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MAN’S LAST GREAT INVENTION : None

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 31 2008
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Artist: MAN’S LAST GREAT INVENTION
Title: None
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Eh? (@)
Rated: *****
It took me a while to review, but it was worth the wait, infact a good record is still a good record after a while..sometimes that’s not the way it is, you’re right, above all when coming down to genres like electronics which really linked to the sound... but this really far from electronics. Man's Last Great Invention share much more with psychedelia than many other bands using drones and feedbacks, do to the lo-fi nature of this recording and to the really good quality of the music they reminded me a lot of an underrated band from the not so recent K records catalogue, I’m talking about Yume Bitsu (..hey after having wrote their name I’ve discovered I’ve just one of their 4 releases, shame on me). The band was somehow Kranky oriented but more minimal, more punky and if you ask me these characteristics are quite similar to MLGI, in someway the fact they’re on this subsidiary label of Public Eyesore can confirm my opinion, but I repeat: the comparison to such a good band as Yume Bitsu is much than deserved. The package in someway follows the recording and is quite minimal but equally as good and after drone music had become in someway quite popular they’ve gained enough point to go and break your money-pig to give em some money. Differently from other releases on Eh? Label, this one is not "anal" and hyper-cerebral but is much more accessible... maybe it will lead also some inveterate freaks into some new kinds of psychedelia. While the recording is rough but expressive the only possible remark is that concerning the division of this whole session in tracks, ok, they probably did it to help the listener have some rest during this trippy listening, but this’ nothing but a long session and also well done, therefore there’s no need to cut it... if the dear 2008-listener can’t take the time to listen to a long session, well he or she can go fuck himself (freak power!...or "grind finale"! But I’m fed up with people complaining about long records).
Aug 25 2008
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Artist: OVRO
Title: Revisited
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
Also active with Haeretici 7o74, Ovro with REVISITED is presenting her fourth album. Divided into seven different moments, REVISITED contains re-worked tracks already presented on the 2006 CDr "Estrainer". The original field recordings were taken during a trip from St. Petersberg to Moscow. On the inner cover of the CD Ovro explains what moment the recording covered and reading simple explanations like "Relocating to Moscow now by train, in Moscow by underground, with echoes of Turku traffic mixed in" and listening to a track that sounds like a trip to hell has a particular effect on me. It's like to be drugged and walking by the city. It's a strange aural experience as each sound float back and forth while you lose the sense of balance. Musically the album sounds dark and experimental mixing drones and field recordings collected in different locations (mostly city places) but in this case I won't talk about it like I would for an entertaining media. You have to experience it more than listen to it also because otherwise you would find that the overall atmosphere is pretty the same.

NO XIVIC: Yksityisyys

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 22 2008
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Artist: NO XIVIC (@)
Title: Yksityisyys
Format: CD
Label: Onxya
Rated: *****
YKSITYISYYS is a word (Finnish I believe) that represents a quality of a thing or a person that gives intense pleasure and deep satisfaction to the mind. Well, listening to the seven tracks of the album I can say that the title isn't always applicable to the sounds because if the opening "Kaunotar ruuturouva" is a blend of drones and field recordings (sounds of someone walking into a forest with birds whistling) the second one "Flex dental zwei" starts like a dark ambient track just to evolve into a chaotic throbbing sound pot that sometimes result also disturbing (on this one the field recordings seem to have been taken at a dentist session). "Etelaan" is less chaotic but nevertheless is able to provoke anxiousness with its sounds that make you feel blindfolded inside a carriage. "Koirantappo" and "Pakomatka pohjoiseen" are a blend of the three previous tracks with calm/chaotic moments for the first one and ambient drones for the second. "Sininen" blend piano, reverbered vocals and drones on the last part while the closing "Manala" is the most industrial dark ambient track of the lot. No Xivic is good at creating sound ambients that provoke into the listener violent feelings but this CD is suggested for the experimental/industrial lovers only.

CLINT LISTING: My Father My Keeper

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 21 2008
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Artist: CLINT LISTING (@)
Title: My Father My Keeper
Format: CD
Label: Autumn Wind Productions (@)
Rated: *****
Side project of the creator of As All Die, Clint Listing produces a particular music made of dark ambient atmospheres, slowed down jazzy intuitions and a bit of early 4AD style (see for example "Cut off your wings to enter heaven" where the melancholy calm/deep vocals are hidden between treated strings sounds). MY FATHER, MY KEEPER is a multi faceted album because if the first three tracks sound like a minimal mix of dark ambient synth pads with the add of a clarinet, the fore mentioned "Cut off your wings to enter heaven" and the following "The last day's of originality" (this one couple whispered vocals, clean electric guitars a la post rock with synth pads) change the style a bit but without changing the atmosphere which is always disturbed and intimate. Also the reverb synth experimentation of "One's loss of sanity", even if it sounds like of break into the atmosphere created since then, it isn't a total surprise, because just by listening to the first couple of tracks of the album you can realize that Clint Listing allows to himself an approach to music that is freed from boundaries. The last three tracks are reported as being part of "The Snow Ghost bonus EP". They span from the opening industrial ambient sounds of "Traveling the celestial path" to the creeping tubular bell sounds of "Simplicity is bliss" passing through the post rock drones of the long "The snow ghost".

PROCER VENEFICUS: Saltwater & Glassmoon

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 19 2008
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Artist: PROCER VENEFICUS
Title: Saltwater & Glassmoon
Format: CD
Label: Stellar Auditorium (@)
Rated: *****
Heading from Greece, Stellar Auditorium is a new label that sent me two of their latest releases. SALTWATER & GLASSMOON by Procer Veneficus is the second one and contains five movements of slow classical orchestra music played like there was a string session drowning under the sea. The music produced by Derek Schultz try to change a little the rules of dark ambient music by using more melodies but being true to the genre thanks to the sounds used that seem to be fluctuating between hisses, choirs and a general feeling of pain produced by the underwater effect. Three out of five tracks succeeded into keeping my attention alive but a couple of them made me want to skip them. This album is available as a limited edition of 300 CD-rs in a cardboard sleeve.


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