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I’ve been getting a few quite confusing records this week and this is most definitely one of them. It’s full of curious disjointed ambient loops and moods which are primarily constructed by Salvatore Borelli using all sorts of instruments and electrical and analogue sound treatments for a densely layered, swirling, constantly shifting soundscape which is both chaotic and envelopi ...

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CD on Privileged To Fail ft. Fabio Orsi, and Gianluca Becuzzi, to Maurizio Bianchi, and Valerio Cosi.

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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 05 July 2012

I’ve been getting a few quite confusing records this week and this is most definitely one of them. It’s full of curious disjointed ambient loops and moods which are primarily constructed by Salvatore Borelli using all sorts of instruments and electrical and analogue sound treatments for a densely layered, swirling, constantly shifting soundscape which is both chaotic and enveloping, making it quite hard to write this review because it keeps sucking me into a slack-jawed hypno-trance.

It’s dark ambient which owes debts to the likes of Nurse With Wound but also to minimal techno and the free expression of bands like NNCK. Melodies sometimes drift into focus only to be obscured by some new clanking industrial weirdness. ‘Picture’s dust as dramatic allegory in ear or here (for Jon Jost)’ is a particular highlight, taking in contributions from Fabio Orsi, K-Conjog and Maurizio Bianchi and spitting out dark ambient hiss’n’crunch alongside pounding primitive drums and ominous synth drones for a glorious pulsating dystopian slice of retro-futurist creep tones.

I do prefer it when things get melodic, and there’s a mixture of sound collagey creepy ambient noise and more tuneful passages. Phil is struggling with ‘Goodbye dragon hymn (for Albert Ayler)’ because of his whole weird saxophone thing. He just said, and I quote, “I can often feel my skin changing colour when I listen to it...there’s two things in the world that make me feel violent and aggressive and strange and that’s whisky and improvised sax. I think it’s just because my tiny brain can’t deal with it.”

Elsewhere there’s all sorts of weird loopy awkwardness and cosmic ambient bliss and the variety and detail and depth consistently impresses, with other guests of the calibre of Lucky Dragons, The North Sea and Donato Epiro popping up throughout to keep the new ideas flowing. Playful, engaging and sometimes challenging stuff.


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