Leda Atomica “s/t”

Artist: Leda Atomica
Title: s/t
Format: Digital 
Label: Atypeek Music
Genre: Synth Punk
Release Date: 17/11/2023

This album dates back to 1986 and was only released on cassette. Leda Atomica is a cult French band, and it was based in Marseille, a sort of country within a country with its own codes and rules. Yaref Ben Hazim, who has worked on mastering or videos for Moodie Black, Barbara Panther, E.D.O., Oto, Chris Conde, Miles Bevier, Geins’t Naït, and more, was tasked with remastering this forgotten cult album. Leda Atomica was contemporaneous (in the 1980s) with other unique French groups such as Kas Product, Oto, Geins’t Naït, Trisomie 21, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Taxi Girl. A particularly bold, dark, and intense scene.

Leda Atomica, the legendary punk rock band hailing from Marseille, was launched in the 90s by the creative minds of Phil Spectrum and Nick Zaroff. Their unrestrained energy and deadpan humor quickly propelled them onto French stages, securing opening slots for legends such as The Cramps, Iggy Pop, and Bashung, while leaving their mark at prestigious events like the Printemps de Bourges and Francofolies. Over the years, Leda Atomica evolved to become much more than just a music band. Transformed into a collective of musician-actors (LAM), Leda Atomica Musique embraced a multitude of arts and stage disciplines to offer shows of unparalleled diversity.

In addition to being an accomplished rock band, LAM also invested in a record label, a recording studio, and a series of innovative artistic creations. Their continuous collaboration with theater, street art, dance, pyrotechnics, cabaret, and visual arts makes them a major player in the contemporary artistic scene. Founded by the talented Phil Spectrum, Leda Atomica Musique is, in fact, the continuation of the famous Leda Atomica group, of which he was one of the co-founders. After touring concert venues throughout France and beyond, Leda Atomicamade the bold decision to transform into an artistic collective, giving birth to the LAM label in 1990.

To this day, Leda Atomica has become much more than just a punk rock band. It is a true artistic phenomenon, a kaleidoscope of talents and creative expressions that constantly pushes the boundaries of live performance. The French artistic scene, especially the Marseille scene, would definitely not be the same without the audacity and originality of Leda Atomica Musique.

1. Ouverture   
2. La Marche Infernale   
3. Couleurs Sur Souris   
4. Rocky XVI   
5. La Marche De Caligula   
6. Géronimo   
7. Le Bal Des Décors-Tickets   
8. Magie Noire   
9. Le Rap Des Carpathes   
10. Get You A Gun   
11. Charles Dexter Word   
12. Transylvannian’s Aftershave   
13. Le Bal Des Vampires   
14. Cybernetik Sex   
15. Caravane   
16. Hardaströ   
17. Aube / Final

Smartlink: https://orcd.co/bvd5bdj
Facebook: https://facebook.com/ledaatomicamusique
Label: https://atypeekmusic.com/ledaatomica

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Les Shtauss “No Feeling”

Artist: Les Shtauss
Title: No Feeling

Format: Digital 
Labels: Atypeek Music

Genre: Garage Rock, Punk
Release Date: 17/11/2023

In the 1980s, an iconic group emerged at the heart of Nantes, in the Pays de la Loire region of France. Les Shtauss, a musical ensemble consisting of four to five members, rose to prominence and left an indelible mark on the music scene during a memorable span of seven years.

Originally known as Doktor Shtauss, the group later opted for the striking name Les Shtauss. Their musical style evolved into a captivating fusion, reminiscent of the mesmerizing tones of Lords of the New Church and The Stooges.

The stage was not merely a playground but a battleground for this band, where they delivered a fiercely energetic rock’n’roll spirit, just as potent on record as in their live performances. Their charismatic and electric presence resonated deeply with every spectator in the audience.

The pillars of the group, marked by Goret on vocals, Ludo and Fafa on guitars, Manu on bass, and the extraordinary drummer Jimmy B., made their mark with the release of the single No Feeling, leaving an indelible stamp on the French rock scene. Despite the limited information available today, their music and presence undeniably shaped the cultural landscape of the era.

The year 1987 proved pivotal for Les Shtauss, as their track “Bang Bang Boom” featured on the “Eyes On You” compilation by Closer/Teenage Records, earning them well-deserved international recognition. The group continued their stride by releasing an impressive 45 RPM record, “Everybody Rockin'” / “Black In Town,” bursting with raging decibels, reminiscent of the pure punk style pioneered by Ramones and The Stooges.

Their incredible energy found a fresh expression with the six-track album No Feeling (1989 – Closer Records), a cohesive work in line with their distinctive style. It’s worth noting that the group was guided by Stéphane Saunier (in production), a pivotal figure at Closer Records during the late 80s and a staunch advocate for rock on the airwaves of Canal+.

In 2023, the legacy of Shtauss gains a fresh breath with the comprehensive reissue of their discography under Atypeek Music, benefiting from a remastering by Yaref Ben Hazim (Moodie Black, Barbara Panther…). This reissue rekindles the flame of rock’n’roll, providing an unprecedented opportunity to dive into the raw and timeless energy of this group that managed to leave a mark on history.

1. Bigger Man   
2. Sweet Sixteen   
3. My Bottle Of Wine   
4. Unchain That Girl    
5. Martian   
6. Bagaboo   
7. Everybody’s Rockin   
8. Black In Town   
9. Bang Bang Boum

Smartlink: https://orcd.co/a2yxbbm
Label: https://atypeekmusic.com/lesshtauss

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Hence Confetti “s/t”

Artist: Hence Confetti
Title: s/t
Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird’s Robe Records
Distribution: MGM
Genre: Alternative Metal
Release Date: 10/11/2023

Australian alternative metal project Hence Confetti have announced they will be joining the Bird’s Robe Records label roster for the release of their debut self-titled record in 2023.

Formed by former Mish frontman Rowland Hines, the project began as an outlet for Hines to express his post-Mish and post-fatherhood emotions, as he relocated from Sydney to his hometown of Bathurst, before settling in Warnervale, NSW.

Fans of the legendary underground metal records produced by Mish will recognise Hines’ impassioned vocal delivery, as well as the brooding undertones that often accompanied their music. But Hence Confetti paints a broader palette and uses different colours to communicate.

Singles Buttons and New Homes might be as heavy as it gets, but there’s a lot to explore in the dynamic sound of this new project.

Citing influences from classic bands like BotchThe Devin Townsend ProjectToday Is The DayPusciferLo!,MastodonCOG and Conjurer, the band wear their love for emotional heavy music proudly on their sleeve.

In this rare example of an isolation that spawned connection, experimental tentacles sent out by lead writer Hines allowed his farm rooted drummer and uprooted guitarist to pulse back their own tidal waves of loss and creation in parallel to his. From apogee to apex, burnt homes to new daughters, Hence Confetti’s brand of amity as therapy has produced a haunting and evocative sound.

1. New Homes 
2. Buttons
3. Rorschach
4. Ovation 
5. Bandages

Order: https://henceconfetti.bandcamp.com/album/hence-confetti
Facebook: https://facebook.com/HenceConfettitheband
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

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Treebeard “Nostalgia”

Artist: Treebeard
Title: Nostalgia
Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird’s Robe Records
Distribution: MGM
Genre: Post-Rock/ Post-Metal
Release Date: 27/10/2023

Australian post-rock group Treebeard  have announced their signing to Bird’s Robe Records and will re-release their debut album Nostalgia on Friday 27 October internationally for the first time, in celebration of the record’s 2 year anniversary this year.

The band joins the impressive Bird’s Robe roster, featuring a huge array of Australia’s legendary progressive, alternative, post-rock, post-metal and experimental pop artists, including We Lost The Seasleepmakeswaves, MeniscusClosure In MoscowToehiderSolkyri & more.

Drawing influences from MogwaiNick Cave and more, the Melbourne band have earned the respect of their peers and plaudits from media. The Nostalgia album was described by WherePostRockDwells as “an absolute treasure trove of crunchy guitars, emotive soundscapes and a perfect balance between light, dark, heavy, light elements and everything that comes between”

The band are currently in production for a forthcoming new album, due out in early 2024.

The band posted this message to social media about the partnership: “We are thrilled to announce that Treebeard is now joining Sydney-based record label and promoter Bird’s Robe! We are so excited and humbled to be on a roster featuring many of Australia’s finest post / prog artists, including many of our peers as well as some of our biggest influences such as We Lost The SeasleepmakeswavesSolkyriMushroom Giant and many more!

With our debut album Nostalgia having come out during lockdown, it was always felt that its potential was never fully realised post release. Mike after hearing the album agreed, and therefore we are also happy to announce we are rereleasing Nostalgia, with more details to come soon.” 

1. Flatgates    
2. The Ratcatcher   
3. Pollen    
4. Nostalgia   
5. 8×0   
6. Terra   
7. Dear Magdalena   
8. Nostalgia II 

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/Treebeard
Order: https://treebeard2.bandcamp.com/album/nostalgia
Instagram: https://instagram.com/treebeard.band
Facebook: https://facebook.com/treebeard.band.aus
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

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Ni “Fol Naïs”

Artist: Ni
Title: Fol Naïs
Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital

Label: Dur & Doux
Distribution: Broken Silence

Genre: Experimental Noise Metal
Release Date: 01/12/2023

For anyone already familiar with Ni, the title of their third album is bound to raise a smile. Fol Naïs, literally “born mad” in Old French, is the name given to the fools and jesters of history’s great rulers. This symbol of impertinence couldn’t be more appropriate for this new release from the most unclassifiable of Rhône-Alpes quartets. Renowned for their “silly and bouncy” (sic) sound, Ni tried their hand at darker, heavier music on Pantophobie (2019), reflecting the period the band was going through. The bells of Fol Naïs sound the hour for a return to faster tempos, but not without affirming an instrumental renewal:

“This is the great dilemma for any band: how to successfully carry a legacy from the past while renewing itself? With Fol Naïs, we consider it a success in this sense, as it’s an album that doesn’t feel like a rehash of Pantophobie. Pantophobie had run its course, and it was time to react. Re-accelerating the tempo could be the breaking point. We wanted to open even more doors. We wanted to tap into the energy of metal, without having the color of it since we also dipped into old formulas that unify our sound.”

Math Rock? Noise? Metal? Jazz? On these 10 new tracks, Ni delights more than ever in blurring the lines and confusing their audience, remaining true to their desire to go further in experimentation. A call to modernity, guitarists Anthony Béard and François Mignot exploit new pedals, driven by a desire for synthesizer-like sounds, deepening their alchemy with the anarchic rhythm section of Benoit Lecomte (bass) and Nicolas Bernollin (drums).

From “Zerkon”, as chaotic as it is jovial, we know that the ears we’re addressing are preferably the most seasoned. The tension is palpable on the following tracks, which are hybrids of Don Caballero and Meshuggah (“Chicot”, “Dagonet”), when they aren’t sprinkled with the breakcore of Igorrr (“Brusquet”) or the all-out rage of Botch (“Rigoletto”). Fortunately, Ni easily manages to incorporate relative breaths (“Berdic”, the triptych “Triboulet”), culminating in the slow, ambient “Cathelot”, with its hurdy-gurdy conveying a certain elevation. Pirouettes and nose-thumbing at musical convention follow one another. Which only adds to the meaning of each track on this new album, all named after real-life jesters:

Historically, the jester’s spectacles were the moments when the masks fell off. The rulers and their courts accepted all frontal and openly declamatory criticism, mixed with art, mime, something that was lived. As artists and musicians, this is how we fit in. Our own buffoonery leads us to go against the grain of what’s expected of us. You want Ni to be a jazzy noise band? Well, we’ve failed!”

It’s all there, Ni is always complex, dissonant and shaggy. But their formidable inventiveness and unexpected danceability make them a leading light in the French musical niche. With Fol NaïsNi takes another step in their quest for the Holy Grail, displaying as much mischief as wrath. Demonstration on December 1, 2023!

1. Zerkon   
2. Dagonet   
3. Brusquet   
4. Berdic   
5. Chicot   
6. Rigoletto   
7. Triboulet (Part. I)   
8. Triboulet (Part. II)
9. Triboulet (Part. III)   
10. Cathelot

Official: http://ni-music.com
Bandcamp: https://niiii.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ni_officiel
Facebook: https://facebook.com/ni.ni.ni.music
Label: https://duretdoux.com

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Sébastien Guérive “Obscure Clarity”

Artist: Sébastien Guérive
Title: Obscure Clarity

Format: LP, Digital 
Labels: Atypeek Music

Genre: Ambient/ Neoclassical
Release Date: 10/11/2023

Sébastien Guérive is a composer and sound engineer based in Nantes, France. After studying the cello, he quickly turned to musical creation using computer music, which opened up infinite possibilities for mixing and transforming sound material. Close to the work of a plastic artist, he is as much concerned with the textural aspect of the sound as he is with the melody. 

Since 2001 and his first album La Pense Érrante composed from collages of samples and “field recording”, he continues to develop his personal work (Io’n, Da Sweep …) and to collaborate on projects for the theater, dance, music composition for image. 

His first album as a self-titled artist, Omega Point, was released in 2020 to great acclaim from the public and the international press. The video clip for Omega II, a track taken from this album, has won numerous awards at international festivals and now boasts over 850 K views on Vimeo. 

Sébastien Guérive‘s new album Obscure Clarity blends electronic acoustics, sonic textures and more intimate piano felt moments in the spirit of neoclassical writing. 

Chorales and onomatopoeic voices run through the album, creating a universal dialogue with the listener. At times akin to religious music writing, it is the spiritual dimension that is important in this album, this sense of elevation in contrast with darker, rougher soundscapes and textures. 

There are musical climbs in the spirit of progressive rock, given by the power and thickness of the electronic sounds and the breadth of the orchestration of the acoustic instruments. With Obscure ClaritySébastien Guérive continues to compose the soundtrack for a film about the essential role of light in the development of life. 

01. On The Inside    
03. Devi   
04. Daydream   
05. Obscure Clarity I   
06. Obscure Clarity II   
07. Deva  08. Dukkha   
09. Obscure Clarity IV   
10. Shanti

Official: www.sebastienguerive.com
Bandcamp: https://sebastienguerive.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sebastien_guerive
Facebook: https://facebook.com/Sebastiengueriveoff
Atypeek Music: https://atypeekmusic.com

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100 Guitares Sur Un Bateau Ivre “Bateau Ivre”

Artist: 100 Guitares Sur Un Bateau Ivre
Title: Bateau Ivre
Format: CD, Digital 
Label: Daaganda Records
Genre: Experimental 
Release Date: 29/09/2023

100 Guitares Sur Un Bateau Ivre (100 guitars on a drunken boat) is an evolutionary project created by Gilles Laval in 2017, composed for 100 electric guitars. The particularity of the project is to propose to each new “stopover” in a new city, a re-creation by calling on musicians and local structures. It is a co-construction and learning project for an “eco-poetic” creation on the theme of the ocean. Based on the french poem of Arthur Rimbaud, electric guitars – popular instrument – are used in all possible forms, to explore a contemporary writing dedicated to this creation.

Gilles Laval, from solo to writing for 100 electric guitars, from small to large groups, orchestras, not forgetting the augmented guitar with movement sensors, Gilles Laval explores new forms, researches new writings, initiates singular artistic adventures. He is the artistic director of the CM production association (creation and training). He created the GSUBI structure around his latest project 100 Guitares Sur Un Bateau Ivre to promote unusual and extraordinary musical projects.

Gilles Laval started in underground groups in Lyon (punk new wave, hardcore, experimental…) in the 80′, with parallel studies of electroacoustic music with Denis Dufour. Today, he navigates between experimental music, creation and improvisation, multi-arts encounters, digital arts, always in search of new experiences, claiming gender equality between scholarly or secular music, traditional music, popular music and contemporary music.

He teaches electric guitar and free improvisation at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Villeurbanne, where he is in charge of the amplified music department. He also created the department and curriculum of popular music at Cefedem Rhône Alpes in 2000 (higher education). He is an active and founding member of PaaLabRes (Artistic Practices in Action, Research Laboratory).

Innovation, creation, concert, transmission, experience, research, pedagogy, are fundamental elements of its environment. With always this question: what is the role of the artist in today’s society?

1. De Ses Longs Cheveux Bleus   
2. Embellie   
3. Roches   
4. Chaloupes   
5. Bateau Ivre   
6. Cachalots Hugs          
7. Unsaved

Smartlink: https://orcd.co/a9eoelm
GSUBI: https://gsubi.com/fr/100-guitares-sur-un-bateau-ivre-fr
Daaganda Records: https://www.daaganda.com

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The Spacelords “Nectar Of The Gods”

Artist: The Spacelords
Title: Nectar Of The Gods

Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood Music/ GoodToGo
Genre: Psychedelic, Space Rock
Release Date: 20/10/2023

With new album Nectar Of The GodsThe Spacelords lift their distinctive sound to new, astral heights. The time has come!

The Spacelords – the galactic grooving space rockers in the stoner space-time continuum – honor our sun sound system with their latest album Nectar Of The Gods. Its entry into the Earth’s atmosphere was calculated for the end of October!

Nectar Of The Gods is the 6th studio album on the Tonzonen Records label. The exceptional formation was founded in 2008 and is since May 2014 in their classic, perfect line-up, which inspires an ever-growing fan base worldwide.

After effusive reactions to the first five studio albums, The Spacelords open with Nectar Of The Gods another, so far unheard-of chapter in their original, magical space-atlas.

The trio’s constantly reinventing, deeply interwoven interplay is increasingly captivating the stoner, space and kraut rock community with its devotional joy of playing, as only true friends can muster.

On one of the four epic new tracks on Nectar Of The Gods the gigantic attraction of the massive Spacelords star has once again attracted a sympathetic emissary from the neighboring keyboard universe: Lost Sound Of Lemuria is enhanced by friend Guest Lord, namely Jens Eberhard of Jewelled Moon, with brilliant Fender Rhodes and organ sounds.

Four impressive new songs were created in the home studio, which have both a high recognition value, and know how to convince atmospherically.

Nectar Of The Gods is released on Digipack CD, limited label edition LP (yellow vinyl) and regular LP (black vinyl), as well as a digital release.

1. Nectar Of The Gods 
2. Endorphine High
3. Mindscapes
4. Lost Sounds Of Lemuria

Official: https://thespacelords.com 
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thespacelordsgermany
Facebook: https://facebook.com/the.spacelords
Bandcamp: https://thespacelords1.bandcamp.com  
Label: https://www.tonzonen.de 

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Manu Louis “Club Copy”

Artist: Manus Louis
Title: Club Copy
Format: LP, CD, Digital

Label: Igloo Records
Distribution: Broken Silence (GAS), Socadisc (France)

Genre: Experimental Pop
Release Date: 29/09/2023

Club Copy brings us a futuristic world dominated by standardisation, in which, your place on earth no longer matters. In Paris, Bangkok or Hanoi everything is the same. Visitors are doomed to find the same street, the same shops, playing the same music, frequented by people wearing the same clothes, made in the same places… 

However in one of these towns, a small oasis of resistance is emerging in spite of itself.

Club Copy, a small, outdated photocopying centre has been converted into an alternative venue.

Here, each photocopy generates new variations. Because of the obsolescence of the equipment and the technical incompetence of its managers, it is impossible to make a photocopy without deviating from the original. 

Initially on the verge of bankruptcy, the shop soon becomes a new place of resistance for the freaks….

Built on the ashes of Manu Louis‘ latest release (Front de Cadeaux’s remix of Internet), Club Copy bounces again to the sexy BPM of the slowed-down clubs. 

Manu is joined by an impressive cast of collaborators: Spanish singer from Las Victimas Civiles, Héctor Arnau; Brussels experimental jazz vocalist, Lynn Cassiers; and performer Vicente Arlandis offer their voices. Mastering by the cult Rashad Becker sculpts the bass and widens the space, and Spanish artist Escif’s hijacked covers plunge us into the heart of the beauty of the photocopy shop. Club Copy is undoubtedly the Berlin singer/producer’s most accomplished, touching and disturbing work to date.

1. Flou
2. Flu
3. Clone
4. Full
5. Peu
6. Economy
7. Winter
8. Encore 1x
9. Winner
10. Ecology

Club Copy Tour
14oct – Brussels (B) – Festival Francofaune @Un Peu
21oct – Dusseldorf (Deu) – TBA
22oct – Berlin (Deu) – Lark
26oct – Amiens (Fr) – L’accueil froid
27oct – Paris (Fr) – Café de Paris
28oct – Caen (Fr) – La demeurée
02nov – Valencia (Esp) – Centro Excursionista
03nov – Barcelona (Esp) – El Pumarejo
10nov – Charleroi (B) – Rockhrill
14nov – Birmingham (UK) – Centrala
15nov – Manchester (UK) – The Peer Hat
16nov – Newcastle (UK) – Cobalt Studio
17nov – London (UK) – Iklektik
19nov – Glasgow (Sco) – The Old Toll Bar
23nov – Chemnitz (Deu) Odradek
24nov – Dresden (Deu) – Hanse03
25nov – Leipzig (Deu) – Handstand &, Moral
09dec – Madrid (Esp) – El Juglar

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/manulouis
Official: www.louislouis.org
Instagram: https://instagram.com/manu_louis_music
Facebook: https://facebook.com/louislouis.org
Label: https://igloorecords.be

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Thierry Arnal “The Occult Sources”

Artist: Thierry Arnal
Title: The Occult Sources 
Format: CD, Digital 
Labels: Atypeek Music

Genre: Dark Experimental/ Ambient/ Drone
Release Date: 15/09/2023

Thierry Arnal (musician/ visual artist) is a french based composer (Lyon, France) active since 2006 and principally working with field recordings, sound collage and computers since 2018.

Audio works by Thierry Arnal of Fragment., AMANTRA, HAST, TH-A & SEPL aliases) have been published on labels including: Justin Broadrick’s label Avalanche Recordings, Denovali, Kvitnu, Thisco Records, Peacock Window Recordings, Pharmafabrick, Mahorka, Annihilvs Power Electronix, EndTitles… as well as numerous compilation appearances and remixes.

One of his major projects, Fragment., was initiated in 2005. Later, in 2015, Fragment. transformed into a duo with Pascal Bertier on bass, resulting in their album Nothing Will Ever Be The Same. The band’s unique blend of post-rock, drone, shoegaze, doom, post-metal, and slow-core defies traditional categorization. Their compositions focus on creating dreamlike atmospheres, balancing shadows and lights, and delivering strong melodic moments and memorable themes. 

In 2019, he collaborated with filmmaker and author Laurent Courau on the ambitious project The Occult Sources: Deep Inside the Abode of Chaos. The project encompassed a film and web-series centered around La Demeure du Chaos / Musée L’Organe by Thierry Ehrmann. Thierry Arnal contributed significantly to the film’s soundtrack.The Occult Sources took the form of a twelve-episode web-series and a feature film, blending artistry and esotericism, showcasing a new underground cinema crafted for the 21st century.

The world premiere of The Occult Sources occurred in September 2019 during the L’Étrange Festival anniversary celebration in Paris. Despite pandemic-related challenges, the film was screened at select international festivals, leaving audiences captivated.

Fans of electronic music, fantasy cinema, and enchanting adventures eagerly await the release of the album The Occult Sources which is scheduled for September 15, 2023. The first excerpts from the album will be available at the beginning of the season. Stay connected to be among the first to embark on this unprecedented sonic journey to a parallel world where the magic of music transports you to uncharted territories.

Stream: https://orcd.co/wzo3ve4
Linktree: https://linktr.ee/SEPL_OFFICIAL_and_projects 
Bandcamp: https://thierry-arnal-music.bandcamp.com/album/the-occult-sources-ost
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_sepl_lab_
Atypeek Music: https://atypeekmusic.com

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