Music Reviews



Claude Speeed: Sun Czar Temple

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
 Edit (8566)
Jan 22 2015
cover
Artist: Claude Speeed
Title: Sun Czar Temple
Format: 12"
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
According to Planet Mu's words, the brilliant Scottish producer Claude Speeed ended up on label's long-range radar since his "Infinity Rework" of Kuedo's "Work Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space" in 2012 and after the approaching to planet's surface on the rocket of his debut album "My Skeleton" that Glasgow-based label LuckyMe launched in 2014, Claude finally entered in label's orbit by means of its follow-up "Sun Czar Temple". The igniting energy supply of this sonic satellite comes from the sun or, to be more accurate, by Solar Parallax distortion, whose "monolithic slabs" radiate cosmic energy from the opening track "Traumzeuge", whose tender vocals, floating piano and quickly fading warm guitar phrasing will let listeners swim into the previously poured dazzling light. Listeners can only but working like photodetectors by grabbing beams of leaking lights on the following "Dr.Liz Wilson" whose sweet bunches of sinewaves, hidden drums and rising tones are really cathartic. In the middle of the EP, we find Claude in the middle of an empty forest where he recorded some field recordings, the peaceful background for loops of tape hissing and day-dreaming chords and a sense blissfully happy isolationism spurts from the following "Fret" as well and the stunning sluice of "R U Sorry?", proper sonic kiss after so much diving into light.

µ-ZIQ: Rediffusion

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
 Edit (8565)
Jan 22 2015
cover
Artist: µ-ZIQ
Title: Rediffusion
Format: 12"
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
I'm in two minds about whether saying this release by Mike Paradinas (I want to believe that our readers don't need any introduction of this legendary British producer) is a futuristic retrospective or a forward-looking projection of relatively old stylistical elements. An attractive MILF could easily sort the issue out by a simple and catty clarification: classy beauty lasts forever and knows no age! The uplifting chord progression of "Taxi Sadness", the lullaby-like synth whistle fancied by angelical choirs and computational sparklers of "Rimmy", the dreamy beatless bubbling of "PRG", the glowing coldness over a poofy hip-hop movement of "Blem", the nostalgic sequence of drifts and decays of the metallic melodies which got wisely spread on bouncy bass and drums on "Smeester" and the awesome closer "Tambor" - my favorite moment of "Rediffusion" -, where the metallic clockwork seems to follow the merciless precision of the hand of a clock while some sneaky synths emphasizes the irreversible sense of decay: all these heart-rending plugs of this release got inspired by childhood memories of kids TV and the contemporary one-hour lasting post of a mix of 70's and 80's TV themes prove how wisely Mike can play nostalgia card, which I hope it isn't his last one.

Ugasanie: Call of the North

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
 Edit (8563)
Jan 20 2015
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Ugasanie
Title: Call of the North
Format: CD
Label: Cryo Chamber (@)
Rated: *****
This new release from Cryo Chamber is presented as a release aiming to 'explore the concept of the unusual and mysterious phenomenon known as arctic hysteria'. This is a sort of reaction to the 'polar night' i.e., the extreme absence of light at this latitude. This result is searched with the careful exploration of the evocative properties of the drones that are the basic element of this genre.
'Without the Sun' opens this release with a couple of drones juxtaposed and sparse filed recording creating an atmosphere of hunting darkness. 'Pulsation' is, instead, a quiet track that evokes a search for light and 'Aurora' sounds likes a reach for a reason to hope that is negated in 'Call of the North' where the sense of obscurity of the first track is recalled to be even amplified by 'Arctic Hysteria' opened by a voice recorded during an attack of polar hysteria. The last three tracks, 'In the Waves of Light', 'Freezing' and 'Cold Wasteland', bring this mood to his unavoidable consequence end as a resignation to the movement of nature.
This release recalls me that aesthetic beauty relies, not only on achievement of form, but also in the ability to evoke a state of mind or in the search of expressiveness of sound. A stunning expression of the possibilities of dark ambient genre.

Mario BJM Bajardi: Inverse EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
 Edit (8562)
Jan 19 2015
cover
Artist: Mario BJM Bajardi (@)
Title: Inverse EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: ONDE
Rated: *****
Just over a year ago, I spoke about his "Glass Orchestra EP", named after the title of the song that a Sicilian wine company commissioned for an original advert, a taste of the musical wit by Italian composer Mario Bajardi, who recently signed the third release for ONDE Electronic Contents, the sister label of Paolo Bigazzi'Iter Research. The title track "Inverse" opens the release by means of sizzling beats and metallic hits that got combed by airy layers of violin that flow into a carillon-like melody, a sort of robotic cardiac resuscitation whose style could surmise a combination between the ones by Funckarma and Apparat. The following track "Crusty" follows a similar strategy, but he inoculates spelling bees and a floating piano melody in the lively rhythmical patterns. The only vocal track "Rest" is the one which I enjoyed less, but I could assume that its very simple structure could act like a transparent veil in order to let listener appreciate the voice of Eleza, the singer of Teardrop-Glory Box cover (2008). Mario inoculates harmony within harshness in the central track "Interlude" before steering further more chilling and cinematic sonorities ("Standing", "Missing"). The remix of "Crusty" by talnted Italian sound-artist Carlo Ascrizzi doesn't upset the delicate balance of "Inverse".

FELL & the Incubate Kidsorchestra: s/t

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
 Edit (8560)
Jan 18 2015
cover
Artist: FELL & the Incubate Kidsorchestra (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Hula Honeys (@)
Rated: *****
This amazing release by Fell, the bicephalous project by brilliant Dutch sound artist toktek, discerning collector of samples from many different found objects to update his rich sound palette, and skilled Swiss drummer Simon berz, got carefully assembled together with an improvised temporary orchestra of kids, who took their enthusiastic creativity out by rhythmical speaking, developing sounds from improvised patterns and found objects and enjoyed different sonic technology on the occasion of Incubate Festival in 2013, where Fell just inoculated melodies and additional beats. The outputs is really astonishing and vibrant: seemingly random chopping and chewing of sounds gradually took mind-blowing nuances as it happens on the initial "Monday", whose funnily crispy percussive elements got amalgamated by a warm bass sound before the atmosphere got turned into something which could surmise the elgant complexity of Autechre layering, the mottled groove on "Tuesday" spurts amazing computational gurgling, which precedes the almost jazzy sophistication of "Wednesday" and the blurred emotional warmth of the gentle downtempo sizzles on "Thursday". Adult eardrums can only praise these kids!


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha