Music Reviews



image not
available
anymore
Artist: GROSSE ABFAHRT
Title: luftschiffe zu kalifornien
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
"Sometimes they com back" and nothing is truer than this that’s why together with Birgit Ulher one of most prolific artists of Creative Sources huge roster is Gino Robair. Ok, I know this an ensemble with no less than eight musicians therefore opening a review like that doesn’t give justice to the other team players, but here following is a list of the other names: Tom Djll, Serge Baghdassarians, Boris Baltschun, Chris Brown, Matt Ingalls, Tim Perkis, John Shiurba. During these five episodes this experimental ensemble plays some of the most silent sounds I’ve been listening after Bernhard Günter. This line up deals with the contemporary thing, but here and there they dive deeply into electronic music. For those of you who’ve heard the release of Sei Miguel, that was one of the few releases who can compete with Grosse Abfahrt for the amount of silence used. Obviously that’s the most interesting part cause eight talented musicians intentionally far from solos and rigorously abstinent from crescendos can create an interesting work. At the same time the question is still if playing keeping far from any sort of melody or just by emitting some soft acoustical noises ends to be just another dogmatic way to approach players’ interaction. This’ one of the most un-played and self-disciplined works I’ve heard recently, the impression is that they develop a real interest in stirring just a few sounds in the performative place, that’s why even if I think the recording is good and the cd interesting it should have been a great session to be seen live. Soft sounds and acute frequencies frozen right under the icepack. If you’re confident with silent music go for it, if not beware of the fact it requires a lot of attention.

Artist: Moe! Staiano (@)
Title: The Absolute Tradition of No Traditions
Format: CD
Label: Psychform (@)
Rated: *****
I like percussion music. I like the idea of it and the music itself. I would guess that within the Western tradition percussion music for its own sake is fairly recent, it being relegated to the "primitive" cultures of the world. But thankfully this racist attitude has all but disappeared. What we have here are 10 tracks of percussion music of various lengths and characters. Moe! uses all kinds of sound making devices of the kitchen sink variety. There is also a brief appearance of a guitar loop in the mix, which I don’t particularly have a problem with since I am not a purist. If it works, it works. Over all this is quite enjoyable, the only caveat is track #7 which starts with potential but deteriorates into self indulgence. Other than that, all is well. Recommended if you like this sort of thing and I do.
Artist: Lunch With Beardo (@)
Title: Surrealistic Pillow
Format: CD
Label: FDH Music (@)
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
I remember headshops. The smell of incense, the presence of drug paraphernalia, glowing posters in black light . All to encourage and support the "headtrip" of lysergic aficionados. The first psychedelic movement was in aid of the expansion of inner space. While this goal is no longer acceptable to most that hasn’t stopped the art form that supported it. Early Pink Floyd and various other free form artists are still the foundational muse for today’s practitioners. This release falls into that school of thought, which they call "spaceadelic," and sound form. Lots of spacey and contorted voices, echoed guitar, strange noises and the distant call of trumpets put us in that place that prefers to ignore the boundaries of time and space. If you like your music spacey and free this is it. Three long tracks designed to play without interruption for you to immerse yourself into the ever present now. Recommended.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: COMANDO SUZIE
Title: Probres Chavales
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Released as the previous split 7" by Punch Records, here's the first full length by Comando Suzie. Sung only in Spanish language, POBRES CHAVALES brings to the lovers of electro wave eleven songs in balance from dark minimal electro and synthpop. As for the single, Comando Suzie, is formed by Raul Lopez, Ella and helped out by Demian (active as O Paradis, as you probably already know). If I'd tell that it's the first time that I listen to electronic Spanish music I'd lie, because I know Aviador Dro (best known as the Spanish Kraftwerk even if most of their songs aren't comparable to the ones of the German gods as they sound different and born from from a totally different background). Instead for Comando Suzie I'd avoid any link to Kraftwerk as this time we have something different: Comando Suzie play a minimal electro pop a melancholic and dark but also capable of proposing potential hits like "Descabello" (arranged differently it could be a dance hit) or a dark anthem like the following "Disciplina". Proposing a blend of Die Form meet Telex the trio made a good debut CD that unfortunately has been printed into a limited edition of only 333 copies. Check them on the Punch Records page and hurry!
cover
Artist: FALSE MIRROR (@)
Title: North
Format: CD
Label: Thonar Records (@)
Distributor: Mono Culture
Rated: *****
FALSE MIRROR seems to be one of the first signings to the new Thonar-Records label and hails out of the Southern area of Germany. Musically you’ll get a very own form of Dark Ambient music, which is pretty well presented under a conceptual moniker explained in its title, art and finally the music. The massive interest to take a musically journey into cold and mostly "forgotten" areas on this world like the Russian atomic-test island "Novaya Zemlya" or no-mans-land-like arctic areas seem to have had an impression on the artist. Like the beautiful painted cover already announces it a bit, FALSE MIRROR draw inspiration and power out of this areas and these ideas got transformed into a very static and cold Ambient sound-construction. The 5 presented tracks can be easily processed to more than 10 minutes long soundscapes. Even if conventional instruments asides of some field recordings have been used to give out a possible frequency of the tones, the extra-ordinary effect manipulations on this audio results is a sort of being authentic. This releases really drowns into a massive layer-sound-like effect manipulation and seems to be the right surrounding sound for some dark and long evening in front of a fire-place. An artistically valuable recording, but it requires time and interest of the listener.
[ 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...1290] [1291...1300] [1301...1310] [1311] [1312] [1313] [1314] [1315] [1316] [1317] [1318] [1319] [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