Necronomikon Quartett – Input
Genre: Rock, Other, Avant-Garde, Pop
WM Recordingsâ€™ write-up for The Necronomikom Quartettâ€™s online album Input implies that the groupâ€™s music is close to free jazz or avant-garde. This may be true but for the most part Input is a highly accessible and listenable set of well structured pieces that exhibit high musicianship and a playful spirit.
The first two tracks are clearly endebted to the surf music genre. â€œSofawendeâ€ rocks hard with its Dick Dale influenced guitar lines while â€œWave Riderâ€ evokes a 21st century Ventures sound. â€œSong of Tomorrowâ€ is a light 60s romp that makes a case for the kazoo as a rock instrument.
Things are a little less clear in the next three tracks. â€œTube Music Part IVâ€ sounds like an extract of a film score. The guitarist contributes a jazzy but mysterious solo. The 6 minutes â€œAuf Stelzen durch die Wuerstâ€ allows for a little stretching out and has some post-rock leanings. The last track â€œFuture 03â€³ is the most experimental track of the six but its repetitive riff also makes it the weakest. Nonetheless, Necronomikon Quartett has given us an excellent album of creative sounds.
Ka – Aditi
Genre: World, Ambient, Electronica, Sampled, New Age
As I listen to the online album Aditi by Ka, the most prevalent word that comes to mind is â€œmysteriousâ€. There is barely any information on Ka except that it appears to be a solo project by Franklin Zambrano. The album is presented with little hype but a eerie album cover and the musicâ€™s own merits. The music is trance-like and exotic, much of it evoking visions of midnight caravans, jungle temples, and mystical moments. I wouldnâ€™t call it meditative but the pulsing beat and hynoptic melodies could lull you into a sense of unreality. â€œManvanteraâ€ certainly has a feeling of mystery and forboding, while â€œMahasetâ€ could be a nice soundtrack for a full moon boat ride down the Ganges. â€œInnana en los Infiernosâ€ really breaks out the global groove and almost becomes a bona-fide rock track.â€Gangesâ€ returns to the land of moonlight and mystics while â€œCostasâ€ ends the album with what could only be described as a new age lullaby. This is a beautiful, perhaps even spirtitual, session of soothing sounds.
Rosa Luxemburg New Quintet – Topophonies
Genre: Avant-Garde, Improvisation, Jazz
Topophonies is another superative online album of totally improvised music. Rosa Luxemburg New Quintet consists of five talented musicians who respect no boundaries when it comes to creating music. The four tracks are live acoustic performances exhibiting an uncanny sense of interaction and control in what could easily turn into chaos.
The five musicians in this group all exhibit good talent for free jazz improvisation. I am especially impressed by alto saxophonist Heddy Brubaker whose sound hovers between the academics of Anthony Braxton and the more primordial sounds of a Marion Brown or Julius Hemphill. Piero Pepinâ€™s trumpet growls and moans Lester Bowie style as it plays off the rest of the ensemble. Marc Perrenoud provides bass and electric guitar in a manner that adds rhythm and color rather than tonal asistance. Fabien Duscombs expertly uses a wide range of percussion instruments. Lastly, FranÃ§oise Guerlinâ€™s voice is an improvisational instrument in its own right, usually wordlessly joining in the collective group conscienceness but contributing a strange speak-sing lyrical turn on â€œSchizophonieâ€. The best track is also the longest. â€œTerritoiresâ€ is a 33 minute journey starting on a low simmer that boils and ebbs into a wide ranges of moods from reflective to raging. This is an exhilarating session of improvised art.
The albums is available as separate tracks or album zip in 256kbps. It is made available through the Insubordinations net label, home to some of the wildest improvised music you will find on the internet.
Polina Voronova â€” Luxurius
Russian sound artist Polina Voronova creates shimmering tapestries that walk the fine line between pretty and mystical. Minimal and drone oriented, her compositions are often delicate and full are bell-like tones; a city of chimes and tuning forks. â€œDeep Outdoorâ€ is typical of this and is a lullaby for abstractionists. Tracks like â€œDear Allâ€ and â€œLight to Celebrateâ€ are doorways to other dimensions. Luxurius, an honorary mention in the Digital Music category of Prix Ars Electronica – International Competition for CyberArts 2007, is a collection of soundscapes that will surely remove you from your everyday world for at least a little while.
The album is available from the Excentrica netlabel in 320kbps MP3.