tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

14/12/2014 : VARIOUS ARTISTS - Nightingale Variations

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Nightingale Variations

MusicCD
Electronics

[80/100]   

Kooky Records
14/12/2014, Paul PLEDGER

The remit was simple - Kooky impresario Phil Cleaver sent a field recording of chirruping nightingales to various artists, offering them a chance to use said birdsong in a manner of their choosing. Ten interpretations make up this intriguing package, ranging from musique concrete, ambient, electronica and nu-folk, but all featuring the attendant resplendence of nightingales (and other countryside attractions) recorded in deepest Northamptonshire. 

John Foxx kicks things off with a simple ambi-classical instrumental, an elegy with treated piano and cross-faded birdsong that recalls his recent work with Harold Budd. A Small Wood In a Big World is certainly fitting the brief and sets the tone for the remaining contributions. Church bells, a strohviol (a sort of horned violin) and basic viola accompany Michael Tanner's mesmeric melancholia on Apollyan in D, while Slipstream have managed to sound more like Durutti Column on Fly than DC's own Laurie Laptop does on his composition, Silva Pslamus, that is until the vocals kick in. In addition, renowned Pet Shop Boys producer Pete Gleadall gives Fly a somewhat shimmering angelic quality without drowning out the tweets too much.

Talking of that Laurie Laptop piece, Silva Pslamus is a pleasing hybrid of Eno, Foxx and Frahm that would soundtrack a day by the sea, let alone a lowly field in the countryside. Rather more unpredictable is Micronormous' glitchy but likeable Migration which starts as a blissed-out piece of ambience, before sounding like an arcade-game theme being played on a faulty CD - it works a treat, especially with added trickling water and babbling brook effects. Mark Tranmer (alias GNAC) offers up a pretty ascending/descending smidgeon of pastoral lo-fi, while Oliver Cherer does his best to bring something acoustic, even organic, to the table with a spot of folksy whimsy that pays as much homage to '70s Brit-folk as it does nightingales.

As with the splendid Music and Migration series on Second Language, Nightingale Variations demonstrates a perfect metathesis of man, machine, forethought and feathered wonderment. Enchanting.

This review also appeared on Flipside Reviews

 

Paul PLEDGER
14/12/2014


Music reviews

17
01
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY
Mechanical Soul
16
01
IMPLANT
Phantom Pain
15
01
DD SANCHEZ
StRaNgE
10
01
BLACK SNOW IN SUMMER
Lost Feelings
09
01
CAUSENATION
Promises of hope and fear
09
01
HA:PEOPLE.3.55
El Dia de la Bestia, Part 2 : WAR!

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

18
01
On this day, 41 ago, John Foxx released his first solo project album Metamatic!
17
01
Today, 36 years ago, Alien Sex Fiend recorded Liquid Head in Tokyo!
16
01
26 years Divine Rapture | Celebrating The Siouxsie and the Banshees 1995 and final album!
15
01
Brand new Front Line Assembly album 'Mechanical Soul' out today!
15
01
The Dreams Will Always Linger | Remembering Dolores O’Riordan - 3 Year Anniversary
14
01
On this night, 42 years ago, Joy Division played at King Kong, Antwerp (B)!

Concert reviews

24
09
RED ZEBRA
29 augustus 2020 - Zarlarswing

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

07
01
MAMAN KUSTERS
‘Let’s Keep It Intriguing
16
12
THE BREATH OF LIFE
'No, I never considered quitting making music. Nor to taste good special beers.'
05
12
CEVIN KEY (SKINNY PUPPY, DOWNLOAD)
'It really has been like the formation of a new band in a lot of ways...'
03
12
ALEX SKOLNICK (TESTAMENT, ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO)
'I was as knocked out as I was hearing Van Halen...'
14
11
PROYECTO MIRAGE
I Think We Needed A Break

PHOTOS

25
09
PETER HEPPNER
Strandkorb Open Air Mönchengladbach
20
09
STAR-INDUSTRY
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DEER DEAR
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LARVA
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LIZARD SMILE
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DELERITAS
Liège New Wave Festival
20
08
JUSTIN SULLIVAN & GASTONE
Kreisverwaltung Groß-Gerau

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

18
01
KAI SCHUMACHER
The Hug (Rework by Illuminine)
17
01
ELSJE HELEWAUT & RUDOLF HECKE
Let's Not Give A Damn
16
01
PSY'AVIAH
Not What I Expected
15
01
LEATHER STRIP
Strap me down
14
01
ANATOMIA HUMANA DESMONTABLE
Enfermedad
13
01
MOLLY NILSSON
1995
12
01
COIL
Tattooed Man