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FORETASTE: Beautiful Creatures

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 06 2005
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Artist: FORETASTE (@)
Title: Beautiful Creatures
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product (@)
Rated: *****
Announced about a year ago, finally BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, the debut Fretaste's album is out. A year ago I postponed my judgement about the band, waiting for the release of this CD. Well, I must say that the duo formed by Sylvie and Pierre refined their style and they produced twelve tracks of electro wave that really convinced me. I didn't remember their music to be that seductive, so just to give a good judgement I checked the MCD that already was containing four tracks that have been re-released on BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and I was right, because now they sound amazingly better: I think that the production of the album helped so much giving a new life to "Discordance", "Victim's heart", "For your own good" and to "Re-love". The vocals are better mixed with the instruments and the music sounds well balanced. In this way the band's skills are better shown and you'll will appreciate the catchy melodies and the electro wave style they deal so well with. The album doesn't sound retro even if you can hear the '80s influences. Melancholy is well balanced with the energetic arrangement and, in this way, the calm and mysterious Sylvie's voice find completion into the beating drum and the synthesizers programmed by Pierre. Tracks like "That smiling man" or the main title "Beatiful creatures" sum really well the new band's style and the whole album is a convincing one that prove that in one year the band did a wonderful job.

STOP THE WHEEL: Nothing

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 05 2005
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Artist: STOP THE WHEEL (@)
Title: Nothing
Format: CD
Label: Madcap collective (@)
Rated: *****
"Lo-fi indie folk" that's the galaxy you'd better look for if you wonna find Stop the wheel. If a title like "Nothing" makes the old farts like me think of punk nihilism, the music comes from another planet, it's folk, mainly acoustic guitar and vocals "back at the origin". At times this cd recalled Evan Dando's Lemonheads in the midst of the "Mrs. Robinson"-phase (above all tracks like "Bastard he was"), but the softest songs are closer to Guided by Voices or Jim O'Rurke (sure, minus his Bacharah-arrangements, so "american folk!" to the bone). Yes, Stop the wheel's music has reminiscences of american folk, Mark Kozlek? Pedro the Lion? I think these guys can appreciate both of 'em. I know I've started by saying "lo-fi", the recording is intentionally rough but good, the way it has to be. I think the main quality of the songwriter here is that the guy in not trying to be anybody else but himself: naive, but not pretentious at all. It's breakfast time and many of these tracks can ease the bore while going to work...sometimes it feels like John Fahey and Nick Drake are the fathers of us all...may God bless both of 'em!!.
Artist: INITIAL PRAYER
Title: The last man in Europe
Format: CD
Label: Corrosive Growth Industries (@)
Rated: *****
I know the title "The last man in Europe" comes from the famous book by George Orwell, but it also bring my mind straight to that old movie titled "The Omega Man". Charlton Eston (the protagonist) is the last human being alive (later in the plot he will discover he's not the only one) in a world populated by white eyed mutants (sort of...and not to be confounded with Black Eyed Peas...ha,ha). By the way, the movie was pretty sad and very sick: Initial Prayer is probably less desolated but twice as "sick". There's a consistent abundance of keyboards in the nine tracks and despite they have post-goth/neo-dark guitars the atmosphere remains really krautesque. Rhythmically Initial Prayer are pretty "martial" and their use of obsessive vocals betrays a clear industrial/dark background be it Death in June, Current 93 or Throbbing Gristle. I'd also add every once in a while they have also some little sparks of doom mixed with kraut influence by the way, I'm sure their best possible audience should be into post-industrial music. During some tracks it's possible to hear some old fashioned esoteric ambient feelings but don't expect anything like Steve Roach or Amon. "The last man in Europe" is much more post-industrial oriented.

EAT YOUR MAKE-UP: First Dinner

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 30 2005
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Artist: EAT YOUR MAKE-UP (@)
Title: First Dinner
Format: CD
Label: Adipocere (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Eat Your Make-up formed in France back in 2003 and soon after they started to play gigs in their homeland. In the same year they produced a five songs demo which helped them getting booked for several other gigs. The year after Thib, their drummer, left and Anthony joined them helping the band evolving their sound inspired by '80s Batcave gothrock / postpunk and by L.A. bands such as the early Christian Death. After some other gigs (they opened for Cinema Strange, Trisomie 21, etc) the band entered into the studio to record their first album: FIRST DINNER.The album opens with "First dinner" and immediately you can hear their influences and for sure you'll appreciate the guitar style with the riffs alternated to arpeggios and razor blades sounds. Generally the tracks create a good ambience even if innovation isn't exactly what Eat Your Make-up are looking for (even if "Amar Ni Xov" starts as a almost jazzy rhythm). Most of the tracks are fast and distorted and the post punk atmosphere is well created. For sure FIRST DINNER is a good first album but I think that the band is able to give to their audience a lot more. P.s This is the first release of the new Adipocere sub label Darkside, whic is focused on releasing goth music.

L'ENFANCE ROUGE: Krsko - Valencia

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 27 2005
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Artist: L'ENFANCE ROUGE (@)
Title: Krsko - Valencia
Format: CD
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
Francois Cambuzat and Chiara Locardi are back and if you're european and you're thinking they're "new jacks", probably you have been living isolated on a mountain top. With such a name I'm sure there's people thinking that what we have here is some "classy plastic project from France", I'm sorry for you but while the band is of course refined and, yes, can also be said labeled as "classy", nothing is so far from being "fake" or "plastic". L'Enfance Rouge this time is pictured in the maturity of its aging process, they got back to violence and to the full vigor of their "fisique". The power trio (including Jacopo Andreini) is back with a depressed, dramatic full-length. "Krsko - Valencia" is "hard", not just for the fact most of the songs have been manufactured with that rock/noise-rock touch french bands had back in the days, but its hardness stands in the lyrics. "Killer-rock-ballads for desperate times", nothing is light hearted in here and that's the first impression you get from listening the cd or from giving a glance to the layout. A good record as always, I'm sure the fans of L'Enfance Rouge can go and break their money pigs since it's not deluding at all. "Hurricane Lily" with the islamic singing at the end deserve a special mention as "THE" real masterpiece. There're some interesting "highs" even if not all the tracks are equally as impressive/intense as the last one, that's the main point: some catchy episodes and some good, but not outstanding tracks. Depressed-rock maniacs and noise-rock lovers if you remember nostalgically how "independent" meant something during the early nineties...Cambuzant and Le Enfance won't disappoint you.


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