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Artist: Domenico Sciajno & Gene Coleman
Title: Diospyros
Format: CD
Label: Bowindo Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Four longish tracks from this duo of Domenico Sciajno (who runs Bowindo) who processes the Bass Clarinet performance of Gene Coleman in real time with Max/Msp in real time. What we have here is not actual tunes but textures, mostly thin and agitated, but sometimes fuller and serene. At times its hard to hear where one stops and the other starts. Very modern, very abstract. A good combination of sounds demanding some attention, but a rewarding listen all the same if the above description appeals to you.
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Artist: O Paradis
Title: La Corte del Rey Pescador
Format: CD
Label: Tourette Records (@)
Rated: *****
Cool mixture of Spanish romantic croon neo-folk and cut n’ paste, drum loops, and accordions. If that sounds like a strange combination to you it still works. I have no idea what he’s singing but his voice is not a little hypnotic . Like walking up on a street singer and being held by the sound of his voice with the sounds of the city streets bleeding into the mix from a hundred boomboxs. Not afraid to be dark. This is Demain’s tenth release, the second on American label Tourette. A 20-minute CD packaged with another mini-CD by Escama Serrada. A limited edition of 300 copies. Each disk in its own digipak and wrapped with an obi and hand-numbered.


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Artist: Escama Serrada
Title: La Reine esta Mala
Format: CD
Label: tourette records (@)
Rated: *****
The companion mini-CD to the disk by O Paradis. One can see why they were released together. They share a sensibility, while not a straight imitation: the use of found sound, sampled recordings, cut and paste; although Escama is much darker and experimental. While O Paradis uses the sampled material as a spice, the experimental side is the meat for Escama. He also sings, but his voice is usually effected. Demian of O Paradis masters this disk. A limited edition of 300 copies. Each disk in its own digipak and wrapped with an obi and hand-numbered.

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Artist: LEGION OF TWO
Title: Riffs
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu
Distributor: Good Fellas, Neuton, Import, La Baleine, Dot
Rated: *****
Slow, granitic and distorted are the adjectives that fit RIFFS the best, but this album is able to be also rhythmic and hypnotic at the same time. Born from the collaboration of Alan O'Boyle (also active as Decal with different releases on Satamile, Planet Mu and Rotters Golf Club as well as producer/remixer for Redneck Manifesto, Two Lone Swordsmen, Jape, Super Extra Bonus Party to name few) and David Lacey (Dublin based drummer and percussionist who's many collaborations at his active in the field of improvised music as well as being one of the driving forces behind the I+E Festival in Dublin), Legion Of Two, created nine cinematic tracks that blend blasting drumming, industrial/ambient sounds and fat bass lines. Tracks like "Turning point" or "Handling noise" will lead you through lands made of grinding sounds, drum improvisations and dub intuitions. You can check some clips at their myspace page www.myspace.com/thelegionoftwo
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Artist: Screen Vinyl Image (@)
Title: Interceptors
Format: CD & Vinyl
Label: Safranin Sound (@)
Rated: *****
In a two year span Screen Vinyl Image soaked themselves deeper in tons of analogue synthpop and neurotic disco/house basslines. Still there's a shimmering shoegaze root mostly in the use of delays and in the singing parts.The opening track is called "Synthetic Apparition" and it's an trance-inducing instrumental resembling the first Popol-Vuh records played at double speed ( or maybe Popol-Vuh on speed? ) - then we have "Cathode Ray" where you'll hear a simple catchy refrain under layers and layers of distortions. "Slipping Away" is a slow-paced track, imagine Slowdive's aesthetics produced by Adult. "Asteroid Exile" grants goosebumps to everyone into synths – a cold pop gem that will stand as the band's timeless testament. Personal favourite, as you may have noticed. Another standout here is "Until The End Of Time" with a killer postpunk guitar bass. All tracks on Interceptors are quite different but seem to morph into each other like in the most cohesive ambient albums or soundtracks ( John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream are stated among the influences ), a step further from the previous The Midnight Sun EP. Out on their own safranin-sound on a Vinyl/CD combo.
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