ALBERTO BOCCARDI / LAWRENCE ENGLISH: Split LP Frattonove
‘Split’ not only represents the fact that two artists have come together to formulate one release. It also represents two sides of an album with one long track on each side that is effectively meant to be split into parts. My only argument with doing this is that if you have to notify the listener of this then why not just split them up as they were meant to be in the first place.
Boccardi controls side A with brass orchestration and droning ambient created with a variety of sources. Over the course of just over 16 minutes this does tell a story somewhat, with dramatic interludes that evolve into a mass or stirring operatic voices and machine like industrialism. Eventually the onslaught fades into an epilogue of flanged pads; providing the listener with a satisfactory outcome to what they have just experienced.
English’s input on this release picks up at the crossroads where Boccardi’s voices took prominence. Taking the pathway of air filled ambient, this is a gentler and less rocky route that meets up with its partner at the finish line. It’s as if the coupling of these two artists set out on the same journey and via different co-ordinates chose to meet up eventually at a key point on the map; a clever collaboration if ever there was one.