Music Reviews



image not
available
anymore
Artist: Indicia
Title: Identifying Marks
Format: CD
Label: Kanpai records
Distributor: IDN Innovative Distribution Network
Rated: *****
Indicia is a relatively new duo from the west coast. They present a powerful, well-balanced, skillfully-produced and aggressive mixture of electronica and trip-hop. The band comes through as a professional act and their sound is very mature, more than you'd expect from a debut. Musically speaking Indicia is pretty minimal, but manages to still be pretty raw and powerful. Deep bass lines, sizzling drum sounds, careful and never excessive programming of pad layers and texture sounds all work together towards awesome sonics that are beautifully complemented by the sexy, versatile, eclectic and talented vocals of the female singer. Very impressive indeed.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Scott Solter (@)
Title: The Brief Light
Format: CD
Label: Manifold records (@)
Rated: *****
Every once in a while, rarely, somebody comes along that doesn't abuse the "ethno-ambient" label by just releasing a cheap drone with a royalty-free tribal chant sample; somebody that actually has that thing called talent, that many seem to have forgotten when cheap DAW's gave everybody the illusion that now they are engineers, producers and musicians. This is one of those instances: San Francisco sound engineer and recordist Scott Solter (known to me for his contribution in Tarentel and Spoon, and probably to some others for his hands in Court And Spark, John Vanderslice, Okkervil River) decided to pick up where he left off in the nineties with O Yuki Conjugate and The Hybryds, by creating a beautifully sophisticated and enchantingly relaxing record where the human factor of performance still plays a major role and underpins its very rhythmical foundation with percussions and other world instruments and field recordings. Hovering over this solid and, to use a record label's expression, "third-world ambience" structure, is a whole new other world of dub bass lines, electronic sounds, breath instruments, manipulation of sounds and recordings. Strictly instrumental, altough you might hear some sampled voices here and there, "The Brief Light" explores many of the world's corners with the swift and delicate fast-traveling movement of a highly technological machine but with the respectful and considerate soul and approach of an exploring pioneer. If all of that still doesn't give you enough of a clou about what you're dealing with, try thinking of this as comparable to an enigmatic, eclectic, emotional, exciting blend of Muslimgauze, Shinjuku Thief, Pink Flyod, Skuli Sverisson, Pat Metheny, Peter Frohmader, P.A ONLY, Rob Levit, Bill Laswell etc. The album is packaged in a light hand-crafted Indian burlap fabric wrap and a folding cardboard sleeve with deep letterpress printing done on antique equipment. Looks very raw and authentic, gorgeous and original.Enlightening overall quality.
cover
Artist: STROMKERN (@)
Title: Light it up
Format: CD
Label: Dependent, WTII (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****

BUY from  HERE
I don’t like to hold back an original quotation by J. Ned Kirby, vocalist and main head behind STROMKERN out of the info sheet to this new release:

"In the past I was generally careful to keep politics out of STROMKERN but it has simply become impossible. I find myself struck dumb on an almost daily basis by the events that are taking place. It has become increasingly clear that a war is underway, a culture war, being waged by fanatical, hyper-religious conservatives against anyone who questions their religious, moral, political or economic agenda. All of which seem to have the maximum disregard for the personal freedoms of others as well as the safeguarding of the planet for future generations."

Well, I am not here to arguing on this. I would like to say: "Hello and welcome to the daily madness", because it seems to me that STROMKERN have developed a lot since their latest full length CD "Armageddon", which is already now three years old. To include some more or less decent guitar riffs into the already stylistically diverse sound of the multi-talented musicians, J. Ned Kirby and Kelly Shaffer, is surely more than a hint. "Electro/Industrial/Alternative" – well, so it is! Some European Electro purists will be surely get shocked by listening to the new STROMKERN sound, but here are still some remarkable tracks which can easily show all the rich musical talent in production and composition. STROMKERN have grown up not only musically, also for the lyrically content with a more critically interpretation of the current politically situation (excellent example: "Reminders"). This is surely not that typically STROMKERN release of early days, it needs some more rotations until it can satisfy. The title track of the previously released Single-CD "Stand Up" is of course still present here, as well as the track "Slow Cascade", both tracks can be called next to the already mentioned "Reminders" to the favorite of the purists. This been said we can noticed some prominent help on the vocals done by F. Spinath of SEABOUND performing on "Sentinel", while Victoria Lloyd (CLAIRE VOYANT) helped out on the slow "Hindsign". Also a favorite is the slow track and with a nice piano performance done by J. Ned Kirby, "Forgiven" which melodic insult will not leave your head... Congratulations again to the German label Dependent (for the USA: WTII Records, check out: www.wtiirecords.com) for picking up one of the leaders of complex and innovative electronic-minded music. Make sure to visit a gig of their current tour to watch these guys with the Metropolis recording artist BATTERY CAGE. Nice done!!!
Aug 25 2005
image not
available
anymore
Artist: LUNAR
Title: Turbo
Format: CD
Label: Moonleerecords (@)
Rated: *****
Some years ago a couple of friends of mine after a short tour with their own band told me they' had played with some interesting bands, one of these bands was Lunar. After several tour in Europe and a release on belgian Delboy label I'm glad I can finally hear one of their releases, I can't say if that's the best band of the Moonlee lot, but without any doubt is the one I prefer. Indie rock, I've had the hitch to write post-rock but at last that's indie rock, it's instrumental music mainly but there are some (poppy) vocals, melody makes the rules on this cd and the band is completely focussed on it. When somebody speaks about relaxing music, here it is, what I call relaxing music: indie-emo-rock with reminiscences of Constellation, the sound of the best emo rock from the 90s and there's a Mogweyan feeling even if thanks to god this' not another arpeggio-based combo (ok, they have those slow heart-breaking arpeggios but they're alive and kicking and not booooooring as many others). Sometimes the architecture of the song is completely sacrificed for the sake of melody and for good! The big mistake of many bands is they don't have the strength and the patience to work on arrangements. A good record and a good identity card for Lunar.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: ANALENA (@)
Title: Carbon based
Format: CD
Label: Moonleerecords (@)
Rated: *****
Analena plays really melodical, once it would have been labeled emo-core, now it's "emo-rock", not unlike many bands that made it on Mtv. The sound is good, the female vocals reminded me of Dahlia Seed (for those who are old enough), the music is a good cocktail of rock, pop-punk, emo based on solid guitars female and male vocals in balance between screamo and melody, here we could say that the result is not that far from the english emo wave of the 90s (Tribute, Spy vs Spy, Schema, Baby Harp Seal) but somewhere else it sounded like the best Reitziger and Fine Before You Came. There's a thick production and I dare everybody to say this bands comes from Europe; there's also a big american feeling in the ten songs of this cd. Sometimes their songwriting is chained to the cliches of the genre, but after all they do it really well therefore: why no?!. Some songs are potential hit for the indie-punk market and if you are into this style, you sure won't be disappointed. I imagine live they can enkindle since some of their riffery is catchy. Indie rockers and the rest of the world have discovered some bands from the punk scene, this could be another good surprise...but just for the aficionados of this genre.
[ 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...1670] [1671...1680] [1681...1690] [1691...1700] [1701] [1702] [1703] [1704] [1705] [1706] [1707] [1708] [1709] [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]


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

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