Jun 2011 20

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ATelecine
Category: Noise / Industrial
Album: A Cassette Tape Culture (Phase 1)
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: An elegant and disturbing display of avant-garde experimental noise the likes of which haven’t been heard since the early days of industrial.

 

It’s almost passé for underground electronic artists to cite the experimenters of old like Throbbing Gristle, Nurse with Wound, or Coil as influences, but so few of them are truly able to present the spirit of this influence, instead opting for only a peripheral connection to them while adhering to current modes. Not that there’s anything specifically wrong with this approach, but to listen to ATelecine’s music is to take a trip back to that experimental mindset in a manner that truly defies the commercial, conventional, or categorical. Stepping up their game from the aVigilant Carpark EP, Sasha Grey and Pablo St. Francis have taken on Anthony Djuan and Ian C as additional members in their quest to push the boundaries of sound and music to create an original palette of atmospheric sound and style.

A Cassette Tape Culture (Phase 1) is sure to challenge people’s perceptions of what qualifies as music as ATelecine throws in everything including the kitchen sink (perhaps even literally, who knows?). The throbbing bass overtop a distant and muffled tape recording, complete with other skittering and resonating sound effects in lieu of a standard beat, is nothing short of ominous on “A Cassette Played,” sounding like an abstract soundtrack to someone’s innermost, darkest thoughts. “Chroeg Xen” is a haunting two minutes of ambient keyboard and tribal-esque melodic percussion that recalls the prepared piano experiments of John Cage and Aphex Twin on the Drukqs album, while “I Came I Saw I Departed” sounds like an avant-garde take on doom metal with its excessive distortion muddling a menacingly simple guitar line, metallic percussion, and other sounds that could easily be severely mangled vocals or cries for mercy. As evidenced by these tracks, as well as in the twinkling synths of “She is Beautiful” or the heavily tweaked sequences of “Some What Daft,” A Cassette Tape Culture (Phase 1) really prevails over past material is the presence of actual melodic and musical moments akin to the atmospheric backdrops exhibited by IDM artists.

With so much experimentation and decidedly unconventional sonic textures at work in ATelecine’s music, it’s clear that the band is out to appeal to those listeners with an ear for the strange and unusual. This is not the run-of-the-mill industrial you will find in the clubs or on the Alfa Matrix or Metropolis labels; this is the stuff that truly revels in the modes of old, shunning commerciality in favor of true exploration. And yet, with the presence of actual musical moments – albeit twisted past recognition – on A Cassette Tape Culture (Phase 1), ATelecine has the potential to take its niche sound to a much larger audience.
 
Track list:

  1. Find Nothing Else
  2. Chroeg Xen
  3. It’s All Write
  4. She Is Beautiful
  5. Kitchen Light
  6. A Cassette Played
  7. Auon (Live Version)
  8. Some What Daft
  9. Elijah’s New Sun
  10. I Came I Sat I Departed
  11. RH
  12. Never Was a Dreamer

 
ATelecine MySpace http://www.myspace.com/atelecine
ATelecine Facebook http://www.facebook.com/aTelecine
ATelecine Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/aTelecine
Sasha Grey Website http://www.sashagrey.com
Sasha Grey MySpace http://www.myspace.com/sashagrey
Sasha Grey Facebook http://www.facebook.com/sashagrey
Sasha Grey Twitter http://www.twitter.com/sashagrey
Pendu Sound Recordings Website http://www.pendusound.com
Pendu Sound Recordings MySpace http://www.myspace.com/pendusound
Pendu Sound Recordings Facebook http://www.facebook.com/PenduSound
 
2010-11-02
 
Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

2 Comments

  1. […] REGEN MAGAZINE reviews aTelecine’s A Cassette Tape Culture (Phase 1) , 06/20/11 – “An elegant and disturbing display of avant-garde experimental noise the likes of which haven’t been heard since the early days of industrial.” Read it here… […]

  2. […] REGEN MAGAZINE reviews aTelecine’s A Cassette Tape Culture (Phase 1) , 06/20/11 – “An elegant and disturbing display of avant-garde experimental noise the likes of which haven’t been heard since the early days of industrial.” Read it here… […]

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