Alterazione by LF58

If it is on Astral Industries then you know what you are going to get - pure bliss. Here Neel and Filippo Scorcucchi team up as LF58 on 'Alterazione', an LP which contains four meditative movements taking in pulsating long-form ambient techno, noise and deep synth-driven explorations. 'Alterazione' is an immersive and transportive listen. 

Vinyl Double LP £24.49 AI-19

180g vinyl, gatefold 2LP on Astral Industries. Mastered by Noel Summerville. Original artwork by Theo Ellsworth.

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Alterazione by LF58
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8/10 Ant 09 April 2020

LF58 follow up their 2017 EP on Auxillary with this fine celestial ambient 2LP for Astral Industries. A zero gravity inner/outer space voyage through the infinite universe, and psychedelic light show behind the eyeballs from the Italian duo of Filippo Scorcucchi and Giuseppe Tillieci. The latter you may know better as Neel who is half of Voices from the Lake and co-runs the most excellent Spazio Disponibile label alongside Donato Dozzy. As well as DJing and producing, he’s also a mastering engineer working at his own Enisslab Studio in Rome. If you were into his 2014 ‘Phobos’ record on Spectrum Spools, the Voices from the Lake album on Prologue, or Donato Dozzy’s ‘K’ album on Further, then I highly recommend checking this out.

There must be something in the water in Italy that fuels a really spacey sound that the aforementioned producers and artists like Giorgio Gigli, Lucy, Dino Sabatini seem to just totally nail. Whether they’re making techno for dancefloors or traversing ambient soundscapes, I think it’s safe to say there’s definitely something of an Italian sound. It’s a super deeeeep sound that works so well over tracks with extended durations. The four tracks that comprise ‘Alterazione’ are cut across four sides of vinyl, clocking in at just over an hour. From beginning to end, it’s a highly immersive odyssey that’s enjoyable with some decent welly on the volume - where it just transforms a room and melts the walls. Or can equally be enjoyed pumped directly into the skull via a pair of cans for an eyes closed trip into uncharted meridians of the mind. There’s something really very pretty about the sound palette they’re using, their synthesizers flutter and glisten like dancing stars. Their sounds also have a dual sense of scale where we can either be looking through telescopes or microscopes viewing enormous constellations or galaxies yet equally zooming in on micro organisms growing and multiplying. 

Subtly melodic, trippy, blissed stuff just makes me want to remain horizontal, with pristine production throughout. Recommended.



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