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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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Artist: ABARTHJOUR FLOREALE (@)
Title: Entartete Musik
Format: CD EP
Abarthjour Floreale, a power trio formed by Anna Finori (bass and vocals), Matteo Ciarlante (guitar) and Rino Sassi (drums), released an impressive track called "Formichina" on the equally brilliant "15id" sampler (see archive). Now this track opens in the best possible way this self-released 5-track demo cd. Let's say that "Formichina" remains unparalleled, but the whole ep sounds quite good and shows a rather mature band, able to play noise-rock without tiring. Uh, let's say that Abarthjour Floreale's noise often flirts with gentler wave/shoegaze atmospheres - like Sonic Youth or, even better, Blonde Redhead leaving every intemperance aside for half an hour, and playing oblique, nostalgic tunes like a calcined Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine. Not really "pop", and luckily not obliging in their use of melody - quite the opposite, in fact. Good job, let's see what the future brings.
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Artist: NIHIL EST EXCELLENCE (@)
Title: Vizmilieu
Format: CD
Label: DTA Records (@)
Andrey Kiritchenko is a gifted and rather prolific Ukrainian composer who's put his country back on the map in the experimental electronics field with the activity of his own label Nexsound and, obviously, his releases for appreciated underground labels like Ad Noiseam, Soulworm, Autoplate and, this time, DTA. While releases under his own name delve into the glitch/click'n'cuts sound, Nihil Est Excellence is a weirder, more disturbing creature. "All sound sources recorded with a microphone", but the creepy layout, merging abstract numeric sequences and an underwater larva, gives a more correct idea of what to expect from "Vizmilieu". The expressionistic, non-descriptive use of manipulated field recordings could be loosely associated to López's or Hudak's reasearches, but Kiritchenko's approach is absolutely personal and unique - sound sources are mangled into layers of droning frequencies, soft falls of ashes and echoes, rubbles and scratches. The result is frankly bewildering: these sounds could equally come from a wood, a hospital machinery or a storm of solar winds. Far from being a report of a phenomenon whatsoever, NEX's alien constructions aim to build a world of their own. At times it's like having that larva stuck in your ear, digesting sound before letting it ooze into your eardrum. A strong exercise of discipline and invention; I'm now looking forward to hearing the upcoming collaboration with Francisco López, the meeting of such talents must be no less than fascinating.
Artist: APOPTYGMA BERZERK
Title: The Singles Collection
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Tatra
Distributor: Audioglobe


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Now that Apoptygma Berzek passed to a major, their old label Tatra decided to gather all their previous singles into two CDs and to satisfy all their old fans that, in this way, could get eight singles for a fair price. The singles cover ten years of the band and the they are coming from their first four CDs: "Soli Deo Gloria", "Apopcalyptic Manifesto", "7" and "Welcome To Earth". The thirty tracks comes from the following singles: "Ashes To Ashes", "The 2nd Manifesto", "Bitch", "Deep Red", "Non Stop Violence", "Paranoia", "Eclipse" and from the fabulous "Kathy's Song". THE SINGLES COLLECTION is a perfect way of remembering the highlights and remixed tracks of one of the most well known electro pop act of the last decade.
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Artist: ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO (@)
Title: Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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Luscious, seductive and mysterious. This is how COCKTAILS, CARNAGE, CRUCIFIXION AND PORNOGRAPHY is to my eyes. The duo with this album welcome their tenth year as Ordo Equilibrio / Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio and they do it by producing a good CD packed of sensual and melodic atmospheres. Musically they remember me the Death In June of the "Rose Clouds Of Holocaust" period with their almost recitative lyrics and their style focused on acoustic / percussive sounds. Lyrically the themes changes, respect DIJ, presenting us the pagan glorification of life and lust. Tracks like "Remember Depravity, And the Orgies of Rome" or "In High Heels through Nights of Broken Glass" are the highlights about their preferred subject and visually each page of the booklet show seductive pictures that will put you in the right mood for listening to this album. If you are looking for a perfect album of industrial folk with COCKTAILS, CARNAGE, CRUCIFIXION AND PORNOGRAPHY you won't be disappointed.
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