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A picture of Dolorès and Freddy from LETTEN 94

 

About

Zurich, 1994. Along the banks of the Limmat river, on the railway tracks of the disused Letten station, the largest open drugs scene in Europe is in its last year. Federal Councillor Ruth Dreifuss visits the site and meets addicts who lie on the ground, injecting themselves with heroin. From the Kornhausbrücke, the view looks like a dystopian landscape.

Comprising Dolorès and Freddy Van Ballast, LETTEN 94 is a Swiss coldwave duo which takes this mental image of Letten, and more widely of Europe in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as a starting point to try to create electronic music which is sometimes aggressive and syncopated, sometimes dark and mysterious. The guitar, putting into relief the railway-inspired rhythms of Van Ballast, commemorates the post-punk movement, while the deep and haunting voice of Dolorès prepares listeners for the clearly nihilist tone of their creations.

Releases

20 March 2022: Physical release of SPOTLIGHT VOL. 2, the latest Cold Transmission compilation double-album featuring many artists from the label, including LETTEN 94's "Empty Landscapes".

14 December 2021: Video overview of our concert at OXIL Zofingen.

26 November 2021: Physical release of the full "Empty Landscapes" EP (Cold Transmission, CT 127), available at Audioglobe and on Bandcamp.

23 July 2021: Digital 2-track single release of "Empty Landscapes" (Cold Transmission, CT 110).

22 July 2021: Release of the official music video of "Empty Landscapes".

Concerts

10 February 2023
SAS Delémont with Normotone
(Delémont JU, Switzerland)

11 February 2023
SchattentanZ @ Lustwerkstatt
(Burgdorf BE, Switzerland)
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12 February 2023
L'Usine / Urgence Disk Records
(Genève GE, Switzerland)

Past concerts...

Press Review

20 April 2022 - Daily Rock (French) - Switzerland
LETTEN 94 - Paysage musical by Alex Pradervand

28 March 2022 - Guts Of Darkness (French) - Switzerland
Chronique - Empty Landscapes by Shelleyan

17 January 2022 - Le Quotidien Jurassien (French) - Switzerland
Un duo de Jurassiens se crée une réputation hors du canton by Clément Schott

14 January 2022 - Canal Alpha (French) - Switzerland
Le groupe musical LETTEN 94 prépare son premier album by Steven Champion / Damien Wahli

28 December 2021 - Dark Entries (Dutch) - Belgium
Recensie – Empty Landscapes EP by Kurt Ingels

20 December 2021 - GRRIF(French) - Switzerland
Au Coeur du Cyclone – LETTEN 94 by Stève Geiser

23 September 2021 - Le Vraiment (French) - Turkey
LETTEN 94 : Voyage dans le cosmos de la destruction by Yann McDowell

31 July 2021 – CVLTARTES (English) – Romania
The New Collab of LETTEN 94 w/ Normotone is a Soul Crusher Chant Colored in Coldwave Tones by Nicolae Baldovin

25 July 2021 – Luminous Dash (Dutch) – Belgium
Uitheems Geduister #147 by Nel Mertens

23 July 2021 – Swiss Dark Scene (English) – Switzerland
News From Jura: Duo LETTEN 94 Release Their Debut Single Empty Landscapes

23 July 2021 – Obsküre Magazine (French) – France
Actualités Musique : LETTEN 94 by Emmanuel Hennequin

20 July 2021 – White Light // White Heat (English) – Italy
Ride through the "Empty Landscapes" of modern dystopia with LETTEN 94 by Fabrizio Lusso