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Life Toward Twilight : Blood

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 12 2008
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Artist: Life Toward Twilight (@)
Title: Blood
Format: CD EP
Label: Bottle Imp Productions (@)
Rated: *****
I had previously reviewed Life Toward Twilight’s "We Waited For A Subtle Dawn," so I was pleasantly surprised when this came in the mail. This is considerably different from their other disc. It sounds like they attempted to create the soundtrack to a disturbing movie, and the song titles seem to support this view - tracks like "Zombie Infestation" and "R’lyeh" (I’m a huge fan of Lovecraft’s literature, so this immediately caught my eye) provide a hint as to the kind of feeling that they are after. Overall, this disc works pretty well. Distant screams combine with atmospheric synth soundscapes and clanging metal to provide a heavy atmosphere. I would say that this is an excellent disc to pick up just in time for Halloween to scare the trick or treaters that come to your door. If Coil’s "Hellraiser" soundtrack wasn’t dark enough for you, this is a definite to pick up. If you have any doubts, you can get it for free on the label’s website. The only issue I see is that the disc is pretty short, weighing in at around 17 minutes, but it’s a fun 17 minutes.

Beehatch: Beehatch

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 12 2008
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Artist: Beehatch
Title: Beehatch
Format: CD
Label: Lens Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of this project, but I have certainly heard of their other projects. This is a collaboration between Mark Spybey (Dead Voices on Air, Zoviet France) and Phil Western (Download, platEAU). Evidently, they met while playing in Download 10 years ago. I probably saw that tour... . Now that we know the pedigree, lets see what this disc sounds like. I have to admit that I was a bit surprised by how mellow this disc was. After all, Download was not exactly known for their subtlety. This does remind me a lot of Dead Voices on Air or some of the more accessible Zoviet France. Some of the tracks seem a bit out of place here, like "Facing Up To The Facts," which sounds almost poppy and "YouSayWannaGo," which doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. But there is a lot of good experimental drone stuff on this disc. Some of the standout tracks include "God is So Good, God is SO Dub," which cycles through repetitive washes of synth drone and improvised drumming toward the end, sliding seamlessly into "Warm and Fuzzy," which has a nice beat and a background that slowly builds in complexity over time. In some ways, "Warm and Fuzzy" reminds me of Cabaret Voltaire. And honestly, how can you not like a song called "Phil's Zombie Party," which is a whimsical little ditty with disembodied moaning voices woven throughout. Overall, I would say that this isn’t bad, but Spybey and Western are hidden beneath the shadow of their pedigree. This lacks both the intensity of Download and the complexity of Zoviet France. But still, this would be a good introduction to experimental music. This album weighs in at 57 minutes.

Accomplice Affair: An Act of Creation

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 12 2008
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Artist: Accomplice Affair (@)
Title: An Act of Creation
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front
There is an old saying that some people live to serve as an example for others of what not to do. For those of you playing along at home that are thinking of sending something to Chain D.L.K. for review, I propose the following. 1. Do not send a burned disk without the artwork, etc., and then tell the reviewer that the artwork is on the website. 2. Don’t ask the reviewer to review an album that you know is already out of print without telling the reviewer when you ask. I found this out in the letter that the artist sent. Needless to say, I came at the album with a bit less sympathy than the more recent Accomplice Affair album that I reviewed previously for Chain D.L.K. It’s actually a shame that this album is out of print because it is a bit more interesting than the new one that is available. Where I found "Jezioro wspomnien" to be adequate synth-based dark ambient that didn’t really do much for me, "An Act of Creation" is far more interesting. Even so, the disc is a mixed bag overall. "Pomiedzy mgla" opens the disc with a nice dark, ominous soundscape - a mood that is continued in "Wewnatrz wspomnien." Other tracks, such as "Niewidzialnosc" were not as interesting; it seemed that the artist simply incorporated a few disparate elements together without really thinking about the overall mood of the track. It lacks a sense of unity. "Zatopione lzy ludzkosci" is a bit chaotic, but I’m not sure if it’s in a good way or a bad way. Overall, it sounds like a first albumone where the artist is still trying to find his voice. This disc weighs in at 46 minutes.

RUMPISTOL: Dynamo

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 10 2008
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Artist: RUMPISTOL
Title: Dynamo
Format: CD
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Three years after the second album titled "Mere rum", Rumpistol is back with a new adventure in sound. Sounding more orchestral and maybe melodic, DYNAMO, merge elements of electronic music (the use of bass lines), glitch (the many little sounds that enrich the rhythmic structure of the tracks), ambient (see the alternation of atmospheres), soundtrack music (see the opening "Transit" and its capability to create a thick atmosphere that fluctuates and carries the listener through a path made of different images/moments), experimentations (the general approach to sound and music is maniacal if you check the intersection of the different elements but the whole effect tends to destabilize the listener), i.d.m./breakbeat/dub(on many tracks the sounds are stopped, cut, mixed and effected). The melody seems to be used as the glue that keeps everything tight and functional and each time you'll listening to the eight tracks you'll discover something new. Try to follow a melody or an instrument and you'll realize that at the end you're focusing your attention on a different thing. The album will be released on October the 20th on CD and double vinyl.

MICHAEL SANTOS: the happy error

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 09 2008
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Artist: MICHAEL SANTOS
Title: the happy error
Format: CD
Label: Baskaru (@)
Rated: *****
If you go down the modern electronic/ambient lane, sooner or later you'll surely meet Baskaru label from France and they're moving slowly but constantly, probably more interested following their personal trajectory than in the saturation of the market with a bunch of new releases. After having put out cds for japanese, italian, french artists this time is the turn of a portuguish one: Michael Santos, his music has no ispano-american root and could be from England, Japan or Germany, the earth is flat after all...fuck Columbus. With a wonder wheel on the cover it's logical to expect some relaxed ambient influenced work and here you have it, somewhere located in between the constellation of modern ambient-tronic music, the range of which is set by Afx ambient early steps on one side and japanese Neina, Minamo, etc..on the other. Thought Baskaru is developing a clear physiognomy, "happy error" is much closer to the sound of labels like Spekk or Plop, don't worry guys, if you blame me for not having mentioned 12k it just has to do with the cut that's a little bit different, but if you fill the rank of fans of Deupree or Sawako you'll probably like it. Santos makes it soft and classy that's why I could have had several listening while my girlfriend was studying and she didn't even complain even once: a real miracle!. Santos' sound is still in search of his own identity but at the same time he follows all of the unwritten rules of electronic music perfectly and with elegance thus he speaks the idiom brilliantly. Eleven tracks for about fifty minutes of bliss well distributed in portions of ecstatic and melancholic melodies, high-frequencies and digital sounds. I'm sure if only Pessoa could have only put this in his hi-fi set while writing he wouldn't be that depressed and would have been enjoying much more the sea in front of Lisboa.


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