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The Retail Sectors: Life's Ironies

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 10 2007
Artist: The Retail Sectors (@)
Title: Life's Ironies
Format: CD
Label: october man recordings (@)
Rated: *****
The Retail Sector is the musical alter ego of multi-instrumentist Kentaro Togawa and "Life's Ironies" is a remarkable piece of work. The first track is called "In Scorn" and has an emphatic guitar work resembling somehow Explosions in The Sky gone minimal - after a couple of minutes some thick layers of noise are introduced to your ears. Basically all the tracks on "Life's Ironies" seem to start following a classic ebb & flow postrock to shift into harsher territories not so far from Xinlisupreme's "American Supreme" Ep. October Man is a small UK cdr label with great homemade packaging and a small run of copies, usually 30... so you'd better hurry up!!


 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 10 2007
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Title: Musicamorosa
Format: CD
Label: Crónica
Rated: *****
Last time I heard from Jorge Mantas was with his cdr on Mystery Sea. I had shared a cd with him on Thisco, and I really liked his dark, concise, sometimes lo-fi approach to digital drones. I've lost traces of him for a while and now I discover he's mellowed out: pink layout, Proust quotes everywhere... what the hell... No, really... This is undoubtedly a new course for Mantas, but it's a great one, and his musical ability has improved dramatically. His drones have turned melodic and moody, and beneath the sugar-coated layout they have maintained an edge that prevents them from becoming dull or nauseous (with the darker "L'amour, c'est l'espace et le temps rendus sensibles au coeur" reminding of his previous production). With its 13 tracks and 65 minutes, it's a quite lengthy work, and my loveless heart forces me to take a break now and then - but the quality is high throughout. Guests like José Luís Merca (Matéria Prima, at electric guitar), Tobias Strahl (Dies Natalis, at acoustic guitar) and Cécile Schott (Colleen, reading Proust, obviously), help make some tracks more varied, and Mantas knows how to dose their contribution. @c closes the album with a glitchy, more upbeat remix, which is ok but maybe a bit redundant. I would recommend this disc to anybody into Dead Texan, latest Beequeen or Stephan Mathieu, and melancholic electronica in general - it hardly gets any better than this, me thinks.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 10 2007