Music Reviews



cover
Artist: Edvard Graham Lewis
Title: All Over
Format: CD
Label: Editions Mego (@)
Rated: *****
The second album by brilliant Wire bassist Edvard Graham Lewis that got simultaneously released with the just introduced "All Under" is a collection of songs which has been composed over ten years (from 2003 to 2013) in Uppsala, the lively Swedish city where he lives at the moment. In spite of the song form and the deviant pop core, Mr.Lewis unleashed his willingnenss to experiment by awesome bastardization of that form by means of more or less melodic trips over dark, industrial, synth-pop and electronica territories and meaningful lyrics where Edvard, to paraphrase the lyrics of the song "We've Lost Your Mind", lubricated his flicking tongue and occasional entrancing loops by means of delayed pale blue songs like "It's Hard" or "Straight Into The Corner" where he got closer to John Foxx's style or some stylistical refinement on "Bluebird" (the Twitter's one?), whose melody could remind the bassline of Wire's "Being Sucked In Again", the molten post-industrial raving of "Quick Skin" or the dark-ambient drifting on "Prism Buzzard, the one which has more similarities with the style that Edvard explored on "All Under". Contributions by many different artists such as Jan Lundquist, Andreas Karperyd, Howardamb, Linda Dahl, Jim Ascoft, Fabrizio Clemenza, Giovanni Romano and P.T.Kirk, maybe gave a certain heterogeneity to the album without puckering the delightful mood which sounds like a bridge between the past and the present of this musician.
cover
Artist: Skinny Puppy (@)
Title: Mythmaker (Deluxe) - remastered
Format: 12"
Label: Metropolis (@)
Rated: *****
Almost simultaneously to the remastered version of "Greater Wrong Of The Right", the first album that followed the reunion of cEvin Key and Nivek Ogre, the twin pillars of Skinny Puppy, Metropolis decided to re-release the second album astonishing album of that cycle. Fans of the anointed forerunners of industrial rock maybe knows the difficulties that Nivek experienced while working on it and the way they influenced the "simplified" sound of "Mythmaker", an epithet that Ogre himself described in order to highlight some changes of the archetypal Skinny Puppy sound by the integration of elements from modern electronic music and rock. Some critical voices in the press tried to resize the scale of these variations, but it seems that this matter didn't really concern their fierce fanbase as some occasional blinking to more cinematic stuff - some tracks of this album got included in the soundtrack of the fourth chapter of "Saw" - didn't really put dents in their creative energy and I'm pretty sure that some fans will acknowledge that tracks like "Jaher", "Politikil", "Ambiantz", "Lestiduz" or "Ugli" are some of the best songs that Skinny Puppy had ever made. Anyway here it is a window of opportunity to rooll this album up again...and again!

Deca: Onirodrome Apocalypse

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
 Edit (8480)
Nov 14 2014
cover
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
 Edit (8455)
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
 Edit (8453)
Oct 21 2014
cover
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!


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha