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Artist: Dynarec
Title: Exomove EP
Format: 12"
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
Recently released on Solar One Music, "Exomove EP" is the latest 12" by Dynarec. Born on early '00s, Dynarec is headed by a mysterious producer who has on his shoulders two albums ("User Input" on 2004 for Delsin, "Overland Travelling" for the Italian Nature Records and the new "Silver Tourist" for Bass Agenda Recordings). The mysterious man behind Dynarec founded his own label Vaporwave and released in the years four 12" and two digital releases of his project. Anyway, "Exomove" is part of the new Solar One Music "Elektronische Werke" series and bring to the lovers of Detroit electro techno, four new tracks to dance to. "All Automatic", "Double Postpone", "Exomove" and "Water Meadow" pass from nervous syncopated rhythms of "All Automatic" (a catchy Detroit techno influenced electro beast) and "Double Postpone" (a pounding 4/4 psychotic tune with dissonant stabs) to electro classics (the title track and "Water Meadow" are really nice tracks that will please so much Drexciya lovers). This great release is limited to 250 copies, so get yours soon. Check the sounds here soundcloud.com/solar_one_music/dynarec-exomove-ep
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Artist: Ø (@)
Title: Konstellaatio
Format: CD
Label: Sähkö Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
After his name has been associated to emanations of noisy particles whose penetrating property could be able to shake any configuration of inorganic matter by means of a set of remarkable releases, Finnish sound artist and composer Mika Vainio revives his "slashed o" named project which skyrockets his sonorities towards childish reverie of cosmic peregrinations. Whereas last outputs by Mika seems to be drifted towards saturation and breaking points, "Konstellaatio" orbit around empty spaces and its sparse wavelets on pure electronic frequencies sound like gears of propulsive engines. The first half of this album condenses bubbles of very low frequencies whose sequenced explosions let emanates clipped beats, gusts of cosmic streams, whistling dark stars, ongoing dim coruscations, electronic air blows and sonic coils: in spite of the undeniable charm of tracks like the opening "Otava", the weirdest "Kesayon haltijat" (Finnish for "Holders of a Midsummer Night"), the eerily shakes of "Syvyydessa kimallus" (supposedly meaning "at a depth of sparkle") and the subatomic resounding specks of "Neutronit", some connoisseurs could perceive their similarity with other previously explored sonorities on epic sonic poems by Autechre or Andrew Lagowski's S.E.T.I.. "Elaman puu" (Finnish expression for "the Tree Of Life"), a track which reminded a sonic emotion I experienced while listening a guy playing the organ inside Temppeliaukio Kirkko, the notorious Church of the Rock in Helsinki, ushers in the most interesting part of this album, where Mika's sound rarefies by degrees as if he replays some pieces of his vast sound-bank while coming closer to perfect vacuum. Proper masterpieces which follow this "strategy" are "Talvipaiva, vanha motelli" - the track that he tributed to Harold Budd - and "SyvaÌnteessaÌ pukinjalkaisen", where a menacing entity seems to be awaken from the initial silent cavities that got evoked by the first part of the track. This journey ends with "Takaisin", a wonderful reversion where the most emotional side of the above-mentioned childish reverie got rendered by placental bass tones, music-box-like shimmers and an entrancing microdub ticking.
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Artist: The Truth About Frank (@)
Title: The Carrion EP
Format: CD
Label: LYF Recordings
Rated: *****
I had previously reviewed 'Cannibal Work Ethic' by The Truth About Frank, so I thought that I had some idea of what I was in for. Still, this is a pretty weird album by most standards. The 22 minute opening salvo, 'About Frank,' is a barrage of cut ups and samples of dialogue that sound like someone took Negativland's complete discography and threw it in a blender. It changes direction like an ADD person with a TV remote control and 1000 channels. The sound of a man gasping for air is interspersed with blasts of jarring music and samples describing our own private hells. About 15 minutes in it becomes a bit more consistent, with moronic laughter cut in with a slow, methodical beat, but even this sense of consistency is an illusion. So what do we know about Frank? If this song is an indicator, he's not all there. 'Organism Dying In Transit' takes us into less spastic territory, but keeps the weird feel going, with 'SmoKing' easing us out with a short number that keeps the same trajectory. Overall, if you like cut ups, you'll probably enjoy this. If not, you won't. I get the feeling that this is a love it or hate it kind of disc. I enjoyed it, so I fall into the former camp. If you like Negativland's work and Nurse with Wound's 'To the Quiet Men From a Tiny Girl,' this might be up your alley. This album weighs in at around 33 minutes.
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Artist: Birch and Meadow (@)
Title: Butterflies And Graves
Format: CD
Label: Time Released Sound (@)
Rated: *****
Birch And Meadow is the work of David Wenngren (Library Tapes) and Swedish singer-songwriter Sara Forslund. The website describes the album thus: 'Alongside David's spare and lingeringly lovely electronic treatments, Sara vocalizes an emotional soundtrack to an imaginary film featuring Nico and folk legend Shirley Collins, fighting over the man who has left them both and stolen their harmoniums!' Delicate male and female vocals hover just over the drones ' there is a deep sense of intimacy, as if you are listening in on a couple's personal conversations. These fragile compositions hang in the air like morning fog; the slightest hint of sun could destroy it in a few moments, but it is beautiful and covers the dawn in a shroud of mystery. The lyrics are actually poetic, as opposed to simply rhyming, evoking feelings of beauty and loss. At times there is a touch of noise and dissonance in the tracks, most pronounced in 'When the Sun is Warm,' which works well with the lyrics and keeps it from being too much a straightforward love song. The closest comparison I can come up with is This Mortal Coil's 'Filgree and Shadow.' Like that album, this is stunning and beautiful. Other similarities include In Gowan Ring and Birch Book. Incredibly well done. This album weighs in at around 31 minutes.
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Artist: Exit in Grey (@)
Title: Shadows of Stillness
Format: CD
Label: Muzyka Voln (@)
Rated: *****
Exit in Grey is the work of Moscow-area artist Sergey [S], who also records under the names Five Elements Music and Sister Loolomie; he also runs the Still*Sleep and Semperflorens labels. I was unfamiliar with Exit in Grey, but Muzyka Voln has distinguished itself by putting out top quality dark ambient, so I was interested to see what Sergey had to offer. We kick off with 'The Sunset Dust in our Hands,' which is really complex dark ambient with lots of field recordings woven into the mix. Disembodied voices struggle to make themselves heard over the slow, mournful melodies and washes of drone. This is well done with a nice mix of noise and atmosphere. Next up we have 'Shadows,' which at times reminded me of the instrumental portions of Pink Floyd's 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' - shimmering drone over synth melody. 'Speaking with Silence' takes a mellow turn with a sense of repetitive rhythm throughout, as if you are listening to the EKG of the song. This is kind of peaceful. 'So Beautiful and Quiet Place' brings us right back where we started from with field recordings and melody. Every once in a while I get an album that is just brilliant, and this is one of them. This album weighs in at around 47 minutes and limited to 300 copies. Get this one.
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