Compactstick

by A Spirale & Alexei Borisov

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    High-frequency, electroacoustic noise from A Spirale (Italy) and Alexei Borisov (Russia), produced by the legendary Rudolf Eb.er.

    Instrumentation includes tape-manipulated voice, electric guitar, feedback sax, and no-input mixing.

    Real-time dubbed "prison shell" C32 cassette packaged in fluroscent orange / pink cases with double-paneled, translucent film insert.

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about

Alexei Borisov: voice, tapes, electronics;
Maurizio Argenziano: electric guitar;
Mario Gabola: electronics, no-input mixing board, sax feedback;

Recorded live in studio the 29th of February 2020 in Naples at A Spirale Basement Studio
Mixed by: Mario Gabola;
Mastered by: Rudolf Eb.er at Om Kult, Osaka;
Sounds & bit taken from Chris Cogburn (trk.5), C_C (trk.3);
Design by: Max Eastman;

Review by Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly 1278

"Ten years ago, Alexei Borisov played in Naples, Italy with his duo Astma (with Olga Nosova) and recorded with the local duo of A Spirale, of which the results were released by Viande Records (see Vital Weekly 842) and on his home turf in Moscow, they recorded another album (Vital Weekly 898). Both of these were Astma & A Spirale, now it is time for Borisov (voice, tape, electronics) and Maurizio Argenziano (electric guitar) and Mario Gabola (electronics, no-input mixing board and sax feedback). Recorded days before the world went in lockdown last year and the time since has been used wisely to construct pieces of music out of this. They called their second album something with a "more abstract psych-pop attitude". With that last notion in mind, I listened to this and I would think that, after all these years, they still have an interest in the "abstract psych-pop". Wrongly, as it turns out, I expected some wild improvised music, vibrant and chaotic, but that is not the case. It is wild, it is vibrant, but it is also controlled and organized. I have no idea if this organization is the result of something that already occurred in the studio or, perhaps, afterwards by sticking fragments together. Of course, do not expect this to be pop music of any kind you might remember from the time you played such things on the radio, but with the recurring sounds, the voices, and the way it is constructed this is noise and improvisation in a fruitful meeting of psychedelic madness and weirdo... alright... pop. You'd wish there was more like this!"

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released January 1, 2021

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