Ms. Black's "Input/Output" is warm, fuzzy, enveloping and delicious; c)Fred Cast and the Spiders From Mars seem to consist of Fred, a guitar, and a Target music department-grade Casio, but you've got to admit he had a pair to choose that name, huh?; d) the two bands trying to sound like Low (Empress and Halkyn) are actually pretty good; e) total number of ambient-soundscape/feedback loops that sound like the Velvet Underground's instruments half an hour after the band left the stage: three. Finally, the compilation's highlight is the nearly ten-minute "We Who Are Not Lonely" by Drekka. It sounds like it's coming from a distant AM station, with the feedback acting as static. As it surges in the sixth minute, the vocals seem to melt into the feedback line as a treble-heavy beat track coalesces behind. The song is brilliant, and along with the other high points makes this compilation well worth buying.