Friday, August 19, 2005

Longplay love v3.0

This is weird. With more than 15 years of listening to electronic music on the back which is basically more than 50% of my lifespan there are still suprises out there. Sometimes I come across an album that is somewhat interesting, proper produced, exotic but still I simply don't catch the point, the basic intention the producer must have had in mind while settling in the studio - sometimes it's a message to be spread, intellectual sound research or just pure dancefloor functionality which as well fits with me but sometimes... . To reveal a name I'm talking about Erik Sumo's new album "My Rocky Mountain" which is to come on Pulver Records on 26th of September. Each of the 12 tracks would perfectly match with the former "Sushi 2002"-compilation series on Bungalow Records which focused on Japanese ClubPop and other weird Exotica/Musica Obscura, melting vocals, ethnic percussions, Jazz-influences from East Europe, BrokenBeats, 60s Pop and other musical madness. Each track on his own as tribute to a compilation like the mentioned would be nice, very nice indeed, but having 12 of them on one album is a bit too much of weirdness.

Pharmacom Records celebrates its 10th release these days. The collaboration project Speak With The Machines comes up with their "Secret Jamsessions" which is a limited to 100 copies CD in special military packaging. This CD features three parts - all of them seemingly unedited and analogue live-sessions of experimental electronic dance music. The range of genres is wide - from a bit of weird Drum'n'Bass in the beginning to oldskool Steve Stoll'esque TechJazz or early Cari Lekebusch-like bleepy ElectroPhonk, deep Electronica are found as well as melancholic Electro excursions. I love the idea and concept of pressing up live jams onto vinyl discs like it has been done on Djungle Fever's forthcoming "Helden der Revolution live @ Club Camouflage" although one can recognize every shift of speed or sometimes the point when things are going wrong and patterns do not match any more. It feels like being there, standing right in front of the equipment watching the artists' knob twiddling and fader movements - having this feeling reproduced on a record just feels good and therefore it's worth to hunt down Pharmacom's website, get in touch and try to get a copy of this album as it ain't carried by any distributor.

Another great piece of art is the fifth official album by Earth named "Hex; or Printing In The Infernal Method" upcoming on September 19th on Southern Lord, an album not recommended for the sensitive minded or those already suffering from depression or grief as it reveals dark moods, loneliness and a kind of post-nuclear MadMax scenario in a winters desert, based on the dark melancholy of slowly echoing electric guitars. Titles like "Land Of Some Other Order" or "The Dire And Ever Circling Wolves" truely give a clue of what to expect here and those appreciating bands like the beforementioned Charalambides, Guapo or Fantomas' opus "Delirium Corda" should unquestionably add "Hex; or Printing In The Infernal Method" to their collections. Off road desert music, 1000 miles beyond any urban areas and, as Earth are hailing from Seattle, another comment on the cities or even societies de-civilized condition, a prelude that welcomes the threatening clouds proclaiming the forthcoming Day of Judgement. Hallelujah!


Post a Comment

<< Home