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HAMILTON YARNS : search for the underwater town

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 25 2008
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Artist: HAMILTON YARNS (@)
Title: search for the underwater town
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Hark Recorrdings (@)
Rated: *****
Honestly be it the fact it was a promo or the naive painting on the cover, I had no great expectation from this double cd, but hell knows if I was wrong!. I’ve been listening both of the cds repeatedly many times and I think this’ a great work. I wish none will be offended by the following comparison but I use it just to help you making a picture of Hamilton Yarn’s music, this bands really reminded of the musical approach of Bablicon, some new/old folk bands from England and last Current 93 gone more solar. As you may have guessed we’re talking about melodic folk music in a broad sense but it’s enriched of neo psychedelia, popular music, field recordings and the tracklist gives you the impression it has been designed to create a narration, thus we could define it "story telling music". This may sound as "art brut" and it’s not absolutely erroneous but I think everything seems to be really intentional on this cd, so you have well done recordings, rough field-sounds but all has been mixed with a great taste. They should be a seven piece from what I could get from their website and they play a large variety of instruments like piano, violin, cornet, flute, clarinet, harmonium, etc...and they also use vocals in a really folk/popular manner. Both of the cds offer an equal amount of melody and soft acoustic sound works, most of the music have a childish dreamlike atmosphere if it’s not something you can lull your children with it’s really close to it. Obviously from what I wrote you may imagine this could sound as a soundtrack for cartoons or for kids oriented movies and this’ what I find really lovely of this double cd: it’s simple, but its a simplicity not so easily obtainable infact if you pay attention to the arrangements of the majority of the tracks you can’t but notice they’re really well pondered and combined with a great writing skill. "Pastoral folk" they say and I agree with reviewers who labelled them this way, even if it could be a bit reductive for the multiplicity of things they put together. Thumbs up to the pastoral folksters.

NO: Vuoto - A Work About Cosmic Vacuum

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 25 2008
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Artist: NO
Title: Vuoto - A Work About Cosmic Vacuum
Format: CD
Label: Farmacia 901 (@)
Rated: *****
Farmacia 901 is a new small label born to support electronic synthetic sounds born from improvisations which tend to create concrete music suites. First release of the label (that sees also on its roster Erik Ursich, already active on Punch Records) is VUOTO - A WORK ABOUT COSMIC VACUMM by No (personal project of Farmacia 901's founder Fabio Perletta). Composing astral sidereal sounds that are linked to an ancestral dimension, No on this first album mix long synthetic drones and bleeps that create a reverbs of a not-existent universe where everything fluctuate. Listening to "Intermediate mass balck hole in globular clusters" or the following "Gigantic quantum vacuum fluctuation (quark-antiquark collision)... genesis" is like swimming into the primordial liquid looking for our cosmic self. Inspired by Karlheinz Stockhausen, La Monte Young, Morton Subotnick, John Cage e dalla Kosmische Musik di Tangerine Dream, Cluster and Holger Czukay, No's brain music will mesmerize you. Try "The encke minima and enchke division in saturn's a-ring" for first. The album is presented into a limited 100 copies run CD-r with a satin package and printed cover.
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Artist: VAE VICTUS / Durch Heer und Kraft
Title: Fortes Fortune Adiuvat!
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
The release onslaught of the German SkullLine label wins on speed and offers more and more curious acts rather dedicated to some more Experimental-minded music efforts. This full-length album is a split-release by two quite musically different acts, the US-one man act VAE VICTUS and the Hungarian DURCH HEER UND KRAFT. VAE VICTUS seems to be the more drastically outfit, providing a mixture of a static and noisy Military-inspired Industrial sound combined with Ambient and filled with dozens of war, sirens and propaganda movie samples. A little communistic vein is surely integrated as well, tracks like "The Fall Of Capitalism / The Party Of Lenin" or the pure Mao Tse Tung-propaganda tracks "Chairman Mao Is The Red Sun In Our Hearts" tend obviously into this direction. I would advise to read some Blogs of this act presented on their MySpace web account. Quite interesting for dedicated fans. DURCH HEER UND KRAFT are Military-inspired too, which they often celebrate through typical marching snare drum inserts, but generally their musically outfit turns rather into Neo-Folk/Classic music. Some tracks are new interpretations and do follow some traditional Folk tunes ("Krieg und Friede") and to my surprise they offer some speech-like vocals on some tracks too. Both bands have here and there some interesting stuff to offer, but a strictly dedication of the listener to some Military-music is helpful. Extremely limited edition, as usual for SkullLine, this one is restricted to only 50 exemplars.

NUNBIENT: One - Just Another Dark Age

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 21 2008
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Artist: NUNBIENT
Title: One - Just Another Dark Age
Format: CD
Label: Burning Shed (@)
Rated: *****
Active also with Antique Seeking Nuns and Joff Winks Band, Joff Winks and Matt Baber have recorded ONE - JUST ANOTHER DARK AGE under the Nunbient moniker. The seven tracks of the album mix glacial ambient sounds with treated fields recordings and slow rhythms. "Curtains up" and "Indian box", the two track that open the album, are a good appetizer for the forty five minutes of cinematic ambient sidereal music. The tracks are quite minimal but they are never sounding static or boring. There's always a melody or a certain richness of sounds that is able to catch the listener's attention: a light guitar sound, a xylophone, a synth sound, everything is good to enrich the atmosphere created by the synth pads. Try to listen to it using your speakers first and you'll realize that your room is like an opened door to a different dimension.

SUNKEN FOAL: Fallen Arches

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 20 2008
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Artist: SUNKEN FOAL
Title: Fallen Arches
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu
Rated: *****
Sunken Foal is the project of an Irish guy called Duncan Murphy. He, helped by occasional friends, did a great debut album titled FALLEN ARCHES. Mixing acoustic instruments like guitars, piano and drum with electronic sounds (sometimes, i.d.m. rhythms or rough synth melodies like on "Rikkic"), Sunken Foal is offering a fresh approach to modern electronic music. Duncan composed tracks that sound like experimental folk electronic suites, others that are structured like songs (with vocals and acoustic guitar with electronic inserts) as well as jazz dark instrumental suites that suddenly turns into folk songs. The atmosphere created on the album is difficult to be described but try to imagine an experimental electronic version of King Of Convenience and add a sprinkle of freshness and a bit of craziness to that beautiful melancholy. Try it with after a difficult day and let me know...


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