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Artist: KIM CARSONS
Title: Kim Carsons
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Distributor: HAURUCK! SPQR
Rated: *****
Limited to 222 copies Kim Carsons' self titled MCD contains four tracks in balance between Nick Cave, Spiritual Front and Clock DVA of the "Advantage" period. The first track, "Betty suicide" opens like Clock DVA's "Eternity In Paris" with Alessandro Manni's whispered and tortured vocals (he's the main one behind Kim Carsons) duetting with a trumpet. Just a minute and the track turns into an upbeat ballad dedicated to a suicide girl. Good opening songs with a nice atmosphere. The second track "1996", instead, is an acoustic one where guitar and piano are the main instruments. This one recalled me a little the Current 93 of the latest period on its first part but few moments and it turns into a dark ballad a la Spiritual Front with a certain cabaret attitude. "Summer snow" follows the same pattern of melancholic darkness and it is the one I appreciated less. "This is Kim" is the most "experimental" of the lot with its Texan sound and the recordings of William Burroughs reading his "The place of dead road". Good recordings and nice songs despite the tendency of turning each idea into a mid tempo ballad. Exclusively distributed by HAURUCK! SPQR...
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Artist: C.C.C.C.
Title: Chaos Is The Cosmos
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
New release for the japanoise quartet C.C.C.C.. This time is a live concert recorded in the mid '90s. The CD contains one track 43 minutes long which recalled me the image of Ouroboros crawling within grinding guitar noises, synth hisses, screams and subtle drum sounds. CHAOS IS THE COSMOS isn't properly a noise album, if you have Merzbow as your reference point: this live recording is sounding more like an hippie community having a really bad trip. On some moments the sound become sonic and it seems to be in the eye of a cyclone. After 23 minutes of this treatment, sound changes a little and what seems to be a mix from a guitar and a monophonic synth plays a light background noise for a female recitative voice. Just few moments and a throbbing sound starts. It's the signal for the beginning of the final devastation. Love it or leave it...
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Artist: ONE FOR JUDE (@)
Title: Re Generation
Format: CD
Rated: *****

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Active since 1999 One For Jude are back after their 2004 E.P. "Helice" with a new album titled RE GENERATION. The new album presents ten new wave tracks which are in balance from electronic to acoustic arrangements with orchestrations and some particular instrumental moment. First of all, if you are looking for a perfect singer and for classic structured songs, I must say that the best thing is that you check some sound excerpts first. Instead, if you are a lover of goth/wave sound, you love French language, you like also particular arrangements (orchestrations with electronics and wave guitars and semi French folk atmospheres) and your main thing is to feel the band's involvement, RE GENERATION is an album that could interest you. The songs mix melancholy, coldness and despair with sincerity but sometimes the execution isn't perfect (it was hard to me to enjoy the singer).
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Artist: SOUTH SATURN DELTA (@)
Title: Experience The Concreteness
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Formed by Maso Yamazaki - guitar (Masonna), Hiroshi Hasegawa - synth and voice (Astro and C.C.C.C.) and Nobuko Emi - drums, South Saturn Delta is a sort of japanoise supergroup. EXPERIENCE THE CONCRETENESS is their first album which contains four live recordings which span from the 2003÷2005 period. Recorded at four different locations in Japan, the four tracks, to tell the truth, go beyond the concept of pure noise because the use of dilated sounds (see the treated guitar or the synth which sounds like a theremin) form an hypnotizing magma which is distorted to its limit. I have to admit that I'm not a noise lover and some moments are hard to enjoy but I appreciated the psychedelic attitude of the compositions and I found the use of guitar and drums a sort of link with the krautrock genre.
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Artist: CULTURAL AMNESIA (@)
Title: Press My Hungry Button
Format: 12"
Label: Vinyl On Demand (@)
Rated: *****
I already introduced to our readers Cultural Amnesia on my Anna Logue Records article and after about a month from that article I'm here again talking about them because there's a new reissue of their old material released by Vinyl On Demand. PRESS MY HUNGRY BUTTON is a double compilation album (their subscribers will receive also an E.P. titled "Still hungry") which after "Enormous savages" bring to the attention of the lovers of the early 80's experimental/wave sound thirty tracks (plus four on the E.P.) which are coming from the three tapes album the band did during the 1980÷1983 period ("Video Rideo", "Sinclair's Luck" and "The Uncle Of The Boot") plus unreleased tracks of the latter period which where intended for their first album "Obscenity" which have never been released. First of all a warning for those of you who want to approach this kind of releases: on this record you won't find a homogeneous track list as well polished sounds. Instead you'll be able to feel three English kids' urge of creating something new and liberating. I remember you that after the hippie movement and after the '77 movement (social and musical), 80's were the Margaret Thatcher years. Years of cultural repression which saw a certain musical grew only during their first half. Cultural Amnesia as well as early Coil, Portion Control, Nocturnal Emissions, etc. absorbed the creative rebellion of early industrial music (T.G.) and if the three bands I mentioned extended their interest on the industrial side, Cultural Amnesia mixed it with the post punk sound/attitude. Any musical instrument was usable someway, no matter if it was a guitar, a synth or a drum machine. Cultural Amnesia embraced totally this kind of spirit and on PRESS MY HUNGRY BUTTON you can find early electronic experimentalism, post punk rawness as well as two covers (a delirious lecture of "Satisfaction" and a short electro/post punk version of Human League's "Being boiled"). Few songs of the previous collection released by Anna Logue are here with a different version and maybe only "Scars for e (alternate take 1)" and "Sacrebleu (original version)" (you find them on the extra E.P.) are the same. I'd like to remember to you that Cultural Amnesia are active again. I checked their new material on their website and I liked the new sound which keep alive the old spirit but updates it with the use of new technology.
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