Today marks the release on vinyl of one of the earliest Burning World Records releases. At the time Roadburn Records was already running and I needed an outlet to release non-Roadburn-related music. That became Burning World Records (which later on also became the name of the mailorder I started around the same time).
I wanted to focus initially on music from The Netherlands as that is my homecountry and there is more than enough quality music from here that needs releasing. Machinefabriek - like Gnaw Their Tongues that I signed around the same time - was already making a name for himself with carefully crafted ambient/drone pieces. I knew Rutger (the one musician behind Machinefabriek) from my work at Dutch music website 3VOOR12 and we decided to release Marijn, the predecessor of Ranonkel on vinyl. As he was very prolific we also talked about doing Ranonkel on vinyl but as vinyl was (and is) expensive we decided only to do a cd-version.
In 2019 parts from Ranonkel are used for the soundtrack of African Mirror, a film by Mischa Hedinger and we got talking again. The result is this vinyl press of Ranonkel, the 3rd Burning World Records ever.
- Order here.
Some more info on the vinyl repress:
- Special vinyl release of the third Burning World Records release in 2008 after Gnaw Their Tongues and a vinyl version of Marijn by Machinefabriek. At the time it was only released on CD.
- Some of the material of Ranonkel (besides new Machinefabriek-material) was used by Swiss filmmaker Mischa Hedinger for his movie African Mirror.
- Specially mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin (Bell Witch, Godflesh) in 2019.
The press at the time about Ranonkel:
Vital weekly: Using guitar, effects, vinyl and laptop, Rutger Zuydervelt creates highly atmospheric pieces of music, like he always does. His previous effort, the soundtracks to films for the Rotterdam Film Festival wasn't so much of my liking but on 'Ranonkel' he more than makes up. These are strong pieces again, varied in approach, although all centered around the notion of dark atmospheric music, each of them has their own approach.
aQuarius: The sound of Machinefabriek seems to be moving in a much more melodic direction, not that there wasn't always plenty of melody, but these latest forays into soundmaking sound less purposefully experimental, less abstract, and more songlike, more melodic, the opener is downright lovely, and sounds like it could be Godspeed or some Godspeed spawned outfit, a luxurious slow burn, and deep warm chords and glistening sprinkles of high end over the top, haunting and ominous and cinematic, might just be the best track we've heard from Machinefabriek. But heck, the rest of the disc is some pretty great shakes too.
- Ranonkel 1
- Ranonkel 2
- Andermans Thuis