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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Fairy world vol 2
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
There are few labels that their name means quality, you can think of Projekt in Usa, Palace of Worms in Italy and surely the French label Prikosnovénie, whic is specializing in ethereal, neo-classical and influenced music with magical or fantasy themes. The sampler-catalogue "Fairy world vol 2" presents their music and artworks through a colorful and luxury booklet/CD, a compilation featuring 17 projects on the label with the most recent productions, 11 unreleased titles, a trip that leads you into Australia, Japan, Italy, Greece, Russia, France, Armenia.......world music,celtic influences, acoustic guitar , heavenly voice,violin, percussions,oriental meditative music.
01. PINKNRUBY . Unreleased track
02. ANASSANE. Taken from Lyra’.
03. FLEUR . Unreleased track
04. ZMIYA. Taken from ’Solmamdenlo’.
05. MISSTRIP. New
06. DELEYAMAN . New
07. COLLECTION D'ARNELL ANDREA. Taken from The bower of despair’.
08. GHOST FISH. Taken from Ghost Fish’.
09. IVO SEDLACEK. Taken from Mystical violin’.
10. LOVE SESSIONS 2. Unreleased track
11. LYS & FRANSOI CASPARI. Nouveau
12. DAEMONIA NYMPHE. Unreleased track
13. IRFAN . Unreleased track
14. MOON FAR AWAY . Taken from Belovodie’.
15. JACK OR JIVE . Unreleased track
16. CAPRICE. Unreleased track
17. CAPRICE. Unreleased track
You'll love them all.
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Artist: GIUSEPPE IELASI
Title: Gesine
Format: CD
Label: Häpna
Rated: *****
Italian experimental guitarist Ielasi's new album starts where "Plans" (on Sedimental) left off, following a gradual interest in more "melodic" and structured forms of music than his previous, acclaimed improv/electroacoustic solos and collaborations. Electronics and concrete elements are still present, but only occasionally taking over (track 5), and more often used as an arrangement for pieces which are both skeletal and detailed. "Gesine" is a moody, warmly intimistic record, which seems to whisper of personal ghosts, second thoughts and unsaid goodbyes. Taking the traditional languages of folk and blues, and blurring them with minimalistic iterations, scraping sounds of amplified objects and electronic devices, Ielasi has probably written his most mature and emotionally affecting release to date.
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Artist: MORCEAUX DE MACHINES
Title: Estrapade
Format: CD
Label: No Type
Rated: *****
With the demanding reputation of "B-Boys of musique concrète", A_Dontigny (prepared cds, turntable, effects) and Éric d'Orion (computer, live electronics, effects) have concocted an interesting, often exhilarating work, helped in the live tracks by precious guests like Diane Labrosse (sampler) and turntablists Otomo Yoshihide and Martin Tétreault. They make noise which is often brutal and rabid, but are wise enough to make it more varied than a continuous feedback squeal. "Onanisme" is autistic techno, "Triple fermentation" is drum'n'bass which needs a serious dose of Ritalin. Bits and pieces of other people's music are thrown in and trashed with a mocking smile AND an ethic, after all. Listen to the 14-minute tour-de-force of "Trépanation", where crazed beats pave the way for a jazzy delirium, like a Peter Brotzmann record via effect pedals. If anybody remembers the AMK/Hands To/PBK disc on RRR, this sounds like its digital update.
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Artist: ADAM SONDERBERG/PAUL BRADLEY
Title: Anoxia
Format: CD
Label: Twenty Hertz/Longbox Recordings
Rated: *****
Coming in an exquisitely designed dvd case, this single track, 38-minute work is the result of the mail collaboration of US musician Adam Sonderberg (of Dropp Ensemble and Civil War fame) and UK drone expert Paul Bradley, which should be well known to ChainDLK readers by now. Not much information is given on how the project developed, except that the former sent sound sources which were altered and mixed by the latter. Once again (as heard on his works with Darren Tate and Monos), Bradley reveals his amazing ability and taste for flowing, detailed soundscapes. As suggested by the title, "Anoxia" is a brooding, sombre experience. The initial sources (guitars? strings? field recordings?) are stretched and manipulated into fibres, shades, drops of sounds: any detail is widened until it becomes blurred and unrecognizable. As the piece progresses, the deep reverberating drones make it sound more and more like a dirge. Think of Mirror's hypnotic live sets and turn the already scarce light out.
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Artist: DAVID WELLS
Title: Drone Works # 9
Format: CD EP
Label: Twenty Hertz
Rated: *****
UK artist David Wells is quite a newcomer, with only a 3" cdr on The Locus of Assemblage which I haven't listened to yet, but his contribution to the Drone Works series is a very successful and mature one. Unlike most of his predecessors, who opted for a slowly (often painfully slowly) evolving track, Wells juxtaposes different movements and atmospheres, in a sort of oneiric gallery. The menacing start, with massive, buzzing metallic drones, gives way to more suspended fragments (à la Monos/Mirror), leading to the serene ending of far-away seashore sounds. Definitely a name to keep a look out for, especially for his forthcoming collaboration with Paul Bradley.
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