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Artist: Christoph Schiller/Lea Danzeisen (@)
Title: 47°13' N 7°E
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
Another uncommon sonic wringer from Portuguese label Creative Sources has been signed by a couple of Switzerland-based (as you could easily surmise from the geographical coordinate, which point to a place the district of Franches-Montagnes in the canton of Jura in Switzerland, they used to name this release) musicians, Lea Danzeisen and Christoph Schiller, who decided to squeeze the spinet, the little brother of harpsichord and piano, whose sound got totally transfigured by meticulous modifications on strings, jacks, dampers and plectrums. Given that they marked their collaborative work by highlighting the place it was supposedly assembled and recorded, you could imagine them as a couple of clocksmiths while grappling with a ginormous broken clock, whose resounding coil springs, bellows, rollers, wheels and screws become parts of a huge orchestra over the two long-lasting tracks of the album with moments when their seemingly perfect mechanism suddenly busts. It's quite amazing to imagine their sonic reactions after their nerve-racking assemblage got harmstringed by this unexpected crashes as well.
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Artist: Bleak House (@)
Title: Dark Poetry
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
This is certainly not the first attempt of rendering a narrative or thespian declension of the so-called musical indeterminacy, but the intrinsic heterogeneity, the wise literal references and the bizarre orchestrating techniques, which have been showed on "Dark Poetry" by this trio of Norwegian musicians made up of pianist Dag-Filip Roaldsnes, alto-saxophonist Kim-Erik Pedersen and drummer Tore T.Sandbakken, makes it one of the most interesting attempt, which tries to follow such a direction along with many quotations and references. After the introduction of the three ideal narrating voices on "Entrances", they seems to offer a potential sonci translation of the notorious novel "Bleak house" by Charles Dickens on the homonymous track, whose constant creaks, tottering and groggy sonic structures and wobbly melodies manages to evoke the cutthroat and sadly realistic plot of the novel, which has still been considered one of the best indictment against law, lawyers, red tapes and nitpicking aspects of many civil jurisdictions, a shadow play for the filthiest side of human nature. The intense low-key broken melodies on "Short letter, long farewell" and their tacit sketchiness seem to evoke another moment of that novel. I mentioned Dickes' novel, but their sonic exploration could be perfect to set to music many other bleak houses from other arts: I could remind the house described by Shirley Jackson on "The Haunting of Hill House" or the imagined houses where characters portrayed by Schiele could live into. Their music sometimes sound deliberately a sort of mirroring of impossible geometries, weird-looking corners, crooked rooms, cramped cells, even when they seek for similar structures in the organic world ("Tweak peak", "Jakla"), within sonic ("So low", "Graph", "Etude I", "Etude II") and literary ("For sale: Baby shoes, never worn", quotation of the known flash fiction by Hemingway). The dedication to Morton Feldman's "Trio" on "Trio for Morton Feldman" cannot be but dutiful to one possible source for inspiration of "Dark Poetry", even if an attentive listening could remind techniques and sketches from John Cage, or Henry Cowell.
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Artist: The Prostitutes
Title: European Idol
Format: 12"
Label: Synthetic Shadows Records
Rated: *****
I met The Prostitutes in the mid 80s, after their participation to the "Tracce" compilation with "Soldier". Their music was passionate and cold at the same time and it sounded just like the Velvet Underground could have sounded to a teenager in the late 60s. On mid 80s I followed them live as they held different concerts into my region (they were coming from the same city of mine... Torino, Italy) and they were dedicating them to the death of Jean Genet who just died. At that time I wasn't aware that the members of the band had the monkey on their back and only after reading the book "Fedeli alla roba" (Loyal to the stuff) wrote by Bruno Panebarco I got a glimpse of what music meant to them. Augusto and Bruno Panebarco were living a decadent life and The Prostitutes and the music in general someway was a way to keep them alive. Active since late 70s, The Prostitutes were incarnating the anarchy of the poets sounding like razor cuts on a wrist. They did't officially recorded much stuff, they only had few tracks on some compilations and released for Snowdownia (the fanzine and later label that my brother Marco run back then) a tape. Most of the tapes they recorded were unofficial releases that they hardly distributed and that were containing recordings they did in their basement. Unfortunately this compilation released by the new label Synthetic Shadows Records doesn't contain any song of the Snowdonia tape but in any case is a good introduction to the world of The Prostitutes of the early 80s period. Side A has the three songs they did for compilations ("Soldier", "Democracy" and "Glaube Nichts" were on "Tracce", "Tracce 85" and "Ti Dico Demo" respectively) plus a couple of tracks from the aforementioned gigs ("Tiny D" and "Keep On Wasting Away") where you can get the idea of their energy and their charisma. Side B has two more live tracks ("European Idol" and "Time") plus three tracks, of which two new ones recorded by Augusto. These new tracks sound less post punk compared to the old ones but for sure they have that "over the edge" crazy touch. Just listen to "Ditirambici Tiranti" with that nervous piano line and that voice which recall an "Alice In Wonderland" character. "Strollin' Troll" is a song recorded in the basement, I don't know when but it sounds like Velvet Underground meets Television and it's a good noisy one. The second new song is "Pezzo Rock" that is a rock cavalcade with a noise touch, sung in Italian (it's the first Italian lyric I knew they ever wrote). This is a nice introduction to a band that deserve to be known from a wider audience. I just hope that this compilation will sell enough to persuade the label to reissue other stuff by The Prostitutes!
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Artist: Dirk Serries + Jon Attwood (@)
Title: The Sleep Of Reason
Format: CD & Vinyl
Label: Tonefloat (@)
Rated: *****
A monumental (three LPs plus one single sided live LP, recorded at Paradox, Tilburg on 27th February 2011, and one CD with a selection of tracks taken from above enlisted studio albums) and unmissable release for guitar-driven ambient lovers and audiophiles comes from the excellent Dutch label Tonefloat with the signature of the collaborative project by notorious Belgian ambient musician Dirk Serries, who already singed the impressive "Microphonics" series on Tonefloat, even if he's still mostly known for his purist sonic research under the moniker Vidna Obmana, and English minimalist guitarist, keyboardist and composer Jon Attwood aka Yellow6. Their sound has been properly labelled as post-blues-drone for many intrinsic stylistical factors, but in spite of any kind of possible raving related to the somewhat inexplicable need to label things, what's more important is the response to the listening experience they offer: towering plait of clear frequencies and effected guitar which gradually seems to descale sonic clots in order to make them sediment and keep on emitting subtle sonic radiations, which embrace a remarkably wide range of moods through slow mutations. There's a logical and thin concatenation between each album which is going to be catched by most careful listeners. It could easily refute the adage according to which the sleep of reason brings forth monsters. Just 200 copies have been printed, I warmly recommend to grab yours.
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Artist: Synapsis
Title: Officina Ferraria Reworked
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
his release is a compilation of remixes from the first album of this polish band that, according to the linear notes, stand "firmly in the industrial stylistics with hints of dark ambient and noise" but is not the band to be reviewed but his remixers.
Starting with the dark ambient oriented remix made by Wolfram of "Illuminacja W CiÄgarni" and ending with the quiet almost lowercase Tomasz Krakowiak's treatment of "Sill Weave" the card played by this kind of release is variety and, so, there's remixers that emphasize the industrial aspect as GEttNER's remix of "Opór Materii" or the noise one as VilgoÄ's remix of "Pater Noster" or, even, the field recordings aspect as the remix operated by Tyko Ching.
In my opinion this is an enjoyable release but this kind of release are material for djs rather than objects for fans as they suffer the lack of an unifying tract for all the tracks. Nice but, musically speaking, only for collectors.
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