Music Reviews



image not
available
anymore
Artist: CHEFKIRK + CARL KRUGER
Title: The Plain People
Format: CD
Label: Retinascan
Rated: *****
Being a repetitive whiner, I've kept on writing, in my reviews of Chefkirk's cdrs, that it'd been great if the prolific US noisemaker explored his more "ambient" or electroacoustic side, rather than the rhythmic noise one. Well, this collaboration with Carl Kruger (unknown to me), released in an unlimited cdr with a wooden frame by German Retinascan, sort of proves me right... We are not informed of who plays what, but I think it's a mix of electroacoustic sounds (possibly obtained via contact microphones or whatever) filtered through various plug ins or analogue devices. Chefkirk's deranged beats surface here and there, but are kept to a (welcome, by me) minimum. Chefkirk had already scattered similar tracks in all his works, but this time the sound palette is much more varied: the really noisy parts are more ferocious, and the "quiet" ones offer more microscopic details and subtle changes. Everything is fast paced and headache inducing in the best Chefkirk tradition, but with a degree of maturity which makes these 45 minutes a pleasant -ahem- listening experience. By the way, all titles are inspired by the Amish community, with a crazy parallel between that form of secluded living and the noise underground.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: BLACK TO COMM
Title: Rückwärts Backwards
Format: CD
Label: Dekorder
Rated: *****
I was not familiar with Dekorder owner Marc Richter's musical alias, who must have released some vinyl or ep before, this "Rückwärts Backwards" being his full-length debut. The lavish, multi-coloured and vaguely surreal collage-based packaging serves as a good introduction for BTC's approach to music: Richter basically revisits pre-existing melodies by using shellac and vinyl loops, adding some bizarre vocals here ("Bees"), some toy gamelan there ("Virtuosity Is A Means To An End") and environmental recordings, creating floating and fragile soundscapes which will appeal anyone into Philip Jeck's humane turntablism. Tracks like "Lucifer Lacca", with its looped choirs and a slowed down, hyper-dilated string plucking, or "March of the Vivian Girls", with a triumphant crescendo of distorted melodies and skipping snare drums, show Richter's talent for out there but emotionally moving compositions - I'd dare say "experimental pop" (there are a lot of pops throughout, actually) if it didn't suggest radically different things. Not all tracks are as convincing and memorable as the above mentioned examples, but "Rückwärts Backwards" is still a finely crafted album, perfect for quiet and melancholic afternoons.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: BELONG
Title: October Language
Format: CD
Label: Carpark
Rated: *****
Hailing from the ill-fated New Orleans, Belong are a duo formed by Michael Jones and Turk Dietrich; the latter has previously collaborated as Benelli with Telefon Tel Aviv's Joshua Eustis on a remix of Nine Inch Nails' "The Frail", and Eustis is now co-producing and mastering this disc, besides offering his guitar abilities in the title track. Belong must have had a serious crush on Fennesz's works, and probably with Kevin Shields' before those. As I only occasionally go and listen to Fennesz, my appreciation of "October Language" is already flawed, but I'd say it's a nice, if highly derivative, collection of smooth melodic guitar drones smudged with all sorts of digital and analogue defects - but still quite easy listening. Everything is top-notch in terms of production, but with little to no emotional grasp on yours truly.
cover
Artist: MUSTERION (@)
Title: The Black Lodge
Format: CD
Label: HORUS CyclicDaemon (@)
Rated: *****
It has always been a problem for me to find a dark ambient release that was able to fullfill my needs of darkness. You know, the problem is that with the years I became used to listen drones and mysterious voices coming from dusty closets. Musterion's first release THE BLACK LODGE fortunately isn't a darkambient release that contains tracks made with two sounds with titles that evoke unknown demons. Simon AA Kölle had the idea to ideally describe the voyage of agent Cooper (do you remember Twin Peaks?) through strange lands and situations. Try to imagine the agent Cooper in the red room that was placed in a sort of nowhere land (in this case it is called "The black lodge") and then make him visit mystic places where yogi create a Tulpa (a place created by collective immagination) and then place him in a Lovercraft novel. The fifteen tracks are like soundtracks but they doesn't sound like soundscapes. Fortunately each track, along with the usual drones, have got elements that make them sound different from the usual tracks of the genre. Tracks like "Unknown Kadath", "Tannerhauser gate" or the following "III - Lost", for example, contain also a piano that duet with violins, vocals and other elements that bring some melodic line that create a sound similar to Autopsia that play darkambient. Also the tracks that are mostly based on sound samples are really convincing because they always have a sound or a sample that help into the creation of the atmosphere. In my opinion you should try it...
cover
Artist: Gustaf Hildebrand
Title: Primordial Resonance
Format: CD
Label: Cyclic Law (@)
Rated: *****
I’m beginning to really like Cyclic Law as a label. I have reviewed a few of their discs and they have all been excellent. This one is no different. Their releases are the ones that you know that you should pick up eventually but you never get around to it – this is a problem because they are putting out amazing dark ambient soundscape material. As usual with Cyclic Law releases, this one comes nicely packaged in an oversized cardstock cover with dark visuals. Nicely packaged, now on to the music. This disc is a good addition to the pantheon of dark ambient releases. What makes this release interesting is the noisiness of it. For example, "Ruins of a Failed Utopia" features chanting layered over deep drones and clanging metal. For me, the standout track on this disc was "Post Oblivion Fields" – synth drones with metal bells and chimes interspersed. The only track that I did not really enjoy was "The Hollow Structures," which features a baby crying angrily. Some people may like that kind of thing, but I prefer my soundscapes without angry children. This is not dark ambient that fades into the background; it demands to be acknowledged. Because most people like comparisons, the best way to describe this album is as the middle ground between Lustmord’s "The Monstrous Soul" and Inade – not quite as noisy as Inade but with all of the heavy drones of Lustmord. Also, for those of you who enjoyed Terra Sancta’s "Aeon," you should enjoy this disc as well. It's heavy without becoming too oppressive, which is a tough line to walk. However, Hildebrand manages to accomplish this feat, maintaining well the tension between noise and drone. So if you like your soundscapes with some noise, this is a good album to pick up.
[ Next ] [ Previous ]

[1...10] [11...20] [21...30] [31...40] [41...50] [51...60] [61...70] [71...80] [81...90] [91...100] [101...110] [111...120] [121...130] [131...140] [141...150] [151...160] [161...170] [171...180] [181...190] [191...200] [201...210] [211...220] [221...230] [231...240] [241...250] [251...260] [261...270] [271...280] [281...290] [291...300] [301...310] [311...320] [321...330] [331...340] [341...350] [351...360] [361...370] [371...380] [381...390] [391...400] [401...410] [411...420] [421...430] [431...440] [441...450] [451...460] [461...470] [471...480] [481...490] [491...500] [501...510] [511...520] [521...530] [531...540] [541...550] [551...560] [561...570] [571...580] [581...590] [591...600] [601...610] [611...620] [621...630] [631...640] [641...650] [651...660] [661...670] [671...680] [681...690] [691...700] [701...710] [711...720] [721...730] [731...740] [741...750] [751...760] [761...770] [771...780] [781...790] [791...800] [801...810] [811...820] [821...830] [831...840] [841...850] [851...860] [861...870] [871...880] [881...890] [891...900] [901...910] [911...920] [921...930] [931...940] [941...950] [951...960] [961...970] [971...980] [981...990] [991...1000] [1001...1010] [1011...1020] [1021...1030] [1031...1040] [1041...1050] [1051...1060] [1061...1070] [1071...1080] [1081...1090] [1091...1100] [1101...1110] [1111...1120] [1121...1130] [1131...1140] [1141...1150] [1151...1160] [1161...1170] [1171...1180] [1181...1190] [1191...1200] [1201...1210] [1211...1220] [1221...1230] [1231...1240] [1241...1250] [1251...1260] [1261...1270] [1271...1280] [1281...1290] [1291...1300] [1301...1310] [1311...1320] [1321...1330] [1331...1340] [1341...1350] [1351...1360] [1361...1370] [1371...1380] [1381...1390] [1391...1400] [1401...1410] [1411...1420] [1421...1430] [1431...1440] [1441...1450] [1451...1460] [1461...1470] [1471...1480] [1481...1490] [1491...1500] [1501...1510] [1511...1520] [1521...1530] [1531...1540] [1541...1550] [1551...1560] [1561...1570] [1571...1580] [1581...1590] [1591...1600] [1601...1610] [1611...1620] [1621...1630] [1631...1640] [1641...1650] [1651...1660] [1661] [1662] [1663] [1664] [1665] [1666] [1667] [1668] [1669] [1670] [1671...1680] [1681...1690] [1691...1700] [1701...1710] [1711...1720] [1721...1730] [1731...1740] [1741...1750] [1751...1760] [1761...1770] [1771...1780] [1781...1790] [1791...1800] [1801...1810] [1811...1820] [1821...1830] [1831...1840] [1841...1850] [1851...1860] [1861...1870] [1871...1880] [1881...1890] [1891...1900] [1901...1910] [1911...1920] [1921...1930] [1931...1940] [1941...1950] [1951...1960] [1961...1970] [1971...1980] [1981...1990] [1991...2000] [2001...2010] [2011...2020] [2021...2030] [2031...2040] [2041...2050] [2051...2060] [2061...2070] [2071...2080] [2081...2090] [2091...2100] [2101...2110] [2111...2120]


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha