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Title: Nessuna Letargia
Format: CD
Label: HauRuck! SPQR (@)
Rated: *****
With a title that sounds like a calling to action NESSUNA LETARGIA ("Any lethargy") is the debut album by Recondita Stirpe. The band coming from Genova is also active as Egida Aurea (I think they differ of only one or two band members) but the sound of Recondita Stirpe is a little more folk than neo-folk ("La malia dei sensi" sounds like an Italian tango). Some of their songs recalled me the atmosphere of the partisan's songs as well the traditional Italian communist songs. Acoustic guitars, accordion, percussions and choruses are the main characteristics of the band's sound which succeed into blending melancholy and strength. Lyrics, in my opinion, have a lot of importance because by reading them while listening to the music you have a different experience: is like they enhance the whole atmosphere. Musically I prefer Egida Aurea but I can't deny the force and the honesty that you feel by listening to NESSUNA LETARGIA.
Title: the wheel
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
This duo from Biella joins a couple of complementary musicians involved in sound art and experimental music, as you can easily guess from the inside notes of this cd, they’re also involved in sonorizations. You may remember them for their past participation to the Pocket Progressive experience where Claudio Rocchetti was the third part of the triumvirate, you will find some similarities but in general the project is a little bit different. While generally Sigurtà tends to be more rough and Fhievel is probably the one of the few purest "minimal electronics" exponents hailing from Italy, during the composition of this work they converged trying to resuscitate the voice of the old machines they found inside the factory "Fabbrica della ruota" of Prey and simultaneously they accomplished the result to give it all an oniric dimension. The target has been hit and the outcome is brilliant since for the whole recording you’ve the impression the audio work is part of a soundtrack and in some way their modus operandi related to the process of sonirization is quite classic. The sound definition is wonderful and natural reverbs paint the audio trip of a spectral atmosphere, the sharpness of some sounds (Fhievel?) ties the knot with some grey, dronical cluds (Sigurtà?), they didn’t pierce silence but they’ve been flirting with it constantly which means there’s no "tension building" or "waiting game", but it’s enveloped all around most of the sounds "happening" during the trip. Considering this whole recording concerns "the factory and its voice – sounds and textures of the textile industry" it’s not heavy at all, it has been probably designed to be accessible to a big range of people therefore forget those hyper-intellectualized works by this or that "sound artist wonna be". "Simple" doesn’t mean "naïve" and I’m still quite surprised by the great sound effect they managed to create for what concerns sound definition, sure you’ve to considered you won’t hear all the machine "speaking" at the same time as an Orchestra (Russolo can feel safe wherever he rests) but every ghost is there to remember when the worker will die we’ll hear his voice thru that of the machine he’s been working with for a whole life... "part animal, part machine" for the last time..forever.