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Artist: Nokalypse (@)
Title: OCEAN OF INEXISTENCE
Format: CD
Label: TRIPLE BATH (@)
Rated: *****
"Ocean of Inexistence" is the third album by Themis Pantelopoulos AKA Nokalypse out in a limited edition of 76 copies on the Triple Bath label. The atmosphere on the cdr is somehow bleak and gloomy but it would be misleading to call this dark ambient because it doesn't use any conventional sound of this genre. Nokalypse's strategy on this cd is to blend electroacoustic rumblings and Tangerine Dream-like synthlines with electronic pulses that will startle all those familiar with latest Xela, adding some piano here and there.
In the end there are many ideas and some of them are really good, but the overall feeling is that the composition is still a bit harsh and the album far too eclectic for my taste.
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Artist: AGENT SIDE GRINDER
Title: Agent Side Grinder
Format: 7"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Heading from Sweden, Agent Side Grinder is a duo who perform their songs using only analog synths and a drum machine. Also on their gigs they don't use even backing tapes and the "special effects" are reproduced live using tape loops. The two tracks on this limited 7", "Me, me and me" and "Ricocheting Memories", are minimal electronic tracks in the tradition of bands like Suicide (this is the comparison which fits most) and Throbbing Gristle. The tracks don't have many melodic changes and their sound is characterized by a central theme with slight changes of the background sound effects where the overwhelming despair of the cold vocals create that sensation you have listening to the old Cabaret Voltaire records. I also listened to their other tracks on myspace and there, they sound a little more melodic. Check "Container baby traffic blues", I really appreciated that one.
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Artist: LINGUA FUNGI
Title: Tlapallan Pantonal
Format: CD
Label: War Office Propaganda (@)
Rated: *****
Started back in 2001 in Finland as a personal musical project by Jaakko Padatsu, Lingua Fungi is releasing its second album titled TLAPALLAN PANTONAL. Based on a personal interpretation of Central American mythology the album is mainly focused on the myth of Quetzalcoatl (from Wikipedia: "In Aztec religion, Quetzalcoatl was a benefactor god, considered a leader among the deities, that would come back after his departure to take back the empire") and a lot of sound used by Jaakko remind of the instruments of American ancient music tradition but they are used into an ambient industrial context which is, in this way, enriched by the contrast of synth pads and noises with flutes, guitars and percussions. The seven tracks of the album are able to involve the listener and carry him through mysterious lands. Sometimes the ambient drones take a hold on the other sounds but once the music starts being joined by percussions and stuff the magic starts again...
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Artist: SLEEPRESEARCH FACILITY
Title: Deep Frieze
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Fourth SleepResearch Facility's release and second CD for Cold Spring, DEEP FRIEZE is a sort of concept album based on the idea of creating a soundtrack for an Antarctic scenario (its catch phrase reported inside the foldout booklet is "there is a certain comforting warmth in the encroaching slumber of hypothermia"). The five tracks, which are titled after geographic coordinates (like "79ºS 83ºW" or "72ºS 49ºE"), are long cold minimal ambient suites where sometimes some subtle melodies surface. For sure the aim of creating a sense of cold isolationism has been reached but sometimes I have the feeling that the effect's research made lose the point about the sound. The sibilant sounds are overwhelming and the slow growth of the tracks' structure make you feel them a little static. I'm not telling that this is a weak point but I'd like to point this out just to warn the listener about the experience he's going to have as the tracks are like movements of a long suite which for the whole album length will make you feel stuck underwater, under the ice, struggling for your life where the only sound is created by the pressure of the water and by the moving icebergs.
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Artist: DEADBURGER (@)
Title: c' ancora vita su Marte
Format: CD
Label: Goodfellas
Rated: *****
A weird cd for the average target of this webzine, but it's 2007 we're a bunch of good folks and we can take almost everything even if that doesn't imply you've to submerge our mailboxes of releases... honestly it's already too hard. This one is one of those releases sung in italian language with an unconventional "poppy" attitude, probably nothing intentionally mainstremam but Deadburger has all those characteristics that could push the band between the new italian indie sensation like it happened with Offlaga Disco Pax, Bluevertigo or Bugo. Being a "weird" (nor fish nor flash somehow) release, with that bit of irony and with electronics it also made me think to that masterpiece titled "Il cucchiaio infernale" that a while ago had shown the incredible talent of R.U.N.I (believe me, if this world was really round these guy with a record like that should have become rich). The first approach with "c'è ancora vita su marte" was so and so, but this an ok cd, I've been too quick to judge, infact this’ much smarter and more inspired than the many demential/ironic band looking for a chart-climber single. I don't think these guys have the chart-climber, but this effort is well done, well recorded and well produced, it reminded me of R.U.N.I., Devo, some Bluvertigo for the fact they all mix a bit of electronica with a indie-melodic-whatever-rock attitude. If it was still the end of Y2K this could have been on Consorzio Produttori Indipendenti for the fact it now follows the footsteps becoming the modern answer to Utsmamò and above all to Acid Folk Alleanza but also something of Cccp. Not my cup of tea but with some good points.



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