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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.

RUMPISTOL: Talk To You

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 01 2011
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Artist: RUMPISTOL
Title: Talk To You
Format: CD EP
Label: Rump Recordings
Rated: *****
Three years after the latest album "Dynamo", Rumpistol is back with a new EP and with new influences into his sound. TALK TO YOU is the newest Rumpistol EP and it contains four new tracks (seven into the digital download edition). Listening to the first track, the main one, is evident that Jens B. Christiansen used more melody and decided to use samples in a creative way, introducing into his i.d.m. based sound, dub and soul. I must say that now his music has more power and it sounds epic, also. "Don't go" is a slow chant with throbbing bass lines and "We're not gonna make it" sounds like a romantic version of Portishead. "Through all this madness" sounds like a broken remix of Depeche Mode of the "Songs of faith and devotion" period. "In this song", thanks to its bass distortions and 8bit sounds, has the vocals sounding like a prayer. This is something I wouldn't expect from a Rumpistol release but I'm pleased he enhanced his sound this way!

Magnitophono: Magnet

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Apr 30 2011
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Artist: Magnitophono
Title: Magnet
Format: CD EP
Label: Bearsuit (@)
Rated: *****
After some collaborations where she allowed Bartosz Dziadosz aka Pleq to play in her nursery rooms and read her tale books and after ideally giving life to Pierrot-like mannequins, the Greek dadaist musicians Eleni Adamopoulou aka Manekinekod, aka Magnitophono (not to be confused with the historical art-rock Birmingham-based band Magnetophone), winds the spring motor up again by rotating the ratchet lever of her musical boxes fastened on her imagination. Issued by the Scottish label Bearsuit, her new musical reveries sound more than everclose to the whimsical glitch-tronic freaks of some Japanese well-known contemporary musicians such as Takagi Masakatsu or Nobukazu Takemura (in particular in the two initial tracks Pet and Ninjeto as well as in the nice Down To Earth, whereas if you follow the imaginative path of the lyrics, your mind can draw some new lovely tamagotchi landed from some heavenly realm!) and partially some whimsical pieces of Icelandic music such as Amiina or Mum. A magneticly sweet and somewhat melancholic daydream, whose tonal shilly-shallying is going to entrance into a delicate childplay-like enchanted world.

Echologist: Subterranean

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Apr 23 2011
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Artist: Echologist (@)
Title: Subterranean
Format: CD
Label: Steadfast Records
Distributor: Kompakt
Rated: *****
Born in South Africa, but living in New York, the fecund techno-maker Brendon Moeller also known as Echologist and Beat Pharmacy after a plenty of releases for Mule Electroniq, Rekids, Ann Aimee, Electric Deluxe, Third Ear, Ostgut Ton and the renowned Deep Space Media by Francois K (just to mention a few), tries to take new directions by draining away the beats from the classical structure of contemporary techno anthem without tainting the typical kinetic energy. Even if Brendon's approach sometimes plays off key so that someone has defined his style as a sort of shoegaze techno (for instance, when Echologist starts digging the mental ground of the listener in the inital title-track Subterranean, he inserts a sample of slow scratching which could writhe the mouth of some of them...just some slight flaws to be honest), its drilling is everything but boring and is able to induce a remarkable listening pleasure. One of the trick to confer some dynamics on tracks is the addition of resounding ultra-low frequencies (oscillating within a relatively short range of values...and in tracks such as Lunar Cycle or Deliberate - where syncopated punching on the sonic flow is the perfect surrogate of a bumpy bass-hit -, you're not going to miss electronic drum parts at all) and deep sub-bass, which, combined to some flounces on sonic spectrum and some airy reverb-soaked drones typical of electronic dub, ease the descent of the listener, a descent who looks like an ascent towards oneiric realms. Echologist knows how to play on knobs and buttons in order to dig deeper and deeper by turning drilled plates and shattered clods into levitating objects in the sonic space. The style he manages to explore in Subterranean could be difficult to describe, but it's very easy to be enjoyed!


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