Gatefold CD with limited edition poster…
Bored of working for years on microsounds, crick & crocks, drones and field recordings, Matteo Uggeri launches a new project based on field recordings, drones, crick and crocks, microsounds and ignorant beats.
Each of these four tracks is then built using only 1 drone, 1 field recording, 1 sampled drumbeat. Then a lot of effects.
Inspired by the letters of Charles Robert Darwin to William Darwin Fox. “I am at work on the second vol. of the Cirripedia, of which creatures I am wonderfully tired: I hate a Barnacle as no man ever did before, not even a Sailor in a slow-sailing ship. My first vol. is out: the only part worth looking at is on the sexes of Ibla & Scalpellum; I hope by next summer to have done with my tedious work.”
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Two years after the release of the critically acclaimed, Pondfire, Paul Beauchamp returns with his second solo album, Grey Mornings. Once again tapping into geographical influence for inspiration, the nine tracks of ambient drones reflect the feelings and emotions experienced during the early hours of grey, foggy mornings in both the Piedmont region of Beauchamp’s birthplace in North Carolina and the Piemonte region of Northern Italy where he now resides.
Beauchamp continues his research into experimental ambient but at the same time has deviated into new territory moving away from the minimalism of Pondfire through the use of various acoustic and electric instruments, field recordings and incorporating the studio as a creative device in and of itself together with the engineering aid of Julia Kent during the recording process.
Divus is a duo from Rome, comprised of electronic musician Lucianno Lamanna (Lunar Lodge, Balance, LSWHR) and saxophone player Luca T. Mai (Zu, Mombu)…
The encounter of Lamanna and Mai is suprisingly far from their usual sound. Their influences coming from techno and jazzcore/metal are both left aside here, in favour of a more nocturnal and atmospheric sound. The use of synthesisers is sober and it’s accompained by long sustained notes from the saxophone. The music is so smokey and dark, It could suit perfectly a b/w crime movie shot in one metropolitan suburb.
Artwork by Mali Yea and Gabriel Marz…
Rurale is the second chapter of Cristian Naldi’s solo project. Original compositions, improvisations and arrangements from the classical repertoire create a nocturnal and leaden atmosphere. Loneliness becomes living material, sensitive, for reflection and contemplation in which the guitar works for new transmutations: it becomes piano, violin or harp, it pulls away to finally disappear.
“The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead. This is the substance of the way of the samurai.”
The album is released on CD in a gatefold cover including a poster of the original movie release…
The new solo record from Adamennon expands the paths of his previous MMXII, bringing the ideas and influences of Goblin, Frizzi and Rizzati to a whole new level. Le Nove Ombre del Caos is a (never shot) horror movie which Adamennon wrote the soundtrack to. The atmosphere is drenched in insanity, terror and a malevolent black veil of craziness.
The music is heavy, a doom for the doomed, and it gives new lymph to one of the musical genres who made italian composers famous around the world.
Think of an overpowered version of Goblin, with drums triggered and rearranged in the most aggressive manner, screams that comes from the deepest womb and ancient spells.
Anacalypsis is the seventh album from the Hermetic Brotherhood of Lux-Or, an incredible blending of ancestral past and post-industrial decadence. The album consists of three tracks of sombre rituals, thundering beats and terrifying screams.
Celebrants for this ritual are:
MS Miroslaw – Sacred Horse Skull, Clarinet, Vocals, Percussions
Laura Dem – Bass, Synths, Samples, Ghosts
A1. Double Nature of Deity
A2. Metempsychosis and the Renewal of the Worlds
B1. Phantams of the Living
Recorded, mixed and produced at Nasprias Cave (Sardinia) in Spring 2016.
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
Sleeves screenprinted by Legno
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Amklon is a duo from Naples, composed of Giuseppe Mascia (electronics) and Sergio Albano (Aluminum guitar). Their music is the point of meeting of so many seemingly irreconcilable worlds: an architecture of dark synthetic sounds and avant-gard noise floating on atmospheric textures and confessional voices.
The result is a complex system of unusual forms, which barely contains a substance made of organic and nonorganic sounds.
The guitar sources are treated through the electronics, creating a continuos flow of tension and movement. It’s a desertic and gloomy experience, a descent into the dark corners of sound.
The third and final installment in Mai Mai Mai’s Mediterranean trilogy, pushing the project deeper into a vivid interzone of digital synthesis and scorched ritual.
The album opens with a searing collaboration with avant-folk instrumentalist Luca Venitucci, locked into a lofty duel of distorted drones, before pivoting to a throbbing oblivion of jackhammer bass, seething feedback, and combat samples.
Later passages ooze through industrial spoken word, technoid voodoo hallucination, seasick prayer loops, and nightmare exotica, assisted in places by Italian experimental percussion legend Lino Capra Vaccina (of 1970’s “golden age” groups Aktuala and Telaio…