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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Provocateur
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Dungeon Recordings / Backscatter Media (@)
Rated: *****
Both SLC-based labels Backscatter and Dungeon Recording renewing their partnership with both new website designs and they celebrate successfully their mutual course. They released two freely downloadable full-length compilations, one of them musically rather more based in Goth-Rock, Indie and Alternative music, and this one, entitled 'Provocateur' the more Electronic/Industrial-minded alter ego. I refuse to concentrate on this one only ' just check both of their websites, if you're more the 'other' styles of music. 'Proven favorites play along side brand new exclusives from many talented artists', so one of the entrancing statements of this comp. Indeed, favorites can be named with SYMBIONT ('Behind The Lie'), LITTLE SAP DUNGEON ('Empty Rooms Breathe Heavily'), LEXINCRYPT ('Dead By Morning'), or BOUNDLESS ('Seduction' ' feat. LOST SIGNAL and Frank M. Spinath of SEABOUND). So far so good, but none of these most recognized artists of both labels offer anything new ' that's a pity for their die-hard fans, as they surely all know these classic recordings. New compositions would have done better, since there are recently announcements for new recordings by LSD, LEXINCRYPT has new stuff available via Crunch Pod, and also the persistent rumor, that SYMBIONT will reunite are keeping the flame of hope burning. There's also the mysterious project named ALGORYTHMDEKONSTRUCT and it's once again too bad, that this project has never received a comparable cult status like the above mentioned better recognized ones ' I still remember the heydays of MP3.com, where I was able to download a few more tracks from this underrated artist after having heard the straight and pummeling EBM tune 'Love Hate Obsession' on the DSBP compilation 'Cybonetix 2002'. Other remarkable stuff surely hides behind the comeback of CONTROL.ORG with their rather smooth Electronica sound between Futurepop and EBM, as well as the energetic outfit of the follow-up project to BOUNDLESS, XIESCIVE with 'Time To Die'. 'Provocateur' is a groundbreaking collection, if you're new into the Electronica scene around Salt Lake City ' if you're familiar with these artists, you may won't find too much stuff transforming this compilation to a must-have item. However, since this one is freely available, you can't do nothing wrong by downloading it from the web resources of both labels.

01. PCP-The Nothing [V.2]
02. Xiescive-Time To Die
03. Symbiont-Behind The Lie
04. AlgorithmDekonstruct-Love Hate Obsession
05. The Stygian-Killing Time [Insurgent Version]
06. Mourning People-Black Night Battery
07. Empyreus-The Bleeding Hearts
08. Christopher Alvarado-Blades Of The Sun
09. Lexincrypt-Dead By Morning
10. Little Sap Dungeon-Empty Rooms Breathe Heavily
11. Boundless-Seduction [Feat. Lost Signal & Frank M. Spinath of Seabound]
12. Control.org-Analogue Killer
13. Audio Variancision-Hemi Sync [6.1]
14. Twilight Transmissions-Ascending Black Rays

Etokle: The Golden Bear & Other Works

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 27 2011
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Artist: Etokle (@)
Title: The Golden Bear & Other Works
Format: CD
Label: Auraltone Music (@)
Rated: *****
Since the beginning of the reproduction, it's quite clear Erik Tokle, aka Etokle, a talented composer and producer from Los Angeles knows many tricks to make ambient music, even if he also tries to intertwine chilled tunes with rock stepping or daydreaming refrains close to the ones by Robin Guthrie througout his side-project High In the Cemetery showing some many-sidedness off. In particular, he knows how to let a sound come in by thinning it down in a dense syrup of guitar carefully stretched frequencies or nebulized in the sound space before becoming more and more "concrete" or facilitating sudden changeover of sound-set as it happen in the very long initial suite entitled Bear Flag Revolution, a sort of tribute to his California, one of the fuzziest hotbed of the world for ambient experiments, lasting almost half an hour, portraying a sort of cosmic gradual ascension. The track oscillates between that kind of featheriness and a sort of goggle-eyed cryptaesthesia, which can be heard in some mental riding by Stars Of The Lid, whereas in La Mort Heureuse (inspired by the notorious novel by Albert Camus), the sound follows a sort of hyperbolic trajectory replaced by a penetrating guitar sound on his journey towards listener's consciousness. Not properly a drone! The final gentle pressure of the last track, queerly entitled Het Mechanische Gebied van De Slaap, seems immersed in the same aural pool where many minimal "ambientalist" washed their synths, floodlighted by those rarefied intimistic glares, that could please many fans of Sigur Ros or other borderline post-rock swimmers.
May 19 2011
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Artist: LUCIANO MAGGIORE & FRANCESCO BRASINI
Title: Chàsm' Achanès (huge abyss)
Format: CD
Label: Boring Machines (@)
A single track cd that on Boring Machines that comes out almost simultaneously with Petit & Chapeter 24 and Mammuthones which some of you may know for his past duties in Jennifer Gentle. As I've said we have a long long drone driven suite that last for a bit more than half an hour, main instruments are a guitar, tapes and electronic devices. The structure of this suite is quite linear and simple, in some way the evolution of the track is quite ordinary infact in its linearity lays that hypnotic effect due to repetitions. The sound is good and despite its simplicity the recording gives this cd the aural credibility a serious record like this requires. As you probably have guessed yourselves the atmosphere is quite dense and crepuscular but according to the title's meaning the journey into an abyss couldn't different. Despite its obscurity this music has nothing to do with dark ambient meant in a traditional way and it's not just a matter of sounds but the fact in someway it all brings to some old isolationist works like Aura (Plotkins/KK Null), Eclipse or something in the likes. Despite some small changes the most considerable sound variation from the main theme happens around 22 minutes. The fact the guitar sound sometimes resembles the siren of a boat, also brought to my mind an old composition titled Fog Tropes, by underrated American composer Ingram Marshall.


MOLNIJA AURA : Utopia Suns

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 19 2011
Artist: MOLNIJA AURA (@)
Title: Utopia Suns
Format: CD
Label: Tophet Prophet (@)
Rated: *****
Right after his collaborative effort with Fausto Balbo, Andrea Marutti returns with a brand new collaboration that bring him crossing his knobs with Davide Del Col, some of you may remember for a couple of wonderful works with Ehran and for his work as Ornament. This album brings together a couple of musicians quite renowned for their recent dark ambient past but differently from what one may expect this' much more than that. Infact even if they've kept their dark roots on board, they overabundance of space synths paints the atmosphere of a strange space color. Even if this record has nothing to do with that, it reminded me of Brian and Roger Eno in their Apollo album, probably the space imaginary made me wrote this, but later while giving a look to the layout I've noticed they've put space satellites everywhere, and maybe I'm not that wrong. There's a a great use of melancholic litanies pulsing underneath and during the first listening it didn't emerged completely, later when I've had the chance to give the proper attention to the work it surprised me. I've been listening to this work at night while trying to catch some sleep and believe me, there's no better soundtrack to meet Morpheus' embrace. e sleep and believe me there's no better soundtrack to meet Morpheus' embrace.

Psychomanteum: Oneironaut

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 16 2011
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Artist: Psychomanteum (@)
Title: Oneironaut
Format: CD
Label: Cyclic Law (@)
Rated: *****
The title of this album means dream (from the greek Oneiro that means dream) traveler. The substance of this record is a meditative drone ambient record made out of a structure of this kind: a bass drone as a canvas where field recordings, small noises and quiet synth lines painting these sonic dreams. The key quality of this album is the musical depth of the layers that reveal clear ideas for the musical direction.
"Ever deepening" opens this album with a deep high drone and field recordings. "Celestial body absent" is an imaginary soundtrack for a sky full of stars. "Inward eyes" is a noisier portrait of fears and nightmares. "Ascension of the subconscious" is a bon voyage with a ethnic influence. "Immum Coeli" is a carefully crafted dreaming soundscape constructed with heavenly synth and a glitchy beat. "Outward vision" close this record with a quite isolationistic dark ambient landscape filled with noises and ethereal synths.
This is an album anchored to the basic fundaments of this genre but is carefully constructed and mastered. A remarkable debut.


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