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STARFUCKERS: Ordine '91-'96

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 22 2010
Title: Ordine '91-'96
Format: CD
Label: Sometimes Records (@)
Active from the end of the 80s until the first years of 00s (but recently reformed and touring again), Starfuckers were an Italian band that started playing following the Stooges / MC5 revival that in Italy had different followers with bands that started as garage bands just to increase their distortion level (Monks, Sick Rose and Mouse Blasters were some of them). Their first album "Metallic Diseases", followed that style but soon after they changed everything by starting to experiment with guitar noise and lyrics. Writing their lyrics now in Italian language and singing them into a declamatory style, Starfuckers with their new MLP "Brodo di cagne strategico" could had been filed under the "conceptual noise" folder. The new detached vocals along with layers of guitar feedbacks often coupled to sax solos made of them a sort of Bukowski transposed to music. The following album "Sinistri" (available on this CD along with "Brodo di cagne strategico", two compilation tracks and another unreleased one) was even more conceptual and if on the previous MLP, guitar still had some Stooges influences, on this album improvisation and noise play a big part. Jazzy guitars and drums along with noise and theatrical vocal lines are the core of these recordings and only "Ordine pubblico" sounds like a sort of post rock track. ORDINE '91-'96 gathers this material and if you missed it, this is a good way to discover it.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 21 2010
Title: Babylon
Format: CD
Label: Bar La Muerte (@)
Rated: *****
Active since 2000 with different mini albums and four albums Le Singe Blanc arrive to their fifth one titled BABYLON. Co-produced by Bar La Muerte, La Face Cachee, Whosbrain Records and available in vinyl and CD format, the new album see the French combo bringing to their audience nine new tracks in balance from jazz, punk and noise. Since from the opening tune "Bombadilhom" they sounded like a mix of Primus and Zeni Geva to me and the during the whole album I didn't changed my mind. Having the same sonic power of the Japanese band headed by KK Null and the craziness of the Californian combo (check for example "Tapadi" with its drunk choirs and its funk'n'punk attitude). I really enjoyed the album and even if at a first listen Le Singe Blanc could sound like a bunch of Smurfs on acid, at end of the album you'll find out that all this is making sense and you'll appreciate the 90s noise influences and their improvisation attitude (which on tracks like "Sblaf" reminds me of Magma).

Murralin Lane: Our House is on the Wall

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 15 2010
Artist: Murralin Lane (@)
Title: Our House is on the Wall
Format: CD
Label: 12k
Distributor: Boomkat
Rated: *****
Maybe inspired by the faint rays of sunlight of the morning hours of Swedish spring and summer and by the somewhat pleaseful sense of being lost to the world and contemporarily bliss a similar enviromental set could induce, Our House Is On The Wall, the debut release from the Swedish duo Murralin Lane, made up of David Wenngren aka Library Tapes - a piano-based intimist experimental project issued mainly by Kning Disk and Home Normal -, appreciated young composer in the minimal-ambient neo-classical scene running Auetic, a label which is bringing out some interesting acts pushing out the boundaries of the so-called poetics of absence including his side-project Le Lendemain backed by Danny Norbury (I reccomened to have a listen to it as well) and his partner Ylva Wiklund, looks like a collection of ethereal transmissions from a parallel dimension. On this occasion, David let his piano - a sort of trademark of his personal style... - rest in order to work on electric alembics by collecting some delicious electro-acoustic cameos and fragile compositions wearing the melancholy hat and covered with dark-tinged ceruse. The sound space appears dominated by self-shaping drones of noisy and silently raging on the same time streams, on whose constant flow Ylva seems to put flowing ampoule of brimful vocal excerpts (sometimes recorded through a mobile phone as it's clear on the final trilling of When I Told You) resounding from the cavity in the wall where they built their sounding nest from the second track Folding Paper Planes oscillating between anesthetic depictions of void spaces and nyctalopic vocal vaporizations in the airless atmosphere saturated by distorted tuning forks and oblique sonorities. Murralin Lane's dimples sound easy to be tasted till its final fading out with its cinematic suite, which let me imagine Eskilstuna, the Swedish village from which they emit transmissions, is really close to Twin Peaks...

Ketem: Colour

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 14 2010
Artist: Ketem
Title: Colour
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: electroton (@)
Distributor: electroton
Rated: *****
One last Electroton 3' mini-CD, this time from Ketem, a joint collaboration by Shay Nassi (aka mise_en_scene) and Tom Kemeny (aka darmock) both from Tel Aviv. This is the briefest of these little Electronton CDs I've received with four tracks clocking in less than 10 minutes. It is also the oddest.

On 'Colour,' the music sounds more like code than anything resembling any kind of traditional music in just about any genre. Perhaps this is cyber-language translated into audio. High and low frequency tones of intermittent lengths are juxtaposed with one another in various assembled patterns, sometimes repeated, sometimes seemingly random. The sound is bone dry minimal with only a certain few timbres on the palette. Often it sounds like a hearing test, and I listened under headphones I had to check my reflexes from the urge to point at one ear or the other.

This is the kind of intellectual-experimental music that I think might require a deeper study or commitment to get, and I daresay most listeners are probably not willing to invest the time or though to 'cracking the code.' Although there is a sense of rhythm, the compositions have been deconstructed to their absolute minimal components with scant tonal variation. Perhaps some visual stimulus might have enhanced the audio here, as it stands alone, I'm just not grasping the merit in it. Fortunately, with only four brief tracks, it's not intolerable, merely an exercise in the infinitesimal.

TASADAY: Implosione Tra Le Pieghe Dell'Anima

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 14 2010
Title: Implosione Tra Le Pieghe Dell'Anima
Format: CD
Label: Silentes (@)
Rated: *****
Born as a collective of bands previously known as Die Form (not the French project of Philippe Fichot) and Nulla Iperreale (previously known as Orgasmo Negato), Tasaday formed in early 80s and since then produced a wide amount of recordings. IMPLOSIONE TRA LE PIEGHE DELL'ANIMA was their fourth release and it was a tape released by Multiple Configuration, label run by Roberto Marinelli, known also for his project Laxative Souls (Trash Ritual just reissued their first two tapes on a double CD). Containing fifteen tracks recorded live during the 1983/84 period, when they still performed under the name of Die Form & Nulla Iperreale, the tape and now this CD reissue show really well the experimental approach to rock that the band had. Mixing jazz, funk and new wave with synthesizers experimentations and theatrical performance, Tasaday where able to create alien ambientations often nervous and tense (maybe for this reason they picked up as moniker the name of a tribe emerged from a rain forest in mountains of Mindanao in 1971). Tight bass lines helped by tribal drumming were the core of their sound where a suffering guitar cut the air like a razor and vocals now recitative and now cried helped into making of Tasaday's a cult band. Now you have the chance to check these historical recordings and taste a bit of "implosion between soul's folds".

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