Bepi Crespan Presents… 02 April 2021 Broadcast Preview

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CITR’s 24 Hours of Radio Art in a snack sized format. Dark Ambient. Drone. Field Recordings. Noise. Sound Art. Or something.

Tonight’s show features:

Residual Energy Boss (Toronto) | Cabaret Voltaire (England) | Paulo Raposo (Portugal) | Kuma (Vancouver) | Koker (Iran) | BedouinDrone (Belgium) | Deva Ovel (Italy) | John Carpenter (USA) | prOphecy sun (Vancouver) | and Viv Corringham (USA).

Starting at 10 PM Pacific on CITR FM 101.9, streaming at CITR.CA.

Tracklist and Podcast Available Here

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New Music Reviews By Mark Hjorthoy

Cabaret Voltaire – ‘Shadow Of Fear’
Martin Gore – ‘The Third Chimpanzee’
Alessandro Cortini – ‘Chiaroscuro’
John Carpenter – ‘Lost Themes III: Alive After Death’

Cabaret Voltaire – ‘Shadow Of Fear’
This one, is the “surprise of the millennium” for me. I never thought I would ever hear another Cabaret Voltaire album, let alone one that is done by just Richard H Kirk alone. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it, until I got it, and pressed play. Shadow Of Fear picks up almost exactly where the band left off. The sounds, the production, even the drum machines bring you right back to Red Mecca era and beyond. I was trying to find a personal favourite track, but after listening to it three times, I think it’s better to hear it as a whole. It’s not designed as an album full of singles, it’s a feature film. Pick this one up and listen to the WHOLE thing. You’ll understand too. I’m glad this one happened.

Martin Gore – ‘The Third Chimpanzee’
One of the things I like about Martin Gore’s music away from Depeche Mode is that it shows he’s not a one trick pony. Where the MG album hinted experimentation, The Third Chimpanzee is positively overflowing with sound experiments. From the first few bars of the opening track “Howler”, you can tell he loves twisting knobs. This EP is a lot of fun in headphones. Kind of brings you back to the experimental synthesizer music of the 70’s, but with way more complex equipment. Way to go Martin Gore, this one is a winner, and full of weirdness. A great combo.

Alessandro Cortini – ‘Chiaroscuro’
Listening to the first promo of this upcoming album by Alessandro Cortini makes my soul happy. Seriously. It’s happy in the right spots, tense when needed, and delivers huge thick pads throughout. It’s a great track, but it’s missing the rest of them. It feels like only getting seven glorious pages of a remarkable book. It’s brilliant, but the rest of the story needs to be told. ‘Chiaroscuro’ is a great chapter in a story that I can’t wait to hear. Hurry up an put that one out Mute! I’m waiting impatiently.

John Carpenter – ‘Lost Themes III: Alive After Death’
What a great thing it must be to record an album with your son AND your godson. What’s even better, is when all three of you are on the same page. Alive After Death is a cohesive ride all the way through. They work seamlessly together, and the genre doesn’t change. It just HAPPENS to sound like an 80’s horror movie soundtrack, (which I have no problem with), and it’s the real deal. At times, it sounds dated, but in a good way. John Carpenter’s music echoes his film work, dark, sometimes cheesy, and VERY 80’s. It’s real 80’s though, not “trying to be”. It’s a win for for anyone who likes music with “wave” at the end of its description.

(Photo Courtesy of Mute Records)