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AUN: Blackhorse

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 02 2007
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Artist: AUN (@)
Title: Blackhorse
Format: CD
Label: Oral Records (@)
Rated: *****
With "Blackhorse" Martin Dumais aka AUN shifts into a more dreamy and less experimental form of music. The overall feel is that the composition is more relaxed and AUN varies in its subtle attack with many different strategies ranging from simple but effective lushy drone pieces to more structured tracks with strings and other instruments always flexing and changing. Dumais wrestles with loops and keeps the listener focused for the whole 55 minutes of "Blackhorse". His tunes evoke both post-industrial revolutionaries and modern artists dealing with experimental music. It's not too far-fetched to think of AUN as the modern Canadian equivalent of projects like Zoviet France or Cranioclast. My highest recommendation for this one.

AUN: Mule

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 02 2007
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Artist: AUN (@)
Title: Mule
Format: CD
Label: Oral Records (@)
Rated: *****
AUN is Martin Dumais (also playing with Les Jardiniers ) - one of the prime movers of the experimental music scene in Montreal - a scene that spawned many talented performers. The music that AUN creates is released via Oral Records, a Canadian label home to projects such as CM Von Hausswolf, Joe Colley and the two superb Monoton re-issues. "Mule" is the first of his works to be published and it can be described as post-ambient with an experimental edge. There's melodies in there too and the canvas is different for every track. This music might be largely reprocessed by a computer but it's paradoxically "authentic" as played on a guitar or a piano and this makes Mule a particularly intense and emotional experience.

Kenji Siratori: Death Creature

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 01 2007
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Artist: Kenji Siratori (@)
Title: Death Creature
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
This is surely a very prominent addition to the roster of the German SkullLine label. Audio results and co-compositions could lately be heard very often by this Japanese Cyberpunk artist, at least Kenji Siratori was available as a guest on PRIDE AND FALL’s latest full-length album "In My Time Of Dying". Kenji’s own compositions of course like to drift in different styles and moods. It’s generally static Ambient, which ranges from eerie to harsh-metallic, Experimental and Noise, also comparisons to some Cold-Meat-acts can work as a reference. This "Death Creature"-album offers 4 tracks simply entitled "Zero", "One", "Two" and "Three", and each of them clocks over 10 minutes playing times. All tracks feature a voice performance by Kenji, but it isn’t like singing, it’s rather a kind of imploring murmur by using a stereo effect. While the tracks "Two" and "Three" follow rather the static and harsh path, "Zero" appeals the most with a kind of ominous-sounding melodic and repetitive signature. Since Kenji has made himself a good name especially in the past months, this extremely limited and hand-numbered item (only 50 exemplars) should be gone immediately – in other words: Hurry up, drop a mail to SkullLine and ask for availability of this release.

Brian Reitzell: 30 Days of Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 29 2007
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Artist: Brian Reitzell
Title: 30 Days of Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Format: CD
Label: Ipecac recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Former Redd Kross and Air drummer and composer Brian Reitzell has already scored "Lost in Translation" and "The Virgin Suicides", but this is his first horror feature film. I just went to see the today and was able to enjoy the soundtrack in its full grandness over the sound system of the theater. Obviously the impact that it has at that loudness and coupled with moving images is by far greater than that just a CD could have, but nevertheless, the CD stands on its own as a good release, and Mike Patton's label Ipecac saw that and decided to put it out. Musically you can think of it as a Cold Meat Industry type of release: glacial and minimal with random or sporadic bursts of brutal and sheer sonic attacks, isolationistic dark ambient with pounding industrial mayhems... the palette of moods and colors that is drawn is pretty non-sequential and is not based on a recurring harmonic theme (as in most other movies); in fact the entire soundtrack mostly consists of sounds that in the theater likely blend in with the sound design and don't take on a song-dimension of their own. In other words it is perfect for a movie about a bunch of people stuck in the dark at ten below zero with blood thirsty vampires hunting them down!
Rietzell's approach was quite unique and unheard of: he created his sounds by affixing various instruments and objects to a pottery wheel with microphones that was spinning at up to 280rpm... I really wish I was there to see that.
Rietzell is currently working with members of Air and Spoon on the soundtrack for a movie that doesn't yet exist, so whenever he figures that one out (or he gets an offer by some director working on a similar concept) we might hear more of him.

Boy Is Fiction: Boy Is Fiction

 Posted by eskaton   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 29 2007
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Artist: Boy Is Fiction
Title: Boy Is Fiction
Format: CD
Label: List Records (@)
Rated: *****
Here’s how the label describes it: "Fragile, emotional tones with a prevailing melancholic feel ... this debut release by Australian artist Boy Is Fiction captures those quiet moments of introspection just before sleep ... juxtaposed against broken late night sounds and restless movements ... utilising electronics, effects, drum machines, guitars, and pianos to put together this collection of intensely personal tracks ..." To me, it sounds a bit like Harold Budd with touches of Autechre thrown in. At some times, however, the drums that come in seem to be out of place. It’s as if Boy Is Fiction can’t quite decide what they want to sound like. Even so, this is definitely not music for the dancefloor. For the most part, the drums are incidental to the drones and synth lines. Overall, this is a very pleasant listen but not terribly demanding of the listener. Good background music for reading. For me the best tracks were the two that don’t seem to really fit on the album: "Glue/Let Me Think" and "The Bits in the Numbers." These two tracks are a bit more dissonant and more forceful than the rest of the disc. You can check out some of their tracks on their myspace page (listed as artist link above). This is the first album on a new label and it seems like they have a good start. Well worth checking out. The album weighs in at 49 minutes.


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