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Artist: HANNA HARTMAN
Title: Longitude/cratere
Format: CD
Label: Komplott
Rated: *****
The tracks you can hear on this cd have been commissioned by the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation and by the Deutschand-Radio-Berlin, this recordings have been unavailable until now. The essence of these two tracks is mainly based on concrete sounds that remind of an audio documentary. You can bet that this two pieces can get along pretty well with images, they create images themselves, therefore don't be surprised if looking at the curriculum of mrs. Hartman you'll discover she's worked to other commissioned music before (she's won some awards too). For who's into installations and contemporary art another interesting thing is represented by the fact this "sound engineer(?!?)" should have "exposed" a sound installation at the Goteborg Art Sound festival. Differently from many concrete musicians and above all differently from many releases on great label like Creative Sources or Metamkine, the audio-result is really close to a field recording, I mean the sounds move quietly inside the "amped landscape". As I've just said no sound source breaks in a violent way, everything has its "biological" evolution here, if such a caracheristic element is typical of music created to relax the eventual listener, well, this is the case. While "Longitude" speaks the language of sailing boats mixed with many sounds from the ocean, "Cratere" brings you on the top of italian volcano Etna (Sicily). The last track has the rare quality to recreate the real power of volcanoes and the scary sensation that the earth that you walk upon is alive and not always "that friendly". Althugh after what I've just wrote may sound contradictory, this release is both soft and above all relaxing.
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Artist: THE EX
Title: Singles. Period.
Format: CD
Label: Ex Records
Distributor: Konkurrent
Rated: *****
I don't think that a single review can stress the importance of The Ex in terms of ethics, art, DIY practice etc., but anyway, this almost complete collection of their 1980-1990 vinyl singles (a few works had already been reprinted elsewhere, so they haven't been included) is a welcome reminder. The Dutch band has always considered eps "pamphlets, statements, political comments on current situations, with music that mattered, reflecting the times in which we were living"; so it's no wonder that every single has a story and motivation of its own, from fundraising to public protest actions to one-off commentaries on contemporary events. The extensive booklet, besides featuring the original artworks, archive photos and detailed liner notes, explains how the eps were born, and is as interesting and moving and the music itself. Probably, music-wise, this is not The Ex's most representative work (nor it is meant to be), the featured tracks being generally more direct and less adventurous than the album ones. The first recordings still present The Ex as a snotty 3-chord punk band, but the evolution towards a more free-form and edgier kind of music is evident throughout. The "Gonna rob the spermbank" ep, for example, has some heavy and noisy mix of wave and punk which was years ahead of its time (1983), and the "Stonestampers" one is a good example of the revitalization of traditional songs which will give excellent results in the "1936, the Spanish revolution" project (but also in an affiliated band like Kletka Red). This is much more than just a collection of singles (period).
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Artist: PARADIN
Title: Flesh of Caverns
Format: CD
Label: Mystery Sea
Rated: *****
Ben Fleury-Steiner has a nice series of releases under his belt, most of them on his own Gears of Sand label (which has recently released works by Oophoi and Netherworld as well). This cdr on Mystery Sea, a label Fleury-Steiner has been a long-time and enthusiastic supporter of, marks his debut with the Paradin alias, and the shift has a logical reason in the music it features. While using as a starting point some of the sources (effected guitars and synths) and techniques of the previous releases, "Flesh of Caverns" generally wanders into darker and even more abstract atmospheres. The drones are reduced to minimal glassy frequencies, but the skillfull job at layering and mixing prevents them from becoming too static. The three lengthy tracks rather embody the typical Mystery Sea kind of ambient music, with slowly (geologically slowly, I'd say) unfolding, but always immersive soundscapes. Particles of more recognizable sounds (as the electronic pulses in the first track, or the aggressive synth hammering at the end of the last one) are recognizable here and there, but they rapidly vanish underwater, into the oceanic whole. The title is definitely appropriate as well, evoking a fusion of organic and mineral qualities which could well define these three immersions. As Fleury-Steiner's forthcoming new work, mastered by Robert Rich, has been announced as more rhythmical and theme-oriented, I hope he keeps on producing this kind of nocturnal drones as Paradin.
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Artist: Metagaia
Title: Phonogenix
Format: CD
Label: Poseidon
Distributor: Musea
Rated: *****
Co-released by two labels and distributors (Tokyo-based Poseidon and the French Musea Parallele), "Phonogenix" is a record that was written in the late nineties by Haruhiko Tsuda, a member of the popular progressive japanese band Shingetsu. These eight tracks paint beautiful landscapes and scenarios made of ambient, world music, fusion, new age etc... The array of instruments is very various and enjoyable... From digeridoo to african tribe vocal samples, from beautiful Pat Metheny/Alan Holdsworth inspired guitar soloing & effected guitar volume-pedal comping, to a questionable and very eighties alto saxophone to fretless bass and of course a lot of computer programming, layering and electronica. Major influences are definitely Kitaro, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Artemiev, Vangelis, Klaus Schulze, Popol Vuh, Mike Oldfield, Tangerine Dream, Artemiev etc.
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Artist: Leaf (@)
Title: Made Into Itself
Format: CD
Label: Suspicious Records (division of Hive Records)
Distributor: Ad Noisem & Ant Zen
Rated: *****
This is definitely an unconventional record when compared to the rest of the Hive records roster, but that's probably why Hive decided to put it out under their new subdivision Suspicious Records. Leaf (whose other side projects include Nevrland, Biogliphic, & Blunt Force Crew) is a dark record that walks the paths of experimental hip-hop (mostly instrumental, but you'll get your fair share of rhymes as well) and stops at every intersection to mingle with the cross-roads of trip hop, orchestral arrangements, electronica etc. Leaf likes it lo-fi and raw around the edges, he experiments with samples (a lot of which come from movies) and he flips his shit around on top of sticky beats, hypnotic layers of sounds, minimal turntableism and british-sounding female singing voices opposed to black male voices dropping their lyrics into the mixture. If you like Everlast, Massive Attack, Dj Shadow, Dj Signify, Tricky etc you'll probably dig this. Leaf is currently touring with Def Jux recording artists Cannibal Ox, Aesop Rock and Cage. That's whassup dog!
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