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Artist: Accomplice Affair (@)
Title: The Zone of Silence
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
I'll be honest, when I saw the cover of this cd I supposed this was a classic dark ambient album as it's filled with black and white photos that seems old and depict an almost abandoned village. Instead this album is a sort of dark blues full of surprises.
According to the linear notes this albums wants to 'presents the world through harmed children's eyes' and depicted as 'dark rooms without windows'.
'Loneliness' opens this release in a quiet way and suddenly there's an element revealing an apparently extraneous element: a sort of guitar and, even if this track ends in a classic dark ambient form, 'Him-A Complete Stranger' returns to the blues influence and sounds like a postcard from an old town but rendered in a modern way featuring also a vocal line. 'In The Dungeon Of Your Own Feelings' is an long interlude filled with an evocative soundscape while 'The Zone Of Silence' feature a bright drone that is resolved in a quiet guitar line colored by the vocals. 'Fear' is a classic dark ambient track that serves as an intro to Lullaby', the longest track of this album, that, after a dark ambient first part, evolves in a quiet and almost lowercase way ending in an evocative silence.
This release is among the best among the Zoharum's ones at least for one quality: is diverse from all others and fascinating. It's worth a listen.
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Artist: [kaiser(schnitt)amboss/laszlo]
Title: 5x5th Season
Format: CD EP
Label: KaiserKüss / Poppy Pod (@)
Rated: *****
It's kinda mysterious who's behind the moniker [kaiser(schnitt)amboss/laszlo]. She released an album titled "Viva Terror!" three years ago on KaiserKuss/Poppy Pod and made different gigs in Europe. By checking her Youtube channel you can see that she performs her songs with a guitar, a looping box and that's pretty much it. Folk, with a heavy dark twist is her thing and on this new EP you'll find the track "5th Season" reinvented by Gianluca Becuzzi (Limbo, Kinetix, Metaform, etc), Massimo Olla (Noisedelik), Leon Dalton ('Melbourne Child', Australia) and Colonel XS (here helped on vocals by Dana Young of C.A.N.S and Testicular Manslaughter plus a new version by [kaiser(schnitt)amboss/laszlo] herself. For the reworking process, only new vocal lines has been used, so the guests were free to make of it pretty much what they wanted to. Gianluca Becuzzi used movies samples to build a tense horrific atmosphere, adding to them bass drones. Leon Dalton added to the original vocals a sort of jazzy post rock background with sudden guitar blasts. Noisedelik created a tune with many noise layers which pass from high frequencies hisses to bass reverbering drones. The new version is fourth and it's a song based on light guitar distortions and doubled vocals. It mix folk rock and apocalyptic atmospheres. The last version is by Colonel Xs with the aforementioned Dana Young and it is based on grinding noises, feedbacks and wobbling looping sounds. Nice idea and release. Check her Youtube channel here http://www.youtube.com/user/LaszloMusicChannel to check her music. P.s. A curiosity: the release has been mastered by Marco Paschke (AndereBaustelle TonStudio, Einsturzende Neubauten).
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Artist: Arctic Anorectic
Title: 001
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Arctic Anorectic
Distributor: Baseware Distribution
Rated: *****
Another interesting label which makes its first appearance on the packed techno scene is Tel Aviv-based Arctic Anorectic, whose stylistical crossbreeding whets listener's appetite instead of suppressing it in contrast with the name that its founder Yiftach Giladi, co-founder of the "100 Meters Underground" collective and sparkling head behind the M1 techno parties, gave to the label. He suffused mild deep techno grooves by echoed mantric taps, sonic glares, eerily adventurous melodies and faint electro buzz which renders a sort of aqualung which hits the mark when the rhythmical pattern sound more "unfastened" as it occurs on "Jeffry", but it sounds likewise tempting when the pattern itself got plunged into bubbly electronic microsound ("The Jogger"), more wheezing atmospheres ("While Driving") or when sonic diving has been slowed down ("Abe's Live").
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Artist: The Necks (@)
Title: Open
Format: CD
Label: ReR Megacorp (@)
Rated: *****
Any stylistical or technical dissection of the one-track album by renowned Australian improv trio The Necks which cannot highlight and envision the mere emotional hook on listener's soul would be an aberration or just an avoidable understatement and even if "Open" seems to go back over the course of their first ambient-jazz elongations, such an approach sounds fit for the purpose of speaking about this brand new enthralling supplement to their abundant discography. Since the initial tuning tunes of Tony Buck's monochord, it's almost clear that the sonic river is going to flow past some rushing and definitively more corrugated crossover-jazz they recently dished out on "Mindset", as bassist Lloyd Swanton remarked: 'Mindset reached some pretty intense levels at times, and though we never overtly discussed it, I think that on Open by contrast, all three of us were taken by the idea of working in an area of great stillness. After a couple of days' recording, it was clear that the music was leading us in this direction.' In spite of temporary percussive whirlwinds and parenthetical tonal stalemates, the unleashing harmonic twinkles by Chris Abrahams' piano, where Lloyd Swanton's bass and occasional electronic gusts sound like a musical joint which got interjected between contemplation and sudden emotional outbursts, which can be considered as steps of an ascending movement or momentary drafts of a breezy catharsis, preponderantly pulls the strings by acting like the unmoved mover inside the sonic sphere they wisely clumped. Just rest your head on this new lovely slipstream by this master craftsmen of musical climaxes.
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Artist: Atrium Carceri
Title: The Untold
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Cryo Chamber
Rated: *****
This new release from Atrium Carceri is best approached from the included book with apparently unrelated texts describing a journey to a strange place where the relics of a primordial city is discovered. This way the tracks could be appreciated as forming an almost coherent path rather than be a collection of tunes.
The evocative soundscape of 'The Expedition' opens this release setting the path for 'Unlocking the Seal' to reveal the author's sense for the cinematic palette. 'The Way Down' is a small interlude for 'Catacombs of the Forgotten', perhaps the quietest track of the album, where the disposition of noises in the auditory space is his primary quality. 'A Flickering Hope', returns to territories more ambient-oriented. 'Thorn of War' features also some voice samples while 'Comfort of the Night Mother' is an introduction to 'The Untold' an evocative soundscape that recollects almost all the musical elements of the previous track. 'The Traitor' and 'Realitatem' are filled with more descriptive elements that flow into a meditative tracks 'Great Old One' that is as bright as 'Ego Death', the last track, is dark.
Apart from the usual ability of Simon Heath in the sound construction (headphone listening is highly recommended), the great characteristic of this album is his quality to portrait a sort of narration i.e., to tell a story. One of the best Cryo Chamber releases.
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