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Apoplexia 1973: s/t

 Posted by Adhab Al-Farhan   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 16 2007
Artist: Apoplexia 1973
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: PsychForm Records
This is a musical research by Stan Reed/Gregor Jabs/Frank Rowenta. The CD packaging is pro-quality considering that it is only limited to 300 copies. It's quite an exciting sound exploration if I must say so, just a bit odd.

AMON / NIMH: Sator

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Mar 13 2007
Artist: AMON / NIMH (@)
Title: Sator
Format: CD
Label: Eibon (@)
Rated: *****
This could be the real clash of the titans of dark ambient and you just need a sight to their individual discography and it will tell you more than any word I can write. Even if both Marutti (Amon/Never Known, headchief of Afe records) and Giuseppe Verticchio (Nimh) in the recent past have put out many material that’s not strictly dark ambient, here they do what you probably can expect from such an odd pair. Hence, "Sator" begins with a "concrete" monumental drone that scares the shit out of the listener as to say ambient can still be heavy as fuck. The matter of the release but also the sound choice of this collaboration reminded me of an old Grinzich/Nehil joint ventures but way more reverberated and dark. The funny thing is that somehow I got the impression Nimh as been "Amonized", I can’t say that firmly but sure while listening I’ve found many traces of Marutti’s "heavy" hand on the crime scene. Probably that’s just a suggestion since what I can guess they simply mixed the most obscure and intimist aspect of their individual personalities finding a common ground they could share for this opus. There’s an abundance of delays/reverbs and a copious use of keyboards even if in some passages they left them still intelligible but not without burying it under a heap of thick low noises/echoes leading in the mid of the dark pool. While the first three tracks of this output present a framework mainly based on delayed-noises, the dronical-essence rears it’s ugly head just with the fourth "movement" of this cd and it lately disappears in a "freaky-post-krautian-Schultzesque" sad "sauce" (yes, dark freaks have a safe ground to walk upon). With the closing chapter of this book arrives my favorite one: dark ambient in full effect that all of a sudden fades into a quiet mechanical drone and into a rarefied paste made out of bells? voices?... anyway, it will blows you brain and resistance out for sure. A first class recording/package complete this good release, the only things I ask myself is what if it would have been a bit shorter, but you know many artists doing this kind of things want to test the guts and the balls of their listeners, "will you dare to take the whole trip?". If you’re into dar ambient at the edge with some post industrial landscape here’s a journey you can definitely take.

TWOCSINAC & DJ SARAH WILSON: Twocsinak & DJ Sarah Wilson present "Jesus is a brave little toaster" volume 1

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 08 2007
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Title: Twocsinak & DJ Sarah Wilson present "Jesus is a brave little toaster" volume 1
Format: CD
Label: Wrong Music (@)
Rated: *****
Personal project of Joseph Howard Grounds, Twocsinac is nothing I could have ever imagined. The eighteen songs of this album are twisted and they are sounding crazy. It's like I'm listening to Syd Barret on acid being remixed by a break-beat drunk dj. Every possible sound source (voices, noises, child rumors) has been put into a blender and re-processed adding free jazz (like on "Twocsinak & DJ Sarah Wilson vs. Hunting Lodge ­ Badly glued thing, no home for a gun"), folk, noise, pop, etc. Geniality is a precious thing but sometimes it's difficult to understand the work as a whole, because you can't say how much Joseph wanted it to sound like a sonic nonsense or like something never done before. This first volume has a second title that is: "Take nothing but footprints, leave nothing but photographs".

Francisco López: Lopez Island

 Posted by Diane Granahan   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 04 2007
Artist: Francisco López (@)
Title: Lopez Island
Format: CD
Label: Elevator Bath (@)
Rated: *****
Francisco López’s aptly titled release was originally recorded during 1999-2000, from a sequestered island in northwest Washington. Lopez Island is a staggeringly dynamic piece that introduces itself rather quietly, with what may seem typical at first, but soon proves to be a sonic exploration full of surprises. Delicate silences trickle, organic crackles build into rich layers, sounds shift from foreground to background the piece continues with a lush balance of hovering pulses, stuttering mechanical rhythms, turbulent howls, and an unexpected musicality that seems to ascend and descend to a perfect closure. Yet, the actual conclusion of this piece I will leave alone, as it is a surprise in itself that should be saved for the experience. Here, Lopez manages an unquestionably beautiful interchange between nature and artifice, skillfully allowing diverse and concrète elements a musicality of their own. This is easily one of the most remarkable releases I have heard by this esteemed composer. A limited run of 500 copies with thoughtfully handcrafted minimal packaging. Highly recommended.

GUDRUN GUT: I Put A Record On

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 27 2007
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Title: I Put A Record On
Format: CD
Label: Monika Enterprise (@)
Distributor: Wide Records
Rated: *****

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Already active in the past with Malaria!, Matador, Einsturzende Neubauten as well as founder of two labels like Moabit Musik (where she reissues material by Malaria!, Matador, Miasma and other projects with a personal involvement) and Monika Enterprise, Gudrun Gut is a multifaceted personality of the German’s musical scene of the last decades. If Malaria! were a post punk artsy experimental band, her solo project is keeping the experimental approach to music by de-constructing and reassembling folk (like on the opening "Move me"), rock’n’roll tunes (on "Girlboogie 6"), i.d.m., ambient and electro pop with a personal touch. The result is a convincing sonic patchwork’ that sounds now detached and now passional (like on the beautiful "Rock bottom rise" where we can also find Uta Heller and Matt Elliot as guests) but always with a song structure that glues everything and that help creating curious but indeed interesting tracks. On the CD you can also find the video for "Celle". The video is an excerpt of the video installation by GutaRist, that sees Gudrun Gut collaborating with Pipilotti Rist. It has afirst shown at the ex Polish embassy in Berlin Unter den Linden, Sonambiente Festival the last year.

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