‘Domestic Exile Collected Works 82-86' is a collection of previously self released cassette recordings by Italian mail-artist and member of art and music collective Trax, Daniele Ciullini. It is the first reissue release for the Ecstatic records (label project of Alessio Natalizia and Sam Willis aka Walls). His music is ambient industrialism with a strong visual quality evocative of decadent, elaborate works of sculpture and towering architecture.
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- Domestic Exile : Collected Works 82-86 by Daniele Ciullini
9/10 Brian Staff review, 02 April 2015
Daniele Ciullini's 'Domestic Exile' is a timely reissue/reduxe of an incredibly rare early 80's cassette release, now expanded with a whole side of extra archive tracks, doubling the length of the original eight song cassette which is already a prized possession for any collectors of esoteric Italian cold-war era underground ephemera - one of which I am rapidly turning into.
His sounds traverse industrial, melodic, new wave, proto-techno styles and are tantamount to the classiest beautifully degraded weirdo electro pop. Every track shimmers, coruscates, plinks and ricochets inside your internal cosmos resulting in delight and amazement in equal measure. From a minimal kit he produces some wonderfully unique and thrilling sounds that are possibly quite futuristic for their time and appear to be more on the whimsical side of austere.
With such modern practitioners as Pye Corner Audio digging 'old' sounds from imaginary bunkers, it is an absolute delight to hear Mr. Ciullini's all-too-brief excursions and murky sonic rhythms. Incredibly expiring and evocative music from that most prolific and thankfully unearthed period. If there's one electronic archive I'm taking this week it's another weird Italian one to alienate myself further from the opposite sex.
Buy without doubt if you like the more melodic sci-fi end of European tape culture. This stuff is mostly instrumental and sounds spellbinding. A truly unique and spellbinding piece of Mediterranean electronic history.
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