An intense and gloomy drone ambient album, loaded with electronics, soundscapes and eerie sounds, that’s what this collaboration between multi -instrumentalists Roberto Galati and Federico Mosconi delivers. In eight slowly crawling tracks, the duo take the listener on an aural exploration while maintaining a cold and murky atmosphere. They seem armed with an array of instruments. I heard cymbals, guitars, electronics and a heap of other equipment that I can’t really put my finger on. Yet, the result is fascinating, varied and is certainly a recommended item in today’s ambient and drone scene
Each track can easily stand on its own but – as always – I love the conceptual feel of the whole thing. Opener ‘Pietre’ is a brilliant piece of modern day ambient, slowly lingering through the speakers and seemingly also slowly calming down. New comes my favorite track, ‘Eclissi’, which has a haunting atmosphere, nudging towards the dark ambient scene. On other occasions, as in the narrative ‘Opale’, the duo seems to be influenced by classical music and field recordings. The drones on this tune are incredible, especially when played loud.
Yes, loud! People often seem to forget that loud ambient music can be amazing. In this case it’s mindblowing, or mind expanding, who knows. All I know is that ‘Penombra’ is loaded with hypnotic, almost psychedelic soundscapes and that it comes with some pleasant surprises. It has an organic feel and remains interesting throughout the entire thing. So yes, I can only recommend this one to all ambient fans out there, bright or dark. This is a mesmerizing piece of work, thus a must-have.
This well-invested collaboration between Federico Mosconi (not new to Fluid Radio) and Roberto Galati (a new name to us) is gently prussian blue exercise in pressure cooker movements with drones and melodic logic.
Throughout the entire album, there is a central poise and focus that indebts the listener with a quietude that is long-lasting, rejuvenating and re-energising in a multidimensional effect. Fully-realised, meticulously built and honed, “Penombra” is a sailor’s dream, bobbing on the waves like a playful seal.
Starting off well and going on just long enough to be purposeful, the generic course displayed here – or rather, followed: seismic nature recordings of analogue and synthetic drone mesh – creates a kind of intoxicating bubble bath to get lost in. What I greatly like about this music is its infinite beauty. It has infinite pores of pausing thought, for stopping to think. A ruminative easel is careened at an abstract painter’s angle, like painting a watercolour on the grass with a horizontal canvas.
Colours collide like fireworks set free into the sky; the texture of that coloured sound changes contoured environment much like a baby Armadillo and its mother, a birth of once every three years a precious statement, like the general runtime or aggregation period of two minds coalescing as one to form a project. Collaborations do not always work out as well as this showing, and in a way, it’s another reason this fellow drone-r is thankful labels such as KrysaliSound are around to dish the goods over the horizon. A fantastically moving record, you will not be disappointed if you’re a fan of Tim Hecker or Christian Fennesz. Enter the “Penombra”…but try and avoid freezing over, if you can.
[krysalisound] Materia densa che lentamente scivola generando ruvide stratificazioni pervase da un senso di grave solennità. È un universo tattile dalle atmosfere umbratili quello definito dall’unione delle istanze creative, differenti eppure complementari, di Roberto Galati e Federico Mosconi , fuse in un connubio capace di dare vita ad una ribollente sequenza di immaginifici paesaggi sonori. […]
via galatimosconi “penombra” — SoWhat
GALATIMOSCONI – Penombra (KrysaliSound, 2017) La fisicità esplorata da Roberto Galati e l’impalpabile paesaggismo ambientale di Federico Mosconi si combinano si combinano in un terzo genere di materia sonora, collocato anche simbolicamente in una linea indefinita e variabile di “Penombra”. Non è nemmeno necessario scorrere i titoli degli otto densi brani dei quali si compone […]
via — music won’t save you
GALATIMOSCONI “Penombra” is now available in store in digital format and handmade packaging.
Listen and buy here
GALATIMOSCONI project is a collaboration between Roberto Galati and Federico Mosconi.
Despite the difference of their own musical styles, the two musicians created a common language starting from many points of conjunction.
The sounds flow as lava that the two musicians let cool down during their path; below them they add layers and crated new textures through live electronics processes.
They followed their movement, holding sounds hanging in midair, vacillating and swaying, until their slow arrest, letting vanish the initial impression of inhospitality, replaced by visions of open scenarios.
Guitars used for the creation of the eight tracks have been transfigured into a generic instrument that it accumulates and it subtracts like a slow breath.
When the environment becomes hostile, men must struggle with nature for their survival; but, in the dim light, sheltered from everything, always watch at it with deference and wonder.
Robero Galati & Federico Mosconi craft unusual and emotionally compelling atmospheres on the narrative of “Penombra”. Throughout the album, the duo touches upon noise, drone, industrial, and even hints of shoegaze. By opting for such an approach the songs possess such heft to them while they lament ever-changing aural landscapes. Instrumentally rich the songs contain multitudes with so many elements of distortion allowed throughout never ceasing to dazzle. Even within these rather cacophonous pieces the duo brings melody and light into the mix, helping to further emphasize their tragic beauty. Flourishes further add to the weight of these suites, emphasizing their chaotic nature.
Elongated strings introduce the powerful “Pietre” whose wall of sound approach works wonders. Going a little gentler “Eclissi” serves as an album highlight, allowing for a great deal of exploration, giving the space true room to roam. Nearly glowing “Nadir” feels comforting, a comfort that is unsettled somewhat by “Opale” with its deeper rumbles and layers of sound moving ever downward into the abyss. Hard to pin down, “Monolite” lingers with a kind of malice even as gentler melodies playfully hover overhead. Uncertain glitch effects work alongside the piano on the strange gorgeousness of “Basalto”. Metallic sheens hover about on the whispered hush of “Ruggine”. Massive “Amen” closes the album off with tremendous power, with a virtual wave of sound crashing overhead.
Tension and moments of loveliness intermingle on the satisfyingly expansive scope of Robero Galati & Federico Mosconi’s “Penombra”.
First album between Federico Mosconi and Roberto Galati.
I am so proud to publish another Mosconi’s work and to host for the first time in the label Galati. Below you can listen to the excerpt of the collaboration. Enjoy!
RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2017