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Artist: Tomas Korber (@)
Title: Musik für ein Feld
Format: CD
Label: Cubus (@)
Rated: *****
The field that could came to your mind while listening the first nine of nine movements of this amazing suite that Swiss composer and improvisational performer Tomas Korber wrote and performed with Konus Quartett, a fourtet of saxophones by Christian Kobi (tenor and soprano saxophone), Fabio Oehrli (soprano saxophone), Jonas Tschanz (alto and soprano saxophone), Stefan Rolli (baritone saxophone), whose tonal breath got wisely processed by Korber himseld, is the one of sci-fi movies like Alien, where the last survivor of a flight crew finally understands there could be some technical problems by low levels of oxygen in the loungy disco-like cabin and chances upon of corpses of his/her collegues before meeting some alien monster, which miraculously grew from leftovers of overbaked lasagna whose stuffing includes beans from outer space. Jokes aside, the one track suite with many altenrations of sounds (it's not so easy to distinguish wind instruments and processed parts and background noise as Korber sometimes turns the tails of tonal frequencies from Konus Quartett into pure sinewaves and viceversa) by these guys is really amazing and their invitation to test "Musik fur ein Feld" in different ways (different rooms and/or palyback systems with different levels and types of background noise) could result into surprising listening experiences where sonic entities like those saxophone-driven geysers which seem to gather paper around 20 minutes, the metallic puckering between minutes 43 and 44, the progressive saturations of single breath in many moments of the recording, the deforming overlapping with background noise and so on could trick and daze your mind.
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Artist: BMRN (@)
Title: Immersion / Drift / Accretion / Shift
Format: CD
Label: Eilean (@)
Rated: *****
The 63rd point on the map of Mathias Van Eecloo aka Monolyth&Cobalt's Eilean Records comes from Exeter, one of the main towns of the enchanting Devon, where Greig Baird aka BMRN/Boomruin lives together with his family, which seems to be one of his favourite sources of inspiration for his beautiful sonic artifacts in addition to his homeland which provides some field recordings tat features this release. I could guess that this new point of Eilean's map is closer or maybe within Scotland - a connection with that enchanting area of out planet got evoked by the mane of the French label after all -, homeland of Boards of Canada, the closest stylistical neighbours of bmrn as you immediately guess not only for the opening track which quotes a notorious Scottish Gaelic salutation (Failte Dhachaidh, meaning Welcome Home), but mainly from the sonci similarities you can easily notice here and there over this enjoyable listening experience: the blossoming sounds of the above-mentioned "Intro", the entrancing pad-synth which floods the sonic sphere before the appearance of a soothing electronic drum pattern on the following "Family & Drum Machines", the reversed speech on a virginal sound and the scraped metallic slow break whose intermittence got mirrored by a bright electronic pulse on the arcane "A Natural History" or the ethereal "Low Light Span" could surmise BOC's music, but Greig's balanced dosages of breakbeat and ambient are also closer to some stuff from Boltfish, the label by Murray Fisher aka Mint and Wil Bolton aka CHEjU, even if Baird's music sounds like permanently shrouded by an emphasized mystical halo. I think I'll include this release in a selection of music for my umpteenth car trip in Scottish Highlands or maybe Devonshire/Cornwall, some places I like to come back which got somehow evoked by BMRN's sounds.
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Artist: Needle Factory
Title: Drunken Robot Pornography
Format: Tape
Label: AnalogueTrash Records (@)
Distributor: Trashdigital / Bandcamp
Rated: *****
The signing of UK's Needle Factory by the Manchester-based AnalogueTrash Records label has surprised a bit, since this project has already returned with a new release signed to D-Trash Records earlier this year. Now working as a solo project by Freddy Morgendorffer, this project presents us a more developed sound environment compared to the last physical album 'Goetia', released nearly two years ago on Unrepresented Music. There's still the Post-Punk-like attitude by Morgendorffer available, but nowadays also noisy and brutal sounding elements out of Chiptune, 8-Bit-, and Techno-/Acid-styles get their slot into the bizarre sound environment of Needle Factory. This crazy and explosive sound-cocktail mixed and programmed by Freddy has uncountable surprises in its holster. There's a lot of fire under the roof here and Freddy likes to kidnap the listener into his very own, mad dimension. The cover art with a unicorn, a rainbow on a Tron-like background should be already a warning for you that this music rams down all boundaries and obstacles. It's energetic, it's driving, and it's diverse sounding, which is definitely not designed for the faint-hearted audience. 6 firing arrows out of Freddy's crazy studio-arsenal which I would like to see/hear presented live on stage one day. Kindly note that this 6-track EP is available as a limited to 50 exemplars cassette edition ' get it if you can! 'Drunken Robot Pornography' is a raw sonic assault far above a cheap straining for effect, which will leave you amazed.
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Artist: Neonsol (@)
Title: Citadel
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: AnalogueTrash Records (@)
Distributor: Trashdigital / Bandcamp
Rated: *****
With the help of members of the DK-Gang of Terror, UK's AnalogueTrash Records will be able to conquer the world! Neonsol is a newcomer-project consisting of both Denmark-based members Nina and Jesper Io and the third, Canada-based and quite prominent contributor, Frederic Scarfone (Memmaker, Iszoloscope, Norad). Originally established by Nina and Jesper in 2009 as a duo, Frederic joined in 2012 to complete their line-up. As a trio they played live at the Cyberworld XX album release-party in Copenhagen (October 2012) and also at the Braincorp's 8 Year Anniversary event (April 2013) together with Nachtmahr, ESA and Skyla Vertex. Musically Neonsol presents us Electro-/Futurepop music which can be counted to represent the state-of-art regarding sound-design, programming and production. All of you who are familiar with Frederic's efforts surely know about the high and very polished production standard of his work, although his other projects present quite different music styles. 'Citadel' is a 2-track single-release to a Bandcamp 'name-your-price' downloading procedure. It works well as a mouth-watering appetizer for the upcoming album 'Ecliptic', to be released soon via AnalogueTrash. It's a quite danceable Futurepop-tune with Jean-Luc de Meyer-like male vocals to lead the verses; while Nina's compelling voice rules the catchy chorus. This track here also receives a remix treatment by Claus Larsen / Leaether Strip. Original track and the remix give you a perfect example of the production differences of nowadays standard compared to Larsen's rather 90s-inspired sound design. Both versions have remarkable advantages and both deserve applause. It shouldn't wonder if we see and hear much more of this interesting project in the future and I personally think they are able to reach global meaning to the scene. It's a hard and work-intense way to reach world conquest, but talent always scores.
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Artist: Vieon
Title: Starfighter
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: AnalogueTrash Records (@)
Distributor: Trashdigital / Bandcamp
Rated: *****
Another new signing to the Manchester-based AnalogueTrash Records is this Electronica music-project of Matt Wild. Also Vieon takes its inspiration out of the works of pioneers like Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk or Tangerine Dream and always explores the depth of the spacey, analogue synthesizer sound-era of the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Matt Wild's music-sound represents for a huge amount the ideas of Spacesynth-music in combination of influences of movie-soundtrack-works. Musically it would fit well with the works of labels like Space Sound Records, without falling into their Italo-Disco related section. Aside of this Vieon's music does not only offer spacey retro-nostalgia. Matt also understands it to entertain with catchy hook-lines and a rich arsenal of rhythm-/ percussion sounds. 'Starfighter' is an ideal introduction to Matt's work and could be a soundtrack-score of your next virtual game-hero in a space adventure. This 2-track teaser, which is available to a 'name-your-price' routine via Bandcamp, warms up the listener with the tracks 'Starfighter' and a special single-edit of 'Sonic Highway' for the up and coming full-length album 'The Sound Of The Future'. A great teaser of a highly talented artist, don't miss this EP as well as the album!
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