March 2009 news
March 31, 2009
MINUS ZERO DEGREES
Our friend NNY (real name Jerome, Madeira Islands resident) has an amazing new album called '-0º', which can be purchased and downloaded here at bandcamp. You can also preview it before deciding to buy. Now, go!
March 27, 2009
• tube'|163 - ieva - Constellation Op.1: Shooting in the dark
«ieva is Samuel André from France and he brings us a solid work on manipulated field recordings and ambient drones, wrote in a narrative way. 'Shooting in the dark' is all about the flow of the city at night, as if you were a ghost travelling between crowds of people, buildings and streets. Great stuff.
'Constellation Op.1: Shooting in the dark' was almost missing in action since last summer, as one our hard drives went bust and I couldn't find the piece anywhere. Luckily, I didn't loose Ieva's contact and asked him for the track again. After more than six months, here it is, in all it's glory. I hope you like 'Shooting in the dark' as much as I do. - Pedro Leitão
March 20, 2009
TRAVELLING WITHOUT MOVING
• tube'|162 - Ad.R - Select (Parts 1 + 2)
«Polish musician Adrian Kowalczewski returns a short while after his previous EP with a solid short album called 'Select (Parts 1 + 2)'. The title reveals a bit of what's going on here: Adrian selected several kind of tracks, according to different moods, and the two parts the album title mentions were originally meant to be released as two different releases. Part 1 is the ambient side, referred to as the 'static' side: dub-inspired idm, solid and spatial d 'n' b beats ('c'), ambient pads and drones, and even some winks at dubstep ('Select c'). In Part 2 we have the 'groovy side', which includes an outtake from the previous release ('Short Guitar Song Part 2') along with two new tracks, including one attempt at an 8bit IDM style classic ('a').
If not actually full-blown consistent - or coherent - as a conceptual release should be, 'Select' works nicely because it is a great
example of Ad.R's genuine talent at creating different moods extremely successfully. Here we have a bunch of really great tracks to enjoy, to dance or just to contemplate, that go very well together.»
- Pedro Leitão
March 15, 2009
THOSE SWISS GUYS!
Yes! The Diatribes combo is coming to the peninsula for a handful of shows, and if you're around you can't miss this! This is perhaps europe's best free/improv jazz really underground combo you'll be able to put your ears on for a long time.
Come and get it!
March 12, 2009
INSIDE THE ENGINE
• tube'|161 - Blind Umizato - As the evening descends; Two rivers
«Montgomery (Alabama) based Blind Umizato created a hefty release for test tube: This 80+ minutes adventure comes in four different flavours, four tracks that explore the limits of field recordings and experimental electro-acoustics.
Title track 'As the evening descends; Two rivers' is a machine-operated vehicle of some sort, undoubtedly mechanical; 'GTR1' is a long piece immersed in reverb and dense electro-magnetic flow; 'Follow the one armed pendulum' sounds like a mechanical arm coming and going while sometimes touching
a trigger that eventually repeats or cuts samples; finally 'New noise massacre', the longest of the four pieces, despite its title is pretty easy on the ears until almost halfway, because from then on it fires a cacophony of glitch and distorted samples of something I am not able to describe. There is a lot to be discovered here.» - Pedro Leitão
March 07, 2009
• tube'|160 - Lieberhonig - Unknown People
«This time around, Bittor Ruiz de Azúa brings us a small electro-folk gem called 'Unknown People' built over the same foundations of Bacanal Intruder and Aitänna77's subtle delicacies. They're all spanish musicians, by the way, so there must be something about Spain when it comes to melancholic folk, acoustic guitar fingering and toy electronic's soft melodies.
'Unkown People's best moments
have to be 'The saddest of the three' with its lazy organ and electronic piano setting the tone; 'And then...' which actually is the happiest song in the release with its upbeat rhythm and glockenspiel phrasing and finally 'Down', summing up perfectly Lieberhonig's unique talent of composing melanchonic set pieces which come out so greatly done.» - Pedro Leitão
March 02, 2009
SYNTHSCAPING INTO THE LAST CENTURY
• tube'|159 - Moscow Youth Cult - Colours Seep Out
«Warm, woozy childhood memories, and crisp blue winter skies… friends, beaches, summer… the creative joys of making otherworldly sounds on battered old synths and a Casio keyboard stuck through cheap guitar pedals… a hefty dose of unadulterated, euphoric pop melody….
Colours Seep Out is the first full mini-opus from Nottingham’s Moscow Youth Cult, an electro-ambient-pop sidearm of UK underground indie noisemakers, Love Ends Disaster! (currently in hiding, putting together their next album). Part a recollection of the fuzzy and optimistic late 1990’s electronica of Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Susumu Yokota and DJ Shadow, part the urgent electro-pop of Beck, Ladytron and Fourtet, the 9 tracks here twist and melt from evocative synthscapes (Antenna I, Sandpits) to concise spurts of noise pop (Philosophique, Sakura Sakura)… and back again, without pausing for breath. What becomes clear is Jon Dix (Guitar, Synths, Vocals, Programming & Production), Robert Sadler (Keyboards, Programming) and Leah Donovan’s (Vocals) clear enjoyment of the sensibilities of pop music, topped with a healthy does of unabashed, exciting experimentalism.» - Jon Dix
March 01, 2009
ENTIA NON REVIEWED
Found another review for 'Lilt' in the spanish blog Engrudo Cerebral.