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Artist: ROOM WITH A VIEW
Title: Collecting Shells At A Lighthouse Hill
Format: CD
Label: My Kingdom Music (@)
Basically the new Room With A View album titled COLLECTING SHELLS AT A LIGHTHOUSE HILL doesn't fit that much the musical genres that we talk about at Chain D.L.K. because it mostly remember me a certain kind of Italian emotional punk/HC of the last decade mixed with metal and grunge (but there's also space for acustic ballads a la King Of Convenience with "Remembering our goodbyes"). The new album is produced by Jens Borgren (Katatonia and Opeth) and is well performed, melancholic and powerful at the same time. Unfortunately for my tastes it sound all the same even if it can sell well worldwide so if you are into this kind of genre, please check out the band or the label's website and listen to some songs to make yourself an opinion. On the interactive section you can also find a video for "Friction" and a pdf file with the lyrics.
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Artist: FEU FOLLET
Title: toi et le son
Format: CD
Label: Einzeleinheit (@)
Rated: *****
Tobias Fischer (that's the man behind the moniker Feu Follet) put out a two suite cd that should be interesting for all those who love projects out on Taalem or Mystery Sea. "Toi et le son" makes me think to musician like Amon, Cria Cuervos and above all Asmus Tietchens even if Feu Follet is more melodic and...can i say "new age"? (and above all less dark than the the musician I've mentioned), but that's the picture. the front cover describes perfectly what you're gonna experience during the half an hour listening of this: sit down, relax your muscles and close your eyes. The music of Tobias Fisher is really crepuscolar but not yet dark, it evokes icy landscape beaten by the weak light of the northern sun. I imagine that many of you will be complaining about the "new age" definition, but it's mainly referred to the biological evolution of the sounds and to the fact it's a relaxing listning but don't take it too litterally. Feu Follet is a good cd that probably sticks to tight to the sound you would expect from a record like that, but after all that's the problem of many artist of the genre. I've listened to this record while working and while reding and the effect is damn relazing, everything becomes slow and you sink in it turns into an amniotic bath. Softest Nurse With Wund are behind the door.
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Artist: TWZ
Title: The Sixth Extinction
Format: CD
Label: Deathpropaganda Records (@)
Distributor: Plutonium Distribution
Rated: *****
With Deathpropaganda Records we welcome a new Swedish label on the map of Experimental/Electro/Industrial music. TWZ, a shorten term for Time Wave Zero, are presenting their debut musically mainly based into the Dark Electro field with an experimental background. It is a bit hard to find a comparable act somehow and I got the feeling that TWZ try hard to figure out their special sound away from current trends. Some influences of acts of ALLIED VISION are present, maybe less aggressive and bombastic. Definitively a release which needs some more rotations to grow on you, but for sure worth to check out. Favorites can be found with the KLINIK-like "Deathwing" and the stompy "Certain Death". The only flaw can be named in the kind how this duo works on the vocals and how they get effected – it wouldn’t be wrong to fill in some clearness for a better understanding. The artwork is outstanding, a high glossy art filled with lyrics, photos and lots of info – very well done, especially for a newcomer. The label Deathpropaganda could also lately find an agreement with the known Swedish Plutonium Distribution, so that this and all their upcoming releases will present well and available in better conditions. Definitively a release to pick up, but you have to give it some patience until it can convince. The band works already on new stuff and a first piece can now be heard on the new "Plutonium Showcase Vol. 2" compilation.
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Artist: DRINK TO ME (@)
Title: kralle brau session
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Stuprobrucio (@)
Rated: *****
From the same cdr label of Hawaii8 here come nother good demo-ep. Drink To Me differently from their label mates are a rock combo with that 4/4 beats that makes the day of a lot of young teenagers chained in front of Mtv. Rough but good recording from which you won't miss the english post-punk influence of the band and if Mtv made you think "easy listening" that's not the case. I can't say that's music without a melodic edge but unfortunately for all of us its new waveish crepuscular taste may be disorienting for the average pop kid. Do you remember Pitchblende? If it helps their later line up at one point became Turing Machine, anyhow, this post-punk U.s. quartet put some really interesting and inspired records during the early nineties and the labels were Matador, Cargo, Jade Tree if that means a thing (and it does). Just the fact Drink To Me recall such an underrated but undeniably great band like Pitchblende, to me it's a result itself. Add to this all they have some avant-rock-noise reminescences a la Brainiac in a new wave salsa and that's how it sounds. Probably there's much more to be done but it's an ok release and better of half of the post-punk-punk-fuck-post-garage-post-whatever wonnabies trying to make it on Mtv.
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Artist: HAWAII8 (@)
Title: self-titled
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Stuprobrucio (@)
Rated: *****
A good two song release with an early isolationist approach, this project coming from Italy respects strictly the idea of the early isolationist-post-shoegaze musicians. The sounds emerging from the fog made of distant reverbs and wide renge delays are not dark and not even obsessive, the idea is much closer to the music of Main, Aura and also to the Kranky's cult combo Stars of the lid. Speaking about the last comparison I'd say the taste for that avant texan psychedelia married with shoegazing reverbed pools of harmony is more or less similar to that of mr McBride. While listening this two tracks I got the impression it tends to get a bit boring but honestly it's the same impression I've had with some Windy and Carl relases and also with Dead Texan or Growing; Hawaii8 is definitely good above all considering that's a self produced cdr. I think the next step for many musicians obsessed with that sort of Kranky-sound is to go beyond the mere melodic-drone concept and to start working on structures and arrangements (Godpseed You Black Emperor) or with a "concretization" (what a neologism...I hope you get it) of the sound (like in many field recording -melodic releases). Good.
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