Torshanyio is a collaboration project between Călin Torsan and Alexandru Hegyesi, two very creative artists who are living 541 kilometers far away from each other, but the distance however it’s not a barrier for them at all, resulting it in a wide spectre of improvisations between them and various of guest musicians who also collaborated with them on a Psalmii Regelui Vid / The King Davoid’s Psalms, their newest album. Album is divided in a tracks called Psalms, oftenly performed in various musical and non-musical genres such as frield recordings, world music, ambient, drone, noise, musique concrete, acapella, bits and pieces of electronica here and there, but with more than enough analog sound involved to leave you speechless during repetitious listening. All recorded instruments and sources recorded in nature are so organic and easy listening that there’s no doubt Psalmii Regelui Vid / The King Davoid’s Psalms will bring only positive vibes through your ears. It’s important to mention that guest performers gave their own signature on this recording, so vocals and poems by Irinel Anghel and Dan Zibarov goes great with Călin Torsan’s woodwind instruments and Alexandru Hegyesi’s multiinstumental explorations comprised of dulcimer, gusla, kantele, harmonica, acoustic guitar, percussion and well incorporated field recordings; while on the other hand Vasile Gherghel nailed it to the point with a great graphic design solution for an album and the photographer called Bubu contributed with a photography. Simply, Psalmii Regelui Vid / The King Davoid’s Psalms is a more than a good proof how brilliant album can sound when a lot of great artists join their forces together and you can enjoy in this great album by ordering it directly at Torshanyio bandcamp page.
Shaniyo is no stranger to Dead Frequencies blog. I had a chance to review his previous brilliant work called C and this time Shanyio is pushing borders with another great tape called ”Hedera Helix”. Alexandru once again gathered a lot of great musicians to contribute on his latest piece of art, so this time he collaborated with Thomas Almadi and Emil Kindlein who both contributed with percussions, Rui Bonito who performed on Casio Sa21 and reel tape, Loalue who done electronics and mixing of the material while the Shanyio performed on cello, shakuhachi, appalachian dulcimer, layered all the effects and done the rest of the mixing. Shanyio catches all the rawness of the ambient music mixed with brilliantly produced instruments and by that he creates erie atmosphere pleasant to the ears, without any disturbing noises who might spoil listening experience. His knowledge of etno music gives advantage in his favor, so the presence of those elements is common during the whole album, but only in fragments. Those etno fragments sometimes play the key role in Shanyio’s music and sometimes they’re just a small layer implemented just as a pure decoration to the rest of the compositions. Cello as an instrument play the big part on Hedera Helix and I assume that all the drone sounds are recorded and processed by cello. Also, percussions are right up my alley and sometimes they define the tempo, especially with cymbals, so that addition to the compositions definetly gives the special treatment to the overall impression. A lot of layers of sounds are enriched with a bits and pieces of delay and reverb effects, so they are also great contribution to the atmospheric feel of the Hedera Helix. Another great tape performed by Alehandru Hegyesi, the man who play the biggest part of Shanyio and I am more than positive all the listeners will recognize the true potential of his talent if you purchase and listen to his Hedera Helix which is published by the Hiss And Groove Records.
Red Boiling Springs is coming back with another great release and this tape is following the events of the night Matt’s daughter was born. All sounds were captured in utero by fetal doppler monitor except some vocals at the end of the recording. His intention was to capture anticipation, panic and relief from that night, as he stated on his bandcamp profile. The sounds are organic, of course, but you can hear small doses of distortion and delay which are maybe result of doppler effect, so there are oscillations in the sound. As the tracks are passing by, layers of sound are giving such an incredible complexity to the whole material, so the musical style on this release ranges from pure ambient to listenable, but not an artsy noise. Vocals at the end of a B side are just a big plus and they are giving a sense of relief, like those musical sequencies in movies when people are coming out from their shelters after the storm. Just imagine both tracks as one mega structure built by tons of layers with a great story supporting it’s foundations and you’ll love this album even more. Highly recommended!
Chaos is, by it’s definition, a state of things in which chance is supreme, especially in the confused unorganized state of primordial matter before the creation of distinct forms such as cosmos or the inherent unpredictability in the behavior of a complex natural system (such as the atmosphere, boiling water or the beating heart). However, sometimes chaos can be arranged in much more organized form, such as melody, sound or in this case noise. Sometimes predictable, sometimes unpredictable, Hadals manage to control that chaos with their ideas and implement it in much more complex chaotic sound which can be defined as some sort of noise with ocassional depressive drum rhytms, but suprisingly that combination goes quite well and their brand new tape called ”The Dog” is a piece of fine art. Their definition of sound is intelligent, calculated, but it gives various expressions each time you listen to it. It’s definetly unique and I highly recommend it.
If you like some dark ambient sounds in the morning like I do, then you’ll love this split. Martwa Natura teamed up with Emerge and it resulted in more than half of an hour of very good sound experiment full of strange sounding vocals distorted by delay and echo effects, wierd background ambience and a bit of drone at the background. The track gets harsher from times to times which gives much more intense sound to the whole composition. Vocals of Solecka (Martwa Natura) and magic od Stadlmeier (Emerge) are incredible combination and this is one of those collaborations which will impress you from the very begining.
Second track from this amazing split release is a collaboration between Solecka, Stadlmeier and Schmitt. We previously had a chance to review Schmitt’s Suspicion Breeds Confidence and for those who have heard it before, you know how good it is. This track is much more different than the previous one with almost no intro at the begining. Also, it have a sampled rhytm at the background, much more white noise, bells and cracks which gives a new dimension to this split release. Sometimes it have industrial vibe, but still it’s an dark ambient track full of surprises from time to time. Perfect release for those who are into ambient music.
First of all, this cassette is not a joke at all. It contains some of the best recorded and produced samples of the various musical instruments characteristic for eastern Europe. Alexandru Hegyes knew all the potential of all of these instruments while he performed and recorded them at different locations such as Berlin, Timisoara, Tormac, Rittberg, Brebu Nou, Weidenthal, Ciarda & Cârțisoara in a three years long time span. The result is ”C”, very impressive cassette release which is packed with atmospheric, etno, musique concrete, field recording sessions. Alexandru knows how to deal with production as well, mixing, postproduction and mastering, so he used DDA tehnique for this release and the sound quality can pair to some worldwide known music releases. The complete release sounds very mystic, ancient, natural, something similiar to the soundtracks for experimental art movies recorded somewhere in a misty forests of eastern Europe. Wide spectrum of instruments used on this recording and clever usage of the effects are the main reason for that kind of atmosphere and they will give you the chills down the spine when you press play on your tape player. I am pretty sure that you will ask for more and press repeat once again after the first listen.
This time we are dealing with a bit more noisy material than before and this split is right up my alley from the very begining. Harsh at the one point, but still listenable, even for the listeners who are not so much into harsh noise. Consume And Expire is a duo consisting of Wil Rossi and Kylie Damnyou. Their sound can be best described as interesting mixure of harsh noise and drone, with occasional experimentations with vocal samples, synthboxes and microphony. ”White Bear” is a thirty minute recording which takes you to the tunnel full of constant changes in sound, so you will easily find this track interesting than boring to your ears. It’s like a trip to another dimension and the only thing you have to do is to let the sounds take care of your flight. Sexy Crocodille For Dinner is an interesting project hailing from Italy and it’s totally different from the first part of this split release, presented with two parts of ”Silenzio Imbarazzante”. This is a very good mix of sampled vocals, sounds and beats covered with huge ammounts of distortion, fuzz and it creates such a pleasant mess that I had to check out the tracks couple of times just to be sure that I haven’t missed something. There’s a lot manipulations with contact microphones and delay which are overlaying the aggressive sound of the rest of the equipment, but it sounds interesting at some point. I am so glad that I had a chance to hear such a good harsh noise project. This release comes on red tape in the white shell, so be fast and grab your copy while it’s still available.