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Rumpistol: Away

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 06 2014
Artist: Rumpistol
Title: Away
Format: 12"
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
According to the linear notes this album 'references ['¦] the isolation, absence and loss that comes with the creative process, but also the privilege of being able to disappear into another world and be 100% present in the music' and, almost oddly, this phrase is a clear description of this release as it reveals the implicit struggle between searching new sounds using old synths and being catchy with the radio listener being interesting with the bored reviewer.
From the evocative introduction of 'A dream' to the equally evocative and almost pop ending of 'Atacama' this release is a journey into this form of music that is equally equidistant from the banalities of pop and the autism of experimental. This means that, starting from the almost dull but dancey beats of 'A town', the rumpistol's musical offering is even honest in the depiction of his musical influences but his development is remarkable as it's not something only for the distracted listening but it's something revealing an experimental feel. So, if 'Amnesia' tries to develop the canon of drum 'n bass, 'Asleep' sounds as a dancey pop track that could features in the playlist in a radio that set hitself as 'the best italian dance radio' but it's too shy to explore something more demanding. ' A Glance' and 'Amar' seem an outtakes from the firsts autechre's album (and this is a true compliment).
This release is well developed and reveals an artist that stands in the balance between experimental path and pop allure. Highly recommended.

Flite: Featherfall

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 05 2014
Artist: Flite (@)
Title: Featherfall
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Sup Yo!
Rated: *****
One of the best assay of the year in the field of liquid d'n'b comes from Flite, a newcomer of the almost unknown Virginia scene, whose remarkable attention to detail and tastefulness are undeniable since this enchanting tidbit. Meaningful lyrics, but above all the combination of mellow and airy sonorities, straight clean cuts with heavenly accelerations and guessed melodic hooks, functionas an invitation to fly whose subtlety could let the fear of heights and flight out to listeners who suffer from attacks of vertigo! On the flipside, the remix by Leeds-based producer Rameses B, one of the most appreciated shepherd of MrSuicideSheep's youtube channel, makes it bouncier and likewise emotionally radiant by means of fluctuating LFOs, amazing treatments on vocals and kicking grooves. Thumbs up for this great discovery by Sup Yo!, the newborn label by Kaine Shutler and Pete Callaghan.

Monty Adkins: Residual Forms

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jun 04 2014
Artist: Monty Adkins
Title: Residual Forms
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Crónica (@)
Rated: *****
Inspired by the psychogeographic method of exploration based on the so-called "drift" - an aimless wondering aroudn the city, exploring its hidden resonances, which lay just beneath the surface -, which got mainly applied to his fascinating wandering in the meander of London by Welsh writer Iain Sinclair, this one-track record by Dr.Monty Adkins delivers a very fascinating musical journey. Delicate and placid piano tones, which renders the sequence of emotions and memories evoked during a running in an undefined urban setting, seems to cover any glimpse where the runner directs his glance with a veil and cover any perspective like a flimsly layer of hoarfrost. There are many listenable cues or urban life, but they sound like phantasmal entities while such an insight intertwines melodic web whose opening volatility limbers listener up for the following emotional outburst, which signals the moment when all the parts of some broken dream got finally pasted together and keep on shining brightly. "Residual Forms" is available as a free download on Cronica extra reason to join the musical explorations by Atkins, even if it could be moreish!
Artist: Kemialliset Ystävät (@)
Title: Alas Rattoisaa Virtaa
Format: 12"
Label: Dekorder
Rated: *****
When you'll press play and listen the opening track "Alempana Kuin Enkelit" and the following one "Aristorotat _ Risuilla Tayteyssa Salissa" of the amazing new album by Finnish Jan ANderzen-led hyper-psychedelic super-group Kemialliset Ystavat, you could fantasize about a division of an imaginary Willy Wonka industrial group which works in the carpentry sector by means of an harmonious enslaving of Oompa-Loompas who got reskilled after the risk of social turmoil when a ferocious round of layoff got pre-announced and trained giant beavers with diamond-cut front-teeth, whose importance for the launch of hybridized cherry and sporuce pine Xmas tree which got thought for keep on celebrating Xmas in springtime (check cover-artwork!) got praised by a schizoid supervisor! You could surmise that tracks like "Roiske Ruudukolla" or "Nijura" got based by a possible flow chart to describe logical sequence of cognitive processes by Tim Burton's Pee-Wee or other weird characters or that this weird agglutination could came from a laboratory experiment which combined genes from Terry Riley, Raymond Scott, Esquivel and Negativland, but you could also perceive paranoid or nostalgic break within the weird whirligigs of bleeps, synth-spurts, honky-tonky strokes, field recordings, vocal samples, toytronic melodies, crazy arpeggiators and ebullient hodgepodges of sonic entities which manage to make such a listening experience even more adventurous and emotionally overcharged. That's a very funnily popping sonic medley, folks!

Halo Manash: Caickuwi Cauwas Walkeus

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 29 2014
Artist: Halo Manash (@)
Title: Caickuwi Cauwas Walkeus
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
Aural Hypnox decided to give birth to a new re-release series, Stellar Mansion, by refiling a really immersive listening experience that Halo Manash, an audiovisual, multi-medial-sound and performance group from Northern Finland which considers itself as a vehicle and a bridge between the world of being and non-being we spoke about on the occasion of the release of their intriguing album "Wesieni Wainajat", recorded in September 2008. In spite of the fact they have not used any electronic camouflage or overdubs, but just acoustic instruments, Halo Manash provides a remarkable assay of ritual music, which immediately let listener steep into a sort of gradual transubstantiation with the natural forces that could be evoked and aroused by the rebalancing contemplation of the somewhat surreal sylvian calmness of polar woodland while circling polar flares surround the icy land (September is one of the period of the year when it's easier to admire the breathtaking show of northern lights). The sonic vehicle for this entrancing experience is the measured tolling on bells and other widely reverbered percussive instruments as well as by other sonic entities and forgotten calls which resurface from caches of the sonic flow in the wake of toll's contrails and sound like whispering guides over the introspective journey that "Caickuwi Cauwas Walkeus" inspire. These "voices" reach the acme of magnetism by degrees over otherwordly gongs, strange cracklings, frozening flute whistles and other obscure poltergeists where the evoked ancestral boreal entities that quickly cross listener's minds in the previous steps of this rite seem to got fully rendered on the eeriely suggestive final "Pimeys On Ninquin Walkeus/Puuxi Tullut".

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