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Artist: Ghédalia Tazartès + Maya Dunietz
Title: Schulevy Maker
Format: 12" vinyl + Download
Label: Holotype Editions
Experimental music at its quirkiest, this recording of Tazartes and Dunietz’s first live performance as a duo is energetic, theatrical, and packed with large doses of both light and shade. The two twenty-three minute parts with no internal labels have the sound quality of a studio recording.

With occasional rave piano noises and drum machine pattern cameos that sit somewhere between the IDM label and circus music at times, this is at times more structured and steadily grooved than you might expect. Both artists use their voices with passionate, mostly wordless grunts, guttural throat singing, meaningless (I think) operatic wails and some almost tongue-in-cheek ‘laaa’ noises, making those the dominant instrument throughout.

Rapidly panning processed white noise, strung-out low bass string notes, harmonica-like meanderings and occasional twinkling bell sounds abound. Threatening rumbles, mocking laughter and muted timpani rolls bring an almost pantomime flavour at parts. Particularly in the second part this settles into a darker, bluesier, sometimes almost ecclesiastical tone, though once you’ve got the image of Grandpa Simpson moaning into your head, it’s difficult to shake it. A big finale of sampled fanfares and radio noises pushes its uniqueness even further.

It’s refreshing to hear an experimental performance demonstrate such an ability to have fun without ever devolving into self-parody. Unashamedly “peculiar” (their word), it’s an attention-grabbing and conversation-starting bit of strong vocal arrangement that made me want to check out whether they would be performing live in my part of the world. (They did, but four years ago... whoops.)
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Artist: Fail
Title: Dated Nine
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
Fail is the work of Dan Fox, who is also the man behind Loss and Inner Demons Records. He has been cranking out amazing stuff, so let’s see what this installment has in store for us. My first thoughts were “Welcome, my son – welcome to the machine!” Rhythmic clicks and grinding tones rule in this. It is like hearing a workshop from the dawn of the industrial age suddenly transported to a futuristic dystopia imagined in a 1950’s science fiction films. Buzzing sawtooth waves and theremin-like bleeps become enveloped in static, feedback, ground noise, and siren blares. The engine is running, but one of the cylinders is not firing right and there is a loose bolt in there somewhere. Overall, this is a lot more structured and rhythmic than other Fail stuff that I have heard. This constantly changing sea of sound keeps it interesting, while still managing to maintain a sense of coherence. Well done. This track weighs in at around 16 minutes and limited to 42 copies.
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Artist: Rasalasad, Featuring Von Magnet and Wildshores (@)
Title: Magnethism
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Thisco (@)
Rated: *****
This is the second of two 3” discs that they had sent. I had heard of Von Magnet, but the other two were new to me. This is one 17 minute composition that combines spoken word with an interesting music track. A meandering drum beat that functions as just another sound, drones that stretch on forever, Male and female voices that you can hardly make out, even with headphones. The woman says “this” in a kind of cadence, while the man’s rich bass voice blends into the music. Eventually, the woman takes over, but it is still difficult to make out – something about transformation, values, the soul, and technology. It gets repeated over and over, but this is like listening to an overheard conversation – you can make out bits and pieces, but you can’t help feeling like the words were never meant for you. Overall, the track is pleasant and interesting, with a lot going on in it. Definitely worth checking out. This album weighs in at around 17 minutes.
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Artist: Rasalasad vs Amantra
Title: Thisturbia
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Thisco (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of Rasalasad or Amantra, but I had reviewed several albums from Thisco and had enjoyed them, so I was interested to see what they had here. This is the first of two 3” discs that they had sent, with folded brown packaging and a stamped cover. The nice thing about 3” CDs, is you can get right into the music, so let’s go! “Rapid Eye” opens the disc with a splendid mixture of glacially moving synth drone mixed with electronic noise and static. The contrast works well together, and when the drone wins out, you feel like something is missing. “Awakening” keeps this feeling going, and reminds me of older Lycia. It’s not harsh, but there is an edge to it. “Peak” brings in a heavy, thudding bass beat that gives it a martial feel, like the soundtrack to the aftermath of a battle scene. “Error” closes the disc, and is a bit different with a simple keyboard line over noisy drone. It’s almost like listening to the closing credits of a film in a factory. Seems somewhat out of place with the rest of the album, but rather nice nonetheless. Overall this was a good taste of each of these bands, and makes me interested to hear more from each of them. This album weighs in at around 19 minutes.
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Artist: Platemaker
Title: Live At The Old Police House
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
I was unfamiliar with Platemaker, but the project seems to be the work of one Rob Woodcock, and the website describes it as “workplace grievance related circuit bent noise attack.” Bonus points for putting it into the category of Kitchen/Cooking. So let’s get into it and see what Platemaker is cooking up. It seems like the blue plate special for the day is harsh in your face noise. This is a full out aural assault from the beginning. If you like harsh noise wall, this is one for you. There are some completely unintelligible vocals in here, but they are almost unrecognizable as such. Grinding static and squealing electronics. Rumbling low end keeps it all together. Towards the end it all collapses into a pulsating electronic mess. This is a live action, and it definitely has the rawness that I enjoy from these kinds of recordings. I recommend not only picking this up, but also checking him out live if you happen to be in the UK. Overall this is a good time, and left me interested to hear more. This album is limited to 42 copies and weighs in at around 15 minutes.
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