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Artist: VECTORSCOPE (@)
Title: Monitoring The Blind
Format: CD
Label: Maor Appelbaum (@)
Rated: *****
Vectorscope is another musical project headed by Maor Appelbaum.Respect the CD I reviewed the last week (the one by Screening), this one is based on ambient magmatic sounds and bleeps. Since the eleven tracks are based on the same solution and since sometimes the effect of the used sounds is similar I've got to admit that I preferred the music that Maor is producing with Screening. Even if he used only the bass guitar I've got the feeling that he dared to experimenting more with sound and melodies. With this one he had plenty of synths to use and maybe he lost the point. I'm not telling that Vectorscope sucks, but even if tracks like "New art", "26 century machine" or "No way to deny the dream" have got good parts, most of the tracks start with hisses and digital noises that after the first minute make me lose my attention.
Nov 15 2004
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Artist: INTERLACE (@)
Title: Imago
Format: CD
Label: Memento Materia/Dependent/Artoffact (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
After their excellent debut CD "Innuendo" (re-released as "Under the Sky" DCD in Europe by Dependent) this mysterious project hailing from Sweden releases their second full-length "Imago" accomplished with their pre-released MCD "Master". INTERLACE are playing globally Dark Techno/Electro but far away from acts like the too high praised SUICIDE COMMANDO/WUMPSCUT clones who repeat themselves over and over again. I would not say that INTERLACE do really create here something new at all but they are strong devoted in their style. It is nice to hear after their successful debut that they do not change their style in a case of a more club-friendly sound. INTERLACE are still experimental, dark, charismatic, but also able to create calm and melodic pieces. The so-called PUPPYan influence factor is rich included and I hear a stronger progression especially for harsher sounding vocals on the more danceable tracks like "Master", "Conformity" or "Elohim". On the dark melodic side we have here tracks like "Crystalline Hush" or "Track Two" which give the listener some deep atmospheric layers and also the vocals are undistorted and calm down integrated. The first three mentioned tracks can easily fill some dancefloors but nevertheless this CD is not designed to do so. One surprise can be found here with the track "Candle Burns Blue" which has included next to clear vocals some acoustic elements like some real bass and guitar sounds - not that metal stuff, more played in a classic style. The music is alive through its strong efforts in complex experimentally rhythm patterns and its cold melodic influences. This stuff creeps in your brain and you can always find something new and not heard before elements. Marvelous - a must-have!
Artist: Ingenue Chaperone (@)
Title: Demo
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This project is by goth band Ample Population half member, Jasi Richardson, who is heavily into electronic and experimental. His latest side proj IC is experimenting samples and electronics, which is minimalist. The track "Boomeasy" is a funky piece, while "This One's Better" is only a sample of Jasi's ex-girlfriend talking on the answer machine telling him how good her pussy is. "Abootshunesk" is much more an electronic noise track. The disc features five very short tracks. It will keep you listening with interest.
Artist: Angels and Agony
Title: Avatar
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis
Angels and Agony - an aggressive artist name, to be sure - actually conceals quite melodic synth-pop. Highly danceable beats and ethereal songwriting point to the new wave origins of Angels and Agony's new disc "Avatar". Now, beneath all the melody is a gothic sadness more in line with the style of the band's name. But you know what? It's a cool band name and it's cool music. Mid-tempo range dance hooks, trance-style melodies, a gothic vocal approach and, behold, it's Angels and Agony.
Artist: Cesium 137
Title: Luminous
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis
Cesium 137's release "Luminous" boasts tightly constructed songwriting, heightened sleekness and greater hook for the listener. There's plenty of synth pop melody here, as you'd expect from C137, but there's a dash of goa sensibility, high energy propulsion, plaintive vocals that rise above the dullness exhibited by many electro acts whose brains are electro-constructionists more than singers and an injection of appealing tranceyness. Increasing the interest of this CD are a handful of remixes by such artists as Imperative Reaction and Haujobb. Those who like energetic spears of electro-industrial dance with tons of melody but also tons of acid energy should check this out.
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