martes, 15 de junio de 2010

Еmеrаlds - Dоеs It Lооk Likе I'm Неre?

Еmеrаlds - Dоеs It Lооk Likе I'm Неre?
Genre : Electronic, Ambient

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01 Candy Shoppe
02 The Cycle of Abuse
03 Double Helix
04 Science Center
05 Genetic
06 Goes By
07 Does It Look Like I'm Here_
08 Summerdata
09 Shade
10 It Doesn't Arrive
11 Now You See Me
12 Access Granted


After a glut of super-limited CDrs, cassettes and vinyl pressings, Cleveland, Ohio's Emeralds present their most developed album to date on Editions Mego. Like everyone else (read: maybe you, The Wire, Peter Rehberg, Fact Magazine, so many blogs) we've become big fans of their open-skied and kosmic sound, working our way back from 'Solar Bridge' through sparse reissues, and following through last years stunning self titled LP and 'What Happened' for No Fun, plus the many, many side projects from individual members Steve Hauschildt, Mark McGuire and John Elliot. Yup, they're an annoyingly prolific bunch. Following the trend of recent albums 'Does It Look Like I'm Here?' takes a different approach from their early work, eschewing lengthy improvised jams for a sculpted and highly organised sound which thankfully hasn't lost any of the swirling synth magic they've become known for. As they've matured and developed a stronger sense of identity, the comparisons to Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel and Popol Vuh are still relevant, but with this album they've harnessed the elemental chaos into well honed and efficient movements, with sublimely intuitive key changes and melting textures skillfully gauged for piloerect impact, defining their art with ever more graceful contours. We're only 2 minutes into the cascading arpeggios and pastoral guitars of 'Candy Shoppe' before they hit us with the first pivotal bliss surge. It's these moments that define their sound and reflect the comparison to "cheesy" new age or kosmiche, moments of open-hearted honesty delivered without ironic discharge. We find these moments scattered across the album, in the spiraling clasp of guitars and burbling synth in 'Double Helix', the breathless ascension of 'Genetic' and the tactile envelopment of 'Goes By'. Their other attribute is one that places them in perfect company on Mego, next to the likes of Fennesz and even more appropriately, Oneohtrix Point Never, that searching sonic futurism, seeking out utterly alien and tinglingly lush harmonic colours that justifies what many may perceive as archaic synth noodling. 'Does It Look Like I'm Here' is a magical accomplishment and should be experienced by any lovers of affecting electronic music, Just remember to turn your euphoria blocker off.

viernes, 11 de junio de 2010

Сhristорher Нipgrаvе- Slоw, With Раgеs Оf Fluttеring Intеrfеrеnсе

Сhristорher Нipgrаvе- Slоw, With Раgеs Оf Fluttеring Intеrfеrеnсе
Genre : Electronic, Ambient

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1. Singularity
2. Everything Slowed
3. Brightening, Multiplying
4. Time And Distance
5. Often Into Dream
6. Shifting Uncertainties
7. Strange Attractor
8. Brushes And Settles
9. Heavy And Pulling You
10. Slow Time
11. Seas
12. Bright And Fluid As Mercury
13. Positive Feedback Escapes Equilibrium
14. Soft Static
15. Disturbing The Patterns
16. Go With The Loops
17. Orphan Drift


Following on from releases on Home Normal and Under The Spire in 2009, ‘Slow, With Pages Of Fluttering Interference’ is the third album from UK composer and sound designer Christopher Hipgrave.

Over the course of 42 minutes, Hipgrave’s sound is one of gentle manipulation, shimmering melodies and an exquisite sense of indistinct fragility. Whilst multiple layers of texture and tone are the main focal point of this album, background hisses, pops and crackles can also be heard which all seem to emanate from some strange electronic machine.

It’s this attention to detail that provides ‘Slow…’ with such warmth and humanity, creating a perfect balance against the structure of the music. Each piece is formed using a bare minimum of sound sources, which are then explored in depth, allowing the tracks to breathe, morph or run until their natural conclusion, resulting in an album of sublime intricate beauty.

miércoles, 2 de junio de 2010

Loscil - Versions Ep

Loscil - Versions Ep
Genre : Electronic, Ambient

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1. Emma
3. The Making Of Grief Point (Instrumental)


The EP is aptly titled Versions and features reworked versions of Emma from First Narrows, Estuarine and The Making of Grief Point from Endless Falls. Emma and Estuarine both feature Dan Bejar on guitar and Josh Lindstrom on Vibes and were first performed as part of New York’s Wordless Music Series in 2009. The Making of Grief Point is an instrumental version of the track from Endless Falls which featured Bejar’s spoken word. All of these tracks compliment the originals quite nicely so I thought it was worth making them available.