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Artist: CROATAN ENSEMBLE
Title: Without
Format: CD
Label: Eh? (@)
Rated: *****
Interesting duo here, differently from several releases on Eh!?, Bill K and Iason P are not dealing with the electro-acoustic thing, nay everything is more dilated, more ethereal and also much more listenable, also for ears that are not trained to this kind of sound. Sometimes it reminded me a strange kind of mix of Kevin Drum drowning in a Kranky pool. This couple of musicians play strings, laptop, electronics, mics, pedals, synths and another bunch of weird electronic devices, but the global sound is less electronic oriented than you could have guessed by reading this list of instruments. Freaky music for freaky people, but Croatan Ensamble are not just playing something simply psychedelic, the music is overall quite ethereal and has a sort of ascension feel. I could help you by writing this’ one of those bands stretching the songs/sounds as much as they can, it implies they introduce changes of notes/sounds/atmospheres really gradually in order to avoid interrupting the trip. Sometimes I think they still have to add something more to reach an higher compositional level but I can assure you the first time I’ve played this cd it was on Sunday right during a bath and my head started spinning with all of my thoughts.


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Artist: JACQUES DEMIERRE
Title: one is land
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
When approaching to cd I’ve to review in most of the cases during the very first listenings I don’t pay attention to the cover, to the line up and above all to the press sheet (and to be honest I never give that much about press sheets!), everything sounds like a good o a bad surprise, sometimes it’s just weird and this solo-piano cd belongs to the last option. When after several listening I went back to the cover of the cd I’ve found the solo pianist was Jacques Demierre, not that I know his discography that well, but I think I’ve heard him on some releases but sure you can bet I know this composer-musician from Geneve has played with many musicians and has been collaborating with some big names like Berry Guy just to mention one I guess many of you out there know quite well. Believe it or not I’ve been surprised by this swiss musician, I’ve to warn you this won’t be an easy listening but sure he did something quite unconventional. The first of the two compositions featured on this cd is a sort of warzone where Demierre turned the piano into a ruining factory: forte, fortissimo, louder than a drummer beating the shit out of his drum-kit, mid and low registers mixed in dissonance, no dynamic diminuendo everything remains as loud as fuck, every once in a while he throws in some quasi-intelligible chord but for the most of the time you’ll feel like the piano is falling from the top of a mountain. I’ve also tried to figure out if he ever played this piece live and if the audience was simply shocked or violated by such a performance. During the second composition the pianist opt for quietness, he probably plays the body of the piano and despite the silent start he keeps following a soft-rumorist edge, far from the first in-your ears total blast everything is more silent and moderated you have breaks, pauses, short phrases, soft concrete noises, strangulated notes but this time he’s never violent. Heavy Harsh work and surely nothing that relaxing but holy shit! Who ever wrote that music has to be relaxing?.

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