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«One who looked into the netaudio scene over the last few months couldn't have noticed the proliferation of amazing works signed by Daniel Maze, published through many different netlabels around the world and always characterized by different sonorities one from each other.
This Canadian producer from Vancouver is known for approaching many various styles and with this EP he adds another variation to his musical research.
Through these five tracks you'll find a common element which always returns (in the cover artwork too) and that's the possibility to stop, rewind and forward every sound and explore its gradient with analog tape, creating atmospheres full of memories making you feel like watching old photos in black and white or a forgotten film of your parents.
Every song has the typical melancholy of past memories and, like we do in our mind, Daniel stops and rewinds a detail or a particular element to focus on it, freezing sweet melodies and textures, and then, suddenly, blocks everything out, remembering you that nice memories sooner or later end, and a song like “Don't cry Jennifer” is there to give you these kind of feelings.
The ethereal melodies of “Chamber Music One” and “How's the Serenity” are even more evocative and the final “Safe for now” sounds like a recording session for magnetic tape, drones and stretched guitar... amazing how this strange ensemble works well together.
In this EP, Daniel sketches very emotive experimental music with a noticeable attention to melody and consistent to what he did before, but adding a delicacy and an inspiration that's not easy to find elsewhere.» - Filippo Aldovini

Downloads:

01 • Safe for now ............................................................................. pt us
[4'00'' • 5,51Mb • 192Kbps]
02 • Hungarian Grandparents ....................................................... pt us
[5'38'' • 7,75Mb • 192Kbps]
03 • Chamber Music One ................................................................ pt us
[5'00'' • 6,87Mb • 192Kbps]
04 • Don't cry Jennifer ................................................................... pt us
[3'13'' • 4,43Mb • 192Kbps]
05 • How's the Serenity .................................................................. pt us
  [6'09'' • 8,45Mb • 192Kbps]
  • artwork ................................................................................... pt us
  [PDF-Zip • 1,44Mb]
  • all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
  [Zip • 33,7Mb]

Reviews:

«Ep bien sympathique que celui de Daniel Maze, nouvelle sortie du label Test Tube. Producteur basé à Vancouver, Canada, ce gaillard présente cinq ballades d'un calme vivifiant. Quelques drones, des samples de la vie de tous les jours, des nappes tranquilles, une pincée d'instruments analogiques et voilà une belle recette d'ambiant music. C'est amusant comme cette référence revient régulièrement, mais, encore une fois, on pense inévitablement à certains travaux de Vangelis (Blade Runner, The City). Rien de péjoratif à cela, le rendu est intéressant et convaincant. Cela dit, il ne faut pas non plus exagérer. Cette référence n'éclabousse pas entièrement ce mini-album. Et, même si musicalement la comparaison sera difficile à tenir avec René Lussier, les cinq titres de Daniel Maze évoquent tout de même une certaine idée de la libre expression, couplée aux expériences du quotidien. Certains cliquetis ou broutilles m'ont également fait penser, allez un tout petit peu, à Colleen... Vangelis, Lussier, Colleen... On a vu pire comme références, non?»
- LaFresto / July 21, 2006

«Test-tube, es un sitio portugués, donde se encuentran más de cincuenta títulos que van desde el soft rítmico hasta los círculos concéntricos de la música concreta y el noise destructor, así pues encontramos entre los últimos títulos la excelente obra: "How's the Serenity EP" (tube045), del productor y músico canadiense Daniel Maze, cinco pistas de mixturas musicales, electrónica de combinatoria impredecible y por eso mismo sugerente y desconcertante. Hermosos parajes. Micromelodías y puzzles fragmentarios sin resolver. Estética generosa y que tiene algo de figurines alógenos japoneses. Notable.»
- Caja Musical / July 19, 2006

«Daniel Maze’s How’s the Serenity EP (released on the Portuguese Test Tube net label) is exploring alternative methods of creating experimental Electronica aside from conventional Clicks and Cuts. The cover art, a technical drawing of an analogue tape, should be kept in mind as tape sounds are a common thread and used as a mean to interrupt repetitive patterns, but also as a hint at Musique Concrète which mainly utilised analogue tape loops and the sounds resulting from their manipulation.

The tracks in detail:

* Safe for now: walls of mandolines accompanied by an accoustic guitar that occasionally drops in solo parts;
* Hungarian Grandparents: The introduction is a simplistic combination of spheric sounds and voices of elderly persons, but just before someone is tempted to skip the track there’s an unexpected turn and those voices are rearranged to an obscure, ritual singing of Indians dancing around a bonfire and celebrating a sinister ceremony;
* Chamber Music One: Bright layers of wind chimes that get increasingly pushed aside by rumbling noise;
* Don’t cry Jennifer: A melancholic mood created by splintered organ chords that get caught in a shuffled loop and eventually stall;
* How’s the serenity: Picks up the introduction by reintroducing the accoustic solo guitar, this time accompanied by weird flutes and continious rattling before a set of minor chords is taking over.

How’s the Serenity EP is definitely a distinct Test Tube release, as it introduces concepts opposed to the common use of repetitive patterns in order to create the illusion of a particular scenery. It may become interesting to see how these concepts will become further established and integrated into Daniel Maze’s music.»
- Olliver [A Notepet] / July 10, 2006

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