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Sparkle in Grey & Tex La Homa: Whale Heart, Whale Heart

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 31 2010
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Artist: Sparkle in Grey & Tex La Homa (@)
Title: Whale Heart, Whale Heart
Format: 12"
Label: Grey Sparkle (@)
Rated: *****
I have previously reviewed Sparkle in Grey's 'A Quiet Place,' so I had some idea what I was in for. That said, Tex La Homa certainly brought in an element of chance. I had never heard of this artist, who is one Matthew Shaw. The album is split between the two projects.

Sparkle in Grey supplies the first two tracks, totaling almost 21 minutes. 'These Nightmares are Ending' is an interesting mix of the peaceful guitar and strings that I am used to, but with a more glitchy vibe to it. There are clicks and noises mixed into it, making it a bit more engaging. 'L'Innocence du Sommeil' (with Andrea Ferraris) opens with the sounds of a child speaking and becomes a soothing track similar in style to the first, but without the glitchiness. If you need a calming track to put on for when you make your move in the late evening with that special someone, Sparkle in Grey have you covered. The only issue I have here is that the tracks seem too similar.

Next up, we have Tex La Homa who also lays down some mellowness for you. 'Becoming' actually sounds like it begins with whale songs. This short piano and synth piece is punctuated by what sounds like distorted yelling. This gives way to 'Dorchester Sunrise,' a slow moving synth piece, which reminds me of Vidna Obmana's 'The River of Appearance' album. 'To Home' changes the pace with a percussive piece that features harmonica. 'Born on a Friday' is a simple acoustic guitar track with vocals that consist of using the voice as instrument with nothing more than 'la la la.'

Overall this doesn't really break much new ground, but it's a pleasant listen. If you are interested in either of these bands, this is a good start. This album weighs in at around 40 minutes.

Chris Connelly: How This Ends

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 31 2010
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Artist: Chris Connelly
Title: How This Ends
Format: CD
Label: Lens Records (@)
Rated: *****
I have to admit that I have not thought about Chris Connelly for a while. I have a fair amount of material with which he has been connected. If you were interested in industrial music in the late 80s and 90s it was hard to avoid him. In my collection alone, I have Acid Horse, PTP, Ministry, Murder Inc., Pigface, and he's been involved with other acts ranging from Revolting Cocks to Whitehouse. The musicians that assist in this effort are likewise diverse: Izi Coonagh (Sugar Bullet), Tania Bowers (Via Tania), James Marlon Magas (Magas, Lake of Dracula), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk), Zak Boerger (These Wonderful Evils), Bill Rieflin (R.E.M., Ministry, Swans), Brent Gutzeit (TV Pow), Sanford Parker (Minsk, The High Confessions), David Levine (Mucca Pazza).

Musically, the closest comparison I can come up with right now is Current 93's amazing 'I Have a Special Plan for This World' or 'In a Foreign Town in a Foreign Land,' with their mix of spoken word and weird ambient atmosphere. I suppose this is somewhat fitting since Connelly dedicates the album to David Tibet and Gordon Sharp. According to the press sheet that came with the album, this is more a long poem performed by Connelly and collaborators than it is traditional songs. This is also not exactly feel-good kind of music. The press sheet notes that 'How This Ends is about death, genocide, homicide by corrupt powers upon innocents. It's about the people who didn't make it, the ones who either tried, or were taken by surprise.' The opening lyrics give an idea of what you are in for: 'The bloodflow moves like jagged ants in the strobe of the conflicted sunset.'

There are two tracks on this album, simply titled 'How This Ends (Part One)' and 'How This Ends (Part Two).' Part one is all over the place, with female spoken word that reminds me of the vocalist on Coil's 'The Angelic Conversation' alternating with male vocals (Connelly) at others. We have freakout John Zorn-like saxophone mixed with pulsating industrial soundscapes and analogue sounds. Add to this a lilting piano theme that runs throughout. If this sounds a bit disjointed, it only seems so. This hangs together well and pulls you in until it clubs you over the head with screaming and noise at an increased volume, which then gives way to the piano and calming spoken word. Part Two is much more traditional for the most part, sounding more like murder ballads with acoustic guitar. Overall, this is quite enjoyable, and makes me interested to hear more of his recent output. This album weighs in at 51.36.

RODRIGUEZ, SANTOS, KUCHEN, RODRIGUES : vinter

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 27 2010
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Artist: RODRIGUEZ, SANTOS, KUCHEN, RODRIGUES
Title: vinter
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
When a cd is out on Creative Sources and it involves the Rodrigues you mostly know how it sounds like I don't wonna say it's predictable, in someway that can be true, but they have a distinct sound nobody can deny that. Even if the presence of Martin Kuchen and Carlos Santos adds a saxophone and electronics to the strings of the two portuguese players, the opening track would confirm the idea of predictability but never judge a book by the cover bros!. It's with the second track they throw in what sounds like the body of a melody, thumbs up for me since the cocktail goes really close to many contemporary electronic composition: sharp digital computer sounds, mute saxophone playing and just some odd bowed squeaks. The closing and longest composition of the whole lot sounds much more like many other works in which I've heard these players: unplayed dissonant notes, long pauses and similar tricks. The last track offers a classic contemporary sound, above all when they leave unplayed unsounding jamming for crippled or laud playing, a strange interaction, but still really good.

KIM JOHANNESEN, SVEIN MAGNUS FURU : the ECOlogic

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 27 2010
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Artist: KIM JOHANNESEN, SVEIN MAGNUS FURU (@)
Title: the ECOlogic
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
Another guitar plus saxophone duo, just a while ago I've reviewed Rocco-Coxhill and now this nordic pair, beyond the remote possibly also this nordic couple has an avant jazz background I can't see any other similarity. Infact Johannesen and Furu are more contemporary classic oriented in their way of playing and these compositions somehow can be classified that way. The first track opens with what effectively sounds as a long circular drone crossed by some electro-acoustic sounds, a simple idea you may think, but in terms of length they bring this track to a point where they start disgregatin' everything before the end. If one may think that's another ordinary drone driven release the second episode presents a dissonant post Bailey-an impro with a strong intensity and the same idea is repeated here and there in several tracks before the end (tip of hat!). Despite some electro acoustic sketches that's not exactly their cup of tea, therefore when they go for a duo in unison you can bet the proceed shoulder to shoulder. They close the whole narration by returning to a long uniform sound droning even if slightly if compared to the first track, and I think thaat's a wise decision to cerate an interesting tracklist. What I've really appreciated about this cd is the fact differently from many scandinavian improvisers they avoid that repetitive unsound-playing going firmly from pointillism to well played angular notes. Interesting work.

PIETRO RIPARBELLI / K11 : Metamorphic Portrait 1230 A. D.

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Artist: PIETRO RIPARBELLI / K11
Title: Metamorphic Portrait 1230 A. D.
Format: CD
Label: Actual Noise
Rated: *****
During the last year I've been reviewing at least three Ripabelli's releases and I've seen him once live, funny since despite the fact I happened to hear and read his name mentioned several times I didn't know how he sounded like or anything else about him and all of a sudden one listening after the other. This italian artist is quite well known for his activities in the dark ambient-post-industrial esoteric scene and I'm sure you will agree it emerges also by the musical aesthetic of his works. The positive thing about is works is that he's an incredible taste and he's far from the flashy of the genre, another great quality of his solo releases his the great sound quality of his productions so please don't mix him with many lo-quality sci-fi esoteric new-jacks dealing with power-noise or with the dark ambient thing. "Metamorphic Portrait" has been released with sound sources recorded in the lower Nasilica of Assisi and take for granted the esoteric factor of the whole cd is high on top, but as the artist himself writes in the line note of the release that's part of his personal research and explains the enormous religious feel of which this work is imbued. Despite some characteristic dark ambient sound and distortion I will somehow recognize in other works with the moniker K11, this cd is characterized by a large use of delays and echoes and by many vocal sound, gregorian chants, vocal singing and ancient ritual singing like that, but don't think it may resemble Rison D'Etre, everything is less clean, the original shape of the vocals drifts ashore and in some traces they've been submerged by some power distorsions that after a while live space to what sounds like an organ. The cocktail ends sounding really esthetic which is something that definitely lacks to many releases like that, plus you have to consider Ripabelli really knows how to build an emphatic and interesting structure fo tracks like those contained in this cd. If you've never gave him a listen maybe it's time to check how he sounds like.


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