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fazio - elegie (album preview)

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    Excerpts from the album. Now available at Experimedia.net. The first of two guitar works for March 2012, Mike Fazio steps out of his orchestramaxfieldparrish nom de plume and delivers a work of riveting guitarsonics for the ages. Expanding on the concept of abstract guitar improvisation started on the Actualities Tapes series from the 1980's New York underground DIY scene, and later on widespread cd form with 2008's The Silent Breath Of Emptiness, Elegie takes this concept one step further into three, long form, electric guitar compositions. Part of a planned series of abstract guitar recordings to be released in the future.

    Strictly limited one time cd edition of 200 in a matte finished digipak.

    Recorded and mastered in 96K / 24 bit audiophile audio.

    "A Guide For Reason is Mike Fazio and in Vital Weekly 793 I reviewed some of his material which he recorded in 2009. For reasons I am not entirely sure of, this new release is under the name of Fazio, but if I understand well, it was also recorded in 2009. The first and the third piece are just over nineteen minutes and originally intended to be an LP release, but with the second piece added, recorded a bit later, it's now on CD. One reason for using another name is that the music sounds a bit different than on 'I-VI' and 'VII-VIII'. Here we have no computer reworking of diesel engines, but I assume the use of guitars, lots of effects, maybe a bit of sound scapes and a repeating voice every now and then, reciting a text, which has a somewhat claustrophobic feeling – and that's just the opening track. Just like the music actually. Its all quite doom and glum here. As I look out of the window and see the beautiful sunny, spring day, this music doesn't seem to be fitting to the occasion such a nice day. More music for dramatic occasions, grey winter day. 'Dopo Tre Mesi, Tutto È Lo Stesso, Eccetto Un Piccolo Regalo, Quando Arriva L'inverno, Più Disappunti È Dispiacere (Petey's Song)' is the lengthy title of the second piece and works around a piano and treatments, and has a likewise dark character. In the third track he returns to what he set out in the opening piece: more guitars, bit of percussion with lots of echo, bouncing in and out of the mix, but less any voice material. Good solid dark, atmospheric, drone like music, executed with great care. Different than A Guide For Reason, but equally fascinating." FdW, Vital Weekly

    Released by: fs015cd
    Release/catalogue number: faith strange
    Release date: Apr 12, 2012

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