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ARTIST
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Brilliant Waves
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CD

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RELEASE DATE
2/5/2016

Endless Tapes is a collaboration between bassist and composer Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, Metallic Taste of Blood, Twinscapes, O.R.k., etc.) and drummer and multi-instrumentalist Alessandro "Petrol" Pedretti. Following their eponymous 2013 EP, Brilliant Waves is the duo's dazzling debut album. Setting out their plan for an immersive and engaging album, Endless Tapes road tested their material in early 2014 over a series of well received live dates in Italy (with the duo expanded to a full four-piece band and working in conjunction with stunning visuals by video artist Danilo di Prizio). Building on the duo's previously released material, Brilliant Waves showcases a kaleidoscopic collection of instrumentals. Combining subtle threads of delicate ambience and warm electronica with fluid, insistent, minimalistic grooves, Endless Tapes blend dark, esoteric elements on a sparkling sonic palette to create an engrossing blend of contrasting dynamic friction. The slowly unfolding title-track that opens Brilliant Waves emphasizes the duo's notable synergy, constantly building an unhurried tension with calm precision before searching for an unexpected but welcome resolution. Likewise, "Il Guardiano" develops from its reflective beginnings to an unyielding, muscular, and mesmeric conclusion. Other highlights include the hypnotic, circular rhythmic patterns of "Saturn" and the abstract, asymmetrical "non-funk" of "Bass Collapse." A multilayered and hypnotic album, inviting repeated listens and multiple interpretations. Colin Edwin: fretted and fretless basses, E-bow, guitar, programming. Alessandro Pedretti: drums, electronics, vocals, guitar, programming. Additional acoustic guitar on "Il Guardiano" and "Private" by Nicola Panteghini. Recorded at Nightspace, UK, and Petrol Station, Italy. Mixed by Domenico Vigliotti at Taverna Studios, Provaglio d'Iseo, Italy. Mastered by Paul Mex at Mex One Recordings, UK. Packaged in a cardboard sleeve designed by Carl Clover of Aleph.