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Artist: Iron Fist Of The Sun
Title: We Can Yield Our Own Footsteps
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
This project is presented as "melancholic, cold industrial" by his label but it sounds as a sort of intelligent noise music i.e., noise as a proper sound source than deserve musical treatment.
Above a menacing low soundscape, the resonant metallic beat of "Pride" introduces the listener into a musical universe where noises and distortions are used to create musical movements rather than walls of sound. "The Disappearing Chair" juxtaposed layers of small noises until "Trapped In Amber" reveals his duty to some classic form of noises with voices while "Cold Wet Skin" uses a cinematic noise and a filtered voice until the synth develops them and "Insignificant" returns to a sort of wall of sound. "Born Of Snake" is subtle in his use of noise as a soundscape for the voice and the creation of an atmosphere while "The Only Thought Is Mine" closes this release closer to experimental music as it's able to develop a sort of sonata for noises until a beating noises ends the assault.
Undoubtedly more clever than the average noise releases, it's a project to closely hear as it's even better on handphones rather than full volume stereo. It's really worth a listen.
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Artist: Inner8
Title: Kunshi
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Farmacia901 (@)
Rated: *****
This is the first solo EP from this artist and it's presents as derived from the author's "interest to the 'eight consciousness' developed in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism" as "Kunshi ['¦] is the eighth consciousness which has the function to store all the memories". The result stands in the tradition of minimal electronic music typical of this label.
This long track starts quietly with the reverberated beat that is usually bound to orient's sounds, then a soundscape made out of field recordings or the resonances of this beat slowly emerges from the background until something ebbs between a drone and a noise so trying to overcome the musical spectrum. When the clock starts the second half of the track, a new drone start his dialogue with the beat and this time is able to prepare the road to the soundscape that is the main element to the last part of this track and, colored by barely audible noises, ends the track in a pure silence.
While in the tradition of this genre, this project reveals a craft in sound construction that could reserve some real surprises in the next releases. Not only for fans.
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Artist: Claudio Parodi (@)
Title: Prima del Terzo
Format: CD
Label: Unfathomless (@)
Rated: *****
The source of this release by experienced sound artist and musician Claudio Parodi is the international leisure harbour of his hometown Chiavari, nearby Genoa, which should be a particularlyh windy place as you can guess durig the listening of this release. The expectancy of listeners who approach to sounds that could be heard in a windy harbour got fully met as seagulls, noise of distant engines, waves, distant traffic, chatting people, birds and similar resounding entities could be found. You can assume that such a premise could fit the usual "nothing wrong, but nothing special" label for a release based on field recordings, but besides the location and the strange transitional effects, where you can sometimes think that Claudio simulates temporary deafness in listener by sudden channelling on the right or the left speaker, the criteria for assemblage and recordings and their connection with the intimate perception of the composer/grabber are quite unusual: named after the words of a Hebraic quote from Genesis before the third verse (that's why he titled the album "Prima del terzo", Italian for "before the third"), that he read on Erri De Luca's poem "Prologo al Buio" which can be translated as "and the wind of God breaths on the faces of the waters", each title of each recording includes instructions about the date and the length of the field recordings you're going to listen. With the supoort of Prof.Maria Rosa Montiani, he derived the value of each word according to qabbalah and such a value became the length of each field recording, which got recorded on the -Nth hour of the -Nth day (where N is the derived value) of each month from Cheshvan, the second month of Hebrew calendar, that departs on October 20th on Gregorian calendar. Each field recording was later re-shaped in studio on the basid of the Ashkenaze ductus of the letters of the words by means of panning from left to right, reverb to no-reverb, top to bottom. The final result of this accurate release deserves a listening. It comes out on (200) hand-numbered copies by Unfathomless, the Belgian sister-label of Mistery Sea.
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Artist: DK5600
Title: Distanza Katrias 5600
Format: CD
Label: Bugs Crawling Out Of People
Rated: *****
DK5600 is an electronic, ambient, experimental duo coming from Italy and formed by Ro So-matix (already active with ARS A.V.I.) and CircumLiver (a.k.a. Paolo Bono, active as Circum Liver and Triplomaltose). They just released for Bugs Crawling Out Of People their first album "Distanza Katrias 5600". Based on the concept that they recorded a sort of diary from planet Katrias which is 5600 light years far from earth, the album is divided into twelve tracks, plus five that are only available into the digital edition, that made me feel like I synched a transmission from outer space where the speech was disturbed by sidereal noises and cosmic frequencies. The recitative filtered and treated Rosanna's vocals, which aren't always intelligible, are mixed with ambient noises and drones created by Paolo. Only on track seven, "Rete Di Terra", we have a background melody which is giving to it a dramatic touch but most of the rest is sounding really glacial and isolationist. Only the vocals reading lyrics like it was a broken robot looking for help are the only "human" touch to the whole album. From track nine, "Essere Estensibile Dinamico", ten, "Tensione Di Contatto" and on we have an sort of traditional electronic approach to sounds with long synth sweeps and pads (on the first one) and nice dramatic touch with noise blasts on the latter one. I have to admit that the first half of the album was quite hard to listen to, because it was really cold and minimal but the other tracks are succeeding into giving a good atmosphere and a more structured approach to sound which helped me enjoying it.
Give it a try, here http://www.bugscrawlingoutofpeople.com/bcp020/index.html
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Artist: Lyke Wake
Title: The Dark After Dark
Format: CD
Label: Aseptic Noise
Rated: *****
I'm really late reviewing this one and in the meantime Stefano Di Serio released a couple of tapes ("Exhale" and "The Hatred Of A Thousand Years") and he's about to release a new album this year. Anyway... "The Dark After Dark" is his latest CD and contains three new tracks which, like his latest releases with Lyke Wake, are based on a more "musical" approach to sound structure, as we have the core which is based on a sound similar to an organ on the first track and a vocal pad on the second one and then, as for the best tradition of bands such as Tangerine Dream, we have improvisations with synth sounds enriching the long suites. If the opening self titled track is kinda more dramatic and a bit more melodic, thanks to an increasing noisy atmosphere, "A Dream Beyond The Universe", is more ambient based and sometimes we have hissing sounds coming and going. The short closing track "The Fall Of Corrupt (Prelude)", is an epic one and the blasts we hear at its end make me think that there's nothing left than silence...
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