SinQ :: passage

 

i like to know it better, i like to know it better before talking about this april's netaudio from Monotonik. Just a few listens and i just want to share this first lp of dutch musician Sinq (aka Sander van Orischot) with this authority feeling and voice of those who know that "i found a record, man, you sure have to listen it and you'll be thankful for the rest of the days …" Now if you wish a bit of pragmatism and musical encyclopedia, we are here at crossed ways of some Trip Hop, ambient stuff, but sorry, i'm not a great genres fan, then rather let speak about a deaf melancholy, kid voices playing in sepia soundscape, jazz tune harmony with some moderated samples from pianist Jeroen Van Vliet, a touch of Verdi's Nabucco far behind (Port Aventura), distant delicate voices of some nostalgia (be brave). As its artwork, this netaudio is full of photos yellowed by the years, a "passage" in time and souvenirs. Then to paraphrase some tracks, who's afraid of that? if we are still there.

Format :: digital
Location :: Monotonik / Bandcamp

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Depth Affect :: arche-lymb


Striking happiness, wobbly pleasure are the words, abstract hip hop is the genre, Depth Affect is the band, and :: Arche-Lymb, the album which possibly makes speak about itself still for a long time. Was all known as?

Format :: cd
Label :: autres directions in music / discogs.com

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Jive Biquette :: 11


From glitch to proto-hardcore, with a touch of disproportion, the eleven tracks of "11" are variegated and composites. With an undeniable taste for cinematographic writing and mental soundscapes, Jive Biquette preserves a certain taste for cut-ups, sound joining and (ironic ?) references, such as André Malraux voice (track 04), or punk icon, Poly Styren opening track 05. "11" is also the place of some great collaborations, as the one with contemporary artist Joël Hubaut, who also has signed the artwork. Then remains this weird evocation of sept.11, subtitling "live in Calais", another mysterious way, that I like it to give up by having another go to the splendid "track 06".

Format :: cd
Location :: Jive Biquette

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Lezrod :: data transfer



First is the summary of the previous episodes. If you have unfortunately miss the first Zymogen contribution of Lezrod "retorno a la nada", i have the regret to inform you simply have passed through one of the best release of 2005 ( but it is not too late to check it ). Then, here it is "Data Transfer", a netaudio release which opens, for the first time in the short history of the label, a second collaboration with an artist. You probably imagine a possible comparaison with the previous release, it will be a wrong way as Lezrod have chosen the delicate exercice of plural collaborations. Mainly with the homing device Darren McClure, Fgmcvp for whom David Velez (Lezrod) have done remixes, Stephen Walter or electronica artist Gurdonark, this "Data transfer" is very well entitled as the tracks seem so easily "transferable" for the artists working on, a real successful collaboration from the man of Bogotà with his guests, as a sort of enriching friendship. Then, of course, it is finally possible to have a special interest for one or another track ( 'jas" which opens the album, is perhaps the most emblematic), but we never feel this sort of step on interest we usually have in those productions.
Lezrod have called them "data" … or was it a "harmonic data" transfer ?
Last advice, please check it before next year …

Format :: digital
Location :: zymogen

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Norman Fairbanks :: graceland


it is still very early in the morning, and i am listening to :: graceland ep, the new Norman Fairbanks for Test tube. The sky is bright white as those in the pictures on Norman website and artwork. Nothing is moving around yet, except some (i'm living close to the sea) seagulls turning and going from a roof to another. A quick glance on the tracklist, pch1 - mystified (a probable index for an investigation which will not happened, it is too early) - 90026 - graceland (who still cares) then, what remains of these 4 tracks ? an indefinable charm ? an air tune of guitar (mystified) ? Yes, it seems that it is partly a question of air in there, but a car is passing in the street and my thought with ... now "graceland" wakes me up from my torpor, and i simply still want to play it again. Norman Fairbanks hides behind a certain vacuity of things, just call it : elegance.

Format :: digital
Location :: Monocromatica / TestTube
Website :: Norman Fairbanks

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Kenneth Kirschner :: august 10, 2005


After releases such as the recent (and brilliant) Karras :: Fernen, EKO netlabel continues its collaborations and investigations on immateriality and soundscapes with New-yorker artist Kenneth Kirschner. Probably faithful to the work of the conceptual artist On Kawara, or more simply eager of a permanent chronology of its own work (based on indeterminate music approach) Kirschner gives us a date, "August 10, 2005", a date well far from the state of unconcern of the summer season. The result is a 21 minutes 52 seconds massive and atmospheric inspired piece that we could, certainly imagine out on a summer hit, still would be first necessary that the professionals of the joy of life in tube, take some remedial courses …

Format :: digital
Location :: EKO / sonicsquirrel.net

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Das Kraftuttermischwerk :: eingang nach draußen


"Eingang Nach Draußen" means "Entrance after outside" ...
Das Kraftuttermischwerk proves that dub can be mainstream, appropriate, easily tempting, smooth and sad cause so deeply blank, and Carl Martin (Transient), called for a remix track has the greatest difficulties to change the things in there.

Format :: digital
Location :: Thinner / archive.org

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BRTLMN :: makes body cold



I don't know why, these days i am really fond of some release titles, see that :: MAKES BODY COLD, the second and new release of BRTLMN (aka W. Adams) for EED (inaugurating a brand new website), isn't it a significant and promising title ? Then, what is behind this human ice cream title and hairy frontcover ? in fact, i simply do NOT want to answer and i would like to add, clear up you with your capacity to explore some unconventional little practised musical paths. Iconoclast, BRTLMN is presented as a "singular" artist, and in this particular case, singularity is synonymous of audacity, bizarrery, seal, whim, character, knack, cocassery, drolery, strangeness, eccentricity, dark exoticism, imagination, boldness, independence, individuality, nonconformism, innovation, original, paradox, particularism, characteristic, personality, pricking, picturesque, style, unicity … and i have promised not to answer, but please first check "Thunder God" cid, awesome !

Format :: digital
Location :: +Expanding Electronic Diversity / archive.org

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Daniel Maze :: skuba


A few days after the acceptable but finally forgettable "elementary ep", Daniel Maze is giving us :: Skuba, 5 ambient tracks for the electronic label, Standard klik music. Faithful to ambient spirit on construction, Maze developps interestings "granular" atmospheres ( blinded by the sun ) then confirms this interest on textures and coming rythmics drones with the major piece of the release "foodcourt". After a classic "needles", :: Skuba ends with two colored different tracks called "something", one blue and the other green, and as usual, primary color wins …

Format :: digital
Location :: Standard Klik Music / archive.org

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Tania Mouraud :: ballad n°1 (Mobile snapshots from Paris and Vierzon)

Also projecting it is, also icy or extreme it is, also soft or scented is it, also repulsive, addictive, mobile, misleading and morbid it is, also cynical are sometimes its followers and his decoding... Reality is there, right in front of you and me, perceptible and unanimous, at the end of the camera objectives of Tania Mouraud, like a slow approach without end.
Then, more than a strict spectator of life, these images give us the questions on, not the answers.

Format :: video
Location :: Tania Mouraud Blog

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Aplink :: galatea galante / four hour fugue


Sound archivists are never mistaken !
They will tell you, "drone", or maybe, a bit more evasive, "ambient", and then, classify the file.
That seems so evident, 2 tracks whose origin appears at the very least unknown, and the artist not less : Aplink - Galatea Galante / Four Hour Fugue.
Then why the magic takes place at this point?
Why thus this elegant minimalism does inspire you superlative
and no selected enthusiasms ?
Ask the question to sound archivists, and just enjoy their embarrassed silence …

Format :: digital
Location :: archive.org

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Sieve :: vacuum - assisted


hall of dark mirrors ? you should take care of the stolid surface.
Feel the Beautiful but permanent "vacuum" atmospheres,
enjoy the helpful presence of rhythm,
but never wait for any keys from Sieve, you are alone,
alone in front of a cold and dark mirror,
alone with the echo of yourself.

Format :: digital
Location :: Kikapu

(thanks to Ralf Hutter & Florian Schneider)

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Daniel Maze :: elementary


Far from the "Treehugger ep" for 12rec.net, (including the brilliant track 'Manhattan'), here is an "elementary" and acceptable ambient release from the canadian Daniel Maze, for the russian electronic netlabel, Top 40. Based on rough recordings, this "ready sounds" added with uninspired loops (as followed the "ready mades" Marcel Duchamp's concept) has finally the "elegance" to be rather short (17 minutes 30).

Location :: Top 40 / archive.org

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Keisuke Sudo :: out ability


Is it so "out ability" to go beyond appearances ? Keisuke Sudo invites to think about, for 6 tracks combining drastic experiments to harmony. Sudo is playing a game on intensive rythm and there is no alternative.
"out ability" is a not a peaceful compromise between genres,
"out ability" is a dangerous hybridation.
No alternative !

Location :: panospria

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Magnetic Jihad :: bluebeard


"bluebeard" is Rough,
"bluebeard" is noisy,
"bluebeard" is industrial but finally …
"bluebeard" is classic, a successful classic industrial single !
i'm not sure the people of the band will appreciate the compliment, as they seem to work hard to provocate, especially with their punch presentation, their name, without forgetting the associated "bluebeard" track - a magnetic sense of humour (black) -
two classic tracks for a promising first album to come …

Format :: digital
Location :: archive.org
Location :: Lucha Libre Recordings

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Irish :: the pretty album


A little more than one year after the brilliant "Understandings" and its very addictive track 'coma and pray', here it is the new and "pretty" release of Irish (aka Irie Yoshihisa) for the very advised netlabel TestTube -
"The pretty album", 4 pieces of childhood's reminiscence, of dreamed nostalgia, but also, and sometimes of broken toys.
'the man of dead letters' which opens the album, offers us the fragmented voice of Mississippi Sunburst on an improbable melody and a delicate building which seems quite fragile, but does not collapse.
Then, Irish invites us to leave for a rave on the Eboshi Mount, erratic and distant of last rejoicings or to come? temptation is strong to succumb to this groove spectral, but reserve is too large. The building, again, seems close to tremble.
From more traditional scheme is "Theme of Emi" which gives us to appreciate the voice of Tsurutin, whispering some soft and secret recommendations.
The album ends on, which certainly, will become one of the track the most … addictive of this spring 2006 : 'Curtain call for the man', and please take attention, cause Irish is intended there to ignite the old stories and to project them with ease with our appreciation, such an unforgettable savour impossible to circumvent.

Format :: digital
Location :: Monocromatica / Test Tube

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Xedh :: sort:zen


under apparent calm, EED steels the blade ... Best illustration of the general orientation of the label, this release of Xedh is practicing the "deconstructive sound buildings" as an art. 

An interesting alternative confrontation and a transgenic success.

Format :: digital
Location :: +Expanding Electronic Diversity

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Transient :: sounds from my pocket


In preparation for springtime, Carl Martin have decided to be light and all occurs in its pocket ... made as traditional for Noisy Vagabond concept on his Palm OS using Bhajis Loops in chocolate, Transient have signed a pretty nice window of delicacies. even if certain candies have sometimes a small taste of melancholy ( shenmue, p2ssiun ) we will certainly not deprive of the pleasure of tightening the hand towards them - thank you Transient.

Format :: digital
Location :: Noisy Vagabond Recordings

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El Senor Ciuf Ciuf :: as seen from above


"this springtime will be catchy" the great dada meteorologist, El senor Oliviero Farneti is formal, and don't try to resist to "i feel like a clean blackboard" which opens this eclectic view from above, you will only precipitate yourself on a soft fall in some ravelling colored and sometimes sour landscapes, illustrated by the talented Joey Weiser - ispirato!

Format :: digital / cdr
Location :: 12.rec.net

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Bacanal Intruder :: modem


Luis García-Pumarino belongs to precious artists. Touch-with-all, and possibly registered in the very private and worthy filiation of visionary people such as the flying lizard David Cunningham ... Far from any traditional standards and reduced category, Bacanal Intruder awakes us to hidden curious good feelings and he plays with it.
Such as a conjurer, Luis is a child able to place in levitation some infinite melody drops that are necessary for you to assemble and combine with your own way on perception of music and the result is this "Modem ep", all made of fresh air, jumping "pulgas" and catchy "pedalillas" … "modem" is a good and warm remedy for the slow inertia of things and that is a reason to thank Zymogen, "grazie" for this nice gift.

Format :: digital
Location :: Zymogen

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So inagawa :: nagoya gunshop ep


minihouse or minitech, as you want ... but want it !

the 5 models (see tracklist) of this EP, are there to make us get up ! ... and they succeed easily.

Format :: digital
Location :: unfoundsoundrecords

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