PLURAMON
The Monstrous Surplus

[Karaoke Kalk, www.karaokekalk.com]

MARCUS SCHMICKLER
Altars of Science

[Editions Mego, www.editionsmego.com]

Music schizophrenic Marcus Schmickler releases two albums, each one as different as the day is from night.

Idle for the last few years, his "pop" moniker Pluramon is back with a vengeance. Featuring four vocalists [including Schmickler himself], "The Monstrous Surplus" is the shoe-gazing record My Bloody Valentine didn't wait around to make. Full of thick walls of guitars, the album is gentle enough to retain a full-headed pop sensibility. Make no mistake, this isn't pure pop [I can't imagine these songs being played on mainstream radio] but they're not particularly experimental by their pure existence. Strongest plus of the record is the variety of vocalists. Not only do we get Schmickler on the lazy "Fishing", we also have Julia Hummer, Jutta Koether and the irreplaceable Julee Cruise. This is Cruise's return to form. Listen to the way she dreamily weaves her sultry voice on the multi-faceted, very grandeur "Can't Disappear" or her twinkling, ultra-luscious breaths on "Drowning in You". Julia Hummer is equally satisfying [check out "K-Land"] so much so, that at times, with the vocals hidden beneath a thick concoction of guitars and synths, one can't tell her apart from Cruise. From start to finish, this is a gloriously produced album and something Schmickler can very much be proud of.

On another front, Schmickler offers up "Altars of Science" which is his first purely electronic output since "Sator Rotas", which dates back to the previous century. Broken up into eight, easy-to-manage sections, the sounds go from soothing, clangy to the perverse and ultra-fluttery. Somewhere along during the fifth section, his sounds begin to imitate a buzzing bee flying through a wind tunnel, while a bit further on, we hear what can only be compared to revving motor sound and a speeding bike. Add to this sounds of the ever-expanding universe and tapes that are played at the wrong speed and you've got yourself a mish-mash of gigantic proportions. Another rich and rewarding release from the multi-faceted Schmickler.

Tom Sekowski


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+ Yam Yam - Eatdubafrobeat
+ Gregor Tresher - A Thousand Nights
+ Smashits
+ We Are Punks 2
+ Necessary Intergalactic Cooperation - NIC
+ Einsturzende Neubauten - Alles Wieder Offen
+ Move D - Tonspuren 1-10
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+ Ellboy - Mixed By Hell
+ Collective Individualities
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+ Canola Tenderfoot - Winning Is For Losers
+ Xenia Beliayeva - Music
+ Mark Fry - Dreaming with Alice
+ Mani Neumaier/Peter Hollinger - Meet the Demons of Bali
+ Moby Grape - Moby Grape
+ Oren Ambarchi - In the Pendulum's Embrace
+ Gavin Bryars/Philip Jeck/Alter Ego - The Sinking of the Titanic

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+ NEGATIVLAND - Our Favorite Things DVD/CD
+ GoGooo - Long, lointain / DAUNIK LAZRO / PHIL MINTON - Alive at Sonorités / THE PASCHALL BROTHERS - On the Right Road Now / FLYING LOTUS - Reset / JACK WRIGHT / JOHN M. BENNETT / BEN BENNETT - Rotty What / TAYLOR DEUPREE + CHRISTOPHER WILLITS - Listening Garden / THE STUMPS - The Black Wood / WARMTH - Leave Your Wet Brain in the Hot Sun / BELLY BOAT - Dear Robert Hanoy / BJ NILSEN - The Short Night / FOVEA HEX - Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent: Three - Allure / ELIANE RADIGUE - Jetsun Mila / THOMAS DYBDAHL - Science / THE ADVANCEMENT - The Advancement / STEVE NELSON - Sound-Effect / OOIOO - Eye Remix / SONIC OPENINGS UNDER PRESSURE - Muhheankuntuk / SONORE - Only The Devil Has No Dreams / OM - Pilgrimage / REVERBAPHON - Here Comes Everyone / GENE BOWEN - Bourgeois Magnetic / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar [Burma] Vol. 3 - Music of Nat Pwe / FRED ANDERSON & HARRISON BANKHEAD - The Great Vision Concert / GOLDEN DEATH MUSIC - Ephemera Blues / HENRI TEXIER STRADA SEXTET - Alert A L'eau / PENUMBRA / HEQAT - Penumbra / Heqat / NORTHERN - Drawn / SIMAK DIALOG - Patahan / XBXRX - Wars / ALEJANDRO FRANOV - Khali / BRENDA RAY - Walatta / WILLIAM PARKER / RAINING ON THE MOON - Corn Meal Dance / JON RASKIN - Quartet / ICARUS - Sylt / MIKE BONES - The Sky Behind The Sea / CLUB 8 - The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Dreaming / LOUIE AUSTEN - Summer Love EP / mwvm - Rotations / LUCAS NIGGLI ZOOM MEETS ARTE QUARTETT - Crash Cruise / SON OF GUNNAR, TON OF SHEL - Son of Gunnar, Ton of Shel / THE NECKS - Townsville / IGNAZ SCHICK / DAWID SZCZESNY - The View Underneath / HERIBERT FRIEDL - Trac[k]_T / OLIVER LAKE TRIO - Zaki / LNGTCHÉ - Music for an Untitled Film by T. Zarkkof / BATCHAS - Explorations 85-95 / MARC BARON / BERTRAND DENZLER / JEAN-LUC GUIONNET / STEPHANE RIVES - Propagations / ANANDA SHANKAR - Missing You / A Musical Discovery of India / DANBERT NOBACON - The Library Book of The World / GROUNDTRUTHER + JOHN MEDESKI - Altitude / INHABITANTS - The Furniture Moves Underneath / FESSENDEN - v 1.1 / SEABEAR - The Ghost That Carried Us Away / NOSTALGIA 77 OCTET - Weapons of Jazz Destruction / STEVE ASHLEY - Time and Tide / MARY HALVORSON / JESSICA PAVONE - On and Off
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+ TEXTILE RANCH / CHARLES ATLAS - Textile Ranch / Charles Atlas
+ THE NOBORU JONES EXPERIENCE - The J.O.B.
+ ISAAC BABEL - The Sin of Jesus
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+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Airport Symphony
+ SMALL SAILS - Similar Anniversaries
+ MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / STEVE RODEN - Cosmic Debris - Split Art-LPs Series - Vol. II / MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / KEIJI HAINO - Cosmic Debris - Split Art-LPs Series - Vol. III
+ LUCA FORMENTINI - Tacet
+ TRIO M - Big Picture / MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS - Vision Towards Essence
+ ANNEA LOCKWOOD - Early Works 1967 - 82
+ MARC MANNING / YANN NOVAK - Pairings
+ CARIBOU - Andorra
+ RAPOON - Alien Glyph Morphology / RAPOON - Time Frost
+ THE JESUS LIZARD - Live DVD
+ MARTIN TETREAULT / KID KOALA - Phon-O-Victo
+ L-R & RADIOMENTALE - I Could Never Make That Music Again
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+ JOHN LUTHER ADAMS - Red Arc / Blue Veil
+ TOMAS KORBER / CHRISTIAN WEBER / KATSURA YAMAUCHI - Signal to Noise Vol. 2 / JASON KAHN / NORBERT MOSLANG / GUNTER MULLER - Signal to Noise Vol. 3
+ RICHARD LEO JOHNSON / GREGG BENDIAN - Who Knew Charlie Shoe?
+ LITTLE DRAGON - Little Dragon
+ AL MARGOLIS / IF, BWANA - An Innocent, Abroad / IF, BWANA - Radio Slaves
+ SUN RA - Disco 3000
+ Z'EV / DAVID LINTON - Untitled
+ GRAVENHURST - The Western Lands
+ MORGAN PACKARD - Airships Fill The Sky CD / DVD
+ KEIICHIRO SHIBUYA - Filmachine Phonics
+ BENEVA vs CLARK NOVA - Flotsam/Jetsam / DANNY NORBURY - Dusk / VOLE - Vole Radio1
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+ TBA - Size and Tears

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