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Artist: WANG INC
Title: Meditations For A Better World Vol.2
Format: 12"
Label: Persitencebit
Distributor: Discomania
Rated: *****
Personal project of an Italian guy called Bartolomeo Sailer, Wang Inc is his outfit for exploring sound and rhythms. Often he uses concrete sounds on his tracks which sometimes sounds like soundtracks to psychic travels. His newest 12" EP is released on the Italian Persitencebit and it is titled MEDITATIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD VOL.2 (the first volume has been released by the same label two years ago). The first of the five tracks of the EP is the one I liked the most and it is titled "You are late": on this one Batolomeo created a thik web of bleeps and rhythms that are well sustained by a bouncing funky bass line. "Hyperactive dog" is a nice techno dilated track based on rhythm a driving bass line and effected sounds that create a good space effect. "Mind the gap" is the first track of the B side and is a techno obsessive track with a bit of acid. "Lake Michigan" creates an alienating mix of dance rhythms and ambient sounds that is almost experimental. The closing track, "This is the song to say goodbye", is an obsessive mix of techno, house and it couples a blues vocal sample saying the title with many rhythmical layer often reverbered. Exept the first track this EP is really club oriented, so you are warned...
Artist: The Pussybats
Title: Famous Last Songs
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain Rec.
Some bands are just like their band’s name while the others are not. Mötley Crew was certainly a colorful bunch, whereas there were no clerics in Judas Priest. The Pussybats belong to the second type; there are no pussies in the quartet from Stuttgart.
When I heard their song "Dance with the Devils" for the first time two years ago I thought: "not bad for the start, but hopefully they will turn into more than merely a German The 69 Eyes clone". And voilà; my wish was fulfilled. The Pussybats play a genuinely great Gothic Rock capable to sweep even mopey goths away.
If one’s heart was not amputated some lyrics will bring up memories and perhaps even traumas of the romantic sort to the listeners mind. This is the advantage of Rock over EBM. April and Most Beautiful Tales End Sadly are good examples of that. In No Romeo the lyric persona inquires why he is so utterly unromantic. Unfortunately no potential answers are suggested in the song. Well, I guess that is the way some dudes just are.
The title "Crimson Girl" even rhymes with "Poison Girl" by Her Inferential Majesty. Well, both songs are about a girl and the lyric personas do not tell of positive experiences in both cases. Nowadays it seems to be an absolute must to have a cover version on the debut album. Famous Last Songs is no exception. The Pussybats (or chiropterae vaginae in Latin) pimped Your Woman by White Town and provided it with some considerable rocker attitude. It is rather cool when a definitely masculine voice goes like: "I should never be your woman". Such ambiguities are usually welcomed by the gothic audience. Strangely enough Sean Brennan (London after Midnight) changed the lyrics of Sally’s Song into the masculine genus in spite of his "overloaded with testosterone" image.
One of the very few negative things to mention about the album is the refrain of Banshee’s Blues; it may start getting on your nerves after you listen to it for a couple of times.
The CD was produced by Chai Deveraux (Jesus on Extasy) and Hahn & Hahn, who worked with Nena and Kim Wilde in the past. It sounds like Chai is to hold responsible for the spoken vocals on Your Woman; it sounds very much like the ones on Assassinate me (from JOE debut album). The compositions are rather simplistic but still the ballads reach the listener and the high-tempo songs will give you a kick. Sid van Sin’s baritone is in fact comparable with the voices of Rob Vitacca (Lacrimas Profundere) and Jyrki (The 69 Eyes) but not mistakable for them. You can certainly assume that Famous Last Songs is an album title of an ironic nature and we are going to get to hear a lot from The Pussybats in the future.
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Artist: Ysanne Spevack and Philip Clemo
Title: Soundzero
Format: CD
Rated: *****
This is the kind of thing that you really don’t expect to read about on ChainDLK. Now that we have that out of the way, this is really engaging stuff. Some comparisons that comes to mind is Peter Gabriel’s more ethnically tinged work, Paul Schütze (who Clermo thanks in the credits), and Dif Juz, a band on the 4AD label (back when 4AD was still good). Here is how Clermo’s site describes the album: "A second album with Spevack, soundzero, was completed in 1999 and will finally be widely available in early 2009. Phil Slater returned on trumpet, and Tarlochan (Bobby) Singh on tabla. Intriguingly, jazz singer Cleveland Watkiss was brought into the mix, his vocals processed in various ways. Everything, in fact, is processed one way or another." This is not a smooth jazz album. In fact this is exactly what I like jazz to be like – complex, fast, and loose. This is the aural equivalent to riding on a rickety roller coaster. The whole thing is swaying back and forth, and you’re probably going a bit too fast for comfort, but somehow it all holds together. Yet the album still retains a dreamlike quality that keeps the listener involved. This isn’t Sun Ra’s brand of jazz. It’s still accessible to the general public and a nice listen. Some of the standout tracks include "Surfing Dreams and Chaos" which highlights Spevack’s violin skills, and "Merkaba," which blends synth atmosphere with ethnic percussion and female vocals. The drum interludes, "Catching the First Train" and "Catching the Second Train" are also a lot of fun. The disc weighs in at about 66 minutes.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Hyperakusis
Format: CD
Label: audiophob (@)
Rated: *****
In case you were also wondering, according to Webster’s online dictionary, hyperakusis (in English, hyperacusis) means, "An abnormally disproportionate increase in the sensation of loudness in response to auditory stimuli of normal volume." According to the press sheet that came with this disc, this is audiophob’s 10th CD. This is a compilation of exclusive tracks from the artists that have already put something out on audiophob: Alarmen, Nerthus, Mandelbrot, Spherical Disrupted, and Zero Degree. Alarmen kicks things off with mellow, glitchy synth sounds over some beats. "Make Your Day" removes the beats and starts off promising, but becomes a bit too repetitive for my tastes. Overall, it’s OK, but not really as complex as I like this kind of material to be. Nerthus follows so much in Alarmen’s footsteps that if I did not have the tracklist in front of me I would think that they were the same band. Pleasant, but doesn’t really push the envelope. Mandelbrot changes it up a bit by laying down an interesting dark ambient soundscape that is best described as cinematic. At 13 minutes, it is also long enough to really get into. Quite enjoyable. Spherical Disrupted takes us on a similar ride with "Ghost of Jupiter," although with a more minimalist approach that really drew me in. This is an artist that knows how to make use of quiet passages and dynamics. "Arctic Circle" changes the mood with a repetitive synth line that has minor shifts just below the surface, but doesn’t really seem to evolve quickly enough. I much preferred the previous track. Finally Zero Degree finishes it all off with "Frozen Sunlight," a nice mix of calming synth pads, beats, and electronic blips. Overall this is a good introduction to the label that is worth checking out. This disc weighs in at 66.48.
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Artist: Famine (@)
Title: Every Mirror Turns Black
Format: CD
Label: Bugs Crawling Out Of People (@)
Rated: *****
With a band name of Famine and a title like "Every Mirror Turns Black," I expected some dark ambient, but Famine throws down glitchy breakcore that is an interesting mix of Autechre and Venetian Snares. But it goes far beyond this. For example, "Blood Sacrifice" sounds like a melodic doom metal band collaborating with Blearg or any other glitchy band, complete with guitar solo! It gives the feeling of listening to a scratchy CD that is skipping constantly. This was absolutely fantastic. The label explains that "'every mirror turns black' is a concept album of sorts, where famine, with precise precision unleashes the brutality and demons within him, smashing together black metal with breakcore cuts, psychedelia with an obstinate rejection of religion." Overall, Famine is a much more varied artist from most of the breakcore stuff I have heard. It is not all in your face drill and bass. Tracks like "Optical Stimuli" and "We Fuck Together" have a stripped down atmospheric feel that proved depth to the album and helps Famine stand out from other artists working in a similar vein. Another standout tracks include "Seven," with the looped female vocals "there are seven ways to die." Overall, an interesting release. This disc weighs in at 51 minutes.
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