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FEU FOLLET : toi et le son

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 22 2006
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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.

HAWAII8 : self-titled

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 22 2006
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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.

BIAS!: bias!

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 21 2006
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Artist: BIAS!
Title: bias!
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
I think that's the last chapter of the 3" mailin' series of Wallace and features again Xabier Iriondo from Afterhours, A Short Apnea, Uncode Duello and Olivier Manchion from Permanent Fatal Error and Ulan Bator. What should you expect from such an pair? Yes, the answer is: some psychedelia with an eye looking at the past while the other is watching straight at the twilight. The most of the track are fragmented but yet melodical trippy ballads. The acoustic guitar is the main weapon, but you can bet there's a "controlled" friendly fire of other instruments from keyboards to electronics. The oniric element is strong as fuck but that's something I was expecting since at last all of the projects involving these two guys have this basic seventies-melodic-trance aura. While some songs drives you gently to a comfortable landing in the dreamland (profumo di un aria), some other compositions have a weird krautesque style that may leave you dazzled and confused (solitaire duo). If it was not for the consistent differences I'd recommend this 3" mcd to those who loved Thuston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and co. while crossing their "we're freak-heads but yet melodic" period. This work's not so far from that of Mattia Coletti just came out on the same label, above all the atmosphere idea is similar but this one's much more "deviated". Bias! Doesn't betray the expectations: stony but yet melodic.

SAVANT GARDE: Mother Brain

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 21 2006
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Artist: SAVANT GARDE (@)
Title: Mother Brain
Format: CD
Label: Dungeon-Recordings (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Again a debut release, this time for the Dungeon Recordings label. A bit surprising maybe, because this release presents a music besides the known styles of acts like LITTLE SAP DUNGEON or PCP. Lets say this are sound collages consisting of more or less experimental samples, noises and weird arrangements. It is not very straight and so far away from that EBM/Electro/Industrial related stuff which I normally get here. At times it is just pure sound anarchy, and I miss the special thing which makes this act remarkable and what could give me the hint to follow this. So this is hard to get compared somehow and it leaves my musically horizon. Also informations regarding this artist are hard to get, no real website, so please contact Dungeon Recordings for some info. I for instance will leave this review without a rating, because this wouldn’t be fair to the artist and I personally have still to learn, how to handle with this "music"...

3EEM: Essence of 3EEM

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 17 2006
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Artist: 3EEM
Title: Essence of 3EEM
Format: CD
Label: SmallVoices
Rated: *****
3EEM are an atypical instrumental trio formed by Fabrizio Bazzoni (tenor sax, with a past curriculum in various prog/noise projects), Danilo Corgnati (electric guitar and effects, currently also involved in the post-punk band Isobel) and Valerio Zucca Paul (electronics), who has released three solo records as Abstract Q (two of them being on Staalplaat/Bake). Together, they play a dark, cinematic blend of techno, dub, hard boiled jazz, psychedelia and -ahem- some "rock" as well. Rhythmic electronica is generally just not my cup of tea, but "Essence of 3EEM" has a remarkable set of tracks, manages to be extremely coherent yet not monotonous, and shows an uncommon good taste in mixing different genres and inputs. Take the skeletal dub of "Dilate me", the exotica-gone-crazy in the second half of "In the beginning it was an accordion", or the romantic drift of "Kinfu": it all works very well even after repeated listening sessions, i.e. when boredom usually starts to crawl on me. If I had to choose one standout track, I'd surely opt for the 24-minute tour de force of "24 apes", where dub beats slowly melt into mesmerizing looped guitar ambiences. The ingredients that 3EEM work on are surely well-known and widely used (and abused), but they are surely graced with the ability of skilfully arranging them. I'd recommend this record to fans of artists as different as post-"LSD" Coil, Bill Laswell, Muslimgauze, Almamegretta, Massive Attack or Morphine, and to anyone into noir-tinged atmospheric music.


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