Dan Abrams: Stream (8.9) |
(Mille Plateaux - 2001) - Rarefied impressions of other more-contemporary electronic music forms yield fascinatingly oblique sound material.
Matt Borghi: December Impressions (9.1)
(Matt Borghi - 2001) - Somber-but-sweet tonal washes are smeared across vast, cold soundscenery.
dual: caste (8.7)
(CEE - 2000) - Ambient soundscapes hover in a slightly-rough neverworlds of vast guitarnoisedrones and other unexpectations.
Hazard: Wind (9.0)
(Ash International - 2001) - Electronic breezes of a very altered nature are stylized into natural/tecnhological hybrids of captivating mystery.
Caroline Lavelle: Brilliant Midnight (8.4)
(Teldec - 2001) - Too arty to be simply "pop", these vocal-oriented tracks are filled with more instances of brilliance than of midnight...
Musical Nature: something other than conscious thought (8.5)
(Musical Nature - 2001) - Slowly swirling soundmurk definitely is quite suitable for ambient immersions.
KK. Null: peak of nothingness (8.2)
(Hushush - 2001) - Rampant guitar (!?!) deconstructions are dark abstractions going to/coming from unknowable places...
Stjernevandring/Eesti Lilled Silmad Süda (8.8)
(Jester Records - 2001) - Eclectic panoramic soundcollages cross murky Norwegian expanses of obtuse places and musics... this is a good thing!
Ova: Tetrasomia (8.4)
(Perceptual.net - 2001) - It makes sense that these rhythm-powered synthodysseys are as solid as a rock, light as a breeze, hot as a flame and fluid as a stream...
Jeff Pearce: The Light Beyond (9.1)
(Hypnos - 2001) - This live recording of gorgeously gaseous ambient guitar soundclouds is a keeper!
Rajna: Ishati (8.7)
(Projekt - 2001) - Now I know how the charmed snake feels... seductive occidental, oriental, Tibetan and Indian atmospheres entwine.
Steve Roach / Vir Unis: Blood Machine (8.8)
(GreenHouse Music - 2001) - A complex kaleidoscope of fractal grooves and enveloping atmospheres meld to become "Elegant Futurism".
Seroya: Mystic Maah (8.6)
(ZAN - 2000) - Creativity and exotic tweaks propel the sweet dancepop structures of Persian-flavored electronica to magical heights.
Shudo: Shudo (8.8)
(Quatermass - 2001) - A mesmerizing balance between subtle electronic nuances and digitally deconstructed mayhem is strangely appealing...
Shur-i-kan: Advance (9.0)
(Freerange Records - 2001) - A dozen very tasty tidbits of highly-refined sweetness are crisp, clear, cool and very musical... dazzlingly so!
Tennis: Europe on Horesback (8.6)
(BiP - HOp - 2001) - Engage in a few rounds of beaty glitchery with eight tranquilizing sets of slightly scratchy dub explorations
True Colour Of Blood: Awakened. To Never Sleep Again (8.3)
(mp3.com - 2001) - Obscure, unlit landscapes and dark/ambient/minimal guitar transmutations cross long, flat horizons.
Tuu: One Thousand Years (8.9)
(Waveform - 2001) - The rereleased debut of neo-ethno-primitive soundmasters revels in otherworldly timelessness and tropical/arid atmospheres.
v/a: Low End Recon (8.5)
(Hed Nod - 2001) - A menacing blend of music and tortured surrealism where often-caustic rhythms mark time in twisty subterranean passages...
v/a: zeitlos (8.5)
(Waldorf Records - 2001) - Various artists contribute previously-unreleased chill-out pieces to a compilation of lush, beaty synthscapes.
Veinke: Collection III - The Black Summer (8.2)
(Triumverate - 2000) - Like dropping down a mineshaft into hell, marrow-chilling soundscenes are no day at the beach...
June Overviews include:
Alternative 3, "original soundtrack"; arovane, "tides"; Taylor Deupree, "12k T-Shirt"; EA, "[~.]"; Exit Human, "Arvada"; Karlheinz Essl, "fLOW"; Hazard | Fennesz | Biosphere, "Light"; Ralph "Stick" Hermann, "forward in outback: didgeridoo sample CD volume 1"; LAW, "Our Life Through Your Death"; P9FM, "mantisland lullabies"; People Like Us, "A Fistful of Knuckles"; Scanner, "Sulphur"
This Month: "Wheee!"... 19 fun-loving artists tell how they do.
A (large @ 90k) gallery compiling Stephen Fruitman's contributed reviews.
New Links to:
Freerange Records, Shaun O'Boyle's abandoned places photos, Perceptual.net,
Trancedimensional, Waldorf Records, ZAN Records