ADESSO label releases first Gino Pavan full-lenght album in 40 years.
ADESSO, the new sublabel of Disco Segreta, is proud to open his catalogue debuting with the first Gino Pavan album in 40 years!
“Absolute” is a full-on contemporary electronic “concept album”, entirely written, composed and played by Gino. Eight tracks, where Gino explores the multiple dimensions of the concept of the absolute, experimenting on guitars, synthesizers, electric sitar and percussions, on a 30 minutes journey into darker territories. With every sound originally crafted by Gino in his studio, and a compilation of videos created as a visual companion for each track, “Absolute” sheds a light upon the music he always wanted to release, revealing his erudite background as a musician/composer.
For those into definitions, “cosmic electronic” probably sounds criminally reductive in this case, and perhaps it would only regard the arpeggios.
Sure thing, “Absolute” seems undoubtedly paying hommage – if not a direct parentage - to the German and Italian experimental electronic scenes of late 70s-early ‘80s. The guitar sitar on title track “Absolute”, along with the sampled voices and the percussions played as they were ethnic instruments, seth the depth of the journey. Using custom created electronic sounds, pads, and synths such as ARP 2600, CS 80, Minimoog, and the Solina (predominant on “To to the Sky”), as well as Hammond B3 and Wurlizter sounds mixed together (on “Evolution Theory”), towards a more 70s progressive-rock sound. Guitars have a prominet role in this album: Gibson Les Paul custom, Fender Strato HSS and an aluminium Kramer are in every track except in the 2 finger cymbals – vocodered “Voices”, and are heavily processed through a custom pedal-board. “Il Grande Silenzio – Die Grosse Stille” sports guitars again, but recorded live on a Revox B77 in stereo, altered and processed, while “One time” is a feast of modular instruments and Prophet synth, with a guitar sounding like it had a synth on top. “Agua” and “Rough Space” particularly, use sampling: voices, especially, and a processed Sicilian wind chime.
“Absolute” could easily have been sharing shelves with the likes of the most experimental Italian progressive-rock of the time, such as Aktuala’s first LP or Franco Battiato’s early works like “Clic”, up to the early 80s Tangerine Dream productions, towards the more borderline ambient-krautrock side of that era.
Author - Title: Gino Pavan - Absolute
Label / cat. number: Adesso AD LP 001 / AD LP LTD 001 / AD K7 001
A1 To the Sky
A2 Evolution Theory
B1 Rough Space
B2 One Time
B4 Il Grande Silenzio (Die Grosse Stille)
LP: 33 rpm, limited black vinyl.
LP LTD: 33 rpm, limited 100 numbered copies on electric blue vinyl (1 per customer, website order only).
MC: limited 100 numbered copies chrome cassette.
Gino Pavan is an italian musician from Veneto. After his Conservatorio degree, spent some time in France playing as multi-instrumentist in various bands (he plays guitar, flute and synth).
Best known among diggers, DJs and disco enthusiasts for his prog-disco masterpieces “Magico” and “La Terra ed il Seme”, contained in his only 1980 7” release on the small italian private label Phantom. The two tracks, along with “Electrik Flower”, an unreleased track from a lost tape, were first reissued, properly remastered on a 12” vinyl on Disco Segreta in 2016. “Absolute” is his first full-lenght LP.
ADESSO is a sublabel of “Disco Segreta”, devoted to explore contemporary productions deserving to be released regardless of music genres.