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Artist: Amy Denio (@)
Title: tutto bene, canzoni sulla fisa
Format: CD
Label: Spoot music http://www.amydenio.com/body/Recording.htm
Rated: *****
Once I happened to meet Amy Denio at a Pan Sonic / Francisco Lopez gig in Milan and she was able to speak a really good italian, I think she is of italian origin and that probably justifies the title of the record and the funny lyrical game of the first track. This american musician has collaborated with a plethora of musician and has put out records for labels such as Tzadik, Cuneiform, Knitting Factory just to name a few, but her heterogeneousity brought her to deal with different styles of music. As the title itself says, this cd features a collection of tracks she's composed with a 'fisarmonica', somehow we're dealing with what many define as folk songs. Given the fact we're talking about Amy Denio, you've to consider here you'll hear recordings with different different bands and among the other names I couldn't but notice there're well-known musicians and names I've never heard before (but the result is equally outstanding). What I've just said means this recording has been composed and arranged in a more refined way if compared to many materials in the likes, we're talking about top class musician with varied experiences and that means a lot, believe me it you sense it from the very first listening. Beside the other instruments and the fisa, Amy sings wonderfully and gives the impression she's been inspired by some traditional materials, be it folk singing, traditional music, east european sadness but not just that. Some of the tracks have reminded me of Zahava Seewald and Psmin on Sub Rosa (hey am I the only one to remember that beautiful record?!), somewhere else the music is not that far from early Les Negresse Vertes in a less 'French pop' salsa, but I could many other parallels between this cd and other modern european folk bands dealing with quasi-traditional music. It's a great work and it also shows how you can write refined music without losing an intellectual classy edge and without leaving traditions back home. Also the first track reminded me of some early vocal compositions by Ennio Morricone, bravissima.


Jul 24 2011
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Artist: BINALOG FREQ
Title: The Chase
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
THE CHASE is the newest Binalog Freq single which functions as an appetizer for the new album that will be out soon. On this single, Evangelos, presents three new tunes: "The Chase (Run Human Being)", "Human Race Robot Kind" and "Hunter". All the three tracks have the distinctive Binalog Freq sound made of minimal synth lines and
syncopated rhythms (bass, drums and everything concerning it). Influenced by electro funk the Greek producer mixed fast moments where everything tend to give a sense of tension (this is good for tracks whose theme is the chase) to minimal parts where we have only bass and beats. Also stop and go are used to give the sense of movement while pads, movie samples and vocoder filtered vocals do the rest along with melodic leads parts. Nice single...
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Artist: OUROBOROS
Title: Opus Tartari
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
The new album from OUROBOROS, the musical project of Marco Grosso with the aid of guest musicians as Nona Luna and Sorath Isis, is an homage to hermetic and esoteric philosophies. Musically speaking, this is ethereal music where soprano voices sings above quiet drone soundscapes.
"Sigillum solis" opens the album with a quiet, but dark, soundscape and a solemn line of synth until the litanies spoken by Malice give a ritual blend to the whole construction. "Pavor nocturnus" is a small ritual based on vocal loop. "Acqua regia" is a dark ambient tune brightened by the voice of Nona Luna. "Artifex III" is an almost dancey interlude for the second part of this album. The title track is a sonic reconstruction of a ritual. "Pulvis solaris" is entirely centered on the wonderful voice of Nona Luna. "Corpus mundum" close this journey with oriental beats that stops only for the soprano voice over a quiet soundscape after whom the sound of an organ opens the way for the return of the beats.
This is an album that require careful listening to unveil his hidden beauty but it worth the effort. Nice.
Artist: YOSEPH
Title: Stardust
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Vermin Street
Rated: *****
With ten years of activity on his back with releases out on Monkey Dub Records, Savory Audio and Mambo Records, Yoseph is now out with a new digital single on Vermin Street. STARDUST contains two original tracks ("Stardust" and "Sugarllama") and a remix of "Stardust" reworked by Ill-Esha. The original tune is a mid tempo with cool breaks, spacey pads and hard beats while the remix has a similar structure but Ill-Esha re-wrote the bass lines (which now have a grime sound) and added some dub vocal elements. "Sugarllama" is a sort of experiment with salsa music and dubstep. A funny one...
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Artist: Uphill Racer (@)
Title: How It Feels To Find There's More
Format: CD
Label: Normoton (@)
Distributor: Al!ve
Rated: *****
Any attempt of cataloguing Oliver Licht's (Uphill Racer's name on vital records office) fourth album, being it even the most imaginative lexical or semantic hybridization, could be tantamount to inflicting an unjust punishment, particularly if you consider not only the huge "logistic" effort in order to join together 15 different voices but also for the neat narrative coherence, the conceptual substance injected into a stylistically simple structure and the impressively wide assortment of musical colors, strongly amalgamated by the above-mentioned narrative unity, Oliver managed to ram into the fertile grounds of "How It Feels To Find There's More" (what a grandiloquent and suitable title for such an issue!). From Naissance (meaning birth) - that's the name of the "philosophical" intro on the voice of Judith Heusch (voice of Patty Moon), who looks like playing on the subjectivity of time perception when singing "There is a moment, now it is passed. Here is the future, now it is passed" - to the outro Renaissance (meaning rebirth), Uphill Racer plots an enthralling course, whose laps seem to scan a gradual ascension from falling to flowing, a step-by-step raising which is going to cause little crevices on the rocky surface of listener's heart by melting that undefined electronic pop naivety with some emotional bullets of Nordic folk, microscopic toy-like melodies, old-tune abstractions, meaningful lyrics, a certain sense of melancholy and many hooks which are going to resurface from the abysses of your musical memories many past listenings, which often smell of innocence and embryonic bliss. Most of singers could be new to you as they mainly come from indie-pop or indipendent labels' territories, but they exactly added to the tunes the touch Uphill Racer imagines and some of them are really touching: the sense of close distance perfectly fitted to the literary content of "From Miles" added by Betty Mugler from Hidalgo, the heavenly reverberating airy tone on "Applause" injected by Rebecka Maria Wallgren, that spot of greenhorn-like tousled lightheartedness imprinted by Kristof Deneus on "Gone With Eastern Winds", the light feeling of restlessness evoked by Aydo Abay on" The Automatic Function" - a lovely song whose atmosphere could remind the ones by Moderat - or the smooth-spoken caress by Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond on "Overfrail" - another lovely song who reminded to me some pieces by Tom Middleton's Amba -, the sing-song vocal massages by Patrick Haid from Line Drawings on the luminous "Kite", the powerful dramatic tension highlighted by Rosalie Eberle on the touching "Requiem For My Friend". The fourth album signed by this composer could be considered a pithy record, but not heavy at all, so that it's quite logical Normoton can easily announce they could promise to produce even his 25th album!
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