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[kaiser(schnitt)amboss/laszlo]: 5x5th Season

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Feb 04 2014
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Artist: [kaiser(schnitt)amboss/laszlo]
Title: 5x5th Season
Format: CD EP
Label: KaiserK├╝ss / Poppy Pod (@)
Rated: *****
It's kinda mysterious who's behind the moniker [kaiser(schnitt)amboss/laszlo]. She released an album titled "Viva Terror!" three years ago on KaiserKuss/Poppy Pod and made different gigs in Europe. By checking her Youtube channel you can see that she performs her songs with a guitar, a looping box and that's pretty much it. Folk, with a heavy dark twist is her thing and on this new EP you'll find the track "5th Season" reinvented by Gianluca Becuzzi (Limbo, Kinetix, Metaform, etc), Massimo Olla (Noisedelik), Leon Dalton ('Melbourne Child', Australia) and Colonel XS (here helped on vocals by Dana Young of C.A.N.S and Testicular Manslaughter plus a new version by [kaiser(schnitt)amboss/laszlo] herself. For the reworking process, only new vocal lines has been used, so the guests were free to make of it pretty much what they wanted to. Gianluca Becuzzi used movies samples to build a tense horrific atmosphere, adding to them bass drones. Leon Dalton added to the original vocals a sort of jazzy post rock background with sudden guitar blasts. Noisedelik created a tune with many noise layers which pass from high frequencies hisses to bass reverbering drones. The new version is fourth and it's a song based on light guitar distortions and doubled vocals. It mix folk rock and apocalyptic atmospheres. The last version is by Colonel Xs with the aforementioned Dana Young and it is based on grinding noises, feedbacks and wobbling looping sounds. Nice idea and release. Check her Youtube channel here http://www.youtube.com/user/LaszloMusicChannel to check her music. P.s. A curiosity: the release has been mastered by Marco Paschke (AndereBaustelle TonStudio, Einsturzende Neubauten).

Dmitry Distant: Le Derive De L'Amour

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Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 29 2014
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Artist: Dmitry Distant
Title: Le Derive De L'Amour
Format: Tape
Label: Belaten (@)
Rated: *****
Born in Moscow and with a musical past with T.3.R, Wavefall and founder of band Virgin Fix, Dmitry has recently relocated in Marseille and he's about to release his first tape on Belaten as Dmitry Distant. "Le Derive De L'Amour" contains four original tunes and two remixes of the opening "System Control" by Ekman and The Exaltics. In fact, the opening track, along with the following "One Night In Train" are the strongest tracks of the release: they are a mix of electro and minimal synth with a bit of detroit techno. Dmitry uses a lot of melodic layers which pair really well with the synth bleeps and noises. All the tracks are instrumental and combine a certain cinematic feeling with a dark ambience. "Gates Of Aeon" and the closing "3015 (Outro)" are nice tunes but kinda short and sound a bit like intermezzos. Emkan's remix enhance the dark factor of the original track by adding pads and focusing the equalisation of bass/mid frequencies. Robert Witschakowski a.k.a. The Exaltics kept the general feeling of the song but focusing his version on hypnotic melodies/rhythms. Nice release that is working fine also because it's kinda short as I think that on the long distance the tracks listing would need a balance with a change of atmosphere, etc. Out soon...

DECA: Modulectron

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Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 29 2013
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Artist: DECA
Title: Modulectron
Format: 12"
Label: Synthetic Shadows (@)
Rated: *****
Deca is the moniker of Federico De Caroli, a guy coming from Liguria, Italy, who is active since the mid eighties with is musical project. Interested into electronic sounds and lover of the German and French music of the seventies, Federico decided to take a different approach on the matter thanks to his piano studies. He started to record his experiments with polyphonic synthesizers and in 1986 he released, for the Video Radio label, his first album "Alkaid", release inspired by a science fiction story he wrote. The following year "Synthetic Lips" followed and this one was mainly inspired by German space electronic music. Things changed in 1989 with the album " Claustrophobia": the atmosphere got darker and obsessive and musically it sounded like a new wave/industrial mix. With 1992's 'Premonizione Humana", he started to collaborate for the visual part with Gianni Bacino, whom took care also of the live side of this aspect. Musically, the atmosphere got more evocative thanks to the use of piano and strings along with the electronic sounds. On 1998, Old Europa Cafe released "Phantom", an experimental electronic album with melodic inserts that you can still easily find on Discogs (all the other releases are quite hard to find). On 2000 we have 'Electronauta', a compilation of unreleased tracks and on 2002, "Simbionte", an album that has been sold only through the website created for the occasion. These are the main releases Deca did, but there are many more on tapes. Now, let's talk about "Modulectron". This album issued by Synthetic Shadows, is a collection of tracks recorded during the 1984/1986 period using only a Roland Jx3p synthesizer, no other instrument involved, not even a drum machine. The twelve tracks of the album sound minimal, experimental and create an atmosphere of their own but most of the time, they sound quite obsessive and alienated. Based on multi layered recordings or on arpeggio/sequencer/filters variations they hypnotize the listener thanks to dissonances, noises and warm sounds which suddenly turn into a cold atmosphere. I enjoyed it and you can check the whole release following this link http://syntheticshadows.bandcamp.com/album/deca-modulectron-ss11

Das Muster: Durchleuchtung

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Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 27 2013
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Artist: Das Muster
Title: Durchleuchtung
Format: CD
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
'Durchleuchtung' is the newest album by Das Muster which has been released recently by Solar One Music. Available in a limited run of 99 copies, the album has three different layouts available, all three comes in a metal box. This is the first proper physical release for the Marcus Mumm project and it contains twelve new instrumental tracks which will convince you in no time if you are lovers of bands of the likes of all the Gerald Donald's projects. Marcus created kinda short cold robotic soundtracks where analog synth sounds paint different kind of imaginary scenarios. Mine are: the psychological ones of 'Testobjekt' ('Test Object'), 'Verhaltensmuster' ('Patterns Of Behavior'), 'Observation' and 'Irritation', the social ones of 'Drahtzieher' ('Masterminds'), 'Das Hochste Gut' ('The Supreme Good') and 'Resistenz' ('Resistance') and the lab experiments ones of 'Schnittstelle' ('Interface') and 'Auswirkungen' ('Effects'). Musically, we have the top notch eletro techno with paced rhythms, warm pads, bleeping sounds, dissonances and distortions. You can check the sound excerpts here www.soundcloud.com/solar_one_music/das-muster-durchleuchtung
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Artist: Movement Ten (@)
Title: Build Them And They Will Come
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
Second full-length album for this British Alternative/Electronica-duo released only 10 months after their promising self-titled debut. Movement Ten surely like to keep alive in the eyes and ears of their fans instead to restart from scratch again. But although both of these releases have been out in between a short time period, there are significant differences between them. This new album starts with an energizing track entitled 'Get Down' in which the minimal arranged bass-line and rhythm section receives some Brit-Pop-like support through some roaring guitar riffs. A good kick-off. 'Black And White Living' then switches to a complete Electronica-based sound-design. It could be a well-done Synthpop tune, but somehow it misses musically a bit the target. Mostly because the synth-arrangements are too minimal produced and could need a bit more inspiration. Next is 'Halo' and the band has already announced this one to be a possible candidate for a single release. 'Halo' has a straight and danceable structure and reminds with its strong early 80ies affiliation on some British Post-Punk and New Wave-pioneers like Joy Division or Wire. But asides of this I tend to say, that 'Ghost Road' could be a better alternative, since it turns out to be the softer, but easier recognizable tune. If the monotonous drum-patterns could bring in a bit more brilliance, this track would be ideally working for airplay. Another favorite is 'Behind Me' with its hypnotic synthesizer-play and some oriental-sounding insertions - maybe one of the tracks which offers the most maturity of this productive duo. 'Never' then returns to the straighter side of this duo and adds quality guitar riffs to the monotonous bass-lines. It has some similarities on the starter 'Get Down', although the starter sounds more refreshing. With a try to test some Techno/Trance playgrounds through some 303-like bass-line sequences and typical TR808/909 rhythm patterns Movement Ten return on the all-Electronica sound-outfit - sorry, but this one sounds helpless and a bit too much off-topic for them. Since the last two tracks do not add any more valuable content to report of, this album leaves me a bit unsatisfied. 'Build Them And They Will Come' sounds surely darker oriented than expected, but it actually misses a bit of the pioneering impact of the debut. The vocals are still sounding well in the mix and deliver all needed emotion, but musically the tracks of this new album are too one-dimensional and leave too seldom already discovered paths. It even strengthens this globally unpleasant impression thanks to the fact that the ultimate 'smash hit', which could have been easily discovered on the debut ('Gravity' / 'FTBIA') is a miss here. Where has their ease and cheerfulness gone? Movement Ten can deliver better.


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