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Artist: Lopside (@)
Title: 37
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****

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This is a guy who made treasure of the best ambeint lessons that the greatest ambient musicians ever tought us all, and implemented that knowledge in a very personal, unique and gorgeous way. Allegedly the sounds which became the basis for these pieces are noises generated by 37 messages found one day in an erratically behaving pager who Dan Hinds, the artist, refuses to use.Lopside, once a mostly guitar driven project, is now experimenting with ethereal electro-acoustic patterns where charming synthetic layers float through the sometimes thin, sometimes dense beautiful atmospheres. Elegant and rapturing electronic textures, luscious percussive parts, mysterious clinging and belly sounds, lush pads of thick electronica, random noises and wordless vocals ("To the Point of Obscurity" is a masterpiece!). Think of it as a blend of Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Lycia, Afex Twin, Autechre, Black Tape for a Blue Girl... This really is great music and great musicianship.Visit Dan's «ambiguously minimalistic artsy-fartsy website» for more info and some nice photography!I strongly suggest you buy this CD from Dan for only $6 (or for more money from CD Baby), that is if you can get a hold of him, now that his pager is broken...
Feb 19 2004
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Artist: Null Factor
Title: Purity
Format: CD
Label: Ballistic Test (@)
Rated: *****
Flaming Fish-rooted Canadian label Ballistic Test has just released the brand new album of Null Factor, the project of one Dan Harvell, one of the members of the band MiLLENNiA (you might remember them if you remember some promising new coming industrial acts of the '90es). After two well-received mp3.com CDR releases entitled "Remodulated" and "Calculating the Human Form", "Purity" continues in the search for human forms of modulated industrial/ebm music. Altough the formula is pretty dated (which doesn't mean that you won't appreciate it, especially if you are into the old-school ebm mixed with new breeds of industrial music) I have to admit Dan shows his chops in the ability to produce good sounds and put them to use in a musical structure made of industrial beats and electronic textures with the canonical ebm filtered voice and movie speech samples to complete the futuristic scenario.
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Artist: HECTOR ZAZOU
Title: L'absence
Format: CD
Label: Santeria (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Zazou musically born in the mid '70s as one half of the ZNR duo. He always experimented with jazz, world music, electronic creating each time something unique. The latest Zazou release, L'ABSENCE, is really various and intriguing. It gathers a lot of influences: world music, pure electronic ambient music made of drones (like on the opening "Etranges Attracteurs"), a touch of hip hop, pop, etc. Just to make some comparisons try to figure David Sylvian, Japan, Jah Wobble, Brian Eno mixed together just to make a sensual tracklist of eleven songs. Another relevant point of this album is that many people accepted to collaborate on vocals: Nicola Hitchcock, Caroline Lavelle, Lucrezia Von Berger, Asia Argento (yes! You read it right and it is who you are thinking she is) and Katrina Beckford. The atmosphere of the instrumental tracks is different respect to the ones with guests: the first ones tend to be more tense and experimental, while the others are like sensual and luscious pop songs: it's like a sort of experimental version of latest Everything But The Girl (see "Lies Will Flow"). This is an intelligent way of making refined songs without being too poppy or a rip off and if you want something unique, this is for you.
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Artist: ESCAPE POD
Title: Losing Control
Format: 7"
Label: Dead Digital (@)
Rated: *****
This is the fourth Dead Digital's release. I reviewed them all since day one so I can say that this label is gaining the status of cult label as each release is particular and interesting at the same time. This time they sent me a new 7" of Escape Pod, a Manchester band which previously released a record for Rex Records. The two songs of the vinyl are different one from the other and perfect at the same time. "Losing Control" is a pure pop song with influences that go from Pink Floyd (you know the Barret's ballads like "Bicycle", do you?) to the latest Blur but removing the melancholic parts and adding a personal touch which is so charming. The band mix acoustic guitars, loops, choruses so easily that makes you astonishing when you read that they were three students four years ago! On side B we find "Change Of Pace", relaxing and relaxed folkish dark track. This is how a calm song should be to be boredom free. My cats would say: purrfect!
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Artist: TRONUS ABYSS
Title: Kampf
Format: CD
Label: Pagan Moon
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
I was questioning myself if reviewing or not this release as we at CHAIN D.L.K. are firmly against fascism, white supremacy and shit like that but, since we're also for freedom of speech and since there aren't clear statements about fascism or that kind of stuff, the cd is getting its review. A little note for the people that are totally against these kind of influences on music: don't buy or listen to this CD as it has got military fascist songs excerpts (the whole "Epilogo" is based on a fascist song) and lyrics referring to nothern Gods/iconography. Anyway, despite the ideological contents, musically KAMPF has got good intuitions and it mixes in a good way a wide range of musical styles: new wave, dark ambient, black metal, apocalyptic folk, etc. The previous band's releases were pure black metal but since 1998 the band changed members (only Atratus is the original member left) and started to develop this new style. It's a pity that industrial music has got to have such references to get noticed by an audience which is fascinated by that halo of mistery but these are the sign of times and we've got to be aware of it...
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