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MARINA HARDY : Pink Violin

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 09 2008
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Artist: MARINA HARDY
Title: Pink Violin
Format: CD
Label: Eh? (@)
Rated: *****
What have here is a bizarre cdr by Marina Hardy and following the wacky trajectory of this label, it presents a collection of tracks to say it all: "out of ordinary". Honestly I’ve just appreciated a few of them like the ethereal episode of "Apple sauce pudding", or the opening "M kay" where she may remind you of Madame P for those who know her, but I still find it hard to feel really comfortable in a cd where you pass from a the reinterpretation of a russian traditional to an ethereal track, from a western ballad not so far from early Calexico to (nice) melodic harp (?) driven track that probably would have find place on a record of Cynthia Dall. There are bands and project doing this 360° meting pot even more intensely but this release is really well done, maybe just a bit too heterogeneous to the extent it may sound confused. But I have to admit in general Marina Hardy is really able to build "fake instant classics" seen from this perspective this’ probably one of the records that reminded me more about Marc Ribot and his "Book of heads" days on Tzadik. As I’ve said this musician has an incredible heterogeneous writing skill I just think she’s to focus a bit more the global idea of the record but she still manage to be interesting.



SHELF LIFE : Rheuma

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 08 2008
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Artist: SHELF LIFE
Title: Rheuma
Format: CD
Label: Eh? (@)
Rated: *****
Still from Omaha and Lincoln like Gama Goat we’ve another kind of freaks, this time we deal much more with something close to dark ambient even if it would be really reductive above all if considered something close to post-black metal music with which this cd has nothing to share. This is psychedelic crepuscular ambient music the roots of which are so damn planted into kraut-rock that Herzog should bring Kinsky back from the grave and start shooting again the follow-up of Aguirre. Holy shit, Nurse With Wounds, Faust and Popol Vuh would be moved if they’re seeing how they made it into the heart of this present generation of "art brut" experimental artists. No hyper intellectualized shit, just a trip for the mere taste of getting lost, America is on its knees today we’re again so close to the nightmare of Wall-street that the ghost of some suicidal investor of the crack of 29 is probably waiting for his nephews to reach him wherever he’s in his afterlife. The world is trembling in fear these days, dark days "are not coming" they’re already here and this music without being too depressive or too dark-wave is still misty, slow, overwhelming and narcotic. We’re the descendents of the Pink Floyd generation and this’ the logical step into nowhere, this nightly drones and these grey colours won’t probably add anything to your collection but without being a copycat of this or that artist these guy assembled an interesting release above all during the closing episodes.


Oct 08 2008