Music Reviews



cover
Artist: Hurry Hurry feat.Marilyn Thomas (@)
Title: Life
Format: CD
Label: Substantial Brothers Productions (@)
Hailing from Lake Heights, Western Australia, the Hurrys Brothers, Rob and Wayne, after a remarkable experience in the composition of music for commercial release and film-scoring, decided to dwell on a personal musical project which might potentially have many interesting developments. As a matter of fact, this first release entitled Life ' they took almost three years to finish it ' even if it's not so easy to categorize could stand as a sort of music-ed audio-book dealing with an immersive narration, almost lost in reverie, about the presumable appearance of Planet Earth before the coming of mankind and its greedy purposes, whimsically spoken by Marilyn Thomas, acting as an imaginary Gaia, narrating in such an interesting way a sort of auto-biographical report! Some sounds look a little too 'vintage' to my ears (maybe it's a sort of heritage from their professional experience I music business'¦), but have you ever imagined an audiobook full of quotations such as kosmische muzik (Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schultze in primis), Pink Floyd, new age's knights, primordial electronic music (maybe for the in-embryo themes of this record), space rock, symphonic rock and more in 16 chapters starting with a preface, A Million Stars / The Virgin Planet, which could let resurface to the listener's memory that French-powdered interpretation of glam-wave by Vintage after an overdose of Schultze's most ethereal release and some nice forays in dub and 'liquid' music territories (tracks such as Amphibion are definitively my favorite ones), and ending with the intensively emotional stress evoked in a track which could not be titled but Homo Sapiens? An enjoyable and educative (in many senses'¦try for example to imagine what could be the actual words of Mother Earth'¦) way to tell a story on how LIFE came to life!
cover
Artist: Remember Twilight (@)
Title: Musik uber Niedergang & Verderben
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
The Stuttgart-based collective Remember Twilight set another stake in their stylistic scented yard's ground, whose rich harvesting let a spoiled and desolate landscape, a metaphor inspired by the title of this metal-rooted oevre, Musik uber Niedergang & Verderben i.e. Music about the decline and the spoiled or something like that, evoking the decadence sliding like a slobbering snail amalgamating throughout its slime acting like a sticky glue of the different elements which could define the sound they called Kammermusik-Core, a sort of dialogic combination between hardcore metal guitars and aggressive vocals with folk, gothic and 'classical' music instruments and melodies (violin, oboe, cello and piano), whose freaky formula (something I could describe by a reductive math-like formula 40 minutes to say what's the value of the unknown'¦but you could use your mp3-players!) is not exactly what is commonly known as gothic-rock for the pleasant company of folk-tinged and medieval chamber musical pills. Maybe the way they labeled their sound looks too emphatic, but their stylistic research is quite interesting, even if sometimes has too many points of intersection with parallel sound lab activities nicely leaded by other popular German bands to say it's really original. The opening track, wisely entitled sINnTROstIlos, could induce the listener to think about a prog-like grand ceremony propelled by a maniacal post-Manichean singer feeling himself almost as a misunderstood genius in god-mode, but the following Kunstler Der Dekadenz belies similar assumptions. There're many interesting songs in this album, produced by Markus Stock (The Vision Bleak), but I think the ones a listener could easily appreciate are those when the above-mentioned dialogue turns into a stressed epic-like suite such as in Ich Suche Gott ' the most 'medieval'-ish one of the album'¦-, Die Feder ' semantically play on the theme of the feather'¦even a feather could be heavy, lads! ' and In The Long Run ' Am Ende.

One of the most evident flaw in the china maybe is the dubious expressiveness of Timo's voice in some songs and that's maybe the reason I appreciate his art on track where his vocal skills undo those knots tying him to heavy metal standards such as the lovely hissing outro, Am Strand ' Spuren In Sand, or when he interprets in an eccentric and funny way the notorious Kurt Weill's Mackie Messer (aka Mack The Knife), the most famous tune of Die Dreigroschenoper (The threepenny opera), renowned satirical work co-written by Bertold Brecht. There're three remixes in the final part of the album, two of them already included in their mini-CD Der tolle Mensch, but the funniest one is maybe the electronic remix of Kunstler Der Dekadenz by Metallspurhunde, but his venture is nothink like but a divertssment. You could contest their musical value ' but it's quite difficult -, but you cannot say Musik uber Niedergang & Verderben is not coherent with Remember Twilight's musical pathway!
image not
available
anymore
Artist: TRIKE
Title: Trike And The Vikings
Format: CD
Label: Cheap Satanism (@)
Rated: *****
After three self made album, the Canadian synth extravaganza duo Trike are landing for their new album, on the Belgian label Cheap Satanism. They won $20,000 on Canadian television/radio competition 'The Gong Show', landing a Yamaha Equipment Sponsorship, performing over 200 shows in Europe and had their 'The New Album' reach number 6 on Canadian Kootenay radio and that's quite something. The fourteen songs of their first studio album are in balance between joyous synthpop and acoustic guitarism with tons of 80s influences which goes to The Specials (check the blow section of the opening "Player in love"), the B-52s or English indie pop labels like Postcard Records or Sarah Records. Their music reflects their approach to life as to me they seem to be free from any boundaries, so if "The trikey" sounds dancey, "Smack me around" could be perfect for Franz Ferdinand (so at least they would do something good after their debut album) and "Politics of love" sounds good as a melancholic Blur tune. At first TRIKE AND THE VIKINGS sounded like a joke to me but after a couple of spins I realized that Trike are playing but in a deadly serious way. Check their video for "my little pony", it made my day...
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Memmaker
Title: How To Enlist In A Robot Uprising: Deluxe Edition
Format: CD
Label: Artoffact Records (@)
Rated: *****
This is album is the reissue of the debut album issued in 2008 on Hive Records. The interest in this band owe to the fact that Memmaker is a side project of Iszoloscope. If album like "the audient void" lied on a mix of harsh noise and ambient, this project is pure EBM with a carefully chosen palette of synth. Nothing really new, in fact, but dance music is not a genre known for experimentation but for powerful beat and synths.
After an intro track like "prophecy" with atmospheric synths, the beat start with "ascent" and, then, the album goes almost linear until the tenth track "insomnia", a sort of chill-out before the final assault, in the original relase, of "deception" but, in this release, two bonus tracks gives other fuel to the dance.
This album is a well produced bunch of beats that will swear the alternative dancefloor.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Kamp Holland
Format: 2 x 12" vinyl
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
KAMP HOLLAND is a new double vinyl compilation of Enfant Terrible which gathers sixteen bands coming from Holland. The label in the past focused their releases on minimal electronic / experimental pop and industrial electronic sounds influenced or produced during the late 70s / mid 80s. With KAMP HOLLAND Enfant Terrible is redefining things presenting sixteen tracks where some of them have been influenced by the sound covered by the label during the past years and some others are influencing the label for its future releases. Has something changed? Well, yes. I think that this is the most heterogenous release of Enfant Terrible as we find: pulsating and menacing electro sounds (good one "Bye bye" by Lesbian Mouseclicks), synth retro sounds (Bakeliet with "Don't Let Them Know", Neurobit with "Inner Hideaway", Pornologic with "Pterodactyl Extraordinaire" and Milligram Retreat with "AllÃégement"), great synth electro wave (really nice and melodic "Ruimtevaart Vooruit" by Staatseinde and a good dancey one "Desert" by Hunter Complex), orchestral breakbeat (Autonon's "Not For Immortals" reminds me of Venetian Snares), dark electronic sounds ( Milligram Retreat with "AllÃégement"), experimental noisy tunes (Puin+Hoop - Slaapstaking), percussive post punk (Hadewych with "Apse" sound like a mix of Einsturzende Neubauten and UK Decay), circus weird experimental tunes (Logosamphia with "La Hars" sounds like a 60s hammond toon song mixed with breakbeat on the final part), pure pulsating electronic noise (Peter Quistgard with "NONO" sound like a gabber track composed with a Commodore 64 while Murw with "Een Soort Van Geel" sound like a throbbing electro noise collage) and melancholic pop wave (like the closing "Itlien" by Treasure Of Grundo). Available in mid June.
[ Next ] [ Previous ]

[1...10] [11...20] [21...30] [31...40] [41...50] [51...60] [61...70] [71...80] [81...90] [91...100] [101...110] [111...120] [121...130] [131...140] [141...150] [151...160] [161...170] [171...180] [181...190] [191...200] [201...210] [211...220] [221...230] [231...240] [241...250] [251...260] [261...270] [271...280] [281...290] [291...300] [301...310] [311...320] [321...330] [331...340] [341...350] [351...360] [361...370] [371...380] [381...390] [391...400] [401...410] [411...420] [421...430] [431...440] [441...450] [451...460] [461...470] [471...480] [481...490] [491...500] [501...510] [511...520] [521...530] [531...540] [541...550] [551...560] [561...570] [571...580] [581...590] [591...600] [601...610] [611...620] [621...630] [631...640] [641...650] [651...660] [661...670] [671...680] [681...690] [691...700] [701...710] [711...720] [721...730] [731...740] [741...750] [751...760] [761...770] [771...780] [781...790] [791...800] [801...810] [811...820] [821...830] [831...840] [841...850] [851...860] [861...870] [871...880] [881...890] [891...900] [901...910] [911...920] [921...930] [931...940] [941...950] [951...960] [961...970] [971...980] [981...990] [991...1000] [1001...1010] [1011...1020] [1021...1030] [1031] [1032] [1033] [1034] [1035] [1036] [1037] [1038] [1039] [1040] [1041...1050] [1051...1060] [1061...1070] [1071...1080] [1081...1090] [1091...1100] [1101...1110] [1111...1120] [1121...1130] [1131...1140] [1141...1150] [1151...1160] [1161...1170] [1171...1180] [1181...1190] [1191...1200] [1201...1210] [1211...1220] [1221...1230] [1231...1240] [1241...1250] [1251...1260] [1261...1270] [1271...1280] [1281...1290] [1291...1300] [1301...1310] [1311...1320] [1321...1330] [1331...1340] [1341...1350] [1351...1360] [1361...1370] [1371...1380] [1381...1390] [1391...1400] [1401...1410] [1411...1420] [1421...1430] [1431...1440] [1441...1450] [1451...1460] [1461...1470] [1471...1480] [1481...1490] [1491...1500] [1501...1510] [1511...1520] [1521...1530] [1531...1540] [1541...1550] [1551...1560] [1561...1570] [1571...1580] [1581...1590] [1591...1600] [1601...1610] [1611...1620] [1621...1630] [1631...1640] [1641...1650] [1651...1660] [1661...1670] [1671...1680] [1681...1690] [1691...1700] [1701...1710] [1711...1720] [1721...1730] [1731...1740] [1741...1750] [1751...1760] [1761...1770] [1771...1780] [1781...1790] [1791...1800] [1801...1810] [1811...1820] [1821...1830] [1831...1840] [1841...1850] [1851...1860] [1861...1870] [1871...1880] [1881...1890] [1891...1900] [1901...1910] [1911...1920] [1921...1930] [1931...1940] [1941...1950] [1951...1960] [1961...1970] [1971...1980] [1981...1990] [1991...2000] [2001...2010] [2011...2020] [2021...2030] [2031...2040] [2041...2050] [2051...2060] [2061...2070] [2071...2080] [2081...2090] [2091...2100] [2101...2110]


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

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