When talking about BATCHAS is to start a deep voyage to the unconscious creative realm of Robert Masse,an exploration of all his potential as musician and more with this release which includes material from an old unreleased album, and re-mastered stuff recorded between 1985-1995 . through there 10 years of experimenting with sounds. You can heard an ethereal, dismal atmosphere full of reverberations and elements able to transport you to a deep sea of abstract form and primigenian entities. The first 3 tracks“Immersion”,”Descent”,”Submersible” are just as a meditative ceremonies to entering this deep sea…then comes,” approach” with a strong dense sounds cape and drone elements which keeps your attention all the time. “Turbulences” floats in a dark void full of an enigmatic atmosphere. The highlights from this release is without a doubt the obscure, dismal atmosphere which increase your attention with the pass of minutes. each track having the necessary mood to immerse you in the whole concept Mr Masse is developing here. Really a very good release to check out now!! Feel free to enter to a journey through BATCHA’s acoustic world!!!
“radio Slaves” Cd 2007
A conjunction of experimental ideas where put together back in 1986 in tape format by Al Magolis.he wanted to walk the experimental sounds which were handled perfectly through this recording. the use of loops works in a very proper way and gives to the album a definite dynamic experimentation when hearing the total 20 tracks. each one of them having some weird vocal structures which fits perfectly with the idea behind “Radio Slaves”, because vocals were taken from radio and were well processed, to generate a sonic deep experimentation, full of dynamism and creativity. The whole tracks were processed in an “archaic” way if we loo time in which was released, but still this have worth strong musical patterns worth to check. At moments you can hear scratches from vinyl sources and also some dense atmosphere as “The Great One” or “It’s Your Funeral” although each track are built under different sonic elements but having similar elements in the way as they are processed. For example “living In Harmony” with its twisted violin parts. also this release includes 4 bonus tracks. Just take it and check for yourself.
ROULETTE RUSSE POOR UN PEU DE CAVIAR(Russ)
“V/A” Cd 2007
months ago I got this compilation Cd and doesn’t got so much my attention, but when hearing the respective tracks, my mind begins to penetrate slowly into labyrinths of sonic fragmentations generated by twelve artists, each one of them creating different elements with a deep atmosphere developed from start to finish. Opening is KOLPAKORPF “lalte” an ambient track with a strong structure and identity. BARDOSENETICUBE with an untitled track expressed in a psychic automatic generator due expressionism handled by the act through the whole track. EXIT INGREY “999” this Russian duo developing a drone-capturing sounds capes through dense guitar layers and analogue futuristic devises. then comes CISFINITUM “Moscow 09.03.06.”with this definited ambient composition through a calm meditative atmosphere. INSTANT MOVIE COMBINATIONS “under armature” drones floating in an addictive form, which creates an hypnotic voyage. HUM “urban Despair” is not the exeption.this track is built in a perfect disturbed way. drone/dark ambient elements mixed together, as only the Russian act could generate. CD-R “concert for the street and shopping center” a strange title track, full of street voices and deep sounds with a lot electronic devices from time to time, founding an industrial machine full of drone and a psychotic pulsations, a good job done by Nikita Golyshev . INTERIOR DISPOSITION “montage” is a cosmic ritual trip to unknown human dimensions, an ambient exposition charged with a very dense structure. ALEXEY BORISOV comes with “center of doom” which is an experimental track with some drone patterns and a symmetric ambient atmosphere. KRYPTOGEN RUNDFUNK “no hamsters were harmed” with a drone noise fragmentation able to de-programming your brain through sonic codes and strong sounds. MOSCOW LAPTOP ORCHESTRA “cyberjam 24.06.06” with that ambient industrial sounds and effects. And the last one artist is NOISES OF RUSSIA “mission monotone russe en constellation du Pegasus” which closes with its characteristic drone ambient elements but always generating different elements here and there. a very great release here. To all those into ambient drone sounds this compilation will surely fill your expectatives due work developed here by each one of twelve Russian artists.
RADIO FREE CLEAR LIGHT (Usa)
“Live At Godspeed” Cd 2007
(Black Note Music)
Again,and again Mr Mendizabal aka Kyron surprises us with his creative, dynamic expressionism. This time with a release recorded during a live ritual performance at Godspeed. 4 compositions with a high dose of magnetism due how music floats through dark ambient passages mixed with hypnotic electronic improvisations which are enriched by beats and dense drum parts. All this together creates a dark atmosphere from a high psychic exploration, and more when the female lamentations of Etanna Zak and Lydia Harari performs an enigmatic poetic trip to the archaic futuristic dimensions explored through each one of the 7 fragments included on this album. At moments voices and music has a prolonged ecstasies due long ritualistic environment generated here. An excellent release as the whole Black Note releases. Note that this release has that occult ritualistic touch, which not so much act could performs in the way as Kyron and co, just can performs. congratulations to Mr Mendizabal for another great ritual opus.
THOMAS NOLA ET SON ORCHESTRE
Tairy & his mighty Punch Records offer us a very amazing release as mostly of his releases. THOMAS NOLA ET SON ORCHESTRE is one of these releases which keeps your mind for a long time, due excellent creativity and expressive melodies which can be hear here. Mr Nola has recruited so many talented musicians from all over the world as Deman,Dustmuffin,Gerard Paul Powers, Eric Dahlman,Raul Lopez just to name a few. To generate a Pandora box full of enigmatic surrealism. the music develops dark impressive electronic folk music with a psychedelic touch from time to time. The use of instruments such as: accordion,cello,maraca,trumpet,melodica,zither are perfect elements which enrich the whole album, giving a diversity of sounds and dynamism which are essential parts in this release. Another highlight here is the very seductive use of vocals which are mixed in a perfect way .this album contains a total of 14 compositions but,SURPISE!! This disc contains lyrics and 7 bonus mp3 tracks tracks in Cd room format. This is the first time I have the opportunity to hear Thoma’s music, and really is great to hear creative spirits still developing good taste music overthere.my congratulations for this great psychedelic dark cabaret music folk piece!
(Strely Peruna Prod)
This project called MISERY explores deep defragmentations of sounds based in chaotic drone patterns dressed in a disturbed atmosphere at least on the long 16 minutes track 1. then, the 2nd track, is built with a more ethereal sound, and subliminal passages floating through a well performed vocals which fits perfectly in the whole context of the track. The third track is an industrial sounding track with some analogue beats here and there. the drones around the whole track gives an apocalyptic touch to it. The 4th track is just a short electro drone one with repetitive sounds from start to finish. track 5 emerges from industrial patterns and drone fragments complementing perfectly each other, generating a disturbed mind track. closing this release is track 6,with psychotic vocals repeating words, and giving a suggestive subliminal messages which with the pass of minutes are complementing with some glitches and drone elements. This release is chaotic and bizarre at mostly moments. if you are looking for industrial drone ambient, this one is for you.
(Strely Peruna Prod)
This is my first encounter with Russian AKPAN and 7 pieces of a kind of tribal dark ambient, experimenting from time to time with sounds and percussions. Each one of the compositions has a dark ambient environment surrounded by some kind of percussions. And flutes. First track is built into pure dark ambient pulsations, and followed by the 2nd one which is more into that ancient tribal sound with some very interesting drums passages and flute sounds. the 3rd track is similar but this time adding some voices in the background and some bass elements. the fourth one is more a plane track without not so much variations. definitely the best track here is the last one which has a ritualistic invocation and a dark atmosphere which enrich the whole structure of the track. I got this Cd without any kind of information nor titles. but you must be sure, here you can find a kind of latent potential with the pass of time.
(Strely Peruna Prod)
A very impressive, enigmatic release by ADRIVA,in the way as the dark atmosphere of the whole six tracks floats around the visual, esoteric concept. Really this is the first time I’ve heard about ADRIVA,and this album “Losung” contains eerie ambient sounds capes creating a deep voyage to labyrinths of unknown realms, only experimented through sonic structures developed here.An aspect which got my attention is the low frequency sounds used here and the way as its mixed with some female vociferations, complementing perfectly in the whole structure of the tracks.also,you can hear some percussive elements as on track “Genitrix” which are well handled, because it gives to the album a strong touch. Six dense low compositions with that sinister atmosphere which surely will captures you Due to that sonic elements which seems to penetrate your brain, slowly to the point of trance. A very good release I think. Perhaps also to the high esoteric structure behind each composition. another title tracks are “Illuminations”,”Ste M”,”Axan”,”Ston Phon Ethika” ,”Ultra Noim Fetish”. For more info just visit:
(Strely Peruna Prod)
With this release MAJDANEK WALTZ have solidified as a truly noteworthy project. The music goes near to perfection in the way as each one of the 9 tracks are developed here. The use of acoustic guitars and violin is always so interesting because it gives a ethereal sadness and melancholy to the whole album. The music is sublime, well built and with feeling from the very beginning. another highlight here is the excellent work of vocals in Russian language, evoking strange passages which complements perfectly with the music developed in each composition. The 5th track is a drone industrial induced track with a raw sound and strong structure, very dense and chaotic. Also the 8th track has that dense, strong energy, but this time through only two minutes. Well, the important factor here is how the music is focusing such emotive melodies which at moments transcends senses and suddenly has that ambient atmosphere. A very great ambient folk act coming from the always surprising Russian movement. Limited to 45o copies only.
The Japanese artist Yui Onodera present us two composition dealing with a meditative, calm atmosphere. the first track “Synergetics” it’s harmonic sonic sounds capes built with eerie ambient passages. the 2nd track “Synergetics # 2” created through oceanic minimal drone parts and including some addictive and well executed piano parts which makes the whole structure of the track, just marvellous!!! “synergetics” is a meditative trip to pureness, of a creative mind as the one of Mr Onoreda.this would be an enjoyable listen for the nights when the walls feels a little too close. this Ep comes in a hand made cover and blue transparent vinyl.
with this impressive release, this American act, has developed two tracks with a very creative touch due they were recorded on a garden in London…the first track “In His Home” starts with deep resonations and strong drone patterns which immerses you through this organic dimension full of sonic vortex, structured by noises through the whole 8:00 minutes, at moments music becomes so hypnotic.Then, comes the 2nd track “In Her Head” developed through dense drone fragments but still with that atmosphere which keep your senses opened wanting for more. The music itself is very interesting if you go so deep in the conceptual development of “in Their Homes” also, this Ep comes in a beautiful coloured cover and limited to 300.
This is a Ep release from this German project. including two tracks; opening with “Listen To The Music Playing In Your Head”, full of drone frquences,heavy on the context and the dense way as this track is handled. The atmosphere is dressed with that obscure touch which makes this track really special .The 2nd one is “heute War Ich Dei Den Weiben Elefantens” with a touch a bit different atmosphere through psychotic elements developed here. LICHT-UNG means “Glade” in German language. This Ep comes in an incredible, beautiful vinyl with black striae,covers with silk scream + printed texts and a visual, silver printed black way. A very special release worth to check.
Through this release SEETYCA reveal us one more time, the great matureness and mysterious atmosphere always developed in each one of its works. this time with two tracks “The Trees” which is through sensitive harmonies based on acoustic atmospheres of a high calibre, “The Lake” submerges you in a voyage to unknown realms beyond any reasonable reality. The music is a surrealistic ambient sounds capes transcending to the point of deep trance sounds. This Ep comes in black marbled dark green vinyl limited to 300 copies. just come to experience this archaic mysterious trip to the unknown natural region of SEETYCA.
Wow, this is some really excellent creative piece here. HATI bring us two compositions with high different elements. The first track “Recycled Magick Drones” is built into a very calm atmosphere full of ethnic instruments, flutes and an oriental sound ,due some metal instruments here. The 2nd track “ Recycled Magick drones”, the music is more drone oriented with a raw sound, but still having an atmosphere which keeps your senses ready for more. The title speaks for itself, because HATI has revealed a magickal work focusing metal,stone,wood sounds mixed with electronic devices to create a really very good depth concept in the fields of good drone musical art. So, be hurry remember this is limited to 300.
A Danish duo developing music from a high calibre…because through both tracks you shall find something more than just music. For example on “Ignorant” everything turns so dense and enigmatic, due the well use of drone elements floating through the whole track .at the 2nd one “Parasite” things seems to go oriented more into noise field but still with drone elements which enrich so much the structure of the track, giving to “leech” that touch necessary to enter the mood and enjoy a slow agony generated by this great act. This comes in a dark violet vinyl!!! A must for all collectors.
PETER WRIGHT’s “Air Guitar” captures the improvisation essence of this artist. He varies the sonic instrumentation from track to track, giving us a clear example of pureness and talent. “Air Guitar”, the first track is more drone ambient oriented, with some calm improvisations and sutile guitar drone elements. “The Sunday Hangover” is more a beautiful melancholic composition carring a strong personality in the way as chords are floating in the whole track. Closing is “The Last Post For Michael J. Hex” guitar effects and drones put on together to create a meditative soundtrack compositions, which include some water sounds giving the track a different touch at the end. A very excellent work by Mr Wright, built into creative guitar sounds and drone passages to complete this excellent piece of experimental music art!!!
HELICE PIED (Gre)
“Conduit # 2” is the opening track containing 7:00 minutes of dense experimental dark ambient sounds. The whole track is floating into sounds which spread themselves a dark nature and hypnotic vision, always letting you to enter and feel the splendour generated through dense sonic passages. Then comes the 2nd track “mm”, with its magnificent improvisations of sounds with that experimental touch which goes directly to your mind and opens new channels of perception. Its more than just music is an organic being floating through musical notes with an environmental atmosphere through the 7:16 minutes of this track. This release comes in a colour-vinyl with hand /self-made cover and obviously as the whole drone releases limited to 300.
I must say I have not so much words referring this release when hearing it. Because, the music is incredible amazing and filled with an atmosphere really very deep if we look how music is twisting slowly in subconscious. Surely, this is the principal goal of TROUM’s music. To open a channel in mind with the purpose you can observe, feel the invisible in a tangible way. Each track has a dynamism in the way as its built…dense moments of nostalgic remembrances accompanied by acoustic elements and guitars and guitar parts which complements together creating a true masterpiece as only this German duoBaraka(H) & Glit(S)ch could performs. Also, you shall hear high variations in each composition as a process of musical development, coz all the album, was recorded between the years 2002-2005. As the whole troum’s albums, no computer, samplers or synths are used here. Also the cover, layout art is so extremely suggestive. An abstract fog in a brown yellowish visual pattern which represents perfectly which you must hear when the music slowly enters to your sensorial space. Sufi-songs & old vinyl crackles, acoustic & e-guitars, e-bow, e-bass, voice &
Whishpering, accordion, flute…do you need more? This release is a perfection inside own perfection through a reality only revealed by “A.I.W.S “ just more than an album…an insurmountable emotion, which you must explore if you are looking for something original and creative. This Cd comes in a beautiful digipack!!
MARTYN BATES /TROUM (Uk) / (Ger)
A cooperation release trespassing all frontiers beyond imaginable, sensitive world full of melancholic passages and a nostalgic feeling. Martin Bates is a British singer, bringing us his beautiful and powerful art through 4 poems highly inspired by the Irish poet W.B. Yeats; with tonalities which are transformed in monumental echoes of a shadowy, sorrowful expressionism. Also Mr Bates enrich each composition with the perfect inclusion of harmonica, melodica which together TROUM and its characteristic in depth dark atmosphere through instruments such as balalaika, djembe, guitars, accordions, and bass has created a concrete album mixing elements, and sounds in an hypnotic way. at moments instruments as balalaika & djembe gives that ancient touch of mysticism and magick to the whole tracks. A marvellous release to explore with all your senses due the so many variating parts and emotional elements surrounding the musical environments in which this release was created. This release comes in digipack with a very attractive layout & art which complements perfectly with the whole album’s concept in general.
Again, this German duo surprises us with a high quality release…this time though “Ryna” with a deep defragmentation of sounds focusing on eerie, cold dark ambient environment through 8 compositions. Having each one of them dense drone elements which gives to it a strong structure of chaotic dimensions due the way as tracks are built. Through “Ryna”you can hear how music floats slowly and suddenly the heaviness of drone machines starts to collapse each other creating a devastating cold atmosphere. Improvisations here and there generating mature compositions of unforgettable surrealism, and transcendental expressionism. “Ryna” is one of these releases which puts you in a meditative state. The best track is “Ghuto-M” which is an archaic tribal voyage with a perfect work of percussion and vocals. a shamanic trip in all its splendour.altough the whole tracks contains a lot interesting elements. This release was firstly released in an edition limited to 500 copies through Myotis Recs,but now in a better layout and beautiful digipack version.
TROUM & ALL SIDES (Ger)
(Old Europa Café)
This is a 53 minutes long track Cd packed in a sirscreened round metal box. Sonically TROUM has done as always a magnificent job here. This time mixing 25 different tracks into a long mutation track this contains so much dynamism. Its so impressive,enetrating low drone ambience with some dark pulsations wrapping itself through organic movements giving a sensation of intensity at moments, and suddenly falling in a cold void of nothing, which submerges you in a deep sea of calm meditative sounds having a melancholic, dense atmosphere. This album is a step far from so many releases, having “pureness” that can only come from deep within to the grievous foundation, eerie drifts sweep across; reververating instrumentation buried through and through and is easy among the best dark ambient release I have heard lately. Really I strongly recommend this release.
LES LIBRIUMS DU DESIR (Can)
This is the first time I’ve heard about Canadian LES LIBRIUMS DU DESIR” and what reached my hands is one of these releases having a deep conceptual expressionism as lyrical such as musical. Music is more into classical orchestrations with a very creative side incorporating different instruments and electronic devices such as: Electric piano, violoncele, percussion, which are important elements in the construction of each one of the six compositions included in this album. The whole music has a palpable surrealistic feeling focused on diverse sounds and the poetic expressionism of Marcel Renaud, which through such French language vociferations submerges you in a reality still to discover. Such vocals are perfect, from floating verses to spoken reverberating ones. the highlights here are the well use of violoncello and piano expressing a melancholic, enigmatic atmosphere to the album. Absolutely a must for all dark and deadly lovers of orchestral ambient music, because this is an impressive achievement and a strong release through and through.
TRUMPET DAYS (Hol)
After the great and high acclaimed “Trumpett sounds”…Enfant Terrible arrives with this release which is interesting starting by the fact it includes artists which released some material at legendary Dutch 80’s label Trumpett.the ancient archives were open and some selected exquisite caviar was put on the table, ready you taste a delicious banquet of sounds which surely will fill your expectatives due different dynamic old school minimal electronic,elektro,experimental,new wave artists such as: THE ACTOR,DR PHO,DOXA SINISTRA,ANDRE DE KONING,A.VAN GARDEENDE SCHNEAFLIET,which are true exponents on this genre of elektro music back 80’s.one more time through this release as on the whole Enfant Terrible’s releases you shall find some attractive elements focused on old school elektro music, which you must find more than attractive. The whole tracks were recorded between 1981-1983 and now released in vinyl format limited to 500 copies only so, this is a must for all collectors of good taste old elektro experimental music!!!
ATOMINE ELEKTRINE (Swe)
Through time I’ve been a follower of Mr Anderson’s career as artist, in the fields of music …NECROPHOROUS, RAISON D’ETRE has given to me an exact idea of what’s behind a creative dynamic mind could generates.so,with ATOMINE ELEKTRINE’s album “Nebulous” he reveal us another facet. This time generated through cosmic symphonies, floating from time to time creating a perfect balanced album full of ambient passages highly connected with outer space energy due the way as each track has been built. The music itself seems to be a labyrinth to another dimension full of ethereal sounds, and rhythmic patterns generating a dynamic vortex, giving you a sensation of floating in the void. At moments reminds me to LUSTMORD or TANGERINE DREAM but having an in deep structure of what Peter wants to express here. An unique experience of this brilliant Swedish artist. One more time with his characteristic seal into ambient, hypnotic sounds. “nebulous” includes 7 tracks ,some titles are “Transforming Space”,” The Eye Of Nebula”,” in-Between Spaces”,” Deep Sky Twilight”, among others. This album comes in a snowy white gatefold digisleeve and tracing paper packing, and limited to 800 copies. To meet “Nebolus” is to enter a black hole of your own universe, adapting to, the sounds and visions of a transcendental space of cosmic forces! A great release here!!