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Artist: Mushy
Title: Faded Heart
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin (@)
Distributor: Mannequin Mailorder
Rated: *****
'Faded Heart' is Mushy's mature debut album after many years in the Italian underground and the result is no less than astonishing. The imaginative spaces created by the Rome based artist steers from her previous experimental/industrial roots, towards nocturnal synth-driven blues about lost loves and intimate struggles. This album is made of songs, ten glowing lo-fi dirges and lullabies. The singing is very peculiar, always layered with effects. Sometimes whispered and sometimes bursting with primeval moans. Mushy states the 80s dark wave as one of her main inspirations and the influence of Liz Fraser's pre-Heaven Or Las Vegas ways of singing can be spotted. Sound-wise we find analogue gear merged with strange found instruments (a four stringed guitar bought at a flea-market can be heard in many lo-fi parts of the album) and objects. The journey starts with 'Child Of Light Will Burn', one of the best tracks in the moan-wave micro-genre in my opinion, think about a ghoulish version of Grouper's fluttering compositions. The b-side's boiling cauldron of sound sorcery contains some of the best moments of the album, 'I Will Not See It' and the title track are bounded togheter by a dark droning glide and again the title track is her most heartfelt piece and the one that will be instantly recognized by the listeners. 'No More' is a wavey affair, a collaboration with Mannequin record's Alessandro/Newclear Waves. Be quick because the record is selling extremely fast and it's the album of the week at Rough Trade. Out on white vinyl edition of 300 and on cd with four (amazing) remixes by Soft Metals, Newclear Waves, Crossover and Heinrich Dressel.

XYKOGEN: Carnevale

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 22 2011
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Artist: XYKOGEN (@)
Title: Carnevale
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Line Out Records
Rated: *****
For their comeback, Xykogen decided to do things in big. CARNEVALE, their fourth album available as free download on Line Out Records, will have a video released for each track available on their YouTube channel (one every week for three months). Active from 2004, Xykogen are formed by Amon (formerly the vocalist of UK cyberpunk band Arkam Asylum), the Reverend Eris (co-founder of Wasp Factory Recordings and occasional member of The Chaos Engine), Max Rael (founder-member of History Of Guns) and Lee Chaos (founder of The Chaos Engine and Wasp Factory Recordings, and now runs the notorious Judder nightclub in addition to being the man behind temp0rary). The twelve tracks of CARNEVALE picture a shizophrenic scenario influenced by e.b.m. and post punk where magick, social control and other various insanities are well represented by the chaotic musical formula of the band. Try to imagine Chumbawamba meeting Killing Joke at a Chemical Brothers concert covering Front Line Assembly songs. These tunes are full of ideas and melodies and it would be insane not to download them to make them "spin" on your digital system once. You'll see that that won't be the only time that you'll want to listen to the declamatory rap of Reverend Eris uring his band mates to increase their volume and distortion.

THE GREEN MAN: Horus Calling

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 19 2011