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ROSOLINA MAR: Before and after dinner

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 28 2005
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Artist: ROSOLINA MAR (@)
Title: Before and after dinner
Format: CD
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
The new full-length realized by Rosolina Mar celebrates another joint venture between Wallace records and Robotradio after Hell Demonio's debut cd. While paying tribute to the roots of rock, Rosolina Mar differently from many post-rockers are much more into the sound of the 70ies but differently from bands such as Dead Meadows this' just a light influence. If you ever happened to see them live you know how together with Red Warms Farm they're one of best and most active live act around. For what concerns "Before and after dinner" the formula they used for their self tilted second record has remained almost untouched. What we have here is post-rock music well mixed with a seventies' flavor that sounds a lot like Phil Manley's band Golden (less mathematical and much more listenable...oh yes, Manley is the genius of Trans Am). Rosolina's sound is still the same even if this cd is less uniformed than before and apart from the first odd intro it's possible the trio decided to experiment a bit more with song structures and guitar effects. This time the Fabio Magistrali's recording helps to recreate the solid live skill of the group, therefore if you love rock music that moves listeners' feet: this' probably addressed to you. "Before and after dinner" (that looks like a inside joke referred to "Before and after science") has its own alternate moments since not all of the tracks are groundbreaking, but you can bet all of the tracks have been played with an hell of a groove. The cover song of "Flesh dance" deserves a special mention not just for the funny idea to cover the theme of Irene Cara's masterpiece, infact that's also the highest peak touched by Rosolina Mar: trash turned into gold.

L'ENFANCE ROUGE: Krsko - Valencia

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 27 2005
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Artist: L'ENFANCE ROUGE (@)
Title: Krsko - Valencia
Format: CD
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
Francois Cambuzat and Chiara Locardi are back and if you're european and you're thinking they're "new jacks", probably you have been living isolated on a mountain top. With such a name I'm sure there's people thinking that what we have here is some "classy plastic project from France", I'm sorry for you but while the band is of course refined and, yes, can also be said labeled as "classy", nothing is so far from being "fake" or "plastic". L'Enfance Rouge this time is pictured in the maturity of its aging process, they got back to violence and to the full vigor of their "fisique". The power trio (including Jacopo Andreini) is back with a depressed, dramatic full-length. "Krsko - Valencia" is "hard", not just for the fact most of the songs have been manufactured with that rock/noise-rock touch french bands had back in the days, but its hardness stands in the lyrics. "Killer-rock-ballads for desperate times", nothing is light hearted in here and that's the first impression you get from listening the cd or from giving a glance to the layout. A good record as always, I'm sure the fans of L'Enfance Rouge can go and break their money pigs since it's not deluding at all. "Hurricane Lily" with the islamic singing at the end deserve a special mention as "THE" real masterpiece. There're some interesting "highs" even if not all the tracks are equally as impressive/intense as the last one, that's the main point: some catchy episodes and some good, but not outstanding tracks. Depressed-rock maniacs and noise-rock lovers if you remember nostalgically how "independent" meant something during the early nineties...Cambuzant and Le Enfance won't disappoint you.

TOSHIAKI TAKAYASU: Nagare

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 25 2005
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Artist: TOSHIAKI TAKAYASU
Title: Nagare
Format: CD
Label: Authorised Version
Rated: *****
Toshiaki Takayasu is a Japanese visual/sound artist, here releasing a cdr on UK Authorised Version, coming in the typical clam-shell packaging of the label. Except track 3, a mind-halting improvisation on metal chimes, and the strummed strings of track 8, I think that the main instrument played here is an organ. Track 1 introduces the cd with a gentle and subdued (shall I say "lowercase"?) tonal playing; track 4 fragments the sound into tiny loops and frequencies; tracks 5 and 6 seem to record both the inside mechanism and the output of the instrument; and track 9 is a sustained drone. Track 2 is the most electroacoustic sounding, with microscopic recordings of unidentified rattles and hisses. This is an arid description of its contents, but what makes Takayasu's work stand above many other similar ones is his capability to create an intimist ambiance out of minimal sounds and gestures. "Nagare" is indeed quite a delicate work, but luckily one where fragility is a redeeming quality rather than a defect.

ANTHONY GUERRA & MATT EARLE: In

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 18 2005
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Artist: ANTHONY GUERRA & MATT EARLE
Title: In
Format: CD
Label: L'Innomable
Rated: *****
Recorded in Newtown, Sydney, between 2003 and 2004, "In" is quite a departure from the previous L'Innomable releases I've reviewed, being, my guess, a work of digital improvisation (or composition?), and quite a harsh one at that. I'm really not sure if Guerra and Earle have used softwares or other devices, but anyway, "In" is based on (sometimes painfully) high-end frequencies, soft cracklings and other glassy microsounds. Sometimes the sound is as soft as a tinnitus, sometimes it's a piercing feedback - halfway between, say, the icy self-possession of Richard Chartier and the L-ne roster, and a laptop vandal like Mattin. Uncompromising and hard to listen to in a row, "In" displays a set of amazingly pure sounds, fascinating like a microscopic vision, but in the long run fails to impress, mainly due to its very lack of structure.

PULSE: Pulse

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 17 2005
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Artist: PULSE (@)
Title: Pulse
Format: CD
Label: Pippola Music
Rated: *****
It is difficult to explain how many moods PULSE contains and how many influences it shows. Everything starts from the past of the man behind Pulse: Marco Galardi. Marco played world music all around the world with a band called Indo European Music Ensemble but he started playing with rock bands on early '90s. PULSE is his first record as Pulse and the album shows really well all his past experience containing rock elements, rock improvisations and electronic arrangements. Drums are Marco's main instrument and along with several friends (Pankow's Paolo Favati is one of them) he created nine tracks that seems a sort of schizophrenic voyage that touches different music styles using improvisation as main tool. The guitar solos on "Chafanga's time" remember me Fripp. The pads of "Il genio della lampada" along with the treated violin and the noises, create an experimental mid oriental tune. Electronic music is mostly used on the first part of "Arachnos" (the rest is a rock jazz improvisation), on "Kind of man" and on the first half of "The uncles". "Dangeridoo" is the most experimental tune because it is built around percussions, loops and treated guitars. I appreciated the spirit of the album but to tell the truth this isn't my cup of tea, because the whole project is based mainly on rock and jazz. Anyway, if you feel that it could be of your interest, give it a try because it is truly inspired.


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