Good on ya Signore Alessandro Cortini who brings us Risveglio, a moody, lo-fi album of synth and electronic music. The layers of electronica loop and pop and slowly build into something which never feel contrived or bombast, it’s some moody electronica using a basic solo synth to create grainy walls of cinematic pulsating soundscapes. Not dissimilar to Kevin Drumm's work on the same label.
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- Risveglio by Alessandro Cortini
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 23 July 2015
After an uninspired attempt at making some dank slow techno, Alessandro Cortini, one of the Nine Inch Nails, brings melody back to the forefront for this CD on Vatican Shadow‘s Hospital Productions.
On Risveglio, Cortini uses minimal synth layers to build a larger-than-its-parts atmosphere - doing a lot with a little. It’s murky and isolated, with a biting, chunky warmth hanging over it all, the synths recorded through some overdriven analog tape box, that’s a good shortcut to sikk soundz. Because it works. Apparently he’s using a 303 on this too, but outside the acidic confines that the instrument usually finds itself in, the thickness of the bass being familiar, the tone not so much. Drown everything in delay and you get a sense that this thing is an imperfect mass, hewn out of rock.
It’s closer to his ‘Forse’ series than the Skarn release, but joined occasionally by some percussive elements courtesy of the Roland 606, which really shines on workouts like ‘la meta’, pretty much droning away one single line of repeated knocks. Actually that might just be the other synths pretending to be drums, that ol’ trick.
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