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Artist: BEYOND SENSORY EXPERIENCE (@)
Title: Pursuit Of Pleasure
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
New chapter for Beyond Sensory Experience after the end of their trilogy (ended with a fourth chapter titled "Korrelations" which was containing unreleased and mixed tracks) and first release for Cold Meat Industry. With PURSUIT OF PLEASURE, B.S.E. explore the realm of pure dark ambient and if their past works where based on rhythmical manipulations and ambient research, this one is based on pure psychotropic sound with humming sounds, long hisses and distant melodies. Only when we arrive to "Advanced human sexuality (AHS)" we find a lushy sound within slow breaths and creepy atmospheres that change a little the sound approach. The following "Craving the touch" is based on the concept that less is best and here the silence plays a big part. The closing "Hold your breath and close your eyes" follows a similar scheme of "A.H.S." and of the opening "Pursuit of pleasure" with a slow picked contrabass (or something similar) and a loop (a sort of scratched recording of a whale calling) that form a hypnotic mantra made of low frequencies. Musically I preferred the old albums because they had different sound solutions for each track while PURSUIT OF PLEASURE is like a long suite where B.S.E. focus their effort on the effect more than on the style but if you are looking for a nightmarish ambience soundtrack, this one is for you!
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Artist: JERRY COLBURN (@)
Title: Smell The Love
Format: CD
Label: A Strip Mall Of Sound (@)
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
After beating the drums into a garage punk bands in Arkansas, Jerry Colburn decided to try something different but without forgetting his rock roots. Having this in his mind, he composed twentry three tracks influenced by different kind of music: latino, rock, i.d.m., '60s soundtracks, hip hop, electro, etc. Each influence has been blended into short tracks which, even if the longest one is about three minutes, are capable of painting a personal picture that works. Not each of the twenty three are memorable ones but most of them succeed into entertain the listener and I appreciated the attitude of the whole project.
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Artist: CYCLOTIMIA (@)
Title: Eschaton
Format: CD
Label: Stateart (@)
Rated: *****
After their previous MCD released in 2003 Cyclotimia just released, always for Stateart, their second full lenght titled ESCHATON. Referring to their music as "L'electronique mondial" the Russian duo perform eleven new tracks which define at the best their apocalyptic experimental / ambient music. They have always been against the modern business world and the ESCHATON's cover, which represents a sort of mix between Wall Street meet the Hieronymus Bosch inferno, show really well this concept. The music "paints" a tense scenario where samples (news report, Pope Giovanni Paolo II, etc) help defining the players of the imaginary movie that see Cyclotimia playing its soundtrack. Most of the tracks use rhymths to underline the dramatic issue of titles like "Leviathan", "Shelter", "Crusade" or "Gloria" while synth pads are like death whistles of crushing planes. Along with the music tracks you can also find the beautiful video of "Some place" (track coming from their 2002 E.P. "Same time same place")where you can check how well Cyclotimia music works as a soundtrack of our modern sad times.
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Artist: LUKE VIBERT
Title: Lover's Acid
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Active since the early nineties also as Plug and Wagon Christ, Luke Vibert is at his first CD for Planet Mu. LOVER'S ACID is a collection of three 12" released by the label ("Luke Vibert", "Homewerk" and "Lover's Acid") and it gathers twelve tracks of acid electronic lounge music. Drum'n'bass, jungle and techno are the ground where the Luke's patterns are looped and if tracks like "Come on chaos" or "Dirty fucker" are a good example of electronic soul and acid house other tracks don't succeed into giving the same energy. It's like they lose themselves into the research of an excessive technism and for this reason they result less immediate. I want to clear out that they aren't rubbish but sometimes some tracks risk to work like background music into modern launge bar.
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Artist: ENCOMIAST
Title: Mers de Sommeil
Format: CD
Label: Mystery Sea
Rated: *****
I was not familiar with Encomiast, which, started as a trio, is now the solo project of Colorado musician Ross Hagen - and, by the way, US label Absolute Zero Media has just released his brand new full-length, which is his fourth one, I think. I'll surely want to dig deeper in Encomiast's discography, since this limited cdr, aptly titled "Seas of sleep", features some beautiful, trance-inducing drones. I venture Hagen's starting instrument is a guitar, or a string instrument, then streched and manipulated into slowly changing waves of sounds - mostly lulling and subdued, but with some well-controlled moments of billowing noise ("Somnebula"). Everything sounds carefully conceived and assembled (a big plus in times of instant records), shifting from darker metallic rumblings to passages of rarefied melancholy. Encomiast's approach to ambient minimalism reminds of Troum's, True Colour of Blood's or Moljebka Pvlse's best moments, and invites to frequent listenings.
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