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Artist: MUSIC BOX
Title: November
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Lydian Label
Rated: *****
Music Box is a collaboration between Aaron Wheeler (aka Laszlo) and Todd Baker and NOVEMBER is their first E.P. Mixing i.d.m. rhythms, kinda romantic or lounge jazzy piano melodies and great guitar lines the duo have created a particular music made of many layers. The complex structure characteristic of minimal techno music won't stop the occasional listener to relax digging the mood of the opening "November" or the following "King fisher". Try to imagine an i.d.m. version of King Of Convenience and you'll have pretty much an idea of Music Box's sound. Along with the three original tunes you'll find a cool remix of "King fisher" where all the instruments have been cut into tiny peaces and plaid creating a nice i.d.m. lounge track where the main piano chords duet with fractal sounds.
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Artist: DIFFERENT STATE
Title: Through The Falling Eyelid
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum Records (@)
Rated: *****
After the last year re-release of Different State's 1996 album "Knar" I forgot how they sound nowadays as the split with Sigil have been released on 2008 and "Knar" is more comparable to Godflesh than else. Anyway... THROUGH THE FALLING EYELID is the newest full length of the Polish combo which now is composed by Marek Xavier Marchoff (tools, alchembient structures), Laura Marchoff (angelic voice), Jarek Szczyglak (guitar) and Keith Rudolf. Just like their tracks on "Spazmatic[k] Spell", the ten you find on this one present a wide array of atmospheres and sounds that span from the industrial ambient electronic atmospheres of the opening "Isolate: stone cold heart", to the retro electro industrial sounds of the closing "Manifest: through the falling eyelid", passing through the cinematic samples orchestration of "Project: verses without words" or the i.d.m./industrial experimentation of "Challenge: formal experimentation", the jazz/industrial improvisations of following "Damage: bleed from their souls" or the slow dub electronic industrial atmospheres of ""Signal: I'm out". Here and there you'll find light guitar solos or vocals that shyly contrast the paranoid atmosphere created. An album that needs time to be fully appreciated because sometimes it sounds fragmented but if you are in the mood for industrial experimental sounds, give it a try.