a r t i s t : Giuseppe Ielasi
t i t l e : August
d a t e : 2007
l a b e l : 12k (12k1044)
g e n r e : Electronic
r l s. d a t e : Sep/2007
t r a c k s : 05
b i t r a t e : VBRkbps
s i z e : 55,6 MB
Deep, warm drones & suspended, wounded melodies with a hint of
melancholy, with an acoustic but buried and moody feel.
HAUNTING AND BEAUTIFUL ACOUSTIC DRONE PROBE *** This is the
latest solo work from Italian composer Giuseppe Ielasi,
previously recording for the Swedish Häpna imprint. "August"
is the 4th full-length cd from Ielasi following his critically
acclaimed debut "Plans" (Sedimental, 2003) and the stunning
"Gesine" and s/t (Häpna, 2005, 2006).
"August" takes a more linear approach to Ielasis composing
with sounds stretched like layers of gauze forming a thick,
soft blanket. Utilizing piano, hammond organ, guitars, dobro,
synthesizers and shortwave radio, Ielasi creates deep, warm
drones and suspended, scratchy melodies with a hint of despair
and melancholy that make this a very introspective album. His
trademark guitar and live approach to instrumentation are in
the forefront yet set behind an expertly processed veil of
subtle electronics. The textures are unabashedly acoustic but
buried and moody enough as to question their origin.
"August" is a haunting, but beautiful album that falls neatly
between the starkness of "Gesine" and the scattering rhythmic
complexity of "s/t". LIke music for a farewell, an ending of
ends, "August" is moody, static, slow and emotional.
Ielasi, Born in 1974, lives near Milan, Italy. He started
playing guitar in 1988, and worked for many years in the area
of improvised music (long term collaborations with Renato
Rinaldi in the duo Oreledigneur, Alessandro Bosetti, Michel
Doneda, Ingar Zach, Dean Roberts). He has performed live with
Taku Sugimoto, Jerome Noetinger, Mark Wastell, Martin Siewert,
Nmperign, Brandon Labelle, Nikos Veliotis, Gert-Jan Prins,
Phill Niblock, Oren Ambarchi, Thomas Ankersmit and many
others. In recent years his main interest has been in
site-specific solo performances, still using guitars as
primary sound sources but integrating microphones and
multi-channel speaker systems in order to create complex
networks for sound diffusion in relationship to space. In 1998
he founded the Fringes Recordings label.