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Artist: TISHA MUKARJI
Title: D is for Din
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources
Rated: *****
Recorded at Copenhagen Royal Art Academy last April, "D is for Din" is a solo piano improvisation, but don't expect anything even remotely close to typical piano notes. Judging from the sounds he utters, Mukarji plays a square piano frame directly on the chords, with his fingers and, my guess, a variety of objects like e-bows, brushes etc. Depending on your preferences in terms of concrete sounds, there could obviously be exhilarating passages and less interesting ones, but the continuous scraping and screeching of the chords is vigorous and detailed enough to keep you captivated throughout. One of the best releases in the new Creative Sources overflow.
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Artist: FATHER MURPHY (@)
Title: Six musicians getting unknown
Format: CD
Label: Madcap collective (@)
Rated: *****
"C'mon brothers and sisters, it's sermon time with Father Murphy!!", don't worry this' a band and their only religion is music, for God sake it has nothing to do with any kind of church. "Six musicians getting unknown" is full of indie/alternative folk influences, when playing acoustic they have a lot of Modest Mouse (track 6) or remind their side project called Ugly Casanova. As you can imagine the equation is: "folk-rock", "alternative-rock" with an eye open on american roots. The songwriting sometimes is incredibly good and arrngements such as backing vocals, violins, keyboards don't hide too much the genuine "acustic-rock" style of the tracks. Father Murphy (aka Federico Zanatta plus some boys and girls from the Mad Cap collective) knows pretty well where he's coming and above all where he's headed, despite the songs pass from the depressed ballad to the rock hit, the sound is tight and homogeneous. Probably I'm boring but one of my favourite track of the lot is the last one (I'm talking about the hidden one) that's probably the weirdest track of the record: a real acid pearl a la Radiohead (Pink Floyd!?), that means an effected vocals that floats on a of single note reverbed drone with feedbacks fading distantly. Father's sin is indie music.
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Artist: STUNT ROCK
Title: This is Stunt Rock Vol.3
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco
Rated: *****
Stunt Rock incarnate musical craziness and geniality at the same time. The tracks, as usual for this kind of electro/break core music, are built using cut ups and loops but, always as usual, the result depends on the use the band does of the original material. William Flegal picks up loops of drum, guitar and movie dialogues and he opens a funny and dramatic window on people mediocrity. The most funny part is that into the package you can find a booklet with the lyrics of the tracks but them are made out of the samples. The other peculiarity is that the tracks are titled as "Audio selection number..." and as subtitles William wrote a sort of explanation to the track. So, if "Audio selection number 5" is reported as "I will make up for a lifetime of fucking chicks poorly by having the most diverse cd collection in the world", "Audio selection number 14" is "Please don't stand behind me and make those stupid noises with your mouth that you seem to think indicate to me that you are thinking". Everything has been mixed like there was a drunken schizoid at the desk but he did a damn good work! Break rhythms meet daddies voice, country guitars, lounge extracts and other thousands of sounds / emotions. This is fun!
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Artist: SKORBUT (@)
Title: Access All Areas
Format: CD
Label: Sonic-X (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
I was wondering a bit that there was no further release for this trio from Germany on the Scanner/Dark Dimensions label. Here is the reason, SKORBUT did change the flag and they're now signed to Sonic-X, which remains still a young and faithful German label, always in search for something special in this overpopulated music genre. With the signing of SKORBUT they have indeed made a strong step out of the dark and they should soon be able to reach wider international recognition with more releases like this. SKORBUT offer us 12 new tracks well written and produced in their own unique style. While they do not invent a new wheel, I am impressed how they are able to combine known elements influenced by older EBM classics with some modern and up-to-date bass lines and drum patterns. Especially the drum patterns received a lot of effort and get often distorted without falling into any Powernoise-like themes. The vocals presented here remind me a bit of the ones done by SECOND VOICE for example. The music is a detailed produced kind of EBM/Electro anthems which also does not forget to fill in some more slower tracks as well. Especially to the end of this new CD the tracks are slowing down and give a wider insight in the almost strict side of this music genre on tracks like "Evakuierung der Seele". Dancefloor smashers are of course well present here with "Hypostase" or "Toxic Jesus". So we have here a nice old-school Electro/Industrial album which luckily avoids all too much heard elements of the current presented Hellektro thing. Please take also a look to the nice comic strip "Morbid Inc." in the artwork of this CD. Nice work – keep it on!
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Artist: TYING TIFFANY (@)
Title: Undercover
Format: CD
Label: Suoni Di Jato (@)
Distributor: Wide
Rated: *****
With punk attitude and electro impetuosity Tying Tiffany pack, with the help of Lorenzo Montana' (one of the label Suoni Di Jato's bosses), thirty minutes of raw ironic music. The thirteen songs (most of them are short ones that hardly have a lenght of three minutes) sound simple and direct like punk anthems and some of them show a really ironic edge. Songs like "LCD Soundsystem is playing at my house", "I wanna be your mp3" or "Telekoma" show really well this side: with the use of titles linked with other bands (LCD Soundsystem or Stooges) or with "Telekoma"'s fifty seconds craziness where gabber rhythms are mixed with toy sounds. Guitars, analog sounds, samples are well mixed and they create catchy songs. At a first listening the sound could seems really simple but after few times you realize that it sounds simple because Lorenzo did a good production job. Tying Tiffany is a multifaceted person which beside playing music and djing she also modeled for a book and she acted into "La lingua del santo" movie. If you are in need of half hour of electro punk music with a dance attitude, try this one!
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