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Marielle V Jakobsons: Glass Canyon

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 04 2012
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Artist: Marielle V Jakobsons
Title: Glass Canyon
Format: CD
Label: Students Of Decay (@)
Distributor: Experimedia Ltd
Rated: *****
Since the beginning of this lovely recording, Oakland-based sound artist and violinist Marielle V.Jakobsons aka Darwinsbitch takes the listener by the hand and moves him in the warm chillness of "Purple Sands", where crystalline gusts, a low-frequency electronic buzz, granular pulses, placid piano strokes cradle listeners and gentles their solitary mental twirls through her quiet violin tunes which emphasizes this charmingly rustic idyll till the final sonic gurgling and the faint dramatic tension added by piano, inaugurating a listening experience where the uncommon interplay between violin and analog synths lead to intriguing sonic excrescence, whose sidereal romance, a certain emotional uniformity and a shaded solipsistic feeling never gets too woeful, even when the musical atmosphere looks like clouding over such as in trach like "Cobalt Waters" or "Shale Hollows". I'd say Marielle's sound in "Glass Canyon" is more contemplative indeed and when her gentle violin sprinkles the sonic space, it's like she blows on a dandelion's seedhead, which settles like snow on different elements evoked by other voices, so that an ocean could appear not so different from a desert.

Beyond Sensory Experience: Modern Day Diabolists

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 03 2012
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Artist: Beyond Sensory Experience (@)
Title: Modern Day Diabolists
Format: CD + DVD
Label: cyclic Law (@)
Rated: *****
Over the time, this band moved from the side project of the member of one of the most important bands of the '90s, MZ.412, to the status of one of the project moving dark ambient to new territories. This album is focused on the theme of life in the modern urban world.
The spoken words intro of "Through The Underworld" opens this release with the usual mix of dark ambient and small noises known to all fans of this band. "Hailstone Reactor" is an atmospheric track featuring and extremely clear and open musical spectre. "Modern Day Diabolists" feature the well known dark soundscape of this band while "Between Sleeping And Waking" start with quiet guitar line and marks a sort of departure to the rest of this album "Rapt From Earthly Things" is a glacial soundscape that would inspire a really good video. "Lost In Habblahester" return to dark soundscape that is in the background of this band as "The Testimony Of Memory" while "Geometric Fashion" is an intro to the longest track of this release, "Locating Imaginary Events In Real Place", that features all the development lines of this album track and, so, is a compendium to the musical ideas behind this release.
Even if it doesn't develop any new territories for this genre, it marks another step forward the recognition of this band as one of the most impressive outfit of this genre. It really worths a listen from everyone.

p.s.: This album feature a DVD with two videos (the most remarkable is the Fetish 23's one based upon "Rapt from Eternity Things" that relies on dual images of great suggestion) but, as usual, it's just an add-on to the record.

Inner Vision Laboratory: Perpetua

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 03 2012
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Artist: Inner Vision Laboratory
Title: Perpetua
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
The new release of one of the most recognizable act of this polish label is centred about the idealistic concept of creation seen as a result of an idealistic culture instead of the recognition of a cycle of creation, stagnation and destruction.
"Slowly Dictating Supernovas" is a quiet and long ambient opener heavily relying on female samples while "The Bequest Of Originators" feature some sparse noises to color the dark soundscape. "Consciousness Of Clouds Colliding" is an atmospheric soundscape as "Lifethread". "Frozen Resonance", instead, relies on some dark, or ethereal, sample above the carefully constructed texture. "The Contracts Of Conflict" is based on spoken voices and a martial beat while "Forgetful Cosmos" tries to use the soundscape to escape from the solemnity of this musical structure. "The Chapters Of Ignorance" return on the dark soundscape of the beginning of this release while "A Paradigm Shift" marks the use of more bright sounds above the spoken words that develops the personal vision of this outfit. "Novel Delusion" close this records returning to the classical structure of this genre.
Probably this is not the best album of this moniker nor the most innovative but confirms the musical quality either of this outfit and of this label. Recommended but only to all dark ambient fans.

Kid606: LSDMTB303 EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 01 2012
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Artist: Kid606 (@)
Title: LSDMTB303 EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Tigerbeat6 (@)
Rated: *****
A record by Kid606 without breaks or rhythmical cracks could be associated by many fans of the defiant sonic whims by Miguel Depedro to a flat-chested Barbie with big cellulite ass, limbs contorted by arthrosis, deep wrinkles, serious goitre, hiatus hernia and taken tothe cleaners by exorbitant fees from plastic surgeons and injunctions to pay from luxury car dealers, perfumeries and beauty centers (Damn it...I should avoid giving these ideas to toy factories!), but even though Miguel is no more a youngster, I shouldn't say this new stylistical course will collide with listener's expectations and thinking of Kid606 while playing melodies and microtextures on a 303 after knitting on a rocking chair in spite of first balding symptoms is definitively too untimely! On the contrary, all those who knows Kid606 releases will recognize his touch as well as a certain acid mocking irony since the very first steps of this EP, when a dim voice repeats the title "Everything Is Business...a shame" over a typical dubstep tune. The uncommon face of Kid606 comes out with dispatch over the following tracks: whereas tracks like "Love Me", "I Want Her Wings" or "Dark Archipelago" could recall to mind some easygoing synth-pop stuff based on simple warm melodies and sounds from some arcade or atari game (think about Ratatat remixed by AFX or any other Rephlex producer!), there's an authentic plunge in elderly sonorities and suggestions of primeval synth-electronica in tracks such as "Temporary Revelations" and "Hood Gone Mad" with its burden of collective imagination borrowed from movies or literature, but the most astonishing moment comes in "When Things Come Together" when these two aspects of Kid606's renowned sound have been merged together. This EP anticipates Kid606's forthcoming full length "Lost In The Game" and he cannot but choose a better way to make listener's mouth (or eardrums) water!

Vladislav Delay: Espoo

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Jul 01 2012
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Artist: Vladislav Delay (@)
Title: Espoo
Format: 12"
Label: Raster-Noton (@)
Rated: *****
We should count lucky that Sasu Ripatti didn't come up to his resolution to stop watering any solo laptop-driven project after the notable success within Moritz Von oswald Trio, so that after the issue of Vantaa on German label Raster-Noton, Sasu with his well-known moniker Vladislav Delay puts a new release of this series of sonic canvas inspired from and named after municipalities belonging to Huvudstadsregionen (Helsinki Metropolitan Area) into print. Whereas Sasu mainly binded a series of recordings from natural fields and techno-dub samples on Vantaa, his intricate textures sound more level-headed and rubbed down on this 2-track record, inspired by Espoo, one the most renowned technological and scientific centre in Europe, where VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Nokia, Tekla and other high-tech companies have their headquarters. Listeners will notice a certain specularity of the two halves of Espoo, just like Vladislav Delay traced a sort of Gaussian curve, as the first track, Olari (the central district of Espoo, known for having been one of fulcrums of almost unknown Finnish hip-hop scene), shows a gradual sonic saturation after a leisurely start based on looping sequence of a smooth electonic-dub sound, whose delicatee treatment is almost a badge of some Finnish dub-tinged stuff (just to make a comparison, have a listen to "Hard Like A Rock" by Nuspirit Helsinki) and the typical sound of an electric train makes when jumping on rails, while the B-side track "Kolari" (meaning "crash" in Finnish!) starts with an intense and persistent (like the knocking of a woodpecker) staccato beat and evolves with the gradual mutation and blurring of the underlying sound carpet, which gradually ferments without blanketing the main pulsation. Nice stuff.


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