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Artist: Music From the Film
Title: Playfully Abrasive
Format: CD
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Self-styled as electro acoustic noise MFTF, the solo project of Gary Young (aka Pastor Irrelevant, member of New Killers On The Block, Drooling Zoomers, Bone Bunny, and Entfred), accompanied by Arthur Harrison on theremin and "cacophonator," gives us 24 tracks of sonic mayhem, most tracks under three minutes. Lots of jumping around from instrument to instrument and the occasional processed vocal sample. This has a very cartoon feel to it, combined with an unrestricted, free spirit of expression. Think Pee Wee’s Playhouse and the Residents and you’ll be close.
Artist: Yann Novak (@)
Title: In Residence
Format: CD
Label: Dragon's Eye Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Three untitled tracks of subtly layered tones and pulses building a dark, unsettling, and somewhat claustrophobic "ambient" space in which to act or not to act. Mesmeric or soporific depending on your prevailing mood, attention and listening volume. Not all that original but what is nowadays. Very nice regardless. Limited edition CDR of 250 copies.
Artist: Gregor Tresher (@)
Title: Thousand Nights
Format: CD
Label: Great Stuff (@)
Distributor: rooftop promotion
Rated: *****
There’s a time for in-your-face and a time for subtle and Gregor Trescher knows how to use both. Ostensibly meant for the dance floor there’s more going on here than meets the ear and headphones are a definite advantage. Good variation on the beat, little details that put twitching tails on the pulse certain to throw your neurons into firing position. Don’t get me wrong, there’s everything you expect from dance music here, the obligatory deep bass to vibrate the body into ecstatic trembling, the short melody lines, the bubbly synth sequences. But I get impression that something more is aimed at than simply making music to wiggle your butt.
Artist: Fixture For Toxins (@)
Title: Threnodies of Labor
Format: CD EP
Label: pure volume
Rated: *****
The sound of sonic decay. No beats, no drum machines, just the sound of machines grinding away at the fabric of existence accompanied by the sound of far away voices almost drowned out by the din. The relentless, abrasive etching of sandpaper on glass obscuring and refracting the dim light of hope.
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Artist: ALIEN SKIN (@)
Title: Don't Open Till Doomsday
Format: CD
Label: A Different Drum (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
George Pappas is the keyboard player or the renewed Real Life incarnation. The Australian band had a huge success in the 80's with "Send me an angel". Alien Skin born in 2004 when George felt the urge to free his personal musical vision that couldn't be fulfilled with Real Life. Lover of the 80's electronic wave genre George made a beautiful album. A CD that the first time I listened to it made me file these ten songs under "night music". As admitted by George himself Martin Gore's songwriting affected really much his musical taste and songs like "It doesn't matter (I want you)" or the following "Gloomy Sunday" are proving this influence. Even if a certain influence is evident I'd like to say that this doesn't affect the value of Alien Skin's songwriting or his way of choosing sounds and arrangements. It's more like George is sharing with Martin the same music path. Let's go back to DON'T OPEN TILL DOOMSDAY songs then... Night music. What do I mean whit this term? Well, you know, listening to these tracks you have the sensation of being surrounded and culled by sounds but at the same time there's a certain dark mood that permeate the whole atmosphere. Melancholy isn't the only main thing on this album as on tracks like "Dust to ashes 1945" or "The spirit is willing" there's a driving upbeat rhythm that make them ready to be remixed and used on dance clubs. I'm glad that George sent me his album because I found it melodically catchy and musically reach. We'll discover something more about it into the upcoming interview with Alien Skin. Always here at CHAIN D.L.K.
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