Equal Stones from Amsterdam in The Netherlands is an ambient drone vehicle for Amandus Schaap to work with sounds.
Underpinning the far reaching extended experimentalism lays an industrial heartland, which gives the material a fulcrum around which to pivot. Lengthy tracks draw the listener into the space as the compositions float slowly round the room in phrases of distortion. Not something to rush with a morning cup of coffee Equal Stones demands time of the audience.
The music progresses imperceptibly as the loops of sound slowly shift places in the sequence, giving the resulting output a mesmerizing resonance. Somewhat experimental in feel, due to the processes in creating the sounds, Equal Stones does not however leave the brain confused as the gentle progression allows the imagination plenty of time to come to terms with the resulting echoes and flickers.
A third LP by Equal Stones – Transgression – was released earlier this month through the Ukrainian label Hidden Vibes, a forty two minute – four track soundtrack for an evening watching factory lights from a far.
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La-Ventura, a rock band from Goes in The Netherlands is Carla van Huizen (Vocals), Mike Saffrie (Bass), Sascha Kondic ( Guitar) and Renzo van Poecke (Drums).
Voluptuous guitars soar across the room as La-Ventura add a heavy emphasis on melody to metal derived compositions. The out-fit has undergone significant change over the recent past and they have spent considerable time in creating a studio release, the ten track LP White Crow.
The music has a well structured sound to it, with instrumentation and vocal clearly defined, whilst simultaneously having the compact power-ball essential for the style. The overall effect is one that holds the attention of the audience as the complexities of chords and scintillating vocal enables La-Ventura to offer a sound that is both driven and luxuriant.
Undoubtedly the long period of gestation of White Crows resulted in a polished gemstone, it may seem somewhat churlish to perceive as a negativity the professionalism of the band in creating such a well produced finished product and I wouldn’t suggest you should let my need to hear some rough edges to hinder you from getting involved either with the release, or exploring more of La-Ventura.
It will be interesting to see what 2014 brings to the table.
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