Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

If, Bwana, Clara Nostra (CDR Echomusic)
Is a re-issue of an already obscure piece really a re-issue, when it only comprises ninety-nine copies? Literally, yes. But unfortunately we fear not enough eager listeners will have the chance to hear this frankly remarkable half-hour drone somehow created out of the mouths of four clarinets… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 11:13, 03 Nov 2009

Sil Muir, Sil Muir (Diophantine Discs)
Sil Muir is the brand-new ambient constellation consisting of guitarist Andrea Ferraris and veteran sound manipulator Andrea Marutti. Together they have conjured four grand, huge blocks of dark grey slate, while working away at them exposing every fissure and delving deep into each crack,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:09, 02 Nov 2009

Ólafur Arnalds, Found Songs (Erased Tapes)
Elfen Icelander with gigantic, as-yet barely uttered talent. Ólafur Arnalds (b. 1987) has only been recording for a short while now, intent on bridging the gap between the pop audience and the classical one – like Englishman Max Richter, for instance. Optimistic, young Romantics, really. His… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 02:47, 29 Oct 2009

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

R. Stevie Moore – Me Too
Before the likes of Ariel Pink, The Animal collective & John Maus; R. Stevie Moore was making odd, off- kilter pop & singer songwriter music that mixed all manner of genres in a quirky & often ramshackle, but strangely inspired manner. This fabulous compilation brings together of a selection of his work from the mid 70’s up to the early 90’s.

Splinterskin – Wayward Souls
Splinterskin is a one-man project who offers up macabre, horror fuelled, autumnal simmered & strummed dark folk. “Wayward Souls” is the projects debut album and it takes you deep into Splinterskin’s sinister,atmosphric & at times darkly fairground wonky sonic world.

Folkstorm – Sweden
Following on from Cold Springs Reissue of the punishing & nihilistic “Victory or Death”; this is another worthy reissue from Folkstorm’s back catalogue. The album was originally released back in 2004 in an ltd form – but this is the deserved first unlimited pressing.

Tarwater – Donne-Moi La Main(OST)
Donne-Moi La Main is Tarwaters first foray into soundtrack craft & it finds them creating a highly enjoyable & often memorable mixture of electronics & rural instrumentation; which easily mangers to work as a stand alone release in its own right away from the film.

Hyadningar – The Weak Creation
Hyadningar are an often speedy, technical, yet grim melodic French black metal five piece & The Weak Creation is their second full length. And though there not as ‘out-there’ or as experimental as some of their country mens take on blacked metal; this is a consistent, well executed & often epic slice of black metal craft.

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Axiom – Clearing Musical Hurdles With Poise and Flair

NYTimes.com reviews this recent performance.

You might wonder, then, why Axiom — a bright, versatile young ensemble formed by students at the Juilliard School in 2005 — chose four toothy examples of latter-day modernism for its season-opening concert at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on Monday night. The program, conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, included Mario Davidovsky’s “Flashbacks,” Harrison Birtwistle’s “Secret Theater” and “Three Settings of Celan,” and — the relative pop hit of the bunch — Gyorgy Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Teatro Satanico – Black Magick Block
Black Magick Block is a damned, often hypnotic and black occult merging of dense electronica, jack knife beats, industrial overload & noise matter- with the odd bizarre dip into camp theatrical meets butch electro pop here and there too; but always with prime evil and at times frightening grace.

Satan is My Brother – Satan is My Brother
Satan is My Brother is a provocative name which might lead one to believe that the listener is headed into dark and frightening terrain. The Cover is basic black, with a sticker bearing the name of the band and a vortex illustration. The CD-R is black, with a black bottom, and included in the disc sleeve is a black insert. There is no information about the band, recording location, or even a label designation. It makes for a very mysterious first impression. It’s intriguing then that the music included here is not particularly frightening at all. It has a few moments of creepiness, especially the spoken word snippets, which resemble invocations. It does project an heir of dread, a grainy Film Noir quality, which is also imbued with a Burroughsian other worldliness.

Final – Dead Air
Dead Air is the tenth full length release from Justin Broderick’s weighty & moody electronica, meets grim ambient, meets industrialized pounding project Final. It finds him offer up a more consistent, often dense & noise bound take on his sound; making this a rewarding mixture of barren dark almost sci-fied cinmatics and pressing often airless electro weight.

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