Music Reviews



cover
Artist: Chamaeleo Vulgaris (@)
Title: Reset
Format: CD
Label: Acheulian Handaxe (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of this project previously, but it is the work of Frederick Galiay on bass and Jean-Sébastien Mariage on guitar. The first track, PÅ«jÄ, is mastered incredibly low, making you wonder if this is going to be incredibly minimalist. When Skhêma kicks in with a single bass note it is startling because, if you are anything like me, you turned the volume way up to hear the previous track. Pshat gives a pretty good indication of what the rest of the album will sound like. Minimal improvisation with a fair amount of drone, scratches on the strings and the instruments, and sparse playing of the guitar and bass. Chod is a bit of a departure in that it is considerably more noisy than the others, but still far from a wall of noise that fans of MSBR and the like would call noise. Overall this is decent minimalist improv, but I must admit that it will not be spending a lot of time in my CD player. Evidently this is more of an installation piece, as described by the label: 'Both amplifiers face each other, both musicians are in the center, the public goshawk. The principle of the installation is to establish the most direct contact between the gesture and the sound, the string and the loudspeaker. The electric sound is an organic, acoustic matter in the full sense: guitar, bass and amplifiers (without any addition of pedals of effects or digital electronics), are not separated, but are the same instrument.' Maybe you had to be there. The album weighs in at about 64 minutes.
cover
Artist: Emmanuel Mieville (@)
Title: Four Wanderings in Tropical Lands
Format: CD
Label: Baskaru (@)
Rated: *****
It's true that even a white noise could speak to the listener's mind acting as a spark that manages to fire its imagination and such an ignition is even more possible with field recordings, but the production of images and even stories mostly depends from listener's sensitivity. That's why I will confine myself to merely expressing my opinion on the skills of Paris-born composer Emmanuel Mieville with microphones while grabbing some emanations from settings explored in some exotic lands he visited (Costa Rica, Hong Kong and Malaysia plus an additional insert of the field recording grabbed by Yann Van Steenbrugghe in Peru). My physical reaction in front of these realities intertwined with the one surrounding me could be the best feedback and you could guess how impressive Emmanuel's work sounds if you consider that some of them mananged to pierce my sonic space in an astonishing way: for instance I shouted my flatmate to stop playing with crockery, pots and pans before realizing she was not in the flat while listening Monsieur Mieville hitting Solumn Donas' metal and wood sculptures in the track recorded in Cahuita, Costa Rica; I've been tempted to postpone some appointments for bad weather conditions when listening to the tropical storms grabbed in Malaysia and I've literally jumped from my seat when the dog recorded in the first part of the second track started barking in the right side of my headphones (Gosh! I really run the risk of being killed by an heart attack...). But the incredible holophonic experiences Mieville provides in this sort of audio set of postcards, corroborated by a convincing academic path as sound engineering scholar at film school and musique concrete apprentice at the notorious Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), the renowned theoretical and experimental group of sound researchers founded by Pierre Schaeffer, is not the only aspect of this release, which represents realities in a more realistic way than any expensive led-lighted 3D TV set as you will easily perceive during this wanderings the constant contrast between natural forces (some of you are going to argue Mieville has an omitted passion for entomology or ornithology for the abundance of insects and birds filling the sonic space together with sonic shots on storms or winds) and human footprint, as already suggested by Valentina Reolon's artwork featuring a foggy city skyline on the external side, which looks like hiding an heavenly foreshortening inside the booklet. Envisage the possibility of envy Mieville's wandering (especially if you look for some photos of the places he mentions in the tracklist), but also his magnanimity in bringing such a sonic souvenir to us!
cover
Artist: Alon Nechushtan
Title: Dark Forces
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
The first time I've tasted the talent of this proteiform NY-based Israeli pianist and composer - and in this capacity he could boast of some compositions written for important "academic" ensembles such as Bob Brookmeyer's New England Conservatory Jazz Composers Big Band, Fred Harris' MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and the BMI Orchestra - on a release marked by Zorn's Tzadik Records as a founder of a klemer jazz quintet called Talat. His talent as a "musical scenographer" was not so evident, but it was clearer that he gave a remarkable proof of rethinking the syncretism, which already belongs to that particular kind of music, born from a fusion of different musical traditions (mainly Polish, Russian, Romani and Moldovan), known by Ashkenazic Jews during their wanderings over Eastern Europe, which, so it seems, had an important role for the development of some American jazz branches, when that tradition was transplanted in the USA by some Yiddish-speaking immigrants. Mine should not be just considered a scholarly remark, as you will easily notice that some rhythmic and melodic structures of that tradition - particularly in the "scores" for Mark Dresser's double bass, Nate Wooley's trumpet and Okkyung Lee's cello - sound like one of the most audible filler mixed with other elements in this black pudding sliced in ten parts, being the other elements some tricks taken from experimental electronics, improvisational, ambient, ritual and concrete music and even tribalism - the moments where this element sounds clearer such as in the fourth or sixth track are my favorite ones of the whole recording -. Someone could argue that such an ensemble could outshine individual skills, but I'm pretty sure that each of 11 musicians with their rich sonic stores, including two electric guitars, one double bass, one trombone, one alto saxophone, a baritone one, one cello, one tuba, one bass clarinet, one bass flute, one trumpet, involved in this obscure work will be satisfied of the highly visionary opalescence their choral performance aimed to highline a property of music, more than a concept, managed to reach thanks to Alon Nechushtan direction as the listeners will easily acknowledge.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: The Pain Machinery (@)
Title: Auto Surveillance
Format: CD EP
Label: Complete Control Productions (@)
Rated: *****
BLC Productions lies down since two years and the being of The Pain Machinery on Hungary's Advoxya-label has only lasted for one EP and one album. This all has been an unsatisfying situation for TPM-mastermind Anders Karlsson, so he decided to build with his partner Mattias Anger a new label named Complete Control Productions. Not too much surprising, that the label debuts with a new TPM release. "Auto Surveillance" acts like a huge EP release giving us a taste of things to come with the upcoming album release 'Surveillance Culture'. 14 tracks got included, featuring different remix works with own and foreign-band interpretations, plus two exclusive b-side tracks ('Twilight', 'Exit Strategy') only available on this EP, this Swedish Powerhouse-project offers an opulent dinner for their hungry listeners. Musically though, I am surprised in the most cases. I have studied the last TPM-album "Urban Survival" quite well, better said I definitely needed to spin it several times again after receiving this new EP. Although I didn't find a chance to review "Urban Survival" months before, I was again blasted by the hard, fast-paced and merciless driven sound environment and the raw energy, which it featured. Not too much of this raw energy can be discovered on this teaser-EP, and I must admit, that this surprises not only positively. The new compositions of Karlsson and his vocalist Jonas Hedberg draw a more-than-ever-before discovered minimal approach. Also Hedberg's voice sounds lesser biting, because it seems they have completely avoided it to integrate the often hailed, often banished fx-processing for the vocals. TPM goes old-school EBM, to reduce this 'new' sound outfit in a simple formula, and Jonas Hedberg's natural voice sounds here there a bit like Douglas McCarthy (NEP). Three tracks ('Hard Cash', 'Grinder', and 'Armed!') are taken from the upcoming album and got featured in various different remixes and versions. Some prominent remix contributors got invited like Jouni Ollila, the old-school veterans of The Weathermen (remix for 'Armed!'), Severe Illusion (Lo-fi brilliance on 'Hard Cash'), Necro Facility (offering a quite modern sounding interpretation of 'Hard Cash'), Testarossa, or Sebastian Rivas. Best track got manipulated by the both TPM protagonists themselves, 'Armed'¦ to the Teeth!' comes out with nailing DAF-like bass-line sequences and features several gunshot-samples, which mutate this track to a real dancefloor-shooter. Although the diversity of the different remixes as well as the quantity featured on this EP is appealing, this more minimal sound outfit including the removal of the beloved Powernoise inclusions can be a hard cake for the long-year audience.
Let's wait and hear what the album brings'¦
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Andro-Dioxin (@)
Title: Dioxin City
Format: CD
Label: Engraved Ritual / DSBP (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Unbelievable but true: the debut release of this Mexican one-man project stands for the anniversary 100th release of the Albuquerque-based cult-label DSBP. It also confirms a partnership to the new underground label Engraved Ritual, which is dedicated to bring out the most talented Latin American Dark Electro-/Industrial projects to the spotlight. I congratulate all involved people in advance; to survive with such a high number of releases in the shark-tank music-business is an outstanding job!
Andro-Dioxin is a newcomer hailing from Tijuana, which offers a raw Harsh-EBM sound outfit throughout this 41 minutes long album. Behind this project stands Evergoth Dioxin, he is responsible for all parts of production. Musically you'll the expected doze of the still club-leading Hellectro stuff. Andro-Dioxin is sounding very similar to the sound outfit one would expect from a Latin America-based project in this genre. The ideals are to name with known global players, Hocico and/or Amduscia must have an unbelievable big impact on the scene with its followers in this area. Good and useable stuff for club-goers, but generally it turns out to be repetitive and it misses authenticity. Andro-Dioxin still do not reach the target to create an own sound environment, although copying of already discovered music-paths works excellent with tracks like 'Transition' and the title-track. Good remix contributors got invited too, Proyecto Alienoxir and the up and coming talent Electrovot do their best, although they can't leave the global level of this release behind. By remembering the golden past of the DSBP-label regarding quality of releases a decade ago, this one shudders me a bit ' I may would like to have one of the best horses of the label stable with a new release to hit the number 100. However, Andro-Dioxin hasn't reached the end of the rope, so let's agree to continue and return with a new and more developed piece of work.
[ Next ] [ Previous ]

[1...10] [11...20] [21...30] [31...40] [41...50] [51...60] [61...70] [71...80] [81...90] [91...100] [101...110] [111...120] [121...130] [131...140] [141...150] [151...160] [161...170] [171...180] [181...190] [191...200] [201...210] [211...220] [221...230] [231...240] [241...250] [251...260] [261...270] [271...280] [281...290] [291...300] [301...310] [311...320] [321...330] [331...340] [341...350] [351...360] [361...370] [371...380] [381...390] [391...400] [401...410] [411...420] [421...430] [431...440] [441...450] [451...460] [461...470] [471...480] [481...490] [491...500] [501...510] [511...520] [521...530] [531...540] [541...550] [551...560] [561...570] [571...580] [581...590] [591...600] [601...610] [611...620] [621...630] [631...640] [641...650] [651...660] [661...670] [671...680] [681...690] [691...700] [701...710] [711...720] [721...730] [731] [732] [733] [734] [735] [736] [737] [738] [739] [740] [741...750] [751...760] [761...770] [771...780] [781...790] [791...800] [801...810] [811...820] [821...830] [831...840] [841...850] [851...860] [861...870] [871...880] [881...890] [891...900] [901...910] [911...920] [921...930] [931...940] [941...950] [951...960] [961...970] [971...980] [981...990] [991...1000] [1001...1010] [1011...1020] [1021...1030] [1031...1040] [1041...1050] [1051...1060] [1061...1070] [1071...1080] [1081...1090] [1091...1100] [1101...1110] [1111...1120] [1121...1130] [1131...1140] [1141...1150] [1151...1160] [1161...1170] [1171...1180] [1181...1190] [1191...1200] [1201...1210] [1211...1220] [1221...1230] [1231...1240] [1241...1250] [1251...1260] [1261...1270] [1271...1280] [1281...1290] [1291...1300] [1301...1310] [1311...1320] [1321...1330] [1331...1340] [1341...1350] [1351...1360] [1361...1370] [1371...1380] [1381...1390] [1391...1400] [1401...1410] [1411...1420] [1421...1430] [1431...1440] [1441...1450] [1451...1460] [1461...1470] [1471...1480] [1481...1490] [1491...1500] [1501...1510] [1511...1520] [1521...1530] [1531...1540] [1541...1550] [1551...1560] [1561...1570] [1571...1580] [1581...1590] [1591...1600] [1601...1610] [1611...1620] [1621...1630] [1631...1640] [1641...1650] [1651...1660] [1661...1670] [1671...1680] [1681...1690] [1691...1700] [1701...1710] [1711...1720] [1721...1730] [1731...1740] [1741...1750] [1751...1760] [1761...1770] [1771...1780] [1781...1790] [1791...1800] [1801...1810] [1811...1820] [1821...1830] [1831...1840] [1841...1850] [1851...1860] [1861...1870] [1871...1880] [1881...1890] [1891...1900] [1901...1910] [1911...1920] [1921...1930] [1931...1940] [1941...1950] [1951...1960] [1961...1970] [1971...1980] [1981...1990] [1991...2000]


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha