Author: Sean Keenan

Cold Soup?! Get Stuffed! It’s Vertical Salad. Gazpacho

Gazpacho is, potentially, a cornerstone of the vegetable juice purge diet, with the rare novelty of actually being delicious....

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The Homely Path through Chaotic Woods (Nostos)

A collection of musical pieces which disturb, wrongfoot, disorient and occasionally attack the listener, whilst still being peppered with the ghost of expected song structures ...

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Crank Thy Humbuckers – Ratatat Release Magnifique

Mahoosive dynamics, the customary duelling guitar chops, and surf drums pulling everything together. Air guitar and dancefloor screwface, in one handy pack. Cribbens!...

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Rills, fills and dirty drum machines. Unravel (Bendejo)

Owes as much to the mechanics of dub as to the sequencing of techno, with dub's technique of using a looped passage to overwrite the 4/4 time structure driving the low-end beats....

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Cleaning ladies also experience the sublime (Aine O’Dwyer)

Where Scarlatti or Bach strove to elevate the consciousness with uplifting symmetrical counterpoint, O'Dwyer reaches into a slightly different church music tradition...

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Death in the Afternoon : Political Slaughter in Spain

Personal charisma, rockstar presentation and the common touch may indeed be a successful formula for political power....

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Parting the Veil of Sylvanian Fantasy [Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands]

Bright's voice, if a touch brittle, is faultless in pitch, soaring in keening arabesques through what must (surely) be the entire range of anguish...

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Big bangs, pulsars, black holes and supernovas [Fujako]

Off-key gamelan clangs, swarming keyboards and pitch-slowed kickdrums hammer that recurring distopian atmosphere home...

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Integration and interrelation between the orchestral and the electronic [Michael Price]

As an exercise in demonstrating the possibilities of digital/orchestral enmeshment, Entanglement is at the top table. ...

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Composing With Particle Interactions. How Does the Invisible Sound?

here is a lot going on in Q07, particularly for a record which qualifies wholeheartedly as ambient noodling. Thanks to the obliging folk at Farmacia901 the reviewed version of the album is a 24-Bit...

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High Definition sonic adventures: Joe Snape in 24-Bit

aysayers love to make sweeping judgements about 24-bit sound reproduction. The physical capabilties of the human ear provide a favourite taunting point. What is the point of a technology which can...

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Manns’ slightly plain voice is flawless, but uninspired.

There are some moderately engaging, essentially pleasant, songs on the album. Actually, they all are....

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Fogh Depot [Album]

This is brooding jazz with an electronic twist or, if you prefer, brooding electronica with a jazz twist....

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Don’t Slap Her, She’s Pretty!

Girls who want to avoid being clobbered should aim to be tall, blonde and pretty. Does the 'Slap Her!' video send out the wrong message? ...

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Music : Did We Even Like it Anyway?

Why is the music industry failing? Perhaps it’s just that most folk never really liked it much anyway....

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Scott Laudati : Hawaiian Shirts in the Electric Chair [Poetry]

Between the suburbs and the city, and all that they stand for in Laudati's oeuvre, there is the ever-present fear not of age itself, but of fading away rather than burning out...

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Trick or Treat! A Celebration of Samhain

It is the festival of Samhain from whence our contemporary experience of Hallowe'en stems...

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Uneri : Fluvial Benevolence of Womanity

Art's ever-disputed purpose chokes, regurgitates and, eventually, masticates the fabric of society to emulsified pap, thus palatable to the prolish hordes....

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Monomyth : Further

Gusty keyboard swells, reel-like lead guitar figures and crescendo-borne power riffs building seemingly unstoppable momentum until they, well, stop....

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Trioscapes : Digital Dream Sequence

Throbs with a primal, sweaty and utterly invigorating energy that transcends jazz, funk, metal or rock...

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This is Not a Book About Gavin Turk

By expounding upon Turk's themes, recurrences and symbolic obsessions, a profile develops which is, enchantingly, acres more telling than a full-frontal biographic assault...

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Taylor McFerrin : Early Riser

Wringing a sense of soul, warmth and jazz-like complexity out of sequencing, samples, sidechains and good old organic musicanship...

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Summer Cooking : Mayonnaise

Onwards, to the savoury custard of kings....

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Geoff Thompson : The Caretaker

Were it not for occasional cultural references or linguistic signposts, The Caretaker could indeed be mistaken for an established liturgical text....

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Kelis : Food

An album that keeps its powder dry, thrills and teases, and on vocal performances such as 'Biscuits n' Gravy', enthrals. Kelis, Food. Review...

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Teebs : Estara

Mandowa stamps his musical signature onto the record, weaving a living, breathing album of songs with none of the icy clinical detachment that might be expected of a producer's album....

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Mike Vallely : On Not Being Broken

Action-sports megacorporations duly demonized, Vallely takes to the appropriately bleak and inhuman streets of Berlin....

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An Emotive Wartime Journey. Yours for £2

That the Royal Mint Advisory Committee chose to commemorate that 'emotive wartime journey' with the iconic image of Lord Kitchener should come as no surprise....

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Alan De Niro : Tyrannia

The value of De Niro's writing is not in what is depicted but in tone, theme, and the disconcerting mood of the short pieces as they seed doubts and second-guesses in the reader. ...

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Peru Maravilloso [Album]

If the material is jaunty and lacking in nose-flutes it is because this is a reflection of Peruvian popular music in the 60s/70s, not some anthropological/musicological quest for an imposed...

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