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Jan 30 2009
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Artist: SUM OF R
Title: Sum of R
Format: CD
Label: Utech Records
Rated: *****
Sum Of R born from an idea Reto Mader (a.k.a. RM74) had for a side project but it grew into a open structure musical project. Actually we find Roger Ziegler and Christoph Hess of Herpes O Deluxe are joining Reto for the first collective full length release. The band's homonymous album is divided into ten tracks/suites where the aim is the creation of a growing tense atmosphere which sound suspended in time. For the whole album you have a sort of cavernous reverb effect over all the sounds which is make you feeling dizzy. Most of the track are based on guitar noises/feedbacks but there are also tracks like "Basics of sleep": on this one we find a background of looped sounds (vinyl clicks and few percussive sounds) where a treated piano is free to improvise an obsessive piece. If your reference for guitar noise sound are Sunn 0, well, with Sum Of R be ready for something different: if Sunn 0 base their sound on bass frequencies growling guitars, Sum Of R make their guitars sound like a organ mixed using a vacuum cleaner and then they add to it effects and other instruments such like electronics, bass guitar, piano, drums, harmonium and Lenco turntables.
P.s. this release has a great deluxe packaging with silver printed black cardboard and a mini poster

Waldsonne: Wanderer

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Jan 18 2009
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Artist: Waldsonne
Title: Wanderer
Format: CD
Label: RAIG (@)
Rated: *****
It took WALDSONNE almost three years to complete their debut full-length album.This russian band combines mandolin, guitars, Irish harp, and violin into acoustic blend of music with roots in medieval folk and heathen rite chants.Melancholic, meditative, calm and reflective medieval music closer to folk than gothic, for 'heavenly voices' fans too.

Maple bee: Home

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Jan 16 2009
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Artist: Maple bee
Title: Home
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audiglobe
Rated: *****
Melanie Garside alias Maple Bee is a very talented composer and singer playing in different bands as the wellknown Mediaeval Babes. The new album has been mixed by Simon Gogerly (U2, Gwen Stefani, Lamb, Underworld) and producted by John Fryer (NIN, Cocteau Twins...) Melanie plays almost every instruments (acoustic guitar, singing, flute, organs, recorders, bass..) and the French Electro-rock band Misstrip has created the rhythmic lines, electro beats and Arno plays Fender Rhodes on the album. The sound could be associate to the 4AD new era, started with Throwing muses, Breeders, Belly... "Home" an indie pop-folk album.

VV.AA.: LA NUIT DES FEES 2 - Messages des Fées

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Jan 05 2009
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: LA NUIT DES FEES 2 - Messages des Fées
Format: CD
Label: prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
1 Box with CD of 13 unreleased tracks. A real 72-page book with 32 tales. This is the third prestigious box CD from Prikosnovénie, following on from the successful "Nuit des Fées 1" and "Effleurement". Caprice, Ashram , Daemonia Nymphe, Rajna and Poussières d'Ètoiles, these are the bands involved in this sampler. Each band composed 15 minutes of music about elves or fairies, magi or nymphs especially for this box.An ethereal voyage leaded by heavenly voices. My favorite cuts have been performed by Ashram but all the bands are showed in their best shape.

Mediavolo: Unaltered empire

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Jan 05 2009
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Artist: Mediavolo
Title: Unaltered empire
Format: CD
Label: prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Mediavolo has been a French duo (Géraldine and Jac) since 2004 but started in 1999 as a band. Mediavolo returns now with 3rd album 'Unaltered Empire' out via the French label Prikosnovenie. Inspired by "The Metamorphosis" of Kafka, "Unaltered Empire" tells us the story of a woman who turns into a butterfly.Shortly we could synthesize their sound like Romantic-Wave, in the finest 4AD tradition. A lovely album for fans of dreamy wave and rock music, with angelic female vocals, nothing more nothing less.


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