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ARTIST
TITLE
Evolve
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
NEMU 001LP NEMU 001LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/28/2020

Evolve is the first full-length album from composer, music producer, and violinist Vito Gatto, a concept album that guides the listener on a one-way journey through the various phases of an imaginary evolutionary process. Gatto graduated in Violin from the Milan Conservatory of Music, his research starts from the unconventional application of a classical background into both making music in the studio, and live performances. For this work, Vito decided to put himself in a restricted composing and technical environment; all the arpeggiated sounds on the album are made from one single violin note that Vito sampled. He transforms the same note throughout the entire album, using the different treatment of this micro sample and the arpeggiator programming as the construction of a mutating and evolving structure. The album is Instinctively executed, almost improvised, and elements like distorted bass lines, hardcore inspired percussions, whistles, and alienating string melodies represent unexpected alterations. Vito decided to keep these instinctive additions clean from excessive control as a representation of the beauty of the unpredictable. The album track list is an expression of evolutionary phases. From the minimalistic piano piece "Decomposition" to "Quiete" which expresses the state of calm after a shift has occurred, "Nostalgia" and "Stasi" represent a hazy trance like state. Vito challenges the listener to ask questions like "am I in the right place? Is this who I set out to become? Do I have to keep evolving, or should I try to regress?" Evolve creates continuous connections between traditional and experimental music, creating dialogue between classical instruments and industrial techno, ambient, noise, and de-constructed sounds. NeMu is a new label founded by Vito Gatto himself. The label will focus on experimental projects based on the exchange between acoustic, concrete, and electronic sources. The artwork is part of Jewels, a series of ceramic sculptures by Benni Bosetto, courtesy of the artist and ADA Project, Rome.