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Artist: Unto Ashes (@)
Title: I Cover You With Blood
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Projekt (@)
Rated: *****
Unto Ashes' new maxi single CD features six previously unreleased pieces or new versions of previously available songs. There are two mixes of the title track, one of which comes from their 2003 "Empty Into White", a new version of "Serve Me", a cover version of the Henry Purcell (1659-1695) 'A Clockwork Orange' theme "Funeral March for Queen Mary", a cover version of the Walter Vonder Vogelweide (1170-1230) "Palastinalied" (with Mariko and Natalia Lincoln on vocals) and another never before released new track by Unto Ashes, entitled "Exeunt Reges". Those familiar with the band know the deal; those new to sound of Unto Ashes can think of it as grand, medieval, martial and neo-classical anthems inspired by middle-ages scenes of every day life and battles. High quality.
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Artist: Null Device (@)
Title: A Million Different Moments
Format: CD
Label: Nilaihah records (@)
Rated: *****
Synth-pop at its best is what Null Device offer us! As some of you might now I am not a great lover of synth-pop (Maurizio is really the man on the team that handles the genre), but Null Device have a really original way to portray their style and port their message. The key of their sound is integration. Their synthetic music for synthetic people intertwines with influences of middle eastern music, electronica, rock and breakbeats. Their instrumentation includes a healthy dose of electronic devices coupled with percussions and traditional instruments such as classical strings, rai instruments, flutes etc. Hence, this will be the cup of tea of all those people who are entertained by a nice blend of Depoche Mode, New Order, Delirium, Taha, Khaled, Faudel, Peter Gabriel, Mesh, Ganymede, Brave New World, Gary Flanagan, Muslimgauze, Gary Numan etc... After their remix for Distorted Realty's record on Nilaihah and their spot on the famous Cohaagen "Living On Video" synth-pop-only DVD, this was the natural progression for Null Device. Welcome to the world of multi-cultural cross-boundry multi-temporal moments!
Artist: Dj Purry Pants (@)
Title: Free CD
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Ok, I have no idea who Dj Purry Pants is. Google has no idea who Dj Purry Pants is. And it certainly doesn't help when Dj Purry Pants sends me a 3" mini CD-R with absolutely nothing but his email, the envelope it was sent into, the postal stamp and the NY post mark (which I guess means Dj Purry Pants is in NY). Hell I don't even know if this CD is supposed to be self-titled or if the words "Free CD" that he printed on the envelope are supposed to be the title of this "thing", whatever this is... I hate when people do this to us! Anyway, 5 tracks, one minute each: (1) low-fi bluesy harominca solo, (2) a meowing cat, (3) a crazy string instrument solo, (4) a cheesy radio song and (5) some percussive sounds made with bottles or something... Basically a record that my 4 year old son could have made (if I had one). Am I being too drastic? Too hard on Dj Purry Pants? I wouldn't wanna be and those who read my reviews know that I have NEVER been this outspoken about a record... Maybe if this DJ fellow provided some motivation or some notes about this project I could better understand, thus better explain to my readers, but like this, to me these are nothing more than 5 useless senseless 1 minute takes of bullshit that have no reason to exist. Then again this could be the next Frank Zappa genius out there... You never know!
Artist: Manufactura
Title: Sobredosis
Format: CD EP
Label: Auricle Media (@)
Rated: *****
Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, this limited edition CD EP is already sold out, because it was being sold with the first copies of Manufactura's full lenght CD "Precognitive Dissonance" (out on Hive records - cmp reviews on these pages). But if you are able to get your hands on one, you shall know that it includes exclusive remixes by Converter, Databomb, and Pneumatic Detach. The four tracks feature tense rhythm noise, distorted beats and an industrial wall of sounds that only rarely allows openings to ebm. The CD comes as a 3" disc printed on a 5"-shaped disc, quite stylish.
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Artist: Liars
Title: They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
Format: CD
Label: Mute
Rated: *****
There is quite a buzz around the Liars: the formerly artsy-fartsy-Williamsburg-based quartet, now living as a trio in New Jersey's woods, have been riding the wave of success (New York Magazine front cover, world tours with Sonic Youth and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion etc), and on February 24th, Mute released their brand new album "They Were Wrong, So We Drowned". Imagine three post-punkers jamming with Einsturzende Neubauten in the middle of the night and in the middle of the Blair Witch Project woods. With lyrics explicitly inspired by the witches of Brocken (the German location where the Walpurgisnacht legend originated) and convulsionary electro-acoustic out-rock meets art-rock meets punk-rock, they broome out the old stuff and make space for their new found experimental soul. They sweep away what people wanted them to be so badly and start with a clean slate of avantgarde/no wave constructions spiced up by hints to industrial and musique concrete. Weird, wired, odd! All in all it's all a game anyway. All they want you to do is go crazy about them and go crazy trying to file them under something, so that when semantics has been exploited and occasionally transformed enough for the occasion, they can move on to a new project and break out of the new box we've built for them... So what's our role in this game? Should we just mention every genre we know so that they are forced to create a completely new thing?
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