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Artist: JAQUES FOSCHIA
Title: clair obscur
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
This’ the first solo double cd I review from the Cretive Sources-area and it’s quite interesting since for many musicians from this odd-music hemisphere their cd on this label is like some kind of nice and well packaged "business card" ready for every listener-reviewer to be reminded. As you probably know every Creative Sources’ artist put the money and takes part to the production of the work, sometimes the outcome is a good business card, sometimes it’s a bad one. This one is good, quite classic in many ways, let’s say "ordinary" in the way it sounds odd and "un-ordinary", even thought it would be too damn reductive to stop our conclusions here. Jaques Foschia (funny name, in Italy "foschia" stands for "thin fog") plays clarinets and combines both bass and eb one in a really interesting way, it reminded me a bunch of good solo works like those done by Kyle Bruckmann, Scott Rosemberg, Peter Brotzmann (mm... even if not as in "your face") and Anthony Braxton but none of them in particular, at last this work is refined and has its own physiognomy. He combined a collection of studio tracks for what looks like the real full-length and an entire disc containing two live sessions, the sound definition of which is not less effective then the studio tracks. His studio work is quite characteristic of this improvisative area therefore if you’re into Birgit Uhler, Axel Dorner, or in the likes, well I’m sure you love "Clair obscure" for the global sound and the waiting games that are the peculiarity that gave this label a clear distinction (and sometimes a bit of predictability) for what concerns the sound matter. Even while acting live you have hissed sounds fragmented sketches and above all some well developed executions were according to my persona opinion Foschia shows his finest traits and I’m referring to the last part of the first live session.




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Artist: LIMBO
Title: Early Works
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Spittle Records (@)
Distributor: Good Fellas
Rated: *****
After two years in the working D.Loop made it and thanks also to the revived Spittle Records (they originally released the "In limbo" MLP back in the 80s) Limbo fans are able to listen to songs that only few had the chance to listen to. EARLY WORKS (1984-1987) gathers the very first songs recorded by the Tuscan combo for their first demotape (self released back in 1984), for the "In limbo" MLP plus early compilations participations and a bunch of unreleased tracks. The two CD pack comes in a deluxe package that reproduces a gatefold double album package with inner covers and all. Using original graphics as well as the color version of the painting they originally used for their first tape, the release contains also interesting liner notes both in Italian and English language. The whole recordings have been remastered and the result is really good: clean and powerful. The sound has no flaws and it gives you the opportunity to check the early goth electronic tunes of the band. The Virgin Prunes inspired vocals, the powerful bass guitar, the raw synths, everything is there to be discovered or revived into your memory. Personally these are the Limbo's recordings I prefer, because they were sounding like a post punk electronic band on the wild. You can check some tracks and purchasing the CD directly from the band through their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/limboit
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Artist: SEVEN OCTAVES (@)
Title: Simple Work
Format: CD
Label: KMT Records (@)
Rated: *****
Despite the cover (which didn't give me the idea of the music) Seven Octaves' album SIMPLE WORK amazed me thanks to its freshness and to its particular mix of techno and 70s electronic music. If you are old enough to remember or if you are a young electronic music freak who likes to dig into the shelves of old dusty record stores (if there are any left), you'll remember those records that mixed jazz, classical and ambient music, everything performed with analog synthesizers. Well, Seven Octaves (a.k.a. Kenny MacKenzie) has the same attitude of those records but he adds also nowadays techno sounds/rhythms and a little experimentation (like on "Phone thing") with melodies that sometimes could sound naive but that express a joy of playing that will affect you. His jazz pianist activity is also showing its influence on his style and on tracks like "Tussle in B minor" or the opening "A minor is such a lovely key" you'll find yourself asking: "are these modern remixes of old Goblin's tunes?".
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Artist: LATEXXX TEENS
Title: Death Club Entertainment
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Nova
Rated: *****
I must be honest, Latexxx Teens didn't raise my sympathy as I'm quite disinterested into bands that on their photo shots look like bad guys in disguise and make-up but I tried to close my eyes and to focus on the music of their first album DEATH CLUB ENTERTAINMENT. Well, the result isn't that bad as their mixture of metal with electro e.b.m. influences (they sound like a sort of Marylin Manson coming from Germany even if they are Italian) is catchy and powerful. In my opinion their perfect audience are the goth metal kids with melodic needs and Latexxx Teens did a good job by finding many catchy tunes and they also did a good job with the sound production. I hate to talk about music industry categorizations but... I'm not part of their target.
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Artist: SONNENBRANDT
Title: Gerstern
Format: CD
Label: Anna Logue Records (@)
Rated: *****
Co-produced by Anna Logue Records, Kernkrach/Hertzschrittmacher and NLW GESTERN is the first Sonnenbrandt full length which has been released on vinyl as well as on CD (and on this format you have four bonus remixes). Active since 2003 the band is formed by three members: Stefan Bornhorst (THE SILICON SCIENTIST, Dreams Encoded, The Convent – synthesisers, programming, vocoder), Jojo Brandt (Voll Wirksam, Liquid Dreams, The Convent – synthesisers, programming, guitars, lyrics, vocals) and his wife Sonja Sonne’ Brandt (lyrics, vocals). They play minimal electro pop with both joyful and dark veins. Analog synths, guitar and female vocals are the band's weapons and they do their best to electrify your room with melodic tunes. The opening "Herz aus geld" is an irresistible German '80s pop tune with upbeat rhythms. Most tunes play around this formula adding sometimes female/male duets where bleeping synths duet with retro drum machine sounds and clean guitar riffs (a little new wave I might add). Tracks like "Was tun" use stops and go and a great choir while it was a surprise to find a surf guitar on "Hollywood". Sonnenbrandt music is definitely pop but it has many shades. This album contains a lot of potential hit singles: one of them is a nice version of Lio's '80s hit "Amoreux solitaires" but I think that their original tunes are far way better.
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