Sunday, May 15, 2016

REVIEW - ATARAXIC ATAXIA - SHADOW SEA - CD

ATARAXIC ATAXIA - SHADOW SEA - CD
NO PART OF IT
DARK AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL NOISE
PRO CDR IN A JEWEL CASE WITH INSERT.
ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN AN EDITION OF
23 COPIED BY SIDE OF THE SUN RECORDINGS
ATARAXIC ATAXIA IS:
DOMINICK DUFNER
NICOLE PIZZTO


I.) AU CLAURE DE LA LUNE / II.) WHITE BUFFALO (LIVE) /
III.) A MASOCHIST'S HEAVEN... / IV.) SHOTGUNS, PHRENOLOGY
AND A STEADY HAD / V.) IF IT ONLY HAPPENS ONCE IT MAY AS 
WELL HAVE NEVER HAPPENED / VI.) ...SURELY MUST BE HELL:

Shadow Sea by Ataraxic Sea is an interesting release which focuses 
more on a dreary classical ambient style. The duo Dominick Dufner 
and Nicole Pizzato did a marvelous job creating a very interesting 
mix of traditional string usage alongside noise/ambient equipment. 
This release sees to create more of a neo-classical style with some 
noise overlaps mixed together quite interestingly. From the beginning 
of the release, the listener gets a sort of "orchestrated descent" 
into madness. This album conveys a very brooding atmosphere; furthermore, 
it can be very chilling and yet relaxing. Let us explore the overall release 
in detail.

Au Claire De Le La Lune- Has a very interesting structure to it, instead 
of starting with a huge thrash of intense drones, it eases into it 
throughout the song.  It’s sort of like a beautiful piece you’d hear 
in the next modern day century horror flick starring some killer ghost. 
No, you won’t necessarily see much resemblance to an Atrax Morgue track 
on this one, but in all honesty, it is a pretty damn eerie track to start 
off with. I like the classical clashing of key notes thrusting its way into 
the ominous scratchy static at the 1:45 mark. Yes, I say this was a calm release 
to lay back and zone out to. White buffalo is a live track extending over 9 mins 
of raw violin and noise thrown into the blender to the audience. I can easily say 
this one is my favorite track on the release. This is where the Gothic undertones 
seem to come into play because of the neoclassical experimentation. Since this is 
a live track, one gets the raw piercing electronic masterpiece. A Masochist’s 
Heaven is actually pretty ironic because it is actually very peaceful. The work 
is almost akin to something you’d hear on a Premature Ejaculation release but 
except a bit grittier. Pretty strange minimalism infused with a low harsh sound 
going on here but very refreshing. Now by the fourth track, one’s attention is 
caught immediately by the rhythmic start and progression of the loop that kicks 
in throughout the song. In combination with the violins, the fourth track is 
almost dance able as it slowly transcends into a sort of more beautiful chaotic 
orchestra by the six-minute mark. The 5th and 6th tracks focuses more on an 
immense morbid atmosphere as opposed to the previous tracks on the album. 
Listening to the track “…surely must be hell” one can get the overwhelming 
sense of dread washing over them because of the wonderful violin structure. 
I must say, even the collaboration of screeching drones gives off a haunting 
vibe; one could say it is like taking some darker version of Throbbing Gristle 
or Einsturzende Neubauten and blending it with some pretty experimental sense 
of depressing stuff. This track exudes a sort of dark cabaret vibe thanks to 
the neoclassical elements going on.

I must say, this masterpiece surprised me and I listened 
to it at least 3-4 times today to soak in the Gothic, 
harsh ambiance. If you are into a different direction 
of noise/ambient and enjoy the traditional usage of 
classic string arrangements, give it a listen:

8/10

-DANTE-

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