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Almunia are Leonardo Ceccanti , Gianluca ACCIA Salvadori,and Giada Giammugnani.The sound is a mix of psichedelic,blues and overdubbed disco.
First album ''New moon''out on Claremont 56 was album of the year on ''The Furtive 50'' 2011 on DJhistory.com .
Second album ''Pulsar'' is also on Claremont 56.Other tracks on Nang ,no Static,above Machine records.
Almunia is a musical project born in 2010 in Tuscany(Italy) from the friendship of Leonardo Ceccanti, multi instrumentalist,and Gianluca Salvadori, a DJ.
The birth of Almunia was due to the need of the two guys to spread a kind of music that could be a mixture of their experience , mixing elements of electronics ,psychedelic rock, balearic rhythms and blues feelings.
After performing individually for about 15 years in their respective territories,including some of the most important italian clubs and discoes,Gianluca ask Leonardo to record something that could be their own.
And so they did. The first Element that born was the strong presence of delayed guitar and bass, that threw immediatly the sound into dreamy and bluesy textures.
After that the two guys begun to put in electronic -chuggle basses and keyboards, voices and psychedelic effects that soon sublimated the sound .
Soon in 2011 they record ‘’New Moon’’, the real first song of them, which was immediatly noticed by the english Paul Murphy, captain of the record labels ‘’Claremont 56’’ and ‘’Leng’’,at the point he asked the guys to make something togheter.
Almunia in a few months realized a whole album, 8 songs that were collected In the ‘’New Moon’’ work that was released in the summer of 2011.
Success in the UK was strong and immediate.The record has remained for weeks at the first place in the Juno Records site , and all the reviews were ardent.
The two guys were soon called to play in UK at Paul Murphy’s parties and in various festival in Italy, and at the same time they continued producing ,both as Almunia, both as ‘’Leo Almunia’’, the solo work of the guitarist Leonardo.
Leo released eps with Kraak Records(Greece),Sun Generation Records(Italy),remixes for Casual Lab and Faupax Music(Berlin), and in collaboration with Heathered pearls(NY, Ghostly International)made a special soundscape for the Andy Warhol installation ‘’Silver Clouds’’ in the Terrace Gallery(Washington DC),created by the Warhol Foundation.
Almunia made Eps for No Static Records , United Recordings and above Machine (UK), a remix for Max Essa ,and received remixes from Idjut Boys,Felix Dickinson, Wes Coats,Crag Bratley,Marius Circus,Andrew Clarke.
The second album the band realized , ‘’Pulsar’’, was out in may 2013, two years after the first,and was another big success. Here’s the Juno records feedback :
‘’ Two years on from the release of their remarkable debut album, 'New Moon', Almunia return with a second full-length of chugging psychedelic dub-disco, shimmering acoustic grooves and spine-tingling Italian Balearica. Decidedly less heady than its predecessor, 'Pulsar' impresses with its glistening guitars, touchy-feely textures, ocean-blue chords and otherworldly atmospherics. Along the way, there are tracks that variously sound like Cos/Mes jamming with Pet Metheny (‘The Magician’), the Idjuts locking horns with Mudd (‘Ode To Mum’), classic Scandolearica (the Lindstrom & Prins Thomas-ish ‘Pulsar’), Peter Green on valium (‘Views From A Blue Train’) and a lost Fleetwood Mac track (‘Secret Marriage’). Featuring brilliant new artwork by Mark Warrington this is an essential summer album.’’
The Almunia project was noticed also in The United States, particulary by the ‘’Ghostly International’’ crew, that put the Pulsar Lp in Streaming of the famous Tycho ‘s blog, ‘’ISO 50 ‘’.
In 2 years by their firs release, the guys had spread their music around the world.
In 2013 the vocalist Giada Giammugnani joined the band,and this declared the birth of the beautiful ep ''Meaning of time'' on United Recordings.
And they have a lot to say yet…
Some of the most important Festivals in which Almunia Took place are:Claremont 56 5th birthday party ( Sherwood Forest), Open act for DJ Harvey at Tipografia ( Pescara),Officina re-think(Prato),Robot Festival(Bologna), Oh Christo! ( Bologna), Claremont 56 boat party ( River Thames, London), Sounds of the Universe(London) , Blue Velvet(Firenze), and many more .
New moon (single)- 2011 ----- Claremont 56
New Moon (LP) -2011----- Claremont 56
Pulsar (single)-2012----- Claremont 56
Pulsar (LP)-2013----- Claremont 56
One Time (EP) -2013 -----Above Machine
5Years of Claremont 56 – Compilation(4 tracks)
Cassandra’s Dream (EP) -2013 ---- No Static Records
The Shiny River(EP) -2013 -------United Recordings
Beach Disco sessions vol.4(Compilation)-2013 -------Nang
One time(EP)-2013----------Above machine
Hush(EP)---2012----Sun Generation Records
Diskocutz 2, Remixed(one remix)----2012---Kraak Records
Smiling Faces(1 Remix)-----2012------Casual Lab
Self Taught-(1Remix)------2012------Deependance rec
Just/Bad bird (EP)w/NoLogo-----2012-----Deependance rec