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Artist: SILVERY (@)
Title: High Class High On Silvery
Format: CD
Label: Dark Wings (@)
Rated: *****

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Born in 1999 thanks the will of Rico Hüllermeier (keyboards) and Rosa Unrau (vocals) Silvery started to define their music style and after a first period of side projects and other distractions, the band started to record "Sinners and Lovers behold each other", their first official demo-album. Their music contains different influences: goth, synthpop, pop and metal. They worked hard and even radio and clubs in U.S.A. gave them attention. On 2004 they recorded their first album "BlackBox" and after a year "High class high on Silvery" saw the light. The album contains twelve tracks (there's also an hidden track at the end of "The morning") that range from the electronic pop rock of "Searching for my lost lover" and "No way out", the metal rock of "Joy" (the most energetic track of the album along with "Hollow") and the rock ballad of most of the remaining tracks which start with a slow rhythm just to give some energy during the refrain. Personally I found the production of the album too polished and focused on Rosa's vocals. Each track tend to have a luscious effect: it is like the song must seduce the audience. Probably the band is trying to reach a wider audience (the same of bands like Garbage) but in my opinion sometimes some sort of wilderness is needed.
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Artist: EXILE (@)
Title: Pro Agonist
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Exile's first album sum the work of the last years of Tim Shaw: dj and producer coming from England. He worked with John B and MC Temper and he recorded tons of records for Moving Shadow, Beta, Renegade Hardware, Mosquito and Planet-Mu. His first CD PRO AGONIST gathers twelve tracks of inspired hc jungle sounds/rhythms which tend to surprise the listener with new solutions (choirs, melodic lines, classical music excerpts, etc). Two tracks are selected from his recent singles released by Evol Intent and Planet Mu and the remaining ones are new cuts which see also the collaboration of John B (on "Broken language - Exile mix") and Nick Douwma (which helped on the creation of the opening "Silicon chop"). If you don't know at all Tim's work, don't wait for fragmented sounds and hyper nervous rhythms which are impossible to follow. His style is various and angry but he has always got the sense of the track. For sure you could find many influences on his music but his tracks aren't a cut and paste of sounds. They are more likely sound scultpures with a high melodic sense. See how the short "Open mike" succeeds into painting different soundscapes in less than three minutes. Jungle isn't the only thing you'll find on these tracks, because Tim usually use a pad structure to help the rhythm hurricane. On tracks like "Sure you did" you could find also ambient moments as well as classic modern music elements on "Mushroom santa" or on the following "Spring cum air". A thing is for sure: listening to PRO AGONIST you won't find a weak moment and you'll always find interesting elements to follow. Dig the power!
Artist: Charlotte's Shadow (@)
Title: Love and Hate/No Tears
Format: CD
Label: Cynfeirdd (@)
Rated: *****
First debut release from Spain's own Charlotte's Shadow. A mixture of goth/new wave with dark male vocals and female ethereal vocals. Guitar and synths fusing together over drum machine rhythm pattern. Male and female take turns singing on different tracks and also duet together, and as one sings lead and the other one on background. All 12 tracks are very good and outstanding. Favorites included "Life Is A Monster", "I'm Not Afraid", "Gimme Life", "No Tears", "A Better Place", and "Far Away". This self produced release has a good sound quality production. There is also a hidden track included on the disc. The track is a remake of The Cure "Boys Don't Cry". Majority of the tracks are danceable and worth listening to. Charlotte's Shadow is the new cream of the crop in making GOTH and DARK MUSIC to check out.
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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.
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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.
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