SPOOKY
Open

[Spooky, www.spooky.uk.com]

Team of Charlie May and Duncan Forbes who make up the UK outfit Spooky are back with a 2 CD opus "Open". More than anything else, this electronic duo is skilled at creating an atmosphere. Though the first CD is more song structured [in fact, these are real pop tunes], there's an underlying chill-out vibe to the whole production. Julie Daske and Celestine Walcott-Gordon provide chillingly great vocals on all the pieces. Their voices are not unlike some ethereal space mermaids. Soft, yet with a certain concrete grasp of the material, they soar above the electronic bed of keyboards and samples. In certain moments, like on "Strange Addiction", the vocals are actually soulful and full of sexual prowess. One thing that distracts me about the first record is the monotonous beats. I'm sure there were better samples they could've lifted for some of these tracks. By the end of the first disc, everything tends to sound too same. By the time we arrive at the second CD is when the excitement starts. Not only does Spooky take down the music by a few notches, but the vocals are more sparse. When "New Light (dub)" comes around, the duo switch pace and surprise with some light dub dabbling, which are accompanied by some tender vocals. Stand out track is the ten minute "Shelter (slow phase)" which is nothing more than a mass of light clicks and ethereal "ooohs" and "ahhs" floating in the air. Only problem is, they're floating aimlessly. Then again, this is a good thing when you're trying your best to tune in and drop right out. I'm not sure whether I should be recommending the album to Enya fans, fans of ambient music of both.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Anthony Braxton - Sextet (Victoriaville) 2005 / Roscoe Mitchell - Compositions/Improvisations Nos. 1,2 & 3
+ Älgarnas Trädgard - Framtiden ar ett svavande skepp, forankrat i forntiden
+ Henry Kaiser/Charles K. Noyes/Sang Won Park - Invite the Spirit 2006
+ My Cat Is An Alien - Il Suono Venuto Dallo Spazio
+ V.A. - Jukebox Buddha
+ Casio Casino Vs. Neville Attree - AAcid Code 8
+ Matthew Dear - Asa Breed
+ Vladislav Delay - Whistblower
+ Brian Ellis - Free Way
+ Thomas Fehlmann - Honigpumpe
+ Filewile - Nassau Massage
+ Andreas Heiszenberger - Ah
+ Kiko - Tragolta
+ Lawrence - Lowlights From The Past And Future
+ Hakan Lidbo & Alex Van Heerden - Simple
+ Montag - Going Places
+ People Press Play - People Press Play
+ Phonique - Good Idea
+ Porn Sword Tobacco - New Exclusive Olympic Heights
+ Rancho Relaxo Allstars - The Answer Is Yes
+ Rother Vs. Beliayeva - Roses Remix/Don't Worry Remix
+ September Collective - All The Birds Were Anarchist
+ Throbbing Gristle - Endless Not
+ Tied & Tickled Trio - Aelita
+ Death Vessel - Stay Close
+ Apparat - Walls

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+ COR FUHLER - Stengam
+ MAD JUANA - Acoustic Voodoo
+ MARISSA NADLER - Songs III: Bird on the Water
+ AXEL DÖRNER/LUCIO CAPECE - Axel Dorner / Lucio Capece
>> SPOOKY - Open
+ DAVID S. WARE QUARTET - Renunciation
+ JUNE TABOR - Apples
+ PETER SCHARLI SPECIAL SEXTET - Hot Peace
+ BUFFALO AGE - Buffalo Age
+ JACKSON HARRISON TRIO - Land Tides
+ SYLVIE COURVOISIER - Lonelyville
+ RAN SLAVIN - The Wayward Regional Transmissions
+ ANTHONY BRAXTON & FRED FRITH - Duo (Victoriaville) 2005 / WOLF EYES & ANTHONY BRAXTON - Black Vomit
+ CHILDREN OF THE STONES - The Bright Day is Gone / JOHN BUTCHER / CHRISTOF KURZMANN - The Big Misunderstanding Between Hertz and MegaHertz / FELIX WERDER - The Tempest / Electronic Music / ARTANKER CONVOY - Cozy Endings CD/DVD / ROB BROWN TRIO - Sounds / THE CHROME CRANKS - Diabolical Boogie (Singles, Demos & Rarities: 1992 B.C. - 1998 A.D.) / MATHON - Muntsulej / FERGUS KELLY - Material Evidence / TAO G. VRHOVEC SAMBOLEC / TOMAZ GROM - Tilt / WALKING BICYCLES - Walking Bicycles / UNITED BIBLE STUDIES - The Shore that Fears the Sea
+ PRIVACY - Without Mercy
+ PURE SOUND - Submarine
+ YABBY YOU - Deliver Me From My Enemies
+ TEXT OF LIGHT - Rotterdam.1
+ ENT - Fuck Work / URKUMA - Rebuilding Pantaleone's Tree / (ETRE) - A Post-Fordist Parade in the Strike of Events
+ GUTEVOLK - Tiny People Singing Over The Rainbow
+ ENRICO RAVA QUINTET - The Words and the Days / JOHN ABERCROMBIE - The Third Quartet / PAUL MOTIAN - Time and Time Again / FRANCOIS COUTURIER - Nostalghia - Song for Tarkovsky
+ MICHAEL FAHRES - The Tubes
+ ZMF TRIO - Circle the Path
+ GIANLUCA BECUZZI & FABIO ORSI - The Stones Know Everything
+ OV - Noctilucent Valleys
+ JIM DENLEY & SCOTT SINCLAIR - Gleanings
+ ADAM LANE / KEN VANDERMARK / MAGNUS BROO / PAAL NILSEEN-LOVE - 4 Corners / (((POWERHOUSE SOUND))) - Oslo / Chicago: Breaks
+ ANTONY MILTON - The End of This Short Road
+ DAVID LIEBMAN / RICHIE BEIRACH / RON McCLURE / BILLY HART - Redemption - Quest Live in Europe
+ KLIMA - Klima
+ ERSAHIN / TRUFFAZ / MADSEN / RUECHERT / PENMAN - Our Theory / WAX POETIC - Copenhagen
+ WILLIAM PARKER & HAMID DRAKE - First Communion & Piercing the Veil - Summer Snow
+ TILOMO - Soft Lunch / SECRET VOICES - No Time For Silence

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Techno dekathlon master - rozmowa z Hakan Lidbo