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Artist: Acclimate (@)
Title: Miscreant
Format: CD
Label: DTA records (@)
Acclimate's new release "Miscreant" is a collection of previously-unreleased live-recorded tracks that never made it to the records because that something special was missing. Artemis K has now re-worked all of those lost tracks with arrangements, new loops, samples, improved sequences, synthesizers and other stuff and has decided to let you, the listener, acclimate with this new breed of experimental noise-ambient. There are also some very interesting collaborations on this release: world class Japanese noise-intimist master Aube is featured as a guest, there's a remix by Mago and the entire work has been mastered by internationally acclaimed experimentator and engineer Tom DiMuzio. Basically, as you can see, there's plenty of stuff you wanna get accustomed to in this release, so don't wait and uncover the surreal and exquisite world of sounds by Acclimate, where noisy abrasive sounds collide with atmospheric patterns of tranquillity, where layers of dark low-end rumblings hover over minimal textures of electronic experimentalism, where rusty and scratchy power noise beatz clash with synthetic outer space pad work to create a whole new dimension of sonic pleasure. Very interesing and recommended.
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Artist: Lament Configutarion (@)
Title: Digging in the Alley
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: DTA records (@)
Wildly distorted beats and layers of extreme noise and ebm pads define the four track 3" mini CD by Lament Configuartion, a project that doesn't seem to fear being filed somewhere under power noise, somewhere between Merzbow and Dive. What sets them apart is the way they insert electronic pads in their orgy of overdriven and saturated signals. It's worth checking it out.
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Artist: Aidan Baker (@)
Title: Concretion
Format: CD
Label: DTA records (@)
Interesting release by guitarrist, composer and vocal performer Aidan Baker, whose experimentation with ambient textures and soundscapes should be known to those who care for well done atmospheric music. Entrancing and spiritual sonics, a hemisphe of soft drones, harmonious layers of sounds and processed vocal parts that bring it to the next level in terms of originality in the subgenre and creativity within this genre. All the processing is originated from vocals and guitars and you can quite clearly get a grasp of that during the first song, which evolves from a droning and processed guitar into a solemn and ritualistic choral part and then into a delayed and processed guitar feedback. The second of the three long tracks is a deconstruction of a traditional French Canadian hymn from the 16th century that reminds of some of the slowest and darkest Pink Floyd atmospheres. If by the end of the second piece, more than half way throught the entire 45 minute long CD, you still haven't been able to identify the guitar, the closing piece reveals the instrument with its more common sound palette and exploits that array of sonorities to draw a blurry picture with smooth and rounded edges at first and increasingly rougher and distorted loops later on. The clean liquid guitar that hypnotically and pyschedelically defines time and space throught out the sixteen minutes of loop deconstruction travels from one end of its sonic spectrum to the other and gives the song character without ever getting repetitive. Nice art work too. Give it a close listen.
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Artist: Ellende (@)
Title: No Holiday without a Funeral...
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Somnambulant Corpse recordings (@)
Ellende (Dutch for 'misery') step forward with a double CD release nicely packaged in a DVD case that features 113 minutes of ritualistic music made of rumblings, drones, distorted and down-pitched vocal parts and stuff like that. The resulting murky soundscapes aid you in painting a vision of isolation and darkness, where melancholy and sadness affect and rule your every mood. The first CD contains 7 tracks, while the track-list of the second one spans throughout nine pieces, all entitled "Damage 1", "Damage 2" etc, until you reach the closing track "Damaged beyond Repair". Think of Cold Meat Industry if you need to file this dark-ambient release somewhere on your shelf.
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Artist: öND (@)
Title: For Influence Blooms of the Subtle Wing
Format: CD
Label: Somnambulant Corpse recordings (@)
öND joins the Somnambulant Corpse recordings family with a dark-ambient creation holified a by ritualistic approach and roughed out around the edges by processed noises of all sorts, but still minimal in a typical American style and isolationist in a cold Russian way. Hard to describe really, but essentially gloomy, sad and huntingly sparse. Expansive drones disturbed by suffocated distortions drowning in a fluid magma of retro-looking soundtrack material. Sometimes hints of shy electronica appear in the foggy background and remind of Germanic or Russian dark-electro-ambient artists that would fit in the Electroshock catalog. Teutonically scary and most definitely cold and isolated vibes that diffuse and swim through the environment this CD-R is played in. Nicely packaged in a DVD case with a beautiful color cover illustrating a total solar eclipse in a surprisingly bright cloudy sky.
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