Amateur God is listed by Wampus Multimedia as an ambient techno artist from Slovenia as in compared to a possible soundtrack should David Lynch have directed a postmodern remake of Frankenstein. The artist himself lists several Goth, Rock, Electronic, and Industrial influences and calls his music dark-qausi-gothic-semi-vocal-ambient. The artist claims his project is sort of about closing your eyes, imagining the worst possible things you can, and mocking them. What Amateur God has produced is a type of industrial ambient similar to the Industrial equivalent of what Ethereal music is to the Goth scene. Standard hard metallic beats, droning ambience, mild vocal sampling, mellow acoustic guitar rhythms, piano, ambient electronica, and other eclectic elements combine to create something that might be like a softer Godflesh, darker Neubauten, harsher versions of Ethereal and even New Age elements - all combining to create an eclectic blend of dark mood music. It has the effect of what would probably make good horror film music and is sort of a milder version with a more industrial flavor of the type of mood you would get from Midnight Syndicate only not nearly as 'produced' and much harsher sounding. It's not a bad release but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Interesting musical concept but still in the amateur stages. I guess even gods can begin as amateurs huh. Maybe when this god is a bit more matured we will shiver in his presence - but not yet. Until then we will listen with anticipation.
Six-year transplants to LA from Buenos Aires, the Languis duo merge a sixties aura with a nineties experimental voyeurism made of abstract loops, improvisation, caressing lines and raw distortions, all in a wash of reverb. There is not much of a definite rhythmical idea, which is kind of a shame, but it is interesting to see how what is usually the floor of beat-focused releases is brought out in the open and enlightened by discording harmonies and solid balances. The presence of guitar (which is not necessarily the source of the distortion mentioned above) and vocals makes it a record that zooms in on the electronic music conceptualism with a different approach and an eclecticism that draws from various assorted places and genres. Contrary to many other bands similar in line up, these guys perform live a lot too, so why not challenge yourself with some genre-bending stereotype-untied new vintage electro'n'roll music?
Montreal, one of the new fastest growing electronic music capitals in the world, is home to Applied Acoustics employee Scott Monteith, the person behind Deadbeat's electronic sound textures and intensive delay patterns. He started releasing music in 1998 on Hautec, Revolver and Intr_version records but Berlin label ~Scape picked him up coincidentally with their renewal of vows to the electro-dub genres and its closest derivatives. "Wild Life Documentaries" is a journey through the deconstruction of classical dub and its reinvention through new sonic concepts and applied emotional states. Deep bass lines are obviously included in the package, but it is rather pleasing to notice how much effort has been put in the soft synthetic surface as opposed to only in the carrying bass. I couldn't help noticing how sounds like the ones in "For Palestine" are reminiscent of Young Gods most ethereal mixes and remixes, although the warm digital structures are enriched by nice sampling patch-work and countless yet well dosed repetitions that give it that timeless aura of some British productions by Sherwood or Alpha & Omega or by German field players such as Hoester Sound System, Groove Galaxi. Personally I prefer dub when it is associated with electronic music, rather than reggae, so this is a winner in my book! Great job! If you love dub, definitely go for it... Available on CD and double LP set.
Nicola Tesla, The godfather of electricity became the figure that served as an inspiration for the trio Portable Palace to create their «Emit» album. The album includes 8 compositions, united organically by the theme of electricity, presenting itself via sound on this record.«When I close my eyes the first thing I see is a plane dark blue background similar to the color of the clear starless sky. In several seconds this picture is revived by numerous shimmering green sparks, approaching me layer by layer. After that the right side is lit by a beautiful decoration consisting of two parallel systems of tight right-angle lines. These lines are brightly colored but the dominating colors are yellow-green and golden. The lines are immediately increased in brightness and everything sparkles with shimmering portions of light. This whole picture slowly passes through my field of vision...», - these are the words that Tesla used to describe his imagination in action while coining his next invention. And this is the picture that comes to life with the first sounds of «Emit». Head-spinning whirlpools, sea tides, sand dunes rich with shell pearls, whispering of the wind and the diversity of living world follow. Everything seen through alien eyes. The galactic evaporation of earthly dwelling, the round and spiky figures fill the space of «Emit». Various rumbles are seamlessly integrated with ordinary sounds wrapping the listener with the light shroud. Moon shimmerings of the daylight, the voices stretched, coming from the outside, The plasma spheres of raindrops - this is the vision of the world seen through this synthetic shroud.The spinning of atoms and molecules becomes audible. The secrets of creation are not known yet but each single second of «Emit» draws you nearer to the final solution. The last composition «Data Link» fades out - one pressing of the «repeat» button - and you’re in the beginning once again. The beginning of the CD, but not that of understanding. The understanding develops along the spiral and becomes clearer and fuller with each coil (or listening). Is it the Jacob’s stairway ultimately leading to God? «When an idea appears it is immediately finished off by my imagination: I change the construction, «switch on» the device while bringing it to perfection, making it alive in my head. In a similar way I’m capable of bringing the idea to perfection without even touching anything. Only then I give the final shape to this product of my brain. All of my inventions worked in such way...» - Tesla, the «inspired prophet of electricity» wrote. «Emit» stimulates the listeners imagination in building complex and whimsical constructions of biblical stairway and who knows, maybe one day comes the hour when this ideal image finally materializes.
The album «Polus» released in 2001 is a stunning example of psycho-acoustic music. Creators of the album - the trio Portable Palace do not limit themselves to just the acoustic media. Instead, they employ various chemical reactions and optical phenomena that nature is so rich in. The music on this CD is only one side of Portable Palace’s activities.Close the windows, leave yourself to your own devices, concentrate and insert this CD. This is the only way to notice all the nuances of musical compositions found on «Polus». The sound on the very brink of human perception, never fading out completely while never developing it into a crescendo, without any jumps or frantic rhythms. The long curve of otherworldly energy is constantly crossing the composition cutting out anew the settled outlook.So, the lightning must exist. The primordial energy of the Cosmos. It leaves its stamp in the eyes of those who have seen it, like a permanent photograph stuck in one’s memory. The real event with a definitive form gains mythological shades in the music of Portable Palace. This is not a punishment or a sign from heaven telling us about the imminent apocalypse. It’s the encyphered message to the world, concealed by its own shell. The strictly underlined electrical zigzag that has ripped through the sky and is now hurrying towards the earth with the need of a quick kiss. The visual flight of this rocket lightning lasts for a few seconds, nevertheless, it holds another dimension within itself, where the seconds will last for an hour. An hour of musical metamorphoses and transfiguration. An hour of an alluring diffusion of the sacred and the profane, the serenity and the passion, the suffering and the purification, the anxiety and the tranquility, the languor and the sweet bliss. Its falling is not useless, because the finale will occur as the union of all earthly elements. It will be the time of universal harmony and the final crystallization of the ideas but the listener is here to finish off this moment with his/her thoughts. «Polus» is only a way to the truth, but it should be traveled very carefully, not missing any little change.The cosmic sound of «Polus» is a concentrated expression of the participants’ inner worlds, a musical projection of three separate individuals - those of Alexander Kalin, Eveline Domnic and Dmitriy Gelfand, hence the three-dimensional feel and the fullness of sound. The cold suspension is laid on top of the squelching surface of the dwelled landscape as the air is filled with the enveloping mist of cavernous silence. The clearness and pastoral gentleness, run through electronic millstones, is turned into a diamond-field of coloured pieces, and each piece filters the magnetic light of celestial bodies. That’s why with all of its strictness «Polus» doesn’t feel empty and homeless. It’s akin to the initiation process after which the world is never the same again.