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Artist: JEBUS
Title: The ants are eating my head
Format: CD
Label: Elvis Coffee (@)
Rated: *****
Jebus are a trio featuring members of Psychic Space Invasion, Green End Listening Station and Directive 4: all of them swapped guitars, pedals, samplers, etc. during a 6-hour improvised session, and this 3-song cdr is the final result. A great trippy start with throbbing, melodic swirls, and there are definitely some excellent intimistic moments throughout which would have been wonderful if further developed. Unfortunately, this suffers from the improvised session syndrome: it was surely fun to play and record, but what about the listener? It comes down to personal tastes, I guess, but I've found many passages of their extreme/psychedelic/delayed jamming (and it's 90% of the record) pretty dull. It's loud, but it's not interesting. Again, this could have A LOT of potential, but needs some skimming and cropping - 66 minutes of this are just too much.
Artist: Susan Mazer, Dallas Smith
Title: \
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Domo Records
Domo Records is nothing if not impressive in its ability to produce and release a variety of new age albums, all of preeminent quality. Another fine example of their work can be found in the Susan Mazer and Dallas Smith project "The Circle of Life". Mazer's Harp and Smith's Woodwinds blend together to create a special sound that distinguishes itself from being just another generic new age soft instrument creation. There's a flavor to their music that helps it stand out. Beyond that is the music's ability - a common factor with Domo releases - to carry you away, to displace your spirit in a better place for a bit. The music is brisk like a comfortably cold morning but warm like a soft summer sunrise. The instruments fit together like puzzle pieces whose ultimate picture is that of nature in its utmost serenity. Alluring and undeniably comforting, "The Circle of Life" is a fine addition to any new age/ambient collection.
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Artist: PUNX SOUNDCHECK (@)
Title: Plastique E.P.
Format: 12"
Label: Beautycase Records (@)
Rated: *****
Punx Soundcheck is a musical project formed by John Taylor (Punx Soundcheck and The Droyds) and Arif Salih (Natural Born Chillers). The idea behind the band is focused on the "icon series" 7" project. The tracks are released as limited editions and are based on visual themes and music ranging from the early 80's to nowadays. The band remix tracks for other artists like Marc Almond (Fuck The DJ EP), Dead Or Alive ("You Spin Me Round" remix) and most recent Siobhan Fahey (ex-Bananarama/Shakespears Sister), as well producing their own songs. The 12" I'm going to review contains three tracks. The first one is the famous Visage's "The damned don't cry" which sees Cormac on vocals. The new mix refresh the track without changing it that much and the new vocals are really amazing as Cormac voice sounds really similar to Steve Strange's one. Along with the Visage cover we can also find two versions of "Metrosexuality" ("King Roc remix" and the original version) which is really a catchy electro song. The remixed version make of it a raw and pumping club hit while the original version is more analogue oriented but it's cool as well as the remixed one. If you are an electro addicted and you like the club attitude check this out!
Artist: Susan Mazer/Dallas Smith
Title: Circle of Life
Format: CD
Label: domo.com
Domo Records is nothing if not impressive in its ability to produce and release a variety of new age albums, all of preeminent quality. Another fine example of their work can be found in the Susan Mazer and Dallas Smith project "The Circle of Life". Mazer's Harp and Smith's Woodwinds blend together to create a special sound that distinguishes itself from being just another generic new age soft instrument creation. There's a flavor to their music that helps it stand out. Beyond that is the music's ability - a common factor with Domo releases - to carry you away, to displace your spirit in a better place for a bit. The music is brisk like a comfortably cold morning but warm like a soft summer sunrise. The instruments fit together like puzzle pieces whose ultimate picture is that of nature in its utmost serenity. Alluring and undeniably comforting, "The Circle of Life" is a fine addition to any new age/ambient collection.
Artist: Fumio
Title: Best of Fumio
Format: CD
Label: Domo
Domo Records' "Best of Fumio" shows exactly why Fumio has been around long enough to have a best of disc. Fumio's lush, gorgeous soundscapes are soul-captivating and assert their siren's allure instantly upon pressing of the play button. Flows of electronic ambient are surrounded by crystalline drifts of audio form; low, subtle musical shapes; the lightest of light wooden percussion, just for texture; smooth xylophonic punctuation, etc. Fumio's music creates a blissful realm of peace from which one never wants to return. The music is simple but fulfilling and utterly effective and represents exquisite, top-line new age.
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