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"12k presents Australian duo Solo Andata along with their second album, self-titled. Translated literally from the Italian as 'one way,' Solo Andata portrays the theme of a one-way journey that moves from (and represents a thread between) water and land, fluid/stasis, cold/hot. Following Solo Andata's debut album
(Hefty, 2006) and their 12k inception on
Live in Melbourne
, Solo Andata presents us with an ambient affair, with dark drones coupled with ethereal sonic environments. It could be said that Solo Andata is carefully sequenced to a narrative structure: beginning on boat in the cold, arctic night of 'Ablation,' and then ending on foot in the hot wilderness of 'Woods, Flesh, Bone.' However, concepts and narratives that seem clear to the artists are often left oblique to the listeners. This is perhaps why Solo Andata represented this narrative in a strict sense by recording what the titles literally refer to. For example, 'Woods Flesh, Bone' presents us with sweltering woodlands, the sound of a fresh carcass being torn apart and the clattering of bones. The same can be said of 'Hydraulic Fluctuations,' 'Canal Rocks,' 'Ablation' and 'In the Light Storming.' These organic sources, then, help tie music and concept together. Solo Andata utilizes very little, if any, electronic instruments. Acoustic guitar, piano, cello and the natural resonances of organic materials (usually by way of a violin bow, pluck, or home-made contraption) become their main instruments, and as their live shows often attest to, Solo Andata can turn almost any object into an instrument capable of producing beautiful, other-worldly music." Includes a 12-page booklet with photographs by Taylor Deupree.
DESIRE PATH RECORDINGS
is Solo Andata's third full-length album and also the inaugural release for the Buffalo-based label, Desire Path Recordings. This limited edition 12" LP consists of four glorious sonic 'topographies' that are altogether spellbinding, eerie, visceral and energetic.
, similar to Solo Andata's self-titled album on 12k, is fundamentally made up of organic sounds, such as primitive gongs, bells and bowls, wildlife and environmental recordings, sacred chants, the vibration of human cancerous cells, cleavers, and prepared piano. These four pieces seem to work toward a repetition or 'ritual' between disparate elements so as to transport us, via a magical spell, to dense otherworldly habitats. In fact, the title of the twenty-minute piece 'Incantare' translates as 'to chant' (a magical spell upon), which derives from 'in', into, unto and 'cantare', to sing. For the eight-minute piece 'Carving,' there exists a 'ritualistic' image similar to that of Kafka's
In the Penal Colony
, where an intricate carving device inscribes the Condemned prisoner's sentence onto his flesh. The whole affair of
is bound to leave listeners mesmerized by its vividness and bewitched by its intensity." Mastered by James Plotkin.
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