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Artist: KAA ANTILOPE
Title: VPRO RadioNome April 2 1982
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Recorded live for the RadioNome radioshow, broadcasted by the Dutch radio and television broadcaster VPRO, VPRO RADIONOME APRIL 2 1982 is the fist and maybe last chance to know a particular band called Kaa Antilope. They produced a sort of experimental/pop mix where melancholic melodies were coupled by analog sounds creating a particular atmospheres. Since the first listening I found the ten songs of the MLP perfect as a post catastrophe soundtrack, for example. The apparent fragile musical structures are toughened by the various synth noises that create a sort of theatrical approach. Check "Red bushes" and "Rise up helicopter, like a bird" excerpts at the label's website and you'll get a good picture of their sound. The 12" is limited to 500 copies and will have also liner notes written by band's friends.
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Artist: Die Perlen
Title: Stadt.ep
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: FireZone Records / Black Rain media group GmbH
Distributor: Nova MD GmbH
Rated: *****
The new EP of this duo from Nurnberg, Germany deals with the phenomenon of a big modern, smoggy, loud city; the events and the emotion related to it are rather ambivalent. Some contemporaries cannot imagine their lives anywhere else while others cannot stand the city living conditions. Ever asked yourself what goes to make a city great and unique? These are primarily the people you share your city with. Not the architecture or beautiful ponds in the park.
The band has already released three full-length albums and after its nine-year long existence is no newbie on the underground horizon. Ferdinand Ess and Katja Hah call their musical style TelektroPonk which involves elements of Electro, Pop, Funk and Techno. Apart from keys they use guitars, computer and kaosspad combining faster beats with clear vocals both male and female. The languages they chose to use are French and their native German. The EP depicts the moldy and grotesque sides as well as the glorious ones of the 21st century metropolis. For those of you whose idea of how the German language sounds is dominated by the post-war films and Rammstein (who play on those clichés) try to listen to Die Perlen (the pearls). Katja’s singing will leave a very mild and melodic impression of this language.
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Artist: DAMIANO MERCURI
Title: European Music And Ballads From Renaissance And Baroque Era
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
Damiano Mercuri is the guy behind Rose Rovine E Amanti but he's also a trained classical guitar player. He has studied at the age of 13 under the guide of the great Italian guitarist Carlo Carfagna and took his musical degree at S. Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome with maximum score cum laude. Studied flamenco with Juan Lorenzo at S. Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome. EUROPEAN MUSIC AND BALLADS FROM THE REINASSANCE AND BAROQUE ERA is the first album for The Eastern Front sub-label "Folk" and as far as I how it is his first album where he performs this kind of music. The CD is divided into three sections: early English music, early Italian music and early Spanish music and gathers music by John Nowland, Robee Johnson, P. Cutting, Philip Rosseter, Vincenzo Capricola, Ludovico Roncalli, Cesare Negri detto il Trombone, Vincenzo Galilei, Alonso De Mudacca, Luis De Narvaez, Gaspar Sanz plus various anonymous. The twenty seven tracks played with acoustic classic guitar have been performed in different places and show well Damiano's passion for this music and are enjoyable also by ignorant people like me and this is a great gift for a musician...
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Artist: MIEL NOIR
Title: Der Honigflügel
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Miel Noir's second release on The Eastern Front label is titled DER HONIFLUGEL and if you already checked Dimo Dimov's previous split with B-Machina try to forget it as this one sounds different. The five tracks of the album are piano suites mixed with few industrial sounds and, as the info sheet reports, samples coming from Russian movies inspired by classical Russian novel "Crime and Punishment" written by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Goncharov novels (instead, the second track "Honigglut" contains Italian movie samples as far as I understand by listening to it). The piano lines are recorded like coming from a crackling radio and the effect created is a particular one as it seems recorded from an early 20th century movie. During the whole CD there's an overall feeling of despair: even if the main instrument is the piano, there isn't a definite melodic line and this enhance the sense of desolation I think Dimo wanted to create.
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Artist: Les Modules Etranges
Title: In Silence EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Zorch Factory Records (@)
Rated: *****

Les Modules Etranges 'In Silence' EP



Wow. This is some beautiful stuff, another awesome release from the Zorch Factory netlabel, this time a release from the french duo Les Modules Etranges. "In Silence" appears to be the second EP from this awesome post punk/ goth project, and it's just pain awesome! While there are only 4 tracks on the album, the listener is treated to an aural buffet of goodnes that is both diverse and well formed: Beautiful female vocals, pounding, tribal percussion, chaotic and jagged guitars, thumping bass grooves, ominous synth textures and a very healthy amount of reverb and chorus!

The title track reminds me a bit of Pain Teens, and maybe a little of Swans. It has that awesome slow, brutal grind to it. The other tracks have a bit more of a post- punk sound to them, but all of them are dark in mood and theme. Azia's vocals remind me a little bit of Bliss Blood and a bit of Tina Root from Switchblade Symphony, she has that kind of ethereal yet nursery rhyme thing.... It's very haunting and effective.


"In Silence" is a very awesome album from a very awesome band. Les Modules Etranges are worth your time for sure.






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