Music Reviews



problems
with image
availability
Artist: WHISPERS FOR WOLVES
Title: language of the dards
Format: CD
Label: Boring Machines (@)
Rated: *****
First off open your ears and eyes since this small label in just a bunch of releases it's been able to show they've good taste and this new release is nothing but the confirmation of what I’ve just wrote. I mean, this the first time I hear Whispers and Wolves but this girl name is already written in my agenda for she managed to put out an unconventional and audacious release. This "Language of dards" despite its laptop quintessence has been assembled with several acoustic instruments, for example in the first of the three movements of which this work is composed you can clearly distinguish some vocals and an acoustic guitar flying over a confused odd magma. The second suite is much more drone oriented and both the instrument and the voice are drowning in the pool of sounds. While during the first track you happen to think the music is just odd, its psychedelic nature comes slowly to the surface during the listening, infact I could locate this "Language of dards" in a equidistant point situated on the distance dividing Diamanda Galas from Yoko Ono. You may think the last of the two comparisons suck? Don't come to an easy conclusion, at last it was the japanese wife of Mr. Lennon that nourished Reich and a bunch of avantguardist that played in her loft. The last and closing chapter of this weird release presents a softer and more relaxed suite where the vocals are echoing in the scenario, but despite the overabundance of delays the situation is way less magmatic if compared to the first two episodes, here the loops and the sounds selected reminded me some early experimental post industrial artists like Asmus Tietchens or Nurse With Wound when working on more abstract composition and far from their heaviest episodes, the only considerable difference is due to that monochord female voice haunting the stage like a ghost. As you've read the global effect is really odd but this girl definitely catched my attention, and confirmed what Berio was thinking about many contemporary U.S. musicians, that their production present the portrait of music written in what could be a solitary confinement, it was probably true when Berio was still alive but now is even more tangible than before.
cover
Artist: CAPRICE
Title: Kywitt! Kywitt!
Format: CD
Label: Prilosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Three years after the third "Elvenmusic" part, Caprice are back with a new masterpiece of faerie music. For this new "tale", Anton Brejestovski took inspiration from the Grimm brothers tales translated by Zhukovsky. This time the elves world is seen under the human eyes and for this reason it could seem also more hallucinatory than the usual. Anyway, I was really surprised with the opening song of the album, because "Dundellion wine" is a really good melting pot where you can find progressive rock, jazz, electronic arrangements and, as usual, the beautiful Inna Brejestovskaya's voice. Really amazing. Another track which see the band's members experimenting a little with new sounds is the short "More", where piano soft notes are joined by ambient sounds. Also "Peggy" and the closing "Fae fae fae fae fae fae fae" have an unusual sound for the band, because they are a sort of folk rock ballad with no orchestral sounds (and the latter one has also quite a funny/joyful sound with elves playing around). The remaining tracks have, as usual, a folk traditional musical and lyrical influence with great orchestrations or, as for "Philomel with melody" we have folk melodies played with cello and flute with the addition of a jazzy contrabass. KYWITT! KYWITT! is a less classical sounding album and sees the band reaching a new level into their art.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Down Below (@)
Title: Sand In Meiner Hand
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Vertigo / Universal
Rated: *****
No one can seriously expect a filling review by receiving a 1-track SI-CD with a new track of Germany’s Alternative/Pop act DOWN BELOW. Hailing out of the German state Sachsen-Anhalt, DOWN BELOW have taken part at the famous Bundesvision Song Contest which happens year by year as a rival contest to the Eurovision Song contest and it got transmitted via TV through the German TV station Pro7. This happened in the middle of February and – surprise, surprise – Goth Rock seems to get more and more exposure of the audience, since DOWN BELOW could enter a fantastic and non-expected 3rd rank. Congratulations, also it has to be mentioned that SUBWAY TO SALLY, another German Goth-Rock institution could win this contest. "Sand In Meiner Hand" combines all good but also all known ingredients featuring a good composition and production, some orchestral-like string-sounds leading the tempo, some guitar riffs are accomplishing the refrain. Catchy as hell it doesn’t wonder too much that this stuff comes out mass-compatible. I wish them quite more radio inserts, since I would appreciate it a lot if stuff like this would get more attention against the uncountable faceless plastic-pop bitches.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: CLARA CLARA
Title: AA
Format: CD
Label: S.K. (@)
Rated: *****
French rock is healthy these days or at least that an obvious impression since I see so many rock oriented bands coming from over there. This Clara Clara is another indie punk-rockish outfit that put it all on melody and sure on distorted fat indie rock, I say this since differently from many other french combos they’re not into the post/math-rock thing, infact while playing instrumental they’re closer to some weird mix of basic Trans AM but way less technical plus juvenile and more solar in playing their funny melodies. They use the voices but just to add more color to the canvas because it’s not real vocals, the first obvious reference to identify their style is instrumental punk-rock that reminds some indie band of the Matador roster from back in the days and I’ll name one band for all since they’re/have been really underrated but they were so damn good and their name was 18th dye. I dunno if you’re able to remember that wonder trio but this french band is so unclean in playing some punk-pop tunes they’re really close to that german trio. They use a keyboard or something with a strong organ sound but distorted bass is the driving force in most of the tracks therefore while the skeleton of the song is represented by an energetic rhythmic session many of the melodies are depicted by the keyboardist. At time it sound childish, it’s meant without any doubt, this a party band indie poppers may enjoy it.





image not
available
anymore
Artist: ENVENOMIST (@)
Title: abyssal siege
Format: CD
Label: Snip-Snip records (@)
Rated: *****
I could haven’t find any better title for this release and if mighty Jules Verne only could have the chance to choose a soundtrack for "20000 Leagues Under the Sea" I’m sure this release would have some serious chance to win the first prize as official soundtrack for that masterpiece. Envenomist is David Reed you may know for a bunch of releases he’s signed during the last three years, honestly I didn’t know that much about it till a couple of months ago but the while surfing the infamous myspace net I’ve been captured by a couple of tracks. For the simple the sound is, after having listened just a couple of recording I’m not afraid to write in a world overcrowded of noise and neo-industrial artists this guy has something that makes the difference and that I really appreciate. Abyssal siege is mainly based on distant drones, echoes and noises so that’s it all sounds like you were listening to the sonorization of the abyss while in the womb of a submergible. From what I can guess the majority of the material composing this cd is borne out of superimposition of layers, but the work has been done in a really soft way and you always have a dominant sound which usually corresponds to the darkest one. That said despite the odd and grey atmosphere resulting from that stratification you don’t have that never-ending drone effect many newjacks coming out from black metal use with no moderation dragging it around for the whole recording. As you’ve probably understood we’re really far from one of those Sunn o))),Wolf eyes replicants the world never asked for, David Reed works in a really discrete manner and with a really light dark ambient touch that displays he really knows how to reach the climax and when it’s time to do it.


[ Next ] [ Previous ]

[1...10] [11...20] [21...30] [31...40] [41...50] [51...60] [61...70] [71...80] [81...90] [91...100] [101...110] [111...120] [121...130] [131...140] [141...150] [151...160] [161...170] [171...180] [181...190] [191...200] [201...210] [211...220] [221...230] [231...240] [241...250] [251...260] [261...270] [271...280] [281...290] [291...300] [301...310] [311...320] [321...330] [331...340] [341...350] [351...360] [361...370] [371...380] [381...390] [391...400] [401...410] [411...420] [421...430] [431...440] [441...450] [451...460] [461...470] [471...480] [481...490] [491...500] [501...510] [511...520] [521...530] [531...540] [541...550] [551...560] [561...570] [571...580] [581...590] [591...600] [601...610] [611...620] [621...630] [631...640] [641...650] [651...660] [661...670] [671...680] [681...690] [691...700] [701...710] [711...720] [721...730] [731...740] [741...750] [751...760] [761...770] [771...780] [781...790] [791...800] [801...810] [811...820] [821...830] [831...840] [841...850] [851...860] [861...870] [871...880] [881...890] [891...900] [901...910] [911...920] [921...930] [931...940] [941...950] [951...960] [961...970] [971...980] [981...990] [991...1000] [1001...1010] [1011...1020] [1021...1030] [1031...1040] [1041...1050] [1051...1060] [1061...1070] [1071...1080] [1081...1090] [1091...1100] [1101...1110] [1111...1120] [1121...1130] [1131...1140] [1141...1150] [1151...1160] [1161...1170] [1171...1180] [1181...1190] [1191...1200] [1201...1210] [1211...1220] [1221...1230] [1231...1240] [1241...1250] [1251...1260] [1261...1270] [1271...1280] [1281] [1282] [1283] [1284] [1285] [1286] [1287] [1288] [1289] [1290] [1291...1300] [1301...1310] [1311...1320] [1321...1330] [1331...1340] [1341...1350] [1351...1360] [1361...1370] [1371...1380] [1381...1390] [1391...1400] [1401...1410] [1411...1420] [1421...1430] [1431...1440] [1441...1450] [1451...1460] [1461...1470] [1471...1480] [1481...1490] [1491...1500] [1501...1510] [1511...1520] [1521...1530] [1531...1540] [1541...1550] [1551...1560] [1561...1570] [1571...1580] [1581...1590] [1591...1600] [1601...1610] [1611...1620] [1621...1630] [1631...1640] [1641...1650] [1651...1660] [1661...1670] [1671...1680] [1681...1690] [1691...1700] [1701...1710] [1711...1720] [1721...1730] [1731...1740] [1741...1750] [1751...1760] [1761...1770] [1771...1780] [1781...1790] [1791...1800] [1801...1810] [1811...1820] [1821...1830] [1831...1840] [1841...1850] [1851...1860] [1861...1870] [1871...1880] [1881...1890] [1891...1900] [1901...1910] [1911...1920] [1921...1930] [1931...1940] [1941...1950] [1951...1960] [1961...1970] [1971...1980] [1981...1990] [1991...2000] [2001...2010] [2011...2020] [2021...2030] [2031...2040] [2041...2050] [2051...2060] [2061...2070]


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha