WANDA006 - ENIR DA "ACCALMIE"
DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW
ON LTD EDITION CASSETTE / DIGITAL.
A WANDA RECORD RELEASE
BERLIN OCT 2017
"Co-founder of Berlin's FITH, Enir Da saddles up a brooding "imaginary soundtrack" featuring his bandmate Dice Miller's vocals on one track, but mainly exploring a forlorn instrumental solo sound strung out somewhere between the intros of GY!BE, the Western filmic influence of Monte Cazzazza, or the dustbowl atmospheres of Jon Porras.
Definitely one for those who like to sketch full scenes on the back of their eyelids while in darkened rooms. Accalmie conjures an impending tension across its 38 minute span, animating the sort of sound that comes from a lifetime absorbed by the subtleties and enigmatic signposts of underground and classic cinema and its soundtracks..."
Yr Lovely Dead Moon Says:
"Nocturnal, secretive and poetic; Enir Da's signature mechanical glitchy multipad beats (best known from his collaborative project FITH), meets a gentle chorus. Here, delicate chromatic synths dance with distant voices, feedback and visceral, gritty texture. The result is something cybernetic; an organic machine, raw and mysterious."
"The soundtrack to the afterlife" (Paddy Shine, Gnod)
WANDA007/ONOBHRAMARI - SAINTS OF CINEMA
MICHAEL HOLLAND / DICE MILLER
ON LTD EDITION 3" MINI CDR / DIGITAL
A WANDA / ONO RECORD RELEASE
BERLIN / SALFORD JULY 2017
"Some chewed-up Peter Weir for you, some tropically-gothic inflected sounds ripped off the silver screen, made in one intensive burst on a 4-track hissing tape sampler, at the Islington Mill, Salford, on one cold winter's night last January."
WANDA005 - CELLULOID CORRIDORS
MOHAMED A. GAWAD/ DICE MILLER/ANDREAS REIHSE
ON LTD EDITION CASSETTE (Sold Out)/DIGITAL
A WANDA RECORD RELEASE
BERLIN / SALFORD MAY 2017
"Kreidler's Andreas Reihse underlines and processes texts read by Dice Miller (Dalia Neis) and Mohamed A. Gawad with a bed of concrete electronics and head-bending, illusive effects on the 5th release by Berlin/Salford's highly curious Wanda project, proceeding from their ace FITH LP and the imaginary OST Wanda is Not Here, which featured a strong roll call of characters from Islington Mill.
The texts to Timehelix and Sermon are included on the inlay for anyone who struggled to follow the readings, which appear to cross sonic/literary leylines between critical film theory, psychogeography and sound poetry with a synaesthetic short-circuiting of the senses and experimental convention."
Piccadilly Records Says:
"Newest 2 - tracker from Manchester/Berlin/Cairo massive, Gawad, and Salford based maestro, Dice Miller AKA Dalia Neis on vocal duties, whilst the legend that is Andreas Reihse of Kreidler fame handles synthplay and arrangement. Focused around a vocal monologue, blityed into glassine ehcoes, distorted and warped into an unsteadzing but warmly idiosyncratic scree.
'Timehelix' kicks things off with a spoken word dialogue, focusing on the description of photographic film. Robotic echoes whirr away in the background, echoing the original sentiments, but abstracted into machine like code, speeding up and slowing down as though being mistakenly spooled through a gentically imperfect machinated medium. It's a visceral but fascinating process, never veering too far from the from the original thread but smashing things into an unworldly alter dimension.
'Sermon' sees Dice Miller take monologue duties, but this time backed with abstraction of classical instrumentation, with stabs of strings warped into a thousand fragments, brutally interspersed with piercing shrieks before bringing things back to earth with perfectly measured throbbing organic whirrs. Again focusing on images, but this time bringing things almost chronologically forward, with the history of film being investigated.
It's a fascinating and impeccable duo of avant noise fragments, simmering unease and warming, euphoric relief. "
"Spells of silence, ambient hum, celluloid glitch, vocal hybrids. Voices summoned from the lucid realms of the technologically-spirited, more-than-human archive. Part film-manifesto, part audio-essay, part cinematic-séance, channelled via the voice/words of Cairo-based artist/writer, Mohamed A. Gawad, & the voice/words of Berlin/Salford-based, FITH co-founder, filmmaker, writer, Dalia Neis aka. Dice Miller; with music/arrangement/ celluloid-splicing from Berlin-based Kreidler-chief, Andreas Reihse."
WANDA/MOOT - MURMELN
murmeln um schiffland
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD / LTD EDITION BOOK
A WANDA / MOOT PRESS COLLABORATION
BERLIN / BRISTOL APRIL 2017
“Murmeln’s vast history of composition has led him to a subtle sonic blend of electro-acoustic, classical and slacker folk. Haiku and Tanka guide the listener through a dreamlike landscape of modern day archetypes, between the lines and off the page.”
WANDA004 - EPIPHANY
ON LTD EDITION CASSETTE/DIGITAL
A WANDA/ONO RECORD RELEASE
BERLIN / SALFORD FEB 2017
WANDA003 - FITH
A WANDA RECORD RELEASE
BERLIN / SALFORD DECEMBER 2016
"We end this year with an impromptu, improvised, release by FITH: two tracks 'Signs/Cornerstone' recorded live in Berlin, invoking Alejandra Pizarnik's poem of the same name. The use of room space, creaking doors and Diduks, amplified and distorted into songs of incantation, electronic prayers, invocations of light and nocturnal tremors, glitched into waves of parallel futures."
WANDA002 - FITH
DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW
ON LTD EDITION 12" VINYL / DIGITAL.
A WANDA RECORD RELEASE ( NOVEMBER 2016)
"Quietly alluring debut LP of post punk-tempered avant-pop songs and cinematic mise-en-scene from Fith: a canny proposition revolving filmmaker/vocalist Dalia Neis a.k.a Dice Miller, plus Lori Goldston (Nirvana, Earth), Alex Paulick (Kreidler), and Enir Da; released on the Berlin/Manchester co-operative, Wanda, who previously issued an excellent, imagined soundtrack-cum-compilation, Wanda is not here earlier this summer.
Crepuscular, oneiric, anchronistic, Fith unfolds a spellbinding narrative guided by protagonist, Dice Miller, a poised and coolly possessed character who flits from dubbed-out glossolalia recalling Negra Branca to an icier, detached aloofness almost recalling John Balance, and even percolated choral arrangements reminding of Maya S.K. Ratkje, but always returning to a hushed delivery, mixed with uncanny presence at front and centre of the soundfield.
Besides her vocals, Dice also shares composition and production duties with Paulick and Enir Da, framing the multiple personalities of her voice against suitably varied backdrops that match her noirish yet curiously ambiguous tone scene for scene, whether anchoring her flighty contrails in rugged drop forge drums and shimmering organ on Oya, or like some spaced-out Anne Clarke in L’Echappée Belle or drily echoic, gothic downbeats of Fire In The Hole, or rent in shatterprone hyaline figures over the gamelan-like delicacy of Muddy Grimoire (which is also an excellent song title), whilst the penultimate song, Gish finds her like Kate Bush placed over impish, Coil-esque chamber melodies and spirit-sawing cello by Lori Goldston, who also appears in the closing ether dream sequence of Speed."
"Nouveau projet franco-anglais, Fith vient hanter nos songes éveillés avec une musique trip hop nous plongeant dans un univers aussi mystérieux que raffiné. Formé à Berlin l’été dernier, le groupe composé de Dice Miller (chant) et Enir Da (compositeur, producteur et percussionniste) forme un duo étonnant où la voix sombre et sensuelle de Dice se pose à merveille sur les percussions minimalistes et les mélodies profondes d’Enir. Insufflé de vapes ambiantes, le groupe oscille entre le côté tribal de Woodkid et les paysages sonores de Portishead, privilégiant les ballades et les rythmes lents dans une ambiance à l’esthétique surannée. Nos deux coup de cœurs du duo sont Fire in the Hole et The Faint Outside, sans compter le titre Gish qui se paie le luxe d’avoir en featuring la talentueuse Lori Goldston – connue pour avoir collaboré sur le MTV Unplugged acoustique de Nirvana. Avec un LP composé de 10 pistes intenses et trippantes, le duo franco-anglais réussit son entrée en scène, qui paraîtra le 1er novembre sur le label Wanda. Fith ne vous fera pas danser, non, mais le dépaysement est assuré."
" Spooky, spine-tingling drones, glistening synths and visceral spoken-word vocal workouts. A dynamic and engrossing collection of
"Combining gothic and cinematic imagery, storytelling and spiritual frenzy, Dice Miller’s dead-pan voice cracks through from antiquity to the present, while Enir Da’s minimal percussion and dark chromatic scales drag us into twisted and euphoric scenes."
Tom Ravenscroft Says:
WANDA001 MIXTAPE OUT NOW!
ON LTD EDITION CASSETTE. (Sold Out)
A WANDA / ONO RECORD RELEASE (AUGUST 2016)
"The inaugural release by a new UK/German label, Wanda Is Not Here is a cassette mixtape intended as a homage to Barbara Loden’s 1970 film, Wanda. These simple premises work as a unifying concept helping the integration of a variety of tracks into a miraculously coherent, alternative soundtrack. I particularly enjoyed the flawless and faultless transitions betweens tracks, sometimes thanks to film excerpts, sometimes, it seems, thanks to pure magic encounters. The music is bathed in a strong cinematic atmosphere full of spoken world, ambient beds and smooth acoustic guitar, reminiscent of famous film soundtracks like Eraserhead, Valerie and Her Week of Wonder, Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks, as well as landmark albums like From Brussels With Love or The KLF’s Chill Out. In addition to pre-existing recordings, this mixtape includes a track by Fith, apparently the next release scheduled on Wanda" (25.9.16)
" 'Wanda Is Not Here' showcases almost 100 whole minutes of the finest outsider electronic/ambient music you could ever imagine on a mixtape themed around an early 70's film in 2016. From heart-wrenchingly minimalist orchestral ambience to sampled soundtrack collage, the work on show here is as competant as it is diverse. Though the artists do vary greatly from one another they all seem to have honed in on the thematic focus, and have delivered a concise and fascinating document to be enjoyed with the film or without. " (9.9.16)
"Dreamy mixtape made in response to Barbara Loden’s Wanda...." (15.8.16)