Album Of The week: The Boats – Words Are Something Else
June 21, 2009, 10:38 pm
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Although The Boats have graced these pages with numerous releases and side-projects over the last few years, this amazing new album for the fledgling Home Normal label feels like their most fully-realised and essential release to date. Its also, in many ways, something of a departure for Craig Tattersall and Andrew Hargreaves, enlisting the vocal talents of Chris Stewart on three of the tracks here and managing to imbue proceedings with an almost alien mixture of submerged warehouse electronics and layered vocal pop that sounds like little else that comes to mind.

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Album Of The Week: Kilowatts – Undercurrent

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As far as record labels go they don’t come any better than Somnia…
Consistantly releasing high quality composisitons coupled with breath taking artwork, they are a label that manage to push boundaries and come up with original projects time after time.
The brand new release ‘Undercurrant’ by Kilowatts is no exception to the rule, and proves yet again that Somnia are leading the way in experimental soundscapes…

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Album Of The Week: Indra’s Web
May 30, 2009, 4:03 pm
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After the success of her 3rd solo album “Driftwood”, multi-talented musician, composer, producer, and sound engineer Rena Jones has spent the last 18 months refining and mastering her unique classical take on electronic music, using her new found confidence and inspiration to tell the world a magical musical story in her new full length album: “Indra’s Web”.

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Album Of The Week: Fennesz – Black Sea
May 26, 2009, 12:19 am
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The ten-minute title track gets the album underway, opening tentatively with flickers of noise and digital debris crackling like fireworks in the distance. Soon a flood of symphonic guitar and electronics overwhelms the mix and we’re reintroduced to the signature sound world that’s unique to this man’s music – he’s one of the most imitated electronic artists out there, and yet you can always pick out the real thing from a line-up of clones.

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Album Of The Week: Kreng – L’Autopsie Phénoménale De Dieu
May 17, 2009, 4:01 pm
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Kreng – L’Autopsie Phénoménale De Dieu

Shrouded in the mystery and the opaque, otherworldly quality we’ve come to expect from the consistently remarkable Miasmah imprint, this beguiling debut album has been wrecking our collective heads here in the office for some time. Pieced together from a plethora of unidentified samples, field recordings and found sounds, Kreng taps into a unique, almost indescribable corner of the musical universe that originates from, and proceeds to completely re-imagine, the world of music for film and theatre.

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Album Of The Week: Carte-De Visite
May 11, 2009, 3:24 am
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Stars Of The Lid – Carte-De Visite

Released to coincide with the band’s tour, ‘Carte-De-Visite’ is a compilation of rarities, out-takes and unreleased tracks from the unsurpassable Stars of the Lid. Easily one of the best-loved bands in their field, Stars of the Lid have been busying themselves with regular releases for many years now, but until 2007 live shows were an unusual occurrence.

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Album Of The Week: Jacaszek – Treny
May 5, 2009, 12:41 am
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Jacaszek – Treny

Marsen Jules, Arvo Part, Zbigniew Preisner’s soundtrack work for Krzysztof Kieslowski, Deaf Center, Max Richter, Erik Satie, Alberto Iglesias – if you are familiar and in awe of any or all of these names then this  album on the exceptional Miasmah label will no doubt end up on your essential listening pile for the foreseeable future. Jacaszek has managed with “Treny” to assemble an album so heart-stoppingly beautiful and personal that we’ve been stunned into silence for its entire 55 minute duration.

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