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Artist: TnoiseM (@)
Title: promo cd
Format: CD
Ignore the absolutely anonymous moniker and layout, because this is by far one of the best demo cdr's that I've listened to in the last few months, often better than official releases. Tiziano Milani is an architect and radio dj, here presenting some of his sonic experiments (7 tracks, ca. 70'). Track 1 is a brilliant mix of electroacoustics, microsounds, distant pulses, silences and plagiaristic cut-ups. Think of some Illusion of Safety, early Jim O'Rourke (circa "Tamper"). It is REALLY good, yes. The concrete fragments go on for more than 9 minutes, then a calm drone rises on the wreckages, disturbed by digital shivers. Then it fades into mechanical pulses, vaguely à la Autechre, which close the composition at 24' – very well managed to say the least, would be an excellent 3" ep. Track 3 is more electroacoustic plagiarism, but hey, isn't that Claudio Rocchetti? Sounds like a remix from "A work called Kitano". More samples crawl in (strings etc.) but I'm almost sure it's mostly Rocchetti – so I have mixed feelings judging this track, though it's great in itself. Track 2, 4, 6 and 7 are good mixes of dark dub and heavy rhythmic electronica... Scorn (circa "Evanescence"), Aphex Twin and Muslimgauze come to mind. Track 5 is an obsessive industrial soundscape assembling panicking vocal samples, pulses, feedback screeches... close to power electronics at times. The cdr is varied but surprisingly mature and interesting from start to end, also considering it's a debut. I'd personally choose to separate the different "sections" for listening coherence, but the promo actually works well as it is, mainly due to a dark, gloomy atmosphere which I appreciate a lot. I do hope that Milani manages to spread these tracks as he shows lots of ideas and good taste, something often sadly lacking in experimental musicians.
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Artist: PSYCLON NINE
Title: Divine Infekt
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Harsh electro with filtered black metal voice. Apocalyptic lyrics. Buy this if you're into Tactical Sekt (here remixing one track), Grendel, Cyborg Attack and the likes. Hell, I can hardly distinguish this from Grendel or Tactical Sekt, actually, and it's not as if they were particularly good or original in the first place. The earth has been invaded by metallic electro replicants! Beware!
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Artist: FLINT GLASS
Title: Hierakonpolis
Format: CD
Label: Funkwelten (@)
18 tracks for 77' (dammit!) for this French project, which the label describes as a mix of dark ambient and industrial. Hum, it's actually heavy rhythmic electronica with a darker vibe, in the line of some releases by Ad Noiseam or Divine Comedy. The thank list is quite explicative: HIV+ (who contributed with some samples), Dither, Kom-Intern, Mlada Fronta... this should give you a clue. Tracks range from crawling atmospheric soundscapes to faster, more dynamic aggressions. Frankly, it's well done and all and a fan of the genre will find much to sink his/her teeth into, but I honestly feel that it tends to become monotonous, and 77' are far too much for my ears. At last, interesting layout.
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Artist: SILT FISH
Title: Zabaranda
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Hmmm... horror psych-folk from this Sheffield, UK duo. Bizarre folk songs which I'd probably compare, for lack of better examples, to Syd Barrett, but bear in mind that other reviewers have cited Pere Ubu, David Bowie, the Red Crayola and the Incredible String Band. I think somebody also mentioned H. P. Lovecraft (the writer), but I'd say that late Hammer films are a best comparison... less cosmic and more down to earth. Hey, this is pretty rural, actually. Silt Fish have a very peculiar sound, like it could have been recorded 30 years ago - also quite rich, considering it's only voice, guitar strumming, keyboards/synths and some programming here and there. But no modern lo-fi influences, as somehow everything sounds "seriously" and "properly" recorded in spite of its twisted nature. This seems to be lost in some sort of time-mist. The singing has a theatrical, cartoon-creepy and possibly sarcastic intonation which definitely marks the work, though it gets on my nerves at times. Crooked ballads, wicked nursery rhymes, the psychedelic folk version of a Tim Burton movie.
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Artist: GHOAK
Title: Someareweird
Format: CD
Label: This.Co (@)
I don't know much about Ghoak, except that the man behind the moniker is called Carlos Nascimento and, judging from the label, is Portuguese (Lisbon?). In the This.Co rooster, this is a good companion to Sci-Fi Industries, taking on IDM and rhythmic electronica but with a more twisted approach. Indeed, I like the second part of the cd better – more glitchy and experimental, with autistic skipping muzak ("a agressão da beringela"), obsessive scratches and loops ("colher de pau, puto parolo"), quiet arrhythmias ("dogs are not right"), some fractured melodies not that distant from Oval/Microstoria ("pato com manteiga"). The rest is quite well-done IDM in a Warp-ish style, that I can’t get to love that much - but this is surely better than many releases in that style that I've reviewed lately.
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