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Artist: Gerstein (@)
Title: La Pomata Delle Femmine
Format: CD
Label: Purity / Noisebrigade (@)
Rated: *****
Originally issued on tape with two editions on Bekko Bunsen (1989)and Slaughter Prod.(1991), this is the first cd release of Gerstein's" La Pomata Delle Femmine". Those familiar with Gerstein's later wavey/synthpop excursions will be puzzled hearing this one because five of the six tracks here are deeply meditative piano improvisations - and the sixth one called "Lo Scarabeo Alato" is an amazing industrial piece with sounds taken from the movie "The Blind Terror" (WoW!) showing the harsher and more experimental side of Gerstein. All the tracks titles are taken from the Egyptian Book of The Dead and the cdr comes with a 5 pages writing about Egyptian Magic by Professor Enzo Abrile (in Italian language). There are also six bonus tracks recorded live in Tourin in a 1989 gig (no info about the titles of the song, the precise date or the venue). Good old days... PS. Sorry Maurizio for the massive delay!
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Artist: 1997EV (@)
Title: Dead.Ends.Sinful
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Rated: *****
Listening to DEAD.ENDS.SINFUL I imagine 1997EV as a collective whose aims are unknown to me. Their tracks sound like industrial folk suites. Mantras of a new decadent era which with their obsessive growing create a soundtrack to a primitive ritual. If you listen to the ten minutes of "Lucifile eins" and "G-rays violet" you'll find some similitude with the long psychedelic nihilism of Velvet Underground. If there's a place where apocalyptic-folk and Kraut rock met, somewhere near you could find 1997EV with their hypnotic tracks made raping acoustic guitars, violins, percussions, electric guitars and adding treated sounds which form a psychedelic background. If you don't want to adventure into long suites, try "A dark sides miracle" (the only track which have a semi song structure) and you'll met Current 93, of the third album era, drinking a tea at the Madcap table but if you loved the "Lucifer rising" soundtrack try the closing "Alder sides epsylons part I".
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: The Perils Of Paradise
Format: 12"
Label: Elite Pop (@)
Distributor: Tesco
Rated: *****
Elite Pop isn't a really active label but its releases have a concept. This time the label picked up a track titled "The perils of paradise" by and obscure Dutch minimal Dutch project and gave it to Echo West, ICK and to Terroritmo. The original track was referring to visions of an utopian society criticizing at the same time the Western society which is seen like a "make belief paradise" by some. The 12" opens with the original track which will recall to your ears the early industrial noise bands of the 80's, while Echo West, kept the original track as background for the opening of their industrial wave version adding lyrics and some melody. A nice way of re-working it... ICK, true to his cold analogue industrial approach, substituted the industrial factory noises with analogue synth distorted waves and added filtered vocals, shaping the original track into a cold alienated track. Terroritmo based their version treated vocals on the first half of the track, building a similar rhythm structure which originally was played by machines. On the second half, the track is enriched by some light and subtle rhythms, vocals chants and few noise layers, turning the track into a tense crescendo. Interesting and LIMITED release. Check it...
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Artist: Life Without Buildings
Title: Live At The Annandale Hotel
Format: CD
Label: Gargleblast Records (@)
Rated: *****
"Live @ Annadale" is a posthumous live album by the Glaswegian cult band Life Without Buildings. Named after a Japan b-side, LWB released just a handful of singles and just one amazing album 'Any Other City' in a three-year lifespan.
After a brief introduction the gig kicks off with an unreleased track called "Liberty Feelup", which serves as a warm-up for the upcoming performance. Often compared with UK postpunk acts with female vocals as Delta 5 and Au Pairs, I think that there's a lot more to them - i.e. you can hear the energy burst of fellow Scottish postpunk divinities Josef K on the striking version of "14 Days" and the amazing "The Leanover". Sue's voice sometimes is shaky when she speaks to the crowd revealing an unexpected shyness but when she sings she's much more agressive than on the studio recordings. It's been five years since they broke up and after hearing this live document you'll probably find yourself asking 'what if...'. For sure they were more than just cute postpunk revivalists.
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Artist: Kazuya Ishigami (@)
Title: jun yin 2 - pilgrimage of sound 2 - abhorrence
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: neus-318
Distributor: C.U.E. records
Rated: *****
The second chapter of Kazuya Ishigami's "Pilgrimage Of Sound Series" is focused on the 'abhorrence' for the human kind (hell yeah!) - the two long tracks are an unnerving patchwork of analogue and digital loops. The sound here is so high pitched and piercing that I had to stop listening to thiswith headphones. It's not an easy journey but in the end you'll be fulfilled by this transcendental exploration.
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