MAURIZIO BIANCHI: Aeternum Aevum CD Peripheral Records
Bianchi himself comes with revered curriculum vitae in European electronic music, with over thirty years of active service and many releases hailed as outright classics.
On this latest instalment, dedication is for Conrad Schnitzler of Tangerine Dream fame who passed away in August 2011; explaining the somewhat dream like quality of this release and the artwork provided by Moroccan artist Hayat Saidi.
What we have are two long tracks of spacious echoing machine like ambience, where swirling electronics formulate and rise in peaks and troughs throughout. Patience is the essential virtue needed here as thematically speaking, concentration is solely placed upon the listener to sit back and become immersed in an aurally hallucinogenic, yet cathartic state of consciousness.
Overall this is a pleasant album to take on board. An unobtrusive air like quality resides within subtle reverberations and the electronic programming gives a weighty compliment to Schnitzler’s works with TG. I have never been a lover of Tangerine Dream, not one iota, but the nod of the head to the recently deceased’s vision makes a nice touch to what is a fundamentally solid album.
TENHORNEDBEAST + HUSERE GRAV: Ten Graves CD Peripheral Records
An almost horror cinematic climax presides over the opening track, ‘In the Grasp of Unknown Forces’, with cavernous Dark Ambient rumblings providing the foundations to layer upon layer of resonating, doom laden, freezing cold funereal sonics.
In contrast, ‘Deuteronomy’ rides the winter storm of the previous affair, providing a harsh glacial backdrop, where an arctic breeze drifts slowly through the crags of bergs, lifting up snowdrifts, adding a clinical purity to the proceedings.
THB and relative newcomer to the scene, Husere Grav tangle with many ranges genre wise; as with the above there is a quality to everything they touch. Epic chamber music is achieved with the monumental ‘Guards’ and its nod at Gregorian chants, that are drawn out to provide their own ambient backdrop rather than leading the song as would normally be expected.
‘Ten Graves’ brings together two artists, complimenting each other in all departments. The balance of styles work in harmony, providing a professional collection of tracks that is as mighty as recent efforts from their peers. Individually THB has shone as a project in its own right and whilst I am yet to hear much of Grav’s own work, enough fuel has been placed in the fire to seek these out as well.
VOMIR: Musique de L’Indifference LP & CD Peripheral Records
I love my noise acts; by that I mean I love true noise and power electronics when the mood takes me, so I was positively salivating then when this dual LP & CD package arrived through the post from one of the genres long stayers, Vomir.
This album can be played separately in three parts. The idea is that you play side A of the LP, then the CD then side B of the LP, in that order. Alternatively, you can play it all at once should your set up allow. Which is clever, sort of.
Lets get this straight; there is no holds barred on this release. If you play the CD on it’s own its just one long continual pointless loop of one-dimensional static noise clocking in at just over an hour, nothing more. Much the same effect is given if the individual ‘tracks’ are given their own platform.
In a way, it does make more sense to play it all at once where the experience is just a frightening array of sound; there is nothing here for the faint of heart. However I do like my PE and noise a little more stable and that’s where this borders on the edge of ridiculous in some respects, limiting what you can say about this ‘musically’.
I do applaud the mind-set behind this album and bearing that in mind, this is more a work of aural art if truth be told, which given its limited nature should appeal to misanthropic and unstable pure out and out noise fans, that would ludicrously see the works of the Freak Animal label as “too commercial” (yes I do know people like that). Scoring in this sense is purely based on the formulation of a collectable obscure idea that I applaud, rather than anything palatable.