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m/n/m/l: vicissitunes

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 02 2004
Artist: m/n/m/l (@)
Title: vicissitunes
Format: CD
Like science fiction in a soundbite, m/n/m/l's "vicissitunes" is a collection of strange soundscapes that call to mind the confines of a dark spaceship under the influence of suspended animation - nothing is awake but the ship ... and it's talking to itself. Be it extended, flowing electronic tones, pulsing warbles of computerspeak, high-pitched noises like beeps stretched out, soft techy whirling noises or ... or whatever, m/n/m/l will take you to a place far out from earth, on a journey past "2001: A Space Odyssey", or at least somewhere nearby, only more minimalist. Like being in the darkest, sparsest confines of the universe, the soundscapes herein will surprise you and maybe even carry you away ... if you're open-minded.

m/n/m/l: Perpendicular Twist

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 02 2004
Artist: m/n/m/l (@)
Title: Perpendicular Twist
Format: CD
Perpendicular Twist by m/n/m/l presents a pretty captivating and very eclectic collage of sounds. Creating an atmosphere that is sometimes dark and sometimes almost playful in a fantasy way, PT's minimalist experimental compositions exist in a different world and are more than happy to transport you there if you so desire. As they fade in and out of your consciousness, the sounds range from a sharp edged blade of dark electronica to seemingly random bursts of soft air mixed with the call to attention of a small ringing bell; from subterranean smooth rumblings to slow but spritely synths. The overall effect is homogenous but varied, a contradiction of sounds that lull you in and leave you floating. A nice piece of underground experimental musical musings.

ASHTOOL: ELECTROSOUNDPHASEINTH(OU)GH(T)S

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jun 29 2004
Artist: ASHTOOL (@)
Title: ELECTROSOUNDPHASEINTH(OU)GH(T)S
Format: CD
Label: Into My Bed
Rated: *****
Ashtool is the personal project of Mirco Rizzo who about ten years ago was active as a member of Cube as well collaborating with Blackened, Daniele Brusaschetto, All Scars Orchestra, Krankheit Der Jugend, Sikhara, Jackson Uulvas, Origami vs. Manipura, Switch Off, ( r ), Ludmila, Ripit, Atrophy, Sandblasting, Ascolie and DJ Daddy. ELECTROSOUNDPHASEINTH(OU)GH(T)S is his first effort as a solo project and here you'll find a lot of experimentations and various weird stuff. The main point here seems to be the effort into proposing something really different and various. Each of the twelve tracks has its own mood and sound. So, if "Mu" is based on rhythms and treated guitar sounds, the thing change radically with the following "Onefilter 1.0" where the ambience created by the soft picked and treated guitar form a sort of sad ambient track. "Meeting a fried" plays with dub and experimental music by dilating sounds creating in this way a personal place where you can access. By listening all the album it seems to me that the expansion of sounds and atmospheres seems the main thing that made Mirco create ELECTROSOUNDPHASEINTH(OU)GH(T)S. Even where rhythm seems to be the main element of the track, all of a sudden long guitar sounds take a hold little by little along with various ambient elements and they turn the track into a crawling web of sound. If you like concrete sounds, industrial music as well as apocalyptic atmospheres give to Ashtool a try.

LYS: Melisse

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 29 2004
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Artist: LYS
Title: Melisse
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****

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After three years of preparation Lys (which is the personal project of Frederic Chaplain, Prikosnovenie's manager) released his second album MELISSE. The twelve tracks of the CD sum the label's intentions and flavors by mixing oriental samples with shamanic voices and poetry. Lys music has got ethnic influences as well as ambient and trip hop solutions thanks also to the collaboration of Liz Van Dort of Faraway (on "Zen"), Cecile Rabhi of Anassane (on "M'h'ta"), Mihaela Repina of PinknRuby (on "Rebirth"), Steve Roach, Francesco Banchini of Gor (on "Aranda"), Aziz El Hachabe of Gnawa Musician of Fes (he plays vionlin of "Des rivages atlantes"). Even if so many people helped Frederic for the realisation of this second album, the tracklist is well balanced and generally you can find a dreamy atmosphere along all the CD. Even if some tracks are mostly based on rhythm, the effect doesn't change that much and during all the album you'll find yourself floating between chants and melancholic melodies. My preferred tracks are the opening "Ma Hata", the beautiful "Melisse" (its melody is really relaxing and catchy while water sounds calm your spirit) and "Fleur carnivore" (a tense ambient track with ethnic percussions based on loops and whispers with some vocalisation that change its atmosphere on the final minute).
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Artist: Monstrum Sepsis (@)
Title: Deep Sea Creatures
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: WTII Records (@)
Rated: *****

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Written & composed by Rob Wentz with additional instrumentation from Paul Karlik & guest vocals from Shikhee of Android Lust. This is the Monstrum Sepsis' debut on their new label WTII Records which also features a host of great new Industrial, EBM, and Darkwave such as cut.rate.box, In Strict Confidence, Beborn Beton, Arcanta, Melotron, Regenerator, Trigger10D, & Stromkern. Experimenting with Industrial, EBM, Noise, and other subterranean rhythms and melodies I'm fast wishing I'd had more time to review this sooner! The CD layout and cover features primordial-looking semi-transparent blue jellyfish like creatures gracefully floating in a sea of darkness. I find this an apt artistic design for this work especially when combined with the futuristic LCD readout stylings. This music is definitely ethereal and transient, an album that would easily be appreciated by dark-ambient artists and fans. At the same time, this release also has upbeat dancefloor appeal. It sort of reminds me of an industrial version of Sven Vath's "Accident In Paradise" with it's continual flow ebbing between melodrama and ambience and hard-hitting trancey dance tracks. Excellent work! I can see why my friends at WTII picked up on it so readily. A healthy addition to any true music lover's collection!Also check out Doors & Windows, the companion to and first EP from Monstrum Sepsis' critically acclaimed full length, Deep Sea Creatures.


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