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EFERMIX: Undolate

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 27 2006
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Artist: EFERMIX (@)
Title: Undolate
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: ainia (@)
Rated: *****
"Feed your birds, folks!"... no, it’s not John Cage and it has nothing to do with his recurring interest for winged animals, anyhow that's another lane since Efermix plays electronic danceable music. This four tracks cdr is danceable but at the same time grey and cold as the feeling suggested by the front cover. This ep can be found in the ranks of north european electronic music, not unlike Biosphere odd melodies but you can still hear the heart beating behind three layers of ice. I've mentioned Biosphere just for the global sensation, I don't think Efermix is s close to the finnish musician, judging from the first track I'd say this music could remind latest Scorn faster and less obsessive but Future Sound of London and Orbital are part of the lot. The drum sound even if programmed has still an acoustic taste with a post-dub emphasis on the rimshot, (in the title track becomes almost hypnotical). I think the dub influence (like in many Mick Harris' works) emerges right from the stoned use of rhythms. The most of the tracks are not lasting more than three minutes except for the hard kicking march of Birdwalk where a repetitive drum plus vocal loop makes the most of the structure. Simple, straight, cold electronics but good.

TAKAGI MASAKATSU: Journal For People

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 21 2006
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Artist: TAKAGI MASAKATSU (@)
Title: Journal For People
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Carparkrecords (@)
Rated: *****
My god this is "supreme electronic-piano-music pop glitchness", does this definition make sense to you?. Whatever you think, Carpark keeps following its "electronic but melodic" root and you can bet this japanese is the author of many exquisite pop tunes. I think the nipponic taste for pop-music here gets along pretty well with modern electronic music (totally instrumental) and with a perfect use of the laptop. This cd plus dvd combines moods a la Stereolab with sounds a la Yoshihiro Hanno, analog sounds of harmonium, acoustic guitars or pianos (hyper melodic pianos) or get crossed by digital fragments that give the whole recording that characteristic "electronic shape" while most of its principal melodies are based on acoustic instruments. What's the difference between a good record and a ordinary one? Class and I’m not afraid to say Masakatsu has it, at last utilizing the language of many of his contemporaries he's able to manufacture real melodic gems. For what concern the dvd I’ve been kinda surprised by the fact it’s really similar to the last Yoshihiro Hanno’s work, the interface is more minimal "plug and play" sort of and with no division between the different clips but truly similar. Water, shadows, fireworks, children, black and white... yes the similitude starts by the subjects of the clips but c’mon isn’t that the matter of our subconscious? Jung himself would be glad to sit down in front of his tv set and have a "reverie" thinking this’ "a sad and beautiful world". Masakatsu music sounds like an everlasting summer.

DJ OLIVE: sleep

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 21 2006
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Artist: DJ OLIVE
Title: sleep
Format: CD
Label: Room40 (@)
Rated: *****
I know it's a shame but the only Dj Olive’s release I own is the project on SYR where his comrades are Kim Gordon, Ikue Mori and Jim O’Rurke. Sleep is a really long suite that respects the premise of its title, and that does not mean this record is boring, no way!. I can imagine it may induce many listeners to fell Morpheus’ kiss but in a really delicate manner, like the gentle breeze that carries dead leaves on the floor. The effect of this melodic and melancholic drones will make it in the heart of those who loved Andrew Deutsch's "summer" and I write it cause music like that makes you feel warm inside. Nothing gets out of proportion and even if the world is overcrowded with drone music this' definitely inspired. An ambiental mood and a minimalist aesthetics both on the cover and in the music, probably DJ Olive intended this record for a private and patient listening, when somebody talks about music therapy I happen to think of something like that. Even if all of tempo/note changes are easily discernible, it's quite clear they're complementary parts of the same whole. For those of you who've experienced Brian Eno's soundtrack of Glitterbug...well, I'm sure if Jarman would be alive he would have loved to work on the visuals for "sleep".

CLOAMA: self-titled

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 17 2006
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Artist: CLOAMA
Title: self-titled
Format: CD
Label: New Old Sentinel/Neuroscan
Rated: *****
Though Finnish project Cloama has an increasing series of cd/cdr/vinyl under its belt, this is my first exposure to it - and while I can hardly make any comparison, I guess that many of its works are far harsher and noisier than this one. Cloama's eponymous disc, coming in an A5 jacket, is an interesting mix of dark ambiences, throbbing synths and noises (though quite far from power electronics industrial), and manipulated samples, be they vocals, field recordings or stolen music (I even recognized some jazz in the fourth track). In this sense, the five tracks are quite similar to each other - all are quite cinematic and well constructed, with an interesting use of layers, but at the same time, and that's my main quibble with the work, they don't show much variation, composition-wise. Nevertheless, this remains an enjoyable release of post-industrial ambient, evoking some kind of nuclear dumping ground instead of immaculate landscapes.

VEILED ALLUSIONS: Visions of the World

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 17 2006
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Artist: VEILED ALLUSIONS
Title: Visions of the World
Format: CD
Label: Trinity Records
Rated: *****
Out of the recent batch of Karsten Hamre-related projects, Hong Kong's Trinity Records has also re-released his solo outfit Veiled Allusions' first cd, recorded between 1997 and 2000, with four bonus tracks recorded in 2002 and 2004. I'll get straight to the point: I find this record as unsatisfactory as many other releases by Hamre's. It could be me, but I can't really get into his production, save for a few tracks or the Defraktor disc. Veiled Allusions are more minimal dark ambient with standard synth patterns and reverberated noise loops. Most tracks are just not memorable, but there are also a few I can't really stand (like the grotesque "Mephisto's Waltz", which seems to last forever). Sorry, not my cup of tea at all, and 68 minutes of it are way too much.


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