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Artist: Szymon Kalinski (@)
Title: For Isolated Recollections
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Hibernate (@)
Distributor: Boomkat
Rated: *****
After his debut on Audiomoves with the acclaimed Out Of Forgetting, the young Polish musician Szymon Kalinski prettily alights on the catalogue of the nice Postcard Series, issued by the interesting British label Hibernate by gliding with four elegant and placid melodic miniatures, mainly based on the intriguing interlacement of brittle piano tunes, field recordings, crackles and glitches. While listening his delicate music, you'll almost have the sensation a smiling elf-like Szymon is taking your hand to invite you in an intensively emotional guided tour over the countryside of his hometown, a small village nearby Poznan, a suggestion which sounds amplified by a noise very close to the pattering over a path covered with dry leaves in the initial Without Breaking, a lovely track where some sort of reverbered bells and stretched guitar tones adds a note of contemplative nostalgia. When Facing North is even more immersive with his peaceful natural set - arguably some rain grabbed from inside of wood, while the following track entitled Or Gently looks like marking the moment when the fusion with the surrounding natural landscape has been completed. A process which cannot be brought to an end with the vague sense of dissolution inspired by the final With Grace, where a delicate electric piano loop and a blowing sound chorally plonk till the silence.
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Artist: Tomás Tello
Title: Dumno Namatos
Format: CD
Label: buh Records (@)
Rated: *****
This mini cdr from peruvian Tomás Tello was recorded in Luxemburg with the collaboration of percussionist Elizabeth Flunger. The result is a sort of small ambient cosmic landscapes.
This album is made by three track: "Glastu" an ambient track with almost new-age influences giving an exotic beauty to the piece, "Isarno" uses the metallic percussion to escape the cliches of this genre. "Bitu" is the most psychedelic and old sci-fi soundtrack of the this three pieces of this album. The other track are nice miniatures of songs ornating this release.
A spacey drone work with clever sound construction. Nice
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Artist: Liquidarlo Celuloide / Animal Machine
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Buh Records (@)
Rated: *****
This release is a split between Liquidarlo Celuloide that is peruvian trio of industrial music with psychedelic influences and Psygoat a power electronics outfit.
"Amantes de cuerpos volcánicos" opens this release with noises giving colors to the initial drone, "Antorchas en la gruta serán parte de ella" is a huge mess of high frequencies oscillations, "Seis feroces perros salen de su vientre" tries using some beats to give some movement to this formula. "Escila contempla con espanto al navegante humanoide" is a quieter track closing this side of the record.
"Psygoat" is the work of "Animal Machine" and is a long (15 minutes) track that is harsh noise assault made of videogame-like sounds.
Industrial noise music without anything new to offer but enjoyable for fans. Average music.
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Artist: Aprox (@)
Title: Bad Music EP
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
Some wholesome stuff for misanthropist is coming from Finnish label Some Place Else, who decided to issue a collection of cheeky sketches of a mad sound tumbler, who's going to delight both Tigerbeat-like stuff and psychotropic sonic stimulations close to 8-bit diggers' soups with the habit of hooking that kind of musical jolts normally associated to notorious names such as the one of Venetian Snares. To be honest, Aprox, nome de plume of the young Finnish composer Julius Valve also known as MR:HC or just Human Chocolate, pierces the listener's space by bringing his prick punch to a red hot on different furnaces. The ferocious introduction, a frenzied From Avanto With Love remix (!) of a track entitled Elbow Knock you're going to hear later, acts (more properly than the original version) as the title suggests through a boiling caldron whereas electromechanical compressed samples, electronic convulsive hiccough (close to the one you can extract when recording the buzzes while short-circuiting the board of a drum machine!), precedes Tissues and Candles, a sort of morbid lullaby built on pitch adjusting of a carillon-like sequence, while the following track, Responsability, walks on the impassable path of industrial and breakcore, slightly alter its own course in the scratching industrial hip-hop in the following Skincrawler (featuring Pedigree, a young and very interesting band by Holden Laamann and Taavi Aavik, armouring the sound of this EP with a course provokative and appreciated tone who could remind the sound of bands such as Swamp Terrorists), letting appear on the surface the sound of many innovative beat-makers. After the banque of noisy jumps on 3-tone sequence of the above-mentioned Elbow Track (a sort of ideal sonic rendez-vous between Autechre, Ab ovo and Negativland I enjoyed a lot), wheres a sort of melody resurface in a more audible way than the initial remix, Julius proposes a plain lulling rockish track, Darkest Days, featuring Roy Boswell, Emily Boswell and a sampled hen, turned into chicken into the recording studio! As the cover artwork by Bon Jarno seems to suggest, it's like Aprox puts a finger into your pavilion before licking it!
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Artist: Nimh (@)
Title: Krungthep Archives
Format: CD
Label: Silentes
With shameful guilt, it took me a while to review this new release by Nimh, but for what it's worth this' one of those record that I listened repeatedly before the review and not for a matter of indecision, but for it's so easy to be listened. In my opinion Giuseppe Verticchio reaches his personal best when dealing with quasi ethnic music, sure it's not pure tribal music and not even anything like Peter Gabriel's Real World, it has a lot of the personal taste of this musician. If you take this "Krungthep Archives" cd in some way its the ideal following to his "Forgotten Tapes" release, but at the same time its quite different from the afore mentioned work. Beside his usual amount of field recordings, Nimh has played a lot of traditional instruments and worked on a sort of quasi-ethnic ambient music that mixed with field-sounds, indirectly it may give the idea of an aural documentary. Everything has been meticulously shaped by Verticchio during the mixing process that means even the most lo-fi sounds and the instrumental insertions have been married harmoniously. Verticchio's freaky taste may bring the listen into a sort of hypnotic dimension and when this musician works on this kind of releases displays a certain amount of security. One of my favourite Nimh releases so far.
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