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FELL & the Incubate Kidsorchestra: s/t

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 18 2015
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Artist: FELL & the Incubate Kidsorchestra (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Hula Honeys (@)
Rated: *****
This amazing release by Fell, the bicephalous project by brilliant Dutch sound artist toktek, discerning collector of samples from many different found objects to update his rich sound palette, and skilled Swiss drummer Simon berz, got carefully assembled together with an improvised temporary orchestra of kids, who took their enthusiastic creativity out by rhythmical speaking, developing sounds from improvised patterns and found objects and enjoyed different sonic technology on the occasion of Incubate Festival in 2013, where Fell just inoculated melodies and additional beats. The outputs is really astonishing and vibrant: seemingly random chopping and chewing of sounds gradually took mind-blowing nuances as it happens on the initial "Monday", whose funnily crispy percussive elements got amalgamated by a warm bass sound before the atmosphere got turned into something which could surmise the elgant complexity of Autechre layering, the mottled groove on "Tuesday" spurts amazing computational gurgling, which precedes the almost jazzy sophistication of "Wednesday" and the blurred emotional warmth of the gentle downtempo sizzles on "Thursday". Adult eardrums can only praise these kids!

Ya Tosiba: Mollah The Machine

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 18 2015
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Artist: Ya Tosiba
Title: Mollah The Machine
Format: Download + iBook
Label: Pingipung/Hafenschlamm (@)
Rated: *****
Even though their first single "Mad Barber" dates back to 2012, it's the first time I hear something from this bizarre collaboration between Finnish brilliant producer Mesak, one of the pioneers of Scandinavian Swkee music and head of Harmonia label, and Azeri singer Zuzu Zakaria, and above all it's the very first time I hear an Azeri song and I have to say I cannot imagine it could so harmonious and somehow languid to my ears. Mesak's awesome chiptunes and amazing funky basslines and the alternation of tangy and delicate vocals by Zuzu, which could surmise a strange hybrid between Meira Asher-like rugged style and Bollywood singers, have a good chemistry and Zuzu's lyrics has a really interesting background as she found them during her in-depth studies at Oslo University about the history and evolution of Meykhana, a traditional improvised form of rhythmical folk vocals from Azerbaijan that many ones have compared to hip hop and rap battles - check outs some of them on Internet and you'll find some incredible and really funny sketches -, whose social criticism (simalarly to rap and hip-hop roots) was so effective that it was banned till Soviet Union's downfall in 1991 and it's not so casual that "Molla", the first song of this nice release, quotes Aliagha Vahid, an Azeri poet whose ghazal rhymes is quite similar to contmporary Meykhana: Mesak fittedly made a risingly compelling dubby wrapping on Vahid's rant against the hypocrisy of the religious leaders in the 1940s when those words were written down, while the tilt-rotor-like disco movement for "Masin" (Azeri for "machine") slips on words by Agaselim Childag in the 80ies about the rising spread of cars in the streets of Baku.

Ambient Mechanics: War & Peace

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Jan 17 2015
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Artist: Ambient Mechanics
Title: War & Peace
Format: CD
Label: Uncoiled Loops (@)
Rated: *****
Opening a release which is going to depict a nightmare like second world war by a Tangerine Dream-like suite could seem a contradiction in terms, but the title of the first song of this album, "Calm Before The Storm", by Daniel Corkery, which has been posted to me together with other releases by Uncoiled Loops, clarifies the seemignly peaceful preface as some distant peel of thunder, which will become more audible on the following tack "A Call To Arms", begins to shake the sonci sphere. I can guess that the choice of wrappig sonic hints to the elements of that obscure moment of human history (the sound of a submarine sonar on "Beneath The Waves", the voice of survivors that he inserted on "Nagasaki" and "Hiroshima", death knells on "Tribute" and some sinister or sad deviation of clean frequencies David inoculated into his compositions) as well as some emotional tunes and angelic choirs which sometimes get close to t Vangelis' sonorities for Blade Runner OST on tracks like "Nagasaki", "Going Home" or the entrancing final "Particles In Time", could be linked both to the memory of David's father and to his invitation to reflect about the consequences of war on people's lives and all those ones who gave their life in order to turn the world into a better place in their better intentions. Many moments of the album are maybe not so orginal from the strictly stylistical viewpoint, but the excellent sound design by David makes this listening experience he rendered quite pleasant.

Malfinia Ensemblo: Varsovia

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Jan 15 2015
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Artist: Malfinia Ensemblo
Title: Varsovia
Format: CD
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
I'm not sure if the lovely scent of sweet almonds I perceived when I took the CD off its plastic wrapping belongs to the release, but I think it's the first time a musical release manages to hit my nose before my hearing. I've not tried to lick the cover, whose effective silk printed artwork got designed by Zavoloka, but if so, I wouldn't be surprised if it tastes like paczki - the delicious Polish donuts - or piernik - a notorious kind of gingerbread that you should taste at least once in your life in Poland -! On the bright side now, Malfinia Ensemblo amalgamates electronic entities from analog synths by young American composer and sound artist Norman Teale aka The Norman Conquest, who also cared mixing, sound manipulation, mastering and recording and added some instrumental patterns (electric cello, electric bass, charango) and Austrian drummer Andi Stetcher - all drums are "real"! -, who met and imagined the amazing crossover you're going to listen on "Varsovia" while they were in the Polish capital city, the main source of inspiration. The opening "Mensa Lavango" immediately grabs listener's attention by fuming drums and wild synth-brass which could resemble the ones that many EBM and industrial names often inserts before a computational melody, which could suit the soundtrack for a phuturistic version of "Age Of Empires", suddenly breaks into the song; the bitonal low frequencies and the angelic singing by Agnes Szelag which opens the first moments of the following "Lumo" reminded Beaumont Hannant's "Heavenly" to me as there are some similarities with the use of voice by Lida Husik on that song, but the song soon turns into a sort of zombified march; Szelag's hypnotic voice also marks "Fulmo", the following track where some brilliant overlaps by Stetcher really stand out; whereas the sound of "Lumo" could evoke marching zombies, the vibe on following "Eho" could let you think the awakening of a starving vampire. The narcotic trip-hop of "Malfinia Ondo" get listener prepped and ready for the lenghty final anthem "La Universo Estas Atomo", where the meticulous electroacoustic workings by these guys seem to render a "big bang"-like approach to composition in their own image and likeness.

Melorman: Out in a Field

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 12 2015
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Artist: Melorman
Title: Out in a Field
Format: CD
Label: Sun Sea Sky Productions (@)
Rated: *****
Originally released in 2009 on the Symbolic Interation label, 'Out in a Field' was Melorman's (aka Antonis Haniotakis) 2nd release. Since then he's had a couple more, 'Waves' which I reviewed a while back being the last I am aware of. Stylistically 'Out in a Field' does not differ a whole lot from his later material. Dulcet synth tones and electric piano, occasional strings and light programmed rhythm are the modus operandi here, creating a gentle, soothing ambience; active yet passive. Perfect music for contemplative and/or relaxing times. To a degree I like this Melorman release more than 'Waves' which I perceived as being on the adventurous side in places. You really can't go wrong with this one if you enjoy mellow ambient with melody, simple but effective, a pleasure to listen to, and worthy of replays.


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