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Deadbabes: The Drug EP

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 19 2004
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Artist: Deadbabes (@)
Title: The Drug EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Futurecords (@)
Rated: *****
Deadbabes are a new dark-pop band from Finland formed by a group of five seasoned and experienced young musicians who did pour their knowledge into the creation of "The Drug EP", a CD that showcases a remarkable artistic maturity and an unmistakable The Cure inspiration. The noir approach to beautiful and mellow pop melodies is complemented by a beefy rhythmical structure and an exquisite taste for selection of sounds and balance. It sounds (and seems) like these guys have all the right numbers. Their debut album, due early September, will be produced and mixed by French Kris Kylven (of Killing Joke fame, but also remixer for Manson, Siouxsie etc). If anything else fails, at least they will be remembered for being the first band that gets their very own postal stamp (which of course they used to postmark their promo package).
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Artist: Dope Stars Inc. (@)
Title: 10'000 Watts of Artificial Pleasure
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Thanks to Jett Black at Nocturnal Movements, we get a piece of the hot action too: Dope Stars Inc.. A brand new four piece group from Italy whose attempts at merging electronics, industrial, glam rock, goth and punk are definitely successful. Taking into account that this is their first try as a band (even though the line up includes members of other projects, including My Sixth Shadow and Chaos Zero), their artistical maturity and attitude is surprising and they seem to be ready to blow up, straight in your face, with a big record deal (where is Wax Trax when we need them?). They have everything you might ask for: the glam/goth fashion and looks, the quality in their music, the raw attitude, the aggressive impact. We'll see... The five tracks of their debut MCD feel like a raging and explosive mixture of Rammstein, Marylin Manson, Skinny Puppy, Pigface, Orgy, KMFDM, where furious guitars and bass, hammering drum machines and excited vocals spit fire at every turn. What is amazing is the intensity and the driving force. You can feel the power and the sonic impact coming right at you. I wonder what they must be like on a show. The band also has an impressive following of people (fans, supporters, street teams, publicists, promoters etc) so they they're pretty much ready to rock'n'roll the (not so) free world. Stand aside, you've been warned!

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.


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