Giardini Di Miro CD reviews [2.nd Rec]

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Giardini Di Miro CD reviews [2.nd Rec]
Feb 6, 2003, 04:47

GIARDINI DI MIRO Punk… Not Diet CD GIARDINI DI MIRO The Academic Rise of Falling Drifters CD

Punk…Not Diet is an album that's easier to admire than it is to like sometimes. The six piece band Giardini Di Miro seems centered around a standard four piece band handling the guitars, bass and drums, with two additional players taking on a variety of keyboard instruments, violin, viola, trumpet, and accordion. The resulting music sways back and forth between rock and chamber music, always anchored by some strong drumming that keep the band's momentum up. It would be very easy for the band to get either precious or academic and though they certainly feint in one direction or another, Giardini Di Miro never overdo it.

The high points of the album are three tracks that Arne Van Petegem [AKA Styrofoam] adds samples and electronics to: “The Comforting of a Transparent Life,” Once Again a Fond Farewell” and “When You Were a Postcard.” The electronics interact with the other instruments and subtly enhance the tracks. Which, quite honestly, makes me wonder why anybody bothered with the remix album The Academic Rise of Falling Drifters. The proponents of the remix ethos portray it as some sort of artistic interaction, with the remixer adding to, subtracting from and generally transforming the given tracks. But Giardini Di Miro and Styrofoam have already done that to great effect on the “real” album. Those songs, along with the track “Connect the Machine to the Lips Tower” where Thaddeus Herrmann adds some samples and “Last Act In Baires” featuring samples from Christophe Stoll [his Secret Techno Name is Nitrada] all have effective interplay between organic instrumentation and technological transformation. So why is a full album of remixes needed for anything other than crass marketing reasons? The remix album adds little artistically to the original music. Most of the remixers add a level of rhythmic oomph by upping the volume and clarity of the drum tracks, which is really all most remixers do. Like most remix albums I suspect that The Academic Rise of Falling Drifters won't have a long shelf life. Realistically there are only 3 or 4 distinctive tracks, which could easily have been tacked onto the “real” album or released as an EP. Their presence can't justify the purchase of the entire remix album, especially when there is real collaboration going on over the course of Punk… Not Diet between the band and electro-meisters. And despite my reservations when it comes to the proper album, I do keep going back for repeated listenings, so something worthwhile is definitely going on there. [2.nd Rec]

-Bruce Adams

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