Label: Klammklang Tapes
モスクワを拠点に激シブ・ラインナップの音源を発表し続けるKlammklang Tapesの2020年タイトル。本作は現在ミラノをベースに音楽活動をしているという男女コンビRosso Polareの1stリリース。フォーク、コンテンポラリー、エレクトロアコースティックを美しいコントラストと違和感の間で提示する魅力的な楽曲が並び、メロディー及びリズムの使い方のテクニックも非常に面白い。商品画像の通り、光沢のあるアルミジップロックパッケージに、ボール紙の3枚のインサートとカセットを封入。
Red cassette with black print, hand-numbered info card on premium cardboard and photo print made by Cesare Lopopolo and Anna Vezzosi. Packed into red ziplock with aluminum foil inside, includes download code.
Edition of 50 copies.
Occuring in rather unexplored sonic territories between field recording and organised musical momentum, a North Italian duo Rosso Polare sign with Klammklang to present their debut album Lettere Animali — a collection of meticulously crafted, immersive tracks on the margins of electroacoustic, experimental and Mediterranean folk music.
Currently based in Milan, Rosso Polare are Cesare Lopopolo and Anna Vezzosi. One from the city, the other from the countryside; growing in diverse settings, one closer to the human presence, the other to the animal kingdom. As the first had to imagine a world, building stories and construct phantasies, the latter always had it close. Having their backgrounds in visual arts and sharing mutual interest in musical expression, they've been exchanging their sounds, exuding and absorbing from each other. Thus, this album is the first ever documented report of the ongoing collaboration.
Developed through free improvisation sessions, Lettere Animali consists of eleven pieces exploring the analogy between not thinking and acting by instinct (like an animal would do) through both spontaneous interaction between musicians and next ensuing studio arrangements. These compositions might be seen as "animal letters" addressed to the listener, and that's exactly where the album name comes from. It's the music of beautiful contrasts and paradoxes: it's structured but also liberated from the usual framework of Western composition; it's highly melodic and making it easy to follow, but still remains challenging while utilizing some non-obvious timbres, rhythms and techniques. It's full of beautiful biophonic recordings, masterly integrated into the musical context, so it's a bit utopian as well. If we imagine only for a moment that it's still not too late for humans and animals to co-exist in harmony, listening to each other could be the missing link.