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Artist: Tattered Kaylor (@)
Title: Sombre Nay Sated
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Stasisfield (@)
Rated: *****
"Sound does not know our rules regarding walls, corners and closed doors. It travels through and beyond - being numerous in place, yet existing as a single entity. Under the guise of being unseen it permeates our surroundings, expanding and contracting space, warping the edges we construct with our perceptions of reality". Such a fascinating and embraceable observation by Australian sound artist Tessa Elieff aka Tattered Kaylor, which middles sound as a sort of an autonomous entity which prescinds from its receptor by emphasizing the role of perception and got marvelously epitomized by her acousmatic releases, could let you guess that an adaptation for personal fruition of her live works could be considered a challenge within a challenge. This attempt consists of three interesting adaptations of previous performances where she tried to link real sounds to their perceptions by a sort of overlapping between sonic "realities" such as steel, stone or architectural (both artificial and natural) cavities and a multi-speaker system, which got inspired by the original project of the Acousmonium by Francois Bayle: the tubular thin undulations of "Waves 2009", a stereophonic recording for a live performace she built with Cadif's Jacques Soddell, which soon turned into a sort of drone with sounds which could come from the bottom of an obscure well and seemingly disembodied female words, starts this immersive listening experience, which continues with a couple of tracks commissioned by Kunstradio, "Taken To Booroomba", a sort of reshpaed "take" of Uli Kuehn's "ROBOT" whose thunders and storms got played back at granite Booroomba Rocks in Australian Capital Territory, and the sinisterly claustrophobic "The Broken Return", which got derived from "Minigit", a sound installation by Andreas Trobollowitsch, which was performed at Moozak Festival in Wien in 2012. You can download this release for free with the possibility to send donation here: http://www.stasisfield.com/releases/year11/sf-11001.html
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Artist: Miracle (@)
Title: Mercury
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
It's not the first time I diagnose that there's love-in-the-air syndrome within esteemed Paradinas' label as Miracle could be considered the outcome of an artistic and musical love by American electronic composer Steve Moore and British multi-instumentalist Daniel O'Sullivan, which blossomed during a tour of respective bands: O'Sullivan used to be the leading voice and the "electronic" recipe of Guapo, whose excellent recent release "History Of The Visitation" on Cuneiform, the first which followed the departure of Daniel, has some trace of his visitation yet, while the skittish Steve Moore was touring with Anthony "Majeure" Paterra as a leg of Zombi. After their meeting, they kept on flirting on Internet by which they exchanged ideas and files and forged the tracks of this good album by adding arrangments and enhancements, which preceded the definitive studio recording, which can be reasonably considered a proper upgrade of 80ies synth-pop rather than a calque in spite of the more or less recognizable similarities and influences. A sort of exegesis of the title "Mercury" could be the pretext to show some features of Miracle's debut album: "Mercury" could be a reference to the smallest planet of Solar System as well as the closest to our star, whose proximity eminently conditions its magnetic shield and its visibility from our planet or to the notoriously Greek messenger of Gods due to his winged footwear and helmet. Both interpretations could be related to some features of their synth-driven sound, whose divine halo is unavoidably magnetic and seems to be derived by a lofty perception and a certain detahcment from human recurring dynamics, but I can guess the above-mentioned possible interpretations could refer to the audio equipment, or at least to a part of it, which paved they way for the lovely cosmic route they offer to the listeners, as I'm pretty sure Steve Moore could have used a Prophet 5 or maybe a Prophet 600 to notch the long sonic chains of each song - and phophets are commonly considered a messenger of gods just like Mercury... - and the lyrics of the title-track seem to run on such an ambivalence. Many reviewers insisted on the similarities between the sound of Miracle and the one by Depeche Mode, which can maybe be reminded by some tracks of the first part of the album - the initial "Good Love", "Neverending Arc 1" or "Falling Into The Night"- even if they could be remind more stuff by former Depeche Mode-collaborator Bomb Da Bass at most, but the strongest influences I can perceive are the ones by some cosmic knights of late 70ies and 80ies, italo-house or some scorer of horror and sci-fi movies such as Claudio Simonetti due to some resemblances on the synth-organ attacks, but I can ultimately say that the sterling and upright way Miracle pop astronauts up is somehow original and so intriguing that many listeners will wish for a follow-up of "Mercury".
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Artist: Maps and Diagrams
Title: In Circles
Format: CD
Label: Time Released Sound (@)
Rated: *****
"In Circles" is the second release for Alameda-based Time Released Sound, whose strictly limited editions combine very finely hand crafted packaging and likewise refined mostly ambient and folk music, and the fifth one in 2013 by one of the most appreciated stretcher of frequencies within the packed ambient scene, the brilliant sound alchemist Tim Martin, mainly known in the guise of Maps and Diagrams. There are seemingly many similarities between "In Circles" and "Get Lost", its previous album on TRS, due to the instantaneous emotional impact of each track, the dilution of any sonic appearances into lengthened frequency, a vague sense of bygone nostalgia and an all-absorbing vibrant nimbus, but apart from the refiniment of Martin's way of blending and layering sounds, which usually characterizes his stuff, a careful listening reveals a more meticulous attention to details on dynamics. All the tracks of "In Circles" sounds like transmissions from somehow blurred and mostly celestial places which gves just some tanglible clues in the "real" one and can only be explored in a dream state: the aural breeze on the initial "Talavera" sounds like springing its sonic emissions (including a distant airy piano melody) up and pouring them into the following "Bosque" where what seems to be an elongated church organ swathes the whole track by a kind of holy effulgence, the vaguely bucolic escape in slow motion of "Valargo" and the sweet lapse of "Ten Black Cards", which precedes the heavenly transmissions of the breathtaking "Kimura (Cadiz)". One of the better chiseled moment of the album comes with "A Bump In The Night", where the initial guitar phrasing seems to slide into a fictional dimension by tunefully weaving together a beaming sound before its fade-out and similar dynamics where an instrumental element got fully imbibed by aural sonorities or aural transfigurations of exogenous stimulations occur on "Batika (Rust)" or the enchanting "Madrid (Orion)", which could be considered as necessary sonic steps towards totally ethereal episodes like "Locus (AB)" or "1895 (Moth Evolution)". Even if there some connections with Spain, including the voice by Spanish guests I am Dive on the lovely final song "Yesterday" and the antique ornate silkscreened Spanish cork wallpapers for the artwork of the deluxe version (only 70 copies), each "physical" entity got always mirrored by a sort of sidereal twin.
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Artist: Das Muster
Title: Durchleuchtung
Format: CD
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
'Durchleuchtung' is the newest album by Das Muster which has been released recently by Solar One Music. Available in a limited run of 99 copies, the album has three different layouts available, all three comes in a metal box. This is the first proper physical release for the Marcus Mumm project and it contains twelve new instrumental tracks which will convince you in no time if you are lovers of bands of the likes of all the Gerald Donald's projects. Marcus created kinda short cold robotic soundtracks where analog synth sounds paint different kind of imaginary scenarios. Mine are: the psychological ones of 'Testobjekt' ('Test Object'), 'Verhaltensmuster' ('Patterns Of Behavior'), 'Observation' and 'Irritation', the social ones of 'Drahtzieher' ('Masterminds'), 'Das Hochste Gut' ('The Supreme Good') and 'Resistenz' ('Resistance') and the lab experiments ones of 'Schnittstelle' ('Interface') and 'Auswirkungen' ('Effects'). Musically, we have the top notch eletro techno with paced rhythms, warm pads, bleeping sounds, dissonances and distortions. You can check the sound excerpts here www.soundcloud.com/solar_one_music/das-muster-durchleuchtung
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Artist: 20.SV
Title: The Great Sonic Wave
Format: CD
Label: Cavity (@)
Rated: *****
Can you imagine the possible noises which could rise from mauled innards of a braggart former fakir after he ingested hundreds a heap of rusty nails and a couple of ales? Can you envisage the speech and the shouts of a tormented Gollum who got crucified after he innocently pissed on Harry Potter's spell books? If you can, it could be a good starting point in order to render what you're going to listen over this 30-minutes lasting visionary and menacingly sinister suite by Lebanese guitarist and sound sculptor Osman "20.SV" Arabi, whose disquieting ambience got remarkably enhanced by talented American singer Alan Dubin, whose distinctive vocals, which sound like recorded while being on pain of death, became quite famous while he used to bring his voice to former doom metal band Khanate. Arabi's drilling electronic and metallic noises got mirrored by fitting Dubin's devastated and somehow haunting vocal dramatization, which after so much overflowing evoked atrocity cannot but murmur a word in conclusion: revenge...
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