Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Various Artists - Quit Having Fun [Boring Machines - 2009]

In just under two and a half hours, Northern Italy’s Boring Machines presents twenty five artists from at least thirteen different countries across two disks. Surprisingly, only a couple of them are part of the label’s current roster, making Quit Having Fun less of a label showcase but more like a portal leading to a vast network of boutique labels and alliances.

Sonically speaking, this series of short tasters generally shares a focus on contemporary collisions in post-rock and ambient electronics as exemplified by Chicago’s Kranky Records and Montreal’s Constellation Records. Field recordings are abundant, from Andrea Marutti’s morose opener, ‘A Depressing Study in Wandering Wonders’ which captures a short journey on a wet, rainy day to Le Reve Reveille’s ‘l’Avenir’ whose exquisitely recorded footsteps on fresh, crunchy bracken offset the baleful caw of a crow. The sometimes unrecognisable ambiences are more often than not used as a backdrop onto which gentle guitar or tender piano refrains are draped, unbound and lazy, conforming to no beat, baton or grid.

This style, albeit generalised, poses a small problem for the compilation – in packing in so many contributions from so many different countries each artist has no more than a postcard on which to develop their ideas, whereas you get the feeling that the gradual, stately evolution of timbres and soulful searching would benefit from much larger canvasses. This means that some of the more wayward, atonal experiments, like the urban rattling of Claudio Rochetti’s obtuse ‘Be Shy!’, feel like fragments, anecdotes displaced from larger more involving work, or sometimes, like the spirited but aimless improvisation ‘Mouth like the sun’ by Erika M Anderson, simply unfinished and casual.

And there’s nothing wrong in that, it just puts the jauntier pieces into sharp contrast, where their more traditional, sometimes pop-like structures lend themselves to vignette status. This is particularly the case with Ezra Buchla’s ‘Didn’t’ where warm synth tones bristling at the edges with feedback, become a throbbing riff for a Suicide-esque song drowned in murmur and static, or the more psychedelic and folk-influenced artists found mainly on disk two, like the strangely charming ‘Radio Silence, Weightless and Windpower’ by Black Forest/Black Sea, who paint what sounds like a busy Buddhist aviary with phonorgan, cello and guitar!

Almost every single one of the twenty five artists presented here run their own label, producing hand-crafted packages in severely limited runs. Conversely, many of them also offer free downloads of their music online, often as complete albums or even entire discographies. In taking the temperature of interrelated experimental post-rock scenes, ‘Quit Having Fun’ gives a diagnosis bursting with health and vitality, too big for two disks to contain.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Russell Cuzner
Latest Reviews

Various Artists - Quit Having Fun
In just under two and a half hours, Northern Italy’s Boring Machines presents twenty five artists from at least thirteen different countries across two disks...
160719   Clive Henry & JSH - CH / JSH
150719   Segment Aura - Chitin
150719   Dosis Letalis - Texture Hunter
120719   Dren - Time & Form
120719   Megadeth - United Abomination...
120719   Puppet Master: The Littlest R...
120719   The Devil's Plaything - The D...
110719   Ara Pacis - To the Westcoast...
110719   Zane Kanevsky - Kb
100719   Scum - Scum( Blu Ray)
Latest Articles

Michael Ridge - From Tools Of To...
Norfolk Uk based noise maker Michael Ridge is one of the longer running denizens of the Uk wall-noise scene, been involved since around 2010. He may not be t...
280619   Michael Ridge - From Tools O...
250619   Merzbow/ Merzbow & Balazs Pan...
110619   Elsewhere Music label intervi...
170419   Damien De Coene - Pedal Chai...
120419   Raison D'Etre, Desiderii Marg...
290319   She Spread Sorrow - Who are y...
190319   Stephen Thrower - Harvesting...
120319   Dave Parker - A True Passion ...
010319   Uitgeschakeld - Netherlands, ...
180219   Rudolf Eb.er - The Sonic Dis...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom