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Artist: PHILIPPE PETIT & FRIENDS
Title: A Scent Of Garmambrosia
Format: CD
Label: Aagoo
Distributor: Cargo
A SCENT OF GARMAMBROSIA is a conceptual work of avant-garde music where layers of strings, processed sounds and field recordings form a constant flux of changing sounds where dissonant trumpets meet piano notes and strings. Petit took the David Lynch's Twin Peaks definition of the word Garmonbozia (which is "pain and suffering that is consumed") and mixed it with the Greek mythology Gods' food "Ambrosia" just to coin the new term "Garmambrosia". The seven tracks of the album have been written as it was a musical score for a soundtrack and if we take Lynch as reference I don't think we could make an error as "When a seagorse meets a seafish...", "Pellicula", "The neptunial flights of fireflies", "A scent of garmambrosia", "Night elves jukebox", "The moon woman" and "The nightcrawler" transpose in music the chaos and pain expressed by Lynch into his most experimental works (and we aren't forced to think about "Eraserhead" as also "Twin peaks" had such panicking moments). Intense...
May 26 2010
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Yummy! Yummy
Format: CD
Label: Hot Corner Records (@)
Distributor: 667 / Rough Trade
Rated: *****
When I first put this CD on, not knowing it was a compilation, I assumed it was one artist, so when I found out it was various artists I was impressed with how organic, well matched and homogeneous the selection turned out to be. The artists are mostly unknown and I believe all or mostly german and they've come together thanks to the Hot Corner Records mastermind (and contributing artist himself) John Pussner. The other six names are Danny Decock, Crack Hudson, Blockboy, Parasyte Woman, Mika Krogen and Lippovic and they contributed a total of 15 tracks of groovy, loungey, disco-ish fresh, funky and happy mixture of electronica, acid jazz, trip hop music. Lots of bouncy beats, head-bobbing bass lines, digital soundz, real drum sets, old-school breaks, sampled, scratchy & scratched vinyl, single vocal lines or samples of voices from other sources. All of the artists are working on their own debut albums so this will be a great way to taste a few yummy flavors before going for the full seven course meal!
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Artist: 9 ELMA
Title: Coeur Liquide
Format: CD
Label: M-Tronic
Rated: *****
First appeared on a release in 1995 on the "Elektrauma 2" compilation, 9 Elma fifteen years after present their debut album COEUR LIQUIDE. Composed by Grazia Dell'Oglio and Stephane Tremel (sound designers), with the "machines" control of Laurent Le Fers (boss of the M-Tronic label) plus the live help of Cecile Fayolie, who is in charge of the live arts, COEUR LIQUIDE is a multi faceted album which contains elements of techno, industrial and a bit of retro electro (check the final part of "The call of Elara"). "Uranium 238" is the perfect track to check first because gathers them all: it starts with a robotic voice, electronic industrial beats and a techno acid pulsating bass line just to follow with a male/female duet followed by an electro techno beating tune. Analog drums and electronic beats continue to lead the track while synth arpeggios come and go. The following "Square dance" is an upbeat instrumental tune that has acid techno, ambient and industrial elements. The style changes again with "Sphere" thanks to distant electronic percussive noises which function as a background to a melancholic piano/synth pad melody. Sidereal atmospheres, techno/electro and industrial percussive sounds make of this album a release you shall not miss. The album is also enriched by four good mixes performed by Lyynk ("View from the sky" is the track they chose and they made it turn into a dark Middle Eastern slow industrial e.b.m. tune), Displacer ("Shaman" is the song they picked up and now it sounds like cinematic breakbeat tune), Architect ("Square dance" has been turned into a slow industrial two step tune) and Millimetric (now "Uranium" sounds like retro techno tune).
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Artist: Geneviéve Pasquier
Title: Le Cabaret Moi
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Rated: *****
Behind this brand new mutation of the female side of Thorofon and The Music Wreckers, there could be a sort of morbid adaptation of electropop and primordial electronic industrial clichés to the firing upcoming of the so-called 'burlesque ', but Geneviéve Pasquier's personal cabaret sounds even more stunningly seducing , able to climate classiest pop songs with elegant industrial sounds and terse rhythmical structures.

It's almost superfluous underline the primary role of her fragile and persuasive voice, standing out on the stage animated by different whirlgigs of sound over the whole playing time of the album, whose fourteen tracks dig different stylistic gardens: from the gasping hypno-robotic step of Trance ' you could imagine it as an avant-electro track composed by Ladytron after a shower with Cobra Killer! ' to the dark silky wallpapers of the loungy Mon Cabaret, from the sinister electronic screeches cracking the heavy electronic dub stepping of the hyped Bouge! to the nervous noisy tunes of Fusion (featuring the entrancing drumming by ex-Cage Stoney), from the mischievous electro-pop and absolutely super-special -!- Rubberpop to the tender make-up remover of Perception (definitively stating that Geneviéve's a dark-spotted pinkie at last!), from the shakily clanging cover of Warm Leatherette featuring a lot of funny soldering noises to the desperately dark-pop suite of Nobody's Darling, a track in which Geneviéve's vocal modulations could partially remind those by Love Spirals Downwards's Suzanne Perry. You could easily argue this poisoning chantreusse suffered from a massive cyclothymic attack after drinking large amounts of indigestible black milk when she wrote Some Days Ago, a lovable obscure trip-hop song and definitively my favorite one of this cabaret, something you don't have to listen if tempted by suicidal drives even if she doesn't make you wanna die! You don't have to wonder for the miscellaneous style of this record as highly anticipated by the slow-moving ambience of the preface of Changing, the first track of the album, where the singer obsessively repeats 'feel free to change'¦' in a persuasive crescendo till the final 'shout, shout, shooooout!'.

Each track ' even those abstract interludes she entitles Emotion ' speaks to listener's feelings in an eloquent way and that's the most magical aspect of this record, just before Geneviéve leaves the stage coming back behind the blue silky curtains! This fine record is available as a jewelcase edition with an 8-page booklet including some cool photographies by Mrs.Hyde and as a limited edition with 14 further pages and snapshots with inserts for bon vivants.
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Artist: SWEET WILLIAM
Title: Brighter Than The Sun
Format: CD
Label: D-Monic
Active since the mid eighties, Sweet William during the years released albums for labels such as Big Noise Rec., Dion Fortune, Hyperium, Datakill, etc. Their latest album has been recently released by D-Monic, French label which is a subdivision of M-Tronic. The fourteen tracks of BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN mix goth rock melodies, electronic arrangements and new wave melancholy. Passing from the mid tempos of the opening "Be around" arriving to the psychedelic dark ballad "Nowhere rd." Sweet William pass through the electronic wave of "Lonely bedroom" (maybe the song I preferred) and the pulsating goth electronic of "So long". Using different approaches for every song the band sound is characterized by a sort of melancholic energy thanks to the warm voice of Oliver Heuer and to the electronic rock wave atmospheres created by Frank Breuer and Markus Gerlach.
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