Cast an eye over Stroom’s Bandcamp and there’s no question it’s a label in demand. ‘Sold out’ is stamped under the majority of releases – each one a carefully selected dive into the heritage and history of their creators. Conceived by Belgian DJ, radio host and all-round music encyclopedia, Ziggy Devriendt aka Nosedrip, the label is a relatively new facet to Stroom’s activity, which began almost four years ago as a visual platform for kooky mixes and hypnotic visuals.
Last year the imprint launched as a sub-label of Music Mania – a record shop based in Ghent where Ziggy can be found behind the counter – the catalogue spans wave, new age, DIY and avant garde musings.
The next release to come from Stroom’s camp is The Workshop For The Restoration Of Unfelt Feelings, an LP from Latvian avant garde music group, NRSD. Active in the 1980s, core members Juris Boiko and Hardijs Lediņš could hardly play instruments at all. But through inviting musicians to join recording sessions, which would sometimes last several days, the multidisciplined pairing imagined organic and unique compositions. Their creativity also revealed itself through visual arts, performance and poetry, which cemented them as a pioneering force in Latvian multimedia art. Today’s premiere ‘Plava (Meadow)’ sounds something like the Latvian sibling of a Lena Platonos record, with eerie synth throbs and a resonating female vocal that carries an allure from the off.
The Workshop For The Restoration Of Unfelt Feelings is out on 16 October. You can pre order over at Stroom.tv’s bandcamp.