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Artist: UNTER NULL (@)
Title: The Failure Epiphany
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Well, look on the cover of this first official full-length of this US-based act – isn’t she-devil Erica Dunham not a real sweetheart? With fake blood on her hands and in her face she really gives you a first impression what you’ll get to hear here. After the signing with Alfa Matrix it took a while until this Seattle-based female-leaded act could get ready with this release. In between there were some nice and highly acclaimed compilation appearances like on "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 1" or the 5th chapter of the Interbreeding series – and also her pre-released appetizer "Sick Fuck" - to me still her most horrible effort at all! Yep, my expectations were pretty low after this EP and I made myself some scary thoughts of what there would be still to come. Finally Alfa Matrix had the right nose and taste for the musical talent of Ms Dunham and she really surprised me positively with "The Failure Epiphany". The given info sheet describes her as the "female soldier in the SUICIDE COMMANDO league". Sorry, but this fails – it doesn’t end at all with the use of some slight distorted bass kicks to fit with this comparison. Lets call her better as a female Bryan Erickson aka VAC – this would fit with the fake blood, the splatter movie influences, the lyrical content of this whole CD and most especially with the well worked out synth layers and the scary mood they offer. She really impresses me with her dark and depressive synth work, so no real wonder that I prefer her calmer tracks like "Silence" or the marvelous "You Have Fallen From Grace". Of course this CD also features a lot of food to storm the floors of the dark clubs, "Martyr", "Your Nightmare" or "ZombieBoy" can be named here easily. A note also to the sound of the vocals: I had to spin this release 2 – 3 times to find acceptance to her rough distorted, almost alien-like kind of vocal penetration. On some pieces I would wish her for the future to find a cleaner style – to fill in a better balance could be a nice develop. Len Lemeire of IMPLANT has produced this album and it seems that he gets more and more exposure for his studio work – again a very nice and professional work. So you get here a hard-kicking and enjoyable Electro/Industrial album and Erica Dunham will find her place as one of the hardest female-leaded acts. Look also out for some live performances of her if you’re not afraid to deal with blood...
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Artist: Wayne Peet Quartet (@)
Title: Live at Al's Bar
Format: CD
Label: pfMENTUM
Rated: *****
It must have been a sizzling hot night at Los Angeles' Al's Bar, when, back in April 1999, this amazing quartet was recording what only recently became one of pfMENTUM's new releases. Wayne Peet is a well known organ player, so good at what he does, that while he gets funky on his keys with the right hand, he also plays all the bass lines for the entire band on the left hand, rocking and locking the low-end groove with the eccentric and tight Russell Bizzett (Tommy Bolin, Billy Preston, Freddie Hubbard) on drums. Complementing the fired up rhythm section plus solo organ, are two of the most active, daring and out there amazing guitar players that the scene has to offer today: Nels Cline (Vinny Golia, Mike Watt, Osamu Kitajima, Mark Weber, Banyan, Mark Isham, Lydia Lunch, the amazing Blue Man Group and dozens of other collaborations) and G.E. Stinson (Metalworkers, Chris Brown, Alex Degrassi, Devin Sarno, Kaoru, Chris Brown, Momix, Lisa Giobbi, Carol Kim and a bunch of others, as guitar player, coreopgrapher, video artist). As you may very well imagine the levels of musicianship and chemistry run way hi as the four geniuses at work improvise and experiment with jazz, fusion, noise, experimental muzak and more... Styles and influences are priceless and outnumbered by ideas and combinations of them. I will say that with so much guitar rocking out and vibing to each other and to the other two session players, names like Holdsworth will definitely find a place on the shelf of possible comparisons. If you are into free-form fusion extravaganza, definitely don't turn a deaf ear to this release.
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Artist: Mick Harvey
Title: One Man's Treasure
Format: CD
Label: Mute
Rated: *****
As we wait for Nick Cave's and Warren Ellis' "The Proposition" film and soundtrack (which will be released in a month but I'll be reviewing on these pages mid next week - stay tuned!), let's get into the mood for that by talking about another Bad Seeds' co-founding member: Mick Harvey, also co-founder of The Birthday Party and member of The Boys Next Door (with Cave also) and Crime And the City Solution, steps into the spotlight for what basically is his debut solo album "One Man's Treasure". Altough Harvey doesn't seam to be the least bit uncomfortable swinging by his own tunes, he chose to pay tribute to some great songwriters such as Tim Buckley, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Cave himself, Lee Hazelwood and the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce of the Fun Club, whose songs Harvey felt connected to and wanted to sing himself. Harvey, who is a talented multi-instrumentalist and producer, recorded the basic tracks at his home studio and only later added strings and drums in a real studio in Melbourne, where he also made quick two-hour per song mixes to keep the raw and spontaneous vibe intact. His voice, certainly influenced by years of collaboration with Cave and Blixa, might remind you of Syd Barret, or even (sometimes) Bowie, as well as other great immortal voices of less recent times, while the intense, minimal, passionate and intimate music on this record will caress your heart with overtones of urban Australian alternative country and the best American songwriting tradition. Harvey's extended score-writing expertise also shows through his very own way of portraying images in sound, and in this album acquires an almost Barry Adamson-like quality, when you consider the way the scenarios evoked by these instruments are perceived and translated into tangible atmospheres. Mostly acoustic-based, Harvey softly electrfies most tunes with precisely the vicarious beauty that you'd expect from (and for) this type of compositions and, while effortlessly maneuvering between acoustic and electric instruments' sound palettes, he joins in on the sonic dance of shades and colors with sweet whispering uttered crudeness and leaves you wanting for more and wondering where he gets that primitive energy and that soothing quality that he puts out there and offers in the form of touching, outreaching and far-reaching melodies. Superior.
Jan 07 2006
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Artist: End (@)
Title: The Sick Generation
Format: CD
Label: Hymen records (@)
Distributor: Solnze records (Russia)
Rated: *****
Here's some friggin' crazy music to kick off the new year: "The Sick Generation" is the new CD by NYC-based Charles Pierce's outlet End, a collection of sixteen electro-rock muzak pieces made up of music samples and references to sixties ez-listening oldies music, surf music, tons movies, tv shows and films and frenzy injections of everything every nostalgic person has memories of. "The Sick Generation" boldly ventures into excotic and historic audio libraries and archives that will make your bootie rock to the funky sounds of vibraphones, organs, horn stabs, orchestral arrangements, sitar, synth pads, trumpets and a bunch of rock drums, guitars, breakbeats, but it does so fearlessly and at a pace that won't allow for enough time to even comprehend what's going on... it's all thrown at you from every direction, shredded, mixed and remixed in a way that is very familiar to drum'n'bass artists and DJ's and making it a very exciting and up-beat record that sounds exceptionally modern for something based partly on such vintage material. The album is really mostly a remix album, featuring the skills of Foetus, The Bran Flakes, Messer Chups, Society Cleaners, Drop the Lime, Jason Forrest, Ning Nong, Duran Duran Duran, Mad/EQ, Hecq. Very original.
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Artist: CYRIL EPINAT/MATHIAS FORGE/JÉRÔME BERTHOLON
Title: Duo...
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources
Rated: *****
Epinat (acoustic guitar, objects) and Mathias Forge (trombone, objects) recorded these improvised tracks with Jérôme Bertholon (credited as "recording, electric lighter, quartz clock"!) in La Pierre Chatelus , in the Loire district of France. They performed outdoors (in a wood, in a field etc.) and you can actually hear crickets and other faint natural sounds while they play - but nothing as phonography-based as, say, Afflux's works. "Duo..." features honest, but a bit predictable and standard (if this word can be used for radical impro - I guess it can) pieces, with guitar-played-as-object ramblings and Doerner-style trombone gurgles and sputters. Not a bad album, just one that doesn't stand out from the rest.
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