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Rumskib: S/t

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 30 2007
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Artist: Rumskib (@)
Title: S/t
Format: CD
Label: Darla (@)
Distributor: Darla
Rated: *****
Rumskib is a Danish duo composed by multi-instrumentalist Keith Canisius Baerken and vocalist Tine Louise Kortermand with contributions from Jonas Munk (Manual/Limp) at synths and digital programming. They offer up an exciting slab of shoegazer mayhem with many glorious moments. Besides the stellar quality of the songs and Louise's vocal performance, the most astonishing thing about Rumskib's debut is the confidence with which the band deals with structured and multi-layered sonic sculptures. "Springtime" is an instant nu-gaze/dream-pop classic with cyclic rhythms and vocal patterns mirroring one another reaching the trancelike sonic bliss of
"Doppelganger"-era Curve, with unexpected continuities that leave you with your mouth wide open in absolute awe. "Where Are The Flowers" trips out to more introspective realms and it's an intense and heartfelt tribute to Cocteau Twins' lesson. "Girl Afraid" and "Love at First Sight" are quieter and sweet love-struck compositions. So far, the best debut album of the year, bar none.

1997EV: Dead.Ends.Sinful

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jul 23 2007
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Artist: 1997EV (@)
Title: Dead.Ends.Sinful
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Rated: *****
Listening to DEAD.ENDS.SINFUL I imagine 1997EV as a collective whose aims are unknown to me. Their tracks sound like industrial folk suites. Mantras of a new decadent era which with their obsessive growing create a soundtrack to a primitive ritual. If you listen to the ten minutes of "Lucifile eins" and "G-rays violet" you'll find some similitude with the long psychedelic nihilism of Velvet Underground. If there's a place where apocalyptic-folk and Kraut rock met, somewhere near you could find 1997EV with their hypnotic tracks made raping acoustic guitars, violins, percussions, electric guitars and adding treated sounds which form a psychedelic background. If you don't want to adventure into long suites, try "A dark sides miracle" (the only track which have a semi song structure) and you'll met Current 93, of the third album era, drinking a tea at the Madcap table but if you loved the "Lucifer rising" soundtrack try the closing "Alder sides epsylons part I".

Life Without Buildings: Live At The Annandale Hotel

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Jul 22 2007
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Artist: Life Without Buildings
Title: Live At The Annandale Hotel
Format: CD
Label: Gargleblast Records (@)
Rated: *****
"Live @ Annadale" is a posthumous live album by the Glaswegian cult band Life Without Buildings. Named after a Japan b-side, LWB released just a handful of singles and just one amazing album 'Any Other City' in a three-year lifespan.
After a brief introduction the gig kicks off with an unreleased track called "Liberty Feelup", which serves as a warm-up for the upcoming performance. Often compared with UK postpunk acts with female vocals as Delta 5 and Au Pairs, I think that there's a lot more to them - i.e. you can hear the energy burst of fellow Scottish postpunk divinities Josef K on the striking version of "14 Days" and the amazing "The Leanover". Sue's voice sometimes is shaky when she speaks to the crowd revealing an unexpected shyness but when she sings she's much more agressive than on the studio recordings. It's been five years since they broke up and after hearing this live document you'll probably find yourself asking 'what if...'. For sure they were more than just cute postpunk revivalists.

ROSE ROVINE E AMANTI: Early And Unreleased Songs

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Jul 20 2007
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Artist: ROSE ROVINE E AMANTI (@)
Title: Early And Unreleased Songs
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
As reported by the title, EARLY AND UNRELEASED DEMOS isn't a new album by Rose Rovine E Amanti, but it's a collection of outtakes and demos (he also talks about it as a little joke). Damiano into the presentation you'll find inside the luxurious three panel folded cover talks about it like a collection of old postcards (the same visual effect has been chosen for the graphics picking up various photos coming from the early 20th century with the exception of band members' pictures and the Theo Van Gogh's one). The ten tracks included into the CD are mainly ballads with some particular arrangement (see "Punk Woyzeck which is a sort or musical comment to the samples picked from the Herzog movie titled "Woyzeck"), spoken into Italian language or in a fake English like the opening "Volgari e cafoni" (which is dedicated to the guys who "play into the neo folk kindergarten" as Damiano wrote), "Kristal Estonian light", (dedicated to his girflriend who saved him from solitude into in a difficult time), "Hai mai preso tu un cafè?" (which was an early demo) or "Candidato" (which has been influenced by early Bowie of Diamond Dogs and which is dedicated to false friends or dishonest politicians). At first reading Damiano's lines I was thinking I was about to listen to a mishmash of ideas or unfinished songs but at a second listening EARLY AND UNRELEASED DEMOS, reveals itself like a nice collection of decadent ballads which could be enjoyed by people who didn't already know Rose Rovine E Amanti work.

AIT!: Romanticismo Oltranzista

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Jul 20 2007
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Artist: AIT!
Title: Romanticismo Oltranzista
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Rated: *****
Personal project of Tairy, founder of Punch Records, Ait! presents with ROMANTICISMO OLTRANZISTA a particular album conceived as a sort of post apocalyptic/nihilistic cabaret. The ten tracks, sung in Italian (but you can find all the translations into the booklet), underline thanks to the overall atmosphere and to the lyrics, the difficulty of living these modern times where boredom and a sense of despair takes a hold each day a little more. Musically Tairy doesn't care about genres, so he mixes experimental intuitions, surf melodies (on "Una dedica") and everything which could help into the creation of a tense atmosphere for his semi spoken word (sometimes it made me think about a sort of industrial version of an Italian band called C.S.I.). The lyrics have an important place into Tairy's musical concept so, if the opening "Uno spettacolo adulto" ("An adult show") is a two minute introduction which sounds like weird French cabaret song, "Dio" is a track based on a bass line and a growling sample and it helps into the creation of a personal pray to God and "Una dedica" is his personal way to rise his middle finger. Listening to the tracks all in a row you'll be overwhelmed by a sour taste into your mouth, just like you are unable to do anything. Tracks like "Il mondo è morto (trent'anni fa)" ("The world is dead – thirty years ago") or "Tempo morto" ("Dead time") don't leave open any possibilities to future, it is like decadent times are over, because we are already became zombies.


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