Tip! Builenradar is the new moniker under which Belgian visual artist and musician Wouter Vanhaelemeesch performs his damaged post-apocalyptic bikerfolk. Previously known as Urpf Lanze, he’s been producing trance-like guitar boogie that takes inspiration from disparate influences since the early 2010s. Builenradar plays in a self-developed unorthodox style with a resophonic guitar on his lap and a voice ranging from messy grunts to eerie whistling and absent murmurs. Once, after Vanhaelemeesch opened for Keiji Haino, the master told him, “you do interesting things, but you must go further,” so he stopped tuning his guitar altogether.
“There Is No Hunger in Your Shame” collects six recordings made between 2013 and 2017. While some veer to more abstract, melancholy meanderings, others are all aggression and drunken intensity. Take the title track: the artist describes it as “a dump truck of fingerpicking rolling down a cliff” the composition sounds like a noise hooligan covering Konono N°1. Distorted tape manipulation pierces through, a rainstorm provides a natural backdrop, and a broken harmonium becomes an unlikely sparring partner. Every track sounds dirty, loose, and covered in sweat, dancing in the bowels of the blues canon.
As Urpf Lanze, Vanhaelemeesch has performed at festivals like Flow and Incubate and opened up for artists like Six Organs of Admittance, 75 Dollar Bill, Alan Licht and Tetuzi Akiyama, and many more. Vanhaelemeesch is also known for his large-scale pen and ink drawings that plunder early renaissance and alchemic imagery and infuse the results with radical collage techniques and a very surreal (or just Belgian) sense of humor. He has provided artwork for releases by artists like Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Basho, Jack Rose, Smegma, Razen, Mauro Antonio Pawlowski, Cian Nugent, Aki Onda, et al.
Tracks 1–2 recorded by Jurgen De Blonde (2017). Tracks 3–6 recorded by Bey-tal Tapes (2013). Harmonium on track 5 by Bey-tal Tapes.
Pre-mastering by Jack Allett. Final master by Moa Pillar.
Illustrations by Wouter Vanhaelemeesch. Photo by Céline Hudreaux. Design and layout by Ivan Zoloto.
Thanks to Elisabeth, Jurgen, Niels, Jack and the dude from Love Cult!