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Objekt 4: Shades Of Night

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Apr 10 2008
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Artist: Objekt 4
Title: Shades Of Night
Format: CD
Label: Bugs Crawling Out Of People (@)
Distributor: ant-zen
Rated: *****
A new release by this known Ambient-artist, which at least got released under the collaboration of the 4 different labels Sabbathid Records, Basilisk Productions, Regimental Records and Bugs Crawling Out Of People. Since Bugs Crawling did mail out this promotional item I therefore like to refer on their contact to purchase this item – which is a strange one for the normally-diving-into-the-harsh-Powernoise-genre related Bugs Crawling-label. OBJEKT 4 creates musically ambience with cinematic and static layer sounds, several field recording elements and sounds of the daily life. 5 tracks are on here, which at least come on more than 53 minutes playing time, this documents the length of each track. "Spirits Of Soil And Sea" is available in two different versions. You’ll get the fog horns of a far away based ship, while the birds, winds and the usual sound of a natural field recording creates an own melody. Well, this is stuff for people who like to sink in and who are able to switch off all stress and hectic which comes in all days. Quite to Experimental-minded, I’ll miss some toughness and a break out of the endless repetitions

DUBOC, PERRAUD : etau

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 10 2008
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Artist: DUBOC, PERRAUD (@)
Title: etau
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
The last release I’ve been reviewing was a drum plus drum recording, following next is another rhythm section, but the sound and the global result of the combination is considerably different. First off this time the duo is based on drum and bass and differently from Field and Babel it’s not rhythmic music and is also far from pulsing solutions: Duboc’s and Perraud’s favorite game is to twist and shape the atmospheres. By some means the the two twenty minutes long suites featured on this cd revive the spirit of some of my favorite ensembles like Gruppo di Nuova Consonanza, AMM and more recently Civil War, I’m saying that since despite working on "free" improvisation (even if the term for the first two projects was/is really reductive) they had a contemporary classic, avant-garde approach that brought them to play something really out of time. The style of Perraud in particular reminds me of unbeatable Eddie Prevost and obviously some of his best tricks with cymbals, skins, ghost drumming and the "no sound is innocent" philosophy. It’s real, if you pay attention to it, their music is quite clear and outspoken regarding the fact they care really much about every single sound beaten, bowed, played on the record; they "play the room" following the rule number one in the bible the majority of improvisers worship, and they’re doing it really well. Ghostly moods, retained waiting games in order to explore the composition in a patient way, sound after sound everything has to come to surface and take for granted it will surface like a dead body whose lungs are still full of air. The main difference between the first and the second part of the cd is that in the second composition when they decide to play, they go for steady interventions, with that I don’t mean they sound better or more powerfully built, I just wonna say the work sounds in a less ethereal way and they counterpoint silence with more firm playing if compared to the first of the two tracks.

FIELD, BABEL : 50 ballets

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 09 2008
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Artist: FIELD, BABEL
Title: 50 ballets
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
Drums and percussion plus drums and percussion equals... a percussive recording and you don’t have to be a genius to imagine the result, but wait, it’s hard to believe how good this record sounds if you haven’t given it the careful listening it requires. I’ve no doubt this’ one of the best Creative Sources releases I’ve heard so far: I love rhythm session but I’m also aware of the fact many percussive duos coming from the impro-jazz area are boring as fuck, well this pair is beautifully assorted and I really enjoyed their way of improvising, the how they play the waiting game and how they go straight to the next intersection. I’ve several "solo percussion" releases in my collection and have heard some more, this one is more "old school" if compared to the free-rock style of drummers like David Shea, but it’s also considerably different from that of Han Bennik, I think this drumming duo has its strong personality and that’s the most fascinating part of it. When dealing with an all percussive recording the risk is to get bored in a split second but Field’s and Babel’s journey bring them through many changes of intensity, dynamics and timber. Their approach to drumming tecniques is elegant but what makes this release more interesting then many other similar works is the attention the duo pays to the track construction: they pass from quiet parts or smoothly played solutions to "free-jazz-rock" eruptions but they work in a really complementary way so to avoid sounding simply chaotic. The recording and the spatialization of the drums helps a lot since as I’ve said they’re able to produce an incredible variety of sounds and sometimes you really feel like you’re standing in the middle of the room where the improvisative dialogue happened. Nice.



EFTUS SPECTUN : The Tocks Clicking

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 06 2008
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Artist: EFTUS SPECTUN
Title: The Tocks Clicking
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Rated: *****
If I start by saying this' a strange release nobody will be surprise since we're talking about Public Eyesore. Eftus Spectun are the result of a weird mix of influences not so far from a less technical answer to Sleepy Time Gorilla Museum, they're just softer, much more swinged and less crippled whatever it means. Can you imagine Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8-Eyed Spy, Mr Bungle, Beefheart and James Chance on novocaine jamming in the same band? If you can, then you probably have a sort of idea of what you're gonna experience during this collection of short songs. 8-Eyed Spy more than Contorsions since unfortunately for Eftus Spectun even if they're talented musicians and they're damn odd, they're not as flipped out and not even that nihilistic. By the way, don't think this combo is that linear for they've added some really dark, quasi dark ambient tracks to this already unconventional collection of sketches and what follows is a consequential scary atmosphere. Dark-post-no-wave work? More than this that's why I've said these people is ideally comparable to Sleepy Time Gorilla Museum, for example take "The moth and the oval vase" and "Spekled Nesbit" it's not always obscure music, sometimes I can guess there's the shadow of Zappa (... Faith No More?) gone deformed and in some way: "fusion". I think now you've everything you need to start painting a picture of this weird weird english band.


LUASA RAELON: season of the witch

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Apr 03 2008
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Artist: LUASA RAELON (@)
Title: season of the witch
Format: CD
Label: Snip-Snip records (@)
Rated: *****
Luasa Raelon is another project involving Harvest Reed that we've recently reviewed with his other moniker Envenomist, and it's a high quality release. Differently from his work title "Abyssal siege" he's put out with Envenomist name, "Season of the witch" is less focused on distant sounds and although you hear he used reverbs, the context is a bit different. Harvest Reed's touch is easily distinguishable and it's still a dark-ambient work, but everything moves essentially "around" you and the drowning sensation this time is not haunting the whole recording. I find this work is less trippy and way more sinister and I got this impression from the early tracks. I don't know exactly the background of this american musician, but differently from many post-black-metal-dark ambient projects, this music is obscure but also incredibly elegant, that's why my hypothesis is he's probably took big doses of industrial/isolationist/experimental listenings. The fact is Season of the witch" reminded me of some of the most intense releases Lustmord, Hafler Trio (when going more ambient), Lull, Eclipse just with a more actual sound. Generally I don't go mad for that kind of works, but Luasa Raelon and generally, everything else I've heard from this Reed, is really intense and the funny thing is its simplicity. After having played this cd several times my impression is that Reed is somewhere among isolationism and dark ambient and that's what probably makes the difference.


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