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SYMBIOSIS : A midsummer night's dream

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 04 2006
Artist: SYMBIOSIS (@)
Title: A midsummer night's dream
Format: CD
Rated: *****
This concept is based on the work of "dear ol' William" (to quote obliquely the mighty Morrissey) and you can get it both from the main title and from the title of each single track. Old fashioned ambient with a dark mood but still ambient and not dark ambient, therefore nothing to share with people like Lustmord, Bad Sektor, Alio Die or in the likes. I think the majority of the song comes from synth keyboards and that's the major connection to speak about ambient according to the way it was conceived from people like Eno. But that's not the only straight reference since you have all of these natural (somehow new age music strarted from here) samples like usual sounds, thunders, I think you got it. This recording is well done and well developed I think the guy knows how to work but I think he should better move forward from the "preset sort of" keyboard sounds. Not my cup of tea but if you're into ambient old school and keyboard music that's possibly addressed to you.

MOEBIUS: Nurton

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 01 2006
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Artist: MOEBIUS (@)
Title: Nurton
Format: CD
Label: Blue Pole
Rated: *****

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Active since the early 70’s with Kluster (with Roedelius and Schnitzler) and then with Cluster (when Schnitzler left), Moebius during the years collaborated also with other people like Eno, Plank, Beerbohm, Thompson, etc. He previously did only two solo album and NURTON, which comes after from his 2002 release "Live in Japan" and after is second solo album titled "Blotch" released back in 1999, is the third. Known as one of the fathers of krautrock along with Neu, Faust, Can, etc, on this new album Moebius mix vintage and digital synth sounds with nowadays solutions (hip hop rhythms, samples, etc.) creating fourteen instrumental tracks that convinced me because even if they are based on a cyclic structure there’s always a new element or a melodic change that keep your attention alive. Dieter Moebius recorded the different track experimenting with sounds and keeping the light errors of the execution just to give an human dimension to his compositions. Sometimes the tracks sounds a little unfinished but if you relax and let yourself go with the atmosphere created, you could join a nice and weird voyage though the space ambient audio sculptures created. Really interesting...

Martyn Bates & Troum: To A Child Dancing In The Wind

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 01 2006
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Artist: Martyn Bates & Troum (@)
Title: To A Child Dancing In The Wind
Format: CD
Label: Transgredient Records
Rated: *****
Martyn Bates, best known for being the singer of the new wave cult-band Eyeless in Gaza, sings over Troum's dronescapes in this stunning release. Bates otherworldly singing is engineered by fellow EiG member Peter Becker and fits extremely well with Troum's surprisingly bright and calm droning filigree (similar to the 1st chapter of their Tjukurpa serie).In four tracks Bates sings poems by his beloved WB Yeats as he did in some of his solo-works in the past years - the remaining two tracks are instrumental and more experimental, with Bates playing processed harmonica and mouthorgan over Troum's feedback cascades. The cd comes in a beautiful 6-panel digipack created by Daniel Croakert (of the Mystery Sea Cdr-label) that reminds of the booklet artwork of Bates' solo-masterpiece "Mystery Sea -letters written#2". A massive release.
Aug 31 2006
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Artist: GINTAS K
Title: Lengvai/60 x one minute audio colours of 2kHz sound
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Cr˛nica (@)
Rated: *****
This time for none can say Crònica hasn't been followed a sort of ideal unexspresive thread for its last releases and with an interesting result. Also Ginta K can be filed in that same grey area where you could also meet Vitor Joaquim I mean somewhere abstract melodies e microstructures. Considerably different from his label mate Ginta K is more focussed on minimal electronics bastardised with microwave sounds all mixed in a really soft texturr. Lengvai (the first cd) features five sketches of rhythmical but yet minimal electronic music with a definite post echno feel. Kaptavicious taste for proportion has the undoubtfully quality of duelling to save everything from getting boring without falling in the compistional trap of hyperstructures. This cd is far from being immediate, infact I think the more you listen to it the more you tune your ears to his hidden qualities but at last isn't that the real essence of minimal electronic music (Yoshihiro Hanno for exemple). This self described as containing "Colourful Hypnotizing beats" and that's true but going to the second cd it all changes. "60 x one minute audio colours of 2kHz sound" is developed around a 2kHz frequency that keeps changing minutes after minute, it's a creative study/work based on a minimal but yet interesting idea that many would describe as microsound. The result is quite good for both of the cd and the second one is undoubtfully interesting but I still prefer the "Longvai" one.

PRETTY BOY CROSOVER + JULIO SOTO : We Are All Drifting

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 30 2006
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Artist: PRETTY BOY CROSOVER + JULIO SOTO
Title: We Are All Drifting
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Cocosolidciti (@)
Rated: *****
Cocosolidciti has put out another top notch release and even if you're not in the style of melodic electronic music they manufacture, there's no doubt the way they connect music and visuals is always top notch. Pretty Boy Crossover style is exquisitely british, I mean, this band marries the best shoe-gaze harmonies with a delightful electronic touch with a resulting relaxing effect. According to what I've just said this band somehow brings forward the work of forefathers like Seefeel even if under a more poppy and "modern" prospective (above if compared with the last period of the ensemble featuring Mark Clifford), but there are moments in which the "softly sinking" sensation is quite similar. The most of the songs are really evocative but at the same time I'm so glad they've been able to stay away from that cheesy melodic structure many bands create under the nefastus desire to sound like Mogway (I love Mogway but I think together with Karate they've indirectly created too many bad clichés). This could already be an interesting release but after having seen the dvd disc I've been completely blow away by the whole project. Pretty Boy Crossover music and Julio Soto's video are amazing, these long clip are always somewhere in-between video art and short movies. When writing about invisible cities it's hard to omit the subject of every single clip is developed incredibly well and above all it's incredible how the result is so good but at the same time it looks so simple. Mr. Soto ability in digitally reworking images and the development of the whole narrative plot without words is great and yes the music fits incredibly well that the first idea is they have been created simultaneously (even if I doubt it and I dunno it). Bravo!!.


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