Argine is the result of opposite feelings led by the desire for change. 2022 has been a dense year and the sound of this work could not fail to reflect this adjective. I’m pleased to introduce the album using the words included in the cd sleeve. Thanks for listening…
“On my tiptoes I loosened the screws of parched gears, leaving it to fate to bring down my fake ivory skeleton with a gust of wind. My name has been written among the creeks of the time – every name should be like this – but no one has ever reminded me of it. The nuances are imperceptible letters that curve the gaze, small gems given away in the Pisces era. Last night I saw tomorrow in a succession of twelve blades, like a pond that suddenly turns into an ocean of tears. It is that smell that penetrates the senses just before the rain arrives, the muddy scent of burnt silk. I play arpeggios of inconsistent notes with the unfinished idea of an abstract smile, colored sketches that are linked to my abandoned dreams, thrown into the basement of memory. Timidly I open that door and I sit on the antique armchair in the center of the room. Beyond the walls there is only the mute din of nothing calling me, but I do not answer and with bare feet I wait for the water to rise, touching my skin. What is a metamorphosis if not the suffering of a new life? I vomit golden placenta and beg my shadow not to go away. I shake her hand that slowly indulges at the crossroads and, at dawn, a hill of snow-covered cedars turns into my new dwelling. Today it is the precious metal that I fold without hurting myself, shiny and unscratchable. Tomorrow I will see my bloody shadow again and among crystal fragments I will dance with him again as a gift that I will repeat until my peaceful farewell.” Francis Gri
Imaginary Tales is the first collaboration between Wil Bolton and Francis Gri. Recorded last year between London and Milan, this album signals a wonderful start to 2022 for Krysalisound.
These six tracks are the perfect sum of the individual sounds of Wil and Francis and their natural propensity to delicate and intimate sonorities. They are rendered with a broad sonic palette that includes modular synth, acoustic and electric guitars, sansula, electric piano, mellotron, found sounds and field recordings.
Imaginary Tales is an exploration of dreaming landscapes and lonely moments. Each song could be a story, a story without words. Each title is just the beginning of where your imagination may take you if you just close your eyes.
Lieve is definitely an autumnal album, with its delicate colours and fainted shades. in a way connected with “Fall and Flares”. In this work i tried to put in all my ideas without thinking of any concept, but just playing. The result is a collection of ten sketches that well represent my state of mind in this world so fragile and frightened. Lieve is the Italian word for saying “gentle”, a word that we are slowly forgetting, in the name of selfishness, especially in my country, Each track has been conceived like an abstract painting with layers of sounds most of them acoustic with notes of guitar, ukulele, sansula, kalimba, melodica, singing bowls but also noises captured through contact microphones, field recordings, tape loop cassette distortions.. And of course I can’t make an album without my inseparable electric piano and electric guitar. For this album there are three different masterings, one for the digital platform, one for the cd and one the cassette. A limited edition of handmade cassettes will be kindly prepared by the new-born label Fallow Recording and will be available next year. Beauty is a balance of energy between light and dark, like electricity that our body can feel through our senses. Making music is my way in seeking this beauty, something special and unique that allows me to connect, I hope, with listeners. Thanks to anyone who would like to listen to Lieve.