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Artist: Lost Kingdom
Title: As the new Dawn Awakes
Format: CD
Label: Waerloga Records (@)
Rated: *****
Lost Kingdom is the kind of band that easy could fly under the radar.

If I had not written this review this would have happened:

The album "As the new dawn Awakes" put away in my collection of CDs and after ten years I find it.
And then when I listen to the album I will say, - what the hell is this? This is really good. When was it made?

When I then realize it was made ten years ago in the year 2008 I will be mad at myself that I back in the day (2008)
did not take the time to examin the album more closely and wrote a review. Why did I not listen that second time?

So, now back to(from) the future. Or back to the present altered now if you wish!
Confused? Me too.

I don´t put the album away (as I honestly was about to do after a very quick first look/listen) because I know I would
regret that later on.
Jens on Waerloga Records is a man that I trust and he told me to listen to this album again and also check out the project
a bit more closely. So, I did.

Ok, what did I know about this band? A Waerloga Records release (two releases on the same day) with a duo I only had heard on
the first Radio Rivendell compilation. On that compilation the song from the band was really good. They sounded like what Neo
classic music sounds like when not trying to much to do it like it was a film score. With other words they sounded like new
classical music mixed with present possibilites.

I also remembered seeing a very informative and good looking web page about the band. So I looked it up (you should too!)
and I learned a lot. Daniel and Michael are two heavy metal nerdy looking brothers from Sweden in their I would say early 20s
and with various degrees in music. They tour churches (!) playing flute and piano. They both live outside of the big cities
in a very small society close to the vast and beautiful swedish nature.

I of course see beyond both age and clothing and the life of the maker. But to be honest it was not all that easy. They seemed
so nice and guys next door to me. Could they actually create music that would make me fly into my imagination and only
escape as the goose bumps start to get a bit to much lika a cold?

The answer after the first listening was no. But something, call it what you want, lured me back (+ Jens)
for a second listening. The second time I heard the whole album I had started to love it.
Lost Kingdom are very relaxed but always with a feeling of mysticism.

A very solid and good debut album from Waerloga Records.

Now I will listen to the album a third time!
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Artist: WARREN BURT
Title: The Animation of Lists And the Archytan Transpositions
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Xi records (@)
Rated: *****
Ever heard speaking about music that’s "out of time"? If so, that’s the definition that came to my mind when I started having a clear perception of the audio-portrait painted by people like Scelsi, Ligeti or Feldman... and as you’ve probably guessed, the compositions of Warren Burt gave me the same vibe. The sound is really close to that of a glockenspiel much more than a vibraphone, but from what I’ve read in the line notes the work has been played with self-built "just-intonation tuning forks", it has been multi-tracked and later transposed with a computer. It looks like the idea of the first composition is linked to an old collaboration of Burt with Phill Niblock and recorded in three passes. A review would be too short and maybe inappropriate to add further technical details about the work, but the work behind this cd is really complex, above all for an ignorant listener/player like me. "I wish this complex two-part sonic object will provide the listener with many opportunities for contemplation and enjoyment"... for what concern contemplation, I can guarantee this music creates a deep and meditative atmosphere, but I seriously doubt "The Animation of Lists And the Archytan Transpositions" will generate something even barely comparable to "enjoyment". Thanks to an incredible sound definition and to the unique voice of his self-built instrument, Warren Burt floods the room with the resonance of every played note. What really add beauty to an already wonderful release is the tempo used by the composer, his quiet playing, his patiently waiting for the appropriate moment to go for the next note: all these things together generate an incredible acoustical dimension. The fact is that the impression everything is moving so slowly it is barely still is probably wrong since the succession of notes is not that sluggish but the impression I got is that during the listening inside the room everything is moving slowly. Burt plays the soundtrack for abandoned buildings where light and dust are the only tenants... it looks like an old black and white photo crystallizing a face forever. This’ an evocative work that in some way also reminded me of some of the best Cage’s works for prepared piano, if not acoustically at least for the odd ambience in which you get absorbed during the listening. It’s really hard to describe the intensity of this cd with a stupid review, but please do yourself a favor give it a listen.

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Artist: TYSKE LUDDER
Title: SCIENTific technOLOGY
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Black Rain (@)
Distributor: Nova
Rated: *****
Two years after their comeback album titled "Soujus", Tyske Ludder are bringing three new tracks (four counting the ghost track you find after 90 five seconds silence tracks). "Thetanen" (a track which seems to be against the Scientology organization, "Kinkat" and "Kamfgruppen" balance really well melody, e.b.m. energy and harsh sounds. The first two tracks are also potential dance-floor hits ("Kinkat" beginning and refrain are real catch ups). I've been also positively impressed by the ghost track, which is a sort of retro synthpop song with e.b.m. sounds and vocals. Actually I don't know if it is a cover or not but it is nice. As every single also the new Tyske Ludder has remixes. On this one we have Wertstahl and Feindflug on "Kinkat" (personally I prefer the original version, because the two remixers gave to it a classic e.b.m. treatment cutting off its peculiar approach to the genre) and Nurzery [Rhymes], E-Craft and Brain Leisure on "Thetanen" (nice versions but my impression is the same I wrote about their "colleagues").
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Artist: CYCLOTIMIA (@)
Title: Deja Vu
Format: CD
Label: Shadowplay (@)
Distributor: Small Voices
Rated: *****
Re-pressing two sold out 10" released back in 2002 ("Same Time Same Place" and "Metamorphosis") and adding a new version of "Miserere MMI" which was included into New Death Order" CD EP, DEJA VU is the latest release by Cyclotimia. The CD opens with the digital ambient sounds and chants of "Miserere MMI", a short track which introduce us to the first lot of tracks coming from "Same Time Same Place". You read right, I said lot. Cyclotimia didn't want to reproduce the releases as they were but tried to mix the track list just to give a new structure to the album as it was a whole. The tracks coming for the first 10" are sounding more focused on the digital ambient psychedelic effect made of hisses, synth loops, light rhythms and vocal samples (there are also some exceptions like the semi industrial ambient "Same place" and the electronic gently tension of "Paradise X / Dub"). The tracks from "Metamorphosis", instead are a little more ambient and tend to create a different ambience, maybe more "spatial" with less digital grinding noises. Sometime when I listen to Cyclotimia I have the sensation of something of impalpable which tend to be distant. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I like it less because I'd prefer them to sound also passionate...
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Artist: ANDREA MARUTTI
Title: The subliminal relation between planets (live in Archiaro)
Format: CD
Label: Nextera
Rated: *****
We've already interviewed Andrea Marutti for Chaindl, but for those who don't know him, this' the man behind Afe label, but also a recording artist who's put out material in different format and on several labels using both his birth name and also monikers like Amon, Never Known, etc. Having been active for ages Marutti has developed his own approach to ambient music but differently from several of his past dark ambient releases, with his own name this guy works mainly in the area on the edge between experimental music and ambient works. Despite what the title may suggest, this live recording has the usual top notch sound quality (he's a good sound engineer) even if beside some post production I don't think he reworked the whole matter. You pass from heavy atmospheres to ethereal moods, from thick layering of sounds to quasi-silent "landings", as usual Marutti drags every sound around bringing it to its extreme consequences (that's one of his main peculiarities) but differently from some past works it's not just an heavy trip, but take for granted that it will slow down your heartbeat, above all with the more than twenty minutes of the final track. I've no doubt this is probably on of the best releases he did so far and that's due to the fact even if living patiently the suspension builds through repetitions, it doesn't get boring and those depressed melodies he inserted here and there helps a lot like in that small gem of "Wonderful Ostentation". This track quiets down everything preparing for the narcoleptic grand-finale of "In the fish Trove" where Marutti switches the light while increasingly making his way to the depth of the darkest sea. We're not dealing just with dark ambient but it's magmatic music that makes you feel like there's no light at the end of the tunnel.

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