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ARTIST
TITLE
Il Tagliacode
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
PRS 034CD PRS 034CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/27/2007

This is Bologna-based Andrea Sartori's (aka Deepalso) first full-length release as a solo artist. Sartori has already made his mark in the Italian music world: first, as one of the founders of the Homework Festival and its affiliated Homework Records net-label in 2002. Secondly, as a live performer of unmatched novelty and inspiration, wailing on his synthesizers and drum machines with the fervor of a rock god. Persona first became aware of Andrea's talents through the recommendation of fellow countryman Touane, who had also been an early organizer of the Homework festival, before leaving for Berlin. His is a recreational sound, which reminds one of the frivolity of 1970s funk and fusion, the disengagement of video game and cartoon soundtracks and the Italian genre of "musica leggera" (easy listening). Regardless of his chosen signifiers, what's obvious about this debut is that the man behind it has a full grasp of the history of music and most importantly, knows how to shape the various influences into a unique and refreshing voice without any slavish imitations. Il Tagliacode is clearly a product of the 21st century. Assembled from a large pool of live performances he recorded at a jazz musician's retreat in Foligno, Italy, sonic textures come from female voices, kalimba, live drums, guitar, electric piano, harp, and more. But it is his own skills of collage and composition that elevate the source material of soloists into a comprehensive whole, processing the click/stutter/buzz constants of modern electronic music through ancient spring reverbs, tape delays and distortion pedals to recreate a vintage acoustic space.