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Artist: KOJI ASANO
Title: Sanctuary on a reclaimed land
Format: CD
Label: Asano production (@)
Rated: *****
First off, enjoy yourself and have a look at the discography of Koji Asano on his website...incredible...uh? It looks like the japanese composer lately has put out records on a regular basis. This restless musician can be filed as a composer, sure, but also as an electronic musician: therefore don't expect this cd to sound like an average contemporary-classic "piece", otherwise you'd be confused while hearing it's "not so ordinary". So what to say about the 36th solo release of Asano? Let's say this cd features a single "suite" (50:55 minutes long) and the title itself says a lot: "Sanctuary on a reclaimed land". Imagine the most accessible (and inspiered) piano works composed by Varese or Bryars with a bit of Satie, freeze it up, process it all with a laptop then think it all has been played into an hangar, nay, in a warehouse (since it all has been played into a warehouse of the Osaka harbor for real) and to complete the receipt consider you're listening the performance from a point not too far from the warehouse, but neither so close. For the weird my description may sound, for those who never heard the unstoppable Asano, it can help you to imagine something you may haven't heard before. I like this work, it's both cerebral but also psychedelic, it shows the great talent of Koji while demonstrating that both contemporary and electronic music can be great and experimental while not sounding necessarily frigid.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: -40
Format: CD
Label: Cocosolidciti (@)
Rated: *****
Cocosolidciti records is a perculiar record label and the people at Cocosolidciti like to think about peculiar releases. -40 for sure is one of them. Composed by a set of a CD plus a DVD, -40 is a compilation which gathers modern digital manipulators of the likes of Akufen, Deadbeat, Venetian Snares, Knifehandchop, Secret Mommy, Lowfish, and DMC World Champion DJ Dopey, etc. They were called to do some treatement to some old Canadian Propaganda Films from the '40s. The whole project is divided into treated audio tracks and visual treated works with original audio. The visual sources have been treated by David Lemieux, Josh Raskin, Shawn Chappelle, Nadia, Duguay, Creatix, etc. The video treatements gave to the original sources a sense of uneasiness: it's like the video artists, with their work, underlined the alienation and the horrors of war. The ten tracks of the audio CD sound particular because you can hear the soundtracks of those propaganda films along with jungle beats and various rhythm based solutions (with also some ambient atmospheres like on the Prhizzm track "Ordeal by ice"). The video DVD, to be honest, contains a lot more respect the video reworks, as it contains also the whole CD audio tracklist with the original scores that were used as sample source. The remixers did a great work and I suggest you to check this release as you won't be disappointed!
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Artist: LIBERTÉ
Title: Romantique
Format: CD
Label: Dark Wings (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
The Rostock/ Germany based trio LIBERTÉ was founded back in 1998 and the current line-up is: INES HÜBNER (voc), STEFFEN POHL (keyb, voc) and KARSTEN VEDDER. The eleven songs of the album are the essence of five years of studio work, live performances and advanced song writing. The title "Romantique", express very well what you can find in this album. LIBERTE merge romantic thoughts and melancholy in a dark sound consisting of electronic classical arrangements, drums, warm guitar sounds interwoven with beautiful, sensual female and male vocal lines.The lyrics, written mostly in English, with only a few in German, deal with dream sequences, mourning and death, desires and loneliness as well as the ever present but hard to reach love. Musically the tracks made me think about the best tracks of the first Xymox, only with the sound a bit more modern. I find each individual song to be well-written and well-executed, I would also suggest that any fan of goth rock and darkwave give this album a listen, you could discover a great band.
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Artist: Dark Territory (@)
Title: LIBERA ME
Format: CD
Label: Dark Wings (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
How wide is the dark territory? You can discover it by listening to this album. Ethereal, gothic, electronic, industrial, medieval, exotic, classical, you can find all these influences in the latest project of two Dutch musicians called Jamez and Jon. Jamez isn't a newcomer in the music business. As a seasoned musician and techno producer, he produced so many good records that you could imagine, releasing dozens of releases under a variety of aliases. Jon is the vocalist but also the writer, composer and co-producer. His talent in creating melodies and atmospheres combines perfectly with Jamez's ability in shaping musical landscapes.
Dark Territory, track after track explores with great experience the darkwave sound. In this album you can hear ghosts of Dead Can Dance, Ontario Blue and O quam Tristis, but not only that: cold electro of the likes of the Die Form, E.B.M. close to Front line Assembly, etc. If you don't count tracks 2 and 5, which I haven't found that great, this is a masterwork!!!
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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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