LP £19.99 Volume Cinque
Ltd 180g clear vinyl reissue LP on Plastica Marella. Edition of 300 copies.
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Wow, this is a really cool looking record. It's clear with a red splatter round the outside, very classy. The sounds on it are pretty wild too. I have never come across Fabio Fabor before but this album, "believed to date back between 1978 and 1981", is very much pushing my buttons today. If you want the history lesson just click over to the press release because it's got a lot of interesting things to say.
It encompasses a vast variety of sounds in a kind of electroacoustic occult alchemy which was apparently created purely for the artist's personal satisfaction and produced as library music. It starts with a real bang on 'Ad Inferos', a heady mixture of Italo-horror synths and a relentless shivering hi-hat, with both synth and drums throwing in disorienting jazzy flourishes and a chill wind whooshing away in the near distance. Magnificent. The drums then drop out for 'Acheron', a graceful sea of synth and vocal drones with gentle call-and-response between trebly synth chords and tip-toeing bass.
'Infernal Galop' follows this with some intense modular fluttering and beeping along to a simple drum line which once again delivers a lot of hi-hat, then 'La Forgia' plunges us back into drone territory complete with booming reverberated piano, weird timpani boings and choppy, uncertain synth melodies in the top end.
I'm not even through the first side and it's clear that a walk-through is going to take up way too much of our time here, but this is excellent, really varied pieces which combine classic early synth experiments with a playful musicality, jazzy drum work and a healthy smattering of acoustic textures. It's a late night chill ride you'll keep coming back to.
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