moussevingt - lovesongsformachines (cd 1)

moussevingt - lovesongsformachines (cd 1)

5 songs
36:18 minutes
***** ***

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The first thing to notice about the new moussevingt (double-)CD is that they changed the spelling of their name. In fact they spell everything in small letters and don't leave spaces between words anymore. Why should they anyway?

moussevingt, a project initiated by two ex-members of alternative rock band Something Under My Bed, released their debut CD The Phaedra Project in late 2001 and didn't get too good a review from me. I even have to say that I was very surprised that they came up with a second CD... not because I didn't like the first one, but because I thought it was more or less a one time only project. This time, moussevingt wrote the music for a photo exhibition about the industry past of Southern Luxembourg. So while people were watching the photographs, they heard moussevingt music, and when they pushed buttons and pulled levers, samples were generated.

The first CD that I am listening to right now is the music as it has been written by moussevingt. The second CD will contain mixes of that happened when people generated music plus two more "regular" songs.

But let's finally have a look at the music on the first CD. There are only 5 songs, but they last longer than 36 minutes. I have to admit that I like moussevingt best when their songs are short, because they put more ideas into their music then without repeating it too much. The rather short opener whyphotography? for instance starts out with one minute of electronic noise before a distorted guitar starts picking a simple but powerful tune. You feel immediately reminded of German experimental bands of the early 70ies like non-electronic Kraftwerk, Guru Guru or improvising Amon Düül II. I don't know if that was intended, but it's the impression I get. Just before ending the song, a Crimsonesque guitar solo ends the song. Powerful stuff indeed! The next track destoursdanslevent is one of the longer songs (10 minutes) and it is here where the industrial component of the music becomes clearer. Like less noisy early Neubauten. pragmatique, the third song, sounds like the experimental stuff released by Sonic Youth on their own label. Simple bass guitar lines, combined with samples of spoken word (and word it is, not even sentences) plus samples recorded at the old industry sites.

I could go on more and more, but suggest you contact moussevingt yourself and buy yourself a copy of this really interesting CD. But beware, if you have no experience with randomized and experimental music, you better ask if you can listen to it first.

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