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Artist: Rdeča Raketa (@)
Title: Wir Werden
Format: 12"
Label: GOD (@)
Rated: *****
Named after a poem by Slovenian poet Srecko Kosovel - leading figure of Slovenian avant-garde literature -, Rdeca Raketa (Slovenian for "red rocket"), interesting project by Austrian composer and performer Matija Schellander, who already fulfilled his academic studies of double bass, computer music and modular synths by means of many important collaborations (Okkyung Lee, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong/JSX, Wolfgang Schiftner, Anja Utler, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Matalycee, Isabelle Dutholt, Marco Eneidi, Franz Hautzinger, Michael Bruckner and many more...), Slovenian singer, composer and flautist Maja Osojnik, co-founder of Low Frequency Orchestra, sign their second release "Wir werden" (meaning "we will") after the 40-minutes electroacoustic improvisation album "Old Girl, Old Boy", released on tape by Mosz Records three years ago. Their new smoulder seems to ignite from the longing of transformation, which includes subtle arguentation against contemporary cultural codes, that sometimes entails silent mutilations of individuality inside their intimate and controversial glorification (for instance the disaffected and somewhat weird voice-over by Anat Stainberg says: "We will stand there: ecstatic, in a state of dullness, frozen. [...] suffocating on our own transparent words [...] We will sleep, we will dissolve there-being and the being gone, will leave the premonition waiting and we'll be hushed by the falling snow."). The following sonic clues could portray an ego whose ascending billows find their chagrin on dying tones, consumed by noisy bussing wasps, drowned by suffocating white noises and corrosive bleeps, stunned by hiccuping engines and other pestering signals coming between the ego and its inner rhythms like a fog of toxic gas, whose heart rendering prostrated resolution collpases on sombrely heavy and slow piano strokes which still spill purulent liquid from open wounds. On the second part of the album, "Andere Menschen", the limping amble on deafening electric shock, splitted phrases whose humanity could be confused with insectile noises, thundering saturations, gurgling automatism, malformed sinister clockworks, this sort of bionic transmogrification is complete and emerge from the shabby "dialectic" hushed words by Lisa Kortschak and Max Gaier, where that mutation contaminates a relationship and the reciprocal hideaway seems to be preferred to the acknowledgement of transformed inner lineaments. A fascinating and tragically extant sample of sonic poetry.
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Artist: Asférico (@)
Title: Sonidos del Subcosciente I
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Galaverna (@)
Rated: *****
As there's the Roman number for "first" after the title of the release, I could surmise this is the first of a series of sonic experiments by Asferico, new project by Barcelona-based dj, producer, founder of Storung electronic music festival and head of the Storung sub-label FlatMate Music Alex Gamez, who assembles a catchy mental odyssey/adventure and 25-minutes lasting listening experience by means of a guessed combination of modified field recordings and analog synthesizer sounds. The adventure starts with tempestous noise of a sort of sea storm, which he gradually disfigures by dint of sequences of puffs and blows as if he's turning it into a new appearance. The following steps of this sonic journey, which could give you the lively impression of being inside a cave surrounded by the noises of dripping rocks, colliding with ginormous metallic entrapping webs, awakening within a peaceful wood and so on, could let you think that according to a possible conceptual explanation of this release, the Spanish sound artist is trying to ding the sphere and the diaphragm between form and fuction, fact and fiction, perception and nature, whose sharp detachment seems to belong to many philosophical, religious, cultural and even architectural principles, which look like fostering this separation. I wonder how the follow-up of this first act of "Sonidos del Subcosciente", which comes on Italian net-label Galaverna by Enrico Coniglio and Leandro Pisano, could sound.
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Artist: Lycoriscoris (@)
Title: From Beyond The Horizon
Format: CD
Label: Moph (@)
Rated: *****
When I'm asked to describe the style of some new musician, I don't really like to resort to schematical descriptions but it could be useful for "western" listeners to try a "mathematical" definition of the astonishing sonic syncretism that Tokyo-based musician and composer Lycoriscoris wraps on his album "From Beyond The Horizon". On the enchanted valley of their liquid sonorities, it seems that many rivulets come together after getting swollen by waterfalls of delicate organic ambient, Japanese electronics, contemporary smooth jazz, honeyed dreamlike melodies driven by piano strokes and gleaming sounds and glitch knitting so that you could almost imagine it as a combination of some sweet atmospheres by Pharoah Sanders, Lonnie Liston Smith or some idyllic tunes by Takagi Masakatsu, filtered by means of typical skipped and hopped gaits of glitch music. The fuel additive which rises the pressure of the sonic centrifuge by Lycoriscoris is a subtle oomph which gradually or sprightly surface over the blossoming parade of sounds. While in the first part, where you will also find "Daydreamer", a pretty collaboration with Japanese singer Piana, the music cracks open towards breezy disruptions, many tracks of the second part such as "Amenooto", "Shinonomo" or "Stillness", mantain dreamy flavours intact but seem to pat more intimate strings of soul. A lovely collection of musical fragile potsherds.
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Artist: Monopium (@)
Title: The Goat & Dead Horses\' Circus
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
It takes almost two years to this polish band to compile the follow-up of their debut release and, in times where there are releases every three or four months, is quite a good news as this is an album of impressive quality. As the reader knows, I've reviewed almost every release of this polish label as, so, I have some reason to claim that this one is amongst the best releases of this label.
"Marble" opens this release as this album were a sort of jam between a jazz band and an ambient one and there was a radio lefts on during the session while "Flesh" is an ambient track with a jazz mood juxtaposed. "Piramidy" instead is based upon a quite strange loop above some small and sparse noises. "Dead Horses' Circus" is a dreamy soundscape while "La Grande Déferlante" is based upon a dark loop and the impressive voice of EmmA WyrD. "Assassins" is a dark ambient interlude colored by an original saxophone line. "Fade Away" is based on Sci-Fi synth line as "La Primavera" is a small interlude based on string instrument and the hiss of an old tape. The quite old recording that opens "Lights & Serpentines" and colored by the bells introduce the listener to the final part of this release. "Sotto il Sole del Mondo" is a sample based track relying on the hypnotic effect of the samples. "As-Sawira" is the dreamy introduction to "La Primavera (My Final Bell)" where Euski gives his touch creating an atmosphere of great suggestion.
As a Nurse With Wound fan I enjoyed the courage of the musical path and the originality and variety of the solutions so this album is in my personal list of albums of the year. Amazing.
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Artist: Gilded (@)
Title: Terrane
Format: CD
Label: Hidden Shoal Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
The suffused and vaguely crepuscolar opening on gentle piano strokes and thin chinks of the initial "Velar" and the charmingly rustic twining of string saw, warm deep tones, accordion and banjo flowerheads, a dainty percussive nixer on the following "String And Stone" embarks listeners on the musical universe of Terrane, whose name comes from a geological term to describe a fragment of a tectonic plate which get "sutured" (normally after a process of subduction) to crust lying on another plate, by Gilded, a West Australian duo by experimental musicians Matt Roesner, whose sonic researches, focused on field recordings and guitars, partially flowed into labels like Room40, Apestaartje, 12K, Meupe and Miatera, and Adam Trainer, one of the founding member of Perth-based post-rock outfit Radarmaker. Ideally lying on the boundaries between the styles by Cinematic Orchestra, Greg Haines, Piano Interrupted and similar august satellites orbiting around conglomerates of minimalism, visionary lyricism and ambient, the sound they carefully mould on this lovely release constantly oscillates between melodic suspensions, emotional tension and pastoral idylls, which sounds like rushing from heaven-given creative sparks ("Dew Cloud", "Straight Crest", "Tyne"), earthly dampers ("Road Movie", "Expanded Contract"), bucolic effusions ("Cluttered Room", "Moth Food"), which evokes a constant feasting by tender sensibilities with contingent halts. This is undoubtedly a recommendable listening for dreamlike personal odysseys.
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