”Time Is The Enemy” is extraordinary collaboration between Sonologyst and Kshatriy. Sonologyst is the solo project of Raffaele Pazzela, enthusiast who based his sound around experiments from fifsties and sixties with modern school of electro acoustic art. Kshatriy is the solo project of Sergey Bulychev, brilliant russian native and sound artist. ”Time Is The Enemy” comes up with five distinctive tracks with interesting titles such as ”Unaltered Mind”, ”Venus Smile”, Self Luminosity”, ”Chronopolis” and album titled ”Time Is The Enemy”. The most interesting thing about this collaboration are it’s dynamics, melody and repetition during each track. Tracks are mostly based on one melody which is repetative from begining to an end, but it doesn’t sounds like some boring ambient or drone track. Layers of vocals, violin alike tones, white noise and creepy ambience are added as the time goes by and the whole idea of the album title reveals itself through beautiful cacophony. Your listening experience may vary of your sound system, since the whole album is well produced with all layers of sound being present at one time without spoiling one another. ”Time Is The Enemy” is released by Attenuation Circuit and it’s already sold out, but you can purchase it digitally and by that you will support both artists and the label.
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.
Suspicion Breeds Confidence is a German electronic music project consisting of Tobias Schmitt. Tomislav Bucalic and Aidan Mark appear frequently on the recordings and join the live performances. They derive their name from one of the totalitarian slogans from Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil. Suspicion Breeds Confidance is one of the longstanding German projects with over twenty years of recording and playing. ”Tand” is their sixth album if I am correct and it’s published by hyperprogressive Attenuation Circuit records, German record label which publishes new albums on almost daily basis. The albums consists of seven well produced tracks with nearly 50 minutes of material in total. All the tracks possess beautiful structures with couple styles involved. You can hear beautiful mixure of electronica, IDM, industrial, glitch, ambient, spoken word and other experimentations consisting of wide spectrum of musical genres, wisely incorporated into one high quality album which will perfectly suit to anyone who’s into experimental music.
Skrei is a drone project of Giuseppe Capriglione and this is the first time I am listening to his project. Giuseppe know how to deal with effects, loops and samples. The proof is ”Cörengrätö”, masterpiece packed in something more than thirty minutes. The first thing that cought my attention is a tape loop he’s using as a sound source and that’s the key element why I fallen in love with this project at the first listening. Sounds are so listenable, organic, earthy that will impress even the pickiest fans of drone music. It is simply amazing how the sound is evolving during this recording, with all those loops overlaying one over another and still they are not spoiling the main concept, which is the tender drone sound. Sure, there is some minimal industrial involvement, but the sound is still based on drones rumbling around in circles. Don’t be spoiled by the longitude of the track, because this one will pass like train in front of you and it will be the best half of an hour you will spent in the long time. Skrei will not dissapoint you in any case.
This release includes two live recordings of H. Lillmeyer and Sascha Stadlmeier, both recorded in Augsburg during 2015. and 2016. First one is recorded at H2 – Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst im Glaspalast and the second one is recorded at Die Ganze Bäckerei, so you’ll get two recording sessions at the price of one, which is cool to me. Sound can be best described as a giant clash of musique concrete and ambient drone with tons of various sounds included at the both recordings. First recording session delivers eight minutes of quality sound exploration mixed up with experimentations on a guitar, but the guitar is probably overlayed with some effects, so you won’t recognize it at the first moment. Everything is well combined and I simply love how both artist deal with their equipment. Also, I like the idea of minimalism of this recording session with all volume ups and downs during their performance. Second recording brings more complex sound, but at the same vein as their previous collaboration. This time, their performance have some industrial approach with tons of machines, scratches, chains and ambient loops. The thing that impressed me the most is the quality of all loops and sounds they’ve used on both recordings. All tones are listenable despiting the fact they are overlayed at the moments. This record deserves your full attention.