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Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Jon Mueller – Physical Changes

Percussionist and composer Jon Mueller’s discerning creativity does not rule out a willingness to put the listener’s ears through the ordeals. His music is often bewilderingly violent, yet retains a pumping nucleus connecting it with all that matters in life, good or bad: bodily functions, natural phenomena, ecologic disasters, contagious enthusiasm. The […]

Barry Guy & Mats Gustafsson – Sinners, Rather than Saints

Sinners, rather than Saints is only the fourth meeting on record of English bassist-composer Barry Guy and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson over almost two decades, and for that alone this vinyl-only release on Lithuanian imprint No Business should be more than a curio. The duo format is an interesting one, which […]

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Musique Machine Reviews

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Rafael Toral – Space Elements Vol 1
Though this is deceptively entitled vol one this is the third release connected to Rafael Toral’s space project which finds him once more creating a distinctive sound which is best described as space bound improv jazz electronics. Think a less sterile, looser, quirky and human take on Frank zappa‘s latter day Synclavier compositions and your half way there.

Blackout Beach – Skin of Evil
Blackout Beach is essentially a solo project by Carey Mercer, who some readers will know from his band Frog Eyes, a Vancouver based outfit. Frog Eyes music is borderline spastic, a wide-eyed multi-directional backdrop for Mercer’s wordy, hyper-literate lyrics. The man on his own is similar in some ways to his parent band, but diverges in other instances.

Human Greed – Black Hill: Midnight At The Blighted Star
This is the third album from unsettling Scottish mood making duo Human Greed and it finds them bring to life a disturbing and creepy yet at times beautiful sonic rumination on childhood, the place between demented dreams and semi-wakefulness and a very English take on dread.

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Sonomu Reviews

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itsnotyouitsme, Walled Gardens (New Amsterdam)
Take two perfectly lovely voices each abandoning their respective egos to harmonize and therewith, you have something greater – listen to Simon & Garfunkel. A duet allows for thoughts developed individually to immediately be responded to, expanding upon and improved. Walled Gardens is essentially a… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:28, 30 Mar 2009

Isnaj Dui, Patterns in Rocks (FBox Records)
Katie English studied flute at the conservatory, electroacoustic music under renowned English performer Philip Waschmann, and gamelan on her own, all of which certainly resonate in her compositions. Given the album title and names of several of the eight cuts, you´d expect a heavier, denser sound,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:23, 30 Mar 2009

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Tony Bianco and Paul Dunmall at the Vortex in London

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All About Jazz reports on this show.

It was billed as a trio, but in retrospect it was hard to see how a bassist could fit in with the powerhouse duo of U.S. expat drummer Tony Bianco and English reed explorer Paul Dunmall. As it happened, bassist John Edwards was in demand gigging elsewhere, leaving his two colleagues to put on a mesmerizing performance at London’s Vortex Jazz Bar in front of some 30 people on a rainy Sunday night.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

The Triple Tree – Ghosts
The Triple Tree is a new project headed by Tony Wakeford(Sol Invictus) and Andrew King that pays tribute to the great British supernatural fiction writer M. R. James. This wonderful debut is a heady at times chilling mix of dark electroinca, droning and string elements, grim English folk, English psychedelic air, dammed pop touches & field recording elements; really at it’s best this mangers to summon up a very disturbing yet haunting air of English disquiet that I think James would have been very proud of.

Gnaw Their Tongues – For All Slaves…. A Song For False Hope
For All Slaves…. A Song For False Hope is the new work from sonic depravity maker Gnaw Their Tongues(aka Maurice De Jong) & this as usually is another damned mix sinister soundtrack cut-up, doom and extreme metal mashing and industrial grim ‘n’ clunk.

Falkenstein – Urdarbrunnen
Southern German folk collective Falkenstein return for a second full length album not long after their enjoyable first album Heiliger Wald. And once more this is another consistent and tuneful, yet stern collection of Germanic folk tracks.

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