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Artist: ART BLEEK
Title: Night tales EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Eevo Nexteevolute.com (@)
Rated: *****
Arthur Pochon started his musical studies when he was a kid at age 9 when he went to the conservatory to study saxophone and music theory. His biography continues telling that in 1996, he left to Boston '92s Berklee College Of Music on a full scholarship to attend their summer music program. This trip proved to be a life-changing experience and gave direction to Arthur\'92s artistic choices. Starting in 1997, he found employment in major Paris recording studios where he developed his knowledge of the recording and mixing processes. In 2001 he started to play as Art Bleek and released his first album in 2004 with British label Loungin '92 Recordings. Now he works with many labels such as Rush Hour Records (The Netherlands), Connaisseur Recordings (Germany), Resopal Red (Germany), Kubism Records (Germany), etc. For Eevo Next he just released a new six tracks EP (one of them is a Terrace remix of "Sonorcade ") titled NIGHT TALES. The tracks shows really well his taste for multi layered rhythmical patterns and creative use of vocal samples. The result is an hypnotic kind of minimal techno with bouncing rhythms, bleeps and looped melodies.
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Artist: Mauerbrecher
Title: The Brightest Heaven of Invention
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: The Fossil Dungeon
Distributor: KlickTrack
Rated: *****
New Medieval music from The Fossil Dungeon, this time with an electronic twist. Kyrie could be considered a dark Industrial version of the classical original. This blends nicely into the next track which gets a bit more traditional sounding but then I was hooked by track three, "Hortus Conclusus". This an electronically enhanced Medieval track that will make you want to get up and jig’. This instantly went into my iPod favorites with five stars. I’ve played the track several times since listening to the album for this review already! Another great standout track is "Bagpipe Torture", a very odd mixture of Industrial and Techno influences with bagpipes. "Hagios Alexios" is a bit more traditional sounding and incorporates some great Medieval flute. The third standout in my opinion is "Metsaltir". This has some great hand drums and strings and is very Arabian/Persian influenced sounding. I love Middle-Eastern textures! "Backwoods" is very dark and brooding, a stark contrast to most of the album, and includes some electronic ambience which makes it sound like it could have come from a movie soundtrack. "Carmen Vernale" begins sounding like a May Faire and then electronics are added to take it into a more modern feel while maintaining the overall Renaissance/Medieval instrumentation and composition. Overall, this album is highly unique and very insteresting! I highly suggest it to anyone interested in various forms of music from Renaissance to Industrial
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Artist: L’Ensemble Deux et Compagnie
Title: Pelerinage
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: The Fossil Dungeon
Distributor: KlickTrack
Rated: *****
Pelerinage is a Medieval music release from The Fossil Dungeon label, mostly known for it’s gothic, darkwave, and neo-folk releases. L’Ensemble Deux et Compagnie is an Anglo/French ensemble from France. Their music tunes are varied but overall the album is like taking a step into the Middle Ages. Some tracks, like "Bizzaria d’amore", make me think of walking through the Bizzarre of shops. Others are like visiting a Medieval cathedral. Overall, this is a beautiful collection of works that will have strong appeal to anyone interested in the Renaissance and early Baroque period where these come from. Fans of the middle-ages or Renaissance Faire will be excited to add this to their collections! I have often looked for this type of music but not usually with any success aside from the few pieces one might find in the Classical music section. However, the works here are much more appealing and, in my humble opinion, sound more artistically performed and more authentic!
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Artist: Z'EV
Title: Sum Things
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Z'ev can't be filed as music player because his pefrmormances have always been linked to a theme or are the sum of kabbalistic formulas. He calls this process "Rhythmajick" and he explains it like this: "Z'ev has radically reformulated the mystical tradition commonly known as the Qabalha from an Astral/Cosmological focus, to an Earth-based paradigm, in harmony with the needs of our current time. It requires no knowledge of the Qabalha, nor does it assume or call for a prior knowledge of any of the traditional literatures". SUM THINGS contains six tracks and it follows the same path of Z'ev classic recordings as it deals with natural elements. Each track has been recorded at Anstey Road in Peckham during the 12/2005 ÷ 3/2006 period and they are based on a single sound source which hasn't been treated or mixed into a studio. We don't have further explanations about the creation process except the phrase "A possible form for cold dark matter". With titles like "z = -(Es+E3 )", "e = v~z!uEv~z " or "v= (P2 - p1)/t" the album doesn't sound like his previous ones as the sound is less crisp but his metallic percussion style is always present even if it sounds like recorded during a magnetic thunder. Check some sound excerpts at the label's website.
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Artist: EA SILENCE (@)
Title: cono di ombra e di luce
Format: CD
Label: Amirani (@)
Rated: *****
This’ the last release of the new Amirani lot that I happen to review and for jesus sake if it took time for me to face it... why? I don’t know if you’re confident with the materials featuring musicians involved in Grim collective (EAOrchestra, EAQuartett, EaSilence), but it’s mostly contemporary music where nothing (or almost nothing) happens by chance and we’re dealing with the category of dead serious materials therefore light-hearted music fans "leave you hopes behind!". I can see you yawning from behind your computer screen while cornering this review cause of the "dead serious" label, but holy shit this’ "just" A-division, this’ not another pseudo-intellectual-contemporary bunch of wonnabies and you won’t take that many listenings to agree with me. If a curriculum still means something, this trio features Alessio Pisani (bassoon, contra-bassoon) and Mirio Cosottini (trumpet, flugelhorn, slide trumpet) coming from EAQuartett, EaSilence etc. and Luca Cartolari (live-electronics, electric bass) from Anatrofobia’s fame, the whole is equal to the sum of its parts? Not exactly but it may give an hint. While during the early tracks of the release they may give the impression they voluntarily encaged themselves into a score where the horn-section rules the scene, if you listen to the whole thing carefully I’m sure you can’t but notice electronics is there and sure bass is even more evident when it breaks into the scene. I think in many fragments of the second half of the work horns leave the unison-formula for a more dialogical modus operandi and where bass frequencies (be it bass or electronics) building up tension (ExMod2, Avvio) help reaching the climax of the emotional impact. Hard to find direct references even if you here and there you’ll find so many "quotes" from this or that composer, but beside that there’s a genuine blend where a couple of clean and tight-knit horns float imperturbably their way in a calm sea where electronics and bass are playing near the keel of the boat like dolphins usually do attracted by the foam. I will adopt again this sea metaphor since it goes really well to describe the profundity of this music which may be as frightening as the realization of the depth of the sea where the light gradually fades while going toward the bottom of the "bed". Everything is so self-controlled and so quiet in the execution that the impression of imperturbability is so vivid, add in the majority of the tracks they pass from abstraction and sofisticated musical frameworks to really dramatic segments they display no fear to leave room and silence and you know pauses sometimes can be louder than ten thousands notes, substantially this trio, differently from a lot of wallpaper music, takes time to reach the core of significance. Be it I’m not the most take it easy person in the whole world, but this series of compositions sometimes has left me with a strong sensation of loss or maybe it’s just sadness, I think beside the synergy of the player what they managed to bring forth is the impression of being trapped into a solitary journey. Every note has been played with patience, every sound takes its time and its position on the canvas like objects in a De Chirico’s painting and I be damned if "Cono di ombra e luce" (which stands for "Shadow and light cone") doesn’t give the impression of being the soundtrack of a surrealist showcase: time is melting away, geometry gets slowly distorted into a kaleidoscope everything looks as a parallel dimension. A surrealist cd? Somehow... but much more than this.


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