Music Reviews



cover
Artist: The Mirror Unit (@)
Title: Wind Makes Weather
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
According to the explanation of saxophone players George Wisell and Tim O'Dwyer, the musicians behind this project (I should refer to them as 'units'), its name depends on the fact that they perform as if one reflects in the other, so that one acts like the mirror for the other and vice versa. The amazing aspect of their specularity, coming from a reciprocal knowledge and based also on the adoption of similar performative techniques, is the way by which they try to portray social situations, characters or even non-musical codes. The titles of each improvisations included in this output - entirely improvised and recorded live at the Peter Kowald Ort in Wuppertal on the 18th of June 2014 -, which became part of the huge catalogue of the Portuguese label Creative Sources in 2015, could be guidelines of what they are going to represent, even if the analogy is not that easy: for instance the scrawny structure, the constant segmented hops and even some occasional scream-like noises of "Arthropod" could be matched to arthropods' exoskeleton, their segmented bodies and sometimes the concern these invertebrates can inspire. Think about a mumbling, hardly busy and sometimes clumsy maid, while listening to "Whistling Maid", or some typically urban auditory startles, while listening to the opening "Authentic City". The author's winds could be imagined as a way to blink their coordinates in Morse code in the track "Morse", detectors of coming thunder storms in the title track of "Wind Makes Weather" or even the pencils of a sketch artist (check the sound of "Old Believer" and tell if it doesn't render the idea somehow...). The above-mentioned specularity could be better appreciated by the decision of recording each saxophone into two separate channels, Georg on the right channel and Tim on the left.
cover
Artist: Logics ft.Kodin (@)
Title: Knock, Knock
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Delta9 Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
If the Croation producer Danjiel Zinic aka Logics (the source for those rocky little isles portrayed in the artwork could be Croatia...or maybe that smoke around could allusive of something else...) can make tracks like the ones he poured into this new release title "Knock, Knock" by Delta9 whenever he waits that someone open the door to him, the people on the other side of the door could be tempted to let him keep on knocking on the door in vain. Jokes aside, the title track features a knock (of course) and an amazing and somehow disquieting set of percussions and sounds that could render an enjoyable sort of siege over a likewise enjoyable carpet of halftime precise cuts (maybe Logics trying to pick the lock after repeated knocking!). The tempo remarkably rises over higher BPMs on the following "Ratio", a track that gives faster whacks with the complicity of Zagreb-based dj and producer Kodin, but my favourite moment of this 3-track bundle is "Shield", combining midtempo, crippling dub/trip-hop sledgehammers and amazing concatenations of rhythmical strings. Check it out!
cover
Artist: Oliver Yorke (@)
Title: Wanderer/Not Giving Up (ft.Silent Dust)
Format: 12"
Label: none60
Rated: *****
It's not the first time I introduce outputs by West-London based producer Oliver Yorke for Silent Dust's imprint none60: more or less one year ago, he signed a couple of good mid-tempo tracks ("Helion" and " Kali") by balancing digital clicks, well-forged patterns and trippy melodies. His "scientific" approach to the beat-making and the editing as well as the sonorities by which he stuffs his tracks could vaguely resemble Photek. The soft melodic dough that starts to rise at the beginning of "Wanderer" got absorbed by rhythmical lashes, mechanical gears, serpentine computational sequences and sonar-like whispers that were widely used by some 'nu jazzers' in the late 90ies (check "Moonbathing" by Amba as a possible term of comparison). Some connection with sonorities of that period of bass-driven music can be heard in "Not Giving Up", the collaborative track with Silent Dust, whose hyper-compressed snare hit was a recipe of many jungle tracks of that interesting age of music making, but the melodic stabs and some clutches in this tracks pushes it towards the stylistic territories of labels like Kode 9's Hyperdub.
cover
Artist: Kurt Liedwart / Andrey Popovskiy / Martin Taxt
Title: Hjem
Format: CD
Label: Mikroton
“Hjem” is a relatively short (1 track, 28 minute) collaboration between Mikroton label founder Kurt Liedwart and his analogue synths and electronics, Andrey Popovskiy’s work with “quiet and miniature” sound generated by “violin and objects” (the domestic objects ranging from baking trays to electric toothbrushes), and founder of the SOFA label Martin Text playing tuba. The tuba notes roll absurdly long and deep, while the electronics and acoustic elements gradually attack and decay over the top. The result is a slowly transmogrifying drone with a tone that’s part pure, part industrial, sometimes smooth, sometimes a touch muddy.

You wouldn’t think that a tuba would be a good bedfellow for “miniature sounds” but a careful and judicious bit of mixing balances things out fairly nicely. The tuba dominates for the first third, but the electronic hums gradually supplant it at the piece’s core as it progresses. These analogue tones slowly get a bit more pulse-driven and rapidly undulating for a while before plateauing into a steady and simple drone that draws us to a close.

It’s a succinct and tightly-arranged short work with a very crisp outlook, and worthy of addition to the collection of anyone with a penchant for rich avantgarde drone.
cover
Artist: PBK (@)
Title: Inscrutable Secrets ´91-96
Format: CD
Label: Haunted Exp Labs Records (@)
Rated: *****
OK, so I have to be honest, as it might be affecting my opinion on this one. I sat at home today and watched about 3 episodes of the new Twin Peaks and then put on this album. It was the second time I have listened to this one. The first time I really liked it and listened to it very intently but did not feel as if I was ready to write about it because it is a pretty deep and dark recording.

PBK lived in Puerto Rico for about 4 years in the early to mid-nineties. With an artist like PBK, I can see how being in a different environment would completely affect his recordings. These tracks were recorded at the same time as the Domineer / Asesino / Retro triple LP box set and may be separate pieces recorded in and out of those sessions. These separate tracks, at least what sounds like from the description, all fit very well together as an album even though they are spread out over a 5 year period.

I honestly don't ever have anything bad to say about the work of PBK but this is up there as one of my favorites for sure.

As for the beginning Twin Peaks reference, if David Lynch ever does another season, he doesn't need to look any further than these recordings for some of his masterful eerie visuals. I could easily see this fitting into any episode.
[ Next ] [ Previous ]

[1...10] [11...20] [21...30] [31] [32] [33] [34] [35] [36] [37] [38] [39] [40] [41...50] [51...60] [61...70] [71...80] [81...90] [91...100] [101...110] [111...120] [121...130] [131...140] [141...150] [151...160] [161...170] [171...180] [181...190] [191...200] [201...210] [211...220] [221...230] [231...240] [241...250] [251...260] [261...270] [271...280] [281...290] [291...300] [301...310] [311...320] [321...330] [331...340] [341...350] [351...360] [361...370] [371...380] [381...390] [391...400] [401...410] [411...420] [421...430] [431...440] [441...450] [451...460] [461...470] [471...480] [481...490] [491...500] [501...510] [511...520] [521...530] [531...540] [541...550] [551...560] [561...570] [571...580] [581...590] [591...600] [601...610] [611...620] [621...630] [631...640] [641...650] [651...660] [661...670] [671...680] [681...690] [691...700] [701...710] [711...720] [721...730] [731...740] [741...750] [751...760] [761...770] [771...780] [781...790] [791...800] [801...810] [811...820] [821...830] [831...840] [841...850] [851...860] [861...870] [871...880] [881...890] [891...900] [901...910] [911...920] [921...930] [931...940] [941...950] [951...960] [961...970] [971...980] [981...990] [991...1000] [1001...1010] [1011...1020] [1021...1030] [1031...1040] [1041...1050] [1051...1060] [1061...1070] [1071...1080] [1081...1090] [1091...1100] [1101...1110] [1111...1120] [1121...1130] [1131...1140] [1141...1150] [1151...1160] [1161...1170] [1171...1180] [1181...1190] [1191...1200] [1201...1210] [1211...1220] [1221...1230] [1231...1240] [1241...1250] [1251...1260] [1261...1270] [1271...1280] [1281...1290] [1291...1300] [1301...1310] [1311...1320] [1321...1330] [1331...1340] [1341...1350] [1351...1360] [1361...1370] [1371...1380] [1381...1390] [1391...1400] [1401...1410] [1411...1420] [1421...1430] [1431...1440] [1441...1450] [1451...1460] [1461...1470] [1471...1480] [1481...1490] [1491...1500] [1501...1510] [1511...1520] [1521...1530] [1531...1540] [1541...1550] [1551...1560] [1561...1570] [1571...1580] [1581...1590] [1591...1600] [1601...1610] [1611...1620] [1621...1630] [1631...1640] [1641...1650] [1651...1660] [1661...1670] [1671...1680] [1681...1690] [1691...1700] [1701...1710] [1711...1720] [1721...1730] [1731...1740] [1741...1750] [1751...1760] [1761...1770] [1771...1780] [1781...1790] [1791...1800] [1801...1810] [1811...1820] [1821...1830] [1831...1840] [1841...1850] [1851...1860] [1861...1870] [1871...1880] [1881...1890] [1891...1900] [1901...1910]


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha