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Artist: ANATOLY PERESLEGIN (@)
Title: Passion Models
Format: CD
Label: Electroshock (@)
Rated: *****
I remember that when I was a young teenager my brother was used to record contemporary music on Italian Radio 3 radio station. Today when I put on my CD player Anatoly Pereslegin's CD PASSION MODELS I was amazed how much these recordings were remembering me the ones my brother was recording then! What kind of stuff can you find into these tracks? On the CD cover you can find a phrase that could explain very well what PASSION MODELS is: "Sinth fantasies for the symphonic orchestra". The nine movements are gathered under the name of five imaginary models, so you can find Matthew for track 1, Mark for tracks 2 and 3, Luke for tracks 4 and 5, John for tracks 6 and 7 and Thomas for tracks 8 and 9. The tracks recalled me the soundtracks of certain early expressionist movies where the music was giving half of the atmosphere. Musically the tracks are really intriguing and alternate moments of apparently calm with a lot of crescendo where the strings duel with the organ or the cembalo parts. On some moments you can find yourself involved into a sort of musical storm where violins and cellos create a complex web of sounds which make you lose your senses. The CD is a good one but sometimes the sounds used are similar on most of the tracks and this make you lose your attention.
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Artist: KID SPATULA (@)
Title: Meast
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Mike Paradinas is an experimenter of electronic delicatessen and he's active on different fronts of the electronic scene: with µ-ZIQ and with the Planet Mu label (he runs it and he's also the owner). This new double CD (his third one released as Kid Spatula on Planet Mu) contains material picked up from his 1994/1998 DAT archives. The thirty four tracks paint a wide range of ambients and atmospheres passing through ambient music (see the last tracks of the first CD), jungle music and jazzy interludes. It's like being at a melting pot of different genres where IDM meet ambient, electronica and jazz. All the tracks are instrumental and they are able to create a good atmosphere with melodic moments. Not every track is a good one, sometimes you've got the impression that something is missing, but fortunately most of them are good and interesting tracks where Mike add layers of intriguing sounds, melodies and rhythms (like on the beautiful "My Piano And Me") where you can discover something new at each listening. If you think that on these release you can find packed two hours and twenty minutes of cool electronic music and sounds, you'll find yourself forced to check this out!
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Artist: SUBINTERIOR
Title: Insomnie
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
After the very positive debut mcd (see archive), Andrea Freschi (also in Coma Divine, Canaan and Weltschmerz) is back with the Subinterior monicker and a full length 41' work. This time the sound sources do not seem to be manipulated field recordings only, but I could be wrong. The fact is, Subinterior has become even more solipsistic in his approach to ambient drones. Isolationism may not be a trendy tag anymore, but it's perfect to describe "Insomnie". Most tracks seem to be originated from manipulated feedbacks creating clouds of black droning frequencies. I still have to use the Main comparison as the most fitting one - Main at their darkest and less cosmic, that is. Amon's "The Legacy" could be a possible paragon as well. This is like being plunged into total darkness. Listening to the bottomless moanings of "Insanity" and the final, elegiac "Close to the end" is almost soothing after so much void. A recommended listen for sure.
Apr 13 2004
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: MIAD
Format: CD
Label: Somia Music (@)
Rated: *****
Somia Music is a new born Miami/London based label which already has an ambitious schedule, 10 records due out in 2004, from artists like Subjex, Cliquetpar, Captain Marmalade, Osiris etc. Judging from this debut sampler, its chosen field is modern rhythmic electronica in its various facets, and "MIAD" offers a good show of that, from obsessive super-fast beats (Xanopticon) to glitchy melodies (Utrecht, Captain Marmalade's "Finding out that you're in love in the seventh grade": best title here!), from flirts with bubblegum pop singing (Cliquetpar) to Autechrian incursions (Subjex). If you dig IDM and electronica you'll surely find lots to sink your teeth into here.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Dielectric Records - Volume One
Format: CD
Label: Dielectric (@)
Rated: *****
Dielectric, which also released the excellent double cd by the Drone All-Stars (see archive), is a recently established label here collecting tracks from a series of 12" vynils and adding unreleased tracks to boot. Actually, only 6 tracks out of 16 are previously released; every artists is featured with 2 to 4 songs. This "Volume One" mostly offers bastardized rhythmic electronica, opening with Warp recording artist Sote (Ata Ebtekar) giving me a headache with brutal noisy electronics mixed with orchestral samples, all with skeletal beats. Sorry, I don't like it. Same goes with Virgox, which is Sote + Safar Bake and has more or less the same mix of junk electronics and obtuse rhythmics. If you like the extreme side of Warp or Rephlex you'll probably dig these. Carson Day offers more humane electronics, sort of a distilled Aphex with micro-beats and nostalgic melodies. Good, though I didn't particularly like his take on hip-hop ("Get hurt"). Die Elektrischen (aka Drew Webster, Dielectric main man and sound technician) is the best rhyddim dealer here, with an interesting use of samples and beats and a cool use of mix - the result is quite experimental while staying extremely physical in its approach. "Kurenai" is a good example of his technique, resulting in a tribal layering of percussions, while "Deaf with the record" manages to make a simple drum sample sound interesting. Karen Stackpole is the odd artist here, closing the compilation with four interesting tracks of cello and gong improvisations, nice tranquil instrumentals with a reflective beauty - ending up in a nice droning mix by Die Elektrischen himself. Can't say I loved the whole batch, but respect is due to a label which praises Scorn, Earth, Articles of Faith, Darkthrone, Low and Morton Feldman at the same time.
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