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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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Artist: PAUL BRADLEY
Title: Liquid Sunset
Format: CD
Label: Twenty Hertz
Rated: *****
Bradley is tirelessly putting out new releases, and, when the quality is this high, prolificacy is welcome. His new full length, "Liquid Sunset", is probably one of his best solo releases indeed: its two parts remind of his most abstract guitar-based works, like "Sepulchral" or the first Dronework, but with the more serene and airy feel that was already present in "Anamnesis". The guitar inputs are thus transformed into warm floating clouds of sound, slowly lulling the listener - perfect evening soundscapes, just like the title evokes. And besides the inherent beauty of the work, one notices Bradley's increasing mastery of the tools of trade, as his releases keep getting more and more refined.
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Artist: NETHERWORLD & FIORENZA GHERARDI DE CANDEI
Title: Lost
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Penumbra
Rated: *****
Penumbra is a new sublabel of Oophoi's Umbra, releasing shorter works by ambient musicians. "Lost" is a single 22-minute track of Alessandro Tedeschi's extraordinary project (here at processed field recordings, loops and voice), with Fiorenza Gherardi de Candei at chant and lyrics. The experiment (i.e. adding sung vocals to an isolationist ambient soundscape) is quite risky, but the two artists luckily match very well, and Tedeschi has skillfully chosen how to distribute Gherardi de Candei's distant vocal melodies and the anguished spoken text which dominates the last minutes. I know the "mix X and Y" thing is lame, but try and imagine Mick Harris' desolate drones in the "Murder Ballads" series crossed with Lycia at their bleakest, and you'll get close to the atmosphere of this successful ep.
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Artist: Verplanken
Title: The Missing Tracks
Format: CD EP
Label: Marie-Line T Discovery (@)
Rated: *****
Way more inscrutable and abstract than their previous release Autopsy of a Dream, Verplanken's 5-song follow-up EP The Missing Tracks is to say the least something of a non sequitur. "Voyage" and "Island," tracks one and three, resemble nothing so much as an atonal wash of sound reminiscent of the Hafler Trio or Brian Eno's ultra-minimal Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks album. Unlike Autopsy, there are no drums or rhythms of any kind. Not at all a bad recording as far as sound quality goes, and if echoey synth and disjointed bass patterns float your boat; but make no mistake, these Missing Tracks are definitely not party music.

Fripp-like guitar treatments on track two, "On the Edge," do little to dispel the disappointment one feels at complete lack of kinship with prior Verplanken work. Instead of bouncing along while exploring a whimsical and amusing new planet, we're cast adrift in space.
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