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VĀLI: Forlatt

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 25 2005
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Artist: VĀLI
Title: Forlatt
Format: CD
Label: Foreshadow Productions
Rated: *****
"Forlatt" ("Abandoned") marks the debut of this mysteryous Norwegian one-man project. There are no liner notes nor credits, but anyway, Vàli offers 10 beautiful tracks of mostly instrumental music - acoustic guitar being the main instrument, accompanied by cello, flute and violin, plus an ethereal - and luckily not over-the-top - female voice here and there. Together they weave some melancholic and grey-tinged atmospheres, but nothing as bleak as the layout or their label roster could lead you to expect. With a crystaline sound and a precise execution, "Forlatt" is a bit reminiscent of '60's/'70's folk, but also of a more serene version of Amber Asylum. What is particularly appreciable is that arrangements are kept minimal and intimistic, so that it doesn't become a gaudy goth-folk or metal-folk hodgepodge. A relaxing listen for frozen winter afternoons like this.

Bleak Track: Starting To Dream

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 19 2005
Artist: Bleak Track (@)
Title: Starting To Dream
Format: CD EP
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Bleak Track is based out of San Franciso. This goth-punk/deathrock/alternative band is consists of Melody Bleak, Dave Ed and Jason. Imagine Siousie and The Banshees meets Sonic Youth. Female front singer Melody enticing strong vocal pulls out her emotional feeling that is very more intense suicidal and aggressive with beauty. This cute woman gives her all on the "Starting To Dream" five song ep. "The Letter" is one of my best favorite that is very dark, twisted, depressing and moody. "Starting To Dream" sounds morelike the early Siousie and the Banshees. The track "Fear To Follow" have a deathrock edge. And "Decomposing Love" have that late 80's and early 90's punk vibe that reminds me of Sonic Youth. Bleak Track is no joke. I can tell they really worked very hard by getting this product out to the public. They deserve more exposure, respect and be taken seriously. I'm dying to hear more from them.

Fashionista: 40 Seconds

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 19 2005
Artist: Fashionista (@)
Title: 40 Seconds
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Florida's own new wave/electroclash band Fashionista released a remarkable four song ep that have an 80's appealing sound. Each song on disc is danceable and an inspiration from alot of bands from that era. The self-titled album track "40 Seconds" have alot of synthesizers, sequencers, and drum machine sound. This song is definitely a number one killer to get radio/internet radio airplay. Other three tracks "Lines", "My Only Joy" and "28" have a live instrument sound. If this band had existed back in the 80's, they would have been popular just like all the other bands who enticed us and gave us the happiest moment of our lives by making good music. Fashionista is a up-coming new band who is very heavily influence by our favorite bands such as New order, Pet Shop Boys and others. Everytime I listen to Fashionista cd it makes me feel like I'm a teenager all over again. Their unique sound, style, creativity and even their looks blends all into one. As talented and brilliant they are, hopefully they're working on a full-length album. Children of the 80's buy this!

BEYOND SENSORY EXPERIENCE: Korrelations

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 16 2005
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Artist: BEYOND SENSORY EXPERIENCE (@)
Title: Korrelations
Format: CD
Label: Old Europa Cafe (@)
Rated: *****
After deleting the production of the final box containing the Beyond Sensory Experience trilogy ("Tortuna", "Urmula" and "Ratan") Old Europa Cafe decided to release KORRELATIONS: an album of unreleased tracks and re-interpretations managed by Alexxx, Doshaska!, P3, Zdan, Henrik Nordavargr Björkk, Morge and Alko. The new tracks "Korrelations", "Yes Satan", "Inside Erasmus's bed" and "Ratan II" are a sort of sum of the three previous releases. "Korrelations" is an ambient track with hypnotic layers and treated vocals (really suggestive), "Yes Satan" on the contrary is based on rhythms and loops (try to imagine an upbeat tempo of a real drum with treated violin inserts, distorted bass guitar mixed down, forming a first obscure part and a second one, more trip hop oriented). With "Inside Erasmus's bed" we enter again into the dark ambience created by Drakhon and K. Meitzer. Ambience that ideally continue with Ratan II, a disturbing track with subtle vocals and rhythms. The re-worked tracks pass from the raw ambient sounds of Alexx ("The two - trace problem") to the industrial distortions of Alko ("28.9.11.9"), passing from the ambient exoticism of Doschaska! ("Urmula"), the dark ambient of Zdan ("Himmelen") and the light minimal techno of Henrik Nordavargr Björkk ("Tortuna"). This is a good item which will introduce you to the next release "Pursuit Of Pleasure" that will be released anytime soon by Cold Meat Industry.