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MOLJEBKA PVLSE, CRIA CUERVOS : Vid Vägs Ände

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 21 2011
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Artist: MOLJEBKA PVLSE, CRIA CUERVOS
Title: Vid Vägs Ände
Format: CD
Label: COHORT RECORDS (@)
Rated: *****
An odd pair we should know quite well, infact on this very webzine you can read an inteview to Moljebka Pulse and at the same time we've been reviewing the majority of Cria Cuervos releases so far. Given the fact we're dealing with two top notch musicians, I had great expectations for what concerned this collaboration and I'm glad I've been disappointed by the final result infact in someway it puts together the best of the two works. As some of you could have guessed this work mixes two characteristic shared both by the italian and by the swedish musician and so here you have drones and soft non melodic and quasi-concrete sounds. The global work give the impression to sound as an oniric trip in which this organ like drones playing sad melodies lull the ship through the waves of memory. The two long tracks (about 24 minutes each) won't escape that post dark ambient edge both the artist have kept in their music. If the opening suite has that melancholic ambient feel the closing closing half reinforce the idea this quite sad feeling works as 'a trait d'union' between the two artists. If compared to their last releases I've listened this cd is softer and mellowed down to reach a more listenable level, infact even if despite heavy works they kept a certain amount of melody for what regards the music, this cdr could be accessible for a different range of listeners.

Dream Weapon Ritual: Another View

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 19 2011
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Artist: Dream Weapon Ritual (@)
Title: Another View
Format: CD EP
Label: Magick With Tears (@)
Rated: *****
Endearing guitar phrasing, enticing raga-like textures, alien wails which gradually turn into elements of a syllabication of a sort of atavic forgotten languages, maenad's cries, graceful whispers and chirping birds - the spur which seems to have started this back-propagating reverie/con/fusion with nature in a sort of sensorial celebration - progressively erect a sort of choral drone, whose imposing appearance contrast with the feeling of tottering balance, evoked by fractured melodic structures. The first track of this new act signed by the bicephalous project Dream Weapon Ritual, whereas the creative souls of Simon Balestrazzi and Monica Serra (both of them are members of the notorious band T.A.C.) meet up, entitled Unending Green Waves, introduces the listener to this sort of metaphysical journey, which continues with Big Hungry Birds, a sort of hallucinated dirge, where the connection to the temporal dimension has been given by a clocking sound, looping on a thunderous bass pulse, whose ending, featuring a field recording grabbed from inside a forest inhabited by other chirping birds, is the possible goal the listener will subliminally reach. Maybe the only naevus of this Ep is the usual short length of an Ep itself, but I think it's sometimes praiseworthy the skill of activating so many imaginative and emotional fields without pompous and excessively long recordings. It's like the skill of summarizing a speech in musical terms. So let's keep on feeding the hungry birds!

Dublicator: Singularity

 Posted by Evangelos   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 19 2011
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Artist: Dublicator
Title: Singularity
Format: CD
Label: ZeECc
Rated: *****
"Singularity is a point in space-time at which gravitational forces cause matter to have infinite density and infinitesimal volume and space and time to become infinitely distorted."
This is the 2nd album by hungarian electronic producer Tamas Olejnik under the Dublicator moniker (he also records as MetaComplex, Antendex, Retax Gorgon, Metaxid and a couple of other-secret-aliases). Released last June on the eclectic french label ZeECc, it contains 10 tracks in which Tamas shows once again his incredible skills on dub techno/deep space sounds. I don't consider myself as an expert in these genres, but i am a dedicated fan of Deepchord and i'm also following closely the excellent echospace [detroit] label, so a record like this one is not an unknown territory for me. And "Singularity" is an album reminiscent of the releases by the aforementionted artist and label, though without any suspicion of copying their sounds. What we have here is an excellent collection of minimal hypnotic tracks, full of deep chords that create beautiful soundscapes mostly thanks to the extended use of reverb and delay techniques. The sound is so rich it surrounds you like a cosmic grid and keeps you captivated until the last track fades out; then, ...lost in space, you start looking for more Dublicator sonic trips (and, thank God, there's also "Spectrum", released almost simultaneously with "Singularity", on another fine french label, Entropy Records, while a new release is on the way-preview it here: http://soundcloud.com/tamas-olejnik/dublicator-ancient-vibrations)
Do yourself the favour and grab a copy of this awesome cd, but hurry up because the edition is limited!

Ian Boddy & Parallel Worlds: Exit Strategy

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 19 2011
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Artist: Ian Boddy & Parallel Worlds (@)
Title: Exit Strategy
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: DiN (@)
Distributor: DiN
Rated: *****
Ian Boddy is a name you should already be familiar with; it's Electronic Music 101 going back to the early 1980s. He runs Something Else music and the DiN label in the UK, and has lots of releases. Parallel Worlds is the project moniker for Bakis Sirros from Greece. The project has released a number of albums in the ambient/dark ambient/electronic vein since 2003 with 32 prior releases on the DiN label. It was likely inevitable that Boddy and Parallel Worlds would collaborate together at some point, and that culminates in 'Exit Strategy' now.

Maybe it's odd that I haven't heard much of Boddy's work before, only bits and pieces I may have used for comparative reference points I've used in other reviews. Parallel Worlds is also unfamiliar to me but as they've collaborated with Alio Die previously, that's a 'thumbs up' credential-wise in my book.

'Exit Strategy' is one spacey piece of ambient electronica in 7 tracks. There is plenty of analogue modular synth on the album and it often has quite a huge sound. From what I gather, Bakis initially provided much of the raw material for the album and Ian sculpted and refined it into the finished product, adding his own touches along the way. The often complex multilayered soundscapes make for fascinating listening with a high replay factor. (You won't get bored after a couple of listenings.) The moods vary considerably in a number of different shades of light and dark, and the percussive elements (when present, which is by no means constant) always seem to be well-integrated with the music. Throughout the deep space ambience there is also a fair amount of melodic content. Boddy's glissando keyboard (first introduced on his 'Slide' album) adds quite a bit to the aural richness of these soundscapes. It could even be described as cinematic, in a Vangelis sort of way. Elements explored here may hearken back decades, but there is no doubt this is modern electronic music, not a retro nostalgia trip. If Tangerine Dream had stuck together and taken this direction, I'd probably still be listening to them. A highly recommended album by two electronic composers who are truly craftsmen, not workmen. The CD is limited to 600 copies, so unless you're planning on doing the download version, you might want to grab it before it's gone.

STATIC: Freedom Of Noise

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 13 2011
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Artist: STATIC
Title: Freedom Of Noise
Format: CD
Label: Karaoke Kalk
Rated: *****
Hanno Leichtmann is a Berlin musician who's active with different projects such as Center Of Excellence, Dawn, Denseland, Groupshow, Forest Jackson, etc. FREEDOM OF NOISE is the newest Static album and for this one the personnel was: Hanno Leichtmann (drums and electronics), Axel Dorner (trumpet), Tobias Delius (saxophone) and Clare Cooper (harp) with guest appearances by Christof Kurzmann, Ronald Lippok, Stefan Schneider, Valerie Trebeljahr, Martin Siewert and Justine Electra. Released by Karaoke Kalk, the album contains ten movements which presents a varied mixture of electronica, experimental music with ambient intuitions. Since from the opening "Introduction" the listener is projected into the Static sonic world which is made of minimal loops enriched by orchestral arrangements and ends with harp, sax and guitar improvisations. With "Stubby Fingers", we have vocal and piano loops coupled by cool sax melodies and light metallic rhythmical patterns. It sounds like Tuxedomoon on acid. The main track is a mixture noisy synth analog obsessive track with folk blows arrangements and happy melodic vocals (something similar goes for "The Boy Who Run Into The Sun" but this one is more based on drums and blows). The whole album is in balance from jazz influences, ambient sounds and experimental approaches but with a nice use of melody which allows the listener to really enjoy all the tracks.


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