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Journal Journal · 2018 · 2017 · 2016 · 2015 · {and before that
Werner 5

(7tx DGTL - 46'', self-prod. 2018)

 | pall youhideme
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Directly from the hidden, invisible niche of Italian indie & DIY music no-scene, we are enough lucky to be alive and hearing again from Werner
This collection of 7 tracks, revisiting some of their previously released tracks in a slowcore/noise-key, is balsam for the soul of a indie-music addict. 
Annie is so fragile. You want to take care of this fragile thing while you listen.
Winter '74's pace goes like Low vs Codeine, with Stefano Venturini warm vocals intertwining Alessia Castellano's breathy one. Molly goes through a hypnotic dream-like fog. It's like learning to breath again. These new versions crush into reverb and fuzz outbreaks. Ecstatic soundescapes. Like, here, Molly's guitar solo. The holy fire of fuzz pedals burning into reverb. Fuck, this is great. And, still, you are under hypnosis. 
Later, Rooster brings you back into a pastoral as psychedelic scenery, - a delicacy of sounds weaved by acoustic guitar and the grave tones of distortion. Pure class which may move you to tears when it touches the right string. Music growing inner bitterness. So melancholically beautiful. We're not made of stone. Spoiler alert: there's a not deserved abrupt ending.
Russian sky remembers us that Werner know how to play their numbers even only with vocals and acoustic guitar, until later electric and drums enter.
Sunrise/Sundown is deadly buried into a bizzarre intimacy between Werner and the listener. It's aching in the background, while the vocals go sweet and mellow.
Last track Ice is thick as ice while breaking. You can slow-motion dance on it.
A good record indeed, such a shame you won't listen to it.

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Dracula by Tod Browning (1931)

Music scored by Philip Glass

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Universal (MGM, says Philip..): 'Pick one, Philip: Dracula, The Mummy, or Frankestein'.
Philip: 'I'll do all three'
MGM: 'No no no no, you have to pick one'
Philip: 'Then I had to do Dracula because Bela Lugosi's such a beautiful image, there are places in the film, where his face takes the whole screen..'

I remember I saw for the first time Tod Browning's Dracula, originally dated 1931, when I was a kid. 
Dubbed in Italian, of course. I will never forget how the scene where Count Dracula would not cast a reflection in the little mirror of a cigarettes box, that left a huge impression of my young, fervid mind. An amazing performance, 'the' performance for Bela Lugosi. Unforgettable.
On wiki, I can even see now the very exact date I have been watching this movie, enraptured: Sunday evening, 1986, April 20th, the movie was broadcasted on TV Rai 2. I was 8, and the movie, in Italian, was renamed Dracula Primo. There was no music on that version of the film. But, later, in 1998, for the DVD release, Universal pictures called Philip Glass.

"Due to the limitations of adding a musical score to a film's soundtrack during 1930 and 1931, no score had ever been composed specifically for the film. [..]  In 1998 composer Philip Glass was commissioned to compose a musical score for the classic film. The score was performed by the Kronos Quartet under direction of Michael Reisman, Glass's usual conductor." [wiki]
"It's that perfect collaboration.. the director is dead, the writer is dead, every actor of the movie is dead, the only one left alive is the composer, who wasn't born when it was tourned.. ideal!" - Philip Glass.

Enjoy the full Movie here..

Dracula (1931) from Interact-TV, Inc. on Vimeo.
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Moe / Gerda Karaoke

(4tx 10inches vinyl/DGTL, 23'' - Shove, Wallace, Icore rec 2017)

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I love this kind of split releases. Two bands sharing a tour, sharing each other their Music, paying each other a tribute with a cover. MoE from Oslo, Norway, and Gerda from Jesi, Italy. That's a good Ear-asmus thing from the alternative European Music niche at its finest.
Gerda guys kick it slow as heavy with MoE's Mucosa, originally from their 2014's release titled 3. Spot the differences with the original version: both loaded with a fierce bitterness. Gerda's version feeds with post-hc nihilism an epic tidal wave, growing more and more, while the original track was bending on itself with a twisted pace of sludge metal, percussively enthralling, with female vocals like a Lilith on full revenge. First track for Gerda in English, I believe.
Gerda's Fucked Up Voice is originally date 2014 too, it was on Your Sister. An emotional ride during the war of loneliness. It may blow up your windows, menacing and anxious such it is: the lyrics (in Italian) are acid not less than the distortions mayem the vocals are in. First time for MoE in Italian, I guess. And MoE return the compliments with a blasting version.
Do as pictured on the artwork: listen to these four tracks and be ready to be blown away.

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