Music Reviews



Artist: Ghost in the House
Title: Ghost in the House
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Edgetone Records (@)
Distributor: IOD Alliance
Rated: *****
Mixing the sounds of oboe, English horn, lap steel guitar, and various percussion instruments Ghost in the House (David Michalak-lap steel guitar, buffalo drum; Karen Stackpole-gongs, percussion; Kyle Bruckmann-oboe, English horn; Tom Nunn-crustacean, water phone & other original invemtions) creates an exotic world of ancient ritual and lysergic tableau. I lean towards ancient Egypt, but you may hear something else. Very dreamlike at times, as in good or bad dream. Regardless, a very different trip in whatever way you want to understand the word.
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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