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Artist: NATURALISTE
Title: A Clamor Half Heard
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Packed in a very nice cover, "A clamor half heard" collects five live tracks (recorded in September and October 2001) for 54' total. Naturaliste is a radical impro ensemble featuring Charles Lareau, Lonnie Methe, Christopher Fischer, Josephine and Simon Joyner, and Chris Deden. David Downing joins on track 3, and Mario Aldefer on track 4. The cd is, like, 90% feedback and 10% instruments, loops and sparse noises. Really lo-fi and muddy recording, so it really sounds like a huge wall of distortion with a few different elements struggling to be heard. A free-flowing sax can be traced in track 1, 3 and 5. Track 2 is just manipulated radio waves & signals at times combining in some kind of rhythmic pattern. Track 3 is more feedback, radio, winds and possibly some tape loops (but it could be the radio). Track 5 is the most interesting one, less aggressive and more dilated, with some delays and tranquil moments creating a slightly psychedelic mood. But the cd as a whole is a nasty piece of hisses and nerve breaking impro solipsisms. Kind of Destroy All Monsters or Dead C recording in a basement with a cheap walkman and distortion pedals borrowed from Cock ESP.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Projekt:Gothic
Format: CD
Label: Projekt Records
Distributor: projekt records
Remember the "Projekt:100" compo? Well this is very much in the same vein for those looking into Projekt’s sound or getting introduced into ethereal-darkwave. This also includes Unto Ashe's unreleased "Don't Fear The Reaper". I still say go for Projekt 100, but hell, they’re both inexpensive so try both.Rating: 8. Also recommended is Projekt’s "Across This Grey Land" and their new one "The Arbitrary Width of Shadows".
Sadly it's only available at Hot Topics, that god awful excuse for a store. Get the CD then torch the place!
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Artist: Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words
Title: Vanishing Red By The Movement Of A Hand
Format: CD
Label: Fukk God Let's Create
Distributor: Fukk God Let's Create
Pure all out reverb and feedback noise here. But one bad note is the lack of pitch and shift here, which leaves noises on the CD kind of like a long drawn out drone, like track 2 for example. Running these atmospheres through distortion could make them a bit better, and some sense of pitch would do it even better. Tracks like "A Twist A Turn" though are good examples of their minimalist edge, incorporating the snap bassline ala Coil’s "Worship The Glitch". Also the enigmatically titled "{... ... ... ... ..}" has a good flowing effect. The artwork you can tell was done by hand, with blotches of silver and black ink dotting the vellum lined CD liner notes. Rating: 6. Give these guys some time though, and I think their sense of melody will start to kick in, giving their distinctly minimal sound a bit more of an edge. A lot of noise groups start like this, so it’s understandable. I love the name of the label by the way too! Go quick too there are only 30 copies of this I just found out!
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Artist: CriBabi
Title: s/t
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Fidela (@)
A couple of days ago I posted a review of CriBabi's debut CD "Volume" (http://www.chaindlk.net/reviews/reviews.php3?id=349) which you should refer to for more background info about the band before reading this review. This self-titled or untitled four tracks CDS includes "Somebody to Love" (original album version), "You Need Some" (present in two different Adelphi mixes) and "You're So Sweet (Richard's Mix)". The eclectic Japanese/British new-millennium global-pop duo definitely enters the realms of techno/dance here so it's a good catch for the bouncing masses but probably not for those who want to get introduced to the fine mixture of styles that is band's true essence. The exotic and talented CriBabi creature gave one more proof of dynamism allowing for their catchy, flowery and intelligent tunes to be transformed into grooving, powerful and potential dancefloor hits (even thought personally I would have preferred them to explore the d'n'b side of their musical identity more, when it comes down to remixes). But just so people can't accuse them of going commercial the two remind us of their attitude with the closing water-bubbling ambient soundscapes of the "You're So Sweet" experimental remix. All in all this CDS projects an image of CriBabi that is complete, mature and versatile.PS By the way look out for the CriBabi CD giveaway coming up within the next couple of days: you can win 5 copies of their full lenght debut CD "Volume" and 5 copies of this CDS personally signed by both band members!!!
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Artist: Sobria Ebrietas (@)
Title: De Bene Arte Moriendi
Format: CD
Label: Third Brass Collective (@)
Members of the Third Brass Collective, Sobria Ebrietas walked the 3rd step in their discography with "De Bene Arte Moriendi", an album that processes a 360 degrees spectrum of sonics. I like that John Cult metaphors their music's apparent chaos with a David Lynch movie. He's also right when he says that it would perfectly fit as a soundtrack for one of his movies. We are dealing with a convulsionary blend of dark-ambient and industrial music and experimental-noise. Think Cold Meet Industry meets Ant Zen meets Staalplaat/Soleilmoon. These guys love to sample stuff (especially vocals and beats) and play it back slower. They are really into slowing down voices and entire metal band's riffs (an aspect of their production that, if I was them, I would further explore) complete with drums and guitars, which is returned as a slow evil sombre powerful industrial mayhem. They remind of quite a few different bands for quite a few different reasons (Nada, Neubauten, Flugschaedel, Neurosis and of course all the more or less anonymous experimental-noise artists out there, just to mention a few...). Unfortunately, if you take into account all nine songs of this record, the focus is more on their experimental/noise/dark/ambient soul rather than on the furious metal harshness that I like so much in this project. In particular the opening song really steps into industrial-metal territories a la Flugschaedel (if somebody remembers this great German band they'll know exactly what I am talking about) with Neubauten's Blixa's voice samples from one of their earlier records (I believe "Haus der Le" or "Tabula Rasa"). Funny to mention that the albums starts with the same sound it finishes with. Yeah, I think you should check this record out when you get a chance and listen to it at least once, 'cause it's very dynamic and full of surprises, but definitely an interesting one.
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