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Artist: Shub-Niggurath
Title: Testament
Format: CD
Label: Musea records (@)
Distributor: Gazul records
One of the members of french band Shub-Niggurath (not the Mexican extreme metal band) has recently passed away so the combo has made it their mission to remember him with this homage consisting of maybe the most experimental compositions they have ever come up with. Recorded between '92 and '94 and only released ten years later, Shub-Niggurath's compositions sound alarmingly up to date by today's no wave standards (ok speaking of standards when speaking of no-wave is really an oxymoron, but you see what I mean). The continuous feeling of tension pervades the entire record while the four musicians sweep through the most radical free form no wave with their frenetic drums, their noisy guitar and bass and their trombone. Compared to Sharrock, Univers Zero, Penderecki, Nurse With Wound, Art Zoid, Fripp, Sonic Youth, Psychic TV, Magma you could very well add any other no-wave artists such as Andreini, Zorn, Diaz-Infante, Frohmander etc. What distinguishes them from some of the names mentioned above is that Shub-Niggurath are more into the darker side of the style, as opposed to the either chaotic or jazzier side.
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Artist: PERNELL DISNEY (@)
Title: Severn Way
Format: CD
Label: Disney Whirl
Pernell Disney is a duo formed by Pernell Disney (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Chris Sciurba (syths, drum loops and samples) and SEVERN WAY is their first CD which for me represented forty minutes of relax into a busy day. Their music has its roots into the sound of many 80's bands and if you want me to name few, I can name Lloyd Cole & The Commotions or Lotus Eaters. Most of their songs are ballads which paint light pictures where acoustic guitar duet with synthetic pads. Songs like "Drive"l, "Alone" or "I'm From Hollywood" won't satisfy your will of powerful sounds, for that you've got to listen to other bands, but Pernell Disney are powerful into creating a sense of positiveness which will help you making your day and this is a good thing, believe me!
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Artist: Centrozoon (@)
Title: The Scent of Crash and Burn
Format: CD
Label: Burning Shed (@)
Centrozoon seem to have parted, at least momentarily, from the free-form stringing ambient of their predecessor "The Cult of: Bibbiboo" to embrace a newly shaped figure of electronica with a full diaphragm focus on emotional displays of lyric poetry and a flirt with electro-pop retrospectives that fortunately fades away after the initial handful of minutes (although the most impressive lyrics are on the very first track of this CD) and then turns into a more intimate and less obvious, thus far more appreciable, blend of hypnotic glamour. While smelling the harmonious clash of vocal melody that maybe wishes to pick up the pace with the burning sensation of lush electro-ambient coagulated by guitar improv, occasionally the former even pushes it far enough to turn Centrozoon's new found emo-escapism into a well constructed downtempo mixture of synth-pop tunes and experimental electro-trance. The eclectic rhythmical structures the group makes use of show the taste for the fine arts of adapting to foreign territories and the throughout similarly effected soft breathed vocals remind you at any given moment of the strong soulful beauty of the song that is passing through you. Intense and deep.
Jun 26 2003
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Artist: Fictional
Title: Fiction
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
From the crew that gave us Funker Vogt and Ravenous (no not the black metal band!), comes their third side-project and it’s second release. The first one from Fictional to me wasn’t all that great, nor really showed off any of Ravenous’ or Funker Vogt’s mastery of the digital keyboard (though I think F.V. for the most part is rather redundant, they do have some definite high points).But this CD combines their recently found love of synthpop with their trademark techno/EBM sound, all topped with a very strange sort of futuristic pop. One of the ones that really got me to scratching my head was "The Weatherman", which is a great song, but rather... ... ... ... ... .bizarre. It’s basically about a intergalactic figure who controls weather, crossing that element with that of a debonair character in love. "Dorian Grey" is another one that kinda confuses me on the storyline idea, but the music is as interesting and melodic as it is bizarre. The opening part starts with a (yet again) futuristic Transylvanian style organ line, and a steady bass line carrying it on the way through. "IntenCity" sounds like a sort of, well... ... ... Frankie Goes To Hollywood in the 30th Century floating around on a space station (well, minus the gay connotation), with some of the best digital keyboard work seen in some time. The crew behind all this makes fine art of out of one of the biggest musical taboos of our time: Digital keyboards and digital sequencing. I doubt this would sound nearly the same if it were done on analog equipment at all. "Voyager" is another high point on the CD (overall, it has no apparent weak spots), with it’s stomping bass-drum line and thick vocoder use, set on the choir boy voice of Jason Bainbridge (who I believe also does the vocals for Ravenous). If I were to make any comparison of this group to another, I’d have to say "Silvertears" era Evil’s Toy, a little bit of Ravenous, Cleen, and SPOCK. If you’re into the whole futuristic pop/electro-pop thing like me, this one should be right up your alley. But do expect a little something more than ballads and ditty little pop songs, as there is a strong story and theme to this whole CD, as well as some great musical oddities. Anyone who sings about causing literally a thunderstorm in someone’s brain and love at the same time has definitely got something strange and captivating going on. Rating: 10. Also recommended are Cleen’s "Second Path", Ravenous’ "Phoenix" and Evil’s Toy’s "Silvertears".
Artist: Little Tin Box (@)
Title: Object~Subject
Format: CD
Label: Self Release (@)
Distributor: Pay Pal
Out of St. Paul, Minneapolis, comes a innovative band that combines electro-pop with piano classical elements. Little Tin Box is the name that features Charles and Kelly Sadler, who was once just bandmates, now a husband and wife and both have that common vibe connection by being on the same musical page. Charles handles all the music while Kelly does all the vocals. This male and female duo have impressed me with their hard work on the debut release "Object~Subject." I am totally astonished because of ORIGINALITY. They sound like no other. My wife and nine year old daughter likes it. And have asked me who are they. LTB music has an unique melancholic formal sound that could go extremely well to a movie or television drama soundtrack. Every song on the disc is not disappointing. Consider the cd, hmmm, laidback electro-pop classical feel. Numerous of times I fell asleep while it was playing in my boombox in my bedroom at night, I certainly found peace and slept like a baby. Kelly's voice really had me hynotized to a trance stage. She was told she sound like Madonna. And that I do agree on. I'm not kidding you readers either. Songs she sings are about the past, love, being hurt by the one you love, suffering and pain, and to manage by coping with the lost feelings and move forward to find a man who will cherish and comfort her with real love. Definitely an album a woman needs who's in pain and have a broken heart. This can be played over and over and over again and again and again. There are three tracks on the disc that's appropriate for the dance clubs "Mend", "Sacred", and "DLN". There's an untitle hidden dance track after the last one song "Pinwheel." If you've been in a bad relationship or just getting out of one, "Object~Subject" will lift your spirit and MEND your broken bleeding heart.
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