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$26.50
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ARTIST
TITLE
Bad Stream
FORMAT
2LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
ANTIME 020LP ANTIME 020LP
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RELEASE DATE
5/4/2018

Double LP version. Red, transparent vinyl; Gloss HQ print. Having grown up with and on the internet, Martin Steer (1986) has transformed its pull into a concept album that is just as immediate and intangible as the digital world. Bad Stream is guitars and machines vanishing in the spaces between Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails only to reemerge amidst ambient, noise, and drone. Bad Stream, then, is his modus operandi -- a hybrid soundtrack to the feelings of resignation, isolation, and cynicism within neoliberal cyberspace and to that strangely numbing comfort of bodies transmuting into zeros and ones in real time. "I look at my phone even when I play guitar," says Martin Steer, "and that isn't even entirely voluntary. The 2010s really changed my perception of how digital technologies and social media affect me as a musician. Through Bad Stream I want to make sense of this particular kind of anxiety, and to use sensory overstimulation as a way to develop an independent and progressive musical language." The past seven years took Martin and his laptop and guitar from Berlin to Mexico and Nepal and, as a founding member of Frittenbude, into the German charts and to various festival stages. And yet, Bad Stream is a true "Berlin album", out of Friedrichshain, Neukölln, and Kreuzberg and will be released on Martin Steer's own label ANTIME. It was recorded with real drums and programmed beats, with shoegaze guitars, acid baselines, piano, smartphone synths, violins, field recordings from the darknet and his voice, whose hopeless timbre conveys reflections on systems, the future, drugs, people, and his own place. In his ever-expanding A/V live shows and in the music videos, this is supplemented by complex visuals.