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Artist: POUSSEUR / MAIN / JECK / OVAL
Title: 4 Parabolic Mixes
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sub Rosa
Distributor: Audioglobe
Based on "8 ètudes paraboliques" by Henri Pousseur, 4 PARABOLIQUE REMIXES presents four different mixes and approach to what Posseur created in 1972. Recorded live at Le Botanique, Brussels, on November 2001 during the Netd@ys Wallonie - Bruxelles Festival, this double CD presents four interpretation played by Pousseur himself and by Main, Jeck and Oval. All the tracks are digitally treated and each participant to the event gives his interpretation of the original sounds. Pousseur's mix is really chaotic and anarchic while Main's Robert Hampson is more ambient and with a lot of calm moments alternated to powerful ones. On the second CD Philip Jeck is opening with his "Third Parabolic Mix", which is more bleepy and based on drones that are added sequentially creating moments of real noise. The last version is the "Fourth Parabolic Mix" by Markus Popp / Oval, who creates disturbing sequences of hisses and tones but adding also new sounds / samples respect the original sources. This double CD is a document of an interesting event but in this form, it lacks of informations for the people who wasn't there.
Aug 12 2003
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Artist: LAMIA
Title: Dark Angel
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Oh my Gaaawd. Electro-EBM with ethereal/symphonic female vocals and filtered male ones, plus organ. Lithurgical EBM? They sound like an electro version of the already horrible O Quam Tristis. Lamia (which sound so close to "Lame" to my ears) even get to the point of covering Bach and Chopin with horrible synthetic sounds. Why?? If this wasn't so terribly serious and self-assured, one could enjoy it with a vertical laugh on its face, but actually old mainstream stuff like Enigma was a hundred times better, and more refined. Terrible, mediocre in its execution and ridiculously pompous in its very conception.
Aug 12 2003
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Artist: HIOCTAN (@)
Title: Headscan
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
More typical German/NoiTekk electro = gloomy atmospheres, fat programmings, and a taste for distorted, quasi-black metal vocals (see Tactical Sekt, Grendel etc.). 12 tracks, including the cover of "Someone Somewhere" by Klinik. This is not bad and it's not that good, the problem is that I find it more and more difficult to tell one project apart from the other in the flood of German electro acts. Again, I'd expect layout to be better, a record company should hire more talented artists.
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Artist: ASLAN FACTION
Title: Sin-drome of separation
Format: CD EP
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Five new tracks from AF and seven remixes by Feindflug, Dioxyde, davaNtage, Slaave, Retrosic, C-Drone-Defect and Weapons Grade, for 66' of music. I won't talk of the obvious dose of redundance involved in operations like this, where you get 3 or 4 slightly different versions of the same track, since most of the projects involved have very similar styles and approaches... AF follow the path of their previous releases, with hard-hitting electro with aggressive beats, gloomy keys and hyper-filtered and distorted vocals. In the line of heavier projects like davaNtage, Grendel or Tactical Sekt. Thumbs down for the very mediocre layout, with beyond lame font.
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Artist: JAD FAIR AND JASON WILLETT
Title: Superfine
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Half Japanese guru Jad Fair teaming up with Jason Willett (The Dramatics, The Pleasant Livers, The Can Openers, The Jaunties, The Attitude Robots...) in this perfect monument to human folly and exhuberance. 20 audio tracks on the cd + 135 (!!!!!) mp3's as data part, so it's like, 5 hours of music, and it IS worthwhile if you can stand the experience. As crazy as the music itself: Fair sings and Willett plays all instruments, and the result, while being adequately trashy and lo-fi, is also incredibly rich and solid - 99% of boring lo-fi slacker balladeurs should study this by heart and try to learn something. Short blasts of deranged creativity, like having Captain Beefheart at a funfair with the Residents, or Alfred Jarry writing folk songs for Syd Barrett to sing. Everything is joyous and out of focus, as in the haze of wine and fever combined. Hand this out if you ever have to explain no wave to somebody. Plus, the layout alone, obviously courtesy of Fair himself, is worth buying the cd.
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