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OVRO: Mosaick the Serpent / Vipera Aurea

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 01 2006
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Artist: OVRO
Title: Mosaick the Serpent / Vipera Aurea
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
The name Ovro materialized on my way just a while ago, when I've been given a live Hæretici 7o74 where she was playing together with Niko Scorpio and now here's her new solo release on Scorpio's Some Place Else. There's a double booklet coming with this cd since you can read on the label's website it features two different but still linked works. Even if I've started listening to Some Place Else releases just recently I'm tented to say they could be classified as one of those label that's partially influenced by industrial music but in freaky way. What do I mean? I mean the release I've heard on this label could be compared to the most abstract, odd and psychedelic works coming from the early industrial scene alas I'm referring to NWW, Hafler Trio, the most experimental Current 93, Tibet, Stapleton and so on and that obviously means it could be scary/dark experimental music with an edge of psichedelia. The first half of this cd is drony, haunted with delay/echo-effects and it's the result of a duel between odd barely spoken vocals a la "I'm gonna enter in your head and go down to meet your inner self" and a soft dark ambiental scenario. The second part of this collection of tracks (that's the one titled "Vipera Aurea") is not discontinuous at all, nay, it's really homogeneous just a bit less discrete, cerebral and a bit more outspokenly physical. The vocal-loops increase and become more pounding while the music is less ambiental and definitely more scary. Good debut.

Karjalan Sissit: Tanssit on Loppu Nyt

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Oct 30 2006
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Artist: Karjalan Sissit (@)
Title: Tanssit on Loppu Nyt
Format: CD
Label: Cyclic Law (@)
Rated: *****
Like all Cyclic Law discs, this comes nicely packaged. It has an oversized DVD style booklet with photos and lyrics throughout. Unfortunately, I do not read Finnish, so I cannot really translate the lyrics. Some of the photos are a bit interestinga person sitting on a toilet and a photo of a noose stand out in particular.On Cyclic Law’s website Markus Pesonen, the artist, proclaims: "EXPECT NOTHING BUT ANTI HARMONY!" and "This is my personal W.A.R. against everything that reveals my hate! You are the enemy!" The album starts off quite aggressively, with military percussion and lyrics that are yelled more than sung. However, the disc rapidly changed gears with the next track, Kiitän Puolestani, which is orchestral soundtrack-like strings and spoken word. Track 3, "Nagon vacker dag far du smaka pa finn yxan javla rip-off gubbe," continues in much the same vein with a repetitive string theme. However, by track 4, "Tanssit on loppu nyt," after some spoken word, we are back to the militaristic, bombastic aural assault that we began with. This one is harsher than the beginning though, much more noisy and distorted. If you’ve ever wished that In Slaughter Natives would just let go and unleash the sound with pure raw fury, this is a good track to listen to. What makes this especially interesting is the moments of silence found within the piece. Very nicely done. "...Ja verkkaritkin haisse koskenkorvalle" returns us to quiet atmospheres mixed with guttural distorted spoken word. The music is melancholy and pleasant. "Viinanjuontikoulun viimeinen oppiyunti: Milta lyhyt ryyppy tuntuu" begins with about 2 minutes of spoken word before returning to the bombastic yelling. This provides a good transition period between the two tracks. "Kuolema tulloo" continues in this trajectory with a slowly foreboding pounding. This is one of the standout tracks of the disc mainly for its fusion of the two competing atmospheres that struggle together on this disc. The vocals are even more distorted than previous tracks. "Oiken erityisella lammolla" is a short piece that returns to the spoken word and ambience. "Valkoinen sisar" is a track that doesn’t seem to fit in here. It is a tango that sounds as if it was lifted from an old 78 speed record. You keep waiting for it to kick into something else, but that’s it. Perhaps if I understood the lyrics I would get it, or maybe it’s just an inside joke. Either way, I don’t quite understand it. Overall, this is a nice release, with moments of ambience and soundtrack like soundscapes punctuated by harsh militaristic percussion and squalls. My only issue with this disc is that it is a bit short at 32:20. However, it is well worth seeking out, especially for fans of ISN and Coph Nia.

ALEXANDER TUCKER : Furrowed Brow

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 30 2006
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Artist: ALEXANDER TUCKER
Title: Furrowed Brow
Format: CD
Label: ATP records (@)
Rated: *****
I'm glad my ears are still working after all of this good and bad records, I mean I was listening to Alexander Tucker and I was repeating to myself it remind me of Jackie O'Motherfucker and later I've found he has came out on Tom Greenwood’s U-Sound Archives label. "Furrowed Brow" differently from The Drones (the previous release on ATP) is more wrapped up in a folk dimension, I'd add weird folk, just not as freaky or out of time as Jackie O'. Acoustic guitar driven ballad with some acid arrangements of banjo, distorted guitars, harmonica, harmonium, piano and many other traditional instruments as you would expect from such a release. Mr. Tucker has an incredible writing skill just try his acid-folk gems I think they could blow away you mind of your elder freak brother as did with mine. There's a confidential, stoned mood diluted in this cocktail and it enriches this release, I also think it's quite easy to getting the right listening mood since it’s kinda immediate. American folk? Not just that anyhow, infact some tracks gave me the idea this guy liked some old Pink Floyd psych-ballads when he was young. I've read somebody thrown in Papa M to identify it but I think apart for those I mentioned before you could compare it to the last Current 93 or to some sort of Oldham on acid. Definitely catchy.

A CROWN OF LIGHT : The clearing

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Oct 27 2006
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Artist: A CROWN OF LIGHT
Title: The clearing
Format: CD
Label: Eibon (@)
Rated: *****
As you can see we've some new releases on Eibon and that's probably the one I've enjoyed the most. This duo involving Brandon Elkins and Rober Hunter Osgood can be esily filed under industrial/dark ambient but in its strenght lies in its semplicity. The good production pushes every sound in your face when it has to alas that feeling to be sinking in a dark pool is to be taken for granted. This release begins with meachanical drones but it's not just based on that kind of sound (even if they're dominant in most of the tracks) and A Crown Of Light pierced most of their scary atmosphere with a good amount of "concete" sounds and/or field recordings. Sometimes the samples/field recordings can be barely listenable and fade in and out from a fog made out of reverb, but in many cases those cold concete sounds stand firmly in front of the listenrs reaching patiently the climax. A dark-ambient release like many others? I don't thin so and I think it's too bad thet's the impresion you get from the first half of the recording infact if you'll have the patience to let it play you'll discover that despite it's uniformity this cd is not has a couple o interesting surprises ("The sound of one millions lives ending" for example. Dark, heavy, uncompromissory but just muscolar, probably a bit too long but still intense.

ZONK'T: Purr

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 24 2006
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Artist: ZONK'T (@)
Title: Purr
Format: CD
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Of the different CDs I recently received from Laurent Terrier, the one of his Zonk’t project is the one I appreciated the most. Why? Well, because Zonk’t start from the same elements of the others Laurent’s projects (digital noises, glitch sounds and generally processed sources) but the process work is different: the tracks are shorter and there’s also space for a rhythm structure and also some melody lines are used. These elements make of PURR an album more accessible to the people used to electronic suites or ambient based works. Containing tracks born from re-worked recordings he used for some theatrical choreographies, PURR is divided into nine different parts. As for the other releases the tracklist doesn’t explain that much but this time the tracks are based on a cyclic structure deeply based on rhythm which is enriched by layers of sounds that come and go and by subtle melodies that built a web of sound where alternating bleeps and pulsating waves paint an isolationist landscape that musically is linked to modern ambient music as well to old 70s pioneers like Klaus Schulze or Popul Vuh. Intense and disturbing...


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