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Artist: CASSETTA DINAMICA / H2S (@)
Title: Split E.P.
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Released
Deeply influenced by the early industrial / experimental scene of the 80's, Fabio De Giorgi brings us a nice split 3" MCD with two of his projects. Limited to 100 hand made copies, the Cassetta Dinamica / H2S split is a well done piece of work, full of pathos and dark atmospheres. The four tracks form an ideal soundtrack for deranged sci-fi B movies where the analog bleeps and explosions coincide with "Echi Da Nettuno" ("Echoes From Neptune"), "Attacco Alieno" ("Alien Attack"), "Rivolta Nel Campo Magnetico" ("Riot In The Magnetic Field") and "Quarta Mutazione" ("Fourth Mutation"). Even if the sound is based on noise, the tracks' structure isn't chaotic because, as I already told you, it remember me an ideal movie soundtrack. Even if this release sees two different projects joyning their efforts, the music is pretty similar (maybe the only difference is that on H2S' tracks there are also some rhythmical parts). I think that the main reson of the distinction is that on Cassetta Dinamica there's a second member along with Fabio: Antonio B, who takes care of a mysterious "noise machine". Anyway, this is a good piece of work and if you are into early 80's experimentalism you've got to get your hand on this one.
Artist: Act Noir (ex-Alma Mater) (@)
Title: Cosmo Minimized
Format: CD EP
I was very surprised but glad to receive something in the mail by the Alma Mater guys. I remember this name because I reviewed and distributed their entire discography, from their first demo in 1994 to their debut CD in 1997 on Toast records. I thought the band had split up, instead, after six years, even though both me and the founder of the band moved to different countries, our paths cross again. In the meantime they have changed their name into Act Noir and have grown into a full five-piece band with a foreign singer whose deep vocal timber will remind you of so many popular voices that you'll only be glad if you give Act Noir a chance. They learned how to flow with times and dynamically adjusted to the new scenario in which they exist today. They now work out of Bologna and Copenhagen with a double-0 1 system and present an EP that carries emotional dark-wave music mixed with electronics and ambient. They have most definitely grown a lot since the times I remember them and became a mature band with well-produced and well-written compositions. It's just good to see that some bands try really hard for so many years without ever stopping or giving up.
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Artist: Forms of Things Unknown (@)
Title: Cross Purposes
Format: CD EP
Label: Panaxis records
With this Shakespeare-inspired band name, San Francisco based multi-instrumentalist windplayer, sound experimentator, mail artist Ferrara Brain Pan inaugurates his new musical project as well as his new label Panaxis. The artist has previously recorded with noisester Boyd Rice aka Non, the goth-rockers Bad Alchemy, the ambient/dub project 23 Degrees, the legendary Faust and co-founded the dark-ambient duo Darmstadt Pharmacy. Currently he is playing with free-jazz ensemble Jazz Trannies and drone project Dromedary as well, and if I may suggest this, a person with such a deep knowledge of wind instruments from all over the world should definitely hook up with italian multi-wind-instrumentalist Gregorio Bardini because they would really make a match of windplayers that would (dare I say) "blow" you away! ;-)"Cross Purposes" (also guest featuring Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound) presents part of this knowledge in medieval compositions that might remind you of The Soil Bleeds Black or other similar bands and pairs it up with dark ambient experimental music and art rock. Even though there is no specific musical reason to say this the whole vibe of the record kind of reminds me of Death In June as well. The EP goes from instrumental to vocal and definitely keeps and organic approach even though it feels a little discontinuous because of the genres, so apart from each other, brought together in just the short time of thirty minutes. But on the other hand I never found myself objecting to cross-pollinations of styles, so would I object to "Cross Purposes"?
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Artist: The Brave (@)
Title: Sacred Spirit (Jazzy Chill Out vol.8 & Bluesy Chill Out vol.9)
Format: CD
Label: Higher Octave (@)
Ok, The Brave is now officially my new favourite artist (at least until I find some other super-exciting thing that I will be listening to as much as I am listening to the two volumes of his Grammy-nominated "Sacred Spirit" series that we've received for reviewing). I have to admit I was not very familiar with the moniker The Brave, but some of you (especially out in Europe) might have heard of B-Tribe, the other moniker with which this German electronic music genius has been releasing music since 1994, when his mixture of extensively studied flamenco guitars and electronic grooves entitled "Fiesta Fatal!" spawned a #1 dance hit.Volume 8, the "Jazzy Chill Out" features piano improvisations by Dutch Eric Jan Harmsen, who also, like The Brave, is based out in the techno-capital of the Mediterranean sea, the island of Ibiza (Spain). On the latest volume of the series, the ninth "Bluesy Chill Out", it's Eric's band-mate Northern Ireland native Ibiza resident guitar/flute/harmonica player Dave "BK" Jeffs' turn to aid The Brave in the creation of a truly amazing suite of groovy blends of modern lounge electronica and non-electronic music styles, such as Jazz and Blues in this case.In the two albums you will hear samples, vocal parts, melody lines and what not by artists including Tampa Red, Lightning Hopkins, Anita O'Day, Ella Fitzgerald, John Lee Hooker, Bjiork and the mixture of styles includes electronica, lounge chill out, ambient, blues, jazz, hip hop etc. Top-notch production and sound are of course part of the deal.I loved them both, but if I had to pick between the two, I'd probably go for the jazzy one, even though all I am really left wondering is how frigging good the other seven pieces of the series must sound...
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Artist: Cathari
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Isochromatic (@)
Recently an opening act for Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Cathari have been playing together since 1997 and are finally getting some deserved exposure, at least in the local scene of Omaha, in Nebraska. With the aid of Brian Eno's "Oblique Strategies" card deck, founding member Jon Kawa, his buddies Michael Glennon and Wesley Groves and British female vocalist Morgan Solomon have been writing music whose association with Projekt is no coincidence. In fact the first band I thought of when I heard the instrumental compositions of Cathari was Lycia, even though the two bands bare a lot of differences and of course the female vocal will make anyone think of better matches for comparision, like for example 4AD's the Cranes. The songs flow gently maintaining a harmonious balance between atmospheric and ethereal lush electronica and slightly harder sounds and more experimental approaches.
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