AMN Reviews

AMN Reviews: Llarks – 5 x 5 [silber179]; Parties – Tea Time [silber182]; X-Bax – Aokigahara [silber183] Kirchenkampf – The Body Electric [silber184]

Whether or not it’s the soul of wit, brevity does often compel an artist to pare down to essentials. Thus it is with these four new releases from Silber Records’ 5 in 5 series of EPs, each of which contains five tracks totaling five minutes. As it happens, the twenty tracks collectively represent twenty different ways to set one minute in sound.

The five pieces on The Body Electric by Kirchenkampf (electronic musician John Gore) manage to cover a rolling terrain in five short strides. From the foreboding electronic wash of the opening EEG through the closing Galvani, which brings to mind a shortwave receiver tuned between stations, Gore develops a musical rhetoric of metallic timbres rooted in pulse and periodicity that undulates at variable speeds. Llarks’ 5 x 5 is Chris Jeely’s treated guitar framed by abstract sounds. Each track is built around a kind of skeleton chord progression sketched out as an arpeggio, cadence or elliptical cycle. Parties—P D Wilder, Joe Morgan and Andrew Weathers—likewise create effects-laden, guitar-centered music layered over pedal points or percolating synths. The Japanese cinema-inspired Aokigahara by X-Bax (Phil Dole) is, despite the grim implications of its underlying concept, composed of mostly melodic miniatures for guitar with a dose of heavy rock and gritty drone on the final two cuts.

AMN Picks General

AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Alex Skolnick TrioGoodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation (2002, jazz covers)
Telectu – Quartetos (2003, post rock / improv)
Troy Spencer – Phase 2 (2007, avant-rock)
Steve Roach – Dynamic Stillness (2009, electronic / ambient)
Atom Heart / Bill Laswell / Tetsu Inoue (1996, ambient)
Alvin Fielder Trio – A Measure of Vision (2007, free jazz)
Steve Lehman Quintet – Artificial Light (2004, free jazz)
Paul Metzger – Three Improvisations on Modified Banjo (2005, experimental)
Rent Romus – The Pit (2009, avant jazz)

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Merzbow – Anicca
Anicca finds Merzbow in a wonderfully urgent, manic and often chaotic mood; offering up three lengthy tracks that literal stream roller your mind in breathless submission & leave you feeling very pump-up and almost hyper.

Teeth of The Sea – Ophaned By the Ocean
Teeth of the Sea summon up a mighty,swirling and atmospheric wall of sound that mixers together kraut-rock dirges, Morricone like soundtrack pumps ‘n’ throbs, trumpet atmospherics, modern Earth like country rock/ doom folds, shadowy post-rock scaping and along with some slight grimy punked guitar chugs and 80’s indie bass wonderings.

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