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DRONAEMENT: yr

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 23 2003
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Artist: DRONAEMENT (@)
Title: yr
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records/Blade Records (@)
Immediately acclaimed as one of AFE's best releases, and one of last year's most remarkable drone works, Dronaement's "yr" is a joy to the ear and to the eye. Coming folded in a chinese paper sheet with handmade drawing, plus a "regular" cardboard cover with suggestive artwork, and including a multimedia part with info, pictures and a video, it really pushes the cdr format to a professional level far more exciting than most "regular" releases. And the sonic part is just excellent. Droning ambient relying on delayed string instruments, synths and organs, plus field recordings (a beach, the rain...) and a cello (played by Markus Altmann) in "Ea nostalgia". Nothing that hasn't been played a hundred times over the years, but Markus Obst has managed to create a miracle of magic, nostalgia and restlessness which I could only compare to Eno's "On land" masterpiece. Dreamy but also turbulent and ever-shifting, these six tracks really deserve continued, and deep, listenings. Dronaement has also realesed an lp and a 7" record on Drone Records, and a new cd will be released soon by AFE - rejoice.

SUBINTERIOR: Outfall

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 10 2003
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Artist: SUBINTERIOR (@)
Title: Outfall
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Subinterior is a solo creature of Andrea Freschi's, also in Weltschmerz and in Coma Divine. Actually, these tracks were originally created for Coma Divine, but later became a project of their own - I'm pretty glad of it, because, in all truth, I liked this better than Coma Divine's cdr (quite good in itself). The press sheet says that the main source are digitally manipulated environmental sounds, and I'd say they have been HEAVILY treated, since you can hardly recognize but a few (dripping water, etc.). While this strategy can remind of Nihil Est Excellence, I think the best possible comparison is Robert Hampson/Main (and this is a HUGE compliment for me!) in his most abstract moments. Deep drones, slowly crawling bass frequencies, and minimal electronic disturbances - yeah, isolationist ambient to the max. There can be hardly any innovation in this field, but Subinterior manages to create some genuinely disturbing and mind-altering pieces, so I guess the mission was accomplished. There are 6 tracks clockin' in at 31', which is a very reasonable length to avoid attention-slipping. I'd really recommend you this cdr if you like your ambient solipsistic and obsessive.

RUMPISTOL: Rumpistol

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 10 2003
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Artist: RUMPISTOL (@)
Title: Rumpistol
Format: CD
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
This CD has been a surprise: since the first track I've been wrapped by warm atmospheres, cool soudns (vinyl clicks and pops, sampled noises and synthesizers). Rumpistol (which means "spacegun" in Danish) is the personal project of a guy coming from Denmark: Jens Berents Christiansen. I'm amazed because in only few minutes Jens' music is able to catch you with subtle sounds and with well built rhythmical structures. The tracks make you feel like on an animation suspended state where you're fluctuating carried by the minimal strucuture of the tracks. Electronica, dub ("Nice Man"), experimental music are all blended to form fifty five minutes of voyage. The album has been reprinted adding a new track and a remix of "Sdr Fasankevj Kl. Ca 22.00" manipulated by the Danish artist Pondul. This could be the lounge music of the 22th Century: a music which isn't only made for entertain but also made to make you loose your senses.
P.s. The track "Tangoboy" has also been chosen by two famous djs of a show called "D'storemix" for their compilation released by Virgin Denmark.

Aidan Baker: Concretion

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 07 2003
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Artist: Aidan Baker (@)
Title: Concretion
Format: CD
Label: DTA records (@)
Interesting release by guitarrist, composer and vocal performer Aidan Baker, whose experimentation with ambient textures and soundscapes should be known to those who care for well done atmospheric music. Entrancing and spiritual sonics, a hemisphe of soft drones, harmonious layers of sounds and processed vocal parts that bring it to the next level in terms of originality in the subgenre and creativity within this genre. All the processing is originated from vocals and guitars and you can quite clearly get a grasp of that during the first song, which evolves from a droning and processed guitar into a solemn and ritualistic choral part and then into a delayed and processed guitar feedback. The second of the three long tracks is a deconstruction of a traditional French Canadian hymn from the 16th century that reminds of some of the slowest and darkest Pink Floyd atmospheres. If by the end of the second piece, more than half way throught the entire 45 minute long CD, you still haven't been able to identify the guitar, the closing piece reveals the instrument with its more common sound palette and exploits that array of sonorities to draw a blurry picture with smooth and rounded edges at first and increasingly rougher and distorted loops later on. The clean liquid guitar that hypnotically and pyschedelically defines time and space throught out the sixteen minutes of loop deconstruction travels from one end of its sonic spectrum to the other and gives the song character without ever getting repetitive. Nice art work too. Give it a close listen.

Ellende: No Holiday without a Funeral...

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 06 2003
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Artist: Ellende (@)
Title: No Holiday without a Funeral...
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Somnambulant Corpse recordings (@)
Ellende (Dutch for 'misery') step forward with a double CD release nicely packaged in a DVD case that features 113 minutes of ritualistic music made of rumblings, drones, distorted and down-pitched vocal parts and stuff like that. The resulting murky soundscapes aid you in painting a vision of isolation and darkness, where melancholy and sadness affect and rule your every mood. The first CD contains 7 tracks, while the track-list of the second one spans throughout nine pieces, all entitled "Damage 1", "Damage 2" etc, until you reach the closing track "Damaged beyond Repair". Think of Cold Meat Industry if you need to file this dark-ambient release somewhere on your shelf.


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