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INDIANS IN MOSCOW: Indians In Moscow Expanded

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 25 2012
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Artist: INDIANS IN MOSCOW
Title: Indians In Moscow Expanded
Format: CD
Label: Other Voices Records
Rated: *****
Formed in 1981 in Hull (UK) and disbanded in 1984 just before the release of their debut album, Indians In Moscow knew a major success after their participation to The Tube tv show, thanks to their performance which impressed the audience. During their activity they had three successes in the charts: "Naughty Miranda", "Jack Pelter And His Sex-Change Chicken" and the "Big Wheel". Despite the success they had thanks to their mix of pop melodies and oblique approach to new wave (mainly due to the vocal performance of Adele Nozedar who reminds me of a mix of Toyah and Slits' Ari-Up), the band frictions increased because of how the songs production of their album was going: Nigel Gray wanted to add some guitars and other overdubs to the original recordings, changing in that way, their distinctive sound. Their self titled album has been unavailable for decades until 2010, when Planet of Sound reissued it digitally. Now, Other Voices, decided to give to it a proper re-release by pressing an extended version of the album. On "Indians In Moscow Expanded" you can find the eleven tracks of the album plus the mix and 7" versions of their first success "Naughty Miranda", extended mix of "I Wish I Had" and "Jack Pelter", "Dies Irae" (a semi experimental wave track you can find on the "Big Wheel" EP), "Slide" (the "I Wish I Had" B side) plus an unreleased song titled "Underneath The Tree". I can't say that Indians In Moscow reminded me other bands of that era and that's good, but they succeeded into writing nice pop songs with a less rock approach of bands of the likes of Martha & The Muffins or less pop compared to Bow Wow Wow.

ATTRITION: The Truth In Dark Corners

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Feb 19 2012
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Artist: ATTRITION
Title: The Truth In Dark Corners
Format: CD
Label: Other Voices Records
Rated: *****
In the last years Attrition reissued all their old albums and also some rarities (see the Vinyl On Deman "Demostro 1981-1986" double LP release), so it was quite a surprise to see this Other Voices release. "The Truth In Dark Corners" is a recording of live tracks coming from the band's 1985 Holland tour plus a closing track coming from a London gig. Back then Attrition were releasing their second album "Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club" on Third Mind and this release contains many tracks coming from that one plus "Shrinkwrap" (which was a single) and two unreleased tracks "In The Attic" and "The Aftermath". Formed on those days by Martin Bowes, Marianne Teunissen and Alex Novak, the band was creating their distinctive darkwave electronic sound which was capable to mix danceable rhythms and electronic experimental attitude. "The Truth In Dark Corners" contains good recordings of classic Attrition's tracks (or at least they are what I consider their classics) like "Mind Drop" or "Pendulum Turns" and here you can listen them sounding direct and powerful. These recordings represent quite well the essence of the band on those days so I don't consider this album only a release for hard core fans. As artwork you'll find photos taken by Justin Mitchell back then. I'm quite sure that if you a long time reader of our magazine you know this guy, because when he knew Attrition he was an electronic music enthusiast who became their friend but soon after he founded Cold Spring Records.

ELEVEN POND: Bas-Relief

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Feb 19 2012
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Artist: ELEVEN POND
Title: Bas-Relief
Format: CD
Label: Other Voices Records
Rated: *****
Coming from Rochester, NY, Eleven Pond released only an album for their own label Game Hen Records in 1986. After that release they faded away like they never existed. Those eleven tracks were like lost in oblivion before Dark Entries decided to reissue that album in 2009. The last year, the Russian label Other Voices, released on CD a new reissue mastered by Attrition's Martin Bowes. "Bas Relief", shows a band that was able to mix different influences into their sound: new wave, shoegaze, post punk and synthpop were the genres that excited Dan Brumley, Jeff Gallea, James Tabbir and Jack Schaeffer. The album opens with two gems: "Tear And Cinnamon" (musically it reminds me of Bauhaus' "She's In Party") and "Watching The Trees" (this one is a synthpop hit with catchy melodies). On the following "Days Hence" and "Tightrope" they recall the best 4AD bands of the likes of early Modern English. "Portugal" calls in synthpop music again and it sounds fresh and convincing. "Asterisk" and "Moving Nowhere" sound new wave with a bit of pop easyness. Other tracks I enjoyed particularly are "Temporal" and "Ignorant Father". The first has a sensual almost melancholic atmosphere while the latter is a post punk intriguing song with guitar feedbacks and drum machine beats. Mixing dark atmospheres and fresh ideas coming from a personal interpretation of late 70s/early 80s alternative sounds, Eleven Pond created this nice record and now you're able to enjoy it again!

Hunters: Hands on Fire

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Feb 15 2012
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Artist: Hunters (@)
Title: Hands on Fire
Format: CD EP
Label: Aagoo (@)
Distributor: Cargo
Rated: *****
This mini-album by Brooklyn-based Hunters seems to be an instinctive reaction to some coldness freezing music scene through an invitation addressed to the listeners in order to warm them up. That mumbling distortion on guitar, that rolling bass on scratching lead guitar which is able to grab listener's attention together with a sort of marching step, a nice trick massively used by bands such as Sand or M.A.S.S., and the nice shilly-shally between acidulously shrill voice by Isabel Almeida and the sore one by Derek Watson in the initial "Deadbeat" are persuading enough, but you're going to definitively join to Hunters circus while listening a wide stylistical weaponry...I particularly reccomend the furious sonic vortex Derek plays to swallw the listener up after a nice self-echoing vocal steadiness close to Ladytron's way of singing showed by Isabel in Brat Mouth and the engaging guitar "grimaces" leading the melody, pitched up and down in a dramatic way, as well as the sardonic and seducing singing of the final Acid Head...their ruffled little rascal-like have already seduced Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs who mixed this little pearl and James Iha, former member of Smashing Pumpkin, involved in the final production of the release and I'm pretty sure their cheeky shoegazing could seduce many other art-punk, wave and rock chewers.

ARKANE: Mesmerising Masquerade

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Feb 14 2012
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Artist: ARKANE
Title: Mesmerising Masquerade
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Seduction Prod (@)
Rated: *****
After four years from the release of their album "Enraptured Serene Mesmerism", ArkanumX, already member of the Greek band Daemonia Nymphe, is back with his project Arkane. This time he and his female vocalist/muse have produced a two track digital single which ideally follows the path of the album thanks also to the mesmerism theme. "Mesmerising Masquerade" and "Masqued Seduca Enticed" follow also a similar musical structure of the old tracks proposing an enchanting classical orchestral background full of strings and crescendos where the male vocal is taking the role of the "parakataloghè" of Greek tragedy (the recitative voice), while the female voice is enchanting the audience like if it was a siren or one of the Erinyes. They are back and they are always good and worth your time! You can check the tracks and purchase them at this page: http://www.myrecordscd.net/arkane-single.htm


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