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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.

CRIA CUERVOS: des tempes qui se vitrifient ou se marbrent

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 12 2005
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Artist: CRIA CUERVOS (@)
Title: des tempes qui se vitrifient ou se marbrent
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Taalem (@)
Rated: *****
Lately I was talking with a friend about 3" discs and about the fact that's probably the most appropriate format for some genres. Be it the 3" dimension or the incredibly improved sound quality of the release, but Cria Cuervos has become a top notch "isolationist". Here you have a soft mechanical drones in slow motion that keep increasing for almost ten minutes. The sound grows slowly like a cancer, the atmosphere is cold as steel, and is as lysergic as an acid pill. This short "cold trip" stops its slow march all of a sudden and the listener is left with no ground to walk upon, after this violent interruption the suite starts again with a low echo from nowhere. With the second "movimento" an odd drumming awakes like a mammoth back from the ice age. After having reviewed several releases composed by this italian musician I have the impression he keep on spending the most of his days into a freezer cause if you ask me: "cold" would be the adjective I'd use to label his music. Cria Cuervos not unlike Lustmord has a soundtrack mood that could go really well with images, that's why is hard to deny this 3" was probably meant to be a one way ticket for visionary people. The comment is: "Severe music for heavy falls".


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