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SELAXON LUTBERG: .think

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 26 2006
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Artist: SELAXON LUTBERG (@)
Title: .think
Format: CD
Label: Cold Current
Rated: *****
This' my first approach to Selaxon Lutberg and it's great to hear there's people able to put out good cdr completely out of the blue. Judging the book by the cover I'd have said it was a "dark-ambient/industrial" release, but from the very first track you'll find that impression was completely wrong. ".think" starts with a melodic but yet melancholic song on the edge between isolationism and minimalism (mainly for the piano playing). I'm not sure the emphasis is constant for the whole length of the song, but the suggestive impact is high therefore tip of hat!. Be it the piano or the global effect that make sound everything distant, it reminded me of Mogway and in particular of that song titled "Stanley Kubrik". The mood is sad but not desperate, simple but not skeletal and the documentary impression is there. The second track (.letto di bambola e neve) follows on the same rail but the few piano notes are even more choked by the fog created by the soft "white-noise". If listened after the opening track the second will appear as the next movement of the same theme and I think that's probably intentional. We can add the melody is again sad but this time it gets a bit darker. If the first part of the cd is the perfect soundtrack for the end titles of a movie, the second one should be played when the screenplays requires a sparkle of suspance. Half an hour of relaxing music here and above all much better of many official releases we receive.

Svartsinn: Traces of Nothingness

 Posted by Tongue Muzzle   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 24 2006
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Artist: Svartsinn (@)
Title: Traces of Nothingness
Format: CD
Label: CYCLIC LAW (@)
Rated: *****
This is the third release from the dark ambient artist "Svartsinn" and according to the their label, Cyclic Law, the end of a trilogy. I haven't had the opportunity to hear Svartsinn's two previous releases but even when coming in on the end of a three part act, this CD is still very effective. Dark sustained tones, minimalistic melodies and an abundance of atmospheric sounds sum of the general ambiance of this release. As a disturbingly calm yet gloomy soundtrack to a dark and stormy evening in the home this really hits the spot. Production-wise the disc is spot on. The packaging (I received the digipak), while minimalistic like the music, looks fantastic and fits well with the themes heard on the CD. Stand out tracks: "Traces of Nothingness" and "Lost in Reveries".

Terminal Sound System: Last Night I Dreamed of Armageddon

 Posted by Tongue Muzzle   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jan 23 2006
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Artist: Terminal Sound System (@)
Title: Last Night I Dreamed of Armageddon
Format: CD
Label: Hive Records (@)
Rated: *****
"Last Night I Dreamed of Armageddon" is an interesting and minimalistic release from Terminal Sound System. While it is sometimes heavy on the glitchy/chaos end of things, this release mainly focuses on the space between the shockwaves and the silent melodies and rhythmic pings that dance throughout that space. Sounding rather morose and desperate, the music seems to be recalling happier times of a better world that has long since past. The music is for the most part constantly engaging but like with a lot of soundtrack/soundscape releases you'll need to be in the mood for it. Song titles like "before the snow comes ash" and (study of ) decay of elements" go a long way to project some imagery into the songs. All in all it's a strong release that could easily handle more than a few rotations. For those concerned with presentation, the packaging is also minimal but no where near as appealing as the music. I personally feel it doesn't do the release justice and unfortunately the casual listener might pass this CD up as it frankly LOOKS boring. In the end this doesn't affect the fantastic nature of the music contained within but it'd be nice to see more effort put into the artwork. The website follows a similar approach but it is slightly more effective despite it's relatively low content level. Recommended tracks: "when we are robots there will be peace" and "the structure of tasks".

TERESA 11: Smoky Heaven

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 23 2006
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Artist: TERESA 11 (@)
Title: Smoky Heaven
Format: CD
Label: Eibon Records (@)
Rated: *****
Teresa 11 is a Japanese band formed in 2003 which recently signed for Eibon Records. Their first full lenght release is titled SMOKY HEAVEN and it features ten tracks. The people involved into this project are also active with Cross vred, Roco + Rie, Lambdoll, Freeman and LSD Engineering. The peculiarity of Teresa 11 is the use of harp along with progressive improvisations and dub solutions. Creativity is a main point into the composition of the tracks and it isn't a surprise to find also European melodies (like on "Tell me" where the bass, the accordion and the passionate vocals give birth to a strange Spanish version of Portishead), Asian atmospheres ("Into the indian rhythm - impro"), western movies soundtracks mixed with dub and electronics ("The end of smoky days"), jazz (like on the closing "Don't explain" where the harp and the voice create a passionate song), etc. It is always a surprise when you are going to listen an album released by a Japanese band because they blend all the influences in a particular way but this time it has been a pleasantly surprise because Teresa 11 sound particular like the early Portishead but they do it following their peculiar idea of sound, made of "chansons" influenced by dub, ambient, progressive music and improvisation.

Alif Tree: French Cuisine

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 19 2006
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Artist: Alif Tree
Title: French Cuisine
Format: CD
Label: Compost (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
Altough he might sound just like another talented west coast downtempo-spinning Dj, Alif Tree is more than that: if were reading his resume you'd learn that he also qualifies as a a french cook, musician (guitar player, keyboard player, percussion player), singer, producer, sound-engineer, soundtrack/tv scores writer, dance ballets music writer, remixer, and radio host (in his bi-monthly radio show "Le Meilleur Des Mondes" the theme consists of combining the soundtrack of a movie with other musical selections, offering the listener "another way of seeing with ears"."French Cuisine" is a fine dining experience with a little bit of all of the above, where track names are followed by a references to food and a lot of samples and collaborations with singers and musicians will make you enjoy yourself, kick back and attempt to recognize who's who (you'll hear Shirley Horn, Anna Karina, Nina Simone, David Linx, Ana Carril of Mano Negra, Maurice el Medioni, Lili Boniche, Khaled). The CD also contains homages to Franz Shubert and Steve Reich.The beauty is to be found in balance. Balance is key. Altough a record of this sort calls for many technological angles and approaches, Tree underpins all the "digitaltreeness" with a deep understanding and sense for live performance and art, and constatly flirts and gambles with juggling urban vibes, classical-arranged parts, jazz-inspired grooves, world-reminiscent moods and multi-language lyrics. His website is supposed to offer recipes and menus combined with musical selections that will make for a unique dining experience: enjoy and bon appetit.


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