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Artist: CACOY (@)
Title: human is music
Format: CD
Label: Rumarket (@)
Rated: *****
It should be an all star pop combo from Japan and sure I had no doubt this was coming from up there infact the collateral effect this' the jingle of a cartoon. Poppy and sappy?...I'd say no, undeniably less classy than Pizzicato Five and more electronic and squared than Cibo Matto this could also remind a sort of japanese pop meets something of Traband from Island if you remember them. Childish and dreamy as you expect it to be but well done and weird as only japanese music can sound to our western ears. For half of the track I've had an hard time telling thinking it was not cartoon music and not even the "bouble bouble" theme (for those who belong to the pre-playstation school). I know some people think it sound "dumb" music but somebody else like Taylor Deupree would not agree (that's why he also opened an all-japanese-pop oriented label) and that's a point for our beloved samurais. The influence are quite varied but the strongest impression you have after it's over is that's music based on childish melodies or nannies. Well done, easy listening but particular enough to be different from the most of the average band playing this kind of style.

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Artist: LETATLIN (@)
Title: La Sepoltura Delle Farfalle
Format: CD
Label: Ark Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
A quite peculiar work for sure! First of all, the band got its name from a movie by Vladimir Tatlin... Several demos have been produced and this record is the last result of their creativity. The members of the band use both traditional instruments (guitar, synth...) and found noises. By melting these elements they have created a very cinematic sound. It is not my favourite kind of music but I must state the record has to be bought by those listeners who like avant garde. Nice cover artwork and very inspired titles...
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Artist: AS ALL DIE
Title: Victory
Format: CD
Label: Flood The Earth
Rated: *****
This cd is quite difficult to listen to in a single breath because of its hard industrial style (which is nearly depressive). The production is very detailed, as well as the cover, but the atmosphere of the whole record is too heavy. Maybe the goal of the duo really was this one, nevertheless a lighter mood would have been more appreciated. There are heavy percussive patterns and gloomy synthesizers tapestries with sinister samples. It all reminds me of der Blutharsch or similar projects.
I can't state this is a bad record but I can say it's only for people who like dark industrial experiments.
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Artist: STICKING DROPS (@)
Title: meteo ep
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Test Tube
Rated: *****
A year or more ago I’ve had the chance to see these guys live near the area where they live and I thought they were a really good surprise above considering their young age. This’ the second effort on cdr and I think they’re ready for a full length. If compared to the debut ep this new one is much better recorded and produced it just needs a bit of "kick ass" mastering to get the "top class" rate. I couldn’t find any note explaining who's playing what, but from what I can remember they were using a couple of laptop to filter guitars, a reel to reel tape recorder/player and other objects. Musically the result is definitely good and floats somewhere between laptop music vaguely melodical and electroacoustics. Psychedelic recurring loops and short droned melodies touching the surface every once in a while, without using sci-fi effects the whole atmosphere smells like a "lost in the space" experience. As you probably argued this not really rhythmical electronics but much more experimental/"trip inside your head" alike that not necessarily turns them into another pompous listening. Amp, a modern version of some Philosophers Stone restyled with a new and more electronic suit, by the way: the post dronical side of electronics or even better the electronic answer to modern psichedelia. Another promising duo like Batman and Robin, Ginger and Fred or Osama and George.
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Artist: APRAXIA (@)
Title: Weapons of mass deception
Format: CD
Rated: *****
The cover artwork of this cd makes me think of an experimental kind of music but in actual fact this record is an electro work.
The most impressive songs are "Totenplatz", "Strangelove" (a Depeche Mode cover) and "Metrosexual". Sounds are nice and well chosen, the singer has got a good voice. The record would have been better with a more appropriate artwork, however it can be appreciated by people who prefer introspective electronic music instead of ebm. Quite good.
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