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OLSEN, TAROCHER, MAYAS, NUTTERS : (hail satan)

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Sep 20 2008
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Artist: OLSEN, TAROCHER, MAYAS, NUTTERS
Title: (hail satan)
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
Good, there’s no trace of Satanism here thus if you were wishing to hear this portuguese label deranging toward dark ambient, black metal or esoterism...well you’d better leave your expectations back home. Much more than to pentagrams and upside down crosses these musicians are probably devoted to irony and in someway this could be reflected by their music too, infact if you give a listen to nine tracks of this work you’ll notice while their music is dead serious the atmosphere is never too heavy immersed in that hyper-intellectualizations that makes half of the work coming out from this circuit heavier than death. To clear up your doubts I’ll say immediately the scenario is that of electro-acoustic improvisation in someway it’s quite similar to many works from the same area, but the recording is damn good and they apply an interesting use of some sounds like hisses or percussive part. From their improvisational style I’d say they have a foot in the grave of jazz and thumbs up for it but also to the fact they’ve been alternating tracks quite smartly so you won’t get bored by this or that silence for they play, for jazz’ sake!. It’s good to hear they kept fun not just in the title but also in the way they interact and that’s why their music is not the heir of a frigid idea above all in the most animated tracks. But before closing this review I wonna show you what an unreliable reviewer I’m (c’mon who can you trust nowadays?..."disappointed a few people" like John Lydon...you can bet it!) the best song of the record is "pitch IV" which is the result of two dark minutes deeply immersed into contemporary classic music that creates an intense odd atmosphere that builds up some anxiety.


SPARKS : s/t

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Sep 20 2008
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Artist: SPARKS
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
Holy shit "hardcore lives" used to sing Freddy from Madball... and this duo hailing from New York city resume the same concept in the opening track and if you can’t trust my word than you will be convinced by the piccolo trumpet of Peter Evans and by the "chainsaw-like" bowing of Blancarte. Be it the recording or the emphasis with which they’re playing ( like if they’ve been in the middle of a brawl) but you can’t even compare this way of performing with the average "hey I’m a dynamical improviser" way of playing. I think the difference sometimes is still in the purity of the spirits and even when the duo is calming down the atmosphere you perceive there’s a subtle tension, I think when Sparks play less neurotic parts really bring to mind a nervous boxer on the edge to explode. Some may define it Brotzmaneque music (he’s played with them so find your easy conclusions... ) and maybe that’s partially true, but the combination is great: Evans sometimes makes me think he’s possessed by some voodoo demon and Blancarte is a good shaman for he drives the ceremony right where possession over the redline. I think the world is still full of good musicians and decent improvisers but even playing something that we can also label as "standard improvising" this duo is able to fly ten feet higher than the ninety percent line-ups playing this style and the funny thing is that they’re doing it without even using a drum kit that could be one of the easiest solution for a project like that in order to have those beloved loud explosions. I’ve read they’ve also been teaming up with Bennink which makes me wonder how could it sound like with him banging the drum but from this recording you don’t think they need any additional player believe me. Loud music for loud people or I’d better speak about intensity?..mm..maybe, infact I’m sure they can be much more softer, but it’s New York city speaking: Cro Mags, Suicide, Cop Shoot Cop, Taxi Driver... am I allowed to expect something like that?. "Free jazz in your face".




MULLER, MARIEN : superimpose

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Sep 16 2008
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Artist: MULLER, MARIEN
Title: superimpose
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
Berlin based duo playing the free impro salsa, it’s on Creative Sources and it belongs to the category of this label devoted to jazz but just the way a Creative Sources performer can mean/play it. Beside that, consider, as pointed out many times by many improvisers/musicians both coming from the latin area and from the north European scene, improvised music coming from the mittle-upper Europe is more fragmented, choked to the extent it may sound aphasic to an untrained ear. But we’re not untrained and according to our opinion "superimpose" is not aphasic at all, nay it arrives to sound really physical at times, I mean they barely articulate what could be the scrawl of a free-jazz attempt. As many other improvisers on this label they’re not afraid to eliminate every trace of melody and emotion from the crime scene. What’s left is the picture of an intransigent radical performance which have dynamic ups and downs where the duo passes from strangulated notes to autistic nervous playing. The good thing about their "modus improvvisandi" is these two gentleman sometimes focus on a phrase and start exploring it’s significance just as much as they need to give it a "meaning", the bad thing in the other hand is that while refusing every compromise with traditional playing they surrender to some ordinary free-improvising solutions. They are really intense when they catch the right train, but the risk as usual is to sound really ordinary in they rebelling to traditional music, but what happens when the "norm" is not the norm anymore? I think that’s the most interesting question. They offer a great range of sounds which is a great result considering we’re talking about a duo and during this live recording they avoid the use of any additive effect which I’m sure will attract all of the fans of the pure acoustic sound out there.





SAD SAILOR : link to the outside world

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Sep 14 2008
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Artist: SAD SAILOR
Title: link to the outside world
Format: CD
Label: eh? (@)
Rated: *****
This Sad sailor debut on eh?/Public Eysore label is unusually melodic, and punky, infact sometimes is much closer to some releases on K records than to some other freaky experimental output of this label, but as already side the label is quite heterogeneous. The characteristic rock line-up plus a cello, a trumpet here and there, some synths layers, sometimes it reminded me of those energetic melodic post-rock combos when going for the rock explosion, just way more crippled. If you ever heard them they sound a bit like early Cerberus Shoal before becoming completely absorbed by their kraut/prog freak-influence, or some other post-emo bands when heading toward experimentation and then meeting their psychedelic roots. The recording is quite rough but is dynamic that’s why I think they did it live, in the three tracks they focus on working on a static melody bringing it to the climax quite constantly thus don’t worry since they never use the average "soft part-explosion/ soft part-explosion" binary-structure, they are vibrant but at a constant speed. This single line-melody pulling the string behind every song makes them really psychedelic but remember as I said they have a strong punk or rock feel, perhaps it has to do with that noisy drumming. All of the tracks are quite similar and I think if you’re into melodic music that’s not too slow neither too dramatic/epic and maybe you’ll like it, I think it’s a bit rough but overall a good debut cdr.





ANDREAS BRANDAL : this is not for you

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 14 2008
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Artist: ANDREAS BRANDAL (@)
Title: this is not for you
Format: CD
Label: Eh? (@)
Rated: *****
This one gets my vote as one of the best works I’ve heard on Eh?/Publiceyesore records so far, and I see this artist has done many other releases beside having took care of the drawing of the front cover that reminded me so much some layout from mighty Ebullition records during its heydays. Differently from Downcast or Amber Inn, Andreas Brandal has probably nothing to share with hard core and his music even less, being on Eh? you may have guessed it’s an experimental work, but though the whole catalogue of this cdr label is quite varied, this one is quite particular. We’re talking about a deep drony-ambient work but don’t expect all of the songs sound in the same way, as I’ve said beside the stylistical "trait d’union" linking all of the tracks sometimes becomes really personal like in the fourth track where you’ve this weird "bell/vibraphonic" sound that goes on slowly like a slug for the most of the song while you have some melodic-cathartic melody depicting a scenario on the background. Some strange dissonance colored thanks to some drones create an odd atmosphere which links most of the tracks. Be it I’ve been listening to it several times at the end of the day, but I think that’s the proper time of the day in which you can appreciate the most such a release. Andreas Brandal is really minimal but the music he composed is really intense and sometimes desolated, I can even image it could help a movie reaching the climax right when the protagonist is lost in the depth of a forest. A nocturne release which doesn’t mean dark but just nocturne.


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