FRANCISCO LÓPEZ / LUCA SIGURTA: Erm CD Frattonove

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FRANCISCO LÓPEZ / LUCA SIGURTA: Erm  CD Frattonove

Francisco López has been around the block somewhat with a massive career in sonic art formulation.  This two-track album is shared with Luca Siguratà as a collaborative effort with each artist using the same sound sources.

López’s works for me have been somewhat hit and miss.  Occasionally there are some albums that have really stood out, but when dealing with media the way he does, a lot of the time the end results appear to be as much aural art rather than music itself; once again unfortunately, the latter appears to be the case.

Glitch pulsations chop and slide, before ambient tones and then harsher sounds cut in.  There are undercurrents of noise that do at least provide a foundation to the track, but for the most part it just seems like a misshapen collection of noises thrown together.

Siguratà works better with the medium at hand, providing a bleaker and more cohesive interpretation.  Rumbling ambience is occasionally smattered with noise; but where his collaborator failed, he manages to pull into something altogether more constructive.  It may not be the best I have heard genre wise, but at least it’s a solid track with some form and purpose.

Overall I see little point to the release as a whole and Siguratà would have most likely benefitted from releasing anew album all on his own.  I can understand his logic in wanting to work with his peers, but sometimes it’s those influential artists who produce less than is expected.

5.5/10

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ALBERTO BOCCARDI / LAWRENCE ENGLISH: Split LP Frattonove

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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.

8/10