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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Fairy World VI
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****
The new sampler from Prikosovenie label is centered upon the five elements. The first element is earth, and is the most world oriented centered upon african rhythms and harmonic chants, and is centered upon "Materia Prima" a mesmerizing song by Jean-Paul Trutet. Water is the element which is symbolized by quiet voices and soft sounds of flutes and harp, the peak of this part is the intimate voice of Julien Jacob. Fire is the element of the household and, so, we enter in ethereal territories with Dendelion Wine, Dizzi Dulcimer and Stellamara. The use of ancient instruments is nothing new these days but the intricate lines of "Dizzi jig" is worth of a listening... a really enjoyable pieces. Air include the most resonance based tunes in theory, but in practice is the logical prosecution of the previous part. Personally i would switch the Caprice tune "memory" with "XVII" by Dendelion Wine in the tracklist but the elements separation is not to be taken seriously, of course. The space part includes the most ambient and drone music from this label and feature two notably tracks "L'impatiente" a track by Lys centered upon an hypnotic carillon and field recordings with a stunning musical result. This album is closed by "Pruits stellaire" by Daniel Perret and Crista Galli, based upon harmonic chants and resonance with could be a soundtrack for some meditations.
This compilation has a direction: from the world music to the ambient, and cosmic, music. So it's not the classic sampler of 16 songs a label thinks should be of some interest. It's a good introduction for a label which seems to have a clear vision of the sound it would be associated with. If you like new-age it's worth of a listening because it contains al least two gems at the end of this long sampler.
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Artist: ORSON
Title: Madness
Format: 12"
Label: Version
Distributor: Groove Attack / St Holdings
Rated: *****
The second release on Version is a 12" by the label's founder Orson. The vinyl contains two tracks based on 808 sounds: "Madness" is an atmospheric tune which mix hypnotizing ambient textures with 808 drum variations and dub bass inserts while on side B, "808 dub", as the title states is based on slow dub/grime bass lines mixed with spatial sounding synth lines. Both the tracks create a good ambient cinematic atmosphere. Nice...
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Artist: GREIE GUT FRAKTION
Title: Baustelle
Format: CD
Label: Monika Enterprise
Born from an AGF/Gudrun Gut collaboration, the project Greie Gut Fraktion reflects exactly the mix of the music they produce respectively. Antye Greie is active as AGF the poetess and her music is a mix of electronic and poetry (what else...) and Gudrun Gut, after the Malaria! experience, her participation to early Einsturzende Neubauten and her actual experience as Monika Enterprise boss, three years ago produced her first solo album titled "I put a record on", where she was de-constructing and reassembling electronic, r'n'r and folk music. BAUSTELLE is focused on minimal electronic loops where rhythmical samples help building a solid background for tiny readings: the voice repeats phrases almost whispering them and sometimes singing them (like on "Make it work" or "Grossbrungebesitzer"). The result is in balance from industrial ("Whithe oak" could fit an Einsturzende Neubauten record) and electronic experimentation with some incursion into minimal techno. Noisy but on tiptoe...
Artist: Kazeria and Igniis
Title: Summoning The Elder Ones
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: GH Records (@)
Rated: *****
Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, SUMMONING THE ELDER ONES is the newest collaborative album of two projects coming from Argentina: Kazeria and Igniis. Alternating tracks written by each of them the track list of the album sounds balanced and various. Each track is referring to a specific tale of the U.S. master of horror and CD opens with "A three lobbed burning eye" (inspired by "The haunter of the dark"), a slow martial ambient tune based on strings, percussions and tense atmospheres. The following one, "Crawford tillinghast" (inspired by "From beyond"), which has Spanish vocals, mix neo-folk guitars, percussions and keyboards, creating a great atmosphere in balance from a fairytale and a soundtrack. The album in this way alternates the dark ambient/martial industrial soundscapes of Kazeria on odd numbered tracks and the ones of Igniis on even numbered tunes. In this way they are able to propose similar atmospheres but different approaches to sounds (Igniis is a bit more melodic, even if he alternates neo-folk to industrial psychedelic atmospheres). We have also some guests of the likes of Opus Nigrum (on "El ceremonial" which they wrote with Igniis) and Schattenspiel on "U-29". On the CD (which has been printed on a 500 copies run) you'll find also a nice video of "Before the alter of Dagon" where evocative drawings are mixed with shots of mysterious masked men.
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Artist: Band Ane
Title: Anish Music Too & Free
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Jenka (@)
Distributor: VME
Rated: *****
Some biographical notes could be really important to understand one of the most astonishing musical personality of Ane Oestergaard: her innocent face akin to the one by an angelic street urchin saw the light in a little village in the region of Jutland and begin the adolescence in an idyllic setting, a place where everyone knows each other amidst a fabulous natural context. Her family house was nearby a small lake surrounded by a big forest, the ideal place to develop a refined artistic and musical sensitivity where she inherited the passion for music from her beloved father - whose collection of records included a plenty of classical, pop, acid rock and even avantgarde and electro-acoustic stuff -, refined in England where she attended a jazz course, set on the right road by her boyfriend, an electronic music lover which advised her to attend a Cubase training course and propelled in the fertile artistic ground of Aahrus, a little Danish city growing in popularity for having given a plenty of very interesting contemporary electronic musicians (musicians such as Jonas Olesen, Karsten Pflum, Heidi Mortensen and Jonas Rasmussen just to mention a few of blossoms grown in that scented electronic musical garden...),where she actually lives attending the electronic music course at the local conservatory.

This double album has been inspired by a prolonged stay in her home-town, where she rediscovered the fascination of countryside, a sort of intimate and personal dimension injected in the peaceful and perfumed melodies of the first part of this oeuvre, being Anish Music Too, following her very debut full-length in 2006 (Anish Music) an eloquent title to highlight there's an idyllic but above all personal imprinting on it, a silent and quite place, suddenly broken by the somewhat idyllic and "noisy" life of the eccentric neighbourhood disquieting or I'd better say delighting and inspiring the second part of Ame's release, "and Free", where she poured tales, life stories and rural portraits coming from outside her red hut by translating it into the universal language of music in such an evocative way that you don't need to understand Danish to imagine her sketches. She plays with different music idioms in an off-hand manner adding a delicate touch to a glitchy style getting narrative sketches, contemplative soundscapes (close to the lovely ones by Future 3), references to Japanese contemporary music (some tracks could remind to the musical mind of most careful listener slices of Takagi Masakatsu, Nobukazu Takemura or musicians playing with the appreciated Japanese label Schole), some chilled stuff by names such as Plaid, Pole, Aphex Twin or Boards Of Canada and some of their gaudy pieces of respective inventories, glitch-ambient, drill'n'bass, childplays and even techno afloat in an easy and balanced way - tracks such as Ballongyngen, Atom Muffin, Cirkel, Braendsel and even the one she dedicated to her favorite broadcast of a Danish radio station, Harddisken, based on laptop-generated music (her main love amidst personal armory...) could remind you something already listened, but you'll recognize a certain coherence from the stylistic viewpoint...-. You'll also fall in love with her way of filtering the above-mentioned rural portraits included in the second part of this issue in such a whimsical way! Brimful and brilliant work-out! ...and definitively one of the most delightful release in recent times as well!
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