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Muslimgauze: Zuriff Moussa

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 18 2004
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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Zuriff Moussa
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Rated: *****
These 1997 recordings re-released this year in 800 copies, sort of give you an idea of the transition from Bryn Jones' atmospheric ambience electronic period into the distorted percussion loops period. The signature sound of his later production starts emerging among the 24 tracks of "Zuriff Moussa", which maintain some of the characteristics of his older music, in terms of underlaying sound floors and real life samples spread across drones and other layers of disquieting sonics. Definitely a good purchase for those who would like to get a general and overall idea of what Muslimgauze sounded like throughout the years.

FLEUR: Magic

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 18 2004
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Artist: FLEUR (@)
Title: Magic
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Coming from Ukraine, Flëur started as a duo formed by Olga Pulatova (piano and vocals) and Elena Voynarovskaya (guitar and vocals). They released a couple of CD before joining Prikosnovenie (as it seems from their unofficial website at http://www.fleur.kiev.ua) and re-releasing their debut CD and this new one titled MAGIC. Anyway, let's consider this new release their second album as it doesn't matter being too picky when you've got to focus your attention on what's inside their new release and when you'll listen to this new CD, you'll agree with me. Flëur's music is joyful and inspired and sometimes remember Cocteau Twins because of the use of the voice but I found them really personal and intriguing as their melody is simple but their song's structure it isn't. The musical virtuosity of the various instruments (piano, acoustic guitar, flute, etc) form thirteen pleasant moments full of melancholy, joy and atmosphere. Flëur as many other label's bands wants to create a certain dreamy atmosphere but instead of basing their sound on synth pads they let their acoustic instruments do the talking and this pleased me, because they did it using melody. My preferences go to "The Ballad Of White Wings And Scarlet Petals", "Medallion" (this one is the most Cocteauish song of the lot), "Never", "The String" and "Legion". This isn't goth, neither new wave or folk... it's Flëur.

Muslimgauze: Return of Black September

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 18 2004
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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Return of Black September
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Rated: *****
Second in the series re-editions of older Muslimgauze music released by Staalplaat, "Return of Black September" (which is also the name of one of the most notorious palestinian terrorist organizations) presents yet another face of the artist's eclectic production. Originally released in a limited edition of 500 copies, the year 2004 will offer 800 lucky people (make that 799, I got my copy already!) the possibility to taste Muslimgauze's interpretation of what sounds like a deep, droning and disturbing ritual made of soft finger-tipping Darbuka percussion skin patterns, single hits of both delayed and unprocessed drums, loops of stringed wide-range instrument, field-recorded noises and voices, or just breaths and whispers. Quite alienating and scary at times, "Return of Black September" goes about its business in a continuous fashion, divided into five parts, totaling more than an hour of music. Experimental dark electronics meets tribal and ethnical mantras of ancient and distant culture creating a new breed of electrified world music. Altough the middle of the record portrays the most inspirational and every day life sounding part of this record, the darker and nastier side takes the lead at the top and the tail of the record, with increasingly predominant and saturated rhythmical grooves. Bryn Jones was so far ahead of its time, you can't even begin to comprehend if you don't know at least one tenth of his discography, totaling almost 200 titles so far.

GERSTEIN: Here comes sickness

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 17 2004
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Artist: GERSTEIN (@)
Title: Here comes sickness
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records (@)
Rated: *****
A sort of anthological cd by our own Maurizio Pustianaz/Gerstein, one of the prime movers of the Italian industrial/experimental scene, besides being co-founder of our beloved ChainDLK. One more Mudhoney quote in the title ("Chain the door", his fanzine which later merged with "DLK", was titled after Mudhoney's "Chain that door"), and 15 tracks from 1990 to 2001, collecting unreleased songs, four from the "A kindly method of living" tape (1990), and "Rise" from "The Bliss Compilation" (1999). It's always been hard to pigeonhole Gerstein's music, which has shifted, or rather rolled back and forth, from noise & ritual industrial to wave, from dark ballads to electropop - always with a distinct personality and a touch of originality, not as a schizophrenic or, worse, a trendy clone. Pustianaz has always played what he wanted to, as he wanted to. "Here comes sickness" mainly features his heartfelt mix of electro-fuelled rock ("A fly in my eye"), cold wave ("Dust", "There's something on my back", "Bright light, bright life"), minimal dark folk ballads ("The puke they are", "Warmth", "Frozen"), quasi-psychedelia ("They blind me"), dark electronic symphonies à la Coil ("Metal on metal", "Rise")... All with an inner coherence (though it's an anthology) and with the distinctive trait d'union of Maurizio's deep and soulful voice. "How I feel", the most recent track, is definitely more electro/synth-pop oriented, and should prelude to Gerstein's new releases, one of which - a split with Cold Kluster - is already due on AFE. Now that using drum machines and playing wave/post-punk has become trendy again, who knows if Gerstein will get the credit and exposure he deserves.

FORGOTTEN SUNRISE: Ru:mipu:dus

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 06 2004
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Artist: FORGOTTEN SUNRISE (@)
Title: Ru:mipu:dus
Format: CD
Label: My Kingdom Music (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Forgotten Sunrise's first album RU:MIPU:DUS convinced me since the first listening and somehow it is a sort of underneath revolution, because it includes a lot of different musical influences that go from synthpop to metal. Why is it so amazing? Because they are doing it withtout making it sounds pretentious or else. It sounds so normal that you won't notice that much Anders'voice that sometimes cry out loud his hidden passions while Tiiu's angelic vocals do the choruses. The eleven tracks of the album (the last one is a remix did by G.G.F.H. member, Ghost) are catchy and energetic and well produced and for sure you'll be immediately convinced about the band's value when you'll listen to "Never (K)now" (a perfect single that's good to dance to and that has catchy melodies too), "Surroundcosmos" or "Thou-Sand Men". If you aren't synthpop or e.b.m. purists try this one and you'll be convinced as well. An advice: if you liked this album don't go getting the very first releases of the band as they were pure metal.


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