Seven Hour Germ, Document1 [Minimal Resource Manipulation – MRMCDR02, 2007]

August 10th, 2007 Comments off

7hg_document1_mrmcdr02The second release on Minimal Resource Manipulation (MRM) is an in all aspects experimental affair, seeing MRM deviating from the path of the beat onto something altogether different (in all fairness it is not so much as a deviation as it is expanding the horizon given that this is the second release in this young label’s history). Document1 starts off with a collection of incredibly high frequency fragments of sound, displaying the sonic signature of an imaginary ant-farm if magnified into our sonic scale. It’s an abusive, noisy and industrial sound and it’s quite frightening. As the seven-track mini-album progresses the high frequency assault continues with more or less the same intensity. With short stops for the listener to catch the breath and/or mental composure only to come back with even more intensity like the unbearable fourth track Wild Life Howl. However there are moments of suggested rhythmic structure as well. The convincing sixth track Deep Metal Hole still set in UHFD (ultra high frequency domain) is an example. To continue the analogy of the ant-farm the closing track Timbral Dissection would be the working ant’s dream or possibly nightmare if ever recorded. By all means investigate this release made by Seven Hour Germ (7HG) and released on Minimal Resource Manipulation just make sure to check your audio perimeter and maybe more important your treble dials, knobs and volume readings/settings!

Milieu, Remodelled [Boltfish Recordings – BOLT039, 2007]

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milieu_boltfish_remodelledAlready past the 40th release marker Milieu’s Remodelled album got the subsequent number 39. It’s a lovely full-length that Milieu has produced and it can be said to be the natural continuation of the Tandem Series 5 from last year (2006). What does it all mean? More nice melancholic melodies, more excellent dry beats set in half-crisp and half-distorted and/or bit-reduced environment all creating great contrast and more refined BOAC homage. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable album and well within Boltfish’s production tolerances and as was stated in the beginning counting in at number 39.

The Missing Ensemble, Zeropolis [Low Impedance Recordings – LOZ08, 2007]

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loz08_missing_ensembleZeropolis’ is made up of dark and sinister soundscapes, drones and production that make a lasting impression on the most hardened listener. The Missing Ensemble’s sonic constructions demand your attention and probably something of the physical apparatus reproducing these sonic constructions as well. An ambitious release excitingly packaged it is clear from the beginning that it was made for the listening crowd rather than the moving one. The quality of production and techniques is unmistakable. This release is wonderfully uncompromising and surely a big achievement by the highly interesting Low Impedance Recordings. If you’re not afraid of the drones investigate The Missing Ensembles epic Zeropolis right away! And as far as LOZ goes, you can’t help but wondering what’s next?

Tokyo Mask, Hinterlands [Low Impedance Recordings – LOZ07, 2007]

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loz07_tokyo_mask_hinterlandHinterlands is the name of a really good full-length album by Tokyo Mask out on Low Impedance Recordings a label clearly on a mission and responsible for an achievement in clarity. The eight-track album is a sinister story and is comprised of slow moving tracks filled with heavy beats, electronics and the occasional acoustic element. If any association was ever viable it would be Seefeel and their blissful Succour album from 1995 and believe me that is not a bad thing! However, Hinterland stands very securely on it’s own two feet (or more) and comes highly recommended. If you are easily frightened maybe you should pass, because the setting is somewhat dystopic. The quality is unquestionable and Low Impedance remains a highly interesting label.

Mormo, Wasting 500 Sounds [Low Impedance Recordings – LOZ06, 2006]

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loz06_mormo_wastingIn early 2006 the label Low Impedance Recordings released the debut album Loftway by the artist Kamotek and it was subsequently written about here. Not much was heard thereafter, however the label has since then shown a remarkable show of force and proving it are three recent excellent as they are different releases by: Mormo, Tokyo Mask and The Missing Ensemble. The first of the three is by the artist Mormo and the amusingly named Wasting 500 Sounds full-length. An in all aspects accomplished release filled with broken and cut-up electronic sounds produced and recorded with flawless attention to sonic detail. The quality of this release is outstanding and naturally it comes highly recommended.

Ölvis, Bravado [Resonant – RESCD021, 2007]

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olvis-bravadoOne of the usual suspects at Resonant goes by the name of Ölvis. The quality of this artist’s productions is flawless and the Ölvis’ Bravado album is not an exception. This 60’s inspired adventure has a large sound, filled with strings and live-sounding setting on the drum section all fused with a countless (well almost) number of other instrumentation. The ever-present acoustic guitar, not forgetting serious vocals imbedded in echo. On top of that Bravado sports packaging and accomplishment on par with the 2005 full-length release The Blue Sound or any Resonant release until now for that matter.

Platform, 2 [Minimal Resource Manipulation – RMCDR03, 2007]

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platform_2_mrmcdr03A most excellent follow-up to the debut album on the same label released in 2006. There is a delightful crispiness to both sounds and production, not forgetting the rhythms making it all progressing nicely. That is manifested as the track numbers increase their sequential value. Tiny is one example as good as any other. I strongly suggest that you investigate Platform and his Minimal Resource Manipulation, because if you like your beats complex and crisp you’re in for a treat. It comes highly recommended!

Carta, The Glass Bottom Boat [Resonant – RESCD026, 2007]

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cartaCarta’s full-length album The Glass Bottom Boat is filled with more than competent pop-music. 10 tracks long and yet another success for this consistent label. The artwork and packaging as good as any previous release and the album is due for release any day now on Resonant (AUG 2007) of course.

Small Sails, Similar Anniversaries [Resonant – RESCD025, 2007]

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smallsailsAnother debut album on Resonant this time around they did not make the stop half way the Atlantic. Instead they continued west to that big land known as America. Small Sails is apparently a trio and with Similar Anniversaries they clearly show that they move comfortably in the pop-genre. You get some not dangerous yet nice beats and sounds in Aftershocks and Afterthoughts. Backside of a Magnet displays similar characteristics, a friendly atmosphere and child-likeness far removed from the horrors of the World. It’s pleasant and Similar Anniversaries displays more than competent pop-music. The album is out now on Resonant (AUG 2007).

Stafrænn Häkon, Gummi [Resonant – RESCD023, 2007]

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shakon-gummiGummi is an album filled with well-produced pop-oriented (Icelandic) music and very much a Resonant affair. It is all about ultra clean production where every sonic element seem to be in exactly the right place, including vocals oozing of disappear. Stafrænn Häkon’s full-length album Gummi is more than competent pop-music. The album is out now on Resonant (AUG 2007).