Mélange
Granny Records

/2018 C-30

Nuova Superficie is the duo of Giovanni Lami & Enrico Malatesta.
The aim is to transpose on a physical media a complex sound-space, in which each listening-experience can be free to evolve and wander and get lost.
The sound is made from several diffusion points, recording the line and the ambience, and is mainly defined by sound's cusps on a dense texture, really homogeneous but rich in details and micro-perturbations.
It's a non-stop negotiation between details on the horizon and the horizon itself.
It's a non-stop dialogue with a lack of balance.

The recordings come mainly from a residency in Milan at MTM Cavallerizza in May 2017, joined with previously studio recordings in Ravenna and Cesena.

Music by Giovanni Lami & Enrico Malatesta (Nuova Superficie)
Recorded by Nuova Superficie
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
Design & artwork by Yorgos Vourlidas (Opora)
Edition of 120 copies pro-dubbed cassette
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Mélange (Granny Records, 2018)

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reviews

Noise Not Music / 2018

Giovanni Lami and Enrico Malatesta, two of the most talented figures in Italy’s thriving experimental music and sound art scene, came together exactly one year ago for a performance and workshop at Villa Sorra. Now, Granny Records has released a cassette containing combined and remixed material from that performance, along with other prior live recordings. The result is just as fascinating and immersive as you’d expect. Lami’s crackling tape textures and frail concrète constructions are a perfect match for Malatesta’s intimate skin drum and metal object percussion. Thanks to Giuseppe Ielasi’s mastering, which is amazing as always, both sides of Mélange make use of a terrific dynamic range. Side A is a lush yet delicate collage of sounds, and despite the very corporeal nature of most of the elements, the ensuing mixture is surprisingly airy and intangible. The sparser B side demands more patience, sometimes retreating into complete silence, and when sounds do appear they’re placed within a brilliant auditory chiaroscuro. While I obviously had a more immediate reaction to the first side, the entire tape is tremendously fulfilling, and the artists’ reverence for both the individual sounds and the resulting pastiches is palpable. If you are unfamiliar with either Lami’s or Malatesta’s solo work, I would highly recommend both; especially Bias and Benandare. (Jack Davidson)