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Artist: Paragaté
Title: Gnosis
Format: CD
Label: Auraltone Music (@)
Rated: *****
According to gnostic principles, one of the possible way to the discovery of the divine element each human being has arguably stopped interacting with is not only knowledge, but also the contemplation of beauty. Beauty in nature, in arts and in music as well. I really don't want to make a theological issue or epistemological exploration in this space by observing for instance this "gnostic" ambient project could refer to the so-called Ophites or Serpentinians as the presence of the ancient symbol of Ouroboros, as portrayed by Theodoros Pelecanus in an alchemical tract titled Synosius - a symbol of human psyche according to Jung as well -, could suggest, even if some forms of arts are intimately connected to some system of beliefs, you could trust or not (I could just reccomend you to evaluate very carefully any kind of prepacked "spiritual" ideas or do-it-yourself dogmatic systems, religious movements or "philosophical" school to be unfrozen or cooked in 2 minutes just like spaghetti bolognese or thai noodles to be cooked in a microwave oven...!), and if you listen tracks of this issue like Cork on the Waves, a metaphor often used to describe turbulences in life, with the voice of someone making new age-like speeching, you'll easily argue this record could be related to some bizarre aquarian fan. To be honest, I found more interesting other compositional aspects of this release by this 4-member band called Paragate' (it's funny the circumstance this is their first release even if in reality could be considered a sort of "best of" as it's a collection of various recordings embracing a period of 22 years as the oldest piece Hello, an interesting sample of sound processing, had been recorded in 1987, whereas the most recent one, Liquid Siftings - my favorite one and the most "balanced" and contemplative one -, has been built and composed with Ableton Live in 2010!) as you'll notice that compositional (or computational!) methods adopted in each track looks like a sort of metaheuristic between free improvisation and a defined set of rules (some recurring chords, very slow rhythmical alteration, wise use of silence and pauses...), fatally close to the alchemical and gnostic belief according to which order can be created even from chaos thanks to knowledge or gnosis. There are many tracks leaving an aftertaste of incompleteness (for instance a track titled After The Fact stopped too abruptly after a warm mammal bass tone appeared... such a choice should be meaningful for someone, but not for me!), but there're also interesting ones such as the mentioned Hello, Gravity X and the final track Paradiso (it looks like a pre-set tune coming from the home theatre system of Amida aka Amithaba, the so-called Buddha of Infinite Light, the most adored celestial being adored by the buddhist Pure Land sect, mentioned in the info-sheets!). Don't expect to be illuminated by astonishing revelations coming from supernatural beings or divine messangers...I say, just enjoy it as it is.... or it's better to say, just contemplate the intimate beauty of Paragaté music!
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Artist: Yoni Silver
Title: Peep Holes
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
In this overview of the most recent issues from the Portuguese label Creative Sources, I recently spoke about the clarinet player Markus Eichenberger and its totally personal approach to this instrument resulting into a sort of dadaist set of sketches. The one by the Israelian multi-instrumentalist and bass clarinet player Yoni Silver is remarkably different and definitively more visceral and cerebral as well as so surrealistic that it could be perfect for an imaginary remake of the soundtrack for visionary movies such as The Holy Mountain by Jodorowski or even Simon of The Desert by Bunuel, a sort of monody whereas the recording technique seems to be intended to highlight the most experimental possible expressions which clarinet could offer. The frenzy tapping on holes, the circular breathing and the weirdy insufflation sound are just parts of rhythmical and tone-colour research more than of a melodic one. Breath, air, saliva and skin sound like having become essential elements of the instrument, materializing almost an interpenetration with any part of it. The fact each title of this recording (Peep Holes, Please Hold, Peat Hog) is made up of two words starting with P and H and so reminding the phoneme "ph", close to the sound you make when blowing, could be a sort of hint the musician want to drop to the listener of such a symbiotical process.
Artist: Orchestramaxfieldparrish
Title: Crossing of Shadows
Format: CD
Label: Faith Strange (@)
Rated: *****
After you get past the truth that there's really nothing new under the sun, the next step will be how well it is done. What we have here is yet another release of dark ambiences, this time with the addition of field recordings. The CD is divided into two parts of three tracks each, all fulfilling their role as set pieces for this meditation on the ultimate. Sounds flow in and out of our perception, sometimes taking control of our attention, sometimes existing just at the edge of our consciousness. Whether all this does what the artist intended is up to you I suppose. I would characterize this as the sonic equivalent of waiting for the sun to come up in the morning. Listen to it on headphones in the dark. One of very many same such releases out there but I consider it above average in execution.
Artist: Matt Shoemaker (@)
Title: Soundtrack for Dislocation
Format: CD
Label: Elevator Bath (@)
Rated: *****
Great, great, great isolationist dark ambient. Three tracks that suck you in and hold you tight. Dark, menacing and ultimately enjoyable. The sonic equivalent of walking in the woods just after dusk and catching something large moving in the corner of your eye. Adrenalin pumping, heart pounding, and blood thumping in your ears. Did I say this was great stuff!
Artist: Gushing Cloud (@)
Title: Prism Shelter
Format: CD EP
Label: Intanglecat (@)
Rated: *****
Gushing Cloud [love the name] is basically Gus Kumo. A delectable mixture of electronic music genres all done in a satisfying fashion, giving the listener something different every 3-5 minutes with most of the tracks running into each other to produce a nice suite-like atmosphere. There's seven tracks on this CDR/EP of electronica, hip hop beats, ambient atmospheres, and general sonic experimentalism that keeps things interesting. Nice dark ambiences too. Check it out if you have ADD or just like a good mix of things musical.
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