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Edvard Graham Lewis: All Under

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Dec 30 2014
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Artist: Edvard Graham Lewis
Title: All Under
Format: CD
Label: Editions Mego (@)
Rated: *****
Even though the two concomitant albums by Wire bassist Edvard Graham Lewis got released in summer by Editions Mego, European winter or colder temperatures sound the best environmental setting in order to appreciate them and particularly "All Under", the most experimental one. The two long-lasting title-tracks, which have been composed as a score for the meaningful namesake short-film by Gunilla Leander, are as immersive as that movie where six naked bodies (4 men and 2 women) fight underwater: the most astonishing aspect of both "All Under (Film Score)" and "All Under (Installation Loop)" is the fact that he just winged the entrancing gurgles of the first and the glacial out-of-time drone and the icy sonic transmissions of the latter, which let you surmise an indepth panache and an almost maniacal research on sounds, in real time by means of a sampler and FX processing. While the following "The Eel Wheeled", where the grime voice by Lewis spout one of his obscure Florida-inspired spy story that could resemble radiophonic tales, dusts a certain industrial aesthetics off, the final 18-minutes lasting "No Show Godot" reprises the cinematic hook of "All Under" as it was composed as the delusional soundtrack for an imaginary sci-fi movie that got suggested by the typical noise of the film rolling inside old projectors, which feeds the entrancing ambient introduction of the track before it get blunter and blunter till wisely altered rhythmical patterns unexpectedly rise.

Opjk_3: Algebrica

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Dec 27 2014
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Artist: Opjk_3
Title: Algebrica
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
Another amazing release that the excellent Portuguese hyperproductive label Creative Sources recently sent to us comes from Opjk_3, a brilliant Italian electroacoustic threesome of musicians whose musical background is quite different: some listeners could have already meet the name of vocalist Andrea Reali in the notes of a record by the under-rated project I/O, a stylistical meatloaf where tinges of Can, while the first and only time I've seen the ones of Fabio Martini (clarinet, electronics) and Danilo Sala (drums, percussions, objects) was on a release from the huge catalogue of Leo Feigin's improv jazz label Leo Records. In spite of some edgy moments such as "PHW", "Bad Manners" or the weirdly sad final "Lamar", most of tracks churn an awesome whirlgig of computational cave-in over tonal scribbles on clarinet, vocals that sounds like coming from mythical creatures of Celtic folklore, rhythmical overlaps and limping melodic struts that merrily tickle listener's imagination: you could therefore imagine they managed to render the imitation of abird by a sleeping chimp on "Dada", the lonely walk of a misunderstood childlike pixie on the same-named track, the adventures of a saltpetre inside a water filtering system on "Monomorph" or the resounding nightmare of a young mathematician on the title-track "Algebrica". Opjk_3's one is very weirdy declension of free-jazz spotted improvisation.

Corrado Altieri | Gianluca Favaron: Decomposed Days

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Dec 23 2014
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Artist: Corrado Altieri | Gianluca Favaron
Title: Decomposed Days
Format: CD
Label: 13 (@)
Rated: *****
One year after "The System Of Objects", their first collaborative release inspired by French sociologist and cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard, Corrado Altieri (synthesizers, electronics, tapes) and Gianluca Favaron (microphones, loops. effects, computer), two of the most brilliant electronic sound-artists from Italian scene joined their sonic arts again on Silentes' sister-label 13's "private sounds series", even if I could say that this release features a possible special guest, Tulse Luper, the fictional ornithologist whose 92 suitcases told his "story from 1928 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, sketching not so much the biography of one man as the story of a century related through some of its key events" according to the words of his own inventor, the brilliant film director Peter Greenaway. The opening "Time And Space" looks like a fusion of the mentioned two dimensions by means of a sequence of aural elements which render a train journey, distant radio transmissions, an otherworldly ticking and a binaural amalgam that sound like the sonic equivalent of Kuleshov effect in film editing, while the numbering to 121 is the first clear hook to "Vertical Features Remake", the absurd fake documentary/movie that inspired this album. Even if listeners who know or deepen that movie could understang some possible references to that movie, it's not an essential condition for enjoying the drift between abstract noise and pure sound as well as between matter and vacuum of sound, whose dual nature got permanently switched in the five explorations by these wise producers.

Tundra: Tajnie i Głębie

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 21 2014
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Artist: Tundra
Title: Tajnie i Głębie
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
This is the first full-length release from an electroacoustic project present as in balance between improvisation and composed works. In fact, their style lies in the intersection between EAI and ambient as, even if carefully constructed, is more adventurous in nature than the average of this genre's releases.
The deep drone of 'half moon' opens this release and slowly develops in bright one that introduces the listener to 'werdrujace kamienie' a track focused on the contraposition between the drone and the rattles creating an almost religious athmosphere. 'Powtot CZ.1' is based on a peaceful and solar drone, sparse noises and a voice sample of stunning evocation that ends with the drone loops of 'wrzosowiska' and 'krill lasu' that acts as an introduction to 'Powtot CZ.2', the longest track of this release, based on a menacing drone whose resonance are colored by a female voice chanting, instead of the spoken word of the first part.
This is an impressive debut album that, using a well known form, is able to develop his most evocative properties and to provoke an emotive reaction. Truly recommended.

Rapoon: Fall of Drums

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Dec 21 2014
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Artist: Rapoon
Title: Fall of Drums
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
In the cover this 'this album marled a return to analog and mixing outside the box' and, as this reviewer was unhappy of the latest release of this historic project, this sounds as a return to the form that Robin Storey pioneered in his long career. This is also marked by his return to Middle East's ethnic rhythms and his evoking ghosts.
When the drums of 'A gallery of crows' starts there's suddenly a flavor of all the previous release unfolding with his hypnotic and charming beauty. The drones and samples of 'beneath and beyond' creates a static, but not boring, soundscape. The loops of 'upstarts and sheep' are slowly colored and submerged by the drones. The last track 'the heat beguiles' is almost half of this release, clocking over half an hour, and start with voices' loop and the drones slowly ends with the down of the echoed samples creating an hunting but peaceful atmosphere, thanks to echo effects reminiscent of dub technics, and when the drones and the echoed samples slowly evolve in a cohesive unity this tracks emerge as the centre of this release.
From an esthetic point of view there's anything new on this release but is a charming release from one of the most important names in the field. A stunning return to form.


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