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Artist: LEBENSWELT
Title: Lebenswelt
Format: CD
Label: R.A.I.G. (@)
Rated: *****
Formed back in 1999 Lebenswelt is a Russian trio that released five cd-r and one tape since then but they distributed them only to their circle of acquaintance. Produced by R.A.I.G (Russian Association of Independent Genres) LEBENSWELT CD is their first official release and here Andrei Blokhin, Igor Mukhin, and Mamikon Vartapetyan decided to collect their 2004-2005 recordings. Inspired by the ambiguous works of German prophet poet and translator Stefan George (1868-1933) the CD contains 13 tracks that span from the dark ambient to the industrial/experimental genres. Most of the tracks have a back ground humming sound where the band built up their sound sculptures. Sometimes they beat some metal stuff and other times the track keep its ambient structure but alternating hisses to percussive sounds or synthetic bleeps. The ambience created by Lebenswelt has a good effect even on the occasional listener that is immediately absorbed by the magmatic sound.
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Artist: O Yuki Conjugate
Title: The Euphoria of Disobedience
Format: CD
Label: OYC ltd (@)
Rated: *****
The Euphoria Of Disobedience" is the fifth OYC album after ten years from the previous "Equator" which was an unquestionable milestone in 90s ambient.TEOD features some radical changes in OYC sound - tablas and other ethnic sounds are replaced here by a post-glitch sound processing with the same overall dark and organic feel that is a trademark in all OYC releases. Dense dust clouds coat the second track called "In dreams, perhaphs" (featured in the soundtrack of Paul McGuigan's "Lucky Number Slevin" in which Andrew Hulme is also credited as editor / second unit director) where we hear treated guitar tones over a droney background. Things start to get darker in the third track called "Slither" with a stunning and sad synth melody. "Out Through The Skin" is one of the album's highlights and takes us into deeper emotional territories and harks back to that estatic stillness in Hulme's A Small Good Thing side-project. "Where she goes at night" is a spaghetti-western ambient nightmare and reminded me of the odd recurring tune in Arrabal's surrealistic masterpiece "Viva La Muerte". An amazing record that unfolds and grows in time, surely one of the best releases of the year. A follow-up is scheduled for release in late 2006 so stay tuned...
Oct 06 2006
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Artist: MAX TURNER
Title: The Purple Pro
Format: CD
Label: Metabooty (@)
Geez, I don’t really know how to review this one, because THE PURPLE PRO has different interpretation keys and taking them separately you could get the wrong idea of what this album contains/means. Max Turner worked with Marcus Rossknecht as Meteorites as well with Puppetmastaz and for his solo project he seems to impersonate a sort of comics character. His lyrics sound like a sort of ride into craziness. An example? Here it is: "Fear of a purple pro, fear of the purple planet. Tell the united nations of an ultra-violet mandate, to rid the world of blues like a big ass rap mandrill spittin til I sink, ah!" Musically hip hop has a big influence on the project (Max mostly rap his lyrics) and also the tracks sound like twisted hip hop tunes but also a sort of funky electro flavor comes up on tracks like "Disco of the dead". Probably most of you would be destabilized by this album just like I was, but I think that we should take it as a whole because if you consider only the music probably you won’t understand what a deranged blues guitar is doing here and there. Try it if you are in the mood of checking something really particular!
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Artist: ERIK FRIEDLANDER AND TEHO TEARDO (@)
Title: Giorni rubati
Format: CD
Label: Bip Hop (@)
Rated: *****
Dear readers, did I ever told you I'm completely fond of Pier Paolo Pasolini? (who cares!)...well I'm saying that just for the fact that this’ one of the best tribute to the lover/fighter/movie-maker/poet from Casarsa (together with an old work composed by Andrea Centazzo) The odd pair consisting of well known cellist Erik Friedlander and Teho Teardo (Modern Institute, Here, Matera, Meathead, etc..) plays a mix of chamber-classical music mixed with a soft electronics processing. A while ago we've reviewed Teardo's effort with Modern Institute on Expanding and it was again cello based if my mind doesn't fail me (I think he’s obsessed with bowed music), but this time the context is different. While the only possible "trait d'union" that ties the knot between the two cds could be the soundtrack/filmic mood, "Giorni rubati" is much more contemporary classic, experimental contemporary oriented. It's funny, but while listening to the sad and beautiful litanies created by Friedlander's cello it was like listening to some old David Darling, Kronos quartet performances processed with a light and classy use of electronic music. The most of the songs have that perfect length that makes you feel like everything comes in and out right when it has to. The music is sometimes severe, sometimes gentle, somewhere else aggressive and onirical and that’s what really symbolizing Pasolini's personality. Here and there they've the guest appearance of Scott Macloud from Girls vs Boys that enriches what I consider a little jewel. 44 minutes of intense music that hits you right there where "something is beating". If you think classical music hybridized with electronics can create an incredible atmosphere this record is highly recommended.
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Artist: TRISTRAUM (@)
Title: First Embrace
Format: CD EP
Label: Section 44 (@)
Rated: *****

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FIRST EMBRACE is the second single coming from Tristraum's latest album "Gray". It contains remixes of two tracks ("First embrace" and "I'm under no one") plus "Shiver - Therm remix" already released as B-side of their "Shiver" mixes 12", released two years ago. On this E.P. we can find four versions of the main track thanks to Empire State Human (they did a good dance electro pop mix of the track), Amurai (the "Club remix" is really convincing with its house/trance revision), Trotski's Block (this version is more dance e.b.m. oriented) and Lime N Dale (this version is trancey and dilated, good for dancefloors). "I'm under no one" has been reworked by God Project (dreamy electro pop meets e.b.m.) and by Sequentia (they did a synthpop remix permeated by a certain dark vein). If you appreciated the band's album, for sure you'll dig these remixes...
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