RM74
Fireproof in 8 Parts

[Hinterzimmer Records, www.hiterzimmer-records.com]

RM74 / RLW
Pirouetten

[Crouton Music, www.croutonmusic.com]

HERPES Ö DELUXE
Kielholen

[Hinterzimmer Records, www.hiterzimmer-records.com]

Multi-instrumentalist Redo Mäder continues his quest to confound and delight this particular listener. With each release, his work has become more bold and certainly more mature. His take on electronic music as it sits side by side with "real" instrumentation - organ, piano, harp, gong, guitar - is quite unique. His intent is to mesh electronics with instruments in such a way as to make both sides of the fence talk to one another. To become a true creation, one must first give up a little bit to gain a whole lot. Fourth solo release from Mäder [or RM74] "Fireproof in 8 Parts" is a weird little trip into the world of sinister sounds of strange instrumentation, bizarre choices of musical tyranny and altogether fucked-up sounds. The album begins with "A Stroke of Lightening", where Rev. Lester Knox who praises the "hey man" mentality with all kinds of obscure imagery that is followed up with off-key organ harassed with total intensity. Organ grows in vigour with each passing minute, building up to an ultimate climax that falters off to a subtle sound at the end. On "Unearth", Mäder builds a wall of gongs, harp and organ sounds that are filtered through his computer and destroyed relentlessly. The sustained guitar soup on "Exaudi!" is barren, scraping and to the point, while Dave Phillips's piano rumbling and off-key strokes on the closing "Morbus Fidel" sound sinister, total and completely cold. A bonus CD, "Lofire" delivers a somewhat more acoustic side of Mäder. With individual solo piano piece "Night Enfold", there is an impression, he's continuing on from the previous CD. "E-S-R-E-V-E-R" sounds like a vinyl span backwards while some computer processing is being utilized, while "Scharlach in Saldo" sees the return of the organ in grand glory. Glitched-out around the edges, organ is delivered in grand style, emphasizing a funeral melody. Overall, the sounds Mäder has chosen to record are far from being alien Removed from reality or simply created in the nether regions of hell, the album is a mirror reflection of a dark, hidden soul.
"Pirouetten" is a collaboration that Mäder began back in 2003, when he visited Ralf Wehowsky [aka RLW] in his solid green middle-class garden. The album goes a long way in exploring Mäder's obsession with "centurial folkways". Packaged in a clear, over-sized plastic package, the CD comes complete with eight photographs [one per track] done by Elisabeth Blattler. Each photograph represents various tree branches of a barren tree and fairly well symbolizes the skeletal remains of the audio portion of the release. As usual, Mäder plays the organ, piano, some accordion, cello, guitar, harmonica, while Wehowsky concentrates on gamelan, sitar, paper, guitar, trombone, chimes, recordings of populated fields and transformations. For what it's worth, the two collaborators find a fine balance between live instrumentation and specific environments created to house these sounds in. Instrumental portions of varied instruments were overlapped in strict electro-acoustic environment to control sounds that are dark, alien and strangely appealing. Musically, they stretch out their instrumental bits to the max, giving the sounds a gliding, monumental feel. Individual instruments are elongated for eternity, as accordion is meshed with sitar and guitar for a good few minutes, before other instruments pop into view successively. I hate to use the word sombre, but that's just what this music is. What's best is the way the two make use of the electro-acoustic realm and let instruments talk to each other with the computer in the role of the mediator. Make no mistake, eight pieces presented on the disc are composed, which allows for a certain amount of order to be felt. Near the end of the disc, a couple of tracks are drenched in noise which is a welcome break from overwhelming austerity that's present before. Intensely pleasing in its ability to communicate sounds that are brutally honest and insanely extreme, "Pirouetten" is one of those late-comer "best of list" albums that arrived at my doors early this year.
Herpes Ö DeLuxe is a Swiss band who has been hopping the fields of atmospheric noise, electronica and harsh sounds for the last decade. "Kielholen" is their debut for RM74's Hinterzimmer imprint and presents a sombre archive of some of their work done between 1997 and 2005. Considering the band usually builds up momentous 30 to 50 minute pieces, having their work edited down to song length is a let down. With that said, this record is not meant to be a "best of" collection but a means to preserve some pieces that would simply disappear in the band's archives. As they're found in their edited forms, the sounds walk a fine line between utter noise, industrial sounds and atmospheric electronics. Considering Mäder produced the record, he allowed himself the liberty to use an organ. "Ruhig Stellen" features an overabundance of organ sustain, while devilish vocals drown underneath a thick smegma of indiscernible electric wails. One of the better moments arrives on "Boiled Rice", where a thinly veiled organ is pushed into a walloping, thickly distorted soup. The final track features bits and pieces of percussion that is echoed in a cavernous room. All tracks are equally dreary. No surprise that no joyful rays of sun peer through the clouds, which means the mood is overbearing and gloomy. My only concern is the CD could have been utilized to its fullest. In clocking at just over 40 minutes, it leaves out much work the quartet released that may interest other newcomers. Coming straight out of the deepest, darkest pits of hell, isn't it time you too got acquainted with these sounds?

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Z'EV - Metaphonics
+ Brush - Brush!?
+ Ariesta Birawa Group - Ariesta Birawa vol. 1
+ Zipps - Be Stoned! Dig The Zipps
+ Satya Sai Maitreya Kali - Apache/Inca
+ Charlemagne Palestine / Tony Conrad - An Aural Symbiotic Mystery
+ Toshinori Kondo - Fukyo
+ Max Richter - Songs from Before
+ Esmerine - Aurora
+ Jean-Luc Guionnet/Pascal Battus - Parmakli
+ Bill Horist - :Projects
+ Łukasz Ciszak - auxin
+ Tomasz Bednarczyk - Summer Feelings
+ volcano! - Beautiful Seizure
+ TR 21 - Deceased City
+ Transforma & O.S.T. - Synken
+ Reynold - La Cite d'en Haut
+ Radical Face - Ghost
+ Patrick Pulsinger - Dogmatic Sequences 1994 - 2006
+ Phelan Sheppard - Harps Old Master
+ Oblong - Indicator
+ Milenasong - Seven Sisters
+ Kapitan DA - Kapitan DA
+ Hug - Heroes
+ Housemeister - Roadmovie
+ A Hawk & A Hacksaw - The Way The Wind Blows
+ The Go Find - Stars On The Wall
+ Gescom - MiniDisc
+ Damero - Happy In Grey
+ Console - Pan Or Ama
+ Classic Cuts: Knight Action - Single Girl / Los Angeles T.F. - Magical Body / Mike Dunn - So Let It Be House / Dopplereffekt - Gesamkunstwerk
+ Christ. - Blue Shift Emissions
+ Blue Raincoat - Everything Is A Piece Of Something
+ Bloodysnowman - Bloodysnowman
+ American Gigolo III - Mixed & Compiled By Princess Superstar
+ 7 Up! - Singles Only 1978 - 1982

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+ loudQUIETloud - A Film about The Pixies DVD
+ BRENT FARISS / BILL THOMPSON - August - September
+ TOM RECCHION - Sweetly doing nothing
+ STEN SANDELL TRIO - Oval
+ MAGIC CARPATHIANS & LECHISTAN'S ELECTRIC CHAIR - Mirrors
+ WALTER & SABRINA - Chioma SuperNormal - The Dark Album
+ POSITIVE KNOWLEDGE - First Ones / JOEL FUTTERMAN / ALVIN FIELDER / IKE LEVIN - Live at the Blue Monk
+ ANTHONY BURR / OSCAR NORIEGA / CHRIS SPEED - The Clarinets
+ JESSE ZUBOT - Dementia
+ CHRISTIAN WEBER - 3 Suits & A Violin - Osaka Solo
+ HERIBERT FRIEDL - Back_Forward / BERNARD GUNTER / HERIBERT FRIEDL - Trans~
+ HORKESKART - Live in Solitude / CINC - Polyphonic Poetry
+ BOB MARSH / THERESA WONG / BRYAN EUBANKS - Luggage
+ JOHN BUTCHER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Concentric / RODRIGO AMADO / KENT KESSLER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Teatro
+ NORBERT MOSLANG / GUNTER MULLER - Wild_Suzuki / NORBERT MOSLANG - Burst_Log / MASAHIKO OKURA / GUNTER MULLER / AMI YOSHIDA - Tanker
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS / ANDREA CENTAZZO - Fire
>> RM74 - Fireproof in 8 Parts / RM74 / RLW - Pirouetten / HERPES Ö DELUXE - Kielholen
+ ÖLVIS - Bravado
+ TETSU INOUE - World Receiver / BEAUTUMN - Northing / RUDY ADRIAN - MoonWater / MARKUS REUTER - Trepanation
+ DRAKKAR SAUNA - Jabraham Lincoln
+ FLUORESCENT GREY - Lying on the Floor Mingling With God in a Tijuana Motel Room Next Door to a Veterinary Supply Store
+ HOLGER CZUKAY - Radio Wave Surfer - Good Morning Story
+ DO MAKE SAY THINK - You, You're a History in Rust
+ CLAUDIO PARODI - Horizontal Mover (homage to Alvin Lucier)
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Women of the World: Acoustic - A New Groove - One World, Many Cultures
+ BAD BRAINS - Live at CBGB 1982 - CD/DVD
+ JOHANNES BAUER / THOMAS LEHN / JON ROSE - Futch / STEVE LACY - Live at Jazzwerstatt Peitz
+ VOLCANO THE BEAR - Egg and Two Books
+ IRENE SCHWEIZER / FRED ANDERSON / HAMID DRAKE - Willisau & Taktlos
+ KOTRA AND ZAVOLOKA - Wag the Swing
+ CLINIC - Visitations
+ KUSH ARORA - Underwater Jihad
+ A WITNESS - I am John's Pancreas / PURE SOUND - Yukon
+ MONTA - The Brilliant Masses
+ SHELLEY BURGON / TREVOR DUNN - Baltimore
+ SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP - ..Aiff Skull EP
+ FRANCOIS HOULE - Aerials
+ KAZUMASA HASHIMOTO - Gllia / YASUSHI YOSHIDA - Secret Figure / MIDORI HIRANO - LushRush

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Laibach - relacja z koncertu w Palladium, Warszawa 10.12.2006
+ Singing is communication - wywiad z Marit Posch alias Damero
+ Something unique - wywiad z Mikael'em Stavostrandem (Bulgur Brothers)