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Artist: AUN (@)
Title: Mule
Format: CD
Label: Oral Records (@)
Rated: *****
AUN is Martin Dumais (also playing with Les Jardiniers ) - one of the prime movers of the experimental music scene in Montreal - a scene that spawned many talented performers. The music that AUN creates is released via Oral Records, a Canadian label home to projects such as CM Von Hausswolf, Joe Colley and the two superb Monoton re-issues. "Mule" is the first of his works to be published and it can be described as post-ambient with an experimental edge. There's melodies in there too and the canvas is different for every track. This music might be largely reprocessed by a computer but it's paradoxically "authentic" as played on a guitar or a piano and this makes Mule a particularly intense and emotional experience.
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Artist: ISIS SIGNUM (@)
Title: Heartbreaker
Format: CD EP
Label: Advanced Synergy (@)
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
This is surely another Mexican sensation, because Helder Camberos, the man behind ISIS SIGNUM, has created his own label with Advanced Synergy and ISIS SIGNUM can be surely named being the flagship of it. There’s electronic music available aside the harsh EBM/Electro rush provided by the big names like HOCICO, both of their side-projects RABIA SORDA and DULCE LIQUIDO, plus AMDUSCIA. ISIS SIGNUM can be sorted into the Future- and Synthpop-genre, while Helder’s project likes to point out that this style is Future-Clash-Sound, and he has recently built a side-division of his Advanced-Synergy-label to bring out all related releases under this moniker. The music of ISIS SIGNUM can be named as a high-skilled form of modern Synth-Electronica, which also likes to play with different styles like Trance or Techno. While Helder likes to concentrate completely on the music and the compositions, he adds mostly female guest vocalists to accomplish his tracks. "Heartbreaker" is the first release of a series consisting of two EP’s (this one and the upcoming title "Communication") and the coming album "Electrosensual", which comes itself in a paper box-set and an additional CD featuring remix works. The complete set finally consists of four different CD’s which all have some good content to offer, on which I will refer soon. Coming back to "Heartbreaker", which features the guest vocals of the well-known German diva SARA NOXX, this EP offers 5 different versions of this track plus a specially produced video clip. That Helder is able to produce such multimedia-CD’s speaks for the growing meaning and professionalism behind his work. The track "Heartbreaker" can convince with its panned bass lines plus a nice doze of extra-percussion elements, while Sara’s vocals remain cold. Additional remixes got provided by the well-known Belgian institution IMPLANT (excellent work, Len!) and rather unknown artists like LIA ORGANA & ELECTRIC PRINCE out of Greece, ACCORDING TO PHILLIP and PELTON, both hailing out of Norway. "Symmetry" is another piece available in two different and remixed versions here, which work as teasers of the upcoming full-length album and features Sara’s vocals, while "Unrestricted" is an exclusively produced so-called b-side for this EP. I think that the often used comparison of SARA to the legend ANNE CLARK has never been that been provided that obviously like on this track. Finally the last track "Energy", originally available on the ISIS SIGNUM-debut "Sigma Infinite", which got remixed here by the Mexican FERMIN AGUILERA. A lot of modern Electronica music to discover, just check out and give it a try. Soon more about this act...
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Artist: BOEOES KAELSTIGEN (@)
Title: Pan European
Format: 12"
Label: Adrian Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Released and pressed as a good old white-colored vinyl-only 12 inch Maxi-Single, this is the debut release of the Swedish duo BOEOES KAELSTIGEN. Both protagonists, Tor and Leo, have met in class for rhetoric and found out, that they have mutual interests in music, Giorgio Moroder as being a favorite, and futuristic things. Musically based into the wide field of Techno and/or Progressive-House they provide 4 rhythmically tracks in a rather sedating and entertaining way. It’s not that fast-paced "Technodrome"-terror-syndrome which tries to track down the 180 bpm, the instrumental music of BOEOES KAELSTIGEN can seduce with its razor-sharp bass lines and a solid rhythm pattern work. After a huge success with thousands of plays at the MySpace-community of the first track of this duo ever, "Frasit", they got picked up by different radio stations and made some successful gigs in Bern/Switzerland or at the renowned Arvika-festival in Sweden. "Frasit" is of course available here and can be named next to "Spectre" to be the outstanding work of the duo. The last piece "Flir" then seems to be a re-animation of some typically 303-bass-line-sounds and exaggerates this a bit. Two additional remix works provided by both Swedish Techno/Electronica-experts Tomas Andersson and Anders Ekbert (PLUXUS) are available, if you decide to purchase this item on a digital downloading procedure. A lot of good initiatives for this duo which has recently started a music-career. There’s more to come – recommend, if you’re in this music genre.
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Artist: Kenji Siratori (@)
Title: Death Creature
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
This is surely a very prominent addition to the roster of the German SkullLine label. Audio results and co-compositions could lately be heard very often by this Japanese Cyberpunk artist, at least Kenji Siratori was available as a guest on PRIDE AND FALL’s latest full-length album "In My Time Of Dying". Kenji’s own compositions of course like to drift in different styles and moods. It’s generally static Ambient, which ranges from eerie to harsh-metallic, Experimental and Noise, also comparisons to some Cold-Meat-acts can work as a reference. This "Death Creature"-album offers 4 tracks simply entitled "Zero", "One", "Two" and "Three", and each of them clocks over 10 minutes playing times. All tracks feature a voice performance by Kenji, but it isn’t like singing, it’s rather a kind of imploring murmur by using a stereo effect. While the tracks "Two" and "Three" follow rather the static and harsh path, "Zero" appeals the most with a kind of ominous-sounding melodic and repetitive signature. Since Kenji has made himself a good name especially in the past months, this extremely limited and hand-numbered item (only 50 exemplars) should be gone immediately – in other words: Hurry up, drop a mail to SkullLine and ask for availability of this release.
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Artist: VON THRONSTAHL
Title: Sacrificare
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
SACRIFICARE is the newest Von Thronstahl album. It was first issued by Fasci-Nation the last spring as a deluxe limited edition and now is re-issued by Cold Spring in two edition: a digipack containing the same songs of the previous edition and a limited to 1000 edition with an exclusive 3" CD containing exclusive mixes from the Von Thronstahl tracks which appeared on the "Pessoa - Cioran" CD. Those of you who already own the previous albums by this particular band (Josef K started his musical "career" into post punk bands just to form, like Death In June, a contradictory a project where European identity meet fascist/military iconography fascination) will for sure note that this is the most melodic and homogeneous album to date and this for sure will help gathering new fans. The new tracks, thanks to the guitar/vocals/percussions well balanced formula, are able to create a new mixture where post punk and new-folk cohabit with ease. Even if the tracks have a song approach, the band didn't totally lose their will to experiment but instead of doing it with sounds (see their use of orchestral samples into the previous releases) they did it with the songwriting. So, we have Joy Division of "Walked in line" covered with different lyrics on "Dressed in black uniforms", Who guitar riffs coming from Tommy's "Pinball wizard" on "Occidental identity" and Aphrodite Child's "The four horsemen" refrain on "The four horsemen of the apokalypse". The band did a good job by mixing everything with their distinctive sound and you won't notice with ease the different sources (the first time I only noticed the "Walked in line" melody). Catholic identity, modern times' decay and post punk approach find their place into the Von Thronstahl songs and bring to the new-folk genre a bit of freshness.
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