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Artist: FATHER MURPHY / HOW MUCH WOOD WOULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK IF A WOODCHUCK COULD CHUCK WOOD?
Title: Split
Format: 7"
Label: Avant! Records
Rated: *****
Released in collaboration with Aagoo, Boring Machines, Brigadisco, La Delirante and Madcap Collective the newest Avant! 7' is a split between Father Murphy and How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck If A Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood? Father Murphy presents a track titled 'Jesus', a sort of pagan pray formed by female/male litanies, ritualistic percussions, thunder noises and organ drones. It's a good track that mixes minimal melodies and tense atmospheres. How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck If A Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood? is a trio which, as well as Father Murphy, come from Italy. Their track 'Humpty Dumpty' is their first official release after a couple of self made CDrs and it sounds like an acoustic neo-folk ballad rising from a cloud of reverb. They sound like a dreamy shoegaze version of Death In June.
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Artist: KING DUDE
Title: Tonight's Special Death
Format: 12"
Label: Avant! Records
Rated: *****
Like a Johnny Cash drunk on Pope's blood, King Dude is releasing the vinyl version of his first album TONIGHT'S SPECIAL DEATH on Avant!. Released in 2010 by Disaro on CDr, this new version of TONIGHT'S SPECIAL DEATH has two bonus tracks: 'White Hands' and 'Day Of The Night'. Recorded like King Dude was playing in a crypt, the ten songs of the album presents a black folk singer in love with Satan who sometimes recalled me :Of The Wand & The Moon: (King Dude also released a split 7' with Solanaceae on Heidrunar Myrkrunar the last year). Solo project of Thomas Jefferson Cowgill (owner of Actual Pain clothing and previously in the black/death metal band Book Of Black Earth), King Dude play simple ballads with an acoustic guitar sometimes using few percussions and having a female guest vocalist for duets. Also for his vocals he doesn't care much about the form and it doesn't matter if sometimes he seems to be out of tune, because his passionate lyrics are the main elements into his music. Here are some highlights: 'Lucifer is drinking from his cup, Take a drink, laugh and dance with us', 'There won't be a river of gold. There won't be a safe place to stay. And in my mind's eye I will see you calling out my name', 'You can slit my throat, drain in my blood, it won't make a difference cuz of where I'm from, yeah I was, born in blood', 'In the age of hidden scripts and hidden names pursed on hidden lips. There will be, players spoke, a prophecy of the great horned owl's ghost. Today is the day, the day of the night. Today is the day, day of the night and if you opened your eyes, and see no light, then today is the day, day of the night'.
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Artist: SILENCIO PERSONAL
Title: Sand & Dust
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Coming from Zaragoza, Spain, Silencio Personal is a synthpop duo formed by José Miguel Martinez (songwriting, synth programming, lyrics) and Daniel Lopez (drums, synth programming, arrangements). Playing since 2006, Silencio Personal are releasing this year their full length album titled SAND & DUST. The ten tracks of the album mix different stiles of electronic music: future pop/e.b.m. (VNV Nation or Apoptygma Berzerk are the main influences I can think of), synthpop (a bit of Depeche Mode of the early days influences are on as you can check on 'Say Goodbye') and ambient (just a bit, as when they use dreamy atmospheres and spacey sounds). Sounding now dance with powerful 4/4 hard beats (like on the opening 'These Walls', 'Slave' or 'The Same'), then dreamy and melancholic but always focusing on arpeggios and 4/4 mid tempos (like on 'We Are In This Together' and 'Death Is Just The Beginning') the duo, in my opinion, give their best on 'Space Traveller'. This track is a cool mid tempo with catchy melodies, a bit of melancholy, rich soundscapes and sensual atmospheres. The track takes advantage of the alternation of rhythmic stop and go and intimate vocals and it is also enriched by choruses and an overall dreamy atmosphere. This one is the most personal tune they composed and I enjoyed it a lot. The album contains also two nice remixes: a Silica Gel remix of 'Slave' (now sounding even more trance and dancey) and a Midnight Resistance remix of 'Whitered Life' (now it sounds faster with a mix of digital and bleepy synth sounds).
Sep 03 2011
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Artist: FLEC E.S.C.
Title: Body Snatchers
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Inductive (@)
Rated: *****
Heading from Japan, Inductive is a new label which with this new Fleck E.S.C. EP titled BODY SNATCHERS is reaching its fourth release. I already had the opportunity to appreciate the futuristic chirping complex sound of Fleck E.S.C. and with this new digital EP we have the possibility to check five new tracks which follow the path traced by the previous releases. The release opens with 'C64', an electro mid tempo based on rhythmical patterns formed by bleeping sounds, bass synth waves and many tiny melodic synth parts. Everything is enriched by an 808 drum sound. The main tune comes for second and its based on syncopated upbeat rhythms and alternating bass sounds which cross each other clashing into spacey leads. 'White Trash' is almost a dubstep tune with electro inserts. It is based on stop and go parts and wobbling basses. 'Chemical Test' features Chiba Chemist on vocals. It sounds minimal and obsessive with many rhythms and chirping sounds. Chiba Chemist vocals sound like a warning while he raps surfing onto the throbbing waves. 'Mandrax' closes the release with more bass sounds mixed with sparse spacey pads and fragmented rhythms.
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Artist: ANTONI MAIOVVI
Title: Battlestar Transreplica / Trial By Bullet
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Seed Records
Rated: *****
After his release "The Divine Invasion" on the Italian label Sauroid, Antoni Maiovvi is back on Seed Records with a double CD album titled BATTLESTAR TRANSREPLICA/TRIAL BY BULLET. The tracks of the two CDs are imaginary soundtracks of two lost 70s Italian b-movies (on the Seed Records website there's a nice story about those lost movies and how the soundtrack survived). If on the Italian release, Antoni was focusing his songwriting on Italodisco atmospheres, here he's back at his late 70s analog synth upbeat electro style with nine new instrumental tracks. If you didn't check the previous Antoni releases but you're a fan of Umberto, Xander Harris and Steve Moore, well, this double album will please you for sure. Stop and go, mysterious atmospheres, warm pads and fat bass lines are the core of TRIAL BY BULLET and they are perfect for a giallo movie. Check the lead synth melodies of 'Murderfunk' and you'll realize how well they fit that kind of movies. Try to imagine a frozen frame of the murderer dying after a breathtaking run while the ending titles are screened. The four tracks of BATTLESTAR TRANSREPLICA, as the title could make you imagine, are more space oriented (check those synth wind noises and those dreamy synth pads) but always with upbeat rhythms and fat bass lines which duet with cool melodic synth arpeggios. The double album is also available in a limited edition CDs plus T-shirt. You can already pre-order that or the normal edition at Seed's shop. It will be released on early September.
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