Feb 12, 2019
93
Okay, okay, okay. Today's grand discovery is the debut by All Traps On Earth [ATOE] titled 'A Drop Of Light.' I have to admit that today represents my first concentrated listen. There is a lot of sophisticated music going on in this 63:32 minute LP. Now, it's a bit 'dark' but not so much so that you would relegate repeat listens to darker moods or imbalanced brain chemistry. [Sitting erect in the chair]… Sidebar: Always remember to take your Rx Meds according to direction. Cavalier ... read more
Feb 6, 2019
32
Canadian Popster Carly Rae Jepsen at 33 years of age has chosen to remain frozen in her sheltered teens while perpetuating her whine vox style and the 4 count cadence of her lyric phrasing. When I sit back and reflect on female Pop acts like Madonna, you can easily recognize just how stagnant Jepsen’s sound remains. Anaerobic. E-Mo-Tion is full of multi-tracked studio polished Pop songs that leave me wanting. Unlike the brilliant career of Madonna, who clearly grew as an artist from her ... read more
Feb 5, 2019
NR
Frenchman, Vincent Villuis recording as Aes Dana created this phenomenal ’09 EM LP that takes the Tribal style [of Roach and Rich] and spins it surreal like which then presents the listener with an otherworldly aural listen. Remastered and re-released in 2015 in both 16 & 24-bit formats, the beauty of this LP is the nuanced voices beneath the forward mixed elements to bring about an incredible depth or imbued dimensionality. Standout tracks are Alignment, Lysistrata and Leylines. ... read more
Feb 5, 2019
88
In 1976 the German EM pioneers were exploring sound manipulation with great success. Primitive by today's standards only because of technological advances which have vastly improved the making of synthesized sound. On Stratosfear, TD brings spacey effects, tied to rhythm and harmony as the group continues to refine its melding of acoustic (organic) instrumentation into their artificially created music. Today I believe it is referred to as electro-acoustic. Regardless, this would be the last of ... read more
Feb 3, 2019
88
Hi there! Me again. [Waves to the audience]... Well, here's another Aes Dana (Vincent Villuis) LP for you to consider. This one is called Perimeters. It is filled with what has become the signature sound/style of Aes Dana that I've fallen in love with. The tracks In Between, Heaven Report, and Antimatter (post) are rousing in the chilled way Aes Dana goes about presenting his music. I especially enjoy the melding of the Ambient, and IDM with the Progressive Trance style. Again, I favor the ... read more
Feb 3, 2019
78
In short Aes Dana (Vincent Villuis) creates a very likable Progressive Trance record that presents all the requisite components to qualify as trance with its danceable, atmospheric, and harmonic structure. Originally released on 16 December 2012, it was later remastered and reissued on 7 September 2017 by the venerable Ultimae Records label. Here’s my suggestion: My rating is subjectively biased largely due to my disinterest in how Trance uses percussion and beats usually way too forward ... read more
Feb 3, 2019
87
Originally released 31 August 2004, Aes Dana's Memory Shell is one of the very best Chill, Ambient, Downtempo records to come my way to be sure. Reissued on the excellent Ultimae Records label on 3 June 2015, restored its accessibility. Borrowing the following quote from Discogs, which describes Aes Dana as "Specialized in sampling and layering of acoustic sounds digitally transmuted; Aes Dana brings a fusion between the British progressive feel and the traditional American space music; ... read more
Jan 27, 2019
93
The Hurting came along when Reagan was in the 2nd year of his 8 yr. tyranny, while UK's Thatcher with her 4 year head start would find this POTUS to be to her liking & the Middle Class would never be the same... This remains evident especially today. TFF's moody synth-pop, cerebral tone, and introspective lyrics touched a chord in those seeking some relief from their own inner demons and the utter madness of the surrounding world. Influential, timely and arty without the undue distraction ... read more
Jan 26, 2019
93
All these years later and I still can't look at this cover and not think of Joseph Goebbels. However, album art notwithstanding, the cover does hint at the arty cultured songs contained therein. Obviously not a critic fav, nor was it well received by the "casual" listener, fans of Roxy Music recognized the sophistication of Flesh + Blood easily. Disco was still "a thing" and a new musical style called New Romantic had become significant in its own right. Bryan Ferry had ... read more
Jan 12, 2019
93
Lovers of this legendary band thrive on the gorgeousness and intricacy of each and every recording issue, reissued and repressed. With multiple compilations already available what makes this set unique? Well, that's easy to answer. Two reissuing’s, one of '93s Four-Calendar Café and '96s Milk & Kisses plus two additional discs containing EPs & Rarities plus Sessions & Rarities. The third disc which collects 20 tracks of sheer dream pop/ambient pop bliss is a standout. ... read more
Jan 12, 2019
67
Bouncy and bright in its jingle gangly twee delight, it's a shame that the music took such a dramatic shift away from the brilliance of the opening track, Trouble. Sarah Cogan's vox is at times grating; essentially ill-paired for Echoplex treatment given its tendency towards shrill. Yet, it does hold some promise. Interestingly enough, the Line of Best Fit review terms her voice as angelic. Seriously? Maybe with repeat listens this record will rank better for me. However, my long teeth have me ... read more
Jan 12, 2019
72
South Korea’s Moth Pylon has done a superb job in replicating the style of various well-established Shoegaze/Dream Pop artists. Typical of the Shoegaze genre the vocals lie below the wash of distorted guitar rendering them indecipherable. My ears detect a hint of Robin Guthrie treatment with a healthy dose of Kevin Shields thrown in to add more shimmer to the shadowy glimmer. And, while I do hear the dark tone throughout the album, it by no means comes off as Darkwave a la Drab Majesty. ... read more
Jan 9, 2019
68
Unrivaled by his peers means he has none. Comparisons to any other "experimental" EM maker seems spurious. The IDM style tag has always baffled me. This isn't dancy. It sounds like virtually every other Aphex Twin release. Yet, I still feel compelled to have a listen now and again. Which leads me to say that this cat gets paid to mess around with sounds produced by computers. Go figure?
Jan 3, 2019
100
This Roxy Music LP is probably the one I've listened to the most over the years. It's spellbindingly brilliant from beginning to end. Ferry's vox and lyrics are pure magic. Manzanera's guitar is the stuff legends. Mackay, Thompson, Gustafson proves their skilled musicianship marries well to Ferry's style. And, let's not forget Edwin Jobson's incredible work with the keyboards, strings, and synthesizers. The iconic opening track, Love Is The Drug brought the band Top 40 accolades. But it's the 8 ... read more
Jan 1, 2019
71
The opening track Proxy at a robust 16 minutes + is filled with stunning musicality. What it lacks is a lyrical content to match the superb musicianship. Andy Tillison is an accomplished musician. However, his lyrics are tragically lacking. A bit simple. A bit topical. A bit too plain. Frankly, if you compare the simplicity of Adrian Belew’s lyrical style to Tillison’s it’s easy to hear that even by way of a simple style a great song can be enriched by the application of ... read more
Dec 27, 2018
83
On Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two you've got avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell, EM wiz Brian Eno, and the spotless engineering of Daniel Lanois to create a rather eclectic LP of percussion, tone, rhythm, and an "ever-changing instrumental structure" that comes off as anything but cliché. Clearly, this type of recording is a rather sophisticated affair first landing in 1981 and subsequently remastered in 2017. The inspiration for this record comes from a 1935 ... read more
Dec 27, 2018
83
On Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two you've got avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell, EM wiz Brian Eno, and the spotless engineering of Daniel Lanois to create a rather eclectic LP of percussion, tone, rhythm, and an "ever-changing instrumental structure" that comes off as anything but cliché. Clearly, this type of recording is a rather sophisticated affair first landing in 1981 and subsequently remastered in 2017. The inspiration for this record comes from a 1935 ... read more
Dec 25, 2018
78
As previously stated in my initial review of this fine LP, the "Deluxe" edition contains "Live" tracks from a recording made at the Fox Warfield, San Francisco, CA - 16 August 1980. The tracks were originally recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour. My suggestion: Priced very affordable, it's hard to not consider this American band as essential in one's library. Get it. Tah!
Dec 25, 2018
78
Ignoring the goofy costumes yet, not forgetting the implied irony, Devo releases this New Wave/Synth-pop gem to further alienate/confuse/inspire/delight the global fan potential... In spite of the persistent herd mentality associated with modern Western societies. Track highlights are what ties this LP together beginning with Girl U Want, Whip It!, Freedom of Choice and Gates of Steel. Mothersbaugh and G.V. Casale both contribute to the songwriting, often better as a duo than a solo writer. ... read more
Dec 24, 2018
73
Robert Rich makes his environmental awareness statement with this late 80s LP. It is lush in its polyrhythmic scales, tribal ambient atmospherics and previews Rich's talents as an American EM musician. Not particularly well received by the critics, I find the ambient elements combined with the electro-acoustic to work significantly in how Rich melds the synthetic with the artificial. Keeping in context the release date, it's easy for me to digest this recording because of what I have come to ... read more
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