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Artist: EVAN PARKER AND WALTER PRATI / LUKAS LIGETI JOAO ORECCHIA
Title: s/t
Format: 10"
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
This' the first of the final chapters of the 102 vinyl series on Phonometak / Wallace records, as you can easily notice by giving a check to the catalogue the majority of the musicians covered are quite well-known. On the first side of this slab of vinyl we've got living legend Evan Parker on saxophone and Walter Prati on cello plus electronics, they've been frozen during two different live sets in Vancouver and in Verona. The opening track is a monochord mantra that goes from hypnotic to lightly obsessive, circular breathing and droning sensation. The second track is my favorite one and is driven by a more than inspired Parker that crosses a path he knows by heart, the mixdown sees Prati a bit behind the scenes but the global result is damn good, abstract and a bit jazzy. On the other side of the 10" I'm glad to mention there's that Lukas Ligeti I've loved so much in his "Williamsbourgh sonatas" together with Massimo Pupillo and Gianni Gebbia. Orecchia is an interesting musician, his touch on guitar and electronics is so elegant that he barely plays ambient music, he never sails on the drumming he moves in unison with it. The same approach has been used also for the second song in which it's hard to distinguish electronic drumming from real percussions and the recording with that "acoustic" feel helps in the melting process. The outro goes back to a sort of quasi-ambient mood, I can't say nothing but lovely!.
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Artist: Athana/ Schance
Title: In:Pulse
Format: CD & Vinyl
Rated: *****
In: Pulse is the last effort of the two guitarists Alf Terje, aka Athana and Vidar K. Schanche, who have been collaborating for a while.
After having performed many live shows together, the idea of the two musicians was to record not only the sounds of the guitars, but also what comes out the amplifiers. In this way you can hear the sound of the pedals turned on and off, as well as the acoustic sound of strings on an electric guitar. The album also includes some live material.
For this reason, the album is printed on vinyl, in order to listen the entirety of the soundscape, as the guitarist themselves do.
Both Athana and Schanche are known for their vast sound scape experimentation, and in this release they do it at their best. They also use acoustic guitars in contrast to the electronic soundscape.
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Artist: Heidi Mortenson (@)
Title: Mork
Format: CD EP
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Mork, which is the Danish for Dark, is the title of the new EP by Heidi Mortenson. The name of the album reflects the new landscapes explored by the danish musician in this new release, totally different form her previous works.

The result is this new EP, entirely composed, mixed and produced by Mortenson. It comes divided into two sides.
Side A brings you in a dark land to escape from, built by Mortenson's vocals with unreal effetcs, accompanied by electronic beats and acoustic horns. On the contrary, side B opposes to the A one with restrained acoustic melodies and vocal reverb that inspire reflection, depth and calmness. In this side, Heidi Mortenson communicate with the listener the intimacy of her inner world, singing in her own language, instead of her previous releases, in order to place the contents at the first place.
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Artist: Pupkulies & Rebecca (@)
Title: Looking For the Sea
Format: CD
Label: Normotion
Distributor: ALIVE/FINETUNES
Rated: *****
This interesting release by Pupkulies and Rebecca, alias Janosch Blaul (musician) and Rebecca Gropp (singer) partners in life and in work, is a multifaceted journey into music , which starts with the gentle intro of the title track "Looking for the sea", travelling through more involving sounds such as "Fou de Toi" and "Ici" ones, experiencing more intimate landscapes with "Fullest Moon", to finally return to the extended version of "Looking for the Sea".
In this journey mild atmospheres take turns with lively ones, in order to never bore the listener. The main thread is house, not in the general American sense, but with a more European taste. Infact most part of this release has been recorded in the south of France.
The songs are sung both in English and French. They are way more than simple tracks. Maybe "chansons" is the right description, because they have heart, they communicate unrestrained joy for music and inspire to dance as well. All of the above thanks to the employment of rustling leaves, old synths, an organetta from the flea market. Each sound has been carefully chosen by Sepp Singwald to be tailored for Rebecca's voice and to make it part of the whole final design.
Mar 18 2012
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Artist: DATO
Title: Letting Go
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Rated: *****
"Letting go" is the newest one song single by Dato which, after the "Bangkok" single, is releasing for Mullet Records a new vibrant nu-disco tune. The song is a nice mid tempo with funky guitar riffs, 4/4 punching rhythms, bass slaps, catchy melodies and sensual female vocals. You can find it in three different versions: Radio Edit, Extended Mix (it lasts two minutes more) and Extended Dub (basically is an instrumental version). Check them and pick up your preferred one or the whole release if you want to support the label.
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