‘RANDOM HOLD’ 2017 VINYL EDITION

In relation to Record Store Day 2017 (April 22) Martin Hall’s Random Hold album will be released in a new vinyl edition. The record hasn’t been available on vinyl before. This 2017 album has been remastered by its original producer Thomas Li. The vinyl version includes download codes and the remastered version of the album will also be available via digital platforms such as Spotify and iTunes as well.

At its original release in 1996 Random Hold was proclaimed to be Hall’s most important record so far by the Scandinavian press. In Denmark it received quotes such as the following:
 
Politiken (Danish equivalent to The Guardian): “The grandiose and beautiful, dusty album Random Hold is the hermetic Hall’s most flawless pop work ever.” (*****)
Berlingske (Danish equivalent to The Times): “Martin Hall has rarely appeared more precise, serene and focused than on his latest release.”
Information (the Danish equivalent to The Independent): ”A damned good release from Martin Hall.”
Nat & Dag (major monthly magazine): “Martin Hall’s best record so far. A little miracle.” (*****)
Zoo Magazine (major monthly magazine): “Martin Hall’s peak as an artist.”
Undertoner (Danish site for independent music): ”An uncompromising and naked expression … intimate and attentive deliveries.” (*****)

 

 

Throughout the years the album has attracted more and more international listeners and still gains growing attention from music connoisseurs all over the world. Already at the time of its European release in 1997 the record received waves of appraisal, but whereas it back then primarily was the gothic and electronic scene that adopted Random Hold, the album has since enjoyed a much more varied audience in countries such as Germany, Italy and Poland.

Orkus (major German music magazine): “Beautiful music … art at its purest.”
Gothic (major German music magazine): “The perfect music!”
Zillo (major German music magazine): “Denmark’s multimedia artist faces his German breakthrough.”

Most recently (March 2017) the Polish indie-band Hidden by Ivy has recorded a cover version of the song ”Another Heart Laid Bare”, one of the original singles from Random Hold.

 

You can pre-order the release here:

ORDER ”RANDOM HOLD” VINYL LP (incl. download codes)


 

On Thursday the 20th of April Copenhagen Main Library presents a night about the album. You can find further information concerning the here:

HALL AT COPENHAGEN MAIN LIBRARY

In relation to the re-release of Random Hold on Record Store Day 2017 Copenhagen Main Library presents a night about the album on April 20 (7 PM). On this occasion Martin Hall will be interviewed by Danish Broadcasting Corporation P6 Beat’s Anders Bøtter.

Although the remastered vinyl edition isn’t released before two days later, you will be able to both buy the record as well as getting it signed on the night.

You can find further information about the arrangement here:

POLISH BAND COVERS HALL SONG

On March 24 the Polish indie-band Hidden by Ivy releases the album Beyond, on which they’ve recorded a cover version of Martin Hall’s Another Heart Laid Bare. Originally the song was featured on Hall’s Random Hold album released in February 1996 (a remastered vinyl version will be available in April 2017).

The members in Hidden by Ivy are Rafal Tomaszczuk (vocal) and Andrzej Turaj (instrumentalist). The Band comes from Warszawa and has so far released two albums. You can read more about the band here.

You’ll find further information about the current re-release of Martin Hall’s original Random Hold album here:
 

MARTIN HALL AT BANDCAMP

Stream and listen to a large selection of Martin Hall solo albums and related side projects at Bandcamp. All titles are available as both physical and digital albums at the site. If you acquire a cd or vinyl version, you automatically get the record as download as well.

At Bandcamp you can furthermore buy downloads in the FLAC format (audio files in a much quality than the mp3 standard).

You can use Visa, MasterCard and several other credit cards on the site. Obviously it’s also an option to pay via PayPal.

Bandcamp quadrat

HALL AT POL PLUS NOVEMBER 10

On November 10 at 7.30 PM writer and journalist Martin Kongstad meets Martin Hall in Pressen, Politiken Hus, Vester Voldgade 33, Copenhagen. The evening will be Hall’s only appearance for the rest of 2016.

Martin Hall had recently finished written an autobiographical book about his early years, a book that begins in 1972, when he as a boy lived in Spain during General Franco’s reign and ends with his mother’s suicide in 1984. The book was set to be released in September 2016, but a week before deadline Hall chose not to sign the contract anyway. Why?

Among other subjects this evening’s talk will revolve around privacy in relation to the public life of an artist. Hall has in recent years abandoned an at times extremely visible and outgoing career to focus on a far more reflective process these days. Recently he wrote the music for Ingvar Cronhammar’s highly acclaimed “H” installation in The Cisterns, one of last year’s most visited art events in Denmark, but has only appeared in public on a few occasions since then.

Photo: Shixin Liang.

More information about the night is available here:

CHANGES – NEW ANTHOLOGY

The Danish book Changes is a literary statement about David Bowie’s legacy written and edited by the Danish journalists Klaus Lynggard and Henrik Queitsch. The title will be released on November 1, 2016.

Originally the book was planned to mark the singer’s 70 year birthday in January 2017, but when Bowie died in the beginning of 2016 the editors wanted the writing to become a collective memory written by a line of Danish artists and journalists.

Apart from the two main authors the book includes reflections and essays written by contributors such as Martin Hall, Asger Schnack, Kristian Leth, Benn Q. Holm, Ralf Christensen, Jakob Levinsen, Lars Movin, Jens Unmack, Jan Laursen, Bo Green Jensen, Signe Høirup Wille-Jørgensen, Søren E. Jensen, Lars Bukdahl, Nicolaj Stochholm, Katrine Nyland Sørensen, Anna Ullmann, Anne Sperling, Pernille Jensen and Kira Skov. The cover is made by the Danish painter Lars Ravn.

The book is released by Turbine. You can find further information about the release here.

Martin Hall/Henrik Queitsch radio interview about the book: