Boring Machines

After his first approach with Boring Machines, a split 7 inches with My Dear Killer and an EP called I Know When It’s Time To Get The Fuck Away, Rella the Woodcutter is back with a full album of delicate and psichedelic songs reminding both the electric blues wave of the late nineties (Palace, Smog, Songs:Ohia) and their fathers which gathered togheter thirty years before that.

Inspired by the classic Italian spaghetti sound turned into a depressed and paranoid version of the typical twang-surf of Morricone’s scores, Death Surf is an hypothetical soundtrack of an old mondo-movie gone bad. The album drags the oppressive heat and bad habits of the Mediterranean to the radioactive beaches of Polynesia, discovering non-existent tribes, invented costumes, misplaced traditions and colonial exoticisms. Think of drinking a frozen Daiquiri on a solitary beach while watching a poorly tuned TV broadcasting loops of  If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death, while Mururoa tests are happening at the horizon. If this was the soundtrack of the end, it couldn’t be more doped.

Simon Balestrazzi founded in 1981 T.A.C. (Tomografia Assiale Computerizzata), a long-lived and outstanding Italian band operating in the border between experimental music, leftfield rock and post-industrial and still active to these days. Between 1986 and 1988 he created the dark-chamber ensemble Kino Glaz and in 1991 he joined well known band Kirlian Kamera, with whom he worked for seven years releasing several albums and performing live throughout Europe. Relocated in New York he graduated in sound engineering at the Institute of Audio Research. Back to Italy in 1998 he relocated to Cagliari where he currently lives and works, focusing on site-specific installations, dance and theatre soundtracks and where, after a few years hiatus, he has reactivated T.A.C. releasing three new albums. In the very same town he also started several groups, as ESP, Deep Engine and Qaumanek and he is a regular member of electro-acoustic improvisation ensemble MOEX. Moreover in 2005 he participated to Barcelona LEM festival with the new project Electrified Ether, a duo with tabletop guitarist Sara Aresu. In November 2006 he also formed the duo Dream Weapon Ritual with actress and singer Monica Serra (also from T.A.C.). He has released countless records, collaborating with Ikue Mori, Maja Ratkje, Z’ev  amongst others.

The Between the elements Quadrilogy begun in 2007 as a collaboration among the well-known industrial master Maurizio Bianchi/MB and the experimental musician Matteo Uggeri. The first two chapters (Nefelodhis, which means cloudy, and Erimos, desert) were released in that year by Cold Current and Digitalis Industries. Kapnos (smoke) followed in 2009, as a collective effort by Meerkat, “the Italy’s finest in the fields of ambient, electronics, microsound, post guitar” (as Frans De Waard wrote). The last and definitive chapter Pagetos is now released on Boring Machines. For Pagetos (morning frost) Uggeri involved Francesco Giannico and Luca Mauri, whose piano and guitar added a melodic and soft touch to a work that reveals here its lightest and maybe coldest – side.
The track 5:34 AM – Calaverna is featured on the Wire Tapper nr.28 of April 2012.


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