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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Muzick out of open windows
Format: CD
Label: Field Muzick
Rated: *****
Field Muzick is a new-born label run by Marcus Obst of Dronaement fame, and is focused on, surprise surprise, field recordings and music. Hardly a new concept these days, as the idea of mixing sounds with what one can hear out of his/her window. This said, the sampler is really good, offering strong pieces by all projects involved. I have to say the phonography aspect is not that remarkable to me - you basically hear very similar sound phenomena throughout, but that's unavoidable I guess. The musical aspect, on the contrary, is much more interesting, sometimes brilliant. Oddly enough, Dronaement doesn't use the drones he's rightly known for, offering a piece of rhythmic, spacey electronica, and along with Frz w/ Imagho's acoustic guitars it's the only non-droning track here. Some great, sombre ambiences come from Aalfang mit Pferdekopf, Alio Die, Andrea Marutti (aka Amon/Never Known etc.), Logoplasm and The Infant Cycle. Sébastien Roux seems to reduce everything to pure frequencies and digital crackles, and offers a powerful throbbing soundscape. A very cohesive and rewarding sample, as all projects are well represented and surely offer no filler.
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Artist: PITA
Title: Get Off
Format: CD
Label: Häpna
Rated: *****
This is the fourth album by Peter Rehberg aka Pita, and the first one which is not on Mego, a label whose trademark sound he surely defined. Well, to be blunt I don't really like this album. As always, Pita ranges from minimal drones to an inferno of distorted frequencies. Partly ambient, partly harsh noise, partly glitchy electronica... The matter is, none of the tracks really stand out for me. I like the softer, more meditative ones like "Eternel" and "Retour", but I wished they were more elaborated - as they are, they sound nice but offer no variations, and end up sounding like good sketches to me. But the main problem is with the noisy pieces. Some of them ("Resog 45", "Babel", "Luzthm") really sound like a bored tweaking with some effects and plug ins - uninteresting noise, and there are literally DOZENS of projects doing it better. The disc is only partially saved by the crisp quality of some sounds and certain successful parts... but I definitely expect more from such a recognized name.
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Artist: Ashtray Navigations
Title: Some cat lost in his own picture
Format: 7"
Label: Memoirs of an Aesthete (@)
Rated: *****
There are suprising Eastern influences to this new Ep
by Ashtray Navigations. The navigating this time,
takes us on a journey which traces the traditional
rythymic formulas of folk while low res sounds filter out
into harmonic bell peels, entwining a sonic richness
in this rather very fragile composition. The B side
pans out with low tones that transcend time and space.
This Ep is both primitive and raw although has some
hope of electric acoustic improvisational music of the
postmodern age.
Surreal ripples and a conviction in
chance, make this a very worthwhile listen.

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Artist: JANOSCH MOLDAU (@)
Title: On My Own + On My Own Remixed
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Minimal, melodic and sometimes melancholic, Janosch Moldau made two really good versions of his debut single ON MY OWN. Unfortunately Janosch has been caught by the music industry fever of releasing a second version of the single (including exclusive remixed version of the tracks), even if only one CD could include them all. Fortunately all the tracks of the two CDs are good enough to pass on this fact. The first single contains the original version of the song plus an "extended step mix", a new track "Life is moving" and a remix of "Redeemer", track that will give the title to Janosch's first album. The second single, contains five tracks: three remixes of ON MY OWN ("Carbonate mix" "New hookpark mix" and "Liquid theme") and two remixes of "We are laughing" ("Grain could mix" and "Exit mix"). All the remixes are kinda ambient with some i.d.m. inserts and give a new life to the synthpop tune of the original versions. Also, the original version of the tracks isn't strictly the kind of synthpop influenced only by 80's, because on those ones you can find modern electronic arrangements and digital sounds. Even if this is the first release of the project I can say that Janosch is ready to perform head to head with the big names of the electronic scene. Well done...