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Artist: Decomposure (@)
Title: Taking Things Apart
Format: CD
Label: Unschooled records (@)
Rated: *****
Whoa! I am starting to think we have all overlooked an extremely valuable and remarkable record label for far too long, an outlet that obviously knows quality when it sees (ehhm... hears) it! Among new findings proving this is the release of Decomposure's "Taking Things Apart", a full lenght CD that probably shines the brightest light with the piece "Speech", that is basically just a cool and dynamic beat with Georgy's post 9/11 speech... While others overdo what's been done a million times already (I haven't taken my best shot at it yet, because of that), Decomposure just exploits the obvious idea to its full extent taking it to the next level. W is extremely well treated and edited and becomes one with the track, so rhythmical and groovy that I "almost" liked him for a minute there... Thankfully I came back to my senses with the rest of the album which never refers back to the ugly Texan voice but still very often refers back to similarly excellent rhythm-noise. Decomposure's theme revolves around repetition, and specifically its antithesis, the relationship of percussion to music and to silence and the deconstruction and re-arrangement of every day sounds into fragments of metropolitan-paced breakcore, outdoors ambient anti-muzak, indoor ambiences and more sonic transitions between space and time, or more like, location and its environmental pace. "Taking Things Apart" is a bold and exceptionally gifted attempt at taking the background and turning it into the foreground, at taking the un-important sounds of you ever day life and process them into music you can focus on. The album has definitely some really outstanding highlights but it doesn't seem to always be able to keep up with that level of quality, nonetheless it is a great friggin' piece of music that you should explore at your earliest convenience.
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Artist: PILOT BALLOON (@)
Title: Ghastly Good Cheer
Format: CD
Label: 2nd Rec (@)
Rated: *****
GHASTLY GOOD CHEER is the first album for Pilot Ballon, creature of Jud and KaeoFLUX, members of the Komadose film & audio post production crew (www.komadose.com). The album brings to the attention of the audience twelve songs deeply infuenced by various genres: hip hop, jazz, electronica and post rock. The structure of the tracks is multi layered and it seems that for each layer they chose a different genre. Most of the rhythmical structures come from hip hop, vocals are from post rock or rap, electronic bleeps and analog effects take their inspiration from I.D.M., guitars comes from post rock or jazz, etc. The resulting effect creates an atmosphere of suspended tension that never reaches its critical point. In this way tracks like "Testimonial Match", "Hug Dusty" or "Throe Stasis" seems fragile because of their structure where sounds play little parts (the multi layered structure I metioned) but, in reality, they are like sharpened knives,shiny and dangerous, for how much they are intense. The first time I listened to this record I thought about Pilot Baloon like a Codeine and Portished conjunction but there's much more to discover into these twelve particular tracks. You know, it's like taking part to a multi ethnic menu where each dish has got a different history and a different taste. You've got to eat them slowly to discover the different flavors and for this GHASTLY GOOD CHEER it's the same. A hint: if you want to fall in love with a track at a first listening, try with "Vampire Tonic".
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Lupinaria Uccide
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Vigna Dei Coglioni
Ever wondered what could be the effect of merging together sane irony with industrial, electronic, punk and pop music? Well the different bands that act under the name of the Lupinaria project know it very well. LUPINARIA UCCIDE ("Lupinaria Kills") offer 107 minutes of controlled insanity where music meet trash culture just to turn it into something more than rubbish. Each band is peculiar and aims to personalize the various musical genres they are making reference to. Dj Smegma takes Laibach and Icon Of Coil samples to build a martial dance track out of the announcement used by the people that sharpen the scissors going into the Italian streets with their cars. Aggettivo Sette melt rap and folk to play an anthem dedicated to vagina. Bravi Ragazzi plays demented oi music (but sometimes into insanity lies the truth...). Kunst Mork plays an instrumental dance e.b.m. track (I already reviewed them when they sent me their first demo) but this time there's only music and not irony. These are only few examples of what you can find within the 31 different musical projects (plus a crazy video maker) involved into this double CD compilation. If you are interested into something different and you're ready to think like Devo and Residents where biscuits and plants are like modern art, you're ready to enter the world of Lupinaria but if you look for perfection, then mind your own business... P.s. Hey, if you want to try it, it costs only 7 Euros!
P.p.s. If you are interested into "normal" alternative electronic / industrial music, on this compilation you can also find good bands like: Mf9, Der Feuerkreiner, Elipsis, etc.
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: reMIxED
Format: CD
Label: OM Records
Rated: *****
reMIXED is a compilation by OM records aimed at bringing back some of the hottest house/techno/lounge music by artists they've been involved with throughout the years. This means you'll find Mark Farina, Naked Music NYC, Afro-Mystik, Eighty Mile Beach, King Kooba, Andy Caldwell, Soulstice, Terra Deva, Ming & FS, Rithhma and Kaskade, all spinning moderately rare remixes by Miguel Migs, Marques', Thievery Corporation, Derrick Carter, Halo & Andre, DJ Spinna, Johnny Fiasco etc. If you get nostalgic on the dancefloor try this out, it's a little flat at times, but that comes with age...
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Artist: Invercauld (@)
Title: Tiamhaidh
Format: CD EP
Label: Cyclic Law (@)
Rated: *****
Montreal, Canada, based label Cyclic Law's sixth release comes from American dark-ambientalist Invercauld, a project that has released a few CD-Rs but never an official debut, such as this one. "Tiamhaidh" is "inspired by the rain and fog ridden landscapes and history of his Gaelic ancestors". It's easy to make you think of rain, sound-wise, but harder to give an idea of the sound of fog. Invercauld, however, does a very good job at painting a dark and wet and cold atmosphere where nothing moves, except for air and humidity, through, across and beyond the leaves and branches of the forest's tree. Even the name sounds like it has something to do with the word "winter".In line with the tradition of Cyclic Law, this CD comes in a beautiful textured trifold sleeve whose graphics really aid those visuals.
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