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The Club of Rome: Full Fathom Five

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 09 2007
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Artist: The Club of Rome (@)
Title: Full Fathom Five
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Amazing 6-track cdr-ep by Atlanta's Club Of Rome, a band whose music could be described as a lo-fi mayhem halfaway between Nervous Gender's hysterical synth punk and the more fucked up side of Black Dice. "Sunday Gospel" is the first one on the ep and reveals all their twisted sense of humour, it is a real gospel recited with a distorted and emphatic voice. "Let's Go USA" is a depraved rock'n'roll rant washed in meth and alcohol, and resembles early Chrome (!!) with floating tapestries made by cheaply distorted electronics. My favourite here is "The Ballad of Phil Spector" that seems a perfect 00s update to Suicide's lesson. That being said, you just have to look at the pictures on their myspace (http://www.myspace.com/theclubofrome) to know that COR are the perfect people to hang out with. And hey! They share the name with one of the many alter-egos of Asmus Tietchens'... but I doubt they bother.

KORBER/WEBER/YAMAUCHI: Signal to Noise vol. 2

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 08 2007
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Artist: KORBER/WEBER/YAMAUCHI
Title: Signal to Noise vol. 2
Format: CD
Label: For 4 Ears
Rated: *****
Here's the story around this cd: in 2006, a group of renowned Switzerland-based improvisers (Jason Kahn, Tomas Korber, the ex-Voice Crack Norbert Möslang, Günter Müller and Christian Weber) toured Japan, playing in different combinations and sometimes interacting with local musicians. The starting point was the creation of the Signal Quintet by Jason Kahn in 2004, to record his graphical score "Timelines" (later released on Cut); the ensemble then continued living on its own. Out of the Japanese tour, you can now listen to the "Yamaguchi" album by the Quintet, on Cut (review soon), the "Signal to Noise vol. 3" on For 4 Ears (by Kahn/Möslang/Müller), and this very "vol. 2". If you're familiar with Korber's and Weber's production, especially in the Mersault trio with Christian Wolfarth (get their 2005 release on Quakebasket), you can start guessing what this sounds like. In the first track, Weber's contrabass thumps a slow cadence, while Korber's guitar+electronics set blends with Yamauchi's sax strains, to the point that it's actually hard to distinguish which is which. Track 2 increases the tension with a faster plucking of the strings, with a rolling effect, while the other two players erupt a flow of white noise frequencies and hisses. As in all recordings involving Korber, this is a fine piece of intense and subtly menacing improvisation, where sounds are stretched and then held just before they could finally explode.

RAJAPINTA: Bootleg Epiphanies

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 07 2007
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Artist: RAJAPINTA (@)
Title: Bootleg Epiphanies
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Limited to 123 copies on CD-r, BOOTLEG EPIPHANIES is a collection of noises and cut-ups recorded by Ibrahim Terzic and Niko Skorpio and assembled by the latter. The thirteen tracks contain recordings collected in various locations during the 2001÷2006 period and treated in different ways. Niko Skorpio decided to release them also if the tracks (not all of them frankly and fortunately) could sound unfinished or unsatisfactory. For sure some of them sound as sound experiments in the vein of the Boyd Rice/Frank Tovey collaborations, but they haven't the rhythmical construction of "Easy listening for the hard of hearing" and for this reason they could sound as "sounds on the wild". Tracks like "Ion flux" or "Streched qi" do have some kind of structure even if they are experimental tunes but most of them sounds like rolling sound pebbles which form a torrent of sound. Due the particular nature of the CD it hasn't been released under Someplace Else as usual...

LNGTCHE: Music for an Untitled Film by T. Zärkkof

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 06 2007
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Artist: LNGTCHE
Title: Music for an Untitled Film by T. Zärkkof
Format: CD
Label: Etude
Rated: *****
Clothed in an elegantly messy design by Seldon Hunt comes a 1-track, 44-minute disc by this apparently mysterious project, which is actually a solo thing of Catalan soundmaker Pau Torres. If you have a look at his Myspace page, you'll find how his influences span from Sun Ra to Abruptum, from Cecil Taylor to Hate Forest... What does this tell us of Lngtché's style? Not much really, except that it's a fringe avantgarde solo thing drenched in the most obscure solipsism, which could well get kudos from misanthropic forest segregationists (unlike Cecil Taylor, maybe). Torres uses both manipulated and raw guitar sounds, and sparse water recordings here and there, to weave a monolithic, scary headtrip. It's not something terribly loud, but I would surely call it noisy: amp feedback and buzz, string scraping, no hint of melody whatsoever, and a dysmal atmosphere all around. Torres surely opts for an extreme approach, making this a "love it or get f*cked" release, but he's also skilled enough to balance the minimal inputs in a crystaline production. All orphans of 90's isolationism should give this a try.
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Artist: Pimentola
Title: Misantropolis
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Rated: *****
The sound of this album reminds me of art music and I like the fact that this kind of performance music (strange they don´t do performances!) are released by cold meat!!!
The bizarre cabaret/musical style vocals seem to be very inspired by Mr Doctor of Devil Doll.

The Percussions are almost on all tracks the main instrument and they sometimes seem a bit weak when they flirt with triphop/trippjazz. Sometimes they are very good!
The industrial parts are also pretty lame. It´s really a shame as the sound and some of the ideas are really great. "On Tuoni Pauloo Tinkoin Sitein III" the dark ambience is and atmosphere is intruiging and very suggestive. Reminds me of bands like Lycia.
The song "Black Globe" is a five star track. Very haunting and driven into strange corners.
"Wish Upon a Fallen Star" sounds like wild opera (but the voice is failing and not as good as for an example Sibelian).

The whole album breath 30s and 40s and retro film music and that I really enjoy. If that good have been a more obvious red thread I would have given this release probably a 4,5 or 5 but the diversity (normally really good) kill this album.
"Wann Endet die Zeit" could been so good but the drums are lame and to be honest: bad!

It hurts me giving this crazy and well played album such a low grade. Sorry!
If you are into a strange mix of goth, industrial, darkwave, neo-classical, retro, tripjazz and dark ambient all at once (yes it´s crazy) you should check this album out. Do not expect to love all tracks because some are great and some suck.


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