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Artist: MINILOGUE
Title: Animals The Movie
Format: DVD
Label: Cocoon Recordings
Rated: *****
Represented different times on the covers of Minilogue's records, their imaginary animals made mixing different real and not real animals are the main characters of most of the twelve videos contained into the ANIMALS THE MOVIE. The first thing that pops out is that for this project the track list differs from the one of the double CD edition and this helped into having a fluid cinematic sensation as music perfectly fits the digital animations of tracks like "Windows" or "Six arms and one leg" as well as the stop motion animation of "Hitchhiker's choice" (here you see Kristoffer Ström's hand creating thousands of strange animals and you can check how his vivid imagination make turn normal animals into particular and funny ones). ANIMALS THE MOVIE is an experience you have to try and I can only imagine how it would be projected on a big screen with the 5.1 sound you can also find on this DVD. I must admit that sometimes Minilogue minimal music sounds too "perfect" for my taste (sometimes I feel it a little cold) but with these mini movies, it turns into something really different. Check for example "Giant hairy super monster", where a stuffed mix of giraffe/elephant dances into what is seems to be a basement. You can check some videos at the band's website...
Artist: Hemlock Smith and Les Poissons Autistes (@)
Title: Three Times Dead
Format: CD
Label: Everest Records (@)
Rated: *****
The press material proclaims, "Tales, screams and songs, everything mixes up and is eventually devoured by the Noise. A voyage to the borders of a dream world... ." This project is a collaboration between Hemlock Smith and Les Poissons Autistes. According to the website, Hemlock Smith is the project of singer/songwriter Michael Frei, and his music is "somewhere between Pop, Rock, Folk and Jazz" with "darkly ironic stories, sung with a gentle voice." Contrast this with the description of Stéphane Babey and Philippe Simon of Les Poissons Autistes: soundscapes "recorded with guitar, bass, trumpet, accordion and beer cans, thereafter dismembered and lovingly reassembled in their laptops." This disk is an interesting mixture of spoken word and soundscapes. At times, the music functions more as background to the spoken word. These stories seem a combination of poetry and someone’s journal entries. "I Rehearse My Death Every Day" is a good example of this, with reminiscences of isolation: "I work all day at a job I don’t like amongst people I don’t care about listening to bad background music." But at other times, the voice is just as integral a part of the construction of a mood, such as in "The Flat Hands," where the distorted voice merely adds to the intensity of the slowly building, repetitive drones that create an atmosphere of oppression. The music is well matched to the mood, at times simple with lilting piano and other times noisy as hell. Overall, this is quite an enjoyable ride. This disc weighs in at about 52 minutes.
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Artist: Phragments (@)
Title: Earth Shall Not Cover Their Blood
Format: CD
Label: Malignant Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of this artist, but I always give stuff on Malignant Records the benefit of the doubt because they have an excellent track record and this album reconfirms that sentiment. The liner notes state that this album is "dedicated to all victims of genocide through the history of mankind," so you get the feeling that the music is going to be a bit intense. The music itself is a nice mix of martial percussion and heavy drones. When the vocals came in almost 10 minutes into the disc, I was not really expecting them, but it fits well. The singing, in the few tracks that there is some, is almost chanted rather than sung, often with added distortion thrown in here and there. Overall, this is dark, intense, cinematic music. The disc is packaged in a fold out digipak with beautifully ethereal artwork. Highly recommended. The album weighs in at about 46 minutes.
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Artist: Mandelbrot
Title: Thorns
Format: CD
Label: audiophob (@)
Rated: *****
According to the press release, "Thorns’ shows the rugged and surreal sides of nature: from cold, stormy nights of snow to the armed resistance of flora. Once again you will hear sophisticated Dark Ambient tracks between cold synth-pads and gloomy noise." I have to admit that I don’t really get that sense of nature in this. In fact, some of the tracks, like "Staring Holes into Walls" have more in common with the analogue bleeps and blips of Rothkamm than with anything alluding to nature, although "First Night in Snow" at least comes closer to having that vibe in a Harold Budd sort of way. This is one of those discs that plays tricks on you though. Just as you think you are settling in for some nice noisy dark ambient, it kicks in with some somewhat rhythmic noise in the second track (Thorny Hands). I don’t mean to say like Ant-Zen kind of stuff and I don’t mean noise like Merzbow, but more of a pulsing rhythm of machines kind of sound. I have to admit that I think it went on a bit too long in the same vein. But there is not a lot of consistency in style on this album - "When Solitude Remains" even has a kind of ethnic percussion feel to it – but it somehow manages to hang together. Perhaps for me the standout track is "Solitude Remains," a remix of a track by Grimbergen, and "Uncertain Roads," which both have a nice dark feel to them. Over all, this is a varied release and works well as background music for reading or writing. This disc weighs in at 63 minutes.
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Artist: Zero Degree
Title: The Inner Realm
Format: CD
Label: audiophob (@)
Rated: *****
As usual, I had not heard of this band, but the label’s bio states that this is a side project of nihil, who also records under the name Painslut. According to the press release that came with the disc, "The Inner Realm’ offers tight electronic sounds between dark ambient worlds and noisy technoid rhythms." OK, guilty as charged. The usual comparisons (Squaremeter, etc.) apply. This is a good mixture of atmosphere and driving beats, but unlike some similar bands (Sonar, Imminent Starvation) the beats do not become overpowering. Luminary is one of the standout tracks for me, with an interesting beat and a lot of atmosphere that gives the track depth. Overall, this is a pleasant listen but isn’t terribly demanding of the listener – think of it as easy listening for the Ant-Zen set. If you want a starting point for someone who has never considered this kind of music, this is a good place to start. This disc weighs in at 70 minutes.
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