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Go to the Gelsomina website  Gelsomina - Nostalgia [Cipher Productions - 2006]

Nostalgia has a haunted, eerier and emotional edge not often found in noise. Sure it’s still noise, and brutal as hell, but there seems something in the sounds and the way their put together, which really hits you in different places to most noise, sort of like body blows to soul, so to speak.

On offer here are eleven tracks ten were pervious released on a c60 cassette in 2004, the last track is a live collaboration with Grunt. Quite who or what Gelsomina is, is somewhat of a mystery, the promo I was sent out has little or no information – all the noise appears to have been made by  Pekka PT with source material provided Mikko Novaro and Kaj Wikgren, quite what the source material is also remains also a  mystery.

Geting down to brass tacks – the music, most of the tracks seems to consist of screwed and grated up harmonics, the traces of melody, never full showing, but their there. Psychedelilah feels like a ride through deserted scrublands, as an eclipse is forming in the sky above you, the tones that may once have been lush and haunting, now seem beautiful wrong sounding, as they swirl and twist, spikes of guitar feedback weeping from its core. Sei Shonagon seems to dwell in the feeling of washed out and aged memories, like sun faded photography’s, ever thing seems to burning then dripping, there seems to be a choir music or some kind of stage musical song at it’s base, but it difficult to define fully, as it keeps bending and melting, as a wind like squeal and whine bellows through out.

A really mysterious treat of a release, here’s hoping who ever Gelsomona is or was, they decide to create some more jagged and emotional draining sounds capes.  To order direct go here, but be quick it’s limited to 500 copy’s.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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