Gustav Kwarts, Concrete Lake, Digital Album Cover

Gustav Kwarts

Concrete Lake

Release Date : July 13rd, 2023

Concrete Lake is the debut album by the multidisciplinary artist Gustav Kwarts. The title perfectly encapsulates the essence of his mineral drone music, soft like granite, where you can explore the idea that bathing in magma could be a pleasant experience. It resulted from Kwarts' initial experiments with a Korg synth, which he discovered at the place he was renting in Durankulak, a coastal village near the border of Bulgaria and Romania. True to his artistic dogma of embracing limitations, Kwarts' approach to music is raw and instinctive. He used a single stereo track, without a soundcard, mix or edit, relying solely on the mastering skills of Aurélien Prévost to refine this crude material. Amidst the surges of distortion and its inhospitable landscapes, Kwarts still allows burning melodies to emerge, creating a soothing chaos that portrays an ambivalent beauty. He told me that after trying the instruments for the first time, he became trapped for three or four days, day and night, nearly losing his job.
The only way to listen to the result was to plug the instruments into my Zoom recorder; otherwise, I don't know if I would have thought to record it from the beginning. I was forced to stop to fulfill my obligations, but then I felt like a crackhead waiting for his shot of drone.
In our last correspondence, he told me he used a part of his last paycheck to buy the synth and pedal set from his host.
I had to bring them back with me. I can't stop now.

music & photographs by Gustav Kwarts, unaltered stereo recordings captured during the first trimester of 2023 in Durankulak, Dobrich / mastered by Aurélien Prévost in March & April 2023 / layout by Romain Barbot

Gustav Kwarts, Concrete Lake, Limited Cassette Edition

44 copies / White Chrome C-40
Digital edition included.


Do rather like this warm peaceful drone, it comes with a reassuring glow. The thing about music like this, and we do get so much of it landing here, is that it so hard to find the words, but then, if music like this was easy to put into words it really wouldn’t be worth writing about. I does quietly evolve, slowly unfold, gently shape-shifting, rather gorgeous actually.

Das Debütalbum des multidisziplinären Künstlers Gustav Kwarts ist das Ergebnis von einfachen, anfänglichen Experimenten mit Korg- Synthesizer. Für das Album verwendete er eine einzige Stereospur, ohne Soundkarte, Mix oder Schnitt. Um die Songs zu verfeinern vertraute er das Mastering Aurélien Prévost an. Nach dem erstem herum probieren, war Gustav Kwarts in seiner eigenen Welt gefangen. Nicht mehr er hat die Musik gemacht, sondern die Musik eher ihn. Tag und Nacht hat er sich mit dem Album und diesen verzerrten und unwirtlichen Landschaften beschäftigt. In denen er brennende Melodien in einem beruhigendem Chaos und ambivalenter Schönheit darstellt.