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Sturqen: Praga

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Artist: Sturqen (@)
Title: Praga
Format: CD
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
Even if this new effort by the Portuguese duo Sturqen made up of Cesar Rodrigues and David Arantes hasn't been titled with the name of some disease (such as Colera and Peste, being this last one the record which gave them some notoriety for the important award of two nominations of the renowned French contest Qwerz Electronic Music as Best Artist and Discovery categories ), Praga - on second thoughts, the Czech capital has a certain je ne sais quoi distinctively morbid but fascinating at the same time - preserves that viral and visceral attitude as well as its acid crumbing already shown in their past releases. The feast of saturated noises, distorsions, disturbances, martial movements and the perpetual ridding with ear-splitting shots combined with funny games on filter's knobs sometimes concocted with bizarre sounds (such as a disquieting scary cheerping in "Orto", the irritating noise of an alarm clock in "Cumando", the scary transposition of a lively farmyard into a set of scary explosions in the final track "60 73" - you can imagine a featuring by some kamikaze little chicks letting them explode to fight the oppressive cock's authority! - and some occasional field recordings...and the ones in the above-mentioned "60 73" are so realistic that you could think some objects could have fallen from the shelves) let think to an imaginary stylistical pollination of industrial technoid grounds with psychedelic seeds. Many tracks (Redima, Orto, Pertal and even Suner, which seems to wink at extreme dancefloors) amidst this cacophonic nebula, whereas these noisy scamps manage to evoke other nice and partially forgotten acts of industrial noise such as Celluloid Mata, Synapscape, Klangstabile and other noiseshapers who shared other glorious stages such as Maschinenfest, but I cannot rule out the possibility some listeners could think these oddities sound too tedious particularly when they excessively stiffen on plug-generated noises in the second part of the release by persuading them to mistrust the rewards Sturqen received for their work. Available both on Cd and as digital download, I reccomend to prefer the first format for the elegant package the appreciated Ukranian label Kvitnu made for Praga.

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