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Artist: Cyprien Busolini, Frantz Loriot (@)
Title: VIOLAtwoVIOLA
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
Although it cannot be missing inside an orchestra or a chamber music ensemble due to the recognisable timbre and the primary role in filling middle tones of harmonies, whose peculiarity was known amidst legendary musical geniuses, viola has never reached the notoriety of other members of its family such as cello or violin. One of the possible explanation could be its dimension as it's smaller than a cello, but bigger than a violin, so that lutists must customize it after taking musician's measurements. Therefore even compositions for this instrument, particularly for soloist, are quite limited, but I'm wondering how this duo of skilled violists, made up of Frantz Loriot and Cyprien Busolini, managed to go beyond "limits" of their instruments by extracting uncommon sounds during their funny interplay. The nervous and slow scrubbing on the overstressed strings and strident noises they make with their bows after a dozing opening, which sounds quite similar to a snoring, could recall to mind a fierce dispute between shouting people, before storms gradually die down, just like their instruments have been completely exhausted by heated quarrel. The second track is even more funny and bizarre: in the first part it seems they are on the point of destroying their instruments by turning pegs or sawing strings till the moment they almost give voice to their poor violas, which look like a dog in the act of baying and yapping while forcedly dragged on leashes. The third and final track starts with a noise which could let imagine someone while striking a match, but before and during their interplay blazes up (...and it's so confusing their way of treating viola that you could think they're playing an electric guitar or a distorted shuriken!), they fiddle with (or maybe I'd better say they put on endurance teest) their violas.
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Artist: Beyond Sensory Experience (@)
Title: Modern Day Diabolists
Format: CD + DVD
Label: cyclic Law (@)
Rated: *****
Over the time, this band moved from the side project of the member of one of the most important bands of the '90s, MZ.412, to the status of one of the project moving dark ambient to new territories. This album is focused on the theme of life in the modern urban world.
The spoken words intro of "Through The Underworld" opens this release with the usual mix of dark ambient and small noises known to all fans of this band. "Hailstone Reactor" is an atmospheric track featuring and extremely clear and open musical spectre. "Modern Day Diabolists" feature the well known dark soundscape of this band while "Between Sleeping And Waking" start with quiet guitar line and marks a sort of departure to the rest of this album "Rapt From Earthly Things" is a glacial soundscape that would inspire a really good video. "Lost In Habblahester" return to dark soundscape that is in the background of this band as "The Testimony Of Memory" while "Geometric Fashion" is an intro to the longest track of this release, "Locating Imaginary Events In Real Place", that features all the development lines of this album track and, so, is a compendium to the musical ideas behind this release.
Even if it doesn't develop any new territories for this genre, it marks another step forward the recognition of this band as one of the most impressive outfit of this genre. It really worths a listen from everyone.

p.s.: This album feature a DVD with two videos (the most remarkable is the Fetish 23's one based upon "Rapt from Eternity Things" that relies on dual images of great suggestion) but, as usual, it's just an add-on to the record.
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Artist: Inner Vision Laboratory
Title: Perpetua
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
The new release of one of the most recognizable act of this polish label is centred about the idealistic concept of creation seen as a result of an idealistic culture instead of the recognition of a cycle of creation, stagnation and destruction.
"Slowly Dictating Supernovas" is a quiet and long ambient opener heavily relying on female samples while "The Bequest Of Originators" feature some sparse noises to color the dark soundscape. "Consciousness Of Clouds Colliding" is an atmospheric soundscape as "Lifethread". "Frozen Resonance", instead, relies on some dark, or ethereal, sample above the carefully constructed texture. "The Contracts Of Conflict" is based on spoken voices and a martial beat while "Forgetful Cosmos" tries to use the soundscape to escape from the solemnity of this musical structure. "The Chapters Of Ignorance" return on the dark soundscape of the beginning of this release while "A Paradigm Shift" marks the use of more bright sounds above the spoken words that develops the personal vision of this outfit. "Novel Delusion" close this records returning to the classical structure of this genre.
Probably this is not the best album of this moniker nor the most innovative but confirms the musical quality either of this outfit and of this label. Recommended but only to all dark ambient fans.
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Artist: Kid606 (@)
Title: LSDMTB303 EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Tigerbeat6 (@)
Rated: *****
A record by Kid606 without breaks or rhythmical cracks could be associated by many fans of the defiant sonic whims by Miguel Depedro to a flat-chested Barbie with big cellulite ass, limbs contorted by arthrosis, deep wrinkles, serious goitre, hiatus hernia and taken tothe cleaners by exorbitant fees from plastic surgeons and injunctions to pay from luxury car dealers, perfumeries and beauty centers (Damn it...I should avoid giving these ideas to toy factories!), but even though Miguel is no more a youngster, I shouldn't say this new stylistical course will collide with listener's expectations and thinking of Kid606 while playing melodies and microtextures on a 303 after knitting on a rocking chair in spite of first balding symptoms is definitively too untimely! On the contrary, all those who knows Kid606 releases will recognize his touch as well as a certain acid mocking irony since the very first steps of this EP, when a dim voice repeats the title "Everything Is Business...a shame" over a typical dubstep tune. The uncommon face of Kid606 comes out with dispatch over the following tracks: whereas tracks like "Love Me", "I Want Her Wings" or "Dark Archipelago" could recall to mind some easygoing synth-pop stuff based on simple warm melodies and sounds from some arcade or atari game (think about Ratatat remixed by AFX or any other Rephlex producer!), there's an authentic plunge in elderly sonorities and suggestions of primeval synth-electronica in tracks such as "Temporary Revelations" and "Hood Gone Mad" with its burden of collective imagination borrowed from movies or literature, but the most astonishing moment comes in "When Things Come Together" when these two aspects of Kid606's renowned sound have been merged together. This EP anticipates Kid606's forthcoming full length "Lost In The Game" and he cannot but choose a better way to make listener's mouth (or eardrums) water!
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Les Annees Folles
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
"Les Annees Folles" is a new Enfant Terrible compilation which is the first release on their Gooiland Elektro sublabel. The 12" contains six tracks/bands that are active into the synthpop/electro wave scene and each of them give their personal interpretation of a genre which crossed three decades with bands that redefined the genre or paid tribute to the golden years of electronic music: the 80s. The compilation opens with Sololust, band that already had a 7" out on Enfant Terrible and that will have soon a new 12" released by the label. Their tune, "The Spark", is a nice synth wave mid tempo with hard beats and seducing atmospheres. Velvet Condom have already two albums on their back and are here with "The Stars Are Not Right", a convincing melodic synthpop tune with bouncing rhythms, vocoder inserts that duet with synth pads stabs. Gold Zebra are coming from Canada and released an EP a couple of years ago. With "Useless Night" they mix ebm sounds with nigth atmospheres and warm female vocals. Cute Heels feat. Devon Disaster with "Slave Toy" mix ebm and electro creating the right atmosphere for a kinky game. Tobias Bernstrup is here with and updated version of "Images Of Love", a track coming from his 1998 CDr. His synthpop always works great and this tune has many italo disco influences. I think that you already know Terminal Twilight and that you already checked their album "House Of Love". They sound like a mix of early New Order and Chromatics and "Too Late For Tears" is their tune that closes this nice compilation.
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