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Artist: ELANE
Title: THE SILVER FALLS
Format: CD
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
ELANE is inviting us in a journey not so absurd or impossible, neither innatural, it's a journey inside our ancestral memories, a trip that has an aim very straight and simple: survive to the modern craziness. Elane use the music and the myths to do that and this art is not only great celtic music, well played and well recorded, is a tool to make better our daily-life and it's really useful to quit the distressing world we are forced to live. All the tracks are inviting the listener to do something, above all to discover a land of mystery and freedom, a world of hidden adventures lost in time. Something metal lies beneath this work a secret sound force that is able to rise up the level of db of some tracks.
The Ballads here are tormented but not necrophiles, all the "lights" suggested by the artists through sounds are low but not ominous, if you know northern light of Europe this concept is very easy to understand the inspirations of the band. I guess that ELANE is a borderline project, ready to follow the Breton lesson or to take the metal-way, in both case the ideas inside the project are very focused and well tuned. In some sense and from my personal POV the music carpet are very cinematographic and the lyrics cast images together with sound and also depict wide grey-clouded landscape. It's a project that suggests to the listener some memories and the desire to reach something we cannot define simply with words, a must to hear and to feel.
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Artist: PLASMODIUM
Title: PARADISE UNDER FIRE
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Straight, "simple", hammered Gothic EBM with a Spanish voice coming out from Balaguerò best movies ( the firsts ), Synths are like whips and in their music the absence of hope and the literary presence of an infernal chaos is evident, just like in today stock market. The work is powerful and the energy they put on this CD is without doubt sincere, they have a total control upon their art and their imaginary. All the tracks are ready for the club where EBM and strobolight are the gods of the night and I strongly suggest to EBM djs to pick up this useful instrument for ears "torture". What I love of EBM is the ability to be sharp and without remorse from the first vibes, PLASMODIVM wins this essential challenge and their music is even ready for an utilization really peculiar: cut all the sound of DOOM 3 or HALO and play at maximum volume this tracks, thats a symphony perfect to frag monsters, aliens and demons. My fav tracks, the sixth, sorry but I love Euro Techno ;)
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Artist: LAMBURG TONY
Title: Hip Hop Nation
Format: 12"
Label: ESCHO (@)
Rated: *****
That's JAZZ a new "new" thing and I think that this very interesting artist did not think about his art in this way. In the press release they are talking about DANCE, exotic and poetic dance tracks. Never MIND! That's pure free jazz and I love it because Lamburg's music is built up with an approach really ""naive"" but esoteric. Indeed this electric jazz musician instead to use Ableton Live and other hype software uses: SONY TC 129 analog tape recorder (I am a collector of this kind of Tools and I can understand this choice), an old Aptiva with Win95' (!) and a DOS music software Scream Tracker3 (!!!!). Lamburg Tony records on tape flutes, bells, pianos and toys and then uses this analog sound in his composition. The result is brilliant, breakbeat-like, schizophrenic and definitely ORB Style a sort of naive version of Bitches Brew something more near to the new thing of Jazz of the 60ies than electronic dance music. Best track: the third! This is not music for club is music to write a strange sci fi book like those written by William S. Burroughs, I suggest to Lamburg Tony a next step : to cut up analog tapes like WSB did it and in this way He inspired even the great Ornette Coleman. Lamburg please, don't stop this trend and let's hear the giant of Free Jazz you are in that tradition, follow it better and better and tag along this analog adrift, leave Ableton LIVE to the samples maniacs.
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Artist: BLEEDING HEART NARRATIVE
Title: All That Was Missing We Never Had In The World
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Rated: *****
Originally released the last year on Tartaruga Records, ALL THAT WAS MISSING WE NEVER HAD IN THE WORLD, is the debut album by Oliver Barret's project Bleeding Heart Narrative. The twelve tracks of the release (on this Cold Spring reissue there's a short bonus track titled "Blueskyward") are in balance from orchestral noise rock, psychedelia, power noise (see the distorted orchestral opening tune "Bhn") and chamber shoegazing. Composed mainly by several layers of piano and strings filtered through reverb, the tracks are able to create moments where melancholia and a particular kind of romanticism are mixed. See for example "Black glass", where piano and melodic vocals form a proper song where sounds seem to come from another world. Listening to ALL THAT WAS MISSING WE NEVER HAD IN THE WORLD I have the same feeling I had listening to Slint records where tension and despair blend. Have you ever realized what kind of sound could produce a breaking tendon? I think this album is the answer...
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Artist: STEPHEN FLINN (@)
Title: architect of adversity
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
A drummer and a percussionist here, I've never heard any recording of mr. Flinn before and honestly I find his style is really interesting. This cd features a collection of short recordings where Flinn shows while having his own approach he can give us a varied series of compositions. I dunno if he's worked on the post-production or he managed to put effects on while performing this music live in studio (I mean if he has used electronics or analog-acoustical interventions), by the way while showing he's not too far from many electro-acoustic releases on the same label, he has created his own personal voice. Here and there I got the impression it was some sort of contained Chris Cutler, but beside this impression the corpus of the whole work is quite far from Cutler and presents a diverse assortment of scrawls. You pass from electro-acoustic short rides to bass drums, from metal sounds to scratched squeaking sounds and furthermore you have bells, brushes, cymbals, drums, hand-percussions, chains, toys, compression springs and a variety of things he also portrayed in the picture he put on the front cover. I think he's been really smart in editing tracks this way and in giving us just the best portion of these short performances, I also assume he's also pondered meticulously the tracklist infact you have tone and atmosphere changes from track to track. When working with bass percussions he goes really close to some contemporary classic drumming but in the rest of the recording you have that ludic approach you also have with other smart heterogeneous drummers like Francesco Cusa or Mirko Sabatini and that's great since it shows beside being serious experimental/improvised music it can also be ironic, on the other hand it shows a genuine interest for sounds including ordinary objects, everyday things and so on. Probably who's into contemporary experimental drumming and percussionism may say Flinn follows the footsteps of many musicians approaching "percussions" in a different way, I can simply reply even if it's true, after having listened a ton of recordings like this, in a few seconds you can't but notice he's both style and good taste for musical solutions.


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