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Artist: AAL (@)
Title: In Luce
Format: CD
Label: S'Agita Recordings (@)
This should be Davide Vallecchi's fifth release in a couple of years, and though the time span is short, the improvement in his music is dramatic. In the wake of his self-released cdr's ("Disc 1" and "Inherited and partially transmitted"), this new work seems to also incorporate the organic quality of his electroacoustic/field recordings-based compositions ("13" and "Dear Dead Days" on S'Agita), and this synthesis is a remarkable sign of maturity. "In Luce" is pure cosmic ambient for creatures of earth and breath. Vertigos of light (and Schulze's "Irrlicht" is the closest work I can think of as a paragon) and passages of shadows - never completely detached in the moments of ecstasy, nor desolate in the dark ones. And never static, turbulent in its suspension, in continuous mutation - to describe one single track would be like trying to pin down a cloud. As moving and enchanting as art (/life) should always be.
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Artist: KEY_ON (@)
Title: My body is a body
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Anaemic Waves Factory (@)
Incredibly good stuff released by AWF in the Minium series, which means 3" format and less than 50 copies around, which (in this case) is a shame - I do hope it gets reprinted sooner or later. Key_On is a multimedia collective formed by Piero Fragola (music, sound editing, computer graphics), Alice Ferrante (voice, translation) and Luana Visciglia (lyrics, photographs, voice on last track). I only know Fragola is also active as a noisician with the power-electronics project POSK (read the review of their recent split with Murder Corporation). But this ep is really brilliant and diverse. Imagine a tapestry of digital bleeps and frequencies, something between glitch electronics and ambient, and spoken female vocals reciting some hallucinated lyrics about bodies - which is also the theme of the haunting pictures in the multimedia part, with Flash animations adding a proper visual dimention to words and sounds. Believe me, it's actually much more rewarding to experience the whole thing than to sit here trying to describe it. A demanding conceptual work extremely accomplished in the final result, which shows a lot of talent and ideas. Fascinating... I truly hope the collective will release something more anytime soon.
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Artist: AIDAN BAKER
Title: I fall into you
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Also active as a writer and member of the experimental collective ARC, Aidan Baker (guitars, bass, tape loops, vocals, artwork) has written a fascinating work skillfully blending words with music, transforming discourse into music and exploring the suggestive telling quality of sounds. "I fall into you / and replicate" seems to be the conceptual pivot of a work permeated by love, desire and the pains and pleasures of transformation. Aided by Naomi Okabe (vocals) and Lisa Rossiter-Thorton (string loops), Baker has orchestrated a theory of hypnotizing loops, sampled percussive patterns, manipulated string sounds and spoken passages slowly evolving in a kind of half-voiced chanting, passing from more turbulent atmospheres to a maximum of peacefullness in the last track, adequately titled "Lethe", where everything caves in and returns to silence.
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Artist: OLD BOMBS/WOLF EYES
Title: Split
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
A reprint of the split cd released by Bentley Welcomes Careful Drivers, in the classic minimal packaging of Public Eyesore releases. Old Bombs is Dino Felipe (Fukktron, Hair and Nails and solo releases on Schematic), Vanessa Paes (Fukktron) and Carlos Giffoni (Monotract, with a few releases on PE including a recent LP). Their track, "Old Bombs 3" (circa 15'), is a messy mix of loops, distorted frequencies and all-out dada noise. A kind of experimental industrial closer to, let's say, Nurse With Wound collage extravaganza than to harsh noise brutalities. Which seem to be the deal with Wolf Eyes, who are probably a better known name now that they're on Troubleman. Their 26' live tour de force (WCBN 2/8/2001) starts with a menacing storm of feedbacks and heavy factory-like noises to evolve (or collapse) into a sort of anti-rock beast with "standard" instruments (I think sax, guitars and percussions) and a voice, all raped beyond recognition. Must have been one hell of a performance. Take a lot of Throbbing Gristle, some Whitehouse, SPK, and Sonic Youth ("Confusion is Sex"-era) as possible paragons. Nihilistic, dark, primitive and out of control like the best vintage industrial from the '80's.
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Artist: Communication Zero
Title: Transitions
Format: CD
Label: Mark XIII + UWe (@)
Distributor: Tripsichord
In a time where the blind pro-war public is attempting a foolish boycott of French products I am more than happy to review a great and powerful French album by an interesting and deserving French outlet, and I encourage you to buy this, not just because it's French and the French have shown some balls and brain, but mostly because it's a good album of power-noise industrial music. I find their description of the sound quite obscure and amusing («station-wagon beat industrial magnet») but if like me you don't really understand what a station wagon has got to do with industrial beats, then you might find it useful to know that Communication Zero sound like they have been listening to a lot of Dive, Whitehouse, SPK. The young Marseillais also boasts about some outsider-like influences in classical music (he does mention Maria Callas among his models) but don't expect string or wind instruments to play a major role in "Transitions". It's really more about hard pounding distorted power beats, industrial noises, obsessive loops, treated vocal samples and stuff like that. If anything you'll find a great deal of orchestration between parts to achieve a high impact effect and occasionally some cool vocal choir parts that sound antique and I'd say almost Russian or Eastern European for that matter, which provide for a quite interesting Laibach-like effect. The CD comes in a minimal but nice digipack.
Grenoble-based Mark VIII promotion/booking agency, label and music venue teamed up with Paris-based UWe (Uncivilized World - don't know what the "e" stands for...) to release this album, while they are looking for a new bigger place to re-open their well established local stage joint. I can't do much else but wish all of these fine people best of luck with all of these valuable projects!
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