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REVIEW REBLOG – Hyaena Fierling & Comrades – Emissaries

Strange ethereal wonder this and thanks to this review, Hyaena Fierling is Todays Discovery.

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Artists: Hyaena Fierling & Comrades
title: Emissaries
keywords: experimental, soundscape, sound art, poetry, sound poetry, electroacoustic,
label: suRRism-Phonoethics

Hyaena Fierling’s ‘madrigal for sugar dogs’ begins with an atmospheric soundscape that comes across warm and mysterious. It feels natural and yet unnatural at the same time; something human made with the moving sounds similar to a damp propellor from a helicopter and rare daft firework explosions in the deep backdrop. Then voices appear as if they are sirens of first aid ambulances making their noises in the warm atmospheric surreal darkness. Somehow these sirens are not the sounds of an emergency response as they seemingly come across as if they actually quite enjoy themselves.

With ‘Sunrise in Utopia’ Hyaena Fierling gets joined by MUTATE to deliver a fierce and yet roaming track of warrior-like awakening. It’s as if the grainy color on the artwork is being penetrated by glorious hand drumming…

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REVIEW REBLOG – Eli Gras (a amazing multidisciplinary artist, performer, inventor,entertainer, musician…)

The creativity and pure inventiveness of Eli Gras :)) An artist well worth watching all the videos and checking out more. Courtesy to Yeah I Know it Sucks for this overview.

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Eli Gras is a multidisciplinary artist active in lots of creative fields, but mostly known for her excellent career in experimental underground music since the early eighties. Her experimentations have covered all kinds of musical paths, from pure experimentalism to electropop, minimalism, funk, and so much more. What is striking to me from this artist is that she invents her own instruments, which of course brings a completely new and unique sound perspective to the ears and minds.

There are lots of videos of her live performances playing her inventions, which of course is an exciting thing to see and hear on the digital highway; but its even better and more exciting when you can hear and see her performing live in front of you. In a couple of days (upcoming Saturday 14th November) she will be doing her magical thing on the experimental cozy toxic grounds of Gifgrond.

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REVIEW REBLOG – Notes On… ‘Art Angels’ by Grimes

Here is review number two courtesy of Notes on Sounds…

Grimes_-_Art_AngelsWhen you get bored of me I’ll be back on the shelf” sings Claire Boucher on one of her poppiest and catchiest tunes to date, ‘California.’ Luckily for her, Grimes isn’t likely to be put on to the shelf anytime soon. Her fourth LP Art Angels has been three years in the making, and halfway through that process she claimed to have thrown out a whole album’s worth of material for it not being good enough. More recently, she said that she found her older works “embarrassing.” Apparently she found listening to the likes of ‘Oblivion’ cringe worthy.

That must have left fans of Boucher’s a bit worried. Her last, breakthrough album Visions was a sometimes abrasive but often intelligent dive into harsher electronic, analogue territory, moving on from the double-whammy of synth-experiments Halfaxa and Geidi Primes in 2010 and her collaborative LP with d’Eon, Darkbloom. In…

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REVIEW REBLOG – Notes On… ‘Clean’ By The Japanese House

A couple of electro pop artist reviews today courtesy of Notes on Sound – a new site promoting primarily but not wholly new and undiscovered indie artists. Found a couple of posts that I can happily share here.

japanese house cleanIn March, a mysterious figure called The Japanese Housereleased their first-ever track, ‘Still.’ It was a minimal, moody piece of work from a person who clearly loved using vocoders and enjoyed experimenting with auto-tune (in a good way). At the time it was quite difficult to garner any information about the shadowy figure behind the project, yet the track still got one of its first major plays on one of Zane Lowe’s last Radio 1 shows. It soon emerged that The Japanese House was the project of 20-year-old Londoner Amber Bain, and on her debut EP Pools To Bathe In, released in April, she’d made a short collection of tunes that were atmospheric, emotional and touched on a wide range of genres.

Her latest effort, Clean, might come just a few months after her debut but it shows that Bain is far from being short on ideas…

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REVIEW REBLOG – Various Artists ~ Pod Tune

This is a pure ambient joy and wonderful collection of tracks that I can’t fail to make my Todays Discovery, including Christina Vantzou and Mia Hsieh to name a couple of artists.
Courtesy to A Closer Listen for the review.

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4 POD TUNE Cover ArtBefore podcasts, there were pod tunes ~ long, intricate songs flowing from underwater behemoth to underwater behemoth.  These dynamic vocalizations carried stories of other pods in other oceans.  Together, the humpback whales would learn these new songs, sometimes hours long, and share them with those they met.  Even with dwindling populations, they continue this practice to the present day.

A humpback whale’s ability to memorize music is unsurpassed, and yet each rendition is different: a nuance here, an inflection there.  It’s easy to project our emotions upon the whales, hearing plaintive cries in the drawn-out lower registers and joy in the higher tones.  Yet their true depth of meaning lies beyond us.  Whalesong provides a window into something ultimately unfathomable: the life of the earth’s largest creatures, connected by ancestry and geographic expanse.

Humans have been fascinated by whales for years, although the earliest fascinations had more to do with…

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REVIEW REBLOG – Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Tides

I have loved the sound of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smiths’ music for some time, (a lot to do with the use of the  Buchla Music Easel) ever since I first heard the track Sundry and this review has prompted me to make her the Artist of the Week.

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Artist: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
title:Tides
keywords: experimental, electronic

Tides by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is a remarkable pleasant release for the ears and the inner soul. It opens up with the calm easy going birds exploring the temperatures of a lovely day; but instead of having just nature do its thing it’s the artist’s lovable kindness in music that will make the inner hearts smile. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith manages to use limited sounds to bring a melodically minimalism that seems to breath in and out love in the kindest order. It’s as if the artist captured the senses of naive innocence of a beautiful wishful day in natural surroundings; it’s soft, kind and cherishing.

This is not just the beginning if this amazingly soothing record; it’s a feeling that IS this record. In each ‘Tides’ track the artists explores a theme that is lovable and kind, the music that makes…

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REVIEW REBLOG – Julia Kent ~ Asperities

I have loved the music of Julia Kent for some time and many may wonder why I would repost her here or have her on an artist page. Simply there has always been a movement in Classical music who have embraced electronic methods and processes to create an overall sound and track. This is an area that I will return to in the future and hey, what the heck – not purely electronic but beautiful.

Courtesy to A Closer Listen for the review

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AsperitiesAsperities is as close to commercial as one can get in modern composition without compromise.  Accessible yet deep, Julia Kent‘s cello-based music provides an entry point to those who might not otherwise have considered listening to instrumental music.  Her new album offers a mix of pensive, emotional tunes and the stringed equivalent of bangers.  Credit her background in Rasputina and Antony & the Johnsons for the knowledge of how to walk the line.

Even apart from the music, Kent’s presentation exposes the workings of a complex and mature mind.  The cover seems to indicate two personalities cleaving together, or the resolution of duality.  The press release describes the album as “the layers of sound peeling back to reveal a beating, bloody human heart.”  Contrast this with the majority of releases in the genre, which bend over backwards to be polite.  As Kent puts it, “it seems like a particularly dark…

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