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SETH NEHIL/JGRZINICH: Gyre

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 09 2007
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Artist: SETH NEHIL/JGRZINICH
Title: Gyre
Format: CD
Label: Cut
Rated: *****
Born from location recordings taken in Estonia, Italy and Finland, "Gyre" is a superb electroacoustic work which marks the third joint collaboration of Nehil and Grznich (now based in the US and Estonia respectively), after the two 2002 releases, "Stria" (Erewhon) and "Confluence" (Intransitive). The 4-year span was well worth the wait, considering the quality of these three pieces. Knowing their inspiring collaborative and solo releases, and having seen a remarkable live performance by Nehil in Milan, my expectations were pretty high, and they surely weren't disappointed. "Cast" opens the album with a billowing low-end drone, reminding of López's or mnortham's absolute music; it's a fantastic piece, but somehow more predictable than the following two, "Weald" and "Glaze". The former is arguably the masterpiece of the whole disc, with sparse sounds (is it wood beating on wood, or dripping water?) creating an atmosphere of suspension and recollection; then, more layers of outdoor recordings are added, the piece gets more and more chaotic with the noises of branches and pebbles, the volume billows, then collapses in the last sequence of acoustic debris. It's an astonishing piece, with a great sense of composition, but most of all an uncommon evocative power. "Glaze" is an equally solemn soundscape, with subdued drones and unidentified metallic rattlings and thumps, with a subtle tension crawling in, as if waiting for an impending storm. Field recordings-based composition hardly gets any better than this.

HL: Takuma / Fields That Speak

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Apr 02 2007
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Artist: HL (@)
Title: Takuma / Fields That Speak
Format: CD + DVD
Label: noground
Rated: *****
Cinematic electronica with a postrock-ish feel from Dan Hopkins aka HL, hailing from Somerset UK. This release consists in a 3" cd + a 3" dvd. The cd is called "Takuma" and blends one part of Dan Abrahms' (aka Shuttle 358) gentle structured glitch obsessions with one part of Hapna-like use of analogue sounds, nothing new under the sun but who cares when the sound-design is so good and carefully held together? The 3" dvd is even better than the audio one, the soundtrack is a beautiful long ambient piece and it shows different static shots of a landscape where the artist grew up. Heartfelt and well executed. Thumbs up for Dan. (

JENNIFER GENTLE : a new astronomy

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 28 2007
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Artist: JENNIFER GENTLE
Title: a new astronomy
Format: CD
Label: A Silent Place (@)
Rated: *****
This the same band that in the last years got the attention of the media for having signed for Sub Pop, here we have the repress of a long gone cdr released by Sub Pop in a limited edition. Cause of the name and of the sound they've been compared many times to Pink Floyd, sure they probably have been listening to the british masters a lot, but sincerely this cd is quite far from that comparison (later they’ve become more soft). There's a lot of late sixties/early seventies in this music, the basic idea it all has been recorded with a 4-tracks cassette machine helps it all to sound "vintage". This what your you ex-freak daddy/uncle would recognize and label as "psychedelia". Sometimes Jennifer Gentle really reminded of Faust when they let the raga-melody come out, or like Beach Boys into experimenting, somewhere else it could have been Love mixed with Gong or also Stones in a lo-fi salsa. Could you expect some magical "space drones" on a record like that? Of course yes, and infact you have the "space odyssey experience". The guy behind the project probably at the time was really nuts for the sixties and he's incredibly good in writing like they did at the time probably cause of a good dose of magic touch. Since probably many of you may imagine being on Sub Pop these guy's sound is easy, well there's good amount of 60/70's experimental flavour here hence don't ask yourself why A Silent Place went for the repress. They’ve become softer than this work but this probably one of they most interesting work to date.

FRANCIS DHOMONT : ...et autre utopies

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 26 2007
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Artist: FRANCIS DHOMONT
Title: ...et autre utopies
Format: CD
Label: empreinte Digitales
Rated: *****
The more I think to labels like Emprintes Digitales the more I think these people deserve a monument, not just for the fact they put out top notch material with beautiful packaging but also for the fact they're not afraid to release contemporary music with a strong "experimental accent". For those of you who've never heard of Francis Dhomont, you'd better give a check to his biography since it looks like this man is one of the beginners of "musique concrète" that itself makes real the "history's what's happening" in the way the Ex meant it back in the days. This collection of compositions ranging from 1998 to 2004 will bring your hear into a contemporary-classic-electronic dimension I'm writing that for those more confidential with the genre, therefore while being really different, who’s friendly with some electronic composition of people like Maderna, Berio, Stockhausen, Schaeffer, I think what we’re talking about. This "collected works" present the most introspective and abstract side of Dohmont and the title "..and other utopias" is quite explicit in this sense and more than ever in a dark age like this there’s no dichotomy with "abstraction" and "introspection" it’s almost like talking about the same thing. While forging/choosing every single sound accurately the french composer didn't forget to keep his mind fixed on the construction idea that's why even when abstraction gets high we're far from hearing "random noise". I think some passages betrays an incredible taste for tension/release like in "Voyage-miroir", not to speak about the title track where dissolution casts the listener in a sort of house of mirrors. It’s hard to get deep in the complexity of such a work but I suggest you to look for a way out from the synaptic labyrinth of Dhomont.

BACHI DA PIETRA : non io

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 24 2007
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Artist: BACHI DA PIETRA
Title: non io
Format: CD
Label: Wallace/die Schachtel (@)
Rated: *****
In the beginning there was Madrigali Magri, it was a sort of post-rock/alternative trio floating in-between the troubled waters of avant blues, murder ballads and desertic folk, after they split up, their main songwriter joined Bruno Dorella from Ovo/Ronin and they added the world "heaviness" to the vocabulary. I wasn't such a big fun of their debut record even if it really good so much that it got some incredible responses, but it looks this time I've to surrender to the fact this record is undeniably good. Is it so different from the previous chapter?...I don't think so, but the impression is they worked more on melting together the "mammoth" drumming with the dead blues feeling of the songs and for me it woks much better than before. "Non io" mixes this vaguely Nick Cave dead-blues ambience with some "noise-rock" influences and with wave/dark vein (the keyword for the lyrics it's "depression", of course). Hard to say that, but this time the sound of the drum makes me think to trip-hop or to some sophisticated new folk sensation like the Devics, the beat dissolves in the background, it fuels the hypnotical atmosphere of the tracks and clearly in the economy of a "guitar and drums" duo you can imagine how important it is. Strange to see it comes out both on Wallace and on an experimental "non rock/non folk" label like die Schachtel, but tip of hat to the "sacred allegiance" and above all to this elegant, introspective musical collection of failures.


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