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Artist: Robert Nasveld (@)
Title: Music For After Anything
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Attacca (@)
Distributor: Muziek Groep Nederland
MUSIC FOR AFTER ANYTHING is a double CD by Dutch composer and pianist Robert Nasveld. The great artwork includes very informative booklet with photos and liner notes written by the composer himself that open the door to his creative laboratory. MUSIC FOR AFTER ANYTHING is made up of diverse compositions that basically explore the possibilities of the piano and present a panoramic view on the historic development of the instrument. Nevertheless, piano is not the only instrument on show here. The core of the composition PREPARATIONS FOR COMA is the chirring of a typewriter which is beautifully augmented by the piano bits played by Polo de Haas as well as bass clarinet of Harry Sparnaay. The oldest musical instrument - human voice - dominates in the second track called IMAGINATIONS I. The three-minute track TRIPLUM (perhaps, the most mesmerizing number of the bunch) simply takes your breath away with its magical energy. The composition consists of three separate parts and is performed by the Utrecht Chamber Choir. A subtle shift of view is perceivable in the title track that opens the second disc. It lets you see the new sides of already known phenomenon and situations. This is music of impressions, granting the epilogues with the life of the main story, turning the after word into the linking plot. This after, or the subtlest aftertaste is brought into focus here. The shift of view also results in our changed perception of the episodes of life. The list of these episodes is also included in the booklet and it numbers 22 occupations, events and states: having one?s teeth cleaned, a visit to the social worker, learning of a grant refusal etc.Space and time are the dimensions in which the composer operates, taking them to a special level - the one of the newborn sonic fantasy. Exceptionally beautiful music, although its beauty is not pastoral, but contradictory, unstable, disturbing, capable of stimulating all spiritual forces of the listener. Going through all levels of music, taking in all of its moods, infiltrating its body, we acquire our own versatile experience which is not only musical. For lovers of modern classical music MUSIC FOR AFTER ANYTHING will be a valuable buy.
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Artist: T.A.C. (@)
Title: Waiting For The Twilight
Format: CD
Label: Small Voices (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
This is the first release for SMALLVOICES, a new label that seems to be concentrated on the experimental side of electronic music as the second release has been the TH26 CD reviewed some days ago by Marc. WAITING FOR THE TWILIGHT is the T.A.C. coming back after five years from their last release "Apotropaismo". As usual Simone Balestrazzi and his crew (each time a different one) for this release changed the sound and the approach to the project. As far as I can listen this new CD seems to be a sum of the last twenty years of T.A.C. music, merging together acoustic instruments, digital bleeps and isolationist atmospheres. Every track has got a recitative female voice that seems coming from another dimension. At first the general atmosphere is really different from the passionate one of the first band's releases. Albums like "Il Teatro Della Crudelta'" were more direct respect this one but WAITING FROM THE TWILIGHT is a multi layered work which plays with cold moods and sharp noises. Maybe a wider variety of ambiences and solutions could made of this CD something more direct but we know that T.A.C. aren't that simple. The band will release soon a new album coming from the same session of "Waiting for the Twilight". A sort of "twin album" titled "Twilight Rituals".
Feb 23 2003
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Artist: VVAA
Title: Thisoriented
Format: CD
Label: Thisco (@)
Second sampler from the more and more active This.co collective. I think all tracks are exclusive or unreleased live versions. Emphasys is on underground electronica, with various nuances - from the ethno-exoteric approach of Ah Cama-Sotz, This Morn'omina and Rapoon to the avantgarde/glitch one of Ultra Milkmaids, with an obvious presence of the unavoidable Warp-sounding styles. Resident projects Ras.al.ghul and Sci-fi Industries prove once more to be in excellent form also in live sets, and Sunwolf is a name to be on the lookout for in the increasing Thisco rooster. Matt Howden's Sieben present, on their part, a bizarre track called "Luso in my heart" (great title) with an uncommon electronic-rhythmic background merging with Howden's violin and passionate vocals... quite romantic and noir sounding, actually. Other projects included are Spies-Inplant, Elektroplasma, Dither, Mimetic Data, and Mlada Fronta. Watch out for the new full-length by Ras.al.ghul!
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Artist: MORTAR/MANIFESTO
Title: Sepulchres/Alpha Omega
Format: CD
Label: Anaemic Waves Factory (@)
A 16-track cdr in the usual glossy A5 packaging for this new Anaemic Waves Factory reissue. Mortar's "Sepulchres" tape (1997) presents eight untitled track of dark industrial ambient. Let's say I liked the darker, more oppressive tracks, while the more musical ones were not for me - too raw and minimal in their melodies... I think this project (by the way, you'll know it's Murder Corporation in his ambient incarnation) has done better in the future. Sweden's heathen Magnus Zetterberg/Manifesto offers, on his part, two tracks from the "Concrete Salvation" 7" (2000), four from the "Nailed to the floor tape", and two from a 2002 private CDr. Manifesto is a cold, mechanical mix of death industrial and dark ambient, with pounding rhythms, ghastly atmospheres and obsessive samples galore... a sort of more varied version of Archon Satani, maybe. Quite good stuff but a bit repetitive on the long run.
Artist: Daniele Brusaschetto (@)
Title: Poesia Totale dei Muscoli
Format: CD
Label: self-released
I wonder if I could get away with saying that the new Daniele Brusaschetto album has a more "squat-friendly sound", but if you know what the average offering of that scene is, I think it is really true, at least to some extent. Maybe he was sick of touring places all alone with his machines and seeing those looks in the faces of those who expected some other crappy hardcore trio (I've seen them myself when playing squats with my band) or maybe it's just a natural evolution for somebody who comes from the bands Whip and Mudcake, but it certainly isn't far off from his original sound and its actual soul. With "Poesia Totale dei Muscoli" (Total Poetry of the Muscles) he is turning to his roots and taking a step back from his previous more industrial-loaded sound in order to approach a slightly more easily-listen-able blend of fierce and fiery garagey noise-driven combo playing. The result is strong and powerful. Solid crunchy bass picking, rumbling room-reverberated and heavily compressed live drums, multiple layers of very expressive guitar strumming and up-front deep, doubled and harmonized vocals. I am probably not the ideal person to attempt comparisons in this field, but if you listen to some garage, post-rock, noise-core you'll find plenty of, and considering the affinity with the industrial-electronic sphere you might consider starting from Pitch Shifter or Fudge Tunnel or stuff like that. Lots of the electronics is gone in favor of a more "standard" rock line-up that sometimes sounds Italian, sometimes British, sometimes American. For that matter I think I was more into the older sound but that certainly doesn't mean that the new material isn't worthy of attention, contrariwise I must say I find it quite likable and I appreciate the touch and the tone. Of course he retained his connection with the experimental arts and you can hear that in very ingenious and refreshing ideas sprinkled around the record (such as "Palla Bianca con Scritta Rossa" -White Ball with Red Lettering- where two identical signals feed the board and he occasionally mixes the twin signal in to have that otherwise annoying phasing artifact that is simply cool his way and which I had never heard being used creatively before or thought of using at all) or in the occasional passages of noisy dark ambience and sparkles of floor electronics and distorted sampled sequencing. To honor the past there are even a couple of mainly electronic-experimental pieces, like the last two "Se lo faccio morirei" (If I did it, I'd die) and "Il Bambino Tram" (The Tram Boy).The extended poetic lyricism, the fact that all the vocal parts are in Italian and the way they are singed can't escape from reminding me of C.S.I. (not the American TV show, the Italian band you moron!). It's almost like realizing that he has always possessed some of that specific style but now it really bleeds through and shows big time.If you like Daniele's music you should listen to this because you will find the core of what has always been his signature in terms of vocal style, lyrics and guitar noise-ness, strapped to bone and true in his essence. Minimal in structure, maximal in impact. Less is more. More is Daniele Brusaschetto.
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