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Artist: MICE PARADE
Title: What it means to be Left-Handed
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Fat Cat
Man, to follow the title: I'm right-handed, but even if I dunno what it means to use your left hand but I know what it means to be: "Left Hand Path"...being a diehard Entombed fan!!!. The last time I happened to give a listen to an Adam Pierce release was ages ago, but I was enamored of some of his songs, above all considering the fact I had a mix-tape of some of my favorite tracks. Some of his old releases were full of reminiscences of post-Reich, post-Glass and sure, post-rock passages, I write this since indirectly this could have brought to some African influences (being minimalist composer deeply immersed in African and eastern serialism/music). The fact I can't say if that's just my personal impression or not but this thing has gone so far that many tracks of this work reminded me of some African musicians and above all Ali Farka Tourè, but not just him. African music then?! No way, it's still american folk-music with this solar "happiness all around" influence but without leaving his musicianship back home and consider on drums we have Doug "rhythm-god" Scharin (Him, June of 44, Loftus...), Caroline Lufkin (Caroline), Meredith Godre (Gregory and the Hawk), plus some other guests. Imagine Mice Parade car crashing for good with Ali Farka and the most folkish Stereolab and the sun shines up on top of the hills. Sometimes I still have that impression that Pierce is always close to reach his best, but he still lacks something, a good work anyway, if indie folk-rock was always like this record, this world could be a better place.

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Artist: NOMMO OGO
Title: across time and space
Format: CD
Label: Record Label Records (@)
Funny I happen to review this release right after having bought a repress of Hawkwind's classic "Doremi Solfa Tido", not that they have that much in common music wise, but there's no doubt they both deal with space, earth and other astral amenities. This release on Record Label Records is a kick ass object itself: it consist of a small box-jewel box that contains the cd and the booklet and the graphic of the whole release reminds me of ancient drawing explorators were drawing when coming back after one of their many journeys. In opposition to what my incipit may suggest, this is a particular electronic release that made me think to some Warp records heroes during the "artificial intelligence" days, but "across time and space" is heavily influenced by some religious, crepuscular ambient music and by some modern electronic artists. I'm putting the emphasis on this "modern" influence since Nommo Ego is far from those wishy washy revivalists trying to pass you some old ideas as new, if you take care to the particulars, and you listen to the rhythmic sounds he uses I dare you to tell me this guy present to his time. I think a title like "across time and space" may give you a good idea this music is probably meant to travel and during several listenings that's what I've done sat back on my sofa and wandered across time and space. At the same time don't take it as an hint to think this' one of those monumental releases dealing with eternity and with ancestral dreams and so on, despite its nightly shade this work has much more to share with melancholy than with a "lost in a forest" kind of experience. This is definitely what I call an inspired release, give it a try.
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Artist: Kim Ki O
Title: Dans
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
We already had the chance to check the female duo Kim Ki O (which means "who is that anyway?" in Turkish) on the "Radio Resistencia" CD compilation but DANS is a good way to get deeper into their sound. Ekin Sanaç (synths, keys, vocals, beats) and Berna Göl (bass, vocals, beats) for their official debut packed six tracks sung in Turkish which sound in balance from melancholic and cold atmospheres. Synth sounds along with a pulsating bass guitar usually are the core structure of the song where basic drum beats and dreamy vocals paint the emotions of two girls which are living into and Middle Eastern metropolis. Tracks like the instrumental opening "27.01 Berlin" and the following "Herkes evine" are pop but also hypnotic and it's like listening to New Order playing melancholic minimal wave into a bedroom.
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Artist: PHILIPPE PETIT (@)
Title: off to Titan
Format: CD
Label: Karlrecords (@)
Rated: *****
Usually I'm not the greatest fan of reworks or similar ideas above all when we deal with classic masterpieces, there're a couple of basic reasons behind my reticence, first of which is the fact even if an artist love this or that work I can't see any use in reshaping something that's already perfect. In many cases instead you happen to find reworks can even compete with face to face with the original material and that's is the case of Vert's rework of Jarret's Koln Concert. This time with have unstoppable Philippe Petit of String of Consciousness-Bip Hop-Pandemonium fame giving a new suit to Mahler's Off to Titan, and despite my initial reticence the work is good even if the touch of the French electronic artist is quite soft and even thought I'm not sure the way his use of Jono Podmore's theremin is always convincing. Funny in the inner notes Petit speaks about "2001. Space Odyssey" since this work obviously reminds me of the greatest Ligeti used for the soundtrack, at the same time the beginning of the first movement reminded me some parts of Vangelis' soundtrack for Blade Runner. While the intervention of Petit is quite mimetic during the first episode, with the second sketch he enters the scene? more firmly with some low tones creating some strange disharmony with the original orchestration. It's just with the last episode the we have some definite sounds bringing us back to present time, some high pitched electronic notes duetting with theremin and parallel sailing with the orchestra. I've to admit I was not immediately impressed by the very first listenings but lately it grew on me, maybe it's a bit too simple (or simplistic) but at the same time its simplicity and the fact in spite of working behind the front line is always perceptible. Still really classic and not that far from the original but still a interesting.
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Artist: LITTLE FYODOR
Title: place is boring
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Rated: *****
Hard to deny this cd is fucking weird and sometimes I mean it in a really interesting way, if you're an orphan of the No Way generation, maybe this' exactly what you were waiting for, infact it partially reminded me of a demented answer to James Chanche's Contortions, funk elements noir irony and that punk element to add some salt. Sometimes it went really close to revive a psychedelic and crippled organ-driven version of some Dead Kennedys but maybe that's just my imagination. This music is well played well conceived and the recording is damn good, if you're familiar to Quintron or any Skin Graft fool in the likes you're really close to this weird combination of irony and madness. As I've said everything here is done intentionally and technically everything is great, but I really dunno what to say, even if I get the irony of the majority of the tracks I'm partially disoriented. Little Fyodor embodies perfectly that american madness some of you may like, but even if this product is well assembled it's hard for me I would buy it. Fool!!.
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