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Posted by John K-N on March
"Kyzyl to Samarkand" by Ryuta K. and Sara Ayers (available from the Sara Ayers web site at http://www.saraayers.com/buy.php )
I've been a fan of Sara Ayers for years now and over the course of her career she's released some of the most hauntingly beautiful music I've ever heard. This 2008 collaboration with Japanese ambient artist Ryuta K. is a match made in heaven, pairing stark bare ambiance with Sara's treated and processed vocals. Beautiful work.

"London Voodoo" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Steven Severin (available from the Steven Severin website)
Featuring tracks by Steven Severin and his collaborative project with Arban, Darling Hate, "London Voodoo" is a really nice example of Severin's mastery of the soundtrack medium. Well crafted instrumentals that evoke time, space and mood, best listened to with the lights off. One of the biggest musical influences in my life.
(Read my review of Severin's "Music for Silents" here).

"Fifth Sun" by Lycia (available as a download from amazon.com)
The welcome return of one of the Darkwave genre's best, "Fifth Sun" is a strong EP release from Lycia that I really enjoy. From the first notes the listener is surrounded by that distinct Lycia guitar sound, and Tara VanFlower's vocals are beguiling and beautiful. I hope there's lots more of this in the future...

"Disintegration" by the Cure (available from Amazon.com)
The teen angst soundtrack of choice for the last twenty years, The Cure's masterpiece was reissued this summer in a special deluxe edition that features a pristine remaster of the original disc, along with a disc of outtakes and alternative mixes and a disc featuring the entire album performed live at Wembley Arena in 1989. Still brilliant after all these years, "Disintegration" remains the high point in The Cure's catalog (though admittedly on a personal level I prefer "Pornography"...)

"Into the Trees" by Zoe Keating
(available from Bandcamp)
I'm quite sure I don't have to tell you how awesome Zoe Keating's new album "Into the Trees" is. It's amazing, she's awesome, and you really need to own not only this release, but all her other releases as well, because they, like her, are awesome. So instead I'll tell you that I was lucky enough to meet Zoe at a show she did in Toronto about four years ago. She had been touring that summer and I was paired to play with her at the AMBiENT PiNG on a particularly hot August night. When I got to soundcheck I realized there weren't any feasible seating arrangements for my set up, so I'd either have to crouch over my keyboard or sit cross legged on the stage. So faced with these options, Zoe very kindly let me borrow her cello stool for my performance, which was, of course, the perfect solution. In talking to her before the show it became clear to me that Zoe was graceful and thoughtful, and all together awesome, and this was before I had heard even a single note come from her cello.

So when she started her soundcheck, and I finally did hear the magic she could coax from those strings, well, it was transcendent. She gave an amazing performance that night, performed live on cello and then processed and looped through a variety of effects and processors until the end result was a virtual string section playing specific parts and melodies, a wall of music created by just one person. I'm sure my description doesn't do her justice, but believe me that it was beautiful and very special and I've pretty much worshiped her ever since. If you've never had the chance to see her perform live, I strongly suggest that you make the effort to do so, you won't be disappointed. And if you can't see her live, then at the very least I would suggest you pick up her latest release "Into the Trees". It perfectly captures the magic and wonder that Zoe creates, and it's a fabulous document of a tremendous talent at the peak of her skills. And I expect it was recorded using a very comfortable cello stool...

"Barking" by Underworld
(available from Amazon.com)
A great return to form for Underworld, clever, accessible and ideal for shaking one's thang at the appropriate venue. "Always Loved a Film" captures that sense of elation and joy that runs through all their best work, and "Between Stars" rocks my socks. Nothing more need be said, except perhaps to ask what's up with the fascination with buses and trains?

"Selected" by Recoil
(available from Amazon.com)
Alan Wilder is bringing Recoil to Toronto in a couple of weeks as part of his first ever solo tour and I'm quite psyched to see it. "Selected" is a great go to disc of the work he's done since leaving Depeche Mode, a collection of songs that are all great examples of not only the sonic architecture that he's so well known for, but also the strong songwriting skills that are so often overlooked. A great collection of music, though I will admit to being disappointed that a few personal favorites like "Breath Control" and his work with Toni Halliday didn't make the cut. Ah well, maybe there are remasters of the earlier albums in the works?



Overdose Kunst - Was Ist Overdose Kunst
Friday, August 01 2008 @ 01:00 AM PDT
Contributed by: ~Oren ben Yosef
Was Ist Overdose Kunst


Artist: Overdose Kunst Japan

Title: Was Ist Overdose Kunst

Label: Zhelezobeton Russia

Genre: Experimental / Post Rock / Ambient

01 Partizan
02 Ono sendai
03 Kurz-y-nuy
04 Requia for ethnic cleansing

Russian label ZHELEZOBETON, which is responsible for several great releases so far (check out Catalyst-monuments of a rubicund age, and Degeneral-After the world, both wonderful!) brings forth another release, this time by the japanese duo overdose kunst, who have several online releases behind them already. Playing what they describe as, and I quote - "Post sampling kinetic nonhierarchical nonlinear nonequilibrium forth world muziq" , Overdose kunst's (Takeshi F. And Ryuta K.) use of various samples, guitars and vocals , all manipulated, reversed or played at random gives the feeling of the dreamy and inconsistent argument they are preaching.

Does it work? Yes sir! The seemingly chaotic mixture of elements poured in by Overdose kunst is too interesting to be dismissed as random. "Was ist overdose kunst" opens with "Partizan" , is it a folk song? There are tormented vocals over an infinte loop of clean sounding guitar, almost as if this song is being played on a record player. You can later hear another female voice, and then some flutes. Everything appears and vanishes over the five minutes of "Partizan" Until the songs end and we are left with hisses similiar to those heard on the end of such vinyl.

Ono sendai is much more spacey and relaxed. The sounds of water going in and out the vibrating background, Which in turn keeps changing positions with the echoed guitar playing in the foreground. This is no meditation track, please be sure. This is more in the direction of the abstract parts of music that Ghost are into.

Any concrete sense of direction is completely lost on "Kurz-y-nuy" , being the most dreamy and structure-less (in the good way!) in the album. The vocals and the music are either reversed or sound like they are, all over enough low, yet feedbacked background static to be an interesting contrast to the quasi melodies played there "Requia for ethnic cleansing" actually reminds me, if it wasn't for the sudden low growls in the end, of old Sigur Rós songs, of all things. Like the previous track, this one is reversed as well, with backward singing that goes perfectly with the music .

The cover art and the names of the tracks (Those I understood, at least) made me expect some militant industrial act . what I found inside was much better. Very interesting and refreshing album!
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