REVIEW: Sebastian Reuschel – The World Is Shit (ZCKR14 – 2016)

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With echoing creak, the door opens to the world of abandonment, spider webs covering a metronome that sets the pace towards the midnight. Diabolical noises are gradually growing to hardly digestible sonic oppression where the crudity has its certain charm. Fifteen minutes of the A-side’s “Exav 2B” are a tour de force of beatless dark ambient with suffocating drone passages, haunting overdrive effects and hollow whispers that make the mood-o-meter scraping the extremes. On the flip, “Dying Alone” is a wall of doom spanning over brain-challenging ten minutes with an abrupt end. Bremen’s ZCKR has become one of my permanent objects […]

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Mogano – Sycomore EP (Arboretum ARB002 – 2015)

Drøp’s “Vasundhara EP”, the debut release of the Berlin-based Arboretum Records, laid the necessary groundwork for the label’s next outing, appealing four-tracker “Sycomore EP” by Mogano, which was released in April 2015. Mogano is the moniker of the electronic musician and Arboretum co-founder Marco Berardi, whose artist name means ”mahogany” and refers both to ‘the percussive and string infused nature of his music’, as the label says. After Drøp’s rather darkish ambient abstractions, Mogano seeks a more relaxing environment if to judge by the A-side. Meditative opening “Retama” is purified electronic folk in a time-lapse mode, where elegiac strings and horns lend an exotic and even New […]

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Asolaar – Obliterate LP (Metaphysik MP101 – 2013)

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Asolaar dwells in the electronic music’s gloomiest corners and “Obliterate” sounds like terminal illness. Starting with corrupted hum, “Anxiety Disintegrated” impairs the orientation in time and space when scourged by aggressive pulses, followed by outlandish murmurs in “Piloto Muerto_a”. Anarchist noise continues in “Piedra de Renos” and “Telsen” while the title track’s groaning souls from the underworld are crushed by distortion and mean bass, reminding of Pan Sonic’s hydraulics. Noise and doom grade remains high in the last tracks “La Gloria de Tlitlizen” and “Piloto Muerto_b”. Behind Asolaar is Darío Pinto from Argentina, his musical roots in the 1990s industrial […]

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