[Eg0_139] Ayato & Naoki Ishida : Red_control rec​.​played

Ayato & Naoki Ishida have been collaborated online since a few years. Their blending of field recordings from their two countries (France, Japan) create a new, unstable but welcoming sound territory. Their latest album Red_control rec​.​played has a dream-like quality: a somehow arbitrary mixture that you accept as a coherent whole – as long as you accept the trip as it comes without thinking about where it can lead…

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[Eg0_137] Slo-Blo : Périgée

The eclipse of the sun that was visible in Europa on 20 march 2015 inspired some music to Slo-Blo, an experimental DIY musician who also runs the Tape-Safe label.  Périgée was recorded mainly with a cicruit-bended bontempi synth, guitar, a low-cost phone, loopers, effects . The result is a dense vibrating drone enhanced by hypntoic muffled beat. High quality abstract tambient with a good balance between darkness and light.

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[Eg0_136] Gusev K.P. : Mnogoodin

There are different ways to use electronic devices and computers in music. Some works that are produced with such tools are often criticized for being too mechanical : just a mix of various samples and effects. On the opposite some composers use electronics in a rather traditional way: like instruments they have to master in order to give life to what they have in their mind.

Gusev K.P ‘s relation to electronic tools sound different to our ears: his works remind us elements of early electronic improvisations, 90s “glitch”, generative music. His latest album Mnogoodin seems to countain a part of randomness (like complex patches evolving by themeselves), but we also feel a distinct warm / human feeling in it, an almost “jazzy” way of playing. We don’t know much about the intentions and methods of Gusev K.P., who simply presents himself as “a musician (from Moscow, Russia) with an interest in merging styles and experimenting with formal aspects”. Anyway the result of his live playing is in the same time strange and pleasant, irregular (in details) and cohesive as a whole.

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[Eg0_135] Achondar : Vicious Servant

Vicious Servant is the second album of dark ambient band Achondar, who take a part of their inspirations from video games. As they say themselves “”Vicious Servant” serves as an “alternate soundtrack” and is a tribute album to a classic 1998 French cinematic platformer, Heart of Darkness. Eight pieces that comprise the record are meant to complement the game’s levels and they underline their menacing, dangerous and evil nature. The album is dedicated to the memory of Christian Robert, the art director of Heart of Darkness responsible for the game’s memorable and beautiful visual design, who sadly passed away in 2010.”

But obviously the album can also be enjoyed by people who aren’t into games. The 8 tracks of Vicious Servant take us into different mysterious places : foggy, chtonian, ethereal, with enough contrasts between them to sustain your attention without losing their atmospheric coherence.

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[Eg0_134] N. Fushigi : Terrorism

N. Fushigi is a relatively recent one-man project based in Japan. Vocalist, pianist, guitarist, composer. His first album Terrorism was firstly self-published and we thought it deserves more exposure. This is a powerful work that combines various sonic nuances (industrial rock, darkwave, dark ambient) within a thrilling narrative structure (the author says it’s an album “about dark places and dark stories centered around three main pieces called “Digressions” that depict various themes: ghost towns, zombie bikers and cold war nuclear facilities”). The well balanced constrats between  short catchy tunes, minimal ambient ones, and more complex ones (“digression”) makes the whole  album easy to listen despite its complexity. Definitely an artist to follow (his second album is currently under construction)

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[Eg0_133] Half Evidence : Entreciel

Time after time, Half Evidence‘s sound becomes more incisive, and their playing more focused, alternating smoothly between meditative atmospheres and explosive intensities . Their new album Entreciel (consisting of 2 tracks improvised and recorded on 9 november 2014) features also a regular use of voices by both members Charles premier and Kecap Tuyul, which enhances the incantatory dimension of their music.

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