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Muslimgauze: Kashmiri Queens

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 09 2002
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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Kashmiri Queens
Format: CD
Label: Muslimlim (@)
Distributor: Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
This review is part of a bunch of reviews of older material that we haven't had time to review before but which is still available at the label's mailorder. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Muslimgauze is probably the most prolific artist I have ever known. Even after his sad death some years ago his music keeps coming out, mainly on Staalplaat, who I think owns his rights and even created a special subdivision called Muslimlim for his many releases. "Kashmiri Queens" is a more mass-friendly release, as it is faster and has less overtones than previously. The backbone of the music is mainly drone/raga samples with ethnic percussions.
The art work is truly special (lots of printed material inside and the name and title is like fire-branded on the jewel case plastic and reflects the same rainbow shades that you would see on a drop of car gas on the street, if you know what I mean) and is limited to 1000 copies so get your own if you are a fan.

Klimperei: Tout Seul sur la Plage en Hiver

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May 09 2002
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Artist: Klimperei (@)
Title: Tout Seul sur la Plage en Hiver
Format: CD
Label: Musea (@)
Distributor: In-Poly-Sons
This is a re-edition of Klimperei's first ever record, which at the time, or more than 10 years ago, already was just a selection of five hours worth of music. If you are into experimental music, you must already know this prolix french duo (in music and in life) and the fact that they have 28 old songs on one CD will probably be good news to you. Those who ain't familiar with Klimperei should try to imagine a unique experimental voyarism, musique concrete vanguard, baroque, romantic, visionary, old-fashioned (above all in a record with material this old!) and "french"; simple minimalism, short compositions with out-of-tune pianos (or even worse with classical guitars and piano, both are out of tune) and other home made or really weird and unconventional instruments. Forget punk, this is the new do it yourself stream, a monument to home recording as well! Spontaneous as in every mainly improvised record. Klimperei throw everyone off with their stuff. For lovers and people really into this.

SCENTED MEAT: Music for visual art

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 28 2002
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Artist: SCENTED MEAT (@)
Title: Music for visual art
Format: CD
Label: Mah, Boh, Oib˛? (@)
Scented Meat is Giuseppe Leali, already reviewed as Il Salotto di Nonna Speranza (see archive), bass-player and experimental music agitator with his diy label and distribution Mah, Boh, Oibò?. As the title suggests, these three tracks (coming from 100% improvised guitar and bass solo sessions) are a complement to visual installations by the sculptor Massimo Giuliano and Leali himself. "Altered interference 1" is mainly feedbacks and amps noises with a kind of environmental reverb/delay giving a sense of spatiality; I think it's the best track of the work. "Altered interference 2" is pure feedback hisses in their rawer form. "Not at all" is a bass improvisation, sort of quieter stuff similar to the Nonna Speranza cd. The cd is "voluntarily annoying", and besides that I'd be curious of seeing what kind of visual art it was meant to accompany. Approach only if you like extreme improvised sadomasochism.

6-North: I'm here in my Heart

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 24 2002
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Artist: 6-North (@)
Title: I'm here in my Heart
Format: CD
Label: Musea (@)
Debut album by this Japanese combo whose offering consists of a beautiful blend of soft electronica, experimental avantgarde music, jazzy fusion and zeuhl music... Robert Fripp, Weather Report, Lyle Mays, Jeff Back's latest, John Zorn, the Legendary Pink Dots, Klimperei and a lot of other musicians could be their references. It's hard to categorize and even to describe this because there are so many influences involved. If you know the label you might have a pretty good idea, if you don't you have to try to image the above and a lot more, all interacting together as it really goes from almost plain jazz Mays-like piano ballads ("Inner Crystal", "Circular Pinx"), to more experimental quasi slow no-wave (the title track), to progressive rock mixed with free-jazz, fusion and small bits of funk ("Silence, Darkness") and beautiful acoustic ballads ("Where No One Has Gone") with Enya-style female choirs. This album has female pop/jazz vocals (in Japanese) in some tracks.

Priority: Life is Decomposed in Fragments

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Apr 24 2002
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Artist: Priority (@)
Title: Life is Decomposed in Fragments
Format: CD
Label: Musea (@)
Six North member Takumi Seino's side project Priority is a beautiful and enchanting mixture of electronics and fusion... The guitar playing reminds a lot of Pat Metheny or Allan Holdsworth (mostly clean or slightly treated, but also lightly or heavily distorted, obviously with lots of pedalling, fade ins and fade outs, like in fusion's best tradition!) coupled with a beautifully deep fretless bass and an intense and pretty much cymbals-only drumming create a relaxing environment. Samples and layers of soft synthetic sounds help the electronic side create an ethereal and heavenly blend with melodic, meditative and melancholic jazzy vibes, awesome atmospheres and a terrific dreamlike overall experience... A unique album, so intense, so beautiful and so powerful. One of my favorite electronic/fusion records!


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