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ALIEN SKIN: The Unquiet Grave

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 12 2010
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Artist: ALIEN SKIN (@)
Title: The Unquiet Grave
Format: CD
Label: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
Two years ago when I reviewed and interviewed Alien Skin I was referring to their music as "night music". With THE UNQUIET GRAVE we're going over that concept as I don't think I ever saw a grave on the cover of a synthpop album and this is the main point because George Pappas' music is going beyond musical genres as it pictures an unquiet man questioning himself. Taking its title from a 14th century English folksong (covered here and opening the album) THE UNQUIET GRAVE presents eleven new mid tempo songs that talks about vampires' dirty kisses, isolation (a sickness that has to be fight), morphine doses while waiting for an angel called Emily, funerals, birthday parties where the character feels like a shadow on the wall, vampires again (as lyrics excerpt I have to write this one: "take these veins and make them bleed for you"), etc. Musically, take the most intimate Depeche Mode tunes, add some Marc Almond influence on vocals, shake and serve cold... This alien never sounded more human than this to me.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Il Circolo Della Vela Vol.6
Format: CD
Label: Il Circolo Della Vela
Rated: *****
Used as a card of a mysterious club called Il Circolo Della Vela, the sixth volume of the compilation with the same name offers twelve bands/tracks of the Italian industrial/wave/experimental scenes. The major change from the old volumes is that this time participated also bands that have already released different albums or who are kinda historical (see Rinf, MGZ and Maurizio Bianchi). The compilations opens with a new Rinf track: "Panic trotter". Their sound is always tense and nervous and someway it recalled me a bit the late Einsturzende Neubauten. Next we have a great electro ambient track by Keith, a dark e.b.m. tune by Klonavenus and an experimental feedback/guitar based track by Carlomargot. Ius Primae Noctis with "Change forever" give their version of electro aggro grind. Condanna is next with "Cranio loop", a track based on a noisy loop with variations. Next we have Spargle In Grey & Maurizio Bianchi with a live track recorded in Graz titled "The sky gets grey" which is based on violins, samples and guitars. Sandro Codazzi with "Aftermath" proposes a nice retro electro tune titled "Aftermath". Teatrino Elettrico with "Senza titolo" pass from experimental acoustic noises to semi power electronics sounds. DJ Pellegrino Ernetti with "Fuori day musei" gives his idea of sampleism as musical art creating a sort of reverse sounding 80's electro tune which didn't impressed me that much. Sinclair is next with "The routine song (London dub factory mix)", a nice pop electronic tune with dub intuitions. MGZ closes the compilation with a remix of his "Non basta mai" coming from "Ho visto tempi migliori" album.

WLADIMIR M.: Electronic Muzique

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Apr 06 2010
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Artist: WLADIMIR M.
Title: Electronic Muzique
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Eevolute
Rated: *****
Digging into their vaults, the Eevolute label found the ELECTRONIC MUZIQUE E.P. The record have been produced on the late nineties by Wladimir M. and it sees Wladimir helped on production by Stefan Robbers. They deliver four versions of the track giving to it different arrangements which go from the electro of the opening "Electronic muzique", to the experimental ambient spacey of "Electronic space" passing from the minimal electro of "Electronic beats" and the ambient experimentation of "Electronic ambiance". The E.P. is closed by a new remix delivered by Moderated. For this one we have a techno electro mix with bouncing rhythms and retro sounds. Nice one!

NOISY PIG: Replica

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Apr 06 2010
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Artist: NOISY PIG
Title: Replica
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Bernardo Santarelli after last year's album "Disaster #1" is back with a six songs MCD where, helped out by Brezel Goering (Stereo Total) and Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Partyline) on vocals on and guitars, he's giving to the audience more of his techno punk synthpop music where instruments sounds like toys. Bouncing sounds, vocal duets and 4/4 drum machine beats are the main elements of Noisy Pig sounds who on this new E.P. REPLICA sound like an electronic version of a riot grrrl band (also because for the sarcastic lyrics with queer topics). Check the new version of "Hulla hulla" and the Odd remix of "Panda brain" along with the opening "Hey jumper" to have the right idea of what Noisy Pig is about and... jump! The MCD is only available at shows or via mail order at info@noisy-pig.com

JONTEKNIK: Pride In Your Pocket

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Apr 02 2010
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Artist: JONTEKNIK (@)
Title: Pride In Your Pocket
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Rated: *****
Already available into the latest Martin Philip album I reviewed sometimes ago, "Pride in your pocket" and "Omnidirectional" born from a Jon Russell collaboration with Martin Philip. These two tracks immediately caught my attention because they have a rich melody, upbeat tempos and a great synth programming. Starting his music activity in 1988, Jon during the years collaborated with a Danish vocalist called Eva Christiansen, Claudia Bruecken, Holly Johnson, Onetwo (the project of Claudia Bruecken with Paul Humphrey of O.M.D.) and also Martin Gore while he was programming the rhythm tracks of the Onetwo tracks. The last years he released a solo album titled "Sounds from the Electronic Garden" but is ready to try new collaborations. Meanwhile you can enjoy the PRIDE IN YOUR POCKET single purchasing it directly from his website as a CD-r or digital download.


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