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Artist: AUTOPSIA (@)
Title: Le Chant De La Nuit
Format: CD
Label: Illuminating Technologies
Rated: *****
If you follow Chain D.L.K. from early 2001 you probably didn't miss the interview I did with Autopsia. If you did, well, LE CHANT DE LA NUIT is the perfect way to know their music and their attitude (you can also find the interview I did into the interactive part). What LE CHANT DE LA NUIT exactly is? Well I can't think about it only as an album with an interactive section, because on the data section you can find so many informations that we can think about LE CHANT DE LA NUIT as a whole multimedia project. The musical part is divided into eight different tracks and it is a compilation of tracks coming from "Mistery science" ("Electrosphere", "(G)rave" and "Joy of chaos"), from "Humanity Is The Devil 1604-1994" ("Prologue" and "Delamentatione"), from "Palladium" ("Palladium 4" a.k.a. "Der Reichtum Des Vielen Und Das Eine") and from the side projekt compilation "Prager Kodex" ("Interdikt" by Hussite). The only track I don't know is "Tallow". If tracks like "Tallow", "Prologue" and "Palladium 4" are more based on the ambience created, "Joy of chaos" is structured like a suite where rhythmical parts and electronic intermezzos (with drum machine, sequencers, etc) break the tension by adding some dynamical inserts. "Interdict" is like a dark medieval track while with "Electrosphere" the atmosphere gets thick again blending choruses and electronic sounds just to form a march. "Delamentatione" and "G(rave)" don't release the tension and close the CD with some other epic sounds. The interactive part is divided (just like their website) into different sections: Discography, Gallery, Autopsia Television, Reviews, Smrt Kultury Jako Komodity, Downloads (links to the www.bombaj.cz website where you can purchase four of their releases as downloads) and interviews. If you'd like to have an in depth view of this important project, this one is for you!
P.s. This release is limited to 300 copies, so... hurry!
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Artist: ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSER (@)
Title: Abandon Music
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
EMC is a duo made up of Ken Gibson (also active as [a]pendics.shuffle, 8fm, Pre Wig, Bal Cath and Rev Com) and Ian Read. By listenin to ABANDON MUSIC I thought instantly to this definition: raggae / dub music played by Autechre. In my opinion this give instantly an idea of the sound of the first half of the album, while the remaining five tracks are more like a deconstruction of a dance tune with deranged rhythmical parts where the tracks stops and go and at each stop they lose a part just like an old car that runs down the hills. The only exception is represented by "Adoption of the blank", where the ambient i.d.m. takes an hold and the crazy rhythmical parts are substituted by an electronic magma that makes its way through the radio frequencies. Even if the album isn't immediately enjoyable little by little the tracks shows their personality and make of ABANDON MUSIC a CD to discover.
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Artist: Jerry Colburn
Title: Smell the Love
Format: CD
Label: Strip Mall of Sound (@)
Rated: *****
A self-produced and -released solo artist out of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Jerry Colburn provides many moments of brilliance with "Smell the Love", a CD of instrumental passages and interludes. Contrary to the title's riff on Spinal Tap, most of what you hear are two- to three-minute instrumental programmed drum loops that have a sort of hip-hop feel, festooned with Rhodes piano and organ sounds, and flavored with acoustic guitar and varied percussion. Although various influences are mentioned in his description sheet, to me this release is a lot more closely related to DJ Shadow than to Esquivel. The tones and textures are too diverse to pin him down, anyhow: mathematically idiotic chord progressions that somehow make perfect sense, passages which draw you into the plot of some intriguing movie even though all you have is its soundtrack. The music almost doesn't want to be taken seriously, but I insist it really is good, if you hear it through a good enough stereo and speakers (or headphones). Indeed, though, with song titles like "Buzzy the Squirrel", "Evening in Newark", "Shellfish Bop", and "Dildo Baggage Car", it's hard to keep a straight face, but that's probably Colburn's intent. And it seems that Mr. Colburn was a longtime drummer for punk, garage and improv bands, gigging all over his home state, until now deciding to move into the wonderful world of Experimental Electronica. Welcome, Jerry. (Although I have to dock half a star for the baby picture.)
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Artist: VIRUS SYNDICATE
Title: The Work Related Illness
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
This is an easy review. I could end it right now by saying that if you are into rough hip hop and you are dead tired of the Hollywood people (Eminem, Snoop Dog, etc) Virus Syndicate is the altenative you have to check. It would be too easy to say that even my wife, that don't know what the hell the word "grime" means, dug THE WORK RELATED ILLNESS immediately! The fact is that each track has got a different arrangement and if "Slow down" is based on gregorian choruses with distorted drums, "Major list mcs" is almost influenced by electro, "Clockwork" is beatifully influenced by cool jazz and "Throwing in the towel" and "Karma" by middle Eastern melodies. The sound is really pumping, the songs are amazing (see also the humor of "Girls" where the song starts with a host that introduce you to a show about guy / girl relationships), the melody is catchy and the Mcs do their work really well. Do yourself a favor, don't miss this one! It will be out at the end of May...
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Artist: BEYOND SENSORY EXPERIENCE (@)
Title: Pursuit Of Pleasure
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
New chapter for Beyond Sensory Experience after the end of their trilogy (ended with a fourth chapter titled "Korrelations" which was containing unreleased and mixed tracks) and first release for Cold Meat Industry. With PURSUIT OF PLEASURE, B.S.E. explore the realm of pure dark ambient and if their past works where based on rhythmical manipulations and ambient research, this one is based on pure psychotropic sound with humming sounds, long hisses and distant melodies. Only when we arrive to "Advanced human sexuality (AHS)" we find a lushy sound within slow breaths and creepy atmospheres that change a little the sound approach. The following "Craving the touch" is based on the concept that less is best and here the silence plays a big part. The closing "Hold your breath and close your eyes" follows a similar scheme of "A.H.S." and of the opening "Pursuit of pleasure" with a slow picked contrabass (or something similar) and a loop (a sort of scratched recording of a whale calling) that form a hypnotic mantra made of low frequencies. Musically I preferred the old albums because they had different sound solutions for each track while PURSUIT OF PLEASURE is like a long suite where B.S.E. focus their effort on the effect more than on the style but if you are looking for a nightmarish ambience soundtrack, this one is for you!
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