Boomkat Product Review:
Elena Colombi’s Osàre! Editions back with its third release and once again making our ears prick, this is a fucking label to watch we tell theee. This one’s the work of Johannes Haas, aka L.F.T. (Love, Fist, Tears), a Hamburg local who met Colombi at Golden Pudel, where else, and who makes highly authentic sounding early 80’s synthwave pop, lo-fi and nicely frayed at the edges, highly recommended if yr into The Normal, Skanfrom, Liaisons Dangereuses...
"Elena Colombi’s Osàre! Editions proudly presents its third vinyl release: Blood in the Grass, an EP of electro tinged new wave from Hamburg-based producer Johannes Haas, aka L.F.T. (Love, Fist, Tears), the title of which takes inspiration from a 1966 tapestry work by the late Swedish-Norwegian textile artist Hannah Ryggen (1894-1970).
Prompted by Colombi and Haas meeting on the dancefloor of Golden Pudel, the eight tracks run the gamut of darkwave and punk sounds, with Haas utilising Korg MS20 and Roland SH101 synthesisers to meld mutant acid with slamming synth lines, ear-worm melodies and opaque lyrics that are left open to interpretation. The new wave aesthetic he draws inspiration from is most evident on tracks Die Geldsmachine, No Covenent and the glistening Chloe-Rose, and with its howling guitar riffs and driving energy geared for late nights, Manon is a rough and ready punk anthem and a tribute to Haas’ “gang” of favourite people in Hamburg."