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Artist: TIAMAT
Title: Judas Christ
Format: CD
Label: century media
Distributor: century media
Tiamat’s second excursion into pop-goth, going away from the gloom of the masterpiece "A Deeper Kind Of Slumber" (described as one of my faves in the Lounge forum). A lot of people hated this move but I actually see Johan’s point on it being a move forward rather than trying each album to be more gloomy, as you can only stay that way for so long before life becomes pointless. And he proves he can do both dark poetry and the tricky edges of pop music. Pop writers tend not to be great poets and vise versa as we all have seen. "Vote For Love" is my fave on here, just a simple and direct song about getting up and rallying for peace in your own little way. It may not be "A Deeper... ." But hey you gotta move on sometime while the getting’s good and enjoy life you know ;)rating:9.
Artist: DEVENDRA BANHART
Title: "Oh Me Oh My... ... ... "
Format: CD
Label: young god records
Distributor: young god records
This one is kinda odd to me given I’m not a fan of T-Rex or anything like that, given that is Devenda’s major influence. With that in mind I was getting afraid of arena rock on this CD, but I was proven wrong thankfully. The CD seems very mellow, but the thing that caught me was his odd lyrics, which seem to bounce from one tangent to another (as if I’m one to judge given my poetry’s habit of this). His lyrics to me seem his ultimate strength and the music following behind, which is not a bad thing, since that seems his intention. The sound is very raw, just a guitar and drums, very primal (one of Gira’s loves). I oddly feel like he recorded this in a coffeehouse, since there seems to be the live atmosphere of a small club about. Rating: 8.
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...
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