Friday, July 10, 2020
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Artist: GALAKTLAN (@)
Title: Sinine Platoo
Format: CD
Label: Kohvi Records (@)
The thing I love most of working at the Chain D.L.K. project is that I've got the opportunity of discover new interesting acts which it couldn't be possible to listen in other ways. From far Estonia comes this label called Kohvi, a sort of eastern version of Warp but more focused on ambient sounds. Galaktlan project was created as a Taavi Laatsit's side project to Uni. Galaktlan was formed to perform on a very special underground party called "Night Alert", which took place in an abandoned military rocketbase hangar.
The mystical and deep atmosphere of this event was the reason why Taavi wanted to continue the Galaktlan project.
SININE PLATOO as stated into the label's website comes from Galaktlan's dream where he saw a plateau hanging in the void. Its affective quality can be paralleled with the one of "Solaris" by Andrei Tarkovski where intelligent plasma, capable of influencing people's thoughts, hovers above the planet's surface. The album has been released on 12" vinyl and on a CDr but this last one has got four bonus tracks "Foll", "Mina Kaheks", "Videoton" and "40000 Lampi" which expand a little more the dreamy vision that Galaktlan music is capable to create. Musically the tracks are multi structured where all the parts (which are mainly synthetic sounds with solid treated digital drum machine patterns) evolve creating a complex structure like if it's a web made of sounds. Emotionally the ten tracks are delicate and melancholic but without being sad. It could be the effect of living near a sea of ice... Taste it at the label's website where you can find the real audio files of all the tracks.

OVUM: Ruskprick

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Artist: OVUM
Title: Ruskprick
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Suggestion Records (@)
Released in a limited print of only 50 this 3" MCD contains seventeen minutes of ambient industrial noise. Even if three tracks and a bunch of minutes aren't enough to judge a project the first time you approach to it, I've got to say that I liked Ovum a lot. It could be that the dark atmospheres and the drones he uses are interesting and disturbing at the same time, but the thing that thrilled me most is the cover version of "I Wanna Be Your Dog". I could never imagined something like this: the melody is build with humming sounds and the vocals are far away just like echoes in a windy day. Good enough to begging for more.

Artist: JORGE CASTRO (@)
Title: The Joys and Rewards of Repetition
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Over the last few years, Puertorican musician Jorge Castro has offered, as part of the Cornucopia duo, some of the most brutal and intense harsh noise in the (overcrowded?) international scene. But he has also developed a very interesting solo project of ambient guitar sounds. This cd-r (which must have been issued in early 2001) features four long and homogeneous tracks of drones and gulfs of sound which manage to be both abstract and emotional, constantly shifting (the title is indicative, but there IS change within the pieces as well) from lighter, serene atmospheres to hypnotizing echoes and darker moments. If you've had the chance of listening to Steve Roach's recent "Strems & Currents", you can find a similar style here, only even more pushed towards abstractness and impalpability. Definitely worth listening to many times. As usual, Public Eyesore design and packaging are minimal but very elegant and eye-catching, and fit well with the contents of the record. The label has also issued a more recent collection of Castro's works, I'll try to talk about that in the next future.

LUSTMORD: Zoetrope

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Artist: LUSTMORD (@)
Title: Zoetrope
Format: CD
Label: Nextera (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
The music Brian Williams is releasing since "Paradise Disowned" has always been related to images in general and to soundtracks specifically and the fact that he collaborated for the realisation of forty soundtracks is proving that. ZOETROPE is an extended and revised version of the soundtrack of the same short movie. Directed by Charles Deaux, and produced by Matchgirl Pictures, and based in part on Kafka's "The Penal Colony".
Consisting of both the music and extensive sound design of the movie, melded and mutated to recapture the atmospheric nightmare of the world that is Zoetrope: a haunting examination of a man imprisoned in the inner depths of his own mind, only to discover the truth about himself and the world of oppression which has driven him to this inescapable fate. The short media file included into the CD made me remember another movie inspired by the novel "The Castle", a movie directed by Steve Soderbergh and well played by Jeremy Irons titled "Kafka". Musically, the tracks have got different moments which goes to the magmatic drones kinda ones to the mix of sounds coming from the motion picture along with treated percussions. If you loved "Paradise Disowned" or "Monstrous Soul" this one is for you!


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