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Independent Music Reviews / Review: Jack Hertz - Speleo
« on: July 27, 2012, 08:40:10 AM »
I’ve wanted to review an album by the prolific Jack Hertz for a while, and the timing of his latest album, “Speleo” is just right. Jack runs the Sound for Good netlabel, where profits from sales of downloads and CDs go to charity. Eagle-eyed readers may recall me talking about Sound for Good on my earlier review of William Spivey and Aos Crowley’s “Absence of Matter“. It’s notable that, in just four months, already the label has reached its sixth release.

The album’s notes state that the recordings “are inspired by and dedicated to the amazing subterranean worlds of the underground.” There are four tracks, ranging from 10 to nearly 17 minutes long. “Mineral Dreams” starts with a thin, reedy pipe; a slow minor chord draws out, and vocal textures are laid over a pulsating drone. The music is exceedingly...

The rest of the review is over at EarTickles: http://eartickles.com/2012/07/27/jack-hertz-speleo/

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Independent Music Reviews / Review: Roberto Massoni – Diter:0
« on: July 19, 2012, 07:57:04 AM »
Roberto Massoni‘s “Diter:0″ is the first album to be released on the Docil netlabel, which is based in Argentina. According to the Internet Archive, the label may previously have been named Data. The label also has a SoundCloud page with some additional tracks. The description on this release’s webpage (as translated by Google) describes the music as being “created from the kindness and acceptance of happiness”.

At just over half an hour long, the album moves from one slow, perfect slice of beauty to the next. “Ruido” starts uncertainly, before lush chords are placed across an over-driven guitar rhythm...

The full review is posted over on EarTickles: http://eartickles.com/2012/07/19/roberto-massoni-diter0/

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It’s always exciting when a new netlabel launches. Petroglyph Music is a fresh Norwegian label which intends to focus on ambient and experimental music and their subgenres. The label currently has two releases under its belt, having been launched just over two weeks ago. Some of Rune Martinsen’s earlier work can be found under the name Abhorrent Beauty; Øystein Jørgensen has also recorded fairly prolifically under the Ambient Fabric name...

The full review is posted over on EarTickles: http://eartickles.com/2012/07/17/rune-martinsen-oystein-jorgensen-mysterium-cosmographicum/

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Independent Music Reviews / Review: Shane Morris & Mystified - Epoch
« on: July 10, 2012, 09:32:35 AM »
"...the album’s longest cut, lays small seeds down under long, ominous notes which furl and unfurl like sonic rope. The soundscape beguiles the listener with a keening, hypnotic repeated motif hanging in the ether above rock-solid didgeridoo drones. Organic splashes and burbles signify the changes in the forms of..."

The full review is over at EarTickles: http://eartickles.com/2012/07/10/shane-morris-mystified-epoch/

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Independent Music Reviews / Review: Jaja - Ascend
« on: July 05, 2012, 07:58:26 AM »
“Ascend” is the second solo album by the German musician Jaja (Jana Rockstroh), and is released on the netlabel she co-founded, CYAN Music; its predecessor ”Oum” was issued in 2011. She is also one half of the psytrance duo “New Age Hippies“. Jaja describes her music as live electronic compositions, where she plays and arranges nearly everything live on her keyboard, which always makes for interesting listening.The album is an epic project, clocking in at over two-and-a-half hours. “Aero” has a stately opening, with grand washes of synths pulling around vortex-like under an ethereal choir. “Entity” is dark and dense, with snippets of alien speech floating above...

You can read the rest of the review over at EarTickles: http://eartickles.com/2012/07/05/jaja-ascend/

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Independent Music Reviews / Review: Inner Place - Biosphere
« on: June 28, 2012, 01:24:33 PM »

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Independent Music Reviews / Review: Matthew Barlow - Fields
« on: June 18, 2012, 09:05:45 AM »

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Independent Music Reviews / Preview: Neu Gestalt - Weightless Hours
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:29:08 AM »
"Weightless Hours" is due to be released next week.

The preview is over on EarTickles at: http://eartickles.com/2012/06/16/neu-gestalt-weightless-hours/

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Jokes, Nonsense and Amusing Links / "O Fortuna" Misheard Lyrics
« on: June 10, 2012, 09:16:54 AM »
I think that this animation's too funny not to share! [YouTube video link] http://youtu.be/nIwrgAnx6Q8

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Independent Music Reviews / Review: Saito Koji - Again
« on: June 09, 2012, 07:53:02 AM »

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Independent Music Reviews / Review: Gregg Plummer - Free
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:57:57 AM »

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Independent Music Reviews / Review: Chris Russell - Bloom
« on: June 06, 2012, 08:53:24 AM »

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