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STEFANO GIUST: Linked

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 24 2006
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Artist: STEFANO GIUST
Title: Linked
Format: CD
Label: Setola di Maiale (@)
Rated: *****
Like it or not together with Zu, Roy Paci, Stefano Giust is one of the most prolific extravagant-jazz (?)/306° musicians coming from Italy at the moment. This’ again an electronic release but a really atypical one above all for the creative procedure. All of the rhythms and loops have been played live on Yamaha keyboard and electronic pad and recorded via digital effect processor into a Yamaha recorder that means no computer has been involved neither in the performance nor in the recording. It's again a live recording but as I've wrote before, this guy is into every form of improvisation acoustic/analog/electric, and it obviously implies some tracks are more inspired than others but the whole record is good. Is also interesting how Giust's releases average length is around one hour, sometimes probably it weakens the global effect but I think it has to do with the fact he democratically votes for a "session" presented in its whole. "Changer" and "Plain" brings to mind some old electronic/analog releases on Warp, above all the most dub-influenced ones, there’re a couple of reasons, one is related to the instruments played but the other one to a common/heterogeneous background they share. I think if you're into 90ies electronic on Warp you should give it a listen.

OIL 10: Beyond

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 20 2006
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Artist: OIL 10
Title: Beyond
Format: CD
Label: Funk Welten (@)
Rated: *****
After releasing several albums during the last decade, Gilles Rossire with BEYOND releases his first full lenght for Funk Welten, the Black Rain sublabel focused on ambient and futuristic sounds. Influenced deeply by Kraftwerk, Vangelis and J. M. Jarre, Gilles takes the sound of European electronic music precursors just to re-process it into a modern blend of ambient, dance and techno, succeeding into the creation of a convincing mix. If the opening "Synchro 4 all" is a technoid dark ambient intro based on bleeps, pulsating rhythms and pads, the following one, "High adventure", is like a Kraftwerk ambient dance track. "Tele tone" is more electro and if "High adventure" was recalling the Kraftwerk for the use of vocoder, this one remember them for the use of scales made by those carachteristics synthetic tones (do you remember "Pocket calculator"?). "Grand illusion" expand even more the concept of ambient dance music, because it seems to listening to a dance version of early Biosphere. "Far & away" recall me the last Bartos album but shifted into a space scenario. "X fleet" is a little more techno / early e.b.m. but Gilles mix it with a sound that seems coming from the sci-fi movies of the '50s: something similar to a theremin but with a better control of melody. "Departure" recall J.M. Jarre way of using melody just like its following "Boarding pass" make the French way of playing electronic music revive. "Mach III" is a potential dance floor killer while the closing "My neighbor Hayao" is a beautiful electronic ballad that has a bitter taste that make you want to play the album from the start and nowadays this isn't a common thing! Great album, indeed!

REDIFFUSION with STEFANO GIUST: Live in Turin '04

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 18 2006
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Artist: REDIFFUSION with STEFANO GIUST
Title: Live in Turin '04
Format: CD
Label: Setola di Maiale (@)
Rated: *****
I think you may know Stefano Giust being him the guy behind Setola di Maiale, but if you never heard Rediffusion consider this improvisational/electronic duo is constantly collaborating with Nicolette (a.k.a. Massive Attack former singer). Ok, after this obvious introduction erase what you know and restart again: this is an all electronic release with a deep electronic/experimental mood. We’re talking about rhythmical music (Giust is playing electronic pads), I write that 'cause many tracks are kinda danceable and considering the most of the material is coming from a live session, I imagine the people present at the gig probably moved their feet and asses to the beat of this trio. Danceable, electronic not glitchy and with a dub accent...I don't know if they're from Bristol, but I don't think I'm exaggerating if I say so many english musicians during the last years have been deeply influenced by dub music (just think to Mick Harris, Jah Wobble, Kevin Martin, Tricky, to name a few). If the global image is that of a soft release don't take it too light-heartedly since sometimes it's strange and with a night feel (post-club music?), but in general I think it could have appeal also for a dance/rave crowd. Good, above all considering that's a live session.

GIUSEPPE IELASI: s/t

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 16 2006
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Artist: GIUSEPPE IELASI (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Hapna (@)
Rated: *****
Giuseppe Ielasi... yes the "relentless" Ielasi?...his personal discography keeps increasing and the fact he made it on cult labels like Hapna means he’s getting the recognition he deserves. This time the cd opens with an heartbreaking gloomy lullaby that I'm sure will capture the attention of the most reticent listeners. Differently from its prelude, the rest of this release is more rhythmical and less easy listening as one could expect. Sure, Ielasi hasn't left his latest peculiarities back home, thus the second track gives slowly way to a simple melody. Track after track this sweet depression savour will remain on your lips, it goes really well with quiet summer nights, it gives way to a night ride were lights glimmer like small spots on you rear-view mirror. It's really hard to get how many/which instruments have been played and processed by the italian musician but the balance between analog and digital sound is definitely good. As I wrote there's more rhythm than ever before but it's relatively discrete and above all not disturbing at all. I think artistically Ielasi is in full blossoming of his fertility. There're a couple of brilliant melodies that I think will easily break the heart of the most emotional of you. Ielasi melancholic mood is giving some of its most juicy fruits.

ANDERS DAHL: Hundloka, Flockblomstriga 1

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 14 2006
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Artist: ANDERS DAHL
Title: Hundloka, Flockblomstriga 1
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Hapna (@)
Rated: *****
When mr. De Waard (Vital Weekly) writes Hapna is a kick ass label I think he's right. Honestly of all the possible directions of melodic music to become experimental and the option to save experimental musicians from getting boring: I think this label has chose one of the most interesting routes. It's not just one record, I think the majority of their releases have just something more. For example take this Anders Dahl’s recording: how many acoustic guitar driven cds have you heard this year? And how many of them where interesting?...Dahl mixed a good psych-folk song writing a la Grubbs/Fahey with a personal experimental extravaganza. If you miss those inspired and enlightened Gastr Del Sol’s ideas, I think he will give you what you’re looking for. An acoustic track thus can become a drone-based/odd crescendo that brings the mood to its climax. Hundloka's three tracks create a continuum even if they're different one from each other (just listen the passage from the first to the second "movement"). Concrete elements and acoustic instruments married splendidly with a spew of electronics to keep everything together. Another nice trip sponsored by Hapna.


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