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Artist: Rumskib (@)
Title: S/t
Format: CD
Label: Darla (@)
Distributor: Darla
Rated: *****
Rumskib is a Danish duo composed by multi-instrumentalist Keith Canisius Baerken and vocalist Tine Louise Kortermand with contributions from Jonas Munk (Manual/Limp) at synths and digital programming. They offer up an exciting slab of shoegazer mayhem with many glorious moments. Besides the stellar quality of the songs and Louise's vocal performance, the most astonishing thing about Rumskib's debut is the confidence with which the band deals with structured and multi-layered sonic sculptures. "Springtime" is an instant nu-gaze/dream-pop classic with cyclic rhythms and vocal patterns mirroring one another reaching the trancelike sonic bliss of
"Doppelganger"-era Curve, with unexpected continuities that leave you with your mouth wide open in absolute awe. "Where Are The Flowers" trips out to more introspective realms and it's an intense and heartfelt tribute to Cocteau Twins' lesson. "Girl Afraid" and "Love at First Sight" are quieter and sweet love-struck compositions. So far, the best debut album of the year, bar none.
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Artist: Jan-M. Iversen (@)
Title: 1.05 Drone
Format: CD
Label: triple bath (@)
Rated: *****
The third Triple Bath release is Jan-M. Iversen's "1.05 Drone". Besides being part of the well known Origami collective, Iversen has released as much as 35 releases in the past years, which is quite an impressive number. Favoring
clarity and meditation, Iversen's hour long drone is a floating composition made of many sound layers - in the last five minutes there is a tone shifting which I intended as a gentle awakening from the droning trance. I suppose that the sound sources on this one are treated field recs because of the drone's irreegularity. As far as i can remember this is the best release of this artist.
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Artist: eRikm
Title: Variations opportunistes
Format: CD EP
Label: Ronda
Rated: *****
Most readers probably know French artist eRikm for his solo- and ensemble- turntablism, but there's more to that and this cd shows how he's moving to new unexplored territories. "Variations opportunistes" is about scratching and recycling too, but this time the sources are digital, namely treated cd skips. You know the deal, right? The chug-chug-chug coming from scuffed, dirty or damaged disc surfaces. Don't expect any bruitisme à la Disc, though. eRikm starts from those short loops and, via electronic synthesis and various interventions on speed, amplitude, etc., creates ecstatic minimal pieces. The opening track, "Corrélation I", almost sounds like an answer for skipping cds to Terry Riley's or Steve Reich's seminal 70's works; "Corrélation II" is even more ethereal, burying the glitches under immense expanding drones. As the title suggests, the last track, "Générescence - Soustractive", is the quietest piece, reducing the sound matter to a gust of shortwave-thin frequencies, and adding a melancholic feel to an otherwise enthusiastic atmosphere.
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Artist: Z'EV
Title: Forwaard
Format: CD
Label: Korm Plastics
Rated: *****
More excellent Z'EV stuff, this time re-elaborating field recordings by our beloved Frans de Waard (Beequeen, Kapotte Muziek, Shifts, Freiband, etc.). As with the collaboration with López, the keywords here are density and complexity - it's a 6-track, 40-minute work but, as somebody has noticed before, it seems to last much longer (in a positive sense). I wonder if Z'EV has exclusively used de Waard's recordings or has added sounds of his own (my bet), for example in the fourth track, where the deep resonating drone and metallic scrapings seem typically his. But don't think this is a predictable release in any way: Z'EV surely knows how to blend different bits & pieces in organic and unique concrete music pieces. The whole "Forwaard" has a kind of meditative vibe, despite the noisy nature of many input sources; listen for example to the cyclic drones of the first track, or the dripping water and slow swirls of the following one. Ritual music without any fake-ethnic naiveté. Limited to a mere 300 copies, so get it now or cry later.
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Artist: Z'EV/FRANCISCO LÓPEZ
Title: Buzzin' Fly / Dormant Spores
Format: CD
Label: Lapilli/Black Rose
Rated: *****
Third release from Lapilli, this time co-funded by Black Rose (run by ex-Contrastate S. R. Meixner), and as with the previous ones (a López 3" and Menche's "Drunk Gods") it's a total masterpiece. As time goes by I'm obviously becoming more picky with drone/electroacoustic releases but this one is exhilarating, and absolutely flawless. As expected, the disc is the result of a sound swapping which took place between 2003 and 2004, and well reflects what a collaboration of this kind should be: while creating a work which perfectly fits their trademark style, both artists have been able to blend their partner's sounds into their own textures. Z'EV offers a 32-minute composition divided into 5 movements, and dedicated to good old Tim Buckley, which could sound odd but not totally out of place: this is surely psychedelia in its own terms. The 5 tracks are intense and perfectly crafted examples of the unique style Z'EV has developed through the years (check out the recent re-release of "Production and Decay of Spacial Relations", and see how it was actually mature right from the start); metallic sounds, both percussive and droning, play a prominent role, but there are also less recognizable frequencies - shortwaves (Duncan came to my mind now and then)? López's field recordings? It's hard to tell, but the result is menacing. López opts for a more subdued approach, at least in the beginning of his 40-minute piece, which doesn't mean you won't find his usual crescendos of saturated frequencies, along with piercing metallic sounds (at times falling like hail) and slabs of metallic loops, courtesy of his partner's archive I guess. "Dormant Spores" finds the Spanish soundmaker at his best, showing the compositional maturity and complexity of all of his recent output. I could go on raving about this disc for pages and pages, but do yourself a favour and just get one.
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