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Artist: GINTAS K
Title: Lengvai/60 x one minute audio colours of 2kHz sound
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Cr˛nica (@)
Rated: *****
This time for none can say Crònica hasn't been followed a sort of ideal unexspresive thread for its last releases and with an interesting result. Also Ginta K can be filed in that same grey area where you could also meet Vitor Joaquim I mean somewhere abstract melodies e microstructures. Considerably different from his label mate Ginta K is more focussed on minimal electronics bastardised with microwave sounds all mixed in a really soft texturr. Lengvai (the first cd) features five sketches of rhythmical but yet minimal electronic music with a definite post echno feel. Kaptavicious taste for proportion has the undoubtfully quality of duelling to save everything from getting boring without falling in the compistional trap of hyperstructures. This cd is far from being immediate, infact I think the more you listen to it the more you tune your ears to his hidden qualities but at last isn't that the real essence of minimal electronic music (Yoshihiro Hanno for exemple). This self described as containing "Colourful Hypnotizing beats" and that's true but going to the second cd it all changes. "60 x one minute audio colours of 2kHz sound" is developed around a 2kHz frequency that keeps changing minutes after minute, it's a creative study/work based on a minimal but yet interesting idea that many would describe as microsound. The result is quite good for both of the cd and the second one is undoubtfully interesting but I still prefer the "Longvai" one.
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Artist: PRETTY BOY CROSOVER + JULIO SOTO
Title: We Are All Drifting
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Cocosolidciti (@)
Rated: *****
Cocosolidciti has put out another top notch release and even if you're not in the style of melodic electronic music they manufacture, there's no doubt the way they connect music and visuals is always top notch. Pretty Boy Crossover style is exquisitely british, I mean, this band marries the best shoe-gaze harmonies with a delightful electronic touch with a resulting relaxing effect. According to what I've just said this band somehow brings forward the work of forefathers like Seefeel even if under a more poppy and "modern" prospective (above if compared with the last period of the ensemble featuring Mark Clifford), but there are moments in which the "softly sinking" sensation is quite similar. The most of the songs are really evocative but at the same time I'm so glad they've been able to stay away from that cheesy melodic structure many bands create under the nefastus desire to sound like Mogway (I love Mogway but I think together with Karate they've indirectly created too many bad clichés). This could already be an interesting release but after having seen the dvd disc I've been completely blow away by the whole project. Pretty Boy Crossover music and Julio Soto's video are amazing, these long clip are always somewhere in-between video art and short movies. When writing about invisible cities it's hard to omit the subject of every single clip is developed incredibly well and above all it's incredible how the result is so good but at the same time it looks so simple. Mr. Soto ability in digitally reworking images and the development of the whole narrative plot without words is great and yes the music fits incredibly well that the first idea is they have been created simultaneously (even if I doubt it and I dunno it). Bravo!!.
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Artist: VITOR JOAQUIM
Title: Flow
Format: CD
Label: Cr˛nica (@)
Rated: *****
Cronica is back with a couple of releases, a better exposure and the usual good quality of their outputs just to say that if you haven't noticed that, Portugal like Spain is an epicentre for what concerns electronic music nowadays. As you can see from their back catalogue Cronica is not one of those label into "easy electronic" at every coast, but more 360° oriented and this cd is the proof of it all. Vitor Joaquim pushes on the pedal of experimental/abstract electronic music and the result is probably closer to sound art than to ordinary electronic recording. Cold inexpressive music right from the first intentions, Joaquim put every single layer trying to define gradually every chapter. A profusion of resonators, high frequencies and glitchy beats and synthesized vocals (be it a vocoder or a laptop) but the record is really tight and compact sound wise. "Flow" comes out from that experimental electronic music that floats nowhere in the middle of contemporary electronic research post Stockhausen and isolationism a-la late eighties early nineties. Probably it's just me but the closest reference that came to my mind was Main above all when the band post-Loop was completely lost in abstraction. This cd feature an interesting clip with which the music of Joaquim gets along really well, it’s a soft and simple computer work but it has a strange manga atmosphere while the global watching is stoning.
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Artist: Theme
Title: Our Angels Dislocated
Format: CD
Label: Lumberton Trading Company
Rated: *****
Theme is a trio hailing from Brighton, UK. They have been around since the split-up of their previous band Splintered in 1996, but this is only their second work to date. They create a dark & hypnotic blend of ambient whose glitchy and ethnic detailing mixed together give birth to a quite unique sound.
The second track "Repeat to Fade" starts with a simple but effective guitar part, then gradually turns into a sinus-nightmare in the vein of COH or other fellow Raster Noton artists. In "A Few Words Failed' we have a repetitive droney sitar topped with frequencies, resulting in a hybrid mutant of minimal electronics and some weird post-industrial ethnic perversion. The fourth track is called "East of Now" and has some cool Indian chants in it. A mention must be made at the flawless production and at the artwork/packaging. Highly recommended if you're into post-industrial acts as Zoviet France, O Yuki Conjugate or even Coil's later ambient works - just sit back on your opium couch and enjoy this record.
Aug 29 2006
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Artist: NECROTEK (@)
Title: Satanik EP
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
NECROTEK is for sure one of the hottest newcomer of the international Dark Electro/Industrial scene thanks to some highly acclaimed compilation appearances like "Endzeit Bunkertracks Vol. 2" and "Interbreeding VIII". Surprisingly this act is still a side-project done by Denver-based James Geist of the Ritual/Industrial/Ambient act NITRIOUS FLESH. The dark and mysterious influences presented by this act also have found their way into the music of NECROTEK, although in a more subtle kind. It’s generally a well chosen combination of diverse influences well placed under the Dark Electro genre and it has that special style which avoids it to get thrown into that over-populated Hellektro/Harsh EBM style. The title track "Satanik" offers a really addictive dark bass line, while "Spectre" (...the appearance on "Endzeit Bunkertracks Vol. 2") comes with a drum and percussion input awaking some remembrances to the very old THE KLINIK stuff. The overwhelming use of distortion effects on "Wish You Dead (First Cut)" are the outstanding idea which keeps this track interesting, surely a wise decision by the BLC label to pick up this track for their "Interbreeding" compilation series. It’s a bit sad, that all of this fine music ends after only 5 tracks, a real full length effort by this up and coming US act is required. Labels should wash their ears and pick this talented act up, fans of Dark Electro not heard like so many times before should make their contact James Geist to purchase this fine item. I’m sure we’ll hear more from this maybe America’s best kept secret around. Recommended!
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