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Artist: Pechuga de Pollodiabolo
Title: Le Seminaire #1
Format: 12"
Label: ├ćNTITAINMENT (@)
Rated: *****
This release from Ãntitainment is a EP dealing with the modern declination of dub that is one of the techniques used to obtain a coherent sound palette from a bunch of sounds taken from the most obscure sources.
'Ricotta' opens the first side of this vinyl with ethic beats upon a noisy soundscape until a guitar introduces the listener to a quieter and solar development. The metallic notes of the introduction of 'Decon' are quickly juxtaposed from a beat and an incisive line of synth. 'Une place avec tamtam' opens the second side in a meditative mood: some field recordings are structured in the pattern created by the lines of synth and the beats.'Einer muss ja... (Numinos Remix)' closes this release with a classic dub development even if there's a modern attitude to sound construction.
Even if it sounds even classic in his development, this release is a truly enjoyable listening that will colors the days of the fortunate listener. An enjoyable album.
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Artist: Aseptic Void
Title: Psychosis
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Cryo Chamber (@)
Rated: *****
After some obscure releases this project is published from a label that has a reputation of providing a sound outfit that would enhances a project of adventurous sound journey.
The layers of small noised of 'Contagion' open this release quickly developing in a series of drones creating an oppressive atmosphere. 'Soliloquy' is a track divided in two part: a noisier one and a quieter one. 'Spasm' is based around a careful juxtaposition of layers of drone. 'Movement' features evocative resonances while in 'Psychosis' an almost dub emerge to give structure to the mass of small sounds. 'Canto' is a gentle ambient track until a voice tells a sad story about a lonely person. 'Missing' closes this release developing an evocative soundscape.
This release is one of the few from this label not featuring the mastering from Simon Heath searching perhaps a more personal, even if less spectacular, sound palette but, even if this is obtained, the careful construction of the musical development owes a debt to his musical influences. It really worths a listen from all fans of this genre.
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Artist: Strike
Title: Wood, Wire & Sparks
Format: 12"
Label: Monotype Records (@)
Rated: *****
The first minutes of this record will let listeners think this funny trio of Australian musicians - the talented improviser, instrument builder and conceptualist Jon Rose on violins and double bass players Clayton Thomas and Mike Majkowski - were mimicking carpenters or sharpener during the live recording of "Wood, Wire & Sparks" at Densities Festival 2010, the performance which gave the name to their first album. Sonic sawdust and bizarre ways of tuning precede the first tonal burrs, which sound like scraps of a proper manufacturing process of a basin, where the first melodic sediments and further levelling, planing and rubbing gradually lead listeners to a sense of harmonic fulfillment before they clear the table by clumping all sonic recipes in the end. The title of that recording could be considered a sort of programmatic manifesto to describe the peculiarities of their wooden, wired and sparkling sound, which macadamize the second live recording on the flipside where they sum their keen and freaky approach to strings up by tonal stunts, almost theatrical makeup and imaginative sonic satyriasis, which achieves wind-ups when they render a reaction from the instruments they subjected to torture ("Revenge Of The Instrument"), the consistently ruthlessness tally of natural disasters ("Tsunami Scoreboard") or wryly face the possible othodoxy of listeners ("Gentrify This") by fudging canonical formal structure on the final "Song". Action-packed stuff for world-weary eardrums.
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Artist: Airchamber3 (@)
Title: Peripheral
Format: CD
Label: frattonove (@)
Rated: *****
Some days ago I was listening Offthesky's "We Like Ambient" selection for the appreciated British ambient label Hibernate and one of the track which really struck me - "Creek Of A Church Door, Wedding Celebration" - came from a mostly Italian ensemble of four sound artists - former Chain DLK collaborator Andrea Ferraris, Matteo Uggeri, Andrea Serrapiglio and Japanese musician Mujika Easel - and I got surprised to find in the bunch of promotional stuff I recently received the brand new release by Airchamber3, an interesting collaborative project we've already spoken about in the past, which involves a part of the above-mentioned group (and enclose some of the stylistical traits of that track), namely Andrea "Ics" Ferraris (guitar, bass, laptop, effects, drums), Andrea Serrapiglio (cello, laptop, iPad, drums, vocal and Casio sk-1) and his brother Luca (alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, wind controller, synths, drums, theremin and MaTiLda effects). Even if they kept their sound on a high level of experimentation, the main difference between "Peripheral" and their past works is the wider stylistical range they explored, which could result from the involvement of a number of collaborators such as voice artist Barbara De Dominicis aka Anti-Gone whom we recently encountered on Enrico Coniglio's collaborative project My Home, Sinking and here on the intensely emotional and gloomy "A body is a map of bruises", where her beutiful vocals could vaguely remind Beth Gibbons' modulations, multi-instrumentalist Vincenzo Vasi (part of Vinicio Capossela's big band), who borrows his mephistophelian voice on "Recollecting Pieces Of Tresured Memories", a "song" which features Gianmaria Aprile and Luca Sigurta' from Ferraris' band Luminance Ratio together with Luca Mauri on guitars. This enlarged and enhanced line-up adds unpredictable folds to the abstract textures and the sudden mystical bursts of ancestral heat, which could easily belong to the soundtrack of a non-existent movie, according to the contemporary customs of a relevant part of abstract/experimental ensembles, whose sonic thickness often mirrors seemingly contrasting nuances from the opening beastly death raffles of "inhale/exhale" and the following "Funeral March For A Brain Cell", whose decease could have been caused by toxic laughing gas where wheezing sounds like a self-scornful laugh to the final mesmeric fade-out and the hidden ending 'In The Corner Of My Eye Peripheral Vision', where the contrast invades semantic fields as well. Such a (peri)feral equivocalness is maybe the secret mysteriously charming element of "Peripheral".
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Artist: Nate Wooley/C.Spencer Yeh/Audrey Chen/Todd Carter (@)
Title: NCAT
Format: 12"
Label: Monotype Records (@)
Rated: *****
That rusty air conditioner on the cover artwork sounds like almost incessantly fills the yellowed room with foul air, where you can just imagine the actions or the psychodramas which got evoked by this quartet which comprises Nate Wooley (trumpet), C.Spencer Yeh (violin), Audrey Chen (cello) and Todd Carter (mixing), whose initials gave name to the project NCAT. The initial slowly melodic corrosions, the gradual screwing of screeching strings, the noisy nodules, before the first possessed groans which precedes some torn female shouts, could let you think about the warning sign of a conniption or the vivid anamnesis of a traumatic episode, the beastly cries and the terror stricken shouts of the following track on a toneless sound which is as sharp as the evoked pain or maybe a bacchanal with furious Erinyeses and angry pining Bassarids, the rising mystical tension on twisting sonic burrs which becomes more and more visceral on the third untitled track, the incindental urban background of a confused awakening, bizarre howling, the "rheumatic" estrangement, the temporary and illusory reprieve, the animal-like panting, the sudden throaty squeaks, the cacophonous metallic rubbing, the electronic interferences and all the somewhat bizarre sonic wheezes and soundclips you'll meet while listening this amazing release are highly cinematic even if you could have the impression that the evoked setting (a locked oubliette in the torture room of crazy witches? the dark passages of an insane asylum where patient cannibalized psychiatrists and nurses? a cathouse whose keepers like inflicting excruciating pains to piggy customers before killing them?) are not so reassuring.
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