April 05, 2022
Visual stills of the most salient moments gone down during last month's Azone KRAAK Karavan with Apulati Bien & fiends! Reliving the mostly offstage moments & roadside snacking scene, presented with minimal commentary thank god.
March 15, 2022
Still high from the cloud that was this year's KRAAK Festival and already got some sweet photo souvenirs from the always great Hans van der Linden. Synthetic meanderings, utopic drone settings, voices like lava, songs like wildfires, intravenous noise excursions and floaty rhythms for eternal dancing: all are captured here for the now and the tomorrows. Next year ain't soon enough, we tells ya <3
March 11, 2022
Rounding off this year's artist highlights is Leeds' own sonic terrorizer Petronn Sphene::::: known as one half of explosive insectoid rock duo Guttersnipe, Petronn Sphene’s No Wave Rave is a frenzied force of drum machine chaos, xenomorph shriekings and shards of noiseful synthwaves coming from every which way. Here she gets the juices going on the eve of her performance at our fest ~ unfiltered and unhinged utter realness, just the way we love 'er!!
March 11, 2022
May the Belgian folkways hail their new queens (and Jelle): Luster is a sextet formed in 2012 by a group of friends and music lovers from the East and West Flanders fields. Cello, ukulele, flute, harmonium and violin meet the guitar-bass-drums trifecta in a quirky crossroads where ancestral doom folk, heady post rock and Stereolab-tinged pop seamlessly meet. Behold, the most candid conversation about music, influences, not-wanting-to-be-the-saxophone-player and post-birth trivia that we were kicked out of the room for!
March 10, 2022
Yung Paul Arámbula left his native Phoenix for Berlin’s greying prospects, keyboard in tow and words about trials, tribulations and the nothing in between swirling around. His songs are populated by inner demons, mixed feelings, home cooked scenarios, rides to nowhere and missed connections, with internal turmoils and random thoughts manifesting alongside some serious fist-pump-worthy melodies. In high anticipation for the weekend, he sent us words about leaving homes and finding new ones, intimate compositions and today and tomorrow's dreamings.
March 10, 2022
Edinburgh native Sholto Dobie works with sound in a literally hands-on way: homemade organs, hurdy-gurdies, and field recordings of different calibers are just some of the contraptions used to spin delicate yet radiant compositions. Here he talks about his myriad forms of exploration, whether they be through collaborations, travels and solo journeys, in a time and place where things could get bleak. Still, hope and possibility permeate everything, and so the exploration continues.
March 09, 2022
The Marseillais outfit Donna Candy is the unlikely union of Sale Garce, Js Donny and Nadi Füdli who, having heard the calls for more jump-tha-fuck-upness in the scene, wasted no time in heeding. A certain nostalgia for Limp Bizkit (!) comes along right at time when going to the pit never felt more necessary - behold the highly kiffable Candy Circus Show in full boom!
March 08, 2022
Cerebral, dense and unapologetically effusive, Dror Feiler’s music is the kind to get your wits jumping out of your bodily carcass for a lucid moment in time. The Israeli-born Stockholm-based composer and performer has been blowing out eardrums for years through a unique sound wall of brass and abrasive electronics. Hereunder he shares some thoughts about his musical trajectory, archipelagos of noise, and fights that never cease to be fought.
March 07, 2022
Much like the snowy Himalayan peaks after which the takes its name, Dhavali Giri’s effects are of the meditative yet woozily exhilarating kind. The rotating members of this Lyon-born formation use each musical meet-up as an opportunity to explore uncharted sonic avenues, improvising textures and resonances into long-form psychedelic unwindings. We got Antoine "Bravo Tounky" to shed some light on the enigmas lurking behind the Giri's towering forms.
March 07, 2022
A late but nevertheless extremely welcome addition to this year's line up: Warsaw-based multi-instrumentalist Piotr Kurek has been steadily building a corpus of work that impresses and affects through its approach and boundless ingenuity. Here he talks about his (surprising!) musical awakenings and future plans as his latest album World Speaks continues inspiring all those who come across its enigmatic power.
March 07, 2022
No stranger to our KRAAK circles with some unforgettable performances in sisterly duos WIDT and Mentos Gulgendo, we're thrilled to have Antonina Nowacka present her enchanting vocal work which she has been developing through loner voyages into caves and other locales of resonant magic. Always the intrepid traveler, Antonina tells us about her trips, dreams and explorations in these chimerical times.
March 03, 2022
A true icon of the experimental scene for the past 20 years +, Marcia Bassett has been tirelessly performing in all sorts of configurations, whether it be in groups like Double Leopards, GHQ and Hototogisu or solo as Zaimph. Now back in Europe under her own name, Marcia shares dreams and visions in the run up to KRAAK Festival, where she will be joined by Swiss media artist Ursula Scherrer for what is gearing up to be a hallucinatory experience for both mind and irises.
March 01, 2022
A thief of others' illnesses well-versed in the art of happy accidents, Winnipeg's enigmatic Barn Sour lifts the shroud of mystery ever so slightly to discuss his process and progress as a champion of purgative strategies. Grotesque concepts paired with actions of unlikely beauty: seems to be the way of the Sour.
February 28, 2022
Spearheading the caravan of KRAAK Festival highlights is our all-time favorite aulos head Bloedneus & de Snuitkever, whose layered drones evoke true ancestral liturgies for timeless vibing. It's also a good a time as any to announce his upcoming album on this KRAAKing label :000 We caught the man in the middle of what he called "a traditional Flemish weekend of watching cycling competitions" and got him to answer some questions and share even more emotions and tunes.
February 16, 2022
Our first collaboration with Brussels' improv-experimental venue collective SMOG is happening this Sunday 20 February. On the bill: Japanese percussionist Aya Suzuki, improkraut legend Mik Quantius and lyonnais cosmic scorer Romain De Ferron. Come early and let the jams spirit you away.
February 01, 2022
A very special evening of sober listenings and metaphorical sound washings with living legend Alvin Curran and a duo of duos with local imagineers Two Envelopes and Ï Î.
January 24, 2022
March is basically around the corner and so are the names for our not-soon-enough edition of KRAAK Festival:::::::
December 29, 2021
A quick recap at some of this year's aventures at Radio Panik, with the world of Zoom opening up interview possibilities beyond our wildest imaginings and enough slacker-style freeform radio to keep us blabbing and sharing many a sick tune in spite of the global health sitush. Honorable mention to Total Stooge FM fest which was not archived, though won't be the case for long WINK.
December 01, 2021
Here at the KRAAK HQ, the current vibe can be best described as deep & dark mole people times, dwelling in the dirt of earthly metaphors. Luckily we got heroes, homies and haters worldwide to keep our chins up ~ none of us like the cold and all of us definitely hate adult homework, but these tunes keep us warm and on point. At least they tried!
November 30, 2021
A magical moment at everyone's go-to Brussels sound sauna to celebrate the release of Radio Hito's latest outing on our dear label. Watch it and weep!
November 10, 2021
gr'Ambachting with claire rousay and Xaxi + finissage "1000 Ogen "by Erwin Van Looveren
October 25, 2021
The first instalment of our new procrastinatory series (?) presenting what we listened to/trolled each other with at KRAK HQs in recent times. Upskirt cumbias, wheezing improvisations, literally prepared banjos, Franco-Chilean folk covers, teenage bedroom tracks and some Freddie Gibbs to help swallow them bureaucratic pills.
October 05, 2021
Rocking bolts, fanfare tents, watery sounds & sights and a whole lotta groovin' ~ a look back at this year's festival's sights and moods, as captured by the inimitable Hans van der Linden.
September 30, 2021
As a symbol of gatherings past and the voices that trailed behind them, Simon Van Honacker's setting up his installation Tempo In Vlaanderen for anyone to visit/get lost in mentally and sonically in the Het Bos courtyard. Ambient characters and trademarked organic symphonies are just a ghost braderie away ~ ~ ~
September 30, 2021
Rounding up the performer parade are lathe utopians Spuk Disk. A spaced-out spazzed-out medley of cuts and beats bouncing from three corners of the room and lasting till who knows to end the festival in all flyness. New stuff will be tried out to melt limbs and heads all the way to the bus!
September 29, 2021
Mariska Baars, aka soccer Committee, is back after a hiatus of a decade-plus. Delicate yet deeeep guitar singings and a yearning for simpler moments with nature will affect those sitting or standing around sC's tender siren's songs. Catch her on Saturday ~ THIS SATURDAY!
September 29, 2021
The bad first: Pierre Elitair will sadly not make it to the festival due to health complications. But here's the good: his comrade in crimes Daniel De Botanicus has gracefully stepped up to close the Friday night ceremonies with a multi-synth set for the ages as his Antwerp-renonwned alter ego Cassis Cornuta. KORGING TIMES AHEADDD.
September 28, 2021
Settling into the dusk, we'll find the mysterious outfit known as Million Brazilians. Coming from the rocky mists of Maine, Grant Corum, Suzanne Stone and a rotating cast of fellow sound seekers bring their strangely transcendant improvisations and supernaturally-tinged visions to our KRAAKed out spot in the Schelde.
September 27, 2021
We're thrilled to welcome Michèle Bokanowski, a mostly unsung heroine of the electroacoustic slate whose works have been thankfully rediscovered and republished in recent years. Her visionary compositions vary from the melodically ambient to the utterly abstract, effecting and affecting aurally and sensorially. A real treat, and also an occasion to see her artistic and life partner Patrick Bokanowski's work!
September 27, 2021
Picking up the pace for the KRAAK Fest Focus Fest, here's Pauline Marx, aka Le Diable Dégoûtant all the way from the deep recesses of Brittany's lore. Witchy incantations from a half-woman half-creature from the woods are in store as the twilight sets on ye attendees ale-lit faces.
September 24, 2021
Surfing on the waves of her album release announcement, we're happy to present Heta Bilaletdin as one of the many shining beams at this year's KRAAK Festival ✨ Heavy HEAVY bass and sparkling squirrely sound snackies, and an exclusive FIRST DIBS at her amazing debut Nauhoi next Friday!
September 23, 2021
Justine Grillet is no stranger to Antwerp's art spaces, as she has been exhibiting and playing music consistently for the past year and more (?!). Keeping to her home turf, she'll be opening this year's KRAAK Fest with her dreamlike soundscapes straight out of a magically woodsy RPG game ✨
September 22, 2021
Jon Dunbar, an enigmatic Greek with a free-floating group of Cheese Chandeliers, came into our hive radar through the scrambling chaos of internet shares. Going through his all-over-the-place discography, our hive minds promptly fizzled upon getting a load of his strange, nihilistic jams tinged with crude pop allusions which, at the end of the day, spell out some damn good times. Also: A KRUT BE UPCOMING.
September 21, 2021
Belgium's got some young talent, and violinist Elisabeth Klinck is kicking proof of that. After a stint on our TOTAL STOOGE FM FEST, we got her back for an in-da-flesh performance at this year's KRAAK Fest for a soaring intimate set in Het Bos's exhibition space. Let them violins roar up in space:
September 20, 2021
Proceeding with the proceedings, we have the ultra slick melodies and fashion statements of Finland's Ilpo Numminen. One of that land's premier syntheads, he'll be running some test flights at our KRAAK fest for a nighttime set of cosmic deliriums to send us all into the space lands of our mindddddddds.
September 18, 2021
Now here's some honest to goodness rock n roll: Foudre Rockeur, these self-appointed demons of rock, are the collision of Mr Marcaille and a group of residents from the Pôle Habitat ADAPEI in Widranges. Together they blast out forthright jams that need no words be chanted along with.
September 17, 2021
As the fermenting grounds for freshly-baked and potentially heart stirring projects, KRAAK fest is always game for taking those changes, espcially when it's from one from our favorite KRAMP and New York multi-instrumentalist Luke Calzonetti. As EC Band, they take us to woozy territories through dark guitar meanderings. Dusky Friday night music comin' your way.
September 16, 2021
Here at the KRAAK HQ we developed a big heart for legendary French underground dweller Dominique Grimaud's warped rehashings of sixties psychedelia on his 19 Feedbacks album ~ a fitting soundtrack for those jarring and surreal months of confinement. Made sense then to have the man himself over for this year's fest to spill out his looping electronic experiences, augmented by Veronique Vilhet's hypnotic drumming. Strange jams for times that never cease to be strange!
September 14, 2021
Continuing the KRAAK Festival focus is Maria Rossi aka Cucina Povera, whose music drips with an enchanted melancholia that is impossible not to be affected by. Here she shares with us a special video made for one of the tracks from her latest album ~ let the swooning begin.
September 14, 2021
We're proud to present the heads and sounds of this year's KRAAK Festival in Het Bos 🥴 First off, weird techno legend Container and his demented bangers to have you bouncing off your chair and into head-melting sonic stratospheres!!
September 08, 2021
This Sunday we're back in Ghent's De Koer for a sunny (if not in weather at least in spirit!) afternoon filled with jammings of all sorts, criss-crossing our tiny land with some of the finest acts gracing the local-ish scene.
July 07, 2021
New location and exceptionally in the fall ~ because we couldn't get through this year without it (fingers still crossedddd). See you in the forest by the Schelde, more info soon! Line up and links hereunder:
June 23, 2021
Our return to shows with a sweet Pleasure Island collab, featuring ladr.ache, Annelies Monseré & Floris, doggies and seagulls and the Oostend surf. Pictures by Victor Van Wassenhove.
June 22, 2021