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Artist: VV.AA (@)
Title: Lucid Motion Picture Soundtrack
Format: CD
Label: Amen-ta
Distributor: Amazon
Rated: *****
I have never heard a music soundtrack that feature different artists who contribute a song that fit perfectly well for a movie until I heard this one. This was a very big surprise to me. The movie was shot here in my hometown, Birmingham, Alabama. Alot of good stuff on here that depicts certain scenes in the film and you can visualize and dramatize what's happening. Most tracks on cd have a laid back type of vibe feel. Kind of arrange in electronica genre. From hip-hop, trip-hop, dub, ambient, and to spoken word that have a jazzy, funk, and experimental feel. Majority of the artists on cd are from Birmingham, Alabama, while Natalie Osborne is held out of Chicago, Illinois. Rapper Masta D, who made his guest appearance in the film by having a small part kicks the disc off with his fast hip-hop track "The War Is On". Emc3ee contributes two songs "Seeing Red", which they shot a video for the promotion for the movie and also feature on the dvd, and their second track "Work It Out" is on the line of the hip-hop group from the 1990's, A Tribe Called Quest. A totally jazzy vibe with a hip-hop beat and their rapping forte sense of humor style. Little fine diva Ms. Kibibi Jones, a regular poet and singer @ the On Stage poetry night in B'ham shows off her vocals in the r&b jazzy tune "Man Of Essence". Spoken word artists Yogi, a tall female who I also see all the time as a regular poet @ the On Stage poetry night @ the Carver Theatre, lets out her tension and aggression in "Unleashed"; Elaine Lindsey who plays the character Angie in the film will put you in a dream like love state with her poetry "Under"; Charles Wheeler is taken by storm by a girl in "It's True"; while Natalie Osborne uplifting a troubled young man who is rejected by others in her hip-hop & funky bassline track on poem "Special". Rapper MC Complet is trying to keep his dreams to himself so he won't hurt his girlfriend who ask to hear about his dream. The instrumental "Impossible", which is an original score for the film have an ambient dreamy feel with a bassline that will make you bob your head and the beat is so tight, it will make you do the tango. "Lucid" Soundtrack is a blending of classic styles that shows off serious talents who really put effort in making the album come alive, which is also heard in the film. The soundtrack itself and movie sums up the feel of the atmosphere. Indeed, a beautiful dreamscape to slip into as your mind falls unconscious while you're listening to the soundtrack.
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Artist: RYN
Title: Whistle and I'll Come to You
Format: 7"
Label: Drone Records
Rated: *****
This British duo has few official releases around, but they should be quite known for their drone noise/doom band Marzuraan (recommended to fans of Earth, Skullflower, Ramleh and the likes) and the harsh noise/power electronics project Romance. The press sheet states that, unlike their usual modus operandi, no guitars were used this time, only field recordings. This is odd because both pieces have this powerful wall-of-sound field which I would have ascribed to some heavily effected string instrument. The title track has a nice bass-heavy ambience, but the flipside wins with a buzzing drone which reminded me of a less refined Organum or some Earth (circa "Earth 2"). Drone Stefan writes "pure metallic flood-noises" and once again he puts it best. Purple vinyl, art inserts and silkscreened covers.
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Artist: AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF
Title: Fragment 36
Format: 7"
Label: Drone Records
Rated: *****
First and allegedly last ever vinyl for Mirko Uhlig's surreal drone project after the nice cdr on Mystery Sea, to which this sounds like a sort of follow up and darker counterpart at the same time. Still very "massive" and blurred like the MS disc (and quite unlike Uhlig's first solo cdr which I'll review straight after), I venture this is based on guitar-generated drones too, though a glockenspiel can be spotted on the flipside. "Part A" is quite ominous and oppressive, and reminded me of Troum's darker incursions into the subconscious side of human mind. "Part O" is more expanded and serene, with warmer tones in the standard Aalfang psychedelic way. Green/yellow marbleized vinyl and hand-painted watercolour covers.
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Artist: CLOSING THE ETERNITY
Title: Northern Lights Ambience
Format: 7"
Label: Drone Records
Rated: *****
Off the recent Drone output, this is surely my favourite ep, and a very nice surprise from this Siberian project, which had previously released some cdrs I haven't listened to. The press release defines this as "Aurora Borealis-Drones" which is surely an effective way to put it, also considering that the two pieces allegedly contain "northern lights soundings". I still wonder what they are: magnetic disturbances, maybe? Anyway, both tracks are very powerful, hypnotic and well constructed though using minimal means, i.e. synth tones and the above mentioned noises. Dark hlue vinyl and CRAZY packaging with a laser-cut metal logo (!).
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Artist: IN MEDITARIUM
Title: Mare Internum
Format: 7"
Label: Drone Records
Rated: *****
In Meditarium belongs to the Ukrainian Dark Syndicate, along with other dark ambient projects like First Human Ferro, Filivs Macrocosmi, etc., and has a few cdr releases under its belt. This Drone 7" ep honestly hasn't impressed me at all: the two tracks, "Regina Solitaria" and "Regina Silentia", are standard dark/cosmic ambient pieces without much edge, and flow away without leaving any lasting impression. Not bad, but nothing to write home about either.
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