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PAUL BRADLEY and CRIA CUERVOS: moraines

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 26 2006
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Artist: PAUL BRADLEY and CRIA CUERVOS
Title: moraines
Format: CD
Label: Twenty Hertz (@)
Rated: *****
This combined effort opens a new chapter in the discography of Paul Bradley and Eugenio Maggi a.k.a. Cria Cuervos, but you'd better look for more infos on their personal sites. The lay out is great and the "scorn-godflesh-early-Earache" microscopic view on the front cover is the perfect image for this work. The sound quality is definitely top notch, Bradlay kicked ass behind the mixing desk and Cria Cuervos with the last two release finally gets the "hi-profile" trademark required from his works. The music is surprisingly melodic and it's embodied by some minimal droned melodies, soft noises and electronic/ambiental high frequency sounds are the canvas (I'd say that's Maggi's own touch). This cd is based on a long and elaborated track, I think it could have been separated into different movements but at last crescendos and diminuendos highlight the passage to each different atmosphere. While for the first twenty nine minutes you got a sad, depressed (ambiental?) mood, with the second part of "moraines" the Stendhal syndrome takes over and the canvas (a.k.a. the soft white noise -sort of-), the initial image starts fading in the mist and it shows the testament of the early isolationist has found some heirs?. The final descent of the song reminds me of that wicked works Popol Vuh wrote expressly for Herzog's work of art "Aguirre". In my book the second half of the cd is that typical exhibit of "music where nothing is happening" that is satisfactory for every listener about to sinck, nay the whole listening is nothing but a pleasant and gradual dipping.

CORNUCOPIA: .C. Works

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 23 2006
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Artist: CORNUCOPIA
Title: .C. Works
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: The Locus of Assemblage/Zeromoon/Sonora
Rated: *****
The lengthy track ".C." was recorded by Puerto Rican duo Cornucopia (Jorge Castro and Claudio Chea) in 2001, released in a cdr edition by The Locus of Assemblage and then remastered for this rerelease & remix project, which took a while in the making. It was surely worth it, though, as ".C." is probably Cornucopia's most mature and refined work to date, and we're talking of an A-quality project. The piece reveals the duo's more ambient side, but without losing the cutting edge of their noise background. A rarefied beginning, with subdued drones, paves the way for a more aggressive development, with mechanical guitar noises and swirling synths; then there's the core (and possibly best) movement, with field recordings of dripping water and sharp looped electronics. By layering and morphing this matter, the sound mass slowly rises to a maximum of power and intensity, then suddenly collapses in the quieter final part, where the seashore and the rain sound like a welcome shelter after the previous storm. Flawlessy merging different layers and styles, Cornucopia have assembled a hypnotizing work which I'd recommend both to those into the environmental soundscapes of López, mnortham or Dauby and to the fans of power-dronemarkes like Menche or Hive Mind. The second disc features fourteen artists re-working Cornucopia's piece, and, logically since there were so many inputs in it, the results are quite varied, from harsh noise to ambient to lowercase. No track is obviously as mind-blowing as the original, but on the other hand none is less than well done; each listener will then pick his/her favourites (mine were Needle & Sony Mao, TV Pow, RGV and López, by the way). The two discs are housed in a slim DVD case with a gorgeous layout. Pick this one fast, as I guess there are few copies still around.

FEU FOLLET : toi et le son

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 22 2006
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Artist: FEU FOLLET
Title: toi et le son
Format: CD
Label: Einzeleinheit (@)
Rated: *****
Tobias Fischer (that's the man behind the moniker Feu Follet) put out a two suite cd that should be interesting for all those who love projects out on Taalem or Mystery Sea. "Toi et le son" makes me think to musician like Amon, Cria Cuervos and above all Asmus Tietchens even if Feu Follet is more melodic and...can i say "new age"? (and above all less dark than the the musician I've mentioned), but that's the picture. the front cover describes perfectly what you're gonna experience during the half an hour listening of this: sit down, relax your muscles and close your eyes. The music of Tobias Fisher is really crepuscolar but not yet dark, it evokes icy landscape beaten by the weak light of the northern sun. I imagine that many of you will be complaining about the "new age" definition, but it's mainly referred to the biological evolution of the sounds and to the fact it's a relaxing listning but don't take it too litterally. Feu Follet is a good cd that probably sticks to tight to the sound you would expect from a record like that, but after all that's the problem of many artist of the genre. I've listened to this record while working and while reding and the effect is damn relazing, everything becomes slow and you sink in it turns into an amniotic bath. Softest Nurse With Wund are behind the door.

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"...


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