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AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF: Mezethakla Mukabalatt

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 06 2004
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Artist: AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF
Title: Mezethakla Mukabalatt
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Third DIY cdr in a year for this up-and-coming German project, here as a duo (Mirko Uhlig and Joerg Eger). "Geschwaerzte Milch", a melancholic acoustic instrumental reminding of mid-period Current 93, is a deceiving beginning for the massive 46-minute title track, which is divided into several movement but easily flows as an organic composition. The first half is a lunatic session of heavily delayed, echoed and pitch-shifted clanks, mixed with subdued environmental drones: I was a bit put off by this one, as the same tricks are repeated over and over again with tedious effects. Luckily, the tour-de-force becomes far more successful and worthwhile halfway, with a more controlled use of minimalism. Drones, strummed guitars, vocal samples and concrete noises are skillfully textured in a surrealistic soundscape not far from what Monos or Ora (to name but two possible references) have produced over the last decade. This second half manages to put you in a suspended, dreaming state, and promises great things from the project.

F. S. BLUMM & FRIENDS: Sesamsamen

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Nov 05 2004
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Artist: F. S. BLUMM & FRIENDS
Title: Sesamsamen
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Plop
Rated: *****
I remember trading with a friend of mine Ziegler/Blumm's "Die fünfte Dengelophonie" 7" on Dhyana, and it's already 6 years ago, dammit! Meanwhile, Blumm has made himself a name as one of the best artists in the glitch-pop (or whatever you want to call it) field, with releases on Tomlab, Staubgold, Morr etc. "Sesamsamen" comes in a gorgeous childish/surrealistic layout, and is a nice work again. Interacting with several friends and guest musicians, Blumm plays modern folk instrumentals where electronics mainly serve as an arrangement for acoustic guitars, toy piano, vibraphone, harmonica, etc. It's delicate, intimistic and vaguely naif art pop, closer to, say, Robert Wyatt, Penguin Café Orchestra or Gastr del Sol than to electronic composers. Perfect for early Autumn afternoons, in its watercolour melodies and soft nostalgia.

DARREN TATE: Drone Works # 4

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Nov 05 2004
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Artist: DARREN TATE
Title: Drone Works # 4
Format: CD EP
Label: Twenty Hertz (@)
Rated: *****
Darren Tate is well known for his work as a member of Monos and Ora, two astonishing projects mixing ambient electronics and field recordings manipulations. While doing without the latter, this 22-minute solo work shares a similar sacral feel, with a monochromatic, grey-tinged drone as powerful and solemn as a church organ sonata. Meditative and even gloomy, it's a very fine piece of modern cosmic music.

ARTRIDGE: Finished Soundtracks For Unshot Films

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 05 2004
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Artist: ARTRIDGE (@)
Title: Finished Soundtracks For Unshot Films
Format: CD
Label: Intelink Audio
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Artridge is a musical project coming from Berlin. FINISHED SOUNDTRACKS FOR UNSHOT FILMS (a very evocative title, indeed) is their second full lenght and contains eight excellent examples of well done sound constructions. The instrumental tracks carry so many musical genres and sonic solutions that is impossible to file them under a specific one. For this reason it's the best thing naming them: soundtracks. Since there isn't a visual counterpart there's a little text on the inside cover which refers to a girl who sits on a wall looking to the sea thinking about what it has to come. This could be a little hint about the emotions underlined by the sixty minutes of music you can find into the CD. Anyway, musically Artridge blend in a perfect way elements of classical music (piano and strings) with ambient or industrial elements just to compose jazzy / ambient / industrial suites which are really full of colors. Tension, romanticism, fear, each emotion has been covered so well that you won't realize that there are no images.

AEOGA: Coav

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 02 2004
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Artist: AEOGA (@)
Title: Coav
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Creating an hypnotical spiral of sounds Aeoga is the second band to record for Aural Hypnox. Their CD, COAV, presents eight long tracks based on guitar sounds treated with tons of reverb and metallic percussions. The tracks haven't got titles and the only written thing is this sentence:"To exhaust mind and body in order to obtain a condition of non-consciousness and thus receive, realize and create material based on both primal and absent vision". Musically Aeoga remind me of the first Coil mini ("How to destroy angels") with the addition of distant vocals, multiple layers of treated guitars and various other samples (voices, blow instruments, etc). The result is magnetic and magmatic and it is permeated of a ritualistic aura.


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