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LoveSpirals: WindBlown Kiss

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 17 2002
Artist: LoveSpirals (@)
Title: WindBlown Kiss
Format: CD
Label: Projekt Records
When Love Spirals Downwards left off/disbanded, the last effort, "Flux" a masterpiece by all means,left us with a poppier,more upbeat version of ethereal. And like me, alot of people may have expected those influences to seep through. But with the new group,which appropriates the name change, new influences have come through, with a strong jazz element. To think of it this is like Billy Holiday with better vocals and more of a mood!
The first track, "Oh So Long" starts off with a sensual horn section and Anji Bee's masterful ethereal vocals, which go for mood and emotion,not a high pitch like alot of ethereal vocalists. She reminds me alot of the girl from Portishead a bit,but softer. As good as Suzanne Perry was, Anji Bee has her matched,though I would damn well love to see them do a song together. The rest of the album flows with a very controlled calm,very laid back and sensual.
Overall, I still like "Flux" better mostly because I have great memories with that CD,and soothed me in some bad times. But this is still a welcome shift of direction,and should please fans of both jazz, ethereal, and emotional folk music. And if you're looking for that CD for you and your lover to listen to under some candlelight,this is it!Very recommended. Rating: 9
Look for an interview with the group I'm conducting right now as we speak! And find out the shocking news on what has become of Suzanne Perry of Love Spirals Downward! You will never guess.Thanks to Anji Bee and Ryan for the CD!

AAL: Disc 1 + Inherited and partially transmitted

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 11 2002
Artist: AAL (@)
Title: Disc 1 + Inherited and partially transmitted
Format: CD
Label: self-released
I review AAL's first and third work (see the review of "13" in the experimental section) together as they share similar sounds and atmospheres. Packed in nice DIY cardboard digipacks, "Disc 1" (2001, 5 tracks, 74') and "Inherited and partially transmitted" (2002, 3 tracks, 58') could well be played one after the other to prolong the magic of the listening experience. Deep, abstract synth waves lulling the listener to a dimension out of time and space as the patterns uncoil and some distant, melancholic melody is heard. I think Davide has quoted "Solaris" as an influence for one of the tracks, and the parallel with Tarkovskij's movie could be extended to both works, especially for their mesmerizing qualities. Definitely worth checking out if you love cosmic ambient. AAL's now working at a collaborative release with his label-mates Logoplasm, which should be more in the electroacoustic vein of "13"; I look forward to hearing that one...

VV.AA.: Thisconnected

 Posted by PJVD   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 06 2002
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Thisconnected
Format: CD
Label: Thisco
This is a compilation CD with a lot of variety. The music ranges from dark ambient, ritual, experimental to classical and more. There is a bit of everythingfor everybody on this disc. And if you are unfamiliar with these styles this range of bands might be a good introduction. Besides other bands, Sci Fi Industries, Ras Al Ghul, Matt Howden, Delphium and Com Gen have good songs on this compilation. Songs to relax on, tunes to dance to, tracks to dream away, everything you need for a warm and relaxing summer night.

GALAKTLAN: Sinine Platoo

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 17 2002
Artist: GALAKTLAN (@)
Title: Sinine Platoo
Format: CD
Label: Kohvi Records (@)
The thing I love most of working at the Chain D.L.K. project is that I've got the opportunity of discover new interesting acts which it couldn't be possible to listen in other ways. From far Estonia comes this label called Kohvi, a sort of eastern version of Warp but more focused on ambient sounds. Galaktlan project was created as a Taavi Laatsit's side project to Uni. Galaktlan was formed to perform on a very special underground party called "Night Alert", which took place in an abandoned military rocketbase hangar.
The mystical and deep atmosphere of this event was the reason why Taavi wanted to continue the Galaktlan project.
SININE PLATOO as stated into the label's website comes from Galaktlan's dream where he saw a plateau hanging in the void. Its affective quality can be paralleled with the one of "Solaris" by Andrei Tarkovski where intelligent plasma, capable of influencing people's thoughts, hovers above the planet's surface. The album has been released on 12" vinyl and on a CDr but this last one has got four bonus tracks "Foll", "Mina Kaheks", "Videoton" and "40000 Lampi" which expand a little more the dreamy vision that Galaktlan music is capable to create. Musically the tracks are multi structured where all the parts (which are mainly synthetic sounds with solid treated digital drum machine patterns) evolve creating a complex structure like if it's a web made of sounds. Emotionally the ten tracks are delicate and melancholic but without being sad. It could be the effect of living near a sea of ice... Taste it at the label's website where you can find the real audio files of all the tracks.

OVUM: Ruskprick

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 12 2002
Artist: OVUM
Title: Ruskprick
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Suggestion Records (@)
Released in a limited print of only 50 this 3" MCD contains seventeen minutes of ambient industrial noise. Even if three tracks and a bunch of minutes aren't enough to judge a project the first time you approach to it, I've got to say that I liked Ovum a lot. It could be that the dark atmospheres and the drones he uses are interesting and disturbing at the same time, but the thing that thrilled me most is the cover version of "I Wanna Be Your Dog". I could never imagined something like this: the melody is build with humming sounds and the vocals are far away just like echoes in a windy day. Good enough to begging for more.

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