Music Reviews



cover
Artist: Beta 2 ft.Pete Josef / Zero T
Title: Love Finds Me / Red Hand
Format: 12"
Label: DeepKut/C.I.A.
Rated: *****
A welcome comeback to the stage, endeared by C.I.A. sublabel DeepKut, which focuses on more liquid and deep tunes, is the one by Dom Purcell, better known as Beta 2, who used to grind some nice tracks out by combining uplifting rhythimical patterns and dramatic fluffy melodies for the tastes of London Elektricity, Drumagick or Calibre. His absorbing "Love Finds Me" lies on contagious gummy bass, perfectly cut hats, piano-driven emotional levitations and sweet synth-strings and got enhanced by the soulful voice by Pete Josef, whose enamoured lyrics seems to joke on the contrast between the feeling of lightness inspired by Beta 2's juggling on controls (you're going to imagine yourself jumping on fluffy pink clouds) and the entreaty/need to keep feet on the ground. Beta 2's angelic sentimentalism got partially broken with a very good and more wicked tune by Dubliner producer Cian McCann aka Zero Tolerance, whose stickier bass on the prettu good "Red Hand" on B side sounds like evoking a sort of battle cry from reality against previous daydreaming states. Love's in the Air Vs Love's in the Haze?
Artist: The Birthday Massacre
Title: Hide and Seek
Format: CD & Vinyl
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Rated: *****
Lovely, mournful and altogether haunting, Hide and Seek will not disappoint those familiar with The Birthday Massacre, or those getting introduced to the longstanding Canadian synthrock band. Woven through the band's latest album are the themes of abandonment and isolation, and those topics never sounded so appealing. Despite some difficulties during the recording process, including lead singer Chibi having polyps in her vocal cords (just the sound of which made me wince), each track sounds completely natural in both vocals and instrumentals.

Each track on the new album has its own personality, but 'In this Moment' is especially telling in way it talks about the fleeting nature of time and perception, with a melodic, aching chorus that repeats, 'In this moment/We pretend we're all that matters/We're endless/Do you think this is forever?" The tone set by the symbiosis of the vocals and instruments ache with a childlike wonder and adult sense of longing.

All in all, I look forward to seeing some of these tracks live - the dark, artsy stage presence that is The Birthday Massacre's trademark should parallel the sound of their new album well.
cover
Artist: Fathom Audio (@)
Title: Promises/Ridges
Format: 12"
Label: Diffrent (@)
Rated: *****
An interesting attempt of renewing drum'n'bass language by a partial drawing from episodes of the genre which came before the roaring years of jump-up comes from Fathom Audio, a collective project by Billy aka Dj Billion, Matt Sensible aka Sense MC and Fybe-One. This lovely release on Diffrent, forerunner of the so-called giraffestep movement (!), sounds like a yin-yang, whose white dot on black side could be "Promises", a tune based on the intertwining of a very dirty dark bass and weedy occasional drum beats with an high-pitched melody, a dovetail which sounds not so different from unforgettable first tunes by Photek, whereas the black dot on white side could be evoked by "Ridges", a "brighter" track built on synth wooshes, a luminous computational melody, a muffled female vocal sample (turning into a pleased whimpering...) and an entrancing harp-like pulse. Fathom Audio built a sonic knick-knack which is going to mouthwater many dnb followers by wheeling dnb towards the boundaries with ambient-dub and folktronica.
cover
Artist: Lawrence English (@)
Title: For/Not For John Cage
Format: CD
Label: Line (@)
Rated: *****
If I had ignored the source of inspiration for this album was Cage's centenary, I would have surmised the appreciated Australian composer Lawrence English came under the spell of mycology or mushroom picking after reading the list of scientific names of various fungi or experienced some poisoning after eating them, even if I would have praised his work. The focus on fungi (most of you know John Cage was a mycologist, collector and consumer of mushrooms...) could be imaginatively explained by their distinctive features and particularly their nutrition, which lead to the distinction between saprophytes, symbiont or parasite, so that it seems that the mind behind Room40 collected a series of sonic organisms which sucked some lymph from the huge tree of knowledge, watered by John Cage, which fed them even with his dead leaves. This record is closely related to the soundtrack English revisited with Scott Morrison for Cage's One11, an abstract movie with no plot, completely based on a set of guidelines for takes and lighting, whose original OST, the orchestral work 103, echoes to many moments of this electronic abstract oevre as well as in the feeling of slow and sumptuous movement, a sort of quivering of ghastly and elusive entities. Notwithstanding the close connection between English's slow drones and some intuitions by Cage, the nine tracks on "For/Not For John Cage" evoke trance-like states between sleeping and waking while discolsing very catchy compositional processes by oscillating between the daydreaming soothing of "Otidea Onotica", the laudanum-like amniotic flotation of "Hygrophorus russula", the somewhat disquieting apnea of "Naematoloma sublateritium" and the ancestral mists of "Entoloma abortivum".
cover
Artist: Happiness Project
Title: 9th Heaven
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product (@)
Rated: *****
Almost four years have passed since the latest Happiness Project album they self released and that I reviewed back in May 2009. At some point it seemed that they were ready to release an album for Clogsontronics, the revived label run by member of Storung, but unfortunately that project never started. Anyway, their new album "9th Heaven" is about to be released on November the fifth on Boredom Product. Recorded and produced by the band itself, the album has the additional production and mix of MemberU-0176 of Celluloide fame. The eleven new songs of "9th Heaven" are able to convince the listener thanks to a well balanced mix of melody, darkness, cool sounds and intriguing atmospheres. The rich production makes of this album a strong one where we have as main element the male/female voice alternation of Christelle and Fred (check for example "Frech And Bones" or the dancey "Poupee Mechanic"). Their vocals enrich the great instrumental work made by Cyrille and Fred. The songs sound intense and passionate and you can find upbeat hard beats, melancholic atmospheres and many synth layers that create something that goes beyond the classic synthpop stereotype and maybe for this reason, on the infos, the "cold wave" genre has been mentioned'... and we know that in the 80s we had many cool bands of that genre coming from France. Happiness Project succeeded into revive those atmospheres and made them their own.
[ 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...740] [741...750] [751...760] [761] [762] [763] [764] [765] [766] [767] [768] [769] [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] [2001...2010] [2011...2020] [2021...2030] [2031...2040] [2041...2050] [2051...2060] [2061...2070] [2071...2080] [2081...2090] [2091...2100] [2101...2110] [2111...2120]


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

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