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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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Artist: Voice Electronic Duo
Title: SON
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: MonotypeRec
Rated: *****
The anatomical description of this Polish electro-acoustic project's caged both in its denomination, Voice Electronic Duo, and in this record, SON, not only because its line-up made up of the talented experimental vocalist Zofia Esden (voice and loops) and the prolific sound-artist Marcin Demyter aka Emiter (generator, electronics, voice, loops and tapes), but mainly as this record could stand as a sort of spelling-book of their own style: they pay homage in three of five tracks to some historical cornerstones of art and experimental music in particular: Intonarumori, as you could easily argue, is dedicated to the notorious sound machine built by the Futurist Italian musician Luigi Russolo, considered the very first pioneer of the so-called machine music, whose The Art of Noises, one of his masterpieces is a must-read for people involved in the composition of experimental music, includes an interesting classification of different noises, which could be used, while Le Monde Sonore Existe, a bizarre excerpt with vortical vocal experiments by Zofia and looping by Marcin, is a quotation taken from Ezra Pound's Machine Art, aimed to give a convincing theoretical dignity to the unconvential side of music and the title-track, the astonishingly 16minutes and 16 seconds-lasting Son, dedicated to the legendary John Cage, seems to be an application of the statements he did about aleatory music just after he embraced Zen philosophy. A part of these remarkable tributes, I mainly appreciated VED's music art in the other two tracks: the disquieting Herbaciarnia u pani Flory is maybe the best expression of the vocal experiments by Zofia and in same passages of the harshily recursive hypnotical 4/4 loop you could have the impression she took microphones and recorder during a painful surgical operation on the day every anaesthetist was on vacation! A really stunning track just like Mandala, where a more peaceful and entrancing sound environment let Zofia's ethereal and feather-like trilling flow higher turning them into something close to a nightingale's warbling! Realized with the financial support of Pomeranian voivodship government, this nice issue features an artwork cared by Anna Witkowska.
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