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Artist: Beehatch (@)
Title: Brood
Format: CD
Label: Lens records (@)
Distributor: Morphius Records (US World) / Cargo Records (UK/Europe) / Arabesque Distribution (UK/Europe)
Rated: *****
Chicago based Lens records released the new (second) CD by Bee hat ch, which is a project by prominent musicians/producers Mark Spybey (Zoviet*France, Download, Dead Voices on Air, Propeller, Rapoon, Reformed Faction) and Phil Western (Kone, Download, Frozen Rabbit, Floatpoint, Plateau). Take into account their cumulative experience of outside remixes and collaborations with Jarobe (Swans), Mick Harris (Scorn), James Plotkin, Jean-Yves Theriault (Voivod), cEvin Key and Dwayne Goettel (Skinny Puppy), Genesis P. Orridge (Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV), Not Breathing, The Legendary Pink Dots, Tommy Grenas (Aubian Lights, Nik Turner's Hawkwind), Chris Connelly, Martin Atkins (Killing Joke, Pigface, Public Image Ltd., Ministry) Teargarden, Elliot Sharp, I Am Spoonbender, Pigface, Can, Damo Suzuki, Faust, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Cluster Haronia, Michael Roterh, Dieter Moebius, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Bryan Adams, Tranquility Bass, Coal Chamber, Monster Magnet, Twilight Circus and many others... and you should know right away that these two are some of those rare breed of individuals with infinite drive and unlimited creative energy who manage to squeeze out soooo much more out of a day than the rest of us do.
Their collaborative sound is a mixture of experimental sounds, ambient textures, pop sensibility, ethereal new age, gloomy dark and spacey electronica. All of the projects they are part of and the people they worked with should already give you a very good idea of what you are in for, but if you are still confused and need a couple more names to add to your confusion, I'd say "Brood" might bring to mind (at different times) Beequeen, Autechre, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Jean Michel Jarre, Legendary Pink Dots, David Byrne, Brian Eno, David Bowie... but all of these are just vague and swiftly passing references, which would take the album out of context if you individually used them as the main or the only references. That is probably also part of the richness of "Brood" and of the unique sound it delivers. All in all this record is VERY diluted, slow, ethereal, outer worldly and mysterious sounding more than anything else. There are some vocals here and there (mostly male and dark, pretty Kaspel-ish, but also a couple distant female vocals). You can sort of tell that there are two minds at work, and extremely eclectic ones at that, but whoever of the two is more into the ambient soundscapes seems to have had the upper hand. Definitely an album worth checking out.
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Auto Reverse - Auto Tribute Compilation
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product (@)
Rated: *****
The idea behind this low price compilation is to celebrate the label by giving new life to Dekad, Celluloide and Foretaste songs (all of these bands have been reviewed here with almost every of their releases) by making other bands re-interpreting them (and between the various bands we have also the three aforementioned ones ). The interesting thing is that we don't have remixes but real covers and the good thing is that we have seventeen different songs. On the track list we have also some well known names such as Komputer, Sista Mannen Pa Jorden, Psyche + People Theatre, Joy Electric and The Rorschach Garden but also the ones that are new to me offer some great tunes. Even if we have seventeen different bands the label opted for an uniform result by inviting only electronic/electro pop projects. The best tracks to me are: Komputer version of Celluloide's "Incommunication", Joy Electric performance of Celluloide's "People like me", Even More version of Celluloide's "I missed you", Celluloide version of Dekad's "Dive", Foretaste version of Dekad's "Down below", Neues Kombinat version of Celluloide's "I am fine" and Destillat electro dark treatment of Dekad's "Club devil". This is a compilation worth the purchase anyway but it costs only 7, so give you a favor getting good music and... support the label!