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Artist: Aria Rostami (@)
Title: Form
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Audiomoves (@)
Rated: *****
Some soft piano bitonal hiccups of the initial track Japanese Parisian intersecting some bumps which go by fits and starts welcome the listener to the musical microworld of Aria Rostami almost like a breeze leafing through a book, which silently helps the listener itself to look for some key explaining the entrancing beauty he's going to discover. The mental images this talented composer, whose composition sounds heavily influenced by his previous experiences with ambient pieces for film scores and installation, are as crystalline and glacial, as they've been mainly recorded during last winter; many moments, which sound hanging from contemplative raptures and soundproof daydreaming, evoke that feeling of precarious balance, entranced brittleness and harmonic delicacy, which could resurface from musical memories sketches of contemporary Japanese music (think about some stuff byTeruyuki Nobuchika, Ryuichi Sakamoto or Akira Kasemura), but tonal dynamics has often been propelled by rolling bass pulses and bleeps (a feature which is quite clear in tracks like Cleare or the lovely Klavs, where it could remind some tricks used by Murcof) or deep electronic bass notes or droning sounds, which have been wisely inoculated in the unstable piano melodies, such as in Daydream 26 or Mata Hari - my favorite track of the whole album for its strongly dramatic tension -, who could be linked to some interesting workouts by musicians such as Fennesz, Benge or Monoceros. In the final chapters of this sort of sonic narration, elements around which sonic experience has been built on look like more rarefied and impalpable: the short piece Black Tile almost imperceptibly debouches into the lake of ultra-low riverberating frequencies of Black Sands, whose recursive and loopable structure and cavernous dusk looks like a sonic letterpress of something permanent even if sometimes hidden like an old memory, the only part of this circuit which doesn't sound a "perishable" form, amidst so many bittersweet raising of transience.
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Artist: Larva 108 (@)
Title: Music For Cup Marked Stones
Format: CD
Label: Inverno http://www.108nero.com/
Rated: *****
Right after his first collection of works came out Greytone label Guido Bisagni aka 108 is back and his music is fully blossomed. His post dark ambient melancholic mood can be easily recognized, this work based on sign left on stones shows how this guy hardly fail to put together a series of depressive tracks. Inspired by different places, these three long suites shows this guy beside being an incredible visual artist and having arranged a plethora of materials with Corpo Parassita, sometimes reaches the best result when focusing on his solo project. An over abundance of delayed guitar and field recording for the first track, while on the second the basic drone has been assembled on a synth and more elaborated and structured closing song. Just twenty two minutes, but the result is pure bliss, simple, sometimes naive and rough but the music of Larva has always some intriguing and mysterious aftertaste, like the sings on the rocks on which this work is based.

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Artist: Deison (@)
Title: night session
Format: CD
Label: Silentes
Rated: *****
Many out there, probably can't remember Cristiano Deison played keyboards and samplers for Meathead, later he started his own solo carrier which among other things has brought him to cross his knobs with KK Null and to share a split with Thurston Moore. Does he need international credits to have more credibility? No way! Maybe it has probably helped him to reach a broader audience, above all his wonderful collaboration with KK Null, but as far as I concern Deison was a good musician from his early recordings and this cd (despite presenting a good amount of collaborations) testifies that again and again. He started as a dark ambient musician and he's slowly evolving his style, both his last collaboration and this new work shows he's experimenting to evolve his music. The majority of the tracks have a sort of quasi-electronic ecstatic feel. The sound definition is good, few sounds the reach the climax during the evolution of the track, drones, bleeps, guitar drones and synths have been used parsimoniously but with a hell of a taste. The atmosphere is melancholic but not depressive, it's one of those recordings that demands a relaxed night listening. Deison is probably reaching his full blossoming period.


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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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