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Artist: Lacuna CoiL
Title: Comalies
Format: CD
Label: century media
Distributor: century media
The beginning track "Swamped" displays the graceful flow of chords on the CD, flowing from one gorgeous power chord to the next, getting metalheads and Goths alike to moving. Even the Sarah McLaughlin types can get into this one. The song shows their power to be both heavy and graceful at the same time, which was well displayed on the last CD, Unleashed Memories. Gliding along side it is "Heaven’s A Lie", which can be considered both a pop song and a metal-ethereal song at the same time. Throughout the CD, power chords paint an atmosphere for both male and females both masterfully done. The sound seems to be going towards a more This Ascension-type style of ethereal rock, with very tight playing and the occasional keyboard adding to the atmospheric mood. And for the fans of their Italian sung songs like me, there is the closing track "Comalies" (the promo pack says it’s sung in a dead language. When did Italian die?!? Did I miss something and Italy just disappeared?!?!). My faves on here are Swamped, Heaven’s A Lie, Self Deception , Tight Rope, and Unspoken, though this whole CD is meant to be listened to all the way through for that good trance effect. The entire CD is pure delight for both Goths and metalheads out there to enjoy, getting these two different and often opposing groups together. And to me, with my found again love of metal I put his band as my top ethereal outfit, led by some of the best guitarists in metal and one of the most gorgeous and talented women in music (she sings not with classical training like some would think, but just on sheer heart). Stay tuned for the posting of the Lacuna interview soon! Rating: 10.
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Artist: Boards of Canada
Title: Twoism
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Warp (@)
After their triple LP/CD "Geogaddi" (almost a year ago), Scottish Boards of Canada are back with a re-issue of their legendary debut "Twoism", originally released as a 100 copies limited edition LP and MC in 1995 and subsequently sold for up to about 1000 dollars among collectors! Warp, who signed them in 1998, is to be thanked for here, as this, by many considered a true masterpiece of ambient music, is readily available at human prices again! The drifty chill-out ambient music magically performed by Boards of Canada has been entirely re-cut and re-mastered and the same track-list (including the unlisted hidden bonus track) is reiterated. The peculiar Warp signature sound bleeds through this record with its lush electronica, dreamy harmonic sounds, minimal song bodies and straightforward drum patterns. Among the Warp artist roster I would probably pick Autechre as a good match (even though I haven't heard the latest Autechre music), but also Jimmy Cauty and the Hartnoll brothers are a plausible inspiration here. Some of their analog synths actually sound like Aphex Twin (check out "Seeya Later" to know I am right ;-) but it's just the sounds, not the beats. "Twoism" is now available as a digipack MCD with the original artwork and a sticker as well as a 12" black vinyl. This music is beautiful, powerful, emotional, hypnotic, relaxing... a great example of the "less is more" philosophy!
Brombron's 3rd chapter (see Bjorgulfsson/Ohlsson review for more info on the series or check out extrapool.nl) brings together Tore Honore Boe (known for choosing unusual formats such as records, floppies, micro-cassettes and somehow involved with the Origami Republika collective) and long time experimenter Roel Meelkop (also one third of Kapotte Muziek and Goem and one fifth of THU20). Their involvement in field recordings and experience with sound manipulation translates into a feast of subtle sound occurrences and mellow ambience. If you listen to this at a moderate volume you won't hear much because the dynamics keep a low profile and rarely peak, but if you turn it up you'll discover a world of small glitches, low rumbles, and mid-range floors that were probably getting lost among the noise of your room's steam heat unit or the outside traffic noise dampened by your closed window...
Bequeen's tenth anniversary CD release (one of the two planned ones) comes with a 3 year delay because of the stinky situation of the underground record label industry (if you are a musician you know the story: not enough labels, not enough money, not enough interest or whatever the reason is...). But fortunately for all the fans of this band Staalplaat's sub-label Korm Plastics has decided to release this record (Beequeen prefers not to release too many CDs on their own record label so they tried other labels first and many were interested but couldn't release it for some reason), and that's how Bequeen's "A Touch of Brimstone" sees the light... A collection of both previously unreleased and released (but in some cases now unavailable or out of print or hard to find) songs spanning in time from 1989 to 1995 that represents a good summary of their activity for those who want to get into the band or for those who have followed them for years, like their longest dedicated fan Elenka Freikkar, whose writings even got selected to be part of the thick booklet, along with those of their site's webmaster (who is also the webmaster of the Muslimgauze website and of other band's websites adhering to the Pretentious.network), journalists and other friends and personalities... The booklet also contains lots of pictures and an updated discography (23 releases and counting! ...not including compilation appearances), so like I said before, a must for both supporters and those new to the Beequeen sound. For those who don't know Beequeen at all yet, think of it as experimental drone music. Beequeen is Freek Kinkelaar and Frans De Ward, who is also founder of Korm Plastics and one of the people who work at Staalplaat. At the top of this review I had mentioned that there is another 10th anniversary CD, and that one came out in time (1999) and is called "Do Be Do; A Live Anthology" (still available from their own label Plinkity Plonk records).
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Artist: Jos Smolders (@)
Title: Music for Kalx.com
Format: CD
Label: ERS
Distributor: Staalplaat (NL), Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
When you are listening at one third of the full volume of your system and your subwoofer starts violently and drastically vibrating one inch in and out of its normal position with a never before seen intensity so that you can actually hear the physical sound of the vibration much more than anything else in the room and the music itself, it's pretty scary! It happen to me with this record and I must say it never happened before... I don't know if he finds pleasure in experiment with inaudible sub sub sub frequencies that nobody will hear or if it was just something was missed when mixing or mastering the record, but it sure got me worried for a second (especially because at the beginning I wasn't sure why I was hearing sound form under my desk rather than from my speakers). But considering that Jos Smolders is an internationally acclaimed artist with a huge experience in sound manipulation and experimentation, I'd assume he knew what he was doing and is probably amusing himself knowing that he got me worried about my brand new sound system ;-)Presented in a ingenious, beautiful and classy hand-shaped cardboard wallet sleeve, Jos Smolders's new record "Music for Kalx.com" is entirely based on sine waves and therefore inevitably sounds like a collection of minimal drone electronics. So expect long experimental pieces with deep rumbling sounds, layers of harmonics fading in and out and subtle changes... Even though there is no sound in space this is a perfect soundtrack for one of those almost silent classic space movies from the seventies and eighties (I am thinking "2001: Odyssey in Space" now...). Jos Smolders has been doing his thing since the early eighties alone (as IOSS) and with Kapotte Muziex and Goem members Roel Meelkop and Peter Duimelinks (as THU20). I am not sure what exactly Kalx.com is and if it is related to Smolders. The website has lots of modern art and computer graphics with a political soul that sometimes is more explicit than other times.
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