Andrea Belfi’s latest suite of electroacoustic percussion music is based around, a post-war Italian architecture movement with utopian ideals. In other words, a perfect jumping-off point for semi-abstract music such as this. Alveare features guest contributions from Audrey Chen and Attila Faravelli, and was mastered by the talented ears of Giuseppe Ielasi.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 20 February 2017
Following on from their entirely lovely first release by music box droner Danny Clay, the bookish record label IIKKI have finally secured a second edition for us to gather our disquiet ‘round. With ‘Alveare’, drummer and all-purpose soundscaper Andrea Belfi couldn’t have made a more different record from the one that preceded it, creating a cold and discomforting record of stern percussive patterns and wincing synths, used in tandem to describe the massive and relentless architecture of post-war Italy.
In its way, this record could be considered quite beautiful, Belfi’s drums immersing the listener in a looping framework that still feels lived in, or perhaps worked on: at points it sounds like he’s sanding away his drums, while the description of Italian architecture as both “rigid and organic” reflects in the generated acoustic patterns, which suggest both the handmade and the preset.
The interplay of loose, half-melodic sounds and ad nauseum percussion makes Belfi’s record sound something like walking down a corridor forever: everything around you, in the corners of your senses, remains the same, but your focus blurs and detaches -- it is, in this sense, something of a psychedelic record, a collection of self-perpetuating cycles that force the mind to imagine what it can’t see. It's a fantastic release from a label that's now two for two.
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