niedziela, 17 lipca 2016

ANTHONY BURR · ANTHONY PATERAS The Long Exhale


In some seemingly elusive way I tend to be attracted to the duos in music. It's collateral damage of the meeting of two minds working on a mutually equilibrated piece that gives you an idea what an undisturbed dialogue can mean.
Anthony Burr and another Anthony, Greek-Australian Pateras in this case even look alike and as I would like to think of them - they share the passion for modern experimental music and have a great background of musical variety behind them.
The cd here is an outlet of creative energy - a meditation of instruments entangled in the psychodrama of internal punctuations and sways and folds. The subtle ambience of emulated natural flow cascade of energy. Poignant, concise and elusive.

poniedziałek, 27 czerwca 2016

Wunderkamera by Slalom

Ever since Rock in opposition, more experimental edges of King Crimson, no-wave of NY and other derivatives of both European and American guitar/drums/keyboard based improvisational music there is some re-occurring wave of composers shaping those influences and other refreshing ones to create a new formulaic structure to set up a trap to reviewers. A trap to re-think how much in to develop, how much there is a steady ground of references that could stretch back to Zappa's voyages.
But let's leave aside those divagation.
Beautifully designed artwork reveals an interesting concept of Wunderkamera which and I quote: "Wunderkamera, or Cabinets of curiosities (a.k.a. Kunstkabinett, Kunstkammer, Wunderkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, wonder-rooms) - collections of objects whose categorical boundaries were, in Renaissance Europe yet to be defined. Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history (sometimes faked), geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art. The Wunderkamera was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater. Besides the most famous, best documented cabinets of rulers and aristocrats, members of the merchant class and early practitioners formed collections that were precursors to museums."
The musical contents is a witty, eloquent and erudite's dialogue of guitars, drums, synthesizers and voice. 
It's really difficult to categorise it - there is a bit of jazzy post rock improv, musical cabaret, electronic experiments, great sense of drum&bass ( not the genre) co-operation, head-cleaning upbeat leads and motivating dynamism.
One of the bands that you simply cannot miss.

poniedziałek, 20 czerwca 2016

PIERCE WARNECKE Memory Fragments

Californian born but based in Spain - a composer and a visual artists Pierce Warnecke transposes us into terra nulius of memories. Their set up in mind and the perception process as well as the erosion is the main subject of his work.
What we have here is a fine piece of sound art work somewhat dramatised by very thorough research process which is reflected also in the actual composition.
His elaborate tracks of orchestral derivative, prepared sounds, droney abstract ambiency of processed field recorded origin and the depth acquired by excellent production just leaves no trace of feeble triviality. And hey, this is a debut album.
Striving for more...

środa, 20 kwietnia 2016

Rat's Nest by Left Hand Cuts Off The Right and Graham Dunning

Graham Dunning and Robbie Judkins divide their collaborative album into long tracks - over 30 minutes each. Before I even listened to their material on Graham's bandcamp I thought listening to it on a tape would be much better and I have to admit that it went really well.
Long compositions don't prompt me into thinking that it is going to be just another boring drone ambient album and the more they evolve I got a notion of two mature artists who work within the idiom of sound art but there is emotional line to their work that helps to make this beautiful piece of work more than just an experiment. There is a gem of yearning, depth to it that creates an intimate feeling to it that is not lost between the verses of glitchy bleeps and unison machinery voices, a rhythmical pattern that reminds me of something genuine and additionally it has the quality of ethnic music in an electronic sauce.
Both Robbie and Graham have an excellent background in academic sound art and I was a little bit afraid that it might just cancel the DIY spirit that these both represent uniquely in their solo careers but nothing of this sort here. There is honesty in this music and that what makes me feeling like coming to it back and back again. Bring on the flavour, chaps! Great stuff!

wtorek, 5 kwietnia 2016

49°05'19​,​3"N 22°34'04​,​0'E by STROM NOIR / MICROMELANCOLIÉ

An excellent work of joined Robert Skrzyński and Emil Ma'tko forces from invaluable Zoharum label.
A pool of sounds near swanky villa of deteriorated phantasms, somesuch implausibility of how much we strain ourselves to differentiate the jigz and spins of the drone waves together with guitar ambience laden with sound manipulations create a soundtrack for passing through the stations of imaginary journey from godforsaken land somewhere amidst thorny and scrubby cliffs of consciousness.
This material bears something that is timeless, is a link between the classic approach of composing different structures and yet keeping everything in reign of quite an experimental stance.
As always both artists keep high level of artistic awareness and mastering of their own talents.

niedziela, 20 marca 2016

Kucharczyk "Brak"





Wojtek Kucharczyk - a mastermind behind Mik.Musik.!. and projects curated by this label, interesting designer, performer, I am hesitating to use the word veteran or I should rather say a nestor of glitchy beat in Polish experimental music comes back with "Brak" published as a cd and dl.
New cd is full of surprises but foremostly gives an evidence to the restless spirit that drives Kucharczyk to go all the way down and test himself and his own limits. The base of the album is the post-techno skeleton which is embroidered with field recordings, found sounds, melody, lots of acid beats and soundscapes, voices, even Bee Gees cover which sounds excellent. I feel this album is expecially important to Wojtek as this is a fresh new insight into his idea of music straight after a lifetime achievement ( maybe I exaggerate a lil' bit) in a form of personal pilgrimage to the heart of his inspiration - Brazil.
This album is to me a clear representation of a female energy - its pulsating vulva of sound and beat harmoniously, ingeniously and with a sure hand mastered by a person who might be deemed a middle aged but it doesn't seem so when you think about the endless inspiration that his activity and work of art gives - frolicky sense of absurd humour with situationist message and unassuming beauty of form and function that beat - who is a main protagonist plays here.
I guess Wojtek has still an ace up his sleeve but now....LISTEN!

sobota, 19 marca 2016

The Magic Carpathians "Biotop"

Magic Carpathians project which started in late 1990's still going strong..
It released its new album after 4 years of workshops, journeys. As usual we have a beautiful array of ethnic instruments, many of them are quite rare and have their own stories embedded in anthropological context of biodiversity in regions they come from.
This time Magic Carpathians got themselves into less improvisation and accentuated the actual quality of the melodious songwriting. Anna Nacher presents it on her vocal side and along with synthesizers, guitars she puts a solid base. There are other people onboard such as Małgorzata Tekiel who plays bass guitars, long-time collaborator - Janek Kubek on tablas, Maciej Frett from post-industrial Job Karma.
I get the sense that this album both beautifully released as a vinyl and cd seals all those years of experiments into beautifully embellished unit of craft with emphasis on the composition rather than improvisation, orchestration of the ethnic acidity of post-post music genres that have dwelt in those mountains for good couple of years and opening a new chapter.
Maturity, that;s the word
But it only seems that these are people having their fresh start into ultraworld of sounds and little flashes of enlightenment... seems like a perfect mixture to me