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Jun 13 2009
That's JAZZ a new "new" thing and I think that this very interesting artist did not think about his art in this way. In the press release they are talking about DANCE, exotic and poetic dance tracks. Never MIND! That's pure free jazz and I love it because Lamburg's music is built up with an approach really ""naive"" but esoteric. Indeed this electric jazz musician instead to use Ableton Live and other hype software uses: SONY TC 129 analog tape recorder (I am a collector of this kind of Tools and I can understand this choice), an old Aptiva with Win95' (!) and a DOS music software Scream Tracker3 (!!!!). Lamburg Tony records on tape flutes, bells, pianos and toys and then uses this analog sound in his composition. The result is brilliant, breakbeat-like, schizophrenic and definitely ORB Style a sort of naive version of Bitches Brew something more near to the new thing of Jazz of the 60ies than electronic dance music. Best track: the third! This is not music for club is music to write a strange sci fi book like those written by William S. Burroughs, I suggest to Lamburg Tony a next step : to cut up analog tapes like WSB did it and in this way He inspired even the great Ornette Coleman. Lamburg please, don't stop this trend and let's hear the giant of Free Jazz you are in that tradition, follow it better and better and tag along this analog adrift, leave Ableton LIVE to the samples maniacs.
Jun 11 2009
Originally released the last year on Tartaruga Records, ALL THAT WAS MISSING WE NEVER HAD IN THE WORLD, is the debut album by Oliver Barret's project Bleeding Heart Narrative. The twelve tracks of the release (on this Cold Spring reissue there's a short bonus track titled "Blueskyward") are in balance from orchestral noise rock, psychedelia, power noise (see the distorted orchestral opening tune "Bhn") and chamber shoegazing. Composed mainly by several layers of piano and strings filtered through reverb, the tracks are able to create moments where melancholia and a particular kind of romanticism are mixed. See for example "Black glass", where piano and melodic vocals form a proper song where sounds seem to come from another world. Listening to ALL THAT WAS MISSING WE NEVER HAD IN THE WORLD I have the same feeling I had listening to Slint records where tension and despair blend. Have you ever realized what kind of sound could produce a breaking tendon? I think this album is the answer...
Jun 10 2009
A drummer and a percussionist here, I've never heard any recording of mr. Flinn before and honestly I find his style is really interesting. This cd features a collection of short recordings where Flinn shows while having his own approach he can give us a varied series of compositions. I dunno if he's worked on the post-production or he managed to put effects on while performing this music live in studio (I mean if he has used electronics or analog-acoustical interventions), by the way while showing he's not too far from many electro-acoustic releases on the same label, he has created his own personal voice. Here and there I got the impression it was some sort of contained Chris Cutler, but beside this impression the corpus of the whole work is quite far from Cutler and presents a diverse assortment of scrawls. You pass from electro-acoustic short rides to bass drums, from metal sounds to scratched squeaking sounds and furthermore you have bells, brushes, cymbals, drums, hand-percussions, chains, toys, compression springs and a variety of things he also portrayed in the picture he put on the front cover. I think he's been really smart in editing tracks this way and in giving us just the best portion of these short performances, I also assume he's also pondered meticulously the tracklist infact you have tone and atmosphere changes from track to track. When working with bass percussions he goes really close to some contemporary classic drumming but in the rest of the recording you have that ludic approach you also have with other smart heterogeneous drummers like Francesco Cusa or Mirko Sabatini and that's great since it shows beside being serious experimental/improvised music it can also be ironic, on the other hand it shows a genuine interest for sounds including ordinary objects, everyday things and so on. Probably who's into contemporary experimental drumming and percussionism may say Flinn follows the footsteps of many musicians approaching "percussions" in a different way, I can simply reply even if it's true, after having listened a ton of recordings like this, in a few seconds you can't but notice he's both style and good taste for musical solutions.
Jun 09 2009
In balance from neo-folk ballads and rock riffs, DEMIAN is the newest Rose Rovine E Amanti album and in my opinion it is their best to date. Containing ten songs with Italian and English lyrics, on DEMIAN, Damiano don't follow the melancholic atmosphere a la Death In June typical of many neo-folk bands and embrace upbeat tempos and a certain influence from Italian songwriters and rock bands from the 70's. Alternating acoustic guitars/violin/piano duets (check the beautiful "Noi ritorneremo") with acoustic/electric guitars riffs (see "Mille serpi") plus percussions here and there, the album succeed into sounding personal and fresh. With a beautiful 14 page booklet containing exclusive drawings by Bulgarian artist Emil Ivanov Saparevski and every lyrics, DEMIAN is an album you'll be glad to check. Listen to five tracks at www.myspace.com/roserovineamanti
Jun 09 2009
It's a long time I'm not reviewing anything involving Birgit Ulher: "the un-sounding trumpet lady", if you permit me to label her this way. This time she's back with a duo featuring acoustic guitarist Sharif Senhaoui and another trumpeter who's name is Mazen Kerbaj, the trio is really well balanced and the blend is tasty, so tasty I'd dare to say this' the best cd I've heard with miss Ulher. They've the typical Creative Sources un-sounding contemporary-concrete-electro-acoustic-performative sound and if that doesn't make such a great sense to you, imagine you'll hardly hear a "normal" note you can put in relation to the instrument afore mentioned. Cripple notes, fragmented sentences, unspoken phrases floating ashore in the sketch of a dialogue, this music sometimes is much closer to ambient or electronic music than to improvised materials, let's say this' how certain electronic music would sound if it would have been played or performed with acoustic instruments. And again you have scratched chords, rhythmic tapping on the body of the instruments, high pitched sounds wrestling with half finished things, sometimes they even arrive really close to play what everybody would recognize as a note, but don't worry, "I've got no feelings for anybody else except for myself my beautiful self" to quote Sex Pistols. But besides my ironic approach, there's a lot of expressivity behind this "no feeling" joke, therefore what a mistake would be to consider this as a "emotionless" release. Sure this' an hard one to be digested for everybody who's not into this style, but if you're already "experienced" and confident with the genre the result is quite good and really temperate.