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Artist: COLIN POTTER
Title: Drone works # 2
Format: CD EP
Label: Twenty Hertz (@)
Rated: *****
Second release in the "Drone works" series, and unsurprisingly it's from renowned dronemaker Colin Potter (Ora, Monos, Nurse With Wound...), who has recently shared two cds with Twenty Hertz owner Paul Bradley ("Confluence" and "Behind your very eyes"). And, equally unsurprisingly, this is a brilliant work, immediately going for the throat with metallic spirals of sound which create a sense of anguish and unrest. Then, the choking vapours gradually rarefy, but the tension never ceases up to the final sinewaves humming. This is one of the few ambient works that you can hardly use as background music, because it will actually STALK you. User un-friendly drones that have quite obviously reminded me of Nurse With Wound's masterpiece "Soliloquy for Lilith" and Organum's works, with which this 24-minute track shares the same unrelenting, obsessive force.
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Artist: PAUL BRADLEY
Title: Drone works # 1
Format: CD EP
Label: Twenty Hertz (@)
Rated: *****
Paul Bradley starts the "Drone works" series - limited run eps with exclusive recordings - on his own Twenty Hertz with this ghastly 20-minute track, which is a kind of twin release to the "Sepulchral" cd that I've reviewed a couple of weeks ago. What I wrote then could be repeated now: pure solipsistic textures where guitar sounds are trasformed into grey filaments moving at molasses speed. Azoic ambient. Another great release from Bradley, and a promising debut for a series with a HUGE standard quality.
Artist: Books on Tape
Title: The Business End
Format: CD
Label: Grey Day Productions
Mix only a tad of new wave, a dose of electronic beat-driven music (from Meat Beat Manifesto to mid-tempo dance to electro-industrial), throw in lots of computery electronic music, a huge dollop of defiant quirk, and some of the attitude of Mister Rogers mixed with, you know, those big pointed eyebrows bad people have in movies sometimes and you've got Books on Tape and their new CD "The Business End". Anyway, other than the sheer style of personality that's going to come out at you from song to song, all you can really expect from this music - which maybe could be considered experimental electro-industrial - is ... well ... maybe nothing else. You need to have a fetish for music that is strange but still technically traditional music - not over the edge experimental - to fully appreciate what's afoot here. But suffice it to say, Books on Tape are interesting manipulators of electronic music and worth peering at cautiously from around the corner ... just kidding ... check 'em out.
Artist: Piney Gir
Title: Piakahokahoo
Format: CD
Label: Grey Day Productions
Piney Gir's music on "Piakahokahoo" is a bit startling, to say the least. Mostly synth driven and quirkily perky, Piney Gir's songs blend moody, grrl-goth sensibilities and minimalist electro sensibilities ... along with whatever other influences happen along ... to create some awfully unique and surprisingly catchy melancholic meditations. On top of Piney Gir's ability to blend naive perk with subtley bitter observations is her ability to surprise with, for example, a remake - Piney Gir style - of "My Generation" and, get this, a country song - again, Piney Gir flavor all the way - called "Greetings, Salutations, Goodbye". To attempt any further to try and properly describe the original songcraft of Piney Gir's surprising talent would be futile. So take my word for it. No, don't do that. Go see for yourself. And bring an open mind.
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Artist: FORETASTE (@)
Title: Discordance
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Foretaste is a new electro pop band coming from France and composed by two guys(Sylvie and Pierre) who met on the net. Being fond on the 80's sound the duo decided to start from that point just to create their own style. DECADANCE is their first release and it brings to the attention of the listener four tracks: "Discordance (Radio edit)", "Victim's heart", "For your own good" and "Re-love (Apologies mix)". If you know me I don't like lyrical female vocals and fortunately Sylvie's style is personal enough to be catchy and far away from the style of her pretentious "colleagues". The tracks blend new wave, synthpop and electro pop focusing mostly on different melodical layers and on upbeat tempo. "For your own good" instead is a electronic ballad with good moments. Judging the band from these songs I can say that we have got a new band to keep an eye onto and soon we'll be able to listen and judge them a little better as their first album "Beautiful creatures" is on the way!
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