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CEX: Tiny Creature

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 22 2011
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Artist: CEX
Title: Tiny Creature
Format: CD
Label: Tigerbeat 6
Rated: *****
It's hard for me to say if I like this album or not. First of all it's a really long one, it contains nine tracks (one of which is 20 minutes of length) which play around i.d.m. rhythms, dubstep and artsy non musical melodic mixes. TINY CREATURE, the newest album by Cex, is a constant flux of destabilizing rhythms and melodies which sometimes sounds cold and sometimes alien. If Venetian Snares is able to create furious tracks that take you elsewhere, Cex, instead, freeze you by unplugging your senses... but they does it gently. I don't mean to say that this is a lousy release but for sure it needs time to be understood and sometimes you arrive to the point where you are about to stop the CD player, just to decide to wait a little while. The tracks that to me sound more structured are the hip-hop influenced "Megamuse", "12 exalt" and "Trumpetflower", a mid tempo based on rhythm breaks, epic synth leads and synth shots but who knows at the fourth spin what I could find... I could end loving it. If you are willing to give a try to an album that is in balance from cosmic digital music, experimental, i.d.m. and breakbeat, TINY CREATURE is the one for you.

Mushy: Faded Heart

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Mar 22 2011
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Artist: Mushy
Title: Faded Heart
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin (@)
Distributor: Mannequin Mailorder
Rated: *****
'Faded Heart' is Mushy's mature debut album after many years in the Italian underground and the result is no less than astonishing. The imaginative spaces created by the Rome based artist steers from her previous experimental/industrial roots, towards nocturnal synth-driven blues about lost loves and intimate struggles. This album is made of songs, ten glowing lo-fi dirges and lullabies. The singing is very peculiar, always layered with effects. Sometimes whispered and sometimes bursting with primeval moans. Mushy states the 80s dark wave as one of her main inspirations and the influence of Liz Fraser's pre-Heaven Or Las Vegas ways of singing can be spotted. Sound-wise we find analogue gear merged with strange found instruments (a four stringed guitar bought at a flea-market can be heard in many lo-fi parts of the album) and objects. The journey starts with 'Child Of Light Will Burn', one of the best tracks in the moan-wave micro-genre in my opinion, think about a ghoulish version of Grouper's fluttering compositions. The b-side's boiling cauldron of sound sorcery contains some of the best moments of the album, 'I Will Not See It' and the title track are bounded togheter by a dark droning glide and again the title track is her most heartfelt piece and the one that will be instantly recognized by the listeners. 'No More' is a wavey affair, a collaboration with Mannequin record's Alessandro/Newclear Waves. Be quick because the record is selling extremely fast and it's the album of the week at Rough Trade. Out on white vinyl edition of 300 and on cd with four (amazing) remixes by Soft Metals, Newclear Waves, Crossover and Heinrich Dressel.

Ilitch: La Maïeutique de la Quantique

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 21 2011
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Artist: Ilitch (@)
Title: La Maïeutique de la Quantique
Format: CD
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had not previously heard of Ilitch, but with Beta-lactam Ring Records putting it out, I knew that it would be interesting. When putting the disc on, we are met with what sounds like the world's slowest buildup for a rock band, like a warm up session with plenty of feedback. It's sparse, but still engaging, sort of how legendary drummer Buddy Rich could play only the snare drum while keeping it interesting. We eventually move to 'La Maieutique de la Quantique,' which is the closest thing you'll find to a traditional musical structure on this album. But that is not to say that you'll hear it on your local 'today's hit rock station.' No, this is still on Beta-lactam Ring Records, so you know that "normal" is not a normal part of their vocabulary (thankfully). The closest comparison I can come up with is a slowed down version of label-mates Seven That Spells. When we reach the mammoth 'La Quantique de la Maieutique,' which weighs in at 14.55, we are met with varied and interesting soundscapes but we lose what little remained of traditional song structure. 'La Cantique de la Quantique' ends the disc on an almost peaceful note, if hiss and analogue squalls can be considered peaceful (and it can). The overall trajectory of the album is one of structure moving into a kind of disintegration of structure. Overall, it's a fun ride. This is limited to 500 copies and weighs in at around 43 minutes.

Pepe Wismeer: Between Sheep & Pigs

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 21 2011
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Artist: Pepe Wismeer
Title: Between Sheep & Pigs
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records (@)
Rated: *****
Have you ever had one of those dreams that you wake up from and you're not quite sure if it was a good dream or a bad dream? One could easily imagine Pepe Wismeer as your own personal Virgil, leading you through the different realms of inferno, purgatory, and paradise, all at the same time. The music is often sparse, bordering at times on the whimsical, but always filtered through the haze of almost consciousness. Wismeer is certainly an artist who knows the use of tension in music. Evidently I wasn't the only one who thought this. After giving it a listen, I took a look at how the label described the album: 'Pigs, in there? Yes, but if you count them, they will become sheep, which is appropriate as Pepe's music is like drifting into a dream. His hushed vocals sigh just beneath the melody, as if he were in camera with woodland deities.' What makes this all work is his voice though. It is like a cross between Edward Ka-Spel and the singer from Frazier Chorus. It's soothing, but there's a bit of dissonance there beneath the surface. This version comes packaged with a bonus EP that maintains a similar approach to dragging though many dreamlike states. The first half sounds like the album was remixed by Troum or some other drone master. Then we have a raw, beautiful track, which only lasts for 2.21 before moving into the next track that maintains a dissonant feel before concluding with a slowly evolving droning piece. Everything is dropped further into REM state, making this a bit more soothing than the album itself, but every bit as enjoyable. Quite nice overall. The album weighs in at about 42 minutes. The bonus EP weighs in at around 29 minutes.

CAUTERISED: Trifler's Flashback

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 21 2011
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Artist: CAUTERISED
Title: Trifler's Flashback
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: What A Carve Up! (@)
Rated: *****
Have you ever had nightmares while you fall asleep watching tv at night? The newest Cauterised's TRIFFLER'S FLASHBACK sounds just like one of them. It mixes samples coming from b-movies from the 70s just to form a new kind of music. Experimental? Tv archeology? Name it the way you like it and dive into the cheesy atmospheres of "Mad dog jazz", the sci-fi extravaganza of "The return of Satanus", the dramatic romance of "A killer for your love" and the soft porn multi velocity of "Ze German". Funny and catchy... P.s. This is a free offer download release!


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