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Artist: FOR A SPACE
Title: Secrets Behind
Format: CD
Label: Funkwelten/Black Rain
Distributor: Nova Media
Second release on Funkwelten, the new Black Rain sub-label devoted to electronica/ambient/chillout sounds, after EchoRausch who, by the way, mastered this cd. "Secrets Behind" is the re-release of the debut limited edition cd-r issued in 1998, followed by "Welcome 4000" released by Daniel "HauJobb" Myer's Basic Unit Productions. The press-sheet informs me that "this project has inspired a lot of musicians", which made me smile, aaw come on! But anyway this is good stuff. Nostalgic electronica combining soundtrack influences, polished soft beats and romantic melodies. Part Boards of Canada, part Kraftwerk, meditative and sort of lost in some kinder time zone. This is the kind of electronica you could put on while doing something else, unobtrusive but never letting your attention slip away. Good.
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Artist: LOVELIESCRUSHING
Title: Voirshn
Format: CD
Label: Projekt Records
Distributor: Projekt Records
Very mellow journey drawing the line between Gridlock’s synthy atmospheres, Cocteau Twins ambience (though the vocals are quite different) ala "Victorialand" and a tad bit like Frolic if Matt Chin got into some major tape experimentation. Aka a nice little mix! From the opening Atari reverb trancing along like a digital Alice In Wonderland theme (it kind of reminds me of some of the Atari usage in Gridlock’s "Further"), to the intricately placed sparse vocals seeping out like a rose vine climbing a plateau, the constraint is perfect. Everything is placed like a chef puts together gourmet deserts, with every detail placed just enough in the right places with nothing overdone. The drums are soft throbs and even at their hardest they are just plain trance-sounding, if not a tad danceable. I’d say my favorite tracks would have to be 5 and 6, "Ckaif" and "Juhl". Exactly what language is this though? It is Polish? Romanian?Though not one for moshing out and dancing to, it is a perfect relaxation CD and one great for reading to or just chilling to, like I’m doing now! Rating: 10.Also recommended are their appearance on the Projekt 100 compilation (Oh memories! Sob sob).
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Artist: Robert Nasveld (@)
Title: Music For After Anything
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Attacca (@)
Distributor: Muziek Groep Nederland
MUSIC FOR AFTER ANYTHING is a double CD by Dutch composer and pianist Robert Nasveld. The great artwork includes very informative booklet with photos and liner notes written by the composer himself that open the door to his creative laboratory. MUSIC FOR AFTER ANYTHING is made up of diverse compositions that basically explore the possibilities of the piano and present a panoramic view on the historic development of the instrument. Nevertheless, piano is not the only instrument on show here. The core of the composition PREPARATIONS FOR COMA is the chirring of a typewriter which is beautifully augmented by the piano bits played by Polo de Haas as well as bass clarinet of Harry Sparnaay. The oldest musical instrument - human voice - dominates in the second track called IMAGINATIONS I. The three-minute track TRIPLUM (perhaps, the most mesmerizing number of the bunch) simply takes your breath away with its magical energy. The composition consists of three separate parts and is performed by the Utrecht Chamber Choir. A subtle shift of view is perceivable in the title track that opens the second disc. It lets you see the new sides of already known phenomenon and situations. This is music of impressions, granting the epilogues with the life of the main story, turning the after word into the linking plot. This after, or the subtlest aftertaste is brought into focus here. The shift of view also results in our changed perception of the episodes of life. The list of these episodes is also included in the booklet and it numbers 22 occupations, events and states: having one?s teeth cleaned, a visit to the social worker, learning of a grant refusal etc.Space and time are the dimensions in which the composer operates, taking them to a special level - the one of the newborn sonic fantasy. Exceptionally beautiful music, although its beauty is not pastoral, but contradictory, unstable, disturbing, capable of stimulating all spiritual forces of the listener. Going through all levels of music, taking in all of its moods, infiltrating its body, we acquire our own versatile experience which is not only musical. For lovers of modern classical music MUSIC FOR AFTER ANYTHING will be a valuable buy.
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Artist: T.A.C. (@)
Title: Waiting For The Twilight
Format: CD
Label: Small Voices (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
This is the first release for SMALLVOICES, a new label that seems to be concentrated on the experimental side of electronic music as the second release has been the TH26 CD reviewed some days ago by Marc. WAITING FOR THE TWILIGHT is the T.A.C. coming back after five years from their last release "Apotropaismo". As usual Simone Balestrazzi and his crew (each time a different one) for this release changed the sound and the approach to the project. As far as I can listen this new CD seems to be a sum of the last twenty years of T.A.C. music, merging together acoustic instruments, digital bleeps and isolationist atmospheres. Every track has got a recitative female voice that seems coming from another dimension. At first the general atmosphere is really different from the passionate one of the first band's releases. Albums like "Il Teatro Della Crudelta'" were more direct respect this one but WAITING FROM THE TWILIGHT is a multi layered work which plays with cold moods and sharp noises. Maybe a wider variety of ambiences and solutions could made of this CD something more direct but we know that T.A.C. aren't that simple. The band will release soon a new album coming from the same session of "Waiting for the Twilight". A sort of "twin album" titled "Twilight Rituals".
Feb 23 2003
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Artist: VVAA
Title: Thisoriented
Format: CD
Label: Thisco (@)
Second sampler from the more and more active This.co collective. I think all tracks are exclusive or unreleased live versions. Emphasys is on underground electronica, with various nuances - from the ethno-exoteric approach of Ah Cama-Sotz, This Morn'omina and Rapoon to the avantgarde/glitch one of Ultra Milkmaids, with an obvious presence of the unavoidable Warp-sounding styles. Resident projects Ras.al.ghul and Sci-fi Industries prove once more to be in excellent form also in live sets, and Sunwolf is a name to be on the lookout for in the increasing Thisco rooster. Matt Howden's Sieben present, on their part, a bizarre track called "Luso in my heart" (great title) with an uncommon electronic-rhythmic background merging with Howden's violin and passionate vocals... quite romantic and noir sounding, actually. Other projects included are Spies-Inplant, Elektroplasma, Dither, Mimetic Data, and Mlada Fronta. Watch out for the new full-length by Ras.al.ghul!
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