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Artist: NIMH (@)
Title: travel diary
Format: CD
Label: Silentes
Rated: *****
Here we go with a new release by Nimh after a small hiatus he's back with a plethora of new releases, the label is again Silentes and right after Maurizio Bianchi and Aube he's probably the most prolific artist on Silentes. According to my opinion this "travel diary" is the ideal follow up to "the missing tapes", the sound aesthetic of this two records is considerably different but by some means the travel-diary concept and the travel-music idea is basically the same. Clean production but with a warm feel, and if you consider in the line notes the artist wrote there's no synth and no electronic instrument involved in the production of this full-length we can assume he did a great work to produce it. The pictures of asiatic people included in the layout say a lot, infact Nimh used a bunch of singular exotic instruments with weird names like khaen, falu, bendir, soong and so on, most of them are string instruments, percussions and flutes, mouth organ. Believe it or not mixed together with field recording, some voices and with his usual touch behind the mixing desk he's been able to find out drones he's dragged around in this or that track adding an high hypnotic feel to an already oniric atmosphere. This cd features a bunch of tracks Verticchio has put out on some other releases before plus a new track and everything has been remastered, the result is great since instead of sounding like a greatest hits it all has a uniform idea that links all of the tracks of the cd. I'm tented to say some of t his artist has rarefied the atmosphere of his compositions leaving field recordings floating ashore on the surface of the single song, everything is embroided with a great taste and the global result stands on the edge between soft dark-ambient and ethnic-music. I'm sure William Burroughs and mighty Bryon Gisin would have enjoyed the trip, you can bet it!.
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Artist: OLDMAN
Title: two heads bis bis
Format: CD
Label: Low Impedance (@)
Rated: *****
I didn't know that much about Charles Eric Charrier until I've found he had some recordings out on glorious labels such as Sub Rosa. The entire release has been recorded and composed by him with the help of a bunch of top classy musicians helping on drums, trumpet, acoustic guitar, congas and samples. When I say classy musicians I really mean it, mr Charrier puts together a wonderful collection of smart tracks without leaving passion and pathos back home, what do I mean with it? I just wonna say experimental musicians sometimes are so absorbed in the research of a cool/smart sound or idea that forget that musicality and emotion don't necessary diminish the deepness of the composition. Sure I imagine many musicians are so worried to appear uncompromising that keep far from a "normal sequence" of notes as if it was the worst of the deadly sins, but we're all glad to see Oldman is not part of this category. Experimental music with an experimental feel, a post-jazz, avant-rock feel with an interesting use of electronic solutions. Oldman reminded me some old accessible but experimental releases on Tzadik records by people like Marc Ribot, David Shea (not the classic works) and of course some recording on Sub Rosa or some of those weird instrumental projects like On Fillmore, Ultralyd and many others, not that it's similar but I think this project has the same great spirit and attitude. Music for the sake of music, sound for the sake of sound, nothing is there just for the sake of being cool, everything is functional to the composition, everything is there to create a catchy atmosphere. Hard to describe an instrumental release with so many influences but I can't but recommend you to give a listen, this cd is relaxing and deep at the same time and bring together some simple but amazing sound combinations.
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Artist: LIQUIDATED ERROR
Title: We Want To Believe
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Pale Music
Rated: *****
Released the year after "Split", WE WANT TO BELIEVE has been the final release for Liquidated Error. Pressed on CD-r always as a 200 copies run, the album contains four new tracks that sound different compared to the ones coming from the previous recordings. Since from the opening track "Tunguska 1908", the duo opted for a mix of 70s cosmic ambient/industrial music dismissing any kind of percussion. The rhythm, now, is headed by bleeps, synth waves and noises (check at this purpose the third track "Engine room" where a sort of alarm sound is the background for distorted synth blasts and similar sounds) and this make turn the atmosphere similar to an industrial factory of the previous release into a deserted land where UFOs landed and aliens used every human form for their experiments. WE WANT TO BELIEVE offers a wider range of atmospheres/emotions and show a band that ended their experience just when thy started to find a personal path different from the "in your face" approach of some industrial music.
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Artist: LIQUIDATED ERROR / RAGNAR
Title: Split
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Pale Music
Rated: *****
Originally released in 2002 on a limited edition of 200 CD-rs, SPLIT saw Liquidated Error and Ragnar (personal project of one half of Liquidated Error who was also in Gerechtigkeits Liga) giving their personal vision of industrial music. Performing five tracks each, we have Liquidated Error blending noise (distorted vocals mixed with industrial noises), industrial percussions and drones while Ragnar presents a mix of industrial and power noise where distorsion is the main element. Only "Seawaves" goes for a different approach where menacing distorted bass lines are mixed with noises that recall the sound of tides. This reissue is brought you by Pale Music (and this is an unconventional release for the label since they usually put out different sounds) as digital download which is available from the usual stores such as Amazon, iTunes, etc.
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Artist: MATTHEW OSTROWSKI & GEORGE CREMASCHI
Title: KRK acusm
Format: CD
Label: Acheulian Handaxe (@)
Rated: *****
This impro duo is based on the quite common line-up of a "normal instrument" player (George Cremaschi on contrabass and analog electronics) and a laptop musician (Matthew Ostrowski) but considering the fact they both are in for the use of electronics and for radical improvisation, you can bet we're not in front of a soft wishy-washy work a la Alva Noto and Sakamoto. There's an intense use of high pitched frequencies while in most of the cases it's really hard to recognize the original sound of the contrabass, despite its radical impro-nature in most of the tracks they have an organic evolution which means you'll hardly hear sudden stops or those fragmented impro structures come out from free-jazz. Sometimes they're concentrated on a dialogue (Mateotechny), sometimes they melt together to create a whole range of sounds and frequencies, above all when they immerse heavily into electronic music like in Humpenscrump. Despite the contrabass grooves in most of the songs they sound really abstract and far from melody, at the same time abstraction don't force them to be too cold, infact they're both able to build up tension here and there and they also create a hell of an atmosphere. An intense cd with some interesting episodes, even if not all of the tracks are able to maintain the same pathos, by the way consider we're always talking about first class improvisers.


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