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Artist: ARPANET (@)
Title: Inertial Frame
Format: CD
Label: Record Makers (@)
Rated: *****
Arpanet is back and I'm glad to have some new sounds from Drexcyia / Dopplereffekt laboratories. After the 2002 Record Makers release titled "Wireless internet" and after the last year "Quantum transposition" (released for Rephlex), Arpanet is back on Record Makers with a beautiful album. This time Gerald abandoned the sidereal voyages of the previous album to get back to the laboratory to try a new formula of gathering rhythm and sounds. If the previous one was sounding a little too ambient, INERTIAL FRAME takes inspiration from the experiences gathered with Dopplereffekt and the result are fourteen beautiful tracks based on minimal melodies, robotic rhythms (many parts are arpeggios) and vocals. Yes! You read it right! This time Arpanet created also some songs with vocals and all (check "Zero volume", "Twin paradox", "Event horizon" or "Gravitational lense", to name few). The album is just perfect and on the tracks you'll find traces of Detroit techno, ambient and Kraftwerk. Usually when I review I listen to the music and I start writing some ideas, well, this time I had difficulties writing while listening, because I got totally caught by the atmosphere of the instrumental tracks and by the melodies that were looping into my head. You know, when you start to follow a cyclic melody and you catch another one to follow, it's difficult to focus on words. I'm satisfied!
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Artist: A CROWN OF LIGHT
Title: The clearing
Format: CD
Label: Eibon (@)
Rated: *****
As you can see we've some new releases on Eibon and that's probably the one I've enjoyed the most. This duo involving Brandon Elkins and Rober Hunter Osgood can be esily filed under industrial/dark ambient but in its strenght lies in its semplicity. The good production pushes every sound in your face when it has to alas that feeling to be sinking in a dark pool is to be taken for granted. This release begins with meachanical drones but it's not just based on that kind of sound (even if they're dominant in most of the tracks) and A Crown Of Light pierced most of their scary atmosphere with a good amount of "concete" sounds and/or field recordings. Sometimes the samples/field recordings can be barely listenable and fade in and out from a fog made out of reverb, but in many cases those cold concete sounds stand firmly in front of the listenrs reaching patiently the climax. A dark-ambient release like many others? I don't thin so and I think it's too bad thet's the impresion you get from the first half of the recording infact if you'll have the patience to let it play you'll discover that despite it's uniformity this cd is not has a couple o interesting surprises ("The sound of one millions lives ending" for example. Dark, heavy, uncompromissory but just muscolar, probably a bit too long but still intense.
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Artist: NERONOIA (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Eibon (@)
Rated: *****
The first approach was so and so and I don't know why but I was expecting some sort of "dark/prog metal record" but after a few second I've seen I was completely wrong. Neronoia is a joint venture that marries dark heroes Canaan and Colloquio a band I'm sorry to say I don't like that much. If compared to Canaan this project is more soft and listenable, it's strange 'cause do to the Italian language used by the singer I couldn't but think to some depressed/inspired famous singer projects from here above all to Fausto Rossi (Faust'o) and to early La Crus but take it with a grain of salt. Musically this dark, heavy new wave with a strong emphasis on bass dynamics but I could bet people into My Dying Bride, Moonspell or some Fields of Nephilim wouldn't dislike it 'cause the global effect is that minus loss of the rock guitars. Yes, I think you can hear the Caanan imprinting but as I already told you this is more melodic and melancholic. The lyrics follow in the same direction with this typical "dark days coming" feeling all over the place. If you're into dark music but you despise those plastic-fake keyboards sounds of mid eighties well, this well produced and quite refined.
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Artist: I LOVE UFO (@)
Title: Wish
Format: CD
Label: Record Makers (@)
Rated: *****
Formed at the beginning of the new millennium, I Love Ufo is a French powerful psychedelic punk trio. If it is difficult to link punk to pychedelia, well by listening the opening track "Wish" (the album has the same title) I hear traces of Blue Cheer and Sun Dial but filtered through the punk impetuosity. On "White flower" the influences and the sound change, because if the voice sound like Peter Murphy sings the Stooges, the music is a sort of 70s punk with 90s sound. "Like in the movies" (track chosen for the realization of the first video), instead, is noise a punk anthem (they remember me a 90s band I loved, the Green Magnet School. If you don’t know them, check their "Blood music" album on Sub Pop), while the following "Cold" is an hypnotic ballad. I Love Ufo gathers so many influences that it is difficult to name them all. You can hear echoes of 70s psychedelia, had rock, punk (check "Happy birthday" if you like Dead Kennedys, for example), new wave and noise all mixed into a powerful formula that will convince you. They are also famous for having a very energetic and involving live show, so check them if you read their name on the walls of you city!P.s. You can give a listen to the songs at this website http://iloveufo.recordmakers.com
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Artist: HYPNOLOVE
Title: Eurolove
Format: CD
Label: Record Makers (@)
Rated: *****
I’m an animal and I get excited when I can have my dirty paws on releases like this. My senses are titillated by the sensual rhythms and by cool melodies. Hypnolove, with their EUROLOVE did a fantastic album and a gorgeous debut. They already released in the past an EP with the same name (released by Confusion Recordings and containing a first version of "Eurolove", "Nights In Blue Jeans" and "Disco Veneziano") and the "Mademoiselle" 12" (containing the original verion, two remixes and an Hynolove version of the "Assault on Precinct Thirteen" main track) and with EUROLOVE they are ready to prove their value. The trio coming from Toulouse is formed by a French, a Portuguese and a German guy and it’s amazing to notice that into their blend electro/funk/italo disco/indie wave they put also somethig characteristic of their original land: the Portuguese language on the final part of "Eurolove" and on "Lembranca", the French on "Etoiles" and "Mademoiselle – edith" and the German on the melanchonic "Deine augen" (its beginning remember me some atmospheres of the latest Franz Ferdinand album). Opening with the Crowleyan sentence "Every man and every woman is a star" (in French "Chaque homme, chaque femme est une étoile"), "Etoiles" is something more of an intro and it introduce the audience to a multifaceted album. The songs are perfectly built with cool melodies and rhythms and the album convinced me immediately. It is impossible to stay immobile when you listen to the punk influence of "Furori sacrum" (there are no guitars but the 4/4 drums and the energy are the same) or "1000 lies", the Italo disco of "Flashy pretty girl", the electro pop of "Get to know the girl" (featuring Bitch Lap Lap on vocals it is a song that Madonna would have if only she knew the Hypnolove!), the indie feels of "Party pooper" or the sensual cover of the 1979 Kiss’ hit "I was made for loving you", here slowed down and still full of charisma. Produced by Julian of Tekel and Renaud Letang (already producer fomr Gonzales, Jane Birkin, etc) EUROLOVE is a perfect album that celebrates late 70s, early 80s with a modern flavour. Perfect!
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