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Artist: Daniele Brusaschetto (@)
Title: Bluviola
Format: CD
Label: Radon Studio (@)
Distributor: Radon, Daniele Brusaschetto
Yo, watch out, the god of new italian industrial music with italian lyrics is back (I know he is laughing now): my young pal Daniele B. (sounds like a cheap rapper's name) is back with "Bluviola", follow up to the CD "Mamma Fottimi" and first release on a label other than his own one (ZZZ Prod.). Colorado's label Rodon Studio has apparently understood that this guy's up to something more that just screaming at people that they are shit (remember "sei una merda"? - by the way there's a new song now called "I love you all"), and thought well of putting out his new raging 9 tracks of material ranging from still moments of claustrophobic calm after (or before) the storm to violent and raw bursts of negative power, spoken by mean of distorted guitars, industrial sounds and other awful noises... I would say there is a more persistent use of guitars now, in their various forms and shapes, as a primary tool and instrument of atmosphere creation (harmonics, open chords, arpeggios, power chords, Whammy-pitched single notes, muted chords, you name it, he's got it...), and his very recognizable voice marks the path from disillusioning single-tone recital-like signing to screams of anger and love (check out how a bunch of overdubbed layers of his non-boring-bored singing-talk sound, even when he goes to some melodic back-lines). Also this record has drums, which definitely helps make everything even more powerful, dragging, chaotic and slamming. I dig his music a lot and I'm positive that if you give it a chance you'll be surprised. Don't be shy just 'cause he's Italian, this is good spent money and I admire Radon Studio's determination and attitude. Marco Milanesio (long-time electronic/industrial engineer from Northern Italy) was behind the console for this record and did a great job (I always thought that mixing and fucking with one of Daniele's records 's got to be a fun job ;-). As tense as it can go, he's got the gift and he's got it down all the way. The dude's freaking dope. Yes, I admit he's a good buddy, but he didn't pay for my good words, so get your ass off the chair and do what you are supposed to in the damn first place: catch him live (he plays all over the world) and buy his record before he's after you in your worst nightmares! He's out there! Watch your back (and protect your ears)!
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Artist: Geistform (@)
Title: Uno
Format: CD
Label: Daft (@)
Distributor: Tristol
From Rubi, Spain, near Barcelona, Rafael Martinez Espinosa aka Geistform has been producing electronic sounds since 1998. He uses the MS-20 samples as his main source and couples them with radio frequency signals and other questionable data. All this together gives life to a quite interesting and noisy form of experimental techno that has been compared to Esplendor Geometrico and Panasonic whose strongest points are the wide spectrum going from the deep droning 10-20Hz sub harmonics to the hi pitch 10-15kHz digital data. Such a wide headroom and full range of frequencies addressing your body creates truly good sounding and well produced album suitable both for intense home listening and for more alternative dance floors. This is "Uno", his debut album, and he's already impressive, we'll see where this goes, looks like a very promising direction so far.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Syntonic Waves Vol.8
Format: CD
Label: Spheric Music (@)
Juergen Kern was the man behind vol. 1, back in 1991, and 11 years later, vol.8 is compiled by Lambert Ringlage, and puts together unreleased tracks of new synthetic electronics by Klangwelt, Michael Obermeier, Jonson, Wild Element, Gunnar Spardel, Gianfranco Grilli, Erik Seifert, Deep Tune, Palantir, Carloa Kern (I think I can guess who she is related to), Lambert, Faralley and Foreign Space. This compilation reminds me of some synth-scapes collections I used to get almost 10 years ago, maybe because it has a non-linear and different approach. There are no vocals and it makes you think about music for films. Even though I guess I am not supposed to think about it in cinematic terms, I do think that "Syntonic Waves" primary goal is to stay true to what electronic music once was and to re-present it in a more modern key... Think of Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Can, Goblin, but don't try to think of these as models that have been emulated, rather think of them as patterns that seem to re-emerge from a new-born and more experimental breed of musical layers of synthetic, breezy and soft ethereal soundscapes. You may now enter the starship...
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Artist: PERSEPHONE
Title: Home
Format: CD
Label: Trisol (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Persephone for the ancient Greek's mythology was the death's goddess but in our case is the Lame Immortelle's Sonja Kraushofer side project. Aided by Martin Höfert (cello; live appearances with Janus and L''me Immortelle), Tobias Hahn (piano; music, arrangements, producing, programming; Janus), Dirk "RIG" Riegert (music, lyrics, arrangements; Janus), Wim Leydes (guitars; ex-Christian Death) to name few, Sonja creates something totally different compared to his main band's music, playing dark and melancholic acoustic ballads (which have, sometimes, some rare rhythmical distorted samples and electric guitar inserts, also). Of the twelve songs I prefer the first one "My Prayer", "Immersion", "Reflection" (which remember me the French "chansonnier" atmospheres), the main track "Home" and the final "Coming Home" which are someway personal and intense. The other seven tracks, in my opinon, tend to lose themselves into the forced research of a sad atmosphere instead of concentrating into the melodic structure and the vocal performance. This album could be paragoned to some Marc Almond ones (like "Jaques") but I'm sorry to say that Sonja fails into creating the atmospheres Marc is able to give to his performance. "Home" is not that bad but it hasn't exploited all its potential.
Apr 10 2002
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Evolution
Format: CD
Label: Cohaagen (@)
Distributor: Ninth Wave
This compilation is the first release of this brand new label called Cohaagen. This is the first time you're listening this name, that's for sure, but you are already familiar with the people involved into this project, because we're are talking about Ganymede's members Patrick Runkle and David Friede supported for distribution by David Richards' Ninthwave Records. You know how I appreciate their music and probably we've got also the same musical tastes. The fact that I've already interviewed or positively reviewed almost half of the bands presented here (bands like Ganymede, The Mourning After, Nukleon, Gary Flanagan, Blind Before Dawn and soon Empire State Human) prove it! The label's aims are quite clear, but let's hear it directly from the guys: "This compilation represents the "new breed" of electronic pop, featuring many of today's hottest rising synthpop stars from around the globe as well as some new bands that will be making their presence felt in the near future. The tracks here illustrate the great variety the synthpop genre has to offer, ranging from melancholy to uplifting in mood, laid-back to energetic in tempo, and retro to modern in sound. The common elements are that all of the songs selected for this release are exclusive, original, and of the highest quality". Well, one thing is for sure, you bet you can find into this CD some of the best and original synthpop bands of the globe and if you love 80's sounds it's impossible you won't fall in love with Soviet's "Bank Holiday", Nukleon's "Sometimes", Gary Flanagan's "Summertime", Raindancer's "I Believe In You" just to name few. I don't care if this review is sounding too supportive but believe me, I lived the 80's and I enjoyed every electronic and new wave band of that period and I think to know what's worth to listen to! ;-)
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