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BIAS!: bias!

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 21 2006
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Artist: BIAS!
Title: bias!
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
I think that's the last chapter of the 3" mailin' series of Wallace and features again Xabier Iriondo from Afterhours, A Short Apnea, Uncode Duello and Olivier Manchion from Permanent Fatal Error and Ulan Bator. What should you expect from such an pair? Yes, the answer is: some psychedelia with an eye looking at the past while the other is watching straight at the twilight. The most of the track are fragmented but yet melodical trippy ballads. The acoustic guitar is the main weapon, but you can bet there's a "controlled" friendly fire of other instruments from keyboards to electronics. The oniric element is strong as fuck but that's something I was expecting since at last all of the projects involving these two guys have this basic seventies-melodic-trance aura. While some songs drives you gently to a comfortable landing in the dreamland (profumo di un aria), some other compositions have a weird krautesque style that may leave you dazzled and confused (solitaire duo). If it was not for the consistent differences I'd recommend this 3" mcd to those who loved Thuston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and co. while crossing their "we're freak-heads but yet melodic" period. This work's not so far from that of Mattia Coletti just came out on the same label, above all the atmosphere idea is similar but this one's much more "deviated". Bias! Doesn't betray the expectations: stony but yet melodic.

SAVANT GARDE: Mother Brain

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 21 2006
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Artist: SAVANT GARDE (@)
Title: Mother Brain
Format: CD
Label: Dungeon-Recordings (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Again a debut release, this time for the Dungeon Recordings label. A bit surprising maybe, because this release presents a music besides the known styles of acts like LITTLE SAP DUNGEON or PCP. Lets say this are sound collages consisting of more or less experimental samples, noises and weird arrangements. It is not very straight and so far away from that EBM/Electro/Industrial related stuff which I normally get here. At times it is just pure sound anarchy, and I miss the special thing which makes this act remarkable and what could give me the hint to follow this. So this is hard to get compared somehow and it leaves my musically horizon. Also informations regarding this artist are hard to get, no real website, so please contact Dungeon Recordings for some info. I for instance will leave this review without a rating, because this wouldn’t be fair to the artist and I personally have still to learn, how to handle with this "music"...

The Infant Cycle/Jared Davison: Periodical I

 Posted by Perry Bathous   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 21 2006
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Artist: The Infant Cycle/Jared Davison
Title: Periodical I
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: The Ceiling
Rated: *****
Ceiling, an Ontario, Canada-based experimental label, is the creative font whence cometh this nifty little 3" limited edition CD EP, shared by the two indicated artists. A seemingly arrythmic but irresistible patter of tribal electro-noise pops draws you into a compelling track one (The Infant Cycle's "Unrelated Work Tapes"), while ominous, minimal rumblings from the bowels of an infernal factory chug and churn throughout track number two (Davison's "Phonography").

All you get are only the two tracks, which is a letdown, partly because these are way more pleasing to the ear than anything I have thus far heard by the Hafler Trio, to name one. Another disappointment is that the tracks average only six minutes apiece, and by the time each one finishes, the appetite is barely whetted. These two admittedly similar crypto-noise artistes are on to something, and more, if not longer, pieces by each would have made this EP essential and not merely collectible.

STEINBRÜCHEL: Opaque (+ re)

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 17 2006
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Artist: STEINBRÜCHEL
Title: Opaque (+ re)
Format: CD
Label: Room40
Rated: *****
There's an interesting modus operandi behind this remix project by Swiss artist Steinbrüchel: his track "Opaque", composed in 2003 for the two-day music festival Taktlos in Bern, was submitted to five artists around the globe, each one chosen for his peculiar approach to sound. What is interesting is that all of them received different sound files, and none had listened to the original track in its full form. This can explain why the remixes vary even in radical ways, yet with recurring particles and atmospheres in a sort of deja vu feel. Steinbrüchel's original is a beautifully fragile piece made of microscopic clicks and melodic drones; a little masterpiece in its genre for sure. Both Ben Frost and Toshiya Tsunoda underline its darker characteristics, coming up with two hostile isolationist pieces. By adding jarring piano loops, Chris Abrahams (of The Necks fame) transforms the piece in a strange disjointed composition; I've had to listen to it a few times to stomach it, but I admit it's an interesting approach - putting some chaos in the maths laboratory. I admit I expected a bit more from Taylor Deupree, who emphasizes the melodic and rhythmic aspects of the track, and Oren Ambarchi, offering a very short track reminiscent of his "Insulation" times - that said, my partial disappointment only comes from my exorbitant expectations. The whole project is fresh and worth listening time and time again nonetheless: it's worth buying for the original track alone, and as a plus all the interpretations are inventive and well done.

ich niente: ri-tagli

 Posted by Tongue Muzzle   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 15 2006
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Artist: ich niente (@)
Title: ri-tagli
Format: CD
Label: into my bed (@)
Rated: *****
A single take collaboration between guitarists Mirco Rizzi and Daniele Brusaschetto. "ri-tagli" is on the whole, an arrangement of extremely creative guitar-based textures and melodies. At many times the sounds sound so unlike a guitar you'd swear you were listening to synthesizers. The CD is very laid back sounding... excellent to chill out to . Very reminiscent of Howard Shores work on the David Cronenburg film "Crash". My only complaint is that, while all of the tracks are engaging, sometimes a couple of them seem to get lost within themselves leaving us, the listening audience, feeling slightly abandoned. Recommended tracks: "lunga 02" and "ghghghghghghghgh".


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