Music Reviews



Buttercup Metal Polish & Jacques Demierre: Brain & Balls BBQ

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
 Edit (6394)
Apr 20 2011
cover
Artist: Buttercup Metal Polish & Jacques Demierre (@)
Title: Brain & Balls BBQ
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
Brain & Balls BBQ is another amazing release coming from the Portuguese label Creative Sources, signed by Buttercup Metal Polish together with Monsieur Demierre, an improvised trio named in a confusing way, as they don't deal with metal stuff, they're not Polish at all and arguably don't bestow pieces of advice neither on grilled beefs nor on butter fry-up! Let's do the introductions. The mad scientists of drumming are Nicolas Field - English improvisor who after and during academic studies in Geneva, The Hague and Amsterdam, collaborated for many projects related to jazz, improv, electronic music - and Alexandre Babel - Swiss born drummer, who widened his knowledge between Ney York and Geneva -, while the pianist between them is Jacques Demierre, talented experimenter on prepared piano techniques coming from Geneva and possibly boasting about a remarkable experience in sound installations, improvisational and jazz music sessions as well. Well, shake your hands and burst your ears open! You could expect drums outline some piano suites...well, it's aptly the opposite! The piano turns into something percussive to follow the stirring and high-spirited twists, turns, spasms and epileptic fits on the drums and the astonishing fact is that its role is everything but exiguous or fringe. It highlights the explosive rumbling in the funny track "How To Choose Plus Size Dresses That Flatter (In A Mushroom)" (what a whimsical title!!!!), it emphasizes the suspensive tension of the initial "Whose Arms On Ma'am?" (the stifled pounding of percussive elements as well as the increasing twists and the continual metallic rubbing are the perfect way to commence such a set!!!), it acts almost like a lightly anaesthetic drug in the awakening of Vulcan Nerve Pinch (the 17-minutes lasting narrative session whereas the drums work like pins!), it introduces the maddish random drumming spots (playing like rashes on the devastated skin of a teenager) in "He's Likable Guts", it seems following a solitary crazy path amidst the rhythmic scaring creatures in The Croquet Consortium (maybe the track where the three "voices" of this combo sound totally split up before the tonal battle after 3 minutes....frenzy!). You could consider it as one of the best sample of concert for crockery in your kitchen (an aesthetical naevus?) or maybe a sort of tonal eclampsia, but most of you will find this workout eclectically capricious!

Chico Mello/Nicholas Bussmann: Telebossa

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
 Edit (6388)
Apr 18 2011
cover
Artist: Chico Mello/Nicholas Bussmann
Title: Telebossa
Format: CD
Label: Staubgold (@)
Distributor: Finetunes
Rated: *****
It's true there were many intersections between Brazilian music and "western" contemporary music - some of them having winked at advertising language (think about the tons of plastic chill-out compilations), some of them having produced more interesting results (I could mention Pizzicato Five, Lisa Carbon, Senor Coconut, Dj Marky & XRS, Suv, Patife...and many others who dazzled many legendary djs and selectors in Europe including Gilles Peterson....) -, but there are some nice antecedent facts about this musical collaboration bridging between the Kotti and the Copacabana. Chico Mello and Antonio Carlos Jobim (the maestro of Brazilian music who had a remarkable story of collaborations with German arranger and music teachers, particularly the one with Claus Ogerman for some releases on Verve) have one important moment in common in their musical: both of them have been pupils of Hans-Joachim Koellreutter, one of the most influential teacher and musicologist, who arrived in Brasil to escape from nazist regime. After receiving his lessons in Sao Paolo, Chico moved to Berlin whereas he devoted himself to experimental and improvisational music and met the Berlin cellist and producer Nicholas Bussmann, co-signer of Telebossa. That's why you're going to be surprised by their bizarre crossbreed between Brazilian bossa and European chamber music. Some tracks are reinterpretations filtered by this dual stylistic diaphragm such as the moving cover song of Noel Rosa's "Seculo do Progresso", the melancholic love song Joao Gilberto's Amoroso, but both Chico and Nicholas integrates minimal music and improv elements as well as bizarre vocal modulations highlighting some emotional moments of the lyrics, but there're many memorable moments all over the album such as a sort of melodic mention of the notorious Puccini's Turandot aria Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep) in the secondd part of Ingenuo or the delicate cameo of Der Falsche Raum. Intensively performed Berlin kissed Brazialian cheeks you'll easily appreciate.

Fires Were Shot: Awakened by a Lonely Feud

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
 Edit (6385)
Apr 17 2011
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Fires Were Shot
Title: Awakened by a Lonely Feud
Format: CD
Label: Quiet Design (@)
Rated: *****
Austin-based duo Clay Walton and John Wilkins have been making music together as Fires Were Shot since 1998 and, if as it is said, they use little more than their acoustic guitars and some pedals, the heterogeneousness of their sonic palette truly is impressive. The duo quietly and unceremoniously strums along creating relaxing and almost trance-inducing soundscapes loosely structured around loops of themselves and smeared with thick layers of lush reverbs, sometimes long delays, and other eerie unidentified ambiance or background noise. Engulfing, ethereal and definitely a bit noir, their sound is simple yet powerful and mysterious. "Awakened by a Lonely Feud" collects eleven pieces, which are like small vignettes, openings or windows into a state of mind that can be yours or might have been theirs when they played this music. At times their approach reminds me a bit of a stripped down and more minimalistic version of Lycia, but they also could be compared to Brian Eno's quietest records (think "Apollo") or some of Steve Reich's or Terry Riley's more loopey and droney chapters.
"Awakened by a Lonely Feud" comes 7 years after "Solace" was released on Asphodel rec and is available as a CD, a 150-gram double vinyl LP and an mp3 download from their new (also) Austin based label Quiet Design's website.

Ich Niente: Incerchio

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
 Edit (6383)
Apr 16 2011
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Ich Niente (@)
Title: Incerchio
Format: CD
Label: Bosco rec (@)
Rated: *****
Ich Niente ("Ich" is german for "I" and "Niente" is italian for "Nothing") is a collaboration of Mirco Rizzi and Daniele Brusaschetto and "Incerchio" is their second album together (after 2004's "Ri_Tagli").
The two long time guitar players improvise for over half hour and go straight to tape (first take) using effects and other pedals as well as different playing technique (bowing, picking, plucking...). As you might expect from an improvised record there is a lot of noodeling and the two players interact but often go off on their own tangents more than you might wish for. Some pieces are a bit more structured and others are purely vamps or individual rubatos.
The record opens on a dark note and although it takes on different shapes and colors throughout its duration, both guitars seem to want to retain a certain lo-finess to their sound and yet do manage to become a bit more solar form time to time. One of the musicians even sits down at a seemingly un-miced drum set at one point on the last song.
They definitely draw from a vast array of musical influences from noise-rock to jazz. Reverb is their allie and freeform is their playground. Some tracks are as short as 26 seconds and the opener is more than 10 minutes long. For clarity and spatial results the two guitars are mostly panned almost hard left and hard right but you can't always tell who's who.
The record really comes off as a live recording, which it is in a sense, but it's almost missing the applause of the crowd.

Daniele Brusaschetto: Fragranze Silenzio

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
 Edit (6382)
Apr 16 2011
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Daniele Brusaschetto (@)
Title: Fragranze Silenzio
Format: CD
Label: Bosco rec / Bar La Muerte
Rated: *****
I've been following Daniele Brusaschetto's music and moves since longer than I can remember. He was one of the pioneers of the '90es scene of weirder and more interesting electronic music in Italy and almost twenty years later he's still at it. I've lost count of how many records he's done. As you'd expect his style has evolved and changed and today is maybe darker and more introspective than ever. If you judged his latest direction from the title-track of this CD you'd think that he's now into Sunn O)))/Boris/Sleep but, except for that one long, epic and somber closing doom movement, the album "Fragranze Silenzio" (Silence Frangrances) has much less distortion and rather portrays and artist that can effortlessly move from slow and sinister tracks (like the opener "La Bambina Intermittente") to more uptempo electronica that sound like an odd mixture between Bjork, Clock DVA and Young Gods (as in "Il Sole Domani"), passing through minimalistic industrial rhythmic episodes (such as "Ali di Mosca"). Courageous choices like phase-reversing percussion tracks so that you can listen to a song with or without a beat ("Clouds") speaks for his daring approach.
Throughout, a sense of loss and reflection permeates this album, augmented by disturbed and treated pianos, glitchy beats and electronica, treated guitars.
The common denominator is more often than not his vocal style and his cryptic lyricism. Wide and deep doubled vocals, sometimes willfully distant, almost always dipped in long reverbs and treated to sound removed but still within the context of the music.
Lyrics are mostly all in Italian and if you want to really dive into Daniele's world they are printed on the inside of the digipack. He's certainly an artist that has a lot to say but leaves plenty to imagination.


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha