An extraordinary masterpiece!
Imagine the Jazz-alien Sun Ra on one of his intergalactic travels in the early 70s, tumbling through a time warp and landing in the rehearsal room of the Melvins in 2011. FALTER (Austria)
A huge debut-album!
Broken.Heart.Collector expressively blend playful noise and avant-garde freerock into a vehement whisper and rattle.
One of the best records 2011
BLOW UP (Italy)
Exciting and diverse music
I'm still very excited and blown away by these five leading people of the relevant Austrian free-form scene. The 10 tracks set the roof of the well-tempered experiment completely under fire with their original FreeScoreDarkSoulRockWeirdSongFolk, that doesn’t let go of me anymore and will also capture you soon enough . One of the guaranteed best albums of the year, and no more words here except, 'Go and check it!
Meter, HONKER (Germany)
Is this the future of rockmusic?
I can't stop playing this album, and with every play it reveals new facets. It's intriguing, unusual, compelling, diverse.
A terrific album!
BABYBLAUE SEITEN (Germany)
Wow! This debut album knocked me over and has me all hyped up. The discovery of the month for sure.
MONSIEUR DELIRE (France)
Perhaps one could compare the stylistic concept of the band with Sonic Youth. The core of the band are the protagonists of BulBul, augmented by two frighteningly energetic women. Shockingly authentic.
Prepared instruments, twisted grooves, rich bass ... absurd and crazy.
Innovative, multi-layered, atmospheric, dark, complex, weird and violent. BHC is a highly intense, densely atmospheric listening experience. A grand piece of art! MICA - MUSIC AUSTRIA (Austria)
SENTIRE ASCOLTARE (Italy)
While Osojnik spits, chokes and roars, leads courageously, croons or chants with stoic „sprechgesang“ through her lyrics, launches "Iron Waltz," with the metal sound of Einstürzende Neubauten, as they still played music, preferably with steel saws, drills and sledgehammers. Close to the post-punk builts "Wolves" at the end a chorus with all the makings of a hit, without of course becoming to striking.
WIENER ZEITUNG (Austria)
Already meta-music, but also runs like hell: Broken.Heart.Collector, a new band project at the intersection of hardcore, avant-rock and "experimental" songs, takes care (in a good sense) of freespaces "within the musical" reflection.
THOMAS EDLINGER, FRITZ OSTERMAYER / FM4 (AUSTRIA)
Hammering guitars, whistling owls and three final
words: totally epic mayhem!
The debut of the Slovenian-Austrian experimental rockers BHC brings back the chill of winter in the deepest midsummer.
THE GAP (Austria)
Selfmade instruments, distorted grooves, saturated bass...absurd and crazy.
The effect of the music that we hear on the first album of broken.heart.collector can be from the first to the last moment actually only described as hypnotic, in doing so it traverses different physical states and emotions - sometimes you float aerially thrilled, then you are drawn and hard-bitten, then you fall hopelessly leaden, then again you flow smoothly, confidently. Exciting, thrilling it is. Exhausting. Stressful. Sometimes difficult to bear. But never boring!
BABY BLUE PAGES (Germany)
Using prepared instruments or unusual sound-sources, Broken.Heart.Collector create a sound that seems catchy and yet experimental.
Seductive and very creative
Descending in grim fairytale-landscapes
This supergroup, consisting of Maja Osojnik, Susanna Gartmayer and bulbul, collects broken hearts, and draws from hemorrhaging oblique muscle, rich improvisational jazz-rock-folk sounds. Your mind develops under a partial headbanging a very strange-tale-film in black and red.
ISABELLE REICHERT, RONDO OF STANDARD CATEGORY "15 BEST RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2011
Artful and gently Broken.Heart.Collector declines the extraordinary.
ALTERNATIVE NATION (Germany)
Interesting, VERY interesting
Heartbreak with a steel saw
WIENER ZEITUNG (Austria)
So emotional and real that it crunches between the teeth. The first album of the Austrian star line-up Broken.Heart.Collector firstly is a feast for the eyes. This makes the artwork by Mackie Osborne, who has also designed dozens of beautiful covers for Mr. Bungle, Trio Convulsant and the Melvins, the band of Mr. Osborne.
BAD ALCHEMY (Germany)
Over everything hovers the voice of Maja Osojnik. This is something more than "just" singing. Influenced by Eastern European melancholy, she adds her voice to the music as another instrument.
MUSIK AN SICH (Germany)
And she ... sings (what a harmless word for what she does). On the program there are ... Songs?
Heartstrimming, braincrushing would describe it better. Already the first good 11 min. long 'Love Song Reclamation', that Slovenian intones with her fascinating alto voice, lays someone low/flat.
A trip to other worlds
A unique, distinctive voice, capable of anything, that tells of life, sounds like a lot of life but can kill anytime.
KULTUR GRAZ (Austria)
Impro meets Jazz and Noise landscapes with this successful debut.
Energetically highly charged music and yet full of poetry.
Exciting, sensual, complex and clear music without genre cages
Broken.Heart.Collector continue where Sonic Youth stagnated a long time ago.
HIRNFICK 2.0 (Germany)
Broken Heart Collector blowing the roof off.
Robert Rotifer, FM4
Broken.Heart.Collector simply stand for which is why we always go back to this and other related sites on the net: the unbridled joy of new, unheard-of, unfamiliarity, of the feeling that comes when one is breaking new ground and determines how good, beautiful there is also. This is great stuff!
Watch out, collectors of broken hearts or bodies - a coincidence that borders on the Spooky: Here dreams and nightmares come true. Superspooky record!
FELIX, FREISTIL (Austria)
Broken.Heart.Collector, who has emerged from a collaboration with Maja Osojnik, Bulbul and Susanna Gartmayer, layed down a gorgeous set. Wow, how they smash it, without loosing the good spirits or sense of style, it is just breathtaking. Wild Rockgedresche, squinting in the direction of disco, dark songs that are projected into experimental sound field – here wowe a quintet an irresistible sound-rhizom: intense, dark, seductive. Special class.
BERTL GRISSER, FREISTIL (Austria)
If I was hearing Broken Heart Collector in February or March instead of in the bleak midwinter, I’m fairly sure it would instil certain bittersweet emotions of love and longing. As song lyrics, track titles and images make clear, Broken Heart Collector see love as an elusive force of nature, something mysterious and fleeting that you almost have to hunt down like an animal in the wild.
ED PINDENT, THE SOUND PROJECTOR (UK)
Abrasive, jazzy, clever and groovy; with a rich, fascinating wealth of sounds: a very solid album indeed.
MUSIQUEMACHINE, MARTIN P