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MARKUS REUTER : Trepanation

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 13 2007
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Artist: MARKUS REUTER
Title: Trepanation
Format: CD
Label: Lotuspike
Rated: *****
When somebody thinks of good ambient music he should figure out something like this release by Markus Reuter. Following the notes of his profile this guy should have done a lot of works and honestly it's easy to believe it since the production is great in every sense, not to say perfect. Sure, you've keyboards, synths and laptop like many other release of the genre, but in a work like the one we're talking about the difference stands in the work to give an interesting silhouette and colour to the sounds. As you probably have argued the sounds and the melodies generate the basic framework of this apparently (and I underline the word: "apparently") simple music, infact there's no real rhythmical skeleton (apart from a couple of episodes) and everything gets ethereal as it should be. There's a strong melancholy coming out from the music of Reuter but it’s still far from being depression. "Trepanation" can be unquestionably filed under ambient music but on the edge of electronica, for example just give a listen to tracks like "beat". For those aficionados of the "dear 'ol’ school" of soft electronic music, someway "Trepanation" could pay an inspired homage to some Afx "Selected Ambient Works" while dressing a brand new expansive suit. Tip of hat to the tailor then!.

FHIEVEL : Preghiera per una stella

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 13 2007
Artist: FHIEVEL
Title: Preghiera per una stella
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Afe (@)
Rated: *****
I’m so late in reviewing this small gem but while I'm late in my duty scout’s honour that I've been listening to it many time since I've it. Fhievel is not a newcomer at all since I think you probably heard him with some previous solo releases or with the Pocket Progressive trio (a cd out on Creative Sources) which besides him includes Claudio Rocchetti and Luca Sigurtà. Ok, forget the electro-acoustic skill of Bergero and leave space for a drone oriented 3" mcd where Fhievel shows an incredible talent. The basic sound reminds of an organ keyboard, but it’s well mixed with some other sounds in a really soft manner so that you'll probably simply swim into it. The funny thing is that Bergero probably likes making the drones/sounds fade right after he thinks the natural climax of the single sound it's reached alas don't expect the typical ambiental, neverending psychedelic sound going on forever and ever. The only thing materializing underneath from the pool of sound is a soft foam made out of barely audible noises. Somebody in the past has compared Bergero to Eliane Radigue probably that’s true by the way for the boring I may sound keep in mind minimalism is not "poor" at all and above all it implies strength and self control, Fhievel is another good example of what I’ve just wrote.

NOKALYPSE: Ocean Of Inexistece

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 08 2007
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Artist: NOKALYPSE (@)
Title: Ocean Of Inexistece
Format: CD
Label: Triple Bath (@)
Rated: *****
Limited to only 76 copies, OCEAN OF INEXISTENCE is the third release of the project conducted by Themis Pantelopoulos and it is also the second release for his own cd-r label. The album is divided into five main tracks which are also divided into different movements and if at a first listening it could recall some Klaus Schulze/Vangelis tracks by listening to its whole length, OCEAN OF INEXISTENCE is more faceted than you could think as Themis start playing with ambient solutions but soon after he adds elements of industrial, electronic and experimental music giving to his tracks a deeper "existence" by creating different moments/movements where the atmosphere turns from light and dreamy to dark and experimental where sounds take a hold on melody just to drop down the hostilities and changing again forming a sort of tense soundtrack (like on "Oriellegro"). Very intense but unfortunately strictly limited. From Themis' website I read that there are only 16 left. Check it out in a hurry!

BLACK LUNG: The Coming Dark Age

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 08 2007
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Artist: BLACK LUNG
Title: The Coming Dark Age
Format: CD
Label: Crunch Pod Media (@)
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
Crunch Pod Media have to celebrate a little anniversary, because with the release of a new BLACK LUNG CD they celebrate their 50th release, a number not too much labels can reach. BLACK LUNG is a project of the Australian musician David Thrussel, who could be for some or another better known under his moniker SNOG. For BLACK LUNG this new album "The Coming Dark Age" is the first studio recording since their last album "The Disinformation Plague", out in 1997 under Metropolis-Records. Crunch Pod is known for quality music along the noisier side of life, but with this release they offer an album pretty much influenced by modern Electronic, Ambient, and Electronica, maybe a bit influenced of works of APHEX TWIN. Globally mostly straight produced instrumental stuff, which David likes to present us here, but not too much comparable to SNOG. I tend like enjoy the rather creepy ominous-arranged pieces the most like "The Sins Of Megalopolis", the title track or the destroying "Leibowitz’s Canticle". Not to forget I would like to mention the long and very drastically written words "Eating Fossil Fuels" by Dale Allen Pfeiffer readable in the booklet, which describes a very frightening vision of the growing human population and the multiple crises around us – a very disturbing work which comes to some frightening results, but it fits with some critical views David has always commented and stands for, last but not least it fits with the album title. Well packaged in a quality digi-pack, a nice anniversary release, congrats, Ben and Christian...
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Artist: BLEIBURG (@)
Title: Occidentem Appello!
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Stefan Rukavina aka BLEIBURG returns earlier than expected with a new full-length album, just 5 months after his DCD "History In Flames" in collaboration with MAN-MACHINE, both out on the German special mail order service SkullLine. After the widely thrown in diversity which that DCD had to offer, this new album differs. Although the artwork presents a soldiers’ graveyard, it isn’t at all a release inspired by trendy Electro/harsh EBM styles. With his partner E. W. Schröder, who integrates some deep male vocals here and there, Stefan offers dark experimental electronic music somewhere based on Electronica, dark Ambient textures up to Ritual Industrial. The whole concept offers a very cinematic, at times futuristic background, rhythms or danceable tunes are mostly left out. Some rotations under a pair of headphones with fully attention should help to grab the content behind this work. Slow and creepy layering stuff, which should appeal you. As usual for SkullLine releases, also this item will be rather limited, this time to 150 numbered pieces and it is packed in a DVD box featuring 4 remarkable goodies (1 pin, 2 photos, 1 wired crucifix) as well. A hard-to-get collector's item and ONLY available at SkullLine.


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