Examinations : 2016 - 2018

by Drekka

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    ARTIST EDITION on Fabrica Records / Red Frost Industries, limited to 33 copies.

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    • BLACK VINYL DOUBLE LP of Drekka "Examinations : 2016 - 2018"
    • LATHE CUT 12" - SIDE A features the original black ambient mix of "Myrkramakt", hand cut by Drekka and Jack Kilby at Phonocraft Mfg. / SIDE B features a design by Drekka and ImberIndus, screen printed at In Case Of Emergency Press
    • CORK SLIPMAT - dye sublimation printed audiophile cork turntable slipmat, designed by Drekka and ImberIndus

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FROM THE ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:

For over twenty years, Mkl Anderson has curated a vast archive of recorded material for his cinematic ambient industrial soundscapes. Working for as many years under the name Drekka, he has sculpted these soundscapes using self-made field recordings of everything from insects in the mountains outside Kathmandu to a washing machine in Reykjavik, from countless sketches and abandoned projects donated by friends, from hundreds of hours of multi-track live recordings of Drekka captured all around the world.

In this way, he works with memory not only as a subject but also as a process, continually delving into this personal world of sound; examining, resisting, and repurposing recordings and forgotten snippets of the voices of out-of-touch friends into new moments and experiences.

'Examinations' is a collection of collaborations spanning two years, newly mixed and mastered. And although each track was initially created for a different situation, each for a different compilation, taken as a whole, a cohesive narrative presents itself.

'Examinations' is a series of short stories, each unique while exploring recurring themes of mental health in a world of constant anxiety. Taken togethers, the pieces seek common threads, however fleeting or tangental: hoping to remain tethered to the world, to friends and family, to past and present. These are examinations of the darkness which informs the tenuous province of memory and dreams; the real ghosts of time and sound.

'Examinations' opens with 'Spring Rain, Indian Summer', a somber yet hopeful piece which explores fears of dissociation and the uncertainty of sustained mental stability.

Long time collaborator, Mark Trecka (of Pillars and Tongues/Dark Dark Dark) appears on three tracks, including 'Sense of Sense' which features an unused sketch for piano and strings by Trecka accompanying a voice and tone mediation by Anderson and Max Kuiper (of Les Horribles Travailleurs)

Other collaborators include Giuseppe Capriglione (of Skrei), Michael Carlson (of remst8), Evan Hydzik (or Pillars and Tongues), and Francesco Vara (of Altaj).

Appearing in a special stereo mix is 'Call to Prayer', initially released as a mono 8" lathe cut single on Auris Apothecary. This track finds a voice and optigan composition initially recorded for the Golden Braid tape loop project melding with a rooftop field recording of the call to prayer recorded in Istanbul by Anderson. It exemplifies Drekka's approach of examining and re-examining the intersections that form life's narrative.

Another track appearing in stereo for the first time is the album closer, 'Myrkramakt'. This collaboration features Thorír Georg (of ROHT) on guitar and was formed from a particularly surreal performance at Iceland's Airwaves Festival. Shedding the dismay and oppression of a crushingly bleak mono mix, it becomes a reflective musing on the true face of nostalghia and the heart rending sweetness/sadness of things past and passed... and finally, slowly 'Examinations' comes full circle to the sense of hope that began it; the calming and cleansing rain of introspection.
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FROM THE 2020 FABRICA PRESS RELEASE:

Shorter days, cooling winds, the leaves are falling, and the bigot in the White House will soon be gone. Inshallah. Fall is here in full, with Winter fast approaching, and with COVID-19 not going away anytime soon and more lockdowns on the horizon, some of us will find solace in the deep ambient sounds of Drekka's new double album collection. I first learned about Drekka during a tour stop in Bloomington, IN while touring with my former punk band in the late naughts. The mastermind behind the layered samples, manipulated loops and distorted and stretched field recordings that emanate from the entity known as Drekka, Mkl Anderson, happened to be working behind the counter of a record store nestled behind an independent coffee shop. As lovers of both caffeinated beverages and obscure music on any format (but preferably vinyl) my bandmates and I spent close to two hours or more bugging Mkl with questions about new music and discussing everything from Throbbing Gristle (and Psychic TV), SPK, Coil and the emerging new komische sounds from Cleveland favorites Emeralds, to lamenting the resurgence of fascist aesthetics and politics, that we all soundly rejected, among so many noise/industrial and neofolk projects. He probably does not remember any of this since bands came through all the time. To make a long story short... I never forgot that pleasant encounter and shortly after began to seek out music by Drekka and other releases on Mkl's long-running Bluesanct label. It took a few years, by then Mkl had begun releasing music on the now thriving Dais record label, but Mkl and I caught up again when he came to NYC for a show and we began to collaborate on an ambitious triple cassette compilation curated by him to be released on our cassette-only imprint Idle Chatter. So now, here we are, promoting an ambitious double album collection of some of Drekka's collaborative work and I could not be happier. Mkl is not only an amazing and inspiring musician, his live performances are unforgettable, he is also an awesome and kind human being. Thus, I urge you to explore his catalog and give Examinations a listen.
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credits

released September 14, 2018

Bluesanct (INRI095, 14 SEP 2018)
• CD = ltd to 300 copies

Fabrica / Red Frost Industries (FABREC047 / RFI 012, 30 OCT 2020)
• 2LP = ltd to 500 copies
• 2LP ART EDITION = ltd to 40 copies

• DIGITAL = unlimited
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DREKKA 'Examinations : 2016 - 2018'

Spring Rain, Indian Summer
Sense of Senses
Lissajous
We Negotiate Shadows Much Deeper Than Winter
Call to Prayer
Length of Night
Myrkramakt


All voice and sound by Mkl Anderson, in collaboration with

Giuseppe Capriglione (06)
Michael Carlson (03)
Thorír Georg (07)
Evan Hydzik (04)
Max Kuiper (02)
Mark Trecka (02/04/06)
Francesco Vara (06)


Produced, mixed, and mastered at Bluesanct HQ by Mkl Anderson, May 2018

Photography and design by 4K Design

Soft sculptures by Imber Indus

A Day2 Alliance product


Thank you for listening

This is INRI095, BLUESANCT
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More from Drekka:
drekkalivearchive.bandcamp.com
bluesanct.com/drekka

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Drekka Bloomington, Indiana

Since 1996, Drekka has toured, traveled, & collaborated extensively; collecting memories & building a personalized archive of sound dating back to the mid-80's. Drekka has releases on Auris Apothecary, Bluesanct, Dais, Fabrica, Morc, Silber, Somnimage & more. He has recorded & toured w/ Jessica Bailiff, Dylan Ettinger, In Gowan Ring, Lovesliescrushing, Annelies Monseré, Stone Breath, & Turn Pale. ... more

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