Giacomo Fidanza is a master at taking that most interesting of instruments, the accordion, into more experimental territory than usual. Here on The Accordion Sessions his rich droning playing is processed and mixed with field recordings by Francesco Maria Narcisi, leaving us with a gorgeous suite of sound. Limited edition of 100 CDs on Time Released Sound.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 06 September 2017
A collaboration of collection and assembly sees this record through to its twisted endpoint, with Francesco Maria Narcisi and Giacomo Fidanza working from their respective corners to make something striking and strange. Fidanza, an ambient musician working primarily with rather stretched and strained accordions, gave ‘The Accordion Sessions’ its starting point, while Narcisi’s work in field recording and processing fleshed it out and provided it with thrilling sonic narratives.
An ominous industrial rager opens this record, the rhythmic pulsations bursting through a seam in space like Hans Zimmer’s cosmic worrywort soundtrack to ‘Interstellar’. Like a horror soundtrack with flickers of dreadful meditation and bouts of driving synth mania, this work sounds far removed from its practices, the artists mystifying their sound sources into a misty and often thrilling session. The accordion, when heard plainly, serves as an off-kilter timbre at odds with the washy hauntology on display, sounding off like a past life at work in these empty soundscapes. This record, detailed in its textures, is at odds with the shrill instrument that serves it, but it comes together as a full-on opus of suspense and release.
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