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Deca: Onirodrome Apocalypse

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 14 2014
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Artist: Deca
Title: Onirodrome Apocalypse
Format: CD
Label: Atom Institute
Rated: *****
I talked about the past of Federico De Caroli, a.k.a. Deca on my review to his latest release "Modulectron" which was a collection of unreleased tracks from the 80s, so you can check that one to have an idea about his past thirty years of activity. This time I'm writing about Deca because of his new CD album titled "Onirodrome Apocalypse". The album is part of a wider project that includes a novel having the same title which isn't published yet. The album isn't a soundtrack for the book, Federico sees it as his emotional description to it transposed in music. The only hints we have about the story and the atmosphere that we'll find through the pages of the novel can be found in the eight tracks of the album by reading the titles, by diving into the atmosphere created and by looking with care the booklet graphics. We have red skies, some skyscrapers with Deca wearing strange eyeglasses, another one with red skies and a view of a natural landscape which seems pretty much desolated, another one with an airplane flying through icy mountains, then there'a one that has a blood tinted corridor which is pretty anxiogenic. The last one is the one on the CD and it has and hanged man on a dead tree under a red blood sky. The titles paint a picture of a future pretty much fucked up where cities are changed ("Metamorphic Metropolis"), nature has been raped and nothing will be as usual ("Alba Obscura" and "Apocalypse") and time can be changed for some obscure reason ("Cronotorsione"). Musically, Federico, along his beloved vintage analog synths, used treated fields recordings and vocals that now sounds like synth drones. The tracks sound tense and atmospheric where dilated sounds paint fragile melodies while hisses, reversed synth pads ride lead sounds. The sound seems have a life of its own and evolves. This is a really good album and the first print is sold out. Check out Deca's FB page for the updates.

E.P.G.: We Are Electro

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 22 2014
Artist: E.P.G.
Title: We Are Electro
Format: 12"
Label: Electro Empire
Rated: *****
E.P.G.'s "We Are Electro" is the second release by the Electro Empire Records, label sub-label of Dominance Electricity and label that is deeply linked with the Electro Empire forum that you can find at http://www.electroempire.com/forum which is the longest established online community for the international Electrofunk, Bass and Technobreaks music scene. EPG a.k.a. Electro Pulse Generators are coming from England and wrote this anthem for the Electro fans, young or old, no matter the age. Using traditional instrumentation they take inspirations from classic electro acts such as The Jonzun Crew, The Egyptian Lover or Newcleus. On "We Are Electro" you can fin loads of classic analog synths, 808 drum sounds and vocoder vocals that duel with scratches, synth stabs, deep bass lines, catchy melodies and everything to make of this tune a classic. Also, what it is interesting to notice, is that the song is like built of different modules which sums different electro styles and this is really nice. The limited edition 12" contains two version of the track and is available at www.saveoursounds.net but you can check it at this link first https://electroempire.bandcamp.com/album/we-are-electro

Three Winters: Chroma

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 21 2014
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Artist: Three Winters
Title: Chroma
Format: CD
Label: Termo Records
Rated: *****
Kim Solve, Anders B and Lars Fredrik Froislie are back, after their tape EP released on spring 2013, with the first Three Winters CD album titled "Chroma". Out on the Norwegian label Termo Records, the album contains the three tracks of the previous release ("Aeon Surveillance" is a new MKII version) plus eight new ones. On my EP review I wrote that I was curious to listen to a whole album by Three Winters and now that I was able to do so, I can tell you that this is a great one. You know, in the last decade a lot of bands have produced music influenced by late 70s / early 80s electronic music of the likes of John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream or . All bands that influenced bands like Zombi (and the other solo projects by Paterra and Moore), Zombie Zombie, Survive, Umberto, Xander Harris, Gatekeeper, etc. The difficult thing about this kind of stuff is to keep the music and the atmosphere interesting without focusing everything on the horror effect and I think that Three Winters won their bet. We have mid tempos with pounding 80s drum sounds (something similar to the Linn drum used by Human League on "Dare" and to the 808 on tracks like "A Thousands Piercing Lights") and catchy melodies that are enriched by fat synth sounds which roar like old lion kings. Vocals are sparse and filtered (check "Rapture") but are functional to the tracks. Arpeggios duet with leads while bass lines boast out of the speakers creating a mesmerizing atmosphere. You gotta check this out if you like the genre!
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Artist: Needle Factory
Title: Drunken Robot Pornography
Format: Tape
Label: AnalogueTrash Records (@)
Distributor: Trashdigital / Bandcamp
Rated: *****
The signing of UK's Needle Factory by the Manchester-based AnalogueTrash Records label has surprised a bit, since this project has already returned with a new release signed to D-Trash Records earlier this year. Now working as a solo project by Freddy Morgendorffer, this project presents us a more developed sound environment compared to the last physical album 'Goetia', released nearly two years ago on Unrepresented Music. There's still the Post-Punk-like attitude by Morgendorffer available, but nowadays also noisy and brutal sounding elements out of Chiptune, 8-Bit-, and Techno-/Acid-styles get their slot into the bizarre sound environment of Needle Factory. This crazy and explosive sound-cocktail mixed and programmed by Freddy has uncountable surprises in its holster. There's a lot of fire under the roof here and Freddy likes to kidnap the listener into his very own, mad dimension. The cover art with a unicorn, a rainbow on a Tron-like background should be already a warning for you that this music rams down all boundaries and obstacles. It's energetic, it's driving, and it's diverse sounding, which is definitely not designed for the faint-hearted audience. 6 firing arrows out of Freddy's crazy studio-arsenal which I would like to see/hear presented live on stage one day. Kindly note that this 6-track EP is available as a limited to 50 exemplars cassette edition ' get it if you can! 'Drunken Robot Pornography' is a raw sonic assault far above a cheap straining for effect, which will leave you amazed.

Neonsol: Citadel

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 03 2014
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Artist: Neonsol (@)
Title: Citadel
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: AnalogueTrash Records (@)
Distributor: Trashdigital / Bandcamp
Rated: *****
With the help of members of the DK-Gang of Terror, UK's AnalogueTrash Records will be able to conquer the world! Neonsol is a newcomer-project consisting of both Denmark-based members Nina and Jesper Io and the third, Canada-based and quite prominent contributor, Frederic Scarfone (Memmaker, Iszoloscope, Norad). Originally established by Nina and Jesper in 2009 as a duo, Frederic joined in 2012 to complete their line-up. As a trio they played live at the Cyberworld XX album release-party in Copenhagen (October 2012) and also at the Braincorp's 8 Year Anniversary event (April 2013) together with Nachtmahr, ESA and Skyla Vertex. Musically Neonsol presents us Electro-/Futurepop music which can be counted to represent the state-of-art regarding sound-design, programming and production. All of you who are familiar with Frederic's efforts surely know about the high and very polished production standard of his work, although his other projects present quite different music styles. 'Citadel' is a 2-track single-release to a Bandcamp 'name-your-price' downloading procedure. It works well as a mouth-watering appetizer for the upcoming album 'Ecliptic', to be released soon via AnalogueTrash. It's a quite danceable Futurepop-tune with Jean-Luc de Meyer-like male vocals to lead the verses; while Nina's compelling voice rules the catchy chorus. This track here also receives a remix treatment by Claus Larsen / Leaether Strip. Original track and the remix give you a perfect example of the production differences of nowadays standard compared to Larsen's rather 90s-inspired sound design. Both versions have remarkable advantages and both deserve applause. It shouldn't wonder if we see and hear much more of this interesting project in the future and I personally think they are able to reach global meaning to the scene. It's a hard and work-intense way to reach world conquest, but talent always scores.


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