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VV.AA.: Play to: Bn Chora.Jugement

 Posted by eskaton   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 15 2009
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Play to: Bn Chora.Jugement
Format: CD
Label: Edizioni L.A.F. Org. + Jeringas 5cc (@)
According to the press release that came with this disc, this compilation "part of the soundtrack created for the "BN Chora. Jugement" installation by Massimo Indellicati / Progetto Sperimentale Chora." I don’t read Italian, so the liner notes on this one are wasted on me, but it is nicely put together. Luckily, the press packet had a track listing that I was then able to distill out of the liner notes. The opening track by Anna Maria Giordano, "Donne e Misteri" is the shortest track and has the feel of early 20th century archival music with female spoken word. The second track, "Detour Track" by Gianluca Becuzzi & Luigi Turra is a 32 minute minimal dronefest that sounds like one is playing a 45 or 78 speed album at 33.3. I can see how it would work for an art installation, because it fades into the background, but in some ways it moves a bit too slow for my tastes. At 33:57, "To the Outer Fringes" by Sil Muir (a collaboration between Andrea Ferraris and Andrea Marutti) is the longest track on the disc. According to the press release, it was inspired by "The Wild Blue Yonder" by Werner Herzog. I am not familiar with this, so I can’t give comparisons. This track also maintains the quality of fading into the background but instead focuses on constantly shifting drones, which gives it an ethereal quality. This may be an odd comparison, but it reminds me of the music that plays in the glass and light installation in the Detroit Airport. Overall, a pleasant listen. Anna Maria Giordano finishes the disc with "Banda," a short track that reprises the marching music. Overall, I can see why someone would want this album as sound for an installation, but it doesn’t all hold up on its own. It’s pleasant enough, but there is much more interesting material out there. This disc weighs in at 73.11.

Kobuka: Dystiopia

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 15 2009
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Artist: Kobuka (@)
Title: Dystiopia
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: self-released
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Kibuka is Dean Dennis (Clock DVA, TAGC, Sector, Nohno) and Snook (Nohno). 16 tracks (including two remixes by Lustmord and Spiralized with Paul A. Browse) of light electronica with prominent bass lines and lots of sampling activity that reel in ideas from London's underground and drive them home by mixing it up with dubstep, ambient, electronica. It's hard to mention specific influences in addition to the obvious ones (the duo's other projects, especially DVA) but I'd say it's safe to say that there are some Warp-ish sounds (Aphex Twin, Autechre, Boards of Canada) mixed up in there with the rest of the Sherwood/On-U sound and the Skream/Burial possible influences.
I reckon this will be one of the last releases to feature W's annoying sampled voice now that there's actually a smart guy running things. The whole Bush thing was getting a little old but we won't hold this against Kibuka, after all that moron and his wrongdoings have been an inspiration to many artists.
Ant-Zen is distributing this release so if you are into these sort of sounds I would definitely give this a listen.

Beehatch: Brood

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 14 2009
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Artist: Beehatch (@)
Title: Brood
Format: CD
Label: Lens records (@)
Distributor: Morphius Records (US World) / Cargo Records (UK/Europe) / Arabesque Distribution (UK/Europe)
Rated: *****
Chicago based Lens records released the new (second) CD by Bee hat ch, which is a project by prominent musicians/producers Mark Spybey (Zoviet*France, Download, Dead Voices on Air, Propeller, Rapoon, Reformed Faction) and Phil Western (Kone, Download, Frozen Rabbit, Floatpoint, Plateau). Take into account their cumulative experience of outside remixes and collaborations with Jarobe (Swans), Mick Harris (Scorn), James Plotkin, Jean-Yves Theriault (Voivod), cEvin Key and Dwayne Goettel (Skinny Puppy), Genesis P. Orridge (Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV), Not Breathing, The Legendary Pink Dots, Tommy Grenas (Aubian Lights, Nik Turner's Hawkwind), Chris Connelly, Martin Atkins (Killing Joke, Pigface, Public Image Ltd., Ministry) Teargarden, Elliot Sharp, I Am Spoonbender, Pigface, Can, Damo Suzuki, Faust, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Cluster Haronia, Michael Roterh, Dieter Moebius, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Bryan Adams, Tranquility Bass, Coal Chamber, Monster Magnet, Twilight Circus and many others... and you should know right away that these two are some of those rare breed of individuals with infinite drive and unlimited creative energy who manage to squeeze out soooo much more out of a day than the rest of us do.
Their collaborative sound is a mixture of experimental sounds, ambient textures, pop sensibility, ethereal new age, gloomy dark and spacey electronica. All of the projects they are part of and the people they worked with should already give you a very good idea of what you are in for, but if you are still confused and need a couple more names to add to your confusion, I'd say "Brood" might bring to mind (at different times) Beequeen, Autechre, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Jean Michel Jarre, Legendary Pink Dots, David Byrne, Brian Eno, David Bowie... but all of these are just vague and swiftly passing references, which would take the album out of context if you individually used them as the main or the only references. That is probably also part of the richness of "Brood" and of the unique sound it delivers. All in all this record is VERY diluted, slow, ethereal, outer worldly and mysterious sounding more than anything else. There are some vocals here and there (mostly male and dark, pretty Kaspel-ish, but also a couple distant female vocals). You can sort of tell that there are two minds at work, and extremely eclectic ones at that, but whoever of the two is more into the ambient soundscapes seems to have had the upper hand. Definitely an album worth checking out.

A Wake A Week: Little Black Cloud

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 12 2009
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Artist: A Wake A Week
Title: Little Black Cloud
Format: CD
Label: Spectraliquid (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is a side-project of the DETRITUS-musician and mastermind David Dando-Moore and with this 10-track album the Greek label Spectraliquid leaves a bit the course to provide CD-EP's with a straight-oriented, rhythm-supported IDM outfits. A WAKE A WEEK differs a lot, since David installs a subtle form of Ambient-Electronica, often supported by symphonic and Neo-Classic-like string arrangements and further organic instruments. No pseudo-aggression, only pure layered drones and melodies – yes, this cinematic mixture comes out unexpected. It definitely requires some more spins than usual to find complete entrance to this kind of work, because without fully attention you won’t be able to grab only a glimpse of the featured content. On the other hand, some rhythmically drops well and subtle placed would help the listener (...and at least the reviewer...) to remember better one or another track. But okay, there can be named only a few artists, which produce music in a comparable way. It’s also hard to figure out a favorite, since this album has to be consumed as a whole and complete unit – to separate it into single tracks wouldn’t make sense. Not bad and an appreciated album to all of you, who like to drift away with the mood, but at least to me personally not thrilling enough to keep the concentration high on to all later based tracks.

H.U.G.O.: Equilibrium

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 12 2009
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Artist: H.U.G.O.
Title: Equilibrium
Format: CD
Label: Fridge
Distributor: Goodfellas
Rated: *****
Equilibrium is sometimes like taking off your shoe in order to remove a pebble thrown unexpectedly inside of it and hurting feet while walking by a little spiteful brontosaurus. That could be just an interpretation of what this Italian band seems to suggest by the use of a nice shot for the green filtered cover artwork by Alessandro Della Savia (pay attention...there's a message under the leaves!) and inside and throughout the "rough" lines of an album which is only apparently just delightful and saturated with pleasurable grooves. Positive messages even if homemade and juicy tunes by the way! Let's state from now on that H.U.G.O. is just an acronym standing for Homemade (...and as many things with this distinctive quality, you could undoubtedly say it's greatly more genuine than any other musical prescription deriving from a widespread "serialism"! By the way... could you deny that fried noodles are healthier than Elvira Coot's delicious tidbits?!?) Unlimited Groove Opportunities and speaking generally you know there's nothing more concrete than opportunities (or could we speak about possibilities?!?). That's the reason why in my modest opinion, there's nothing particularly mystical or out-of-head in their music even if rich of references to some dreamy acts from Bristol music masters as well as ethereal "ambientalists" such as Boards Of Canada. But when the skilled voice by Daniela Zebra's uvula utterly flutterly sings, moans and (sometimes) whispers with total absence of fawning "life exists only in the absence of equilibrium", it seems that they enjoy being controversial and that's why they could not be defined a pop band! The lyrics are somewhat like memory pills as they even quote Herbert Marcuse's one-dimensional man, punks' believing, pagan principles based on the alternation of seasons and changes on human life, a bizarre female version of Stevenson's fictional character created to represent the splitting of personality (the famous '“ and not so '“ strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hide), with some provocative statements (for instance in Whacked you could listen to a sort of gentle invective full of praises against an imaginary starlet totally absorbed by a "fake" star system ideology... ), while the music seems to be a conglomerate assemblage of different influences well amalgamated by a groovy cheeky rhythmical pattern, often invading the fertile grounds of psychedelic electronic movements with that way of "ease-grabbing" distinguishing poppy tracks, chiming tones and well-crafted basslines. Even if in some episodes the compositional aspects lacks of homogeneity, you'll arguably appreciate their trembling and sibylline style and their refined alchemy.


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