Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tiziano Popoli - Burn The Night / Bruciare La Notte (Original Recordings, 1983 - 1989) [RVNG Intl. / Freedom To Spend Promo]

Put out on the circuit as a collaborational effort between RVNG Intl. and their sister / sublabel Freedom To Spend on January 22nd, 2k21 is "Burn The Night / Bruciare La Notte (Original Recordings, 1983 -1989)" - a massive, 75 minutes lasting anthology of soundtrack, score and commissioned works created by Italian composer Tiziano Popoli throughout named time period. Heavily employing a technique of MIDI-routing melodic patterns programmed on a Roland TR-909 through a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer whilst not necessarily shying away from a certain Pop attitude the cuts featured on this album present a wider muscial variety of Popoli's musical work including the strange, alienating cut-up rhythms of the Plunderphonic-leaning opener "Twist", the friendly, seductive and well funky Proto Electro meets Easy Listening piece "Svelf" whilst "Se Son Rose Fioriranno" well represents the composers love of the simplicity of Pop music, albeit in a slighty off-kilter way, pairing a catchy Synth hook with clumsy beats and even a somewhat religious connotation when it comes to cut-up vocal snippets. Furthermore pieces like the warm and athmospheric, melancholia-inducing "Mimetto Erettile" bring forth an obvious influence of Minimal Music Tiziano Popoli is widely recognized and appreciated for in avantgarde circles whereas the title track "Bruciare La Notte" caters a haunting SynthPop vision featuring a real classical string section alongside ethereal retrofuturistic synth pads and the most uplifting "Il Fantasma" even seems to employ structures harking back to courtly formal medieval dances yet translating them into an unimaginably far out future yet to come just to name a few of our favorite cuts here. An essential trip into the past of Italian electronic music history this that certainly is not to be missed.


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