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Artist: LES KLEBS
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Ouie/Dire
Distributor: Metamkine
Rated: *****
Les Klebs are a French improv/electroacoustic quintet featuring Xavier Charles (clarinet), David Chiesa (double bass), Jean Pallandre (phonography), Marc Pichelin (analog synth) and Laurent Sassi ("diffusion and spatialization", which is not a boutade this time-it IS there). The single-track, 37'43" cd begins with a dense pulp of sustained tones, glassy synth frequencies, wailing winds and sputtered field recordings, and goes on with this formula, an everchanging mix of radical improv (the one you'd expect from the Creative Sources catalogue, which some of the performers have often graced), barely controlled electronics and odd concrète sources, from frogs to cascades of tweeting birds to a cuckoo clock (!). The interplay is always tight and inventive, resulting in one of the best leftfield improv records I've listened to in the last few months; same goes for the crisp and detailed audio quality. The cd is released in Ouie/Dire "Phonographic envelopes" series, coming in an A5 PVC pocket with a bizarre comic book, which should appeal to fans of art brut. In the often yawn-inducing, uneventful niche of electroacoustic improvisation, this is a keeper.
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Artist: THOMAS NÍLA ET SON ORCHESTRE (@)
Title: !Vanity Is A Sin!
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Already known for their soundtracks of "The doctor" and "The wolves..." indie movies, Thomas Nola Et Son Orchestra with VANITY IS A SIN bring to the audience more of their dark cabaret extravaganza. If some tracks sound like an electronic and more bizarre version of early Nick Cave, some others sound like eerie folk songs. Sometimes too theatrical, the songs need their lyrics to be fully appreciated as the band's approach to music is based on dramatic transposition of life. Personally I appreciated most of the tracks (even if sometimes I needed a break) but I really liked the two experimental soundtracks contained into the Extra section of the CD (you can find seven mp3s and all the lyrics of the album): "The Edison elephant" and the following "John Singleton Copley" are able to create an incredible B-movie atmosphere which recalled me the best Hammer movies of the '70s. The live tracks "Henry Pelham", "The Crumbs are the Cure" and "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön - Reprise" are partially creating the weird semi psychedelic sound of the album but they sound more focused and less "alcoholic".
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Artist: DETUNE-X
Title: Purevil
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Born as a solo :Bahntier// side project, Detune-X with this new PUREVIL see the project become a duo thanks to Eric Van Wonterghem (Sonar, Monolith, Insekt). The twelve tracks of the album sound like a never ending party of industrial hypnotic sounds. Based mainly on rhythm variations the duo created a thick soundtrack like experience, blending rhythm layers, drones and some ambient solutions. Of the lot I preferred the tracks that had also some drones and samples because I like rhythm but when it become the main thing and the album turns into a modern tribal hypnotic experience I tend to lost my concentration but if you are into these sounds and you are picky about sound production, this could be the right one for you.
Oct 05 2007
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Artist: SOUNDGAZER (@)
Title: Screen Feel
Format: CD
Label: Pose 9 Entertainment
Rated: *****
Born from the ashes of Cysto, Soundgazer is the new project of Voytek Iwasiuk. The album SCREEN FEEL is his last production as a solo act because Soundgazer are now three people. Comparing Soundgazer to Cysto is evident that Voytek improved his skills into sound production and songwriting as the new project brings to the audience nine new e.b.m. tracks (tracks from 10 to 13 where included into Cysto's old CD) which are able to blend melody and rhythm in a convincing way ("Find" is a good example with that kind of stop and go moments where the song slows down a little just to start again its run). The only weak element left is his voice. If at first his angry but not distorted vocals can be seen as a distinctive element, after a couple of tracks it starts to be seen as the only thing that doesn't change into Soundgazer's sound. This vanishes a little the efforts he did into the creation of a nice musical background. If he would try to vary the vocals or recruit a new singer, the songs would gain a lot...
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Artist: KURSK (@)
Title: the truth in the head
Format: DVD
Label: Amirani (@)
Rated: *****
Wow, I think I deserve some respect here since before writing the final review of this dvd I've been watching it at least three or four times which in my book means I've given it lot's off attention!. The fact is the work and the concept behind it is to say it all: majestic, I dunno if you remember the whole tragedy of the russian sailors left choking in the dept of the sea but I've seen a couple of documentaries on it and I remember quite well the whole disaster. The other reason why it took me so much to digest the dvd is that not only the project is ambitious, but the final result is equally complex, infact the dvd featues some extras where Mimmo explanes how they’ve approached this work. To prevent you from thinking this’ gonna bore you to death, I’ve to say according to my personal taste that's one of the most interesting releases on Amirani. While most of the original sources for the visual part are well assembled I'm not completely convinced about all the effects used in the process of elaboration of the images, but that doesn't mean it won’t leave you dry. Though the primary "voices" involved in the realization of this soundtrack are soprano sax and trombone, the electronic insertions are really well calibrated and help dying neutrally every act of what sometimes has the feature of a theatrical play (a drama indeed). There’s something beautifully old fashioned in the music played for the score and surprise, surprise: differently from what one may expect it’s not sad or dark, but that’s also what I find it’s really personal of this work. With the exception of the electronic parts of the record, which usually are non intrusive and discrete, our "horn" duo ranges from abstract melodies to barely classical movements eluding the jazz background of Contini and Mimmo. Funny cause what initially could be a dangerous choice reveals to be the most unconventional decision and at the end of the dvd I’ve happened to think that they’ve given much more power to the images and to the story plot. The music has its autonomous life even when separated by its soundtrack essence and that’s good, by the way the majority of the "movements" are subsequential thus it’s quite different from those soundtrack where you have a recurring theme or songs that can be isolated from the whole musical context. Good work and above all music wise an enchanting release.
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