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Asférico: Sonidos del Subcosciente I

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 28 2013
Artist: Asférico (@)
Title: Sonidos del Subcosciente I
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Galaverna (@)
Rated: *****
As there's the Roman number for "first" after the title of the release, I could surmise this is the first of a series of sonic experiments by Asferico, new project by Barcelona-based dj, producer, founder of Storung electronic music festival and head of the Storung sub-label FlatMate Music Alex Gamez, who assembles a catchy mental odyssey/adventure and 25-minutes lasting listening experience by means of a guessed combination of modified field recordings and analog synthesizer sounds. The adventure starts with tempestous noise of a sort of sea storm, which he gradually disfigures by dint of sequences of puffs and blows as if he's turning it into a new appearance. The following steps of this sonic journey, which could give you the lively impression of being inside a cave surrounded by the noises of dripping rocks, colliding with ginormous metallic entrapping webs, awakening within a peaceful wood and so on, could let you think that according to a possible conceptual explanation of this release, the Spanish sound artist is trying to ding the sphere and the diaphragm between form and fuction, fact and fiction, perception and nature, whose sharp detachment seems to belong to many philosophical, religious, cultural and even architectural principles, which look like fostering this separation. I wonder how the follow-up of this first act of "Sonidos del Subcosciente", which comes on Italian net-label Galaverna by Enrico Coniglio and Leandro Pisano, could sound.

Monopium: The Goat & Dead Horses\' Circus

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 27 2013
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Artist: Monopium (@)
Title: The Goat & Dead Horses\' Circus
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
It takes almost two years to this polish band to compile the follow-up of their debut release and, in times where there are releases every three or four months, is quite a good news as this is an album of impressive quality. As the reader knows, I've reviewed almost every release of this polish label as, so, I have some reason to claim that this one is amongst the best releases of this label.
"Marble" opens this release as this album were a sort of jam between a jazz band and an ambient one and there was a radio lefts on during the session while "Flesh" is an ambient track with a jazz mood juxtaposed. "Piramidy" instead is based upon a quite strange loop above some small and sparse noises. "Dead Horses' Circus" is a dreamy soundscape while "La Grande Déferlante" is based upon a dark loop and the impressive voice of EmmA WyrD. "Assassins" is a dark ambient interlude colored by an original saxophone line. "Fade Away" is based on Sci-Fi synth line as "La Primavera" is a small interlude based on string instrument and the hiss of an old tape. The quite old recording that opens "Lights & Serpentines" and colored by the bells introduce the listener to the final part of this release. "Sotto il Sole del Mondo" is a sample based track relying on the hypnotic effect of the samples. "As-Sawira" is the dreamy introduction to "La Primavera (My Final Bell)" where Euski gives his touch creating an atmosphere of great suggestion.
As a Nurse With Wound fan I enjoyed the courage of the musical path and the originality and variety of the solutions so this album is in my personal list of albums of the year. Amazing.

Gilded: Terrane

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Feb 26 2013
Artist: Gilded (@)
Title: Terrane
Format: CD
Label: Hidden Shoal Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
The suffused and vaguely crepuscolar opening on gentle piano strokes and thin chinks of the initial "Velar" and the charmingly rustic twining of string saw, warm deep tones, accordion and banjo flowerheads, a dainty percussive nixer on the following "String And Stone" embarks listeners on the musical universe of Terrane, whose name comes from a geological term to describe a fragment of a tectonic plate which get "sutured" (normally after a process of subduction) to crust lying on another plate, by Gilded, a West Australian duo by experimental musicians Matt Roesner, whose sonic researches, focused on field recordings and guitars, partially flowed into labels like Room40, Apestaartje, 12K, Meupe and Miatera, and Adam Trainer, one of the founding member of Perth-based post-rock outfit Radarmaker. Ideally lying on the boundaries between the styles by Cinematic Orchestra, Greg Haines, Piano Interrupted and similar august satellites orbiting around conglomerates of minimalism, visionary lyricism and ambient, the sound they carefully mould on this lovely release constantly oscillates between melodic suspensions, emotional tension and pastoral idylls, which sounds like rushing from heaven-given creative sparks ("Dew Cloud", "Straight Crest", "Tyne"), earthly dampers ("Road Movie", "Expanded Contract"), bucolic effusions ("Cluttered Room", "Moth Food"), which evokes a constant feasting by tender sensibilities with contingent halts. This is undoubtedly a recommendable listening for dreamlike personal odysseys.

Raglani: Real Colors of the Physical World

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Feb 24 2013
Artist: Raglani
Title: Real Colors of the Physical World
Format: 12" vinyl + 7"vinyl
Label: Mego (@)
Rated: *****
The initial grumbling in "Tongue", the beginning of "Fog Of Interruption", the first of four parts of the 20 minutes lasting suite on A side of this amazing release by Saint Louis-based Joe Raglani, could let you think about the awakening of some monstrous sea crature who slept for centuries in the abyss and the crooked strokes on strings, which sound like twisting together before the entrancing electronic arpeggios of the second part, "Men for Wire", begins to creep into the endoplasmic reticulum of laser beams, the hypnotical computational gurgle of the thid part, "Brutality of the Eye", and the ancestral haziness of church bells, corroded corrugation of sparkling noises and other boiled sonic stimulations of the final part, "March", randomly flutters electrons in the sonic sphere could recall its slow resurfacing, but the abstract feast of old and new recipes in the following track, "The Terrain of Antiquity", which have a similar four parts subdivision ('Ferry Across Marginalia', 'Hollis Albion', 'Mild Power Descending', 'Fireflies of Arcadia') and whose beginning resounds somewhat animalistic and equally thicking for your head, will let you surmise Raglani plunged you into some psychedelic ultraword portayed by The Orb or Future Sound Of London, inhabited by bizarre beings and unexpected entities, which can be recognized in this impressive and somewhat confusing pot of sonic carousel in its catchy alternation of exstatic and hallucinogenic moments, which reaches the boundaries of liturgical atmosphere and 8-bit sonic abandonware. On the enclosed 7", Raglani seems to having squeezed parts of the two longest suites on the 12" in order to concentrate them in two gorgeous shorter tracks, "The Exploded View", which moves towards cybernetic-like reverie, and "Trampoline Dream", whose arpeggioes rended some stages of a platform videogame. Really succulent stuff for abstract synth electronic music.

Taylor Deupree: Faint

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Feb 23 2013
Artist: Taylor Deupree
Title: Faint
Format: CD
Label: 12k (@)
Rated: *****
Any elemental decomposition and "alchemical" analysis of the sound that unstinting and versatile renowned Brooklyn-based sound artist Taylor Deupree moulds could succeed in listing some recipes, but it's really difficult to give an idea of the taste of his hallucinatory soup: its modelling clay comes from field recordings, organic sounds, lukewarm twining of bass tones, thin streams of enslowed beaming sounds, sprouting instrumental melodies, plunk of crystalline nylon strings, little imperfections, heavenly reverberations and its seemingly wiggly glint which sounds like conflating into ether could vaguely recall some stuff by Robert Rich (particularly in tracks like "Dreams Of Stairs", "Shutter" and "Negative Snow"), but almost all listeners will by far leave such an analytical approach to lapse and getting absorbed into its mindblowing running, whose emotional radiant heat could find a visual correlation in the photo feature on the artwork, mostly instagrams taken in the woods and other outdoor location by Deupree's handmade camera. "Faint"'s glimmer flows without flouncing.

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