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Artist: PORTABLE PALACE (@)
Title: POLUS
Format: CD
Label: Gravitonium (@)
The album «Polus» released in 2001 is a stunning example of psycho-acoustic music. Creators of the album - the trio Portable Palace do not limit themselves to just the acoustic media. Instead, they employ various chemical reactions and optical phenomena that nature is so rich in. The music on this CD is only one side of Portable Palace’s activities.Close the windows, leave yourself to your own devices, concentrate and insert this CD. This is the only way to notice all the nuances of musical compositions found on «Polus». The sound on the very brink of human perception, never fading out completely while never developing it into a crescendo, without any jumps or frantic rhythms. The long curve of otherworldly energy is constantly crossing the composition cutting out anew the settled outlook.So, the lightning must exist. The primordial energy of the Cosmos. It leaves its stamp in the eyes of those who have seen it, like a permanent photograph stuck in one’s memory. The real event with a definitive form gains mythological shades in the music of Portable Palace. This is not a punishment or a sign from heaven telling us about the imminent apocalypse. It’s the encyphered message to the world, concealed by its own shell. The strictly underlined electrical zigzag that has ripped through the sky and is now hurrying towards the earth with the need of a quick kiss. The visual flight of this rocket lightning lasts for a few seconds, nevertheless, it holds another dimension within itself, where the seconds will last for an hour. An hour of musical metamorphoses and transfiguration. An hour of an alluring diffusion of the sacred and the profane, the serenity and the passion, the suffering and the purification, the anxiety and the tranquility, the languor and the sweet bliss. Its falling is not useless, because the finale will occur as the union of all earthly elements. It will be the time of universal harmony and the final crystallization of the ideas but the listener is here to finish off this moment with his/her thoughts. «Polus» is only a way to the truth, but it should be traveled very carefully, not missing any little change.The cosmic sound of «Polus» is a concentrated expression of the participants’ inner worlds, a musical projection of three separate individuals - those of Alexander Kalin, Eveline Domnic and Dmitriy Gelfand, hence the three-dimensional feel and the fullness of sound. The cold suspension is laid on top of the squelching surface of the dwelled landscape as the air is filled with the enveloping mist of cavernous silence. The clearness and pastoral gentleness, run through electronic millstones, is turned into a diamond-field of coloured pieces, and each piece filters the magnetic light of celestial bodies. That’s why with all of its strictness «Polus» doesn’t feel empty and homeless. It’s akin to the initiation process after which the world is never the same again.
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Artist: The Glimmer Room (@)
Title: Tomorrow's Tuesday
Format: CD
Label: Neu Harmony (@)
Distributor: Synth Music Direct
With the exception of one track "Tomorrow's Tuesday" by UK one man band The Glimmer Room (aka Andy C.) is an instrumental, fortunately. The music is a visionary journey that has the organics of a movie soundtrack more than that of a record, in my opinion. It's synthpop music, melodic electronic music, ambient synthscapes, heavenly pads with creative drum patterns. I had to listen to it about 5 times 'cause the music was so sweet, laid back, relaxing and peaceful that I kind of lost the focus... Neu Harmony has a lot of records with the same base dna but this one (which among other things has a nice classical art work) is kind of more "happy" sounding (in lack of a better term). It really sounds like a Klaus Doldinger "The Unending Story" soundtrack at times, and even if I can't come up with another movie right now, I am sure that a lot of other movies might find this album a great match. The tracks float carried away by the soft but infectious beats in what might remind you of a Gary Numan or a Gary Flanagan album at times... If you like calm electronic synth music give this a try and check out their distributor's website (link above) for a lot more stuff...
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Artist: MAGENTA
Title: Little Girl Lost
Format: CD
Label: Re Pop
Distributor: Audioglobe


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New album for this Norvegian duo which saw their single "Secret Sky" reaching an high position in the charts in Norway, Sweden and Denmark a couple of years ago. After these years of silence the band decided to come back with a new single ("All Over" which is also the second track of this album) and a new CD titled LITTLE GIRL LOST. The eleven tracks we find here are deeply influenced by bands like Garbage, Cranberries, Cardigans but with some exception concerning some sounds solutions (see for example "Mermaid" with its Noisex like noisy rhythm lines) and their melodic tendency to pick up something from goth (like on "Vandalist Virgin") and new wave (see my favourite song of the lot, the beautiful "I Need My Love", which is the only one sung principally by a male voice). I didn't find this album a must but some songs are highly appreciable and a couple of them are really beautiful. Maybe they focused too much the album on mellow and melancholic atmospheres but when they decide to make the energy bust they are capable of doing a good work as on my second favourite one: "Never Fall Again". A little curiosity: this album has got Ted Skogmann and Vegard Blomberg from Apoptygma Berzerk helping for programming and drums.
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Artist: Darren Emerson + Tim Deluxe (@)
Title: Underwater: Episode 1
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Thrive
In the tough and controversial business of Dj-ing there are two characters who started in their early age (way to go!) and whose tracks became lucky chart-favourites quite quickly once they went solo: both Darren Emerson and Tim Deluxe have gained local and international recognition in the early millennium after they have both set up their own labels, Underwater and Ice Cream records, respectively. Before focusing on being a Dj full time Darren Emerson spent many years with Underworld, but in particular it was Tim Deluxe and his two top selling singles "Sirens / We All Love Sax" and "It Just Won't Do" (featuring Sam Obernik on vocals and whose video clip with skinny sexy volleyball playing chicks I actually remember seeing played on the infamous MTV while I was in Europe last summer) who made Emerson's label really take off. So here you have them both together, working the turntables mixing a lot of club best sellers which you might have actually heard even outside the club scene... Besides the above mentioned songs you'll find tracks by Mutiny, Medicine, Alex Gopher, Ian Pooley, Steve Mac, Jay J, Chris Lum, GusGus, T World, Dj Vitamin D feat. Miss Audry, D'Julz, Lay & Bushwacka!, Loose Headz and more...
The record has been released a couple of weeks ago in the US on Thrive records, which started in 1997 releasing original motion picture "Pi"'s soundtrack and is known in these days for another soundtrack ("Memento") and for having signed Paul Oakenfold exclusively for all Dj mix albums in the US.
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Artist: ONNYK
Title: Private Idioms
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Two half-hour long improvised pieces by Japanese guitarist Kinno Yoshiaki a.k.a. Onnyk, dating October 1995 and February 1997 (played respectively in a gallery and in his living room), released last year by Bryan Day's Public Eyesore (with an excellent cover art, as always). An extreme cd, not in the sense of harsh or noisy (the electric sound is crystal-clear, no feedback is involved), but very rigorous and sometimes hermetic in its sound research. Clusters of jazz scales, possibly some blues, are fragmented and reassembled in fast, frenetic passages which leave you dizzy. "Abstract" would be the key word for these improvisations - there's an undisputable display of tecnique, fantasy and research, resulting in a severe and demanding release. Talking of subjective feedback, and falling into the "personal tastes" field, I'd say I've been interested but not particularly captivated by these "Private Idioms". Much like with most abstract art, I just feel the lack of something to lean on, be it a noise, a melody or an overall atmosphere. But probably, if you're even remotely interested in improvisation or avantgarde guitar playing, this will probably be your cup of tea.
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