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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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Simon Whetham, Lightyears (Traceable Echoes)
Simon Whetham is a Bristol-based sound artist and composer whose work has previously appeared on labels sensitive to the smallest sounds, like Entr´Acte, Trente Oiseaux and Gruenrekorder. Lightyear is a half-hour excerpt of the soundtrack he created for visual artist Kathryn Thomas´… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 05:58, 04 Sep 2009

Philip Sulidae, The Blacken Solver (3″ CDR Dontcaresulidae)
Australian sound artist Philip Sulidae issues two small white slabs of dark, dense experimental ambient on twin, three-inch CDRs, each lovingly slid into black-on-grey, flocked paper sleeves. His chief means are field recordings, organ, and “synthesis”. The Blacken Solver is gloomy, beautiful,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 04:35, 03 Sep 2009

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Wolf Eyes – Always Wrong Reviewed

Cover of "Human Animal"
Cover of Human Animal

Experimental noise group Wolf Eyes has their latest effort reviewed.

“Cellar” starts the album out by shedding the processed vocals that were integral to earlier Wolf Eyes releases in favor of a snotty, almost punk sounding snarl before letting the electronic waste and reeds tear everything asunder. This is Wolf Eyes in an even more ferocious mode than anything from Human Animal. At the other end of the album, the group creates a new kind of drift for themselves by incorporating a droning harmonica on “Droll/Cut The Dog” that wouldn’t sound out of place in an Ennio Morricone soundtrack except for the sinister ramblings that blanket the composition.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Diamatregon – Crossroad
French black metal band Diamatregon make speedy and grim blacked metal with dips into blacked post-rock and punk edger’s along its way. The bands sound is both tied to the tradition of true black metal yet it’s progressive, it’s memorable yet never safe & experimental but never too much so. Crossroad is the bands third album and it’s a highly consistent, grimly memorable slice of blacked metal craft.

Thunderwheel – Credo
Thunderwheel is the new project from Vadim Gusis who is the sonic mastermind behind the wonderful Russian music meets ambient and folk of Agnivolok & respected ethic industrial ambient collective Chaos as a Shelter. And through Thunderwheel shows Gusis usual flair for varied and exotic instrumentation this is quite different sounding from either project.

Krga – Thousands
In two 3″ cdr’s we get to see two different sides of the Seattle-based musician Kgra, or Kristian Garrard. A nice little package, with nice music as well.

A Minority of One – Bathe in Fiery Answer
A Minority of One’s sound is very difficult to pin down, describe or put into any genre bracket, which in itself is reason alone to check them out. They mix up a very earthy, organic & often primal sound that often takes in percussive elements, natural based field recordings, droning horn work, dramatic male singing and drone textures.

Joris J – Fabrikation von Konsens
Fabrikation von Konsens(Production of Consent) offers up a very heady, dense and murky collection of lo-fi electronic mood scapes and dark electroinca that weave in elements of bent and cut piano music, aged soundtrack matter and general effective/ atmospherics noise texture. All to create a series of pieces that feel like they’ve come from some strange and bent nocturnal world just beyond our normal vision.

The Bad Statistics – Lucky Town Gone
The Bad Statistics make stumbling, droning and sleazed grange rock that’s rich with jagged discordant edger’s, haphazard sonic slumps and a rather appealing seedy atmosphere but the strangest and most unique element of the bands sound is the madden and manic vocals of lead singer Thebis Mutante; who gives one of the most unhinged and unbalance vocal performer I’ve ever heard.

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Experimenting with Kayo Dot

Kayo Dot in Santa Cruz
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Toby Driver from Kayo Dot is interviewed.

No doubt, you may have a bit of difficulty determining whether Kayo Dot’s latest album The Blue Lambency Downward is the soundtrack to a bizarre avant-garde masterpiece, or just a flurry of chaotic, sonic incomprehensibility. Did this Boston-born experimental project compose it for the end of the world, or for the beginning? Beneath this maniac morass of textures, can one find any theme, any possible sense to be made?

Let’s put it this way: it’s pretty complicated.

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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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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Erik Enocksson, Farväl Falkenberg (Kning Disk)
The original soundtrack to a movie about teenage angst in smalltown Sweden that was made quite a fuss over at the Venice and Toronto film festivals of 2006. Erik Enocksson bids farewell to Falkenberg with a folksy sound undercut and thereby upgraded by a quirky choice of complementary… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:47, 20 Feb 2009

Ljova, Vjola: World On Four Strings (Kapustnik)
Lev Zhurbin is a Moscow-born Manhattan resident who works under the affectionate diminutive “Ljova”, which also happens to make a nifty anagram for “vjola”, the instrument he is showcasing here on his first full-length release. Son of Alexander Zhurbin, who composed a rock opera back in Russia, and… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:16, 20 Feb 2009

Kenneth Kirschner, Filaments & Voids (2 CD 12k)
A bulked-up project with a meek approach. Some one hundred and fifty minutes stretched over two discs, where Kenneth Kirschner examines the properties of vibrating air. Aside from the variety of solo work available by this self-professed composer of “indeterminate” music, he also collaborated on… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:42, 16 Feb 2009

Kelli Shay Hicks, Buck Again (Carbon Records)
The music and lyrics of Kelli Shay Hicks are fresh as a pie cooling on a windowsill in some small town. Though the paint is peeling off the house and on closer inspection, the town itself is looking a little run down. “Bucked” is a brief EP containing three songs recorded by her friend filmmaker… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:20, 09 Feb 2009

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Hoor Paar Kraat – A Whisper In The Sow’s Ear
This 3 inch cd finds surreal sound smiths Hoor Paar Kraat in a more horror filled droney, ritual, hypnotic and mainly field recording stripped mind set. With the 3 pieces on offer here concentrating on sinister manipulated gong, feed back and singing bowl tones.

Alex TiuniaevI Knew Her
I knew her is one long gracefully, majestic and building 40 minute track that mixers together soundtrack string soar, electronics, synthetic choir elements, ect

Various Artists – Zelphabet Vol E
This is the 5th letter volume compilation from the Zelphabet label this time as the title suggests taking in artists beginning with the letter E. We have five tracks on offer here one from each of Ed Osborn, Elliott Sharpe, Emil Beaulieau & Evil Moisture.

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