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Yoshimi & Yuka “Flower with No Color” [Ipecac]

Avant-exotica? Much in the vein of Yoshimi’s
earlier picture disk. The other reason “Y”
is Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto, who adds a lot
of tinkling key work. Yoshimi also brings
the trumpet more to the front at times,
it has appeared a little bit in her OOIOO
project. Nuns on mescaline singing/keening
in parts…and lot’s o’ fauna doing backup
vox (birds, dogs and insects). As legend,
or perhaps just marketing, has it…this
CD was created at a temple atop Mt. Ikoma
after hiking all of the instruments up
there. (So I guess that’s an electric
piano on much of the album ;>) I prefer
the tracks where the “bamboo” percussion
makes an early entrance. En trance in
trance tranq quill trance end.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 29, 2003 at 2:52 am
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  • Aichinger, Oskar “Synapsis” [Between-the-Lines]

    Vienna-based pianist delivers a precise and poetic
    release. His quartet here includes Stefan Nemeth on
    synthesizer, their interplay is like a dog and a cat
    that get along…somewhat surprising and all the more
    enjoyable to observe because of that. Territories are
    not marked strictly, and at times prepared treatment
    for Oskar blurs the line where the piano stops. Much
    of the work here has a crystalline beauty; precise
    stops in phrases (like question marks hanging), quick
    but bright clusters, and lighter than air work on the
    upper 44 keys. Deep sea bass work by Achim Tang (with
    some scrubbing/bowing) and percussive punctuation by
    Paul Skrepek add significantly. The invisible fifth
    member of the quartet is Christoph Amman, who captured
    this in a gorgeous recording, don’t miss it.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 27, 2003 at 1:19 am
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  • Matmos “The Civil War” [Matador]

    Hard to separate the irony from the gold, hard to
    filter the sample from the directly generated (or
    should I say degenerated) sound. Perhaps that is the
    split in this war? Or could it be that Drew Daniel
    and M.C. Schmidt find themselves at each other’s
    throats after jetsetting about as Bjork-End BoyToys?
    Well if they are each others throats, it is only to
    record the sound of blood in the carotid artery
    (that and music made from rabbit pelt are purportedly
    among the sonic inputs at work here). Listen to their
    rendition of “Stars and Stripes Forever” these guys
    may be too clever for their own good. But this is
    the future, sampling not as a mode of deconstruction
    but rather Reconstruction. And perhaps that would
    have been a more fitting title to this album of
    mechano-server marches and madness? Having seen
    them with her Bjorkness, I hope beyond innovation
    and technique, they will help lead a rallying of
    performance and presentation, a point where power
    electronics is often all mouse, no man.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 21, 2003 at 4:22 pm
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  • Berne, Tim and Science Friction “the sublime and.” [Thirsty Ear]

    Science Friction is Berne’s latest group, with
    some familiar figures. Marc Ducret on electric
    guitar is somehow able to insert notes between
    the fiery charges of Berne’s alto. He’s just a
    tremendous guitarist, who we should hear more
    of…his use of volume washes works well with
    the keys and electronics of Craig Taborn. When
    Taborn is leading, this album can prick up
    some prog rock ears…but this is really an
    explosive jazz album, that gets the Blue Series
    nod thanks to the electronics (not just Taborn,
    visit “Mrs. Subliminal” to hear Tim dabbling
    in delay. Tom Rainey remains Berne’s reigning
    drummer king. His looseness fits well with the
    dizzying work here. I actually live for the
    moments when a few of the scored bars kick in.
    Those sections are hairpin tight and move
    quickly in unexpected directions. “Smallfry”
    is unique in its ice cracking ambience. This
    is all live, no safety net.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 9, 2003 at 2:33 am
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