TITLE: Melting EP
Label: Schmer Records
Release: May 6th , 2019
Schmer has been looking for the next Prototype 909 since 1995.
While they may never be found, we have instead found a few artists that with the same spirit of adventure have taken electronic music to new frontiers of unimaginable creativity.
Primary among them is Lena aka Galcid aka Lenacid.
Lena’s electrifying live performances utilizing eurorack modular synths with vintage and modern machines follow three simple 3 rules:
NO PCs, NO Presets, NO Preparation!
She has been called Jeanne d’Arc of modular because her style her appearance and her fearlessness.
As Galcid, she has played alongside world renowned artists such as Nina Kraviz, Daniel Miller, Oval, DJ Nobu, Isao Tomita, Takkyu Ishino, Ken Ishii, G-man (LFO) among others. In 2016, she was invited by the Japan Media Art Festival to play at the special exhibition, held at the Eyemyth Media Arts Festival in Mumbai, India. Her 1st album “Hertz” received a worldwide release in digital format on the Detroit Underground label.
The release attracted the attention of Karl Hyde (Underworld), Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle) among other well-known musicians the world over. Shortly thereafter, Galcid played at “Boiler Room Tokyo”. In July 2017, she embarked on her first EU tour playing shows in Barcelona, London, and Madrid, after she came back, she participated in Iron Island Festival and Mutek Japan garnering high praise in the media. In December 2017, she was invited to headline Future Mix’s 20th Anniversary event and workshop in Shenzhen where she performed and held a talk with techno pioneer Mijk Van Dijk. In May 2018, she made a cover track of Nitzer Ebb. Karl Hyde loved the track and played it on his radio program. In July 2018, Ryuichi Sakamoto picked up galcid’s track for his Spotify Playlist, “SKMT Picks”. In September 2018, she performed in Montreal, Geneva, and Berlin.
For Schmer, Lena has created an EP made for the melting of your mind, if it doesn’t first melt your speakers. Lena uses her electronics in the most effective way possible. The classic acid machines are deployed to establish the
themes the modular synths bring in sounds that take these tracks to another level. The eponymous track will hypnotize you into the state of focus necessary to allow you to go deep inside. Then the Acid Police show up! A funky drum machine rocker sure wake you out of your trance. Steel Vein has the intensity to rewire your modular mind. bpmf provides an hard driving aggressive take on Melting to help us turn on the switch.