Radio Massacre International (RMI) are one of many British acts who sprung up during the mid 90s emulating the teutonic styles of the 70s (as personified by Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze) in what has become known as 'retro' music. Their output is based upon improvisation and have, over the years, mastered the art of creating spontaneous soundscapes that provide a sometimes difficult but always satisfying listening experience. The self-produced Northern Echo recordings (of which this is the latest) that run concurrent with their official' releases on the British Centaur label have provided a sufficient outlet for the band's prolific output, allowing them to explore more adventurous .
Although the tracks here still rely on the essential teutonic sequencing the band's most recent work has seen them leaning heavily towards ambient realms, sometimes slightly abstract in the grand old German tradition. "Maelstrom Part 1" begins in just such a manner with Gary Houghton's guitar providing an extra sonic ingredient alongside the synthesizers of Steve Dinsdale and Duncan Goddard. The sequencing here is especially well done as it provides the impetus for a driving second half. In reponse to this the band really crank things up, bringing out the best in themselves and their equipment which makes for one of RMI's best compositions to date.
The piece begins to gain momentum with rhythmic colouring later joined by an impressive sequential basis that provides a positive impetus to carry proceedings along. "Part Two" is more considered and initially restrained but ultimately more powerful as a thunderous rhythmic base is embellished by excellent guitar and synth interplay, making good use of the unmistakeably ethereal sound of the Mellotron (a bona fide 70s one at that!!).
My use of the term 'spacey' to describe the music shouldn't be taken to mean that it sounds anything like the late 80s Californian synthesists such as the Hearts Of Space artists, as, in contrast to their gentle melodics this has something of a raw, slightly rough and ready approach which can be unpredictable at times but provides an undoubted treat for the more adventurous listener.
Artist Link: http://www.users.dircon.co.uk/~rmi