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DBPIT: Eleven

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jul 30 2002
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Artist: DBPIT (@)
Title: Eleven
Format: CD
Label: Misty Circles (@)
New release and new project for Misty Circles, Clau D.E.D.I.'s own label. DBPIT (Der Bekannte Post Industrielle Trompeter) is a Flavio Rivabella's project which is fucusing into the creation of a different sound, very experimental and ambient. As the name of the band explains the main instrument is the trumpet and each track sees this intruments treated and exploited in every possible way. The sound is really destabilizing and is called by Flavio himself: "the sound of mental marasmus". Every track isn't based on melodies or on a precise structure but is based on high doses of craziness and improvisation where the trumpet duets with bass guitar, vocals and various treated sounds played by different guest musicians, as: Claudio Giammarini, Raffaele Cerroni, Novy Svet, Marco Deplano, Richard Benson and Kruma. Approach to this CD carefully because there's a low rate of entertainment in it but if you need something different, here's DBPIT.
P.S. There's also a contest about this CD: write your own definition of "sound of mental marasmus" to DBPIT's e-mail address and the three best ones get a free copy of the CD!
Hurry up and good luck!

ERNESTO DIAZ INFANTE + BOB MARSH: Rags and Stones

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jul 22 2002
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Artist: ERNESTO DIAZ INFANTE + BOB MARSH
Title: Rags and Stones
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Ernesto Díaz-Infante at prepared guitar and Bob Marsh at violin and cello for 50' of extreme improvisation. Strings are plucked, beaten and caressed without any kind of structure, rhythm or progression. I could honestly say I've found this cd-r incredibly tedious. I guess it's a matter of gut-feeling, these sessions left me without any kind of emotion, suggested no image, and my general impression was that of a casual (in the negative sense of the word) string-plucking - probably appealing to the players but sterile to my ear. I hate to write this as I generally like improvisation and noise, but this is just what improvisation should avoid being - boring.

ULTRA FUCKERS: Beyond the Fuckless

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jul 11 2002
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Artist: ULTRA FUCKERS (@)
Title: Beyond the Fuckless
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Crazy shit I wasn't expecting to hear on Public Eyesore, except for the fact that this trio is Japanese. Ultra Fuckers start off as a garage-punk-hc band on speed recording in a basement with cheap equipment; cross Le Shock + any "Flex Your Head" band + The Boredoms + Teengenerate and you'll get close to the picture. Punk fuckin' rawk. From track 5, things get a bit weirder. Lots of raw (raw is the key-word here) psychedelia (ok, maybe that's why the cover says "we are psychedelic warrior... " - sic!), acid jams, some kraut rock too. Think of Can without any academic background recording in the same conditions mentioned above (minus the speed). Explicit titles like "German Rock Radio II" and "Let's go space beach". The last track, "D.A.F. (Kubitsukasan Mix)", reminded me of DEVO with its spastic electronic rhythm and grotesque vocals. This sounds like a joke, and I enjoyed listening. Super-cool layout.

ERIC ALEXANDRAKIS: I.V. Catatonia

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jul 10 2002
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Artist: ERIC ALEXANDRAKIS (@)
Title: I.V. Catatonia
Format: CD
Label: Y & T
Eric Alexandrakis is like a modern Sid Barret, l.s.d. included... I.V. CATATONIA is divided in two parts: "Treatments 1-6" and "Treatments 7-12" while the tracks are twentytwo. Each track is on its own because here you can find deranging piano or guitar based songs as well as tracks like "The Big Church Theory" which is completely a no sense collage of tv, answering machine and God knows what else, samples. Eric will to experimenting with melodies and particular solutions made him releasing an eclectic album full of irony and weird songs. I have also to admint that someway the album is catchy and songs like "Hooligan Hotline (You Walk Away)" are immediate and remember also some old Sonic Youth tunes mixed with alternative pop melodies. If you need something that is able to surprise you and you ain't afraid of odd solutions try this album.


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