RLW / TITO
Mahlzeit

Kiko C. Esseiva
Sous les étoiles

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

  From the mad mind of Reto Mäder [aka RM74] and his Hinterzimmer Records imprint come two unique and quite intensely disturbing releases.

  Translated from German as meal, "Mahlzeit" is an amalgamation of experimental guru Ralf Wehowsky and Trans Industrial Toy Orchestra [TITO] from Hamburg. TITO [in this incarnation - Peter Kastner, Ine Ophof and Jan Van Wissen] created their part of the conceptual work using a broad collection of toys and kitchen tools and used electronic devises to contort these, while Wehowsky adds a mix of electronics, instruments voice and best of all, body functions. This very conceptual piece of work at times sounds like a merry go round, at other times resembles a cluttering of kitchen utensils thrown randomly across a room and at other times still sounds like a cacophony of electronically-cured body noises. On "Fressen, vergessen", one is privy to hear a series of mid-volume farts, while a carousel sound accompanies the bellows that are emitted. When RLW remixes TITO on "Hin", we get a condensed version of variety of body noises - farts, belches, squirms, stomach noises - accompanied by a screechy electronic landscape. Most intense piece of the bunch comes at the end, as the fourteen minute "Bauernfruehstueck, Labskaus und Gulaschsuppe" twists its way through a cacophony of various noises, squeals, metal-sheet bombs and other sundry twists and turns. Forget about making an attempt to dig sense from the depth of this record. Digest "Mahlzeit" slowly, and let it pass through your system like you would with any good meal, without forcing a rush on this experience.

  Spanish composer Kiko C. Esseiva has a huge interest in electroacoustic work. Having released "Musiques Pour Haut-Parleurs" [Music for Loudspeakers] four years back, he now returns with "Sous les étoiles", which translates as Under the Stars. Though the album is a self-contained work, in many instances, it feels a tad disjointed. Noises, bursts of sounds actually, come and go in spurts. Perhaps that's the whole purpose of this exercise - to take listeners by surprise and throw as many curveballs as possible during the work's 42 minute duration. Quiet, oblique but never too dense or overflowing with incidental throw-away ideas, the album miraculously holds its own. While it lulls the mind in certain respects with its lazy flowing sounds, there are too many instances, where it doesn't let go of the surprise-factor and the hits keep on coming from left field. Rattling, dazzling, horrifically packed with stuff, Kiko C. Esseiva's work begs to be enjoyed on a good set of headphones. Let yourself drown in this world and make it your very own.

  - Tom Sekowski


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+ Jack Rose - Dr Ragtime & Pals/Self Titled
+ Clark-Hutchinson - A=MH2... expanded
+ The Deep - Psychedelic Moods
+ Dandelion - Dandelion
+ SHIRA U'TFILA - Sephardic Songs from the Balkans
+ Maja S. K. Ratkje - River Mouth Echoes

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+ Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators - Keep Reachin' Up
+ Daniel Levin Quartet - Blurry
+ Death in June & Boyd Rice - Scorpion Wind
+ Paul Bradley - Màs Memorias Extranjeras
+ My Cat is an Alien / Mats Gustafsson - Cosmic Debris - Split Art-LPs series - Vol. IV / Painting Petals on Planet Ghost - Fallen Camellias
+ Davor Mikan - TŠuschung
+ Lars Fredriksson - Ting Qiu - Listening to Autumn
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+ Brian Agro - Procession of the Ornaments
+ Elektronavn - Cosmic Continuum
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+ Giacomo Merega / David Tronzo / Noah Kaplan - The Light and Other Things
+ His Name is Alive - Firefly Dragonfly EP
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+ Carl Stone - Woo Lae Oak
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+ Lindha Kallerdahl - Gold
+ Worrytrain - Fog Dance, My Moth Kingdom
+ David Buchbinder - Odessa/Havana
+ She & Him - Volume One
+ Lead Sister II - Interplanetary Craft