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Artist: Displasia
Title: mnnu rvvrsu
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: attenuation circuit (@)
Rated: *****
Diaspasia is an Italian duo playing with sound sources which "prevents any chance of melody" and this choices put them in continuity with a musical lineage, starting from musique concrete, based on the use of musical elements treated as noise by traditional musical aesthetic. The overall result is along the part of certain reductionism where the point is on the minuscule resonances and musical meaning of the sonic event rather than in the exposition of a structure.
The recorded voice of a child opens "capu lunniri 1" and introduces a dialogue for radio and metallic objects with spaces for silences and resonances. The reverberated guitar of "un" is a starting for a meditative first part of the track focused on a drone while the second part is focused on noises and percussions. When, after two minutes of almost silence, the radio noise of "cirneco" starts a subtle sequence of small sonic events interleaved by sections of silence. "Sesto" explores the resonances of the strings while "rusuli 5" explores the resonances of the places recorded. "Scupetti" closes this release with small silences emerging frome the underneath silence.
A difficult and demanding listening where there's more cure in the sonic detail than in the overall structure. There are moments of charm and beauty but they require a full commitment in the act of perception. Recommended but only for fans of experimental or EAI.
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Artist: Porno Teo Kolossal
Title: Tannoiser
Format: CD
Label: Bam Balam Records (@)
Rated: *****
Porno Teo Kolossal is a project by Italian artist Massimo Divenuto conceived as a soundtrack for his paintings and exhibitions. The musical structure is based on that sort of guitar rock, from kraut to shoegaze, focused on guitar sound as a source to manipulate with effect rather than a virtuosity's show.
The noisy feedback and distorsion of the guitar starts "il tunnel in fondo alla luce" and constructs a thick background for the speaking part of the track. The two sections of the talk in are spaced out by an almost psychedelic and meditative part for guitar. "Tannoiser" is instead a track based on sustained guitar notes which develops in an final part based on a guitar's crescendo. "Opus day pistorum" reveals the structural roles of the bass guitar in the sonic equilibrium of the band. The hypnotic second part of "kandahar" is the mirror of the insistent first part. "Stanza 306" is an hypnotic track focused on the guitar's resonances ending in an obsessive crescendo. "La colonna sonora dell'eta' modern" closes the first disc with a guitar drone interrupted by the narrator's entrance and ends in a psychedelic manner.
The second disc features a single track, "deep", lasting for almost one hour starting quietly with a gentle arpeggio above whom the voice whispers his words; the second part is a quiet meditation for drone and guitar which evolves in a third part where the guitar distortion begins to prevail until the final cathartic end.
This a long and complex album that could perhaps seems to rework a limited number of ideas, in facts it's based on a codified language, but it develops them with a strong sense of writing. Recommended for fans of shoegaze.
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Artist: Mike Gervais
Title: On My Own EP
Format: 12"
Label: System Records
Rated: *****
Minneapolis-based Mike Gervais, one of the rising star of Midwest techno scene, recently threw three heavily banging granades from his own imprint System that got added to his expanded depot of tunes, which mainly orbit around deep and raw techno sonorities. The title track on A side, "On My Own", features a wide set of percussive elements that cyclically appear and disappears - I particularly enjoyed that sort of explosion by which Mike lets some heavyweight claps fade out of the rhythmical pattern -, while the tune which opens B side, "Cut and Thrust", is maybe the most predictable tune of this EP as the way by which he amalgamates percussive elements is quite banal and the amazing flickering synth doesn't really balance a certain lack of originality. The other track on the same side, "Relax", is much more interesting as the electronic hypes, that he wisely inoculated into the track, softens its pounding and sometimes oppressive rhyhtmical engine.
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Artist: InDifferent
Title: Cardboard Refuge EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi
Rated: *****
The correlation between references to modern business in the tracks of this release and the notorious grinch, who pops out of the cardboard box on the cover artwork, is easy to understand as the furry green monster has been portrayed as a mischievously scary burglar. The correlation between such a concept and some sonic entities like the noise of an underwater ventilator or what I could match to the smirk of Teletubbies-like assassins (check the initial "Boom Shackle", where a voice at the end of each whirling carousel of sounds over a banging break repeats "More money, more money, more motherfucking money", and you'll maybe hear them!) should be explained by your raving imagination during the listening of this 4-track release by New Zealand-based dnb producer Paul Bradford aka InDifferent, whose blending of bounct rhythmical patterns, menacing pierces and the above-mentioned sonic objects manage to spin inside listener's eardrums. My favourite tracks of this release are "Stokah" and "Watch Da Bizness", whose percussive sets could surmise those drumming mad and somehow cruel dwarves that you could imagine during a playing session while listening to some old Alex Reece's tracks, but the other half of the release, including the above-mentioned "Boom Shackle" and the likewise disquieting mid-tempo of the title track "Cardboard Refuge" are quite enjoyable as well.
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Artist: Kreng (@)
Title: The Summoner
Format: CD
Label: Miasmah (@)
Rated: *****
This impressive release by Belgian soundtrack composer Pepijn Caudron aka Kreng, who recently made the OST for the nice horror comedy Cooties, seems to focus on one of the most relevant aspect of human life: death..or I'd better say the mourning or grieving process. The way by which he rendered the different stages of this process (each of them gives the name to the six tracks of the album) balances typical techniques for soundtracks and somehow original tricks. The first four stages don't feature any sample, but he decided to give a sonic shape to "Denial", Anger", "Bargaining" and "Depression" by focusing on the dramatic power of strings, so that he directed 12 string players, who accomplished this mission by an impressive alternation of wise exploding and sometimes unexpected crescendoes, noisy clusters and lapidary foggy overtones. There was a sort of missing ring on the chain between the first four stages and the quietly lachrymose sonorities of the final "Acceptance", which could ideally be matched to that emotional states when the pain for the loss of someone who loved is so strong that the one, who experience it, could feel close to madness or even death by its own: this emotional clot got rendered by the excellent "The Summoning", where the rising morbidity of the climax in between smokey chambers and ghostly organs explodes on the cameo by Belgian doom band Amenra, who suddenly erects a wall of guitars, drums and bass, the cherry-on-top of this portrait which was fostered by a sad year that Kreng experienced, during which many of his closest friends passed away...
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