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Artist: Antoni Maiovvi
Title: Mater Proditus
Format: 12"
Label: J.A.M. Traxx (@)
Rated: *****
In the last couple of years the Italo horror influenced producer Antoni Maiovvi focused his efforts on 12"s and EPs and also created his own label Giallo Disco Records along with Gianni Vercetti Balopitas (a.k.a. Vercetti Technicolor). At the moment they released a split EP and two solo EPs. Anyway, Maiovvi switches from italo disco influenced catchy tunes to Carpenter influenced synth horror atmospheres. This new EP released by the Italian label J.A.M. Traxx contains three versions of "The War of Self Defence" (the original version plus two remixes), "Music Makes A Good Pet" and "Theme From Maiovvowitz ('88 Redux)". The original version of "The War of Self Defence" is a good upbeat dance electro tune with melodic hooks while the "Against Dave Remix" is more influenced by house and it has also a TB-303 acid bass line here and there. The "Drvg Cvltvre Remix", instead, is a dilated electro version which filter the vocal line with echo and delay and is focused on the arpeggios and the drums. "Music Makes A Good Pet" sounds more 70s and creates a nice tension thanks to the distorted vocals which play with the synth arpeggios. "Theme From Maiovvowitz ('88 Redux)" recalls me the late 70s/early 80s horror movies soundtracks you found at the end titles. Nice but it's the one that convinced me less. You can check and purchase the release here http://jamtraxx.bandcamp.com/album/antoni-maiovvi-mater-proditus
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Artist: Matter (@)
Title: Biorhexistasy
Format: 12"
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
Ukrainian label Kvitnu proves to be one of the best operator nearby the stylistical fizzled and foggy frontlines where flooding techno cracks, rythmic noise and breakcore splinters burst industrial's banks by means of another excellent release which comes from the drilling sonic machines of Italian producer Fabrizio Matrone aka Heidseck, who leaves his second sediment in the guise of Matter on Kvitnu's intriguing catalogue. Matter's wide weaponry of crumbled low frequencies, scraped metallic samples, convulsive knitting, acid hot springs, creaking noises and sequences of compressions and tractions which often mirrors batch processing and give rise to amazingly obscure technoid - or I'd rather say rhexistatic - movements ("Phases", "Biostasy", "Exposure", "Attrition"), which could vaguely resemble industrial-techno corrosive anthmes by sound artists like Riou Tomita, or menacing industrial mechanics ("Sub Soil", "Dominance"), lies on a guessed source of inspiration, the so-called Biorhexistasy theory by pedologist Henri Erhart, who tried to describe the climatic conditions necessary for pedogenesis divided by different periods of soil erosion. Such a geological conceptual framework has been superbly translated into sound by Fabrizio while underlying a semantic transposition of this slow and perpetual mutation into social, psychological or physical terms, so that have this theory in your mind in order to better appreciate the listening experience this Bologna-based sound artist gathered while digging grooves.
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Artist: [.que] (@)
Title: drama
Format: CD
Label: Schole (@)
Rated: *****
After a couple of self-released albums - "Sigh" (May 2012) and "Calm Down" (July 2012)-, some live exhibitions, many collaborations and borrowings to a number of projects for web, TV, radio and visual works, his contributon for "Schole Hope Project" in support of the reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 2011 and a contributuon for the fifth anniversary label-sampler "Joy - Schole compilation vol.3", the burgeoning 25-years old sound designer and composer Nao Kakimoto achieves his first full-length album on the appreciated Japanese label. On his "Drama", Nao seems to dramatize simple pleasures of ordinary life, serene charming scenes and fragrant emotionalism by means of 13 saccharin folk-tronica songs. The detail-oriented research of purity in the sound by the flusing-out of electric piano, whose slight delay on single strokes resembles me the way that Vangelis used to mutate piano on songs like "Chariots OF Fire", and acoustic guitar resembles the work of other compatriot veteran such as Sakamoto or his sponsor Akira Kosemura, who supervised and co-produced this release, some melodic structures sometimes sound too iterative and the rhythmical pattern are often too simple so that you could have the impression of listening to variations of more or less fixed schemes, but the mathematical accuracy of his snap-fit patchworks is really remarkable and the melodic dimmers succeeds in laying emphasis on the emotional nuances, particularly on heartwarming tracks like "bud", "Daybreak", "Air" and "Sunset", where he carefully grafted other sonic elements like field recordings or female choruses. Nao definitively holds great promise for his own musical and artistic path and for the pleasures of ambient-spotted folk-tronica listeners.
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Artist: Gastón Arévalo (@)
Title: Rollin Ballads
Format: CD
Label: Oktaf (@)
Rated: *****
The man behind this new ablution into flooding lights is Uruguayan composer Gaston Arevalo, whose entrancing overflows of smooth frequencies manage to ferry listeners towards a daydreaming state of mind by speaking of some places he lived or visited at the same time: besides stretched and modulated instrumental parts and ethereal solvents, Gaston dissolved many field recordings grabbed from some European cities and above all his native Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, into his heady amniotic fluid, where many childhood memories and impressions such as the noise of the textile factory where his father used to work, the background sounds of the sea and the fishermen from the harbour nearby his house and so on, splashed down, so that the whole record smells like an enchanted anamnesis and a delighting enraptured journey over a palette of sounds, which mirror nestled vivid images and geographic striking evocations from some hidden distant coves of the soul. Even if it predictably resemble many miliar stones of ambient and neo-classical music (Brian Eno, Erik Satie, Arvo Part, William Basinski), "Rollin Ballads" got distinguishably perfumed by a personal touch and an inner perpetual motion, which manages to scramble listener's memories and feelings in despite of the "staticness" of many ambient records or the prevailing stereotype about this stylistical field.
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Artist: Bruce Gilbert & BAW (@)
Title: Diluvial
Format: CD
Label: Touch (@)
Rated: *****
Many electronic musicians plugged their arts in thinking caps about cosmogonical hypotheses, fortunetelling of mankind or the edging forward of impending wipeouts and this tendency has been experiencing an exponential growth curve which seems to follow the curve trend of decreasing natural resources, boom-and-bust cycles and similar drifts after cultural miliar stones such as Philip Glass score for Koyaanisqatsi and so on. This new ring of that chain comes from former Wire guitar player Bruce Gilbert and Beaconsfield Art Works, the collaborative brainchild by David Crawforth and Naomi Siderfin, whose sonic reflections about climate changes, global warming, flood geology and parthenogenesis of the universe happens at the right moment just after the scorching heat of summertime, the beginning of autumn and the upcoming of first cloudbursts. Seven long immersive tracks, an understandable reference to the biblical manufacture by a divine Stakhanovite, have been composed over seven weeks from some field recordings on the Suffolk coast on the occasion of Faster Than Sound, Albeburgh, in 2011, and some upgrades for a show at Beaconsfield, London, by the implementation of spellbinding synthesized sounds by Gilbert and Crawforth into Siderfin's score and iPhone field research, which starts from the primordial soup of the initial "The Void" and ends with the final "Rest/Reflection" by sweeping across halway marks such as the protozoic swarming and the birth of oceans evoked by "The Expanse", whose water drops in the second half of the track features a remarkable work on spacey sonorities, the entrancing sandstorm which spans the listening time of "Dry Land", the subtle photonic bodies which gradually radiates on "Lights" by throwing light on the upcoming spheric scale model and their apogean beings on the following tracks "Creatures of Sea and Air" and "Beasts of the Earth". This monumental sonic cosmogony, the fifth release of Beaconsfield's sonic series Soundtrap, cannot be but tiled "Diluvial" and got supported by PRS Foundation, Arts Council England, Big Shed and Hydrosphere.
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