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Artist: DIORAMA (@)
Title: A Different Life
Format: CD
Label: Accession Records (@)
Distributor: Indigo
Rated: *****
A new full-length release for the German act DIORAMA – that’s indeed another very fine item. Connoisseurs of the scene are digging their artistic being since years, maybe and thanks to the fact that their musically output has a special and very own signature which drifts away of the known formula. The music is electronic-minded and plays easily in between scene-related boundaries of Future/Synthpop to Dark Electro and Dark Wave. The band around mastermind Torben Wendt has traveled to some places between Austria and the North Sea coast of the Netherlands to pick up different moods and impression. They’ve recorded these influences in their mobile studio, simply to hold and save that moment. Also this new full-length release offers again the social-critically content the band is known for, again authentic and introverted intoned by Torben Wendt. To get DIORAMA known and heard in the clubs, they’ve also produced an EP of the track "Synthesize Me" – a straight Future-/Electro-Pop inspired track. In the same vain hits "Exit The Grey", a catchy tune aptly designed to be a possible second EP release out of this album. Also worth to mention are the rather strange constructed tracks like the opener "Screenface" and "Sands", featuring both more experimental percussion elements and effected vocals. Nevertheless I think that this band deals better with the rather subtle and melancholic arranged tracks like "Blessed" or "Burning Out" (excellent vocal performance!!!) – the favorites on this album. Please note also a hidden track starting shortly after the listed last track, "Colder". DIORAMA are still standing faithful to their own authentic kind and offer again a quality and not-to-be-missed album. Thumbs up also for the fine photo art in the booklet.
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Artist: THE GREEN MAN
Title: The Teacher And The Man Of Lie
Format: CD
Label: Hau Ruck! SPQR (@)
Distributor: Tesco
Rated: *****
After self releasing their debut album "From Irem To Summerisle" back in 2004 and after releasing the "Irem" side on 10" for Hau Ruck! SPQR the next year, the Italian duo The Green Man were ready to bring to the audience a new work. THE TEACHER AND THE MAN OF LIE is a big step for the band as it has been created like a multi artistic project because besides the musical aspect we have the rich lyrics section (which are translated musically into the semi spoken word of Eliahu) describing the pre-crucifixion part of Christ's life and we have various panels painted by Maria Chiara Armenia who gave a visual counterpart to the history told. The lyrics has been inspired by Prof Barbara Thiering's book called "Jesus The Man" who studied the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Holy Scriptures. On the interview given to www.neo-folk.it Eliahu explained even better the concept telling: "the album is a concept album set at the beginning of the common era, a time when apocalypse is in the air and the Man of Lie and The Teacher of Righteousness struggle to save their own followers from eternal damnation". The music performed by Marco Garegnani expand the sound you can find on "Irem": mid-oriental sounds blend with Western folk and post punk. The sixteen tracks are able to paint a rich and exciting scenario where the music is able to create the right ambience for the tales wrote with competence by Eliahu (he started to be interested into Gnosticism while he was at university in the Uk, as part of an exam on "religions under the Roman Empire"). Acoustic guitars riffs are enriched by various percussions, synths, electric guitars giving to the concept of neo-folk music a new and personal meaning.
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Artist: VLADIMIR HIRSCH (@)
Title: Concert Industriel Pour Orgue, Op.49
Format: CD
Label: Ars Benevola Mater (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Originally recorded in 1998 at St. Wenceslas catholic church in Prague and released as CDR for Catch Arrow Recordings, CONCERT INDUSTRIEL POUR ORGUE is an astonishing work by Vladimir Hirsch. The four tracks/suites are played by the Czech Integrated Ensemble conducted by Hirsch, who took care of the organ and of all the electronic instruments. First of all I must underline that the organ is an important part of the score but it isn't the only instrument which has an important role, because the rhythmic layers and all the "noisy" parts are built using percussions (crash cymbals and floor tom) and industrial sounds and the Czech Integrated Ensemble has also a woodwind section. For the whole length of the CD (44 minutes) the tension is always at the top and there's alternation of "calm" parts with vibrant and throbbing sounds and of blasting moments where the organ cries its dissonant keys while the cymbals duet with the percussions. Melody is present but it isn't the main thing to notice, because the ambience created is much more relevant. This edition is the revised 2001 version and it's the first part of the CD series which will include "Symphony No. 2" and "Symphony No.3". P.s. This release will be also available into the forthcoming 7 CD box set "The Assent To Paradoxon" which will include "Sense Geometry", "Concert industriel", "Symphony no.4", "Nonterra", "Exorcisms", "Les scenes ardentes" and "Contemplatio per nexus".
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Artist: PSY'AVIAH (@)
Title: Creationism
Format: CD
Distributor: Alfa Matrix
Rated: *****
Formed back in 1999 as a studio-project, Psy'aviah started their activity focusing their sound on a blend of pop / breakbeat / bigbeat / industrial. After playing live in different locations the band decided to take a break and to record their first album. CREATIONISM has been produced and mastered by Len Lemeire of Implant / 32 Crash fame at his own studio (he's also guest on vocals on the closing song "The village"). The CD presents eleven new tracks which blend e.b.m., rock and a little bit of goth (like on "Avon girls"). The mix and the alternation of genres sometimes create a sort of unbalance of the tracklist ("Infatuation" could sound as a electronic version of the Garbage while "Love hate destruction" remember me Birmingham 6 of "You cannot walk here") but the alternation of male and female vocals create a good effect which introduce new elements on their sound. Each track is developed on a structure and the band generally tend to stick on it and the solution I mentioned before helps into having a varied sound (only on a couple of tracks the difference of genres is too noticeable). A nice album that will interest the lovers of genres' crossover as well as electronic lovers thanks to the danceable attitude of many tracks. The album is available as a CD through the band and as digital download through the Digital Matrix network (check the Alfa Matrix link).
Artist: Scott Solter (@)
Title: Plays Pattern is Movement: Canonic
Format: CD
Label: HomeTapes (@)
Rated: *****
What we have here are 12 tracks of avant-pop cut-up re-mix gratification. Scott Solter (who engineered Pattern is Movement's last record "Stowaway" in 2005 at San Francisco studios Tiny Telephone as well as records for Spoon, Mountain Goats, Two Gallants, John Vanderslice, etc.) took the tapes from that album and with razor in hand re-mixed and molded another disc of experimental tracks full of noise and surprise, rhythms, loops and vocal experimentation. Very few real songs here in the traditional sense of the word, just a spasmodic exercise in the playground of the absurd. A psychedelic treat worthy of any neo-hippie looking for something to help him break on through. I liked it.
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