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Artist: Wolfsheim
Title: Casting Shadows
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis (USA) Strangeways (Germany)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
After being introduced to Wolfsheim a couple of years ago via the Subout compilation, I started loving them immediately. But after buying Spectators’ and countless rounds of Kunstliche Welten" (Artificial Worlds) on my CD player, I sat wondering what would be in store on the next CD. More dance floor fillers like "Once In A Lifetime"? More ballads ala "Popkiller"? This one is a definite step forward, tossing away danceablility in favor of structure and disciplined playing, opting more for more subtle shifting sounds rather than the dynamic synth tour de force of past work. The way the synth patterns, along with bleeps and digital sounds, is one more to get your mind to dancing than your feet. And yes, classical "my baby hurt me" fare awaits, which normally I would complain about after 4 or 5 CDs of it, but it’s the one thing that can fit such music perfectly. "Kein Zuruch" is the high point here, an absolutely gorgeous song, with Peter’s vocals riding high and beautifully, using his charming style of German to carry just as much weight as the music itself. Their German songs always blow me back, such as "Kunstliche Welten" particularly their version with the Prague Philharmonic on the single. For those looking for another Spectators’ look elsewhere. For those looking for a group who may well carry the torch for a new generation of electro-pop, with an extraordinary sense of musical beauty, look no further than this CD. It is fucking marvelous, simply put, taking it's place with Alphaville's "Salvation" and Evil's Toy's "Silvertears" as one of my fave synthpop CDs. Rating: 10. If you can get your hands on a copy of the 2 disc copy of this CD, go for it! Also recommended are And One, Anything Box, Psyche, and of course Kraftwerk (to whom this is rather comparable).
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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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