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Artist: I TRENI INERTI
Title: Aérea
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources
Rated: *****
I'm not sure if I was influenced by the title and the windmills in the layout, but I feel that this new work by Barcelona-based improvisers Ruth Barberán (trumpet) and Alfredo Costa Monteiro (accordion) features some differences from "Ura" (2003), one of the very first Creative Sources releases. This is obviously due to the lack of Matt Davis at trumpet, but it's not only that: while "Ici" and "Era mala mare" present Barberán's and Costa Monteiro's trademark approach, with sharp and scattered sound-particles, the initial "Luz azul" is as open and bright as the title suggests: both the trumpet and the accordion stay on droning, sustained patterns, making for one of their least violent and most nostalgic pieces.
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Artist: PETER BAUMGARTNER/CHRISTOPH SCHILLER
Title: Savagnières
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources
Rated: *****
Titled after the Swiss city it was recorded in one year ago, "Savagnières" features Baumgartner at powerbook and Schiller at spinett, quite an unusual instrument especially in the improvised field. Electronics are mostly kept at a quiet and very minimal level, consisting in modulated sinewaves and drones; quite the opposite for the spinett playing, which is hectic and energetic, while avoiding the noise peaks which are often present in the Creative Sources catalogue. Nonetheless, Schiller knows how to dose the plucking and picking of his instrument, so that the two elements (electronic and acoustic) actually merge very well, creating a suspended and mysteryous dialogue. As always, top-notch design by Carlos Santos.
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Artist: Anaphylaxis (@)
Title: Noise for Lovers
Format: CD
Label: Parasomnic (@)
Rated: *****
Anaphylaxis is the atmospheric noise/noisecore project of Jason Coffman (programming) and Teresa Santoski (vocals). Apparently this couple has had a slew of releases, though this is the first I’ve heard of them. I’ve got to say, though, they’ve definitely made an impression. From the moment this album started playing I loved it. Anaphylaxis' Noise for Lovers is exactly what it says it is... At least at first.

Distorted radio frequencies serve as the introduction to this gem of a release, contrasted by the nostalgic orchestration that perseveres for almost three minutes before being replaced by a seductively creepy, all-too short sample of a beautiful female voice. The entire album follows this suitor a suit like it. Nothing stays for long, the atmospheres, environments and beats flow in and out, corroding from one to another with ghostly voices and sounds manipulating and being equally manipulated. Everything about this release sounds like it is foreshadowing a terrible, ghastly event; beautiful in the most foreboding of ways.

I’m not sure what more I can say about Anaphylaxis’ Noise for Lovers. This release is absolutely worth the time, money, and effort of online purchasing. Noise for Lovers is beautiful, noisy, nostalgic, and altogether creepy. This album will not be easily forgotten.
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Artist: EAT YOUR MAKE-UP (@)
Title: First Dinner
Format: CD
Label: Adipocere (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Eat Your Make-up formed in France back in 2003 and soon after they started to play gigs in their homeland. In the same year they produced a five songs demo which helped them getting booked for several other gigs. The year after Thib, their drummer, left and Anthony joined them helping the band evolving their sound inspired by '80s Batcave gothrock / postpunk and by L.A. bands such as the early Christian Death. After some other gigs (they opened for Cinema Strange, Trisomie 21, etc) the band entered into the studio to record their first album: FIRST DINNER.The album opens with "First dinner" and immediately you can hear their influences and for sure you'll appreciate the guitar style with the riffs alternated to arpeggios and razor blades sounds. Generally the tracks create a good ambience even if innovation isn't exactly what Eat Your Make-up are looking for (even if "Amar Ni Xov" starts as a almost jazzy rhythm). Most of the tracks are fast and distorted and the post punk atmosphere is well created. For sure FIRST DINNER is a good first album but I think that the band is able to give to their audience a lot more. P.s This is the first release of the new Adipocere sub label Darkside, whic is focused on releasing goth music.
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Artist: NEGATIVE FORMAT (@)
Title: Moving Past The Boundaries
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
The well known US project NEGATIVE FORMAT consisting of Alex Matheu returns with a new full length CD and sets some new standards into the Techno/Trance/Electro/EBM genre. It was his classic release "Result Of A New Culture", released back in 1997 on both defunct labels Gashed (for North America) and Zoth Ommog (for Europe), as well as his own released debut CD "Pathologic Syndrome", which brought me to this project. All further releases then turned into a more Techno/Trance up to Futurepop oriented direction which I haven’t found too impressive at all. "Moving Past The Boundaries" can be seen now as a reminder of the good old days while not a stop of the latest evolution of Alex’ music. 13 new tracks are available here, most of them with a long enough playing time to produce fat and resonated filter loops in and out of the tracks – yes, that Techno/Trance element in Alex’ music is still richly present. I of course prefer the tracks which leave a bit the current NEGATIVE FORMAT mood, the tracks which can be called near and comparable to the past "Result..." influenced era. Here are the marvelous tracks like "Centralized" and "Focus" to name. Also well done and worth to mention are the female vocals by Rashree Matson thrown into 3 tracks, the slow and smooth "Sustain", the already named "Centralized" and "Heterodox", on which male and female vocals start a duel. This is a very modern sounding piece of fat and well produced electronic music, and of course way back better than his last releases. Maybe the right step to bring NEGATIVE FORMAT back to that outstanding era on which it all begun. Strange for me is the fact, that this release will distributed and marketed world-wide by Metropolis-Records and that there is no license deal to the German Out Of Line label, which was lately responsible for the last NEGATIVE FORMAT releases. Who cares finally – check this out, listen to yourself and enjoy this modern and technically rich produced album!
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