GUSTOFORTE: La Prima Volta LP Plastica Marella
This is a re-release of Italian Anti-Pop group GustoForte’s rare debut album; and set in heavyweight clear vinyl this was enough alone to make me happy before I even played it.
The Anti-Pop movement doesn’t hold much weight as a genre. The majority of output falls into obscure art/noise and No-Wave territory and usually finds it’s home sat on the shelves of Drone, Dark Ambient and old school Industrial enthusiasts; GustoForte of course, will be no exception.
There is a touch of Haus Arafna to much of this Italian mobs work, minus the production skills and clinical execution of the tracks themselves. Emphasis seems to be based on completely pissing about with obscure noises, that sometimes unnecessarily engulf what could be effective, should they tether it back a touch.
Casting their misgivings aside, GustoForte are not without their charm. Some of the music they produce is so ludicrous and laughable that it’s hard to not like their releases, without fully understanding why.
If we ignore the label’s ludicrous statement that the band are “30 years ahead of everything you listen to today and everything you will listen tomorrow”, ‘La Prima Volta’ does capture this group at their best (even if GF’s best isn’t necessarily anything special). Given that it’s released on such a format though, is a plus for me all by itself.