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Soriah with Ashkelon Sain "Eztica" CD

Enrique Ugalde aka Soriah with Ashkelon Sain return with their brand new journey entitled "Eztica", their second album on Projekt, and follow-up to their phenomenal "Atlan" from 2009. "Eztica" unfolds with euphoric and high-spirited "Iix" freshly blending energizing tribal percussions with gothic-infused Ashkelon Sain's guitars and Soriah's highly suggestive vocals, with lyrics, same as on "Atlan", in Aztec language of Nahuatl, all that backed by gorgeously floating grandeur washes. Absolutely magical, blissful and unique overture, amigos!!! Shorter "Ticochitlehua" dives straightly into deeper and mysterious primordial terrains with Soriah's whispering voices. Title composition "Eztica" opens with heavenly drifts and wordless voice magic and prayers with native feel, later more explosive textures invade along with Soriah's Tuvan throat-singing wizardry. Amazingly adventurous interactions of the ancient and the modern!!! Dark ritual "Nica Anahuatl" is finely enriched with choir-like sounds, various bells, percussions and deep organics. Bowed strings, flutes and expressive voices lead "Ehecatl", another deeply evocative genius performance!!! Shorter "Chocatiuh" blends rainy sounds with ethereal guitars and bowed stringed instruments of Tuva. Strong Ashkelon Sain's darkwave ingredients on "Ximehua" are masterfully melted with hypnotic tribal rhythms, voice magics and bowed strings to capture purely ecstatic goth/shamanic sonic experience!!! "Temicteopan" is the most exotically fragranced composition with significant fragile string magics and Soriah's whispers, a deeply mysterious one, blending Aztec and Tuvan musical traditions!!! "Xiuhcoatl" is another energizing and rhythm-infused masterpiece with all Soriah's and Ashkelon Sain's trademarking ingredients, it showcases again highly effective interplay of grandiose vocal performance, dramatic percussions and imaginative atmospherics, definitely one of the most highlighting compositions on this ride!!! Deeply evocative instrumental "Omeyocan" blends echoed nostalgic strings with suggestive native flute work. Field recordings introduce "Amochantzinco", where orchestrals are supported by hauntingly beautiful vocals, percussions, guitars, bowed strings and flutes, all uniquely melted in fresh palette of sounds and atmospheres, a truly majestic closer!!! The flow of this exotic sonic universe moves through many emotions to touch listeners deeply, "Eztica" is also more accessible due to its stronger darkwave approach when comparing to more mystically and ritually spiced "Atlan". To me, "Eztica" most likely doesn't top "Atlan", but it gets very very close to it and it grows on me with each listening session. Fascinating, galvanizing and magical sonics effectively join the cultural roots of Aztec and Central Asia with the present, all that portrayed by stunningly eye-catching artwork, one of its kind sonic and visual adventure!!!

Richard Gürtler (Oct 16, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Strom Noir "October Reversed" 3"CDr

Slovak guitar drone wizard Emil Maťko aka Strom Noir lands with his brand new "October Reversed" 3"CDr EP again on homeland label Ambsine, which is responsible also for his "Luvyoo" album released back in 2009. Strom Noir has received in the meantime enough positive vibes across the borders with his two albums on UK label Hibernate Recordings, "Sen Zimnej Noci" and "Dni Stratili Svoju Farbu". Strom Noir unwraps the album with composition entitled "October", based on rather rawer buzzing looped drones providing denser impact and obscured by hazy autumn weather that is nicely supported by the cover artwork (photography by Peter Nejedlý). A bit of supernal tones and field recordings on the background invade this piece towards the end to emphasize its panoramic mood. "Burning Out" starts by far more natural with repetitive acoustic guitar rifts to capture warmer and actively breathing ethereal feel with dreamy and environmental soundclouds to enrich this composition. Beautifully gracious, mesmerizing and evocative "Burning Out" showcases Emil Maťko/Strom Noir at the very top of his craft, this must be one of the most splendid pieces he ever did!!! Slow motion and static, but slenderly tighter drones dominate the closing "Reversedday", a truly hypnotizing mindtrip!!! "October Reversed" is as much colorful as every autumn, when we look forward to see the changing color of trees. The colors are at their best, just like Strom Noir did with this EP. I can only strongly recommend this highly capable artist, who has in the pipeline several new releases, so stay tuned!!!

Richard Gürtler (Oct 09, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Tomas Weiss & Anthony Paul Kerby "Appearances" CDr

"Appearances", (CDr on Musical Philosophy label, download version via DataObscura) is the brand new follow-up to Tomas' & Anthony's premiere co-work "Distant Shadows" on the Construct label (released April 2011). This digipak release firstly attracts with its very nice cover image created by Jesse Harrison. The album, which consists of 10 pieces titled "Vision 1-10", begins with a shorter ethereal introduction that crosses almost unrecognized into "Vision 2" with the same mood, but later evolves into deeper drifting and tense configurations. "Vision 3" floats on similarly tight airwaves, but is gently enriched by assorted futuristic sound effects with a cascading texture. It slowly evolves into a massive soundwall effectively supported at the end by angelic choirs. An absolutely fascinating stratospheric odyssey!!! As magnificent is the next composition, "Vision 4", with deeply droning, free floating expansive and absorbing delicate soundscapes! Gradual tension unfolds "Vision 5", which slowly fades into rather motionless, but evolving dronescapes. Another highly mesmerizing composition heading into colossal territories and a pure masterpiece precisely interacting with album's cover artwork!!! Shorter "Vision 6" quickly returns into more organic worlds, enriched with hints of modern classical influences. "Vision 7" dives into abyssal depths of the ocean with deep, but evolving drones. The tension of this 12-minute opus gets tighter and tighter, enriched by circulating and pulsing hissy sound effects and sharply sounding industrial outbursts and disorders. At its highest peak it reaches massive soundwalls, painted with metallic and otherworldly transcendental sounds, presenting Tomas & Anthony at the throne of drone artistry. Pure bliss!!! "Vision 8" keeps the vast and intense magnificence of its predecessor, but is slightly more active with a less monumental texture, and at the end colored with razor sharp sonics. The next piece, "Vision 9", stays in rather quieter and static soundclouds, yet deeply drifting and layering into a massive palette of sounds. Grandiose, intense and powerful!!! Closing "Vision 10" is painted with more tranquil colors. A very relaxing and relieving outro of this highly fascinating and imaginative adventure. Definitely another huge one from Tomas Weiss & Anthony Paul Kerby!!! And be prepared for more, because these two guys have scheduled another co-work, this time between Anthony's Nunc Stans and Tomas' Nautic Depths (with Mathias Grassow). I think we couldn't ask for more.

Richard Gürtler (Oct 02, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / New EP by Strom Noir
« on: October 07, 2011, 04:18:09 PM »


Slovak drone ambient project Strom Noir returns with brand new "October Reversed" EP CDr on Ambsine label, released on October 1st, 2011. Available in limited edition of 86 pieces, each copy is hand-numbered and signed by Emil Maťko/Strom Noir. For more infos, please visit:

http://stromnoir.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.stromnoir.blogspot.com/
http://www.discogs.com/Strom-Noir-October-Reversed/release/3145821

Thank you for your interest!!!

Richard

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Here is my little review on the newest Oophoi CD, released by Databloem:

Oophoi "Il Silenzio Di Dio" CD

After highly treasured "Time Fragments" Box Set on Databloem's Practising Nature, here comes the new album by Oophoi (aka Gianluigi Gasparetti) on this Dutch label, recorded live in the Calabrian village of Archiaro in June of 2008. Gigi unfolds the journey with chasmal drones entitled "Bisbigli Di Angeli Tra Cielo E Terra Part 1" and spiced by distant cavernous voices while later singing bowls sneak into the drifts. Deep, mysterious and immersive, Oophoi droning at its finest! After transfering unnoticed into the next part of "Bisbigli Di Angeli Tra Cielo E Terra", the texture gets slightly more active, deeply transcendent meditative mind journey! "Lux Aeterna" belongs to more peaceful and tranquil compositions. "Le Acque Del Plenilunio" marks the return to abysmal territories, yet sounding quite organic and peppered by heartbeats on the background and rotating lively parts with various sound insertions and emerging ocassional angelic choir-like sounds. Magnificently effective 16-minute opus!!! Oophoi again at the very top of his craft painting mysteriously beautiful sceneries. To me, most likely one of the best pieces Gigi has ever made, grandióso!!! "Sognando La Grande Madre" moves to more driving and industrialized level with assorted echoed metallic sounds, singing bowls, with intense droning buzz and sonics reminiscent of chirping sounds of cicadas. This strange palette of colors easily reaches a kind of transcendental sonic experience! "Il Tempo Della Fine" floates on spatial waves with ethereal romantic piano tunes. Hauntingly warm and silent and quite relieving piece of music creating natural state of harmony. Title composition "Il Silenzio Di Dio" remains on the essential route with spiraling and echoed drifts, a closer filled with serenity and majesty! "Il Silenzio Di Dio" album is magnificently colorful sonic vision of this Italian drone virtuoso, but all pieces seem to bridge masterfully together into one incredible journey. As usual for latest Databloem releases, "Il Silenzio Di Dio" CD comes in nicely designed digi file packaging. Last, but most important, keep on fighting, Gigi!!!

Richard Gürtler (Sep 11, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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I think this is great news for all those who have followed Meg Bowles during the 90's. At the end of February Meg released on her own Kumatone Records fifth album, "A Quiet Light" CD. Maybe Meg will post more news on this forum, until then feel free to find out more on:

http://www.megbowlesmusic.com/

Welcome back, Meg, and all the best... :)

Richard



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Hi guys,

here is some "creme de la creme" for all Oophoi fans by Databloem:

http://www.databloem.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=7&flypage=databloem.tpl&product_id=1006&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2

A true collector's item, still very hot, so act fastly... :)!!!

Richard

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Everything and Nothing / Christmas and New Year wishes
« on: December 21, 2010, 10:13:54 PM »
Dear friends,

I am wishing to everyone at Hypnos Forum a wonderful Christmas time and a New Year full of peace, joy and happiness. And lots of great ambient music too :)!!!

Richard

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To all those who like ambient guitar drone project Strom Noir from Slovakia and missed 2009 CDr release "Luvyoo" on Ambsine Records, please note it's now available also through my Discogs store at following link:

http://www.discogs.com/sell/item/18502175?ev=bp_titl

Copies are supplied directly from the artist and my friend, Emil Matko. Since the CDr is packaged in cardboard sleeve, this item ships in up to 100 grams shipping rate category, so we can keep the postage a bit cheaper also for overseas customers.

For the newest Strom Noir CDr "Sen zimnej noci", please check out Hibernate Recordings at:

http://hibernate-recs.com/

or Hypnos Forum link at:

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=2327.0

All the best and thank you for your interest, we appreciate your support.


Richard



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Hi friends,

greetings from Slovakia!!! To all those interested in Strom Noir "luvyoo" CD, get in touch with Slovak label Ambsine Records (www.ambsine.sk). The page is written in Slovak, but go directly to their CD Shop and you will see note in English with e-mail contact: orders@ambsine.sk. Payments available via paypal. I will ask Vlado of Ambsine Records to post more news on his label, projects and releases in the coming days. Enjoy it!!!

All the best.

Richard

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Concierto Homenaje a Jorge Reyes
« on: March 06, 2009, 03:09:38 AM »
Dear friends,

just some short informations on the concert/tribute to Jorge Reyes in Mexico City. "Concierto Homenaje a Jorge Reyes" was organized at February 27th. Also Piet Jan Blauw, who did with Jorge "Pluma De Piedra" album, was one of the performers. You can discover his "Tribute to Jorge Reyes" track on his MySpace site:

http://www.myspace.com/pietjanblauw

Among participating artists were also Ricardo Gallardo, Manuel Rocha, Vicente Rojo, Jimena Jiménez Cacho, Eduarda Gurrola, Nacho Arimany, Nok Niuk dancers, Tina French and also Jorge's wife Ariane Pellicer and his daughter Eréndira Reyes. More informations on this event can be found in Spanish language at:

http://www.arts-history.mx/noticiario/index.php?id_nota=23022009133323
http://www.arts-history.mx/noticiario/index.php?id_nota=03032009121650

Also you can check out about 30 pictures from "Concierto Homenaje a Jorge Reyes" on www.hi5.com, but I think you have to register first. Here is the link, it's a page of my Mexican amigo, Julio Cesar Martinez, who collaborated with Jorge on his soundscape CDs.

http://www.hi5.com/friend/profile/displaySameProfile.do?userid=333475304

With deep respect to Jorge


Richard Gurtler


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Hi friends,

greetings from Bratislava in Slovakia!!!

I am searching for the most recent contact info, e-mail or postal address to Jeff Kowal/Terra Ambient. I would be very thankful for any help.

Richard Gurtler

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Contact info to Todd Fletcher
« on: December 31, 2008, 01:19:53 AM »
Hi friends!!!

First of all, Happy New Year 2009 from Slovakia!!!

I am searching for the most recent contact info, e-mail or postal address to Todd Fletcher (also Psychetropic project). His old e-mail todd@microrelease.com is not valid anymore. I would be very thankful for any help.

Richard Gurtler

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