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GIUSEPPE IELASI: s/t

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 16 2006
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Artist: GIUSEPPE IELASI (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Hapna (@)
Rated: *****
Giuseppe Ielasi... yes the "relentless" Ielasi?...his personal discography keeps increasing and the fact he made it on cult labels like Hapna means he’s getting the recognition he deserves. This time the cd opens with an heartbreaking gloomy lullaby that I'm sure will capture the attention of the most reticent listeners. Differently from its prelude, the rest of this release is more rhythmical and less easy listening as one could expect. Sure, Ielasi hasn't left his latest peculiarities back home, thus the second track gives slowly way to a simple melody. Track after track this sweet depression savour will remain on your lips, it goes really well with quiet summer nights, it gives way to a night ride were lights glimmer like small spots on you rear-view mirror. It's really hard to get how many/which instruments have been played and processed by the italian musician but the balance between analog and digital sound is definitely good. As I wrote there's more rhythm than ever before but it's relatively discrete and above all not disturbing at all. I think artistically Ielasi is in full blossoming of his fertility. There're a couple of brilliant melodies that I think will easily break the heart of the most emotional of you. Ielasi melancholic mood is giving some of its most juicy fruits.

ANDERS DAHL: Hundloka, Flockblomstriga 1

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Jul 14 2006
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Artist: ANDERS DAHL
Title: Hundloka, Flockblomstriga 1
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Hapna (@)
Rated: *****
When mr. De Waard (Vital Weekly) writes Hapna is a kick ass label I think he's right. Honestly of all the possible directions of melodic music to become experimental and the option to save experimental musicians from getting boring: I think this label has chose one of the most interesting routes. It's not just one record, I think the majority of their releases have just something more. For example take this Anders Dahl’s recording: how many acoustic guitar driven cds have you heard this year? And how many of them where interesting?...Dahl mixed a good psych-folk song writing a la Grubbs/Fahey with a personal experimental extravaganza. If you miss those inspired and enlightened Gastr Del Sol’s ideas, I think he will give you what you’re looking for. An acoustic track thus can become a drone-based/odd crescendo that brings the mood to its climax. Hundloka's three tracks create a continuum even if they're different one from each other (just listen the passage from the first to the second "movement"). Concrete elements and acoustic instruments married splendidly with a spew of electronics to keep everything together. Another nice trip sponsored by Hapna.

VV.AA.: The eternal present

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 12 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: The eternal present
Format: CD
Label: Elvis Coffee (@)
Rated: *****
This' the second sampler of Elvis Coffee records I review and as I've said the last time this' a strange kind of label. The most of the music they put on their sampler creates a really uniform collage and nothing better than a collage epitomizes the approach of many modern/contemporary artists, uh?!. Drone music? Space music? Probably both of them...at last England is the cradle of many different genres of music one of which is psychedelia? (... bye bye Syd!!). When it's not "drone-odd" music, it indirectly (or directly who knows) pays tribute to people like early isolationists or to beautiful/degenerated minds like Nurse With Wound, weirdest Current 93 or something in the vein but everything here is more softly . Sideral music for odd people? Maybe... even if I don't know much about the most of the bands (apart those included in the first compilation) I'm sure some of them are definitely mature for some official release. Relaxing? Acid? Probably I'm writing this for the second time reviewing Elvis Coffee releases but that's acid music for modern fre-e-aks. Weird and interesting.

Michael Vernusky: Blood That Sees the Light

 Posted by Perry Bathous   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 09 2006
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Artist: Michael Vernusky (@)
Title: Blood That Sees the Light
Format: CD
Label: Alas Seis Music (@)
Rated: *****

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Let's face it, it's extremely hard these days to make palatable "experimental" music in any genre, or even develop a unique style. Under the aegis of award-winning composer and full-time music instructor Michael Vernusky, however, there just may emerge a perfect variant in the realm of "serious" music. This young and accomplished classical/noise-collage artist has turned in an ambitious and impressive array of drone-and-klang-accompanied chamber pieces -- a side of rusty razor wire with your filet mignon, if you will.

In fact, let's imagine that this is one such dinner party, at which the first thing everyone hears is the title track, a swelling barrage of ambient menace, bringing to mind (for those of us with Industrial leanings) Reptilicus and maybe some of Laibach's Macbeth. But then track two, "Tanah," surprises us with a hissing alien demon who leads the way through a futuristic chamber piece for "flutes and electronic sound." "Arc," an intensely moody, brooding piano solo, has intricate and interesting modern phrasings in six movements, which means we've made it to the main course without too much wine and hors d'oeuvres. For the next course, "Means and Meditations," we've now left the chamber and stumbled out into the aliens' subway system, with snapping, spitting third rails and groaning vehicles howling electronically by -- and then on our way back in, we stop only to listen to a solo classical guitarist playing a somber prayer ("Selah") amid the sound of the otherworldly metropolis thrumming in the background.

Now we've come to dessert, the live orchestral "Drawn Inward." There unfortunately is some dissonance in the performance of this last track, but kudos must be given to Vernusky for not copping out and doing it all on synth. In any case, by that time you and your dinner guests should all be in a catatonic stupor of pleasurable, drunken angst. I'm putting in my RSVP for the maestro's next soirée, which should be sensational, if this foray is any indication.

SUONIMMAGINE : Live @ Teatro Miela

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Jul 06 2006
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Artist: SUONIMMAGINE
Title: Live @ Teatro Miela
Format: CD
Label: Setola Di Miale (@)
Rated: *****
The first time I've heard about Stefano Giust was a while ago, I knew he was not just the man behind Setola di Maiale but also a talented musician, time flies and beside improving his improvisational/musician skill his label has been around for thirteen years right now. This live is the product of a trio recording featuring Giust on drums, Giuseppe Mariani on laptop/trumpet and Vito Maria Laforgia on double bass and amplified saw: a good hint referred to the experimental nature of the performance. Judging from the band name (it means sounds-image) this' should have been a music plus visuals played simultaneously. Sure it makes you think to some learned/classical rumorism read concrete/electroacoustic, but what's surprisingly good is the attention they have for improvisation meant as ?extemporary composition? (as Braxton and many others would define it). If it was not for the fact he mainly worked with composition, it brought to my mind some works performed by Andrea Centazzo and it means thumbs up for the trio!. This cd is soft, well recorded (is a live performance at last) and deep; every musician?s tension is in control while waiting for his turn. Suonimmagine's needle pierces silence carefully like a junky pierces carefully his harm when shooting heroine for the first time.


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