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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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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: InterBreeding (Industrial Cyberlords)
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: DSBP


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Little Rock, Arkansas, based BLC Productions teamed up with New Mexico based DSBP records to release a very good compilation of new electronic music, industrial, some ebm and stuff like that. Although there are many releases like these around this one stands out for the quality of its contributions, which I guess is a direct result of a careful choice of artists and songs. The bands involved include S.E.M;I, Xiphoid Process, The Pain Machinery, Diverje, Infekktion, Void Construct, Plastic Noise Experience, Audio War, The Sepia, Seize, Cable Bends Steel, Cyph4Zero, Carbon 12, Fande, Collide, Swarf. At least half of these bands are newcomers which means that somebody else (besides Chain D.L.K. that is ;-)) is keeping an eye open for new artists and is trying hard to give them a chance to be noticed. It also means that the debatable and arguably bad state of the current music scene still serves a few welcome surprises here and there. It's always good to come across good music from new artists and in this case we owe it to BLC and you have a chance to find out about new names and hear music of bands that have been around for a while and that fine tune their style and their approach to electronic music at every new turn, like PNE, Infekktion, Diverje etc... Check this out.
Nov 02 2003
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Artist: Soul Circuit (@)
Title: Evolve
Format: CD
Label: self-released


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In early 2001, Brett Saltzer, classically trained pianist and host of the 24/7 online radio show Cryonaut Radio for two years, decided he wanted to converge his musical studies with his passion for electronic music and came up with the Soul Circuit concept, bringing together harpsichords and computers and writing songs equally influenced by Beethoven, Revell and Goldenthal as well as F242, Covenant and VNV Nation. Distorted male (and female) vocals and songs laying their foundations in electro-industrial and ebm are now brought to a new level with the addition of this classical instrumentation. The ebm formula used is pretty old (hence the F242 influences) but that's no reason for it to be less effective and pleasant (if you are into '80es ebm this is definitely your thing) and the theme behind Soul Circuit should make this an interesting addition to your CD collection either way.
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