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Artist: Crypto Tropic
Title: s/t
Format: 12"
Label: Le Cabanon Records (@)
Rated: *****
Besides the attractively guessed package - the external blue cardboard has the geometric shed of the label logo which could be cut, while the internal cover portrays some wild plants, where pins, filters and effects could let them match to ghosts or some mysterious treefolks -, the sound by Crypto Tropic, the bicephalous project by Thomas Pujols aka Nebulo (he signed some releases for the excellent Hymen Records as well as a remix on Hecq's "0000" was appraised by many followers of the well-known sub-label of Ant-Zen) and Francois Dumeax aka Druc Drac (he's on Hymen's archive as well - on a collaborative release with Thomas and his own album "Retrofuture" -) is likewise attractive and fascinating: the mysterious electronic cumbia of "Ambiuc" opens side A, which includes some of my favorite moments of the album such as "Byzance", where chirping insects and birds ot melted with computational beeps before exploding into a babbling electronic feast, "Canopee" (French word for "canopy"), whose tingling amalgamation of polyrhythms, intermittent compu-melody and other synth-generated rushes perfectly render the reverie which could be inspired by the contemplation of reticular tree crowns and waving pins and needles, "Ternal", whose simple sequence sounds like getting injected under listener's skin by an electric buzzing, and "Cryptes", one of the most fascinating moment of the whole release, whose slightly hypnotical melody couls equally evoke some space mediatations by Vangelis and the mysterious charm of places like Rosslyn Chapel. B side features the dub-tech step of "50ð", whose sonorities seems to mirror a mirage in the middle of a desert, the amazing computational medley of "Art5", the whooshes of "Mori", the estranged obliquity of "Tropes" and the amazing "Tropiques", whose adventurous dynamics, driven by sizzling elements that sounds like getting hotter and hotter, makes it another highlight of the release. They included a code that listener could redeem on label's bandcamp - I could recommend to listen to Crypto Tropic in some mysterious place (an abandoned old building or a wood), but playing it on a desk could be much more uncomfortable than playing it from an mp3 player! - as well as a map, including a "bird-eye" view and geographic coordinates of supposedly cryptic tropical places. I'll check them as soon as possible.
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Artist: Storm (@)
Title: Storm's A Brewin'
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Since Mr. Urselli (busy guy that he is) is now encouraging artists to send their review product directly to reviewers to expedite reviews instead of to Chain D. L. K. central, this band was one of the first to do so. Since I was curious who chose little ole me to review their album, I pushed this one to the front. From Kahaluu, Hawaii comes Storm, a goth metal band and their debut album, 'Storm's A Brewin'. Gee, I didn't know Hawaii had a goth scene, but stranger things have happened. The band consists of Sandy "Storm" Essman - lead vocals; Gerard K. Gonsalves - drums; Darren Soliven - bass; Jase LeFebvre - guitar; and Eric Barker - keyboards. The first thing that hits you are Sandy's powerhouse vocals- quite melodic and seductive, yet strong. No rust on those pipes! (From what I've seen of the band's live performance videos, Sandy has the looks and presence to back up her big voice too.) Opening track "Serpentine" offers an exotic Middle Eastern intro before it stokes the furnace of this juggernaut. It's a potent opening track exhibiting musical elements you wouldn't expect on a debut album. Third track, "Fly" is a progressive number that caught me by surprise showing off the group's musicianship with intricate riffs, timing and Sandy's soaring multi-tracked harmonies. "Operator" is not a bad followup as the band attacks the material with a wicked vengeance. When Storm settles into their groove, I'm somewhat reminded of vintage Black Sabbath, in the pacing if nothing else. (And no, Sandy doesn't sound anything like Ozzy.) Most of the album is pretty enjoyable but "Dirty Bitch" is a misbegotten number just beggin' for a catfight. Maybe a band "in joke" or Sandy just showing her claws, but I couldn't help but snort, although musically it did rock out with psychotic, frenetic energy. Altogether the vocals are top notch (she can really wail...without screaming), the musicianship quite good, and decent songwriting for the most part...but there is a problem. On this CD the vocals are mixed up above the music giving the impression the singer is right in front of you, and the band is playing in another room. While this might have helped a band with a less powerful vocalist, Sandy blows the doors off on this recording. The mix also has the effect of muddling some of the musical passages and making the cymbals sound slishy. I listened to the CD on several different systems with similar results on all but one - my bookstore's cheapo antiquated Sony system, which didn't sound too bad. Overall, there is a lot of promise from this Hawaiian Goth Metal outfit, and whether they make it beyond their tropical shores or not is up to them, and the fans they will likely amass with their dynamic, compelling sound.
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Artist: Niedowierzanie
Title: Paradise
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
Niedowierzanie is a french composer living in Berlin whose musical output is at the crossroad of modern classical, electronic music and folk. Most of the tracks are made out of acoustic instruments like cello, accordion and mandoline which are treated and juxtaposed creating subtle masses of drones.
The gentle notes of "Neige Noire" open this release and immerse the listener into a pit of layers of sounds centered upon a filtered accordion. "Credere" uses the same structure but it's based on the mandolin and the cello. "Irrintzi" is a quiet tune which let emerge the more reflexive side of this musical output while "Vous Voulez Ma Peau" expose the most noisy side of this formula as it features distortions to be enjoyed at relatively high volume in the first part and are resolved in a crystal clear drone. "Les Horizons Perdus" mirrors this structure in a shorter form while "#9" closes this release with the hypnotic resonances of the acoustic instruments.
While it's not a particularly impressive release in the realm of form, it has a sort of familiar feeling that gives this release an allure of something to hear whenever possible. A nice release.
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Artist: Attrition: Martin Bowes & Anni Hogan
Title: Millions Of The Mouthless Dead
Format: CD
Label: Ultra Mail Production
Rated: *****
I knew from Facebook that Anni Hogan had new releases ready and that one of them was with Attrition's Martin Bowes. In the past they both composed music which has been important for an era as Anni with Marc Almond wrote many tracks that found a place on the 80s charts, while Martin, with Attrition released many tracks that influenced the early electronic industrial scene with their records released for the Third Mind label. "Millions Of The Mouthless Dead" sees they collaborating on an imaginary soundtrack that is focused on the dramas of the WWI and there's a special reason why they decided that. You can read this text written by Martin, to understand: 'June 1917. Ypres. Flanders. Belgium. Private William Bowes of the West Yorks Regiment, British Expeditionary Force, was hit by a German shell while out working on trench defences. He suffered a severe stomach wound. Rescued by stretcher-bearers, his life was saved by Canadian army medics in a front line field hospital. He was repatriated to England where he stayed and recuperated for the remainder of the Great War... William Bowes was my Grandfather". All the music has been written by the duo and they also called some friend to collaborate for reading the lyrics. They had: Alexander Nym ("The Bone Factory" and "A Madman's Flash - All The Mad Men"), Karla Aelswitha ("A Madman's Flash - All The Mad Men"), Peter Rainman ("La Voie Sacre") and Wolfgang Flur ("A Madman's Flash - Krieg" of which he wrote the lyrics). As lyrics, they used Original war poetry written by: Wilfred Owen, Adrien Bertrand, Guillaume Apollinaire, Ludwig Ganghofer, Kurt Tucholsky, Roland Leighton, Charles Sorley and inspired words from Fenella Tillier. Musically, we have spoken word on a background based on piano improvisations mixed with sound effects and drones. The second time I listened to the album, I had the impression to be able to listen to the feelings and the noises that the people that lived that horrible experience felt and made. It's like I had the chance to put my ear at their doorstep, just to be able to get glimpses of their lives. Released in a limited edition of 300 CDs in digipack with booklet and four facsimile WW1 postcards, the release is also available in various packages including extra merchandise such as usb bullet memory sticks/ badges/ t-shirts/sandbag and fake barbed wire. You can check and purchase it here: https://attritionuk.bandcamp.com/album/millions-of-the-mouthless-dead
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Artist: Sindre Bjerga & Micromelancolié (@)
Title: Invisible Paths
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
"Invisible Paths" is single composition by the duo of Sindre Bjerga and Robert SkrzyÅski which is a sonic exploration based upon found sounds as field recordings as well as drones or ambient texture. The result is an example of what has been called "cinema for the ear" as it sounds as something truly evocative of the soundscape in which we live.
The first track, "Invisible Path I', starts with small noises in a complete silence gradually overwhelmed by a drone. The noises are the main element of the second part as they are selected for their rhythmic quality while the voices are chosen for their evocative quality. After a noisey central part, the final one is based upon a drone texture and field recordings creating an atmosphere of tension as they mainly feature sparse sounds."Invisible Path II' starts as the first part but the noises are more rhythmic oriented and are the focus of the first part while the long second part is focused on drones that gradually overwhelm textures and noises closing this release with a charming sense of peace.
This a release which confirms all the good words spent of the previous SkrzyÅski's release and, even if it's not a record for the masses, stands upon the best releases of the year. Absolutely recommended.
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