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Artist: ghost and tape (@)
Title: Vár
Format: CD
Label: Home Normal (@)
Rated: *****
The title of this new output by Danish producer Heine Christensen aka ghost and tape is the word for 'spring' in Old Norse (very similar to 'Voar' and 'Ware', old Scottish words used in Orkney and Shetland and in Northern Isles and South-Western Scotland respectively), whose meaning is not strictly related to the season, but could also refer to a 'new beginning'. Discovered through an album released by Akira Kosemura's imprint Scholes, randomly found in a shop in Tokyo (where headquarters of Home Normal is), Ian resembles that he was initially attracted by the artwork, but when he listened to its musical content, he noticed a strong consonance with Home Normal's ethos and policy. In Ian's own words: "I’ve always admired people who take their time with their music for they appreciate the finer details and seem to understand music as a timeless quantity.[...]‘Pure and forceful with mystifying, beautiful patterns.’ I don’t think you could get a more apt description than this to describe such a work. This is ambient music as its most thoughtful and tender; so carefully crafted and worked, with purpose in each and every twist and turn.". The description could sum the sound you'll find in this album up; its general vibe, elongated and occasionally lulling tones, gentle melodies, whose symbiosis with field recordings of natural settings, evoking a strong sense of peace, are not a harmony in the strictly academic meaning of the term, but they asymptotically tend to an idea of harmony, that smells of ancient pagan beliefs, green magic and awakening natural energies, strongly rooted in some Germanic old culture (as testified by the reference to the goddess 'Eostre' - the English word 'Easter' seems to come from the name of this name, as well). Even if I won't say the sonic strategies explored by Heine are really groundbreaking in the ambient scene, the purity of its sound makes it a really delightful listening experience. A rare quality nowadays.
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Artist: Thomas B
Title: Augmented Place EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi (@)
Rated: *****
When I introduced the debut EP by Onism QI - the collaborative project by Quentin Hiatus, Ghast and Thomas B -, I omitted to say that a remarkable fingerprint on the sound of this project has been given by the last of the guys listed, Thomas B (real name: Tommy Brinson), as you can easily guess while listening to this recent output on Free Love Digi. Even if its dynamics don't show the same dynamics (particularly in tempo variations) of Onism QI, you could notice many similarities of the sci-fi sonorities explored in this EP. This aspect is mainly noticeable on the more experi/mental (and my favorite ones) tracks of the four ones included in this digital EP: check the opening "Significance" - its pattern based on claps and finger snapping and the way by which melodic elements gradually rises - and the closing "Augmented Place" - where you can notice that any ring added by Thomas B on the sonic chain makes it more and more involving -. Besides its sonorities, the hip-hop (or I'd rather say ill-hop, to use a label which was popular to describe this kind of experiments on hip-hop tempo in the late 90ies/early 00ies) oriented tracks, both "Straat" and "Tangible" are maybe too predictable and 'static' than the other half of the release.
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Artist: Onism QI
Title: Null Explodes EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi (@)
Rated: *****
One of the main advantage of digital releases lies in the fact that even if new stuff is added to a discography, some release doesn't become totally unavailable, so that even if a new EP (title "Intelligent Life") by the collaborative project Onism QI (grouping together Quentin Hiatus, Thomas B and Ghast) has been announced, the one I'm going to introduce is not really obsolete. The opening track of this EP ("Null Explodes" is the debut release by Onism QI), "Fear Death Love", is a sort of electric mantra, boosted by a sort of otherworldly moaning, snapping fingers and a mid-tempo, that becomes more and more hypnotising, whose magic get highlighted by the amazing playing on pitch by these guys, who increase BPMs when the listener could expect a deceleration and vice versa. The tempo got stabilized on mid-levels on the following tune, "Patroller", whose dynamics is based on menacing sonic entities, crackling percussive noises and occasional computational stirring, and a mid-tempo features "MB", the lovely song sung by Matthew Cassidy, whose voice could vaguely resemble the (computer reshaped?) modulations by Sascha Ring (Apparat, Moderat). Last but not least, the amazing sci-fi cracking of "Meta Realm", which makes you think that there's a more serious just than a drum N bass project behind Onism QI... maybe the foundations of a newly enlighted mankind! Check it out!
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Artist: Quentin Hiatus (@)
Title: Out Here EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi (@)
Rated: *****
2017 has been a very intense and prolific year for Quentin 'Hiatus' McFadden, who added a lot of good releases in his rapidly growing discography - I warmly recommend the tripartite album "I'm Neither Quentin Not Hiatus"if you missed it in the huge cloud of digital releases of bass-driven music -. "Out Here" is the EP, by which Quentin rides off into the sunset of this triumphant creative gallop over the year, that is drawing to a close. The first track of the five included in this EP winks at Juke and Trap sonorities in the first seconds, before unrolling mellow tunes. I'm not sure if the vocal sample that can be heard after a couple of minutes got grabbed by some radio shows or interviews of Dean Edell, a broadcaster and physician, who became very popular in the late 70ies/early 80ies for his radio show on KGO radio and his well-argued opinions against magical beliefs, pseudoscience related to healing methods and some surgical and medical practises (he was against circumcision, hysterectomies and so on). He was also one of the earlier supporters of the medical use of marijuana and other psychedelic drugs. The balance between liquid sci-fi pads, the slightly nervous beat and the title repeated by a soulful female voice on the following "Find Out" sounds like an invitation to the base to acquire an explorative mindset. The way by which Quentin organizes sounds in "Born Woke" looks like a dribbling between a sci-fi melody, electronic fibrillations and percussive elements that he manages to slot into the previous ones. The futuristic hip-hop and the meaningful lyrics of "Kryptomedic Rejection" (a link to the initial Edell (if I guessed references) precede the amusedly alien entrapping game of "Unexpected Guest".
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Artist: Stefano De Ponti | Eleonora Pellegrini (@)
Title: Physis
Format: CD
Label: manyfeetunderconcrete (@)
Rated: *****
With his now considerable output, Stefano De Ponti is perhaps one of the most interesting composers around. Physis, more than his proper new release, is the completion of a project with Eleonora Pellegrini born in 2011. The basic idea of this work is a body and sound performance about the evolution of Nature in an historical line from the beginning to the future.
The first part of this release, "I", quietly starts with "Non dèi invocar" a drone broken by the voice of Eleonora Pellegrini whose intensity increases as time goes by and is underlined by the soundscape in the background until a crash introduces the second part of the track, "Physis", based on stone's noises, or so they sound, upon a quiet resonating background. As the concrète source of the sound emerges, with "The Fishing Ape" the listener is closer to a part based on sharp high tones, "Seirn", paving the way for a song, "Canto", closing this part in which the voice seems at a distance and the noisy background gradually overwhelms everything.
The second part of this release, "II", is based on two movements and it's a more static part: "Grey Desert", a quiet and meditative positioning of sounds generating the sense of being into a primitive but cinematic environment and "Oracle" where the concrète element returns and the voice of Eleonora Pellegrini closes this release without the accompaniment of any sound.
While the first part of this release takes his character by the interaction and the mutual support of voice, words and sound and it one of the finest moments of the year, the second one sounds more like a questionable coda or a sound mimic of the cover than a fully developed piece; it's like it needs a visual counterpart to be effective. As a whole it's probably something than every fans of experimental music should hear.
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