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Joshua Bonnetta: Strange Lines and Distances

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 08 2014
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Artist: Joshua Bonnetta (@)
Title: Strange Lines and Distances
Format: 12" vinyl + DVD
Label: Experimedia (@)
Rated: *****
December 12th 1901. The first transmission of a wireless signal, the morse code for S (2 short dots), crossed Atlantic Ocean from Poldhu Cove in Cornwall, UK, to Fever Hospital in St.Johns, Newfoundland by means of the pioneering Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi. There have already many musical and non-musical works which got inspired by that historical moment, but this one by interdisciplinary artist Joshua Bonnetta focused on the somehow artistic Marconi's belief about sound: the Italian marquis was sure about the fact that sound never completely disappear and a proper receiver could be even able to amplify aged sound which got "broadcasted" in the past. Joshua's audio-visual work could be considered the temporary objectification of such a technological reverie as his author combined hypnotical and dream-injecting emission of short and long radio frequencies with otherworldy transmission, archival material and field recordings, which got grabbed on the two poles of that historical communication in a couple of long-lasting sonic suites, the first of which seems to highlight the interference of human transmission over natural "emissions", while the latter attacks with holy sonorities which evoke the "sacredness" of that scientific discovery before the sonic sphere begins to get saturated by a tangle of radio frequencies. Such an entrancing historical remembrance and a masterpiece of hauntology got completed by a DVD-video, which looks like bridging the transmitting and the receiving points on our planet.

Costanza Francavilla & Alex Infascelli: Bushwick17

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Jun 08 2014
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Artist: Costanza Francavilla & Alex Infascelli (@)
Title: Bushwick17
Format: 12"
Label: ZerOKilled Music (@)
Rated: *****
There are many evidences about the widespread obsession with the 23 enigma, other ones has a sort of devotion for their own lucky number, but besides sporadic fans of Heaven 17 or East 17, I've rarely heard about people who like number 17 till the moment I've read some notes around this collaborative release by Los Angeles-based movie maker Alex Infascelli, who gained a considerable notoriety for having signed a number of videclips of many well-known (mainly Italian) musicians, and Italian versatile artist Costanza Francavilla, whose name got known by many music lovers for having been partner-in-art (and according to some rumors, a proper personal muse) of Tricky, who referred to her "the female version of me". Out of respect for their beloved number, they recorded a 17 minutes lasting improvisation in Bushwick, NY, with no overdubs, effects or any other frills by means of a couple of microphones whoich got placed in front of the wall of their performative space where Costanza played synths and Alex built entrancing guitar drones and occasional out-spurts on drums, but listeners could hazard more than one guess around the connection between what they recorded and 17. For instance, you could read 17 according to the typical way to mask other meanings by different typefaces (the most known is AK47, which could be translitterated as "a key for this heaven") so that you could read that number as "one-seven" or "one's heaven" or consider other "esoteric" meanings - the angels or demonds which can be evoked are 17, knight templar were 17, which represent the radiant power of divine knowledge according to other numerologists -, which could have some connection with the somewhat mystical halo fo their improvisation, or 17 could be coniderd their favorite moment of the day (5PM), their personal tea-time! The general atmosphere could recall the sonic rendering of a ritual to get closer to the divine or to some undefined source of inspiration, where the opiate sonorities gradually absorb the sudden drumming explosions, which get slower and slower as if they got anesthetized as well. The end of the recording is a little bit abrupt, but they had to exactly stop recording after 17 minutes...

Rumpistol: Away

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Jun 06 2014
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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

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Jun 05 2014
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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

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Jun 04 2014
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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 website...an extra reason to join the musical explorations by Atkins, even if it could be moreish!


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