Hot on the heels of his preliminary EP on Stroboscopic Artefacts, ‘Embryo’, which paved the way to the present album, and two years after the landing of his 2016-released inaugural LP, ‘Montagne Trasparenti’, Mannequin helmsman Alessandro Adriani returns with his highly anticipated full-length debut for SA, ‘Morphic Dreams’. Throughout eleven cuts painstakingly executed but lacking not an iota of the fresh, spontaneous oomph that made his sound stand out of the crowd of techno producers to have emerged over the past decade, Adriani lays the foundations to a suspended sound imaginarium, governed by its own rules and principles of gravity.
Revolving around the notions of sublimation and quest for inner balance, ‘Morphic Dreams’ is comprised of four distinct sequences, conceived and designed as reflections of four mental states, each of them linked to the four alchemical elements – i.e. Water, Earth, Air and Fire – here represented by the A, B, C and D-sides. Fluid and enveloping, the A-side bathes the listener in some zero-G uterine vortex, pitching and rolling from the slo-burning exotic sensuality and tribal spell of ‘The Tropical Year’ to the trunk-bending, arpeggiated fast-track pulse of ‘Storm Trees’, through Raindance’s feverish electro swing.
Entering a further abrasive, minerally rich phase, the B-side unleashes Adriani’s dark side with optimum conviction. Deeply anchored in earthly materiality, this new evolution stage starts off to the frantic Italo bass of ‘Dissolving Images’, rushing headlong into a kaleidoscopic maelstrom of fractured reflections and nasty Giallo-like ambience. The delirious body stretch sequence then rather abruptly swerves onto a calmer flux with ‘Dust/Mist’, a much enticingly hip-swaying collaboration with Simon Crab, ex-member of the seminal ’80s UK industrial-experimental band Bourbonese Qualk, before ‘Casting The Runes’ engulfs us into a tormented world of swollen eeriness and disquieting esoterism.
Back to a widescreen showcase of droney distortions, nasty acid swashes and other quirky drum programming, ‘Hors De Combat’ opens a new chapter, shortly followed by the playful bass intricacies and modular jeu-de-piste of ‘Invisible Seekers’, featuring Avian affiliate and longtime friend Shawn O’Sullivan. A further mind-expanding piece, C-side closer ‘Crow’ deploys its blackened wings wide and high as a chaos of martial percussions and liquefying synths slivers crash past the red-hot skyline. A fluttering melodic interlude, ‘Things About To Disappear’ blazes a clean trail for ‘Make Words Split And Crack’ to flourish, slowly but surely blooming into a nonstop grandiose twelve minute-shy finale geared up with the stirring cacophonic force of a Ligetian symphony and something of an epic-scale Kubrickian soundtrack.
all tracks (w)&(p) by Alessandro Adriani
between Berlin and Rome, 2016-2018
thanks to Shawn O’Sullivan and Simon Crab for their contribution
dedicated to my father Roberto:
“too near to god – to pray. too near to heaven – to fear.”
mastered @ Artefacts Mastering Studio, Berlin
graphic concept by Ignazio Mortellaro [OA]
(p)&(c) Stroboscopic Artefacts 2019
Cat. No SALP008 / SACD011 – all rights reserved