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Etron Fou Leloublan: Les Poumons Gonfles

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Sep 12 2003
Artist: Etron Fou Leloublan
Title: Les Poumons Gonfles
Format: CD
Label: Musea (@)
French band from the "Rock in Opposition" movement, they inspired many other musicians who followed, Etron Fou Leloublanc were formed by Chris Cutler (Eulalie Ruynat) and their anarchic mix of no-wave, free-jazz, concrete muzak and experimentation will remind you of Captain Beefhear, Albert Marcoeur, ZNR, the Swiss electronic geniuses Young Gods, Kurt Weil, the god of sax John Zorn, Psychic TV, the Italian freak-experi-jazzers Bz Bz Ueu, Jacopo Andreini, Parts, Daniele Brusaschetto, Jitterbugs, the German kraut-experimentors Mr. Ebu and Krankheit Der Jugend, the American Post Prandials, and others who have either made French the language of their recited, sung and spoken lyrics or who have fooled around with acoustic instruments in a way that goes beyond jazz, scratches the surface of cacophonic dissonance, escapes conventional rock and breaks barriers and boundaries in search of a new equilibrium. "Les Poumons Gongles" is a re-edition of their 1982 fourth album of thier career.

Amir Baghiri: Yalda

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Sep 11 2003
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Artist: Amir Baghiri
Title: Yalda
Format: CD
Label: Vivo (@)
Amir Baghiri's "Yalda" is an exceptional example of world music matched with a modern approach to electronica and a persistent feel of experimentation that pervades this whole release. Mostly a percussive record, Amir Bahiri's rhythmical grooves never miss a chance to team with the beautiful environmental audio and the warm analog sonics and many times the percussions actually go in the background and let the warping pads and the sounds of nature lead the way through this fantastic journey. Recorded live, in a studio and on site (field recordings) in different places including Asia and North Africa, you'll get much of those two continents: from traditional instruments and traditional vibes to middle eastern percussive grooves that will remind of Muslimgauze's tireless drumming and programming or Gregorio Bardini's attentive experimentation and exploration. Egpytian dumbak, liquid drums, surdo, djembes, tamborin, Persian zarb, didjeridus, panjab clay flute, native iranian ney and sipsi, stone flute, tibetan gongs are just a few of the forgotten instruments that Baghiri will gladly bring back to our memories with enchanting and rapturing atmospheres of distant places and unknown cultures. An important testament of the peoples and the cultures of this planet. Simply beautiful and globally exceptional.

Zenial: Reworked

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Sep 11 2003
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Artist: Zenial
Title: Reworked
Format: CD
Label: Vivo (@)
"Reworked" by Polish sound experimentator Zenial is a collection of remixes (or 'reworked' tracks) by artists that are well known to the scenesters because of their long and dedicated work. People like K. Null, Andrew Lagowski, Vidna Obmana, Tetsuo Furudate and Zbigniew Karkowski (cmp review of his Electroshock records album elsewhere on these pages) are just some of the most well established names who appear and lended a hand for the creation of this project. Fourteen tracks ranging from exploding power-noise (guess who else if not K. Null!) to glitch electronics, ambient, experimental noise etc etc. Other artists include Kasper T., Maciek Szymczuk, Andrew Duke, label mate Amir Baghiri, Jason Wietlespach & Jon Mueller and of course Zenial himself. A multifolded release that contains pleasant surprises and interesting moments.

Miles Tilmann / Larvae: sub:702

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Sep 10 2003
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Artist: Miles Tilmann / Larvae
Title: sub:702
Format: 7"
Label: Sub:Marine (@)
Sub:Marine records recently put out this nice little split disc featuring Chicago based Miles Tilmann on one side and Atlanta based duo Larvae on the other. Interestingly enough the two tracks have been written to complement each other as if one was a layer of the other track (hence they run at the same tempo). Windy city dude Miles' "Double" features mellow and harmonious electronica-ambient in warp style but with a personal touch, while the player duo's "Seclusion Dub" boosts cool sub frequencies and mid-range noise waveforms in line with Larvae's very own personal interpretation of dub-noise isolationism. The cute disc comes limited to 300 copies with hand-printed artwork and a lovely politically incorrect sticker by Slumber Inc. (www.slumberinc.com).

Jair-Rohm Parker Wells: Exquisit Noise

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Sep 10 2003
Artist: Jair-Rohm Parker Wells (@)
Title: Exquisit Noise
Format: CD
Label: Glass Tought Communications (@)
Exquisite and well-established Stockholm-based New York bass player Jair-Rohm Parker Wells is about to release his latest fatigue on his own label Glass Tought Communications records. Buckle up your seatbelt and get ready for some intense experimentation with noises and processed bass sounds (upright and electric). Dissonance, distortions, rumbles, drones and harmonies intermingling with each other in a symphony of abstract avanguardism and contemporary progressions of no-wave and musique concrete. This cat's talent goes beyond senseless noise and reaches new heights with an approach to noise-making that is quasi orchestral and quite grand in its nature. For example I like the fact that it's all so majestically reverberated and that you can actually hear where it all comes from (the electric or acoustic upright) and distinguish the origin of the sound, its sonic spectrum, its deep character and its palette of sounds. The different layers and parts interact with each other instead of simply adding dB's to your SPL. This whole thing is then taken to the next level by means of electronics, treating, processing, cutting, pasting, mixing etc. I am not a huge fan of noise-for-noise, but I believe this goes beyond and I must say I like this shit much better than a lot of other noise I've heard from the scene. He's got it all! If he only was a good looking tall blonde Swedish girl...


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