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AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF - ICH HABE NUR NOCH 12 SEEPFERDCHEN IN MEINEN TEMPEL (CDR by Einzeleinheit)
FEU FOLLET - TOI ET LE SON (CDR by Einzeleinheit)
A new label for me is Germany's Einzeleinheit (meaning lonely unity). Two new artists on this label and the already somewhat known Aalfang Mit Pferdekopf, aka Mirko Uhlig's project. The previous release, for Mystery Sea, had to do with dark ambient music, but here it's something different. Various of his friends supplied sound material which he puts together. The guitar plays an important role, and not just those who drone away. Simple strumming along Current 93 in 'Jaja Ungarinyin Und Nun Zur Leiche Am Ufer' (the titles are to be translated, but it's spoils the fun) but throughout the idea of a sound collage is the main thing. Field recordings of voices do their thing and sometimes things move below the threshold of hearing. Sometimes it's related to Krautrock, but Aalfang Mit Pferdekopf plays seven fine tunes. Tense, funny and surprising throughout. A bit like good HNAS, at least carrying the same sense of German humor.
Behind Feu Follet is Tobias Fischer, the man behind the label. He played with Aalfang Mit Pferdekopf a couple of times and was introduced to the music of Nurse With Wound and Mirror by Mirko Uhlig. Soon after that he started his worn work in the realms of drone music. More Mirror than Nurse With Wound (despite the various works of the nurses in this direction). Of the two pieces on 'Toi Et Le Son' is the first the most minimal drone music, and the most Mirror like. A single drone sound is expanded over the course of the piece, and gradually grows in intensity. The second piece is more a cascading sea wave piece with lots of harmonizing sounds, making this is into a piece with more sudden changes, or rather sudden shifting movements. Both pieces are quite nice, but also quite standard in the known paths of drone music. But he could easily be next up in the Mystery Sea catalogue.
(FdW)
Address: http://www.einzeleinheit.com


STAPLERFAHRER - (FOR KATHARINA) (MP3 by Earlabs)
Okay, the site already mentioned Staplerfahrer as someone to watch out for and they are right. This stuff is something quite stunning: four tracks of noise at first listen, but getting closer one discovers tons of interesting little details, almost hidden away in a wash of plain noise. This is pretty strange, as if Merzbow meets Bernhard Guenter. Mind you, Merzbow will obviously have the upper hand, but Guenter will be the one that keeps you listening. Having made this comparison, I must say that Staplerfahrer is in a category of his own without doubt. The comparison just might give you an idea of what to expect, but be prepared to be completely convinced yourself! Download now. (MR)
Address: http://www.earlabs.org


IDYL - ETERNAL ICE
(CD-R, private)
A short collection of "arctic ambience", a home-produced CD-R in a plastic wallet with black and white printed inserts. It opens with "All and Ever", a blending of lonely guitar and sampled voices punctuated by bursts of cold, foreboding bass. Next we have "In Autumn", a dark brooding drone-based piece with the guitar taking the role of the gentle dripping of slowly melting ice, coupled with a distant and subtle calling of crows. The third track is "Nebel Lichtung", a lighter more subtle drone which evokes the biting arctic winds and the ever present blanket of ice. "Dis" returns to darker drones, still layered with the spectre of the arctic winds, this is coupled with the call of a distant church organ recalling the norse myths of the world ending in ice. The last track is "Is Vann" and highlights the contrasts throughout the disk. It starts with a dialogue between lighter and darker drones, which are then joined by a simple and very suspenseful guitar line. If I HAD to make some criticisms, I would say that the tracks are a little short, and each tend to end rather abruptly. But all in all a very evocative release, with an excellent contrast between lighter and darker moods. (AP)
Address: http://www.eternalice.de


ECHRAN (CD by Small Voices)
FABIO ORSI - OSCI (LP by Small Voices)
This is a new name from Italy, of two guys that have made their own history in Italian underground: Davide Del Col of Ornament and Fabio Volpi of Otolab. They merge two different interests in this project: the darker edges of ambient and the noise based psychedelica. Although the press release mentions influences of Pan Sonic and Basic Channel, it's influences that I found hard to detect. In most of the six pieces there is indeed some sort of rhythm going, usually a pulse floating of analogue synths, but the other synths play a much more sinister sound than the more house related experiments by Pan Sonic and Basic Channel. It's rather a slowed down and stripped down version of Suicide, but perhaps also like many more experimental synthesizer music that was released on cassette in the mid eighties, like Die Form or some such. It has only faint traces of Pan Sonic, but lacks the aggressive rhythm side of the Fins. It's fairly OK release, nothing spectecular, but should go well with those who love their music to be dark, cold, sinister and yet with a sense of rhythm, one not coming from a rhythm-machine.
Likewise I never heard of Fabio Orsi, an Italian artist. He plays guitars, samples, laptop and field recordings. The latter he seems to have made at various folk music festival in the Apulian folk tradition, but also outside in the country side. No big city mayhem here. For reasons unknown Orsi 'composed and processed' the music, but Kinetix 'reworked and produced' this LP. Wasn't Orsi not good enough? Upon hearing this LP I'd be curious to hear his version of the story, as what he hear sounds quite interesting, even when Kinetix may provide us with a more reduced part (as he is known for his love of the more minimal side of music). We are delicately lead around in the country-side: faint drones, clicks, church bells, people and folk music, but there is still a lot of peace in this country-side. This happen with great slowness. Slowfood cooking was Italian too, right? The music is something similar. Moving about in a slow manner. The second part has more subtle drones than the first part, but in a melancholic, Basinski kind of way, until it bursts into the most stripped down click rhythm (no bass?) ever. Quite a curious record. (FdW)
Address: http://www.smallvoices.it


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