Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
CD + Booklet – Denovali
Behind the moniker ‘The Eye of Time’ there is no-one but Marc Euvrie, a French musician who has been associated with the punk and hardcore scenes. We remember him from bands such as Aussitôt Mort, Karysun and Sugartown Cabaret. The approach of this first solo work is more emotional and sensitive, although a certain darkness and ruggedness still filter through the cuts. The textures are pregnant with an atmospheric pathos and loops and melodies are combined in cinematic fashion with classic acoustic sounds (piano, trumpet, cello), electronic manipulations and several field recordings. “We are corpses, dead man walking… we are ghosts in the supermarkets of life,” said the artist, who has been working on the project for 8 years. The dark, urban settings of the record are layered with drum and bass, heavy metal drones and noise elements. This dystopian world has emerged from a large variety of sources and is presented on a 2CD package that includes a 30-page booklet full of photos. The second CD is characterized by an even more expansive stylistic eclecticism, divided in two parts, “Jail” and “Lily On The Valley”, that incorporate abstract hip-hop and choral elements, dark-jazz solipsism, elegiac passages, claustrophobic lullabies, post-rock sounds, melancholic drones, junglisms and complex orchestral articulations. Maybe there are too many elements but the work is always coherent and never forced – a very pleasant listening experience. Aurelio Cianciotta
The Eye Of Time – S/T http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtofV97qP2M