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Album Review

After their highly acclaimed Kranky debut, Astralmoonbeamprojections, and their blissful second release, Perceptions, on Darla Records, Amp continues to bridge the gap between ambient guitar rock and trance electronica. With a maelstrom of staccato percussion, sheets of distorted guitar washes and haunting vocals, Stenorette is yet another successful display of auditory experimentalism and the joy of noise by the British duo of Richard Walker and Karine Charff. The songs here range from the subdued piano-driven softness of "Songe" to the menacing whirl of "Zoe," but the entire album is a celebration of sonic sensory overload. Not immediately accessible on the first listen, each track is held together with either a thin thread of melody, an infectious groove, or tightly reined chaos. Amp's hidden beauty becomes more apparent each time through.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Dubbing themselves ‘Trans-European Esoterrorists’, Amp was formed around the nucleus of Richard Walker aka Richard Amp (b. England) and singer Karine Charff (b. France), working with a succession of collaborators including Matt Elliot (of Third Eye Foundation), Matt Jones (of Crescent), Guy Cooper and Gareth Mitchell (of the Secret Garden), Robert Hampson (of Main), and French programmer Olivier Gauthier. ‘I don’t see the world as a particularly happy place to be in, so I like to confront that and...
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