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Artist: Novellino/Rosi/Mazurek/Barnes
Title: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear
Format: 12"
Label: Discreetrecords (@)
Rated: *****
According to the linear notes this release 'starts from feld recording session made by Attilio Novellino and Saverio Rosi ['¦] at the woolen mill "Leo", the oldest textile factory active in Calabria'. So, the basic element of this album is the sound of old machines with their properties to produce objects and to evoke a perhaps waned era. In this context, Rob Mazurek and Tim Barnes attempt a dialogue with this sounds to channel it in the context of EAI.
This release is divided in two sides (it's a vinyl): 'Objects' and 'Mirrors'. The first one is opened by Mazurek's cornet and is suddenly substituted by the processed sounds of the machines with the evocation of the work done by the machine. When a distant voice appears, perhaps the voice of the owner of the machines, the cornet lies almost in opposition until the electric noise invades the spectrum and ends when a reverberated metallic beat marks a division in two parts of the track: the second one is based on noises, more or less highly pitched, ended by the return of the cornet heard at the beginning of the side. The second side is opened by an almost metallic resonance and samples that constitute the skeleton of the first part, as the second is based on drones and soundscapes that develop in a noisy dialog between glitches and the cornet.
This release it's an uneasy listening one but it's something courageous in his revelation of the properties of working tools to generate, with their sound, the soundscape of life in another century. Recommended for adventurous ears.



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