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Artist: POSITION PARALLELE
Title: Position Parallele
Format: CD
Label: Hau Ruck! (@)
Distributor: Tesco Germany
Rated: *****
Position Parallele is a French duo which see Pierre Pi and Geoffroy D. (of Derniere Volonte) dealing with dark electronic pop tunes. Deeply influenced by 80's electro, Position Parallele on their self titled album propose eight minimalistic songs which mix cold wave atmospheres and electro pop attitude. Most of the tracks have a basic rhythm, a simple bass line and few other synths with Geoffroy singing his French lyrics (which unfortunately I don't understand. Only few things here and there but I can't say what they are about). Try to imagine Soft Cell playing Die Form and you'll have quite well the idea of what you'll find on this great album. At first it sounded strange to me to hear Geoffroy vocal style on electronic tunes because I'm used to hear it on neo-folk music so I allowed me to wait another day to listen to it the second time. The second listening I tried to focus on music without being distracted by a voice I already knew and I have to admit that the tracks are really great and they are able to create cold atmospheres without being too isolationistic. Try "Fortune" or the short "George - Arachnee" and you'll be instantaneously absorbed by a mixture of dark pop and melancholic electro. Try some songs on their Myspace and order your copy!
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Artist: SENSUS (@)
Title: humanomaly
Format: CD
Label: Ressonus (@)
Rated: *****
Damn the packaging is really rad, simple but really classy: tip of hat to this Czech label for having assembled it and having demonstrated again you can do an interesting packaging also without big amounts of money. Since it would be stupid to limit yourself judging a book just by the cover, let’s speak about the music. For what concern what I’ve heard I’ve a split sensation since it’s well done and interesting, sure, but not always focused. This cd features a weird bland of industrial electronic music, samples coming from movies (or sort of) and various mixed influences. The final result is quite strange, I mean it reminded me of some forgotten bands from the late eighties early nineties like Matanza/T.I.T., Nightmare Lodge or some other classics on label such as like Minus Habens but just a bit re-actualized according to a more modern aesthetics. Sensus offers with the apocalyptic cocktail many of you may appreciate and he works with cyclical loops following some industrial clichés but he’s also a strange rhythmical edge to complicate the whole thing. A work with ups and downs.
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Artist: IN MY ROSARY (@)
Title: 15
Format: CD
Label: Syborgmusic (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Formed 15 years ago and after 15 releases, In My Rosary are releasing their new album titled...15. It's quite some time I didn't listen to their music and I must say that I quite enjoyed their new album. Despite the lack of homogeneity of the track-list (you can find wave, acoustic, electro songs which make it sound like a collection of songs more than else), the duo formed by Ralf Jesek (music, voice, instruments, programming) and Dirk Lakomy (lyrics and graphics) is presenting to the audience a new collection of sixteen nice tracks ("Just like you" and "G.t." are new version of songs that Ralf wrote for his other old band Derriere Le Miroir) which are capable to switch atmospheres and sounds with any problem at all. In My Rosary are good at passing from acoustic dark ballads ("A waste of pain", "G.t."), electro dark pop tunes ("Just like you", "Demo"), wave with some electronics ("Bitter fall", "Believe/Because) or blending them all together. As bonus you can find three remixes "Satin sheets" by Eternal Nightmare, "Short dance" by Tobias Bierkenbeil and "There's no light" by Syria) which present the songs revisited into an electronic key. As another bonus, you can download some special mp3s from their website (also their first E.P.) by writing one of the code you find into the CD booklet.
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Artist: VERHÖREN
Title: Death is Safe
Format: CD
Label: Final Muzik
Rated: *****
Verhören was the solo project of US artist Justin Ward, who called it quits last November apparently due to a personal and artistic crisis. That's a bit sad, since this debut (210 copies, pro-looking cdr, digipack sleeve) features some good inputs, and is surely above average. Verhören plays dark ambient in a very musical/melodic way: most tracks feature recognizable keyboard melodies besides the expected noises, rumbles and samples. Ward says he's influenced by doom and gothic as well, and it shows - though still talking of largely droning and instrumental compositions, the names of Skepticism and Lycia have not been tossed in vain. Depressed and elegiac melodies for sure, closer to funeral doom than to, say, Lustmord or Inade. I have appreciated the liquid textures of "Neptune Bleeding", and the captivating keys+drums progression of "Alone in Autumn", while other tracks sound a bit redundant to my ears - but then, it's a matter of tastes, since I'm not a huge fan of Projekt-style wave either. Good depressing background music to drop out for a while, anyway.
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Artist: M.B.
Title: Regel
Format: CD
Label: Final Muzik
Rated: *****
One of Maurizio Bianchi's most representative works, "Regel" (1982) is finally re-released with a new layout by Final Muzik, re-taking the remastered version issued by Alga Marghen in 1998, featuring the two sides of the original LP and the "Acido prussico" track from the "Neuengamme" sampler (Broken Flag, 1982). Let's say that "Regel" perfectly combines the two opposite/complementary sides of M.B.'s sonic research at that time: brutal noise stabs and cold, deranged machinery-like loops on one side, and dismal synth patterns, with vague melodic hints, on the other. I've written "opposite/complementary" because, while in other releases the characteristics are more polarized, here they frequently collide, giving birth to a monstruous wall of sound. There are some abrupt changes, probably deriving from largely improvised sessions, that make track 1 sound like a broken, out of control mechanism, while disturbed frequencies and echoes streak the dull synth lines of the filpside. As a whole, I can only see M.B.'s early phase as a sick, cancerous organism eating itself out. Possibly the perfect record to understand how the anti-musician Bianchi built a bridge between some of the most autistic performers of the Kraut era (Schnitzler, Kluster, Sesselberg) and the growing industrial circuit, especially the inhuman Come/Broken Flag hordes.
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