Halfalib – Malamocco

WWNBB#084 - Malamocco by Halfalib

 Halfalib is Marco Giudici‘s solo project, debuting with the stunning Malamocco, an album able to surprise and excite with its dreamy atmospheres, sonic experimentations and sweet pop. Eight unpredictable tracks that can bring to mind the likes of Mercury Rev and Chris Cohen, with an approach to music that seems without limitations and can blend the warmth of a saxophone with the more direct electronics – clear pianos in a whirlwind of samples, lush strings that seem stolen from a sci-fi soundtrack and lo-fi divertissements. “I tired to write Malamocco without any pre-set boundary, but at the same time with an homogeneous sound. Adele Nigro (from the band Any Other in which Marco plays bass) has been a determining figure while writing the album, both from an emotional and a practical point of view; despite her unconventional half-in half-out role, the added brains and soul of this album are hers. Mattia Savelli took care of the graphics and has been a great help. With him I share ideas and approach; we often found each other thinking alike despite coming from different experiences as he doesn’t come from the music world. Niccolò Fornabaio at the drums, and Roberto Dibitonto at the saxophone added an incredible lot the the parts that I wrote but were left open to interpretation; they really out their heart in the interpretation  and you can definitely hear that on the album.”

“Halfalib is simply who I am, a 25 year old introvert born and raised in Milan, Italy. Malamocco is an album about high density emotional communication, of conflicting egos and their outcomes, with the outside world and with oneself. From the extreme of feeling lost , without an anchor, alienated from all the aspect of one’s personality, to the opposite of having a strong ego, being an anchor, following the instinct.”

Malamocco is out now on a very limited edition of 100 copies 12″ pressed on milky clear vinyl,  and digitally via your favorite streaming or download service.

Listen / Buy the album [EU]

Listen / Buy the album [US]

  Marco Giudici, già bassista degli Any Other, esordisce con un album solista a nome Halfalib che stupisce ed emoziona, tra sperimentazioni soniche, atmosfere sognanti e improvvise dolcezze pop. Mercury Rev e Chris Cohen sono tra i primi nomi che vengono in mente mentre ci si perde dentro queste otto imprevedibili tracce. Un’idea di musica che non si pone limiti, e che sa raccogliere e conciliare dentro di sé tanto i suoni caldi di un sassofono quanto l’elettronica più algida; limpidi pianoforti e l’accatastarsi turbinoso dei campionamenti; archi sontuosi che sembrano rubati a colonne sonore sci-fi e divertissement a bassa fedeltà. «Per scrivere Malamocco ho cercato di non pormi alcun tipo di limite, ma allo stesso tempo la mia volontà era quella di ottenere un suono omogeneo. Adele Nigro (Any Other), è stata una figura fondamentale per la realizzazione di questo disco, sia per un aspetto emotivo e motivazionale, che per uno strettamente pratico. Ha avuto un ruolo poco convenzionale, a metà tra esterno ed interno, ma se c’è un’altra testa e anima in questo disco è la sua. Mattia Savelli, che ha curato il contenuto grafico, è stato di grande supporto. Con lui condivido, talvolta in modo speculare, gusti e approccio, e ci siamo trovati su uno stesso piano ideale, pur venendo da strade diverse. Non è un musicista e il suo punto di vista è sempre stato prezioso perché scevro da una serie di minuzie che si rivelano essere poco importanti, a conti fatti. Essenziale è stato l’apporto di Niccolò Fornabaio e Roberto Dibitonto, rispettivamente batterista e sassofonista. Hanno eseguito parti scritte da me, che lasciavano però spazio ad ampi momenti di libera interpretazione. Ci hanno messo il cuore nel suonare ciò che gli era stato chiesto, ed è una cosa che personalmente ho percepito e apprezzato molto, e credo che nel disco si possa sentire.»

«Halfalib fondamentalmente sono io, una persona piuttosto introversa di 25 anni, nata e cresciuta a Milano. Malamocco è un disco che parla di comunicazione ad alta densità emotiva, con l’esterno e con se stessi, di ego conflittuali e della loro risultante. Dall’estremo del perdere contatto con se stessi, essere senza un’ancora, sentirsi alienati da uno o da tutti gli aspetti della propria personalità, a quello di avere un forte senso di sé, essere la propria ancora, stare bene con il proprio istinto.»

Malamocco è disponibile in edizione limitata a 100 copie stampato su vinile 12″ milky clear, e in digitale su tutte le piattaforme di streaming e download.

Listen / Buy the album [EU]

Listen / Buy the album [US]

Echopark drops new single “End” – Announces new album

London based Echopark fills the gap between his debut Trees and the sophomore Ties with the stunning single End; a jaw-dropping hymn that starts out precise to an almost methodic degree, explodes in an epic chorus and evolves into a sonic mash of a finale. End anticipates Echopark’s second album Ties, out on March 10,  released digitally and on a limited edition transparent blue vinyl that you can pre-order from our European and North American stores while listening to the song!

Halfalib first single and vinyl pre-order

Halfalib is somewhat a mysterious presence who is unveiling little by little his musical existence. So far we know they’ll be at SXSW 2017 in Austin next March, and we can hear the band’s first single Arythmie Du Soleil, “a perfectly mellow single” described by For the Rabbits as “light jazzy percussion, unnerving electronics and warm, woozy saxophones [that] seem to wash in and out of earshot, as the vocal and the omnipresent piano, pick out a wistful melody. There’s a touch of Lionlimb or Chris Cohen in this articulate take on beautiful hazy-pop music.” We heard that the debut album, Malamocco, will be out on February 24th, and now we know as well that the record will be released on a very limited edition of 100 copies pressed on milky clear transparent vinyl! And guess what? Those 100 copies are now available for pre-order from our European and US bandcamp stores. I foresee a sell-out in 5…4…

PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM [EUROPE]

PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM [US]

Watch Dizzyride’s Young You – Preorder the 12″ Vinyl

With a stunning new video featuring Dizzyride‘s many faces through Zoë Kiefl capturing acting, the Brooklyn based duo tickles our appetite for more, which is a good reason why it’s the perfect time to pre-order the limited edition 12″ vinyl of the band’s self titled debut album out in January. The video filmed by Canadian director Angus Borsos and produced by Helium Castle was premiered via NOWNESS and features a chameleonic Kiefl who leaves us wondering and pushes us to re-play again and again, to get more details and get transported by the melody of the song.
Young You is the second single anticipating the release of the full length due out on January 20, 2017. The album is being pressed on a limited edition 12″ vinyl, and you can make sure to get your copy here:

PRE-ORDER THE RECORD [US]
PRE-ORDER THE RECORD [EU]

DIZZYRIDE introduces debut album with “Soundtrack”

Brooklyn has been already for a few years the home for the duo Kiefl – Donà, names that you might recognize for their solo projects: Horrible Present for the Venetian crooner, and the homonymous Zoë Kiefl for the Canadian’s angelic voice. Together they are Dizzyride, and after a few songs and EPs they finally announced the release of their debut full length, due out on January 20th, 2017. Soundtrack is the first single previewing the self-titled album that includes as well a number of collaborations (Mary Lattimore and Kyle forester to mention a few). Press play, replay.

Giovanni Ferrario Alliance – Places Names Numbers

GIOVANNI FERRARIO ALLIANCE - PLACES NAMES NUMBERS cover

 During every real journey comes a moment when you wonder how it would be to live in the place that you have travelled to and where you are beginning to feel acquainted with. And you catch yourself wondering if you are meant to be there at that precise moment: “I feel it’s the right time for me to figure out / if this is the place where I belong”. Giovanni Ferrario expresses that feeling in the music and lyrics of Places Names Numbers, an album that gradually unveils like a map, dotted with names of cities and countries, from Bristol to Cecina, from Africa to Australia. The landscapes pass by and Ferrario collects each fragment of the trip in his diary of names and numbers: a bus at four in the morning, the casual confident gesture of a girl,the road down to the bay, the depth of a friendship revealed unexpectedly. “These memories are never revived with nostalgia, a feeling that I don’t want to let in” confides Ferrario. And so this record develops and gains speed dot after dot after dot on the map: it goes from the indie-rock of He Fell to the rarefied electronic atmospheres of Where To Go; from Oaxaca’s sophisticated  pop to the summery upbeat rhythms of Wish 33rd, and among elegant arrangements and new directions finds place as well the cover of Costa, written by Robert Wyatt and his wife Alfreda Benge. This album ends up looking like a long road, full of questions and unpredicted events, but we know that Ferrario is a guide of great experience on which we can rely. Producer, musician and author, Ferrario has worked on many albums both in Italy and abroad (among others, those of  PJ Harvey & John Parish, Rokia Traoré, Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica, Scisma, Morgan, GuruBanana, Sepiatone, Hugo Race & The True Spirit). His musical career began in the 80s with the project Views, continued in the second half of the 90s with Micevice, and evolved in the 2008 release by his name, titled Headquarter Delirium. In recent years he has worked primarily as a producer, but continuing to writing songs, some of which have found space in Places Names Numbers, an album released as Giovanni Ferrario Alliance, to emphasize the variety of fellow travelers that characterize the sound of the record. Places Names Numbers is available on a beautiful CD digipack, digital, and black 12″ Vinyl (this last version does not include the cover “Costa”).

Buy the album [EU]

Buy the album [US]

 Dentro ogni viaggio, se è un vero viaggio, arriva quel momento in cui ti domandi come sarebbe vivere nel luogo che hai raggiunto e che stai cominciando a conoscere. Ti chiedi se magari non è quello il luogo a cui appartiene davvero la tua vita. “I feel it’s the right time for me to figure out / if this is the place where I belong” canta Giovanni Ferrario, quasi alla conclusione di questo suo nuovo album, Places Names Numbers. Un disco che diventa via via una mappa, costellata di nomi di città e paesi, da Bristol a Cecina, dall’Africa all’Australia. Scorrono i paesaggi e il personaggio che narra tutte queste storie raccoglie nel suo diario di nomi e numeri ogni volta un frammento o una luce: un autobus alle quattro del mattino, il gesto casuale e pieno di invidiabile confidenza di una ragazza, una strada che scende verso la baia, la profondità di un’amicizia che si rivela in un attimo quasi inaspettato. “Ricordi, mai rivissuti con nostalgia, sentimento al quale sono refrattario”, confida Ferrario. E così l’itinerario di questo disco si arricchisce dopo ogni tappa: si passa dall’indie rock di He Fell alle rarefatte atmosfere elettroniche di Where To Go; dal pop sofisticato di Oaxaca ai ritmi quasi estivi e in levare di Wish 33rd, e tra arrangiamenti eleganti e passaggi tutti da esplorare trova posto una anche cover di Robert Wyatt e sua moglie Alfreda Benge, Costa. Questo disco finisce per assomigliare a una lunga strada, piena di domande e imprevisti, ma sappiamo che Ferrario è una guida su cui possiamo contare, di grande esperienza. Produttore, musicista e autore, Ferrario ha lavorato alla realizzazione di molti album sia in Italia che all’estero (tra gli altri, quelli di Le Luci della Centrale Elettrica, PJ Harvey & John Parish, Scisma, Morgan, GuruBanana, Sepiatone, Hugo Race & The True Spirit). La sua carriera musicale, iniziata negli anni ’80 con il progetto Views, è proseguita nella seconda metà dei ’90 con la fondazione dei Micevice, mentre è del 2008 la pubblicazione dell’esordio solista dal titolo Headquarter Delirium. Negli ultimi anni ha lavorato soprattutto come produttore artistico, continuando a scrivere molti brani, parte dei quali ha trovato spazio dentro questo Places Names Numbers, disco che esce a nome Giovanni Ferrario Alliance, a sottolineare la varietà dei compagni di viaggio e di incontri che questa musica porta con sé. Places Names Numbers è disponibile in CD digipack, download digitale, e vinile nero 12″ (versione senza la cover “Costa”).

Buy the album [EU]

Buy the album [US]

Weird Black – “Our Lies Are True” Video and album free download

Rome’s Weird Black is a never ending bucket of surprises, and they show it once more with a psychedelically contemporary video for the song Our Lies Are True, another gem extracted from their debut album Hy Brazil, out a few months ago and with just a bunch of copies left for you to grab. The band has been busy lately recording the sophomore album planned for early 2017, and still playing shows around Europe. Here the next dates if you are lucky enough to be close to any of those cities:

13 October – Seregno (MI-Italy) @ Honnky Tonky
14 October – Strasbourg (FRANCE) @ Le Local
15 October – Vagney (FRANCE) @ L’Estaminet
19 October – Besançon (FRANCE) @ Bains Douches
21 October – Landau (GERMANY) @ Fatal

And as a token for your moral support and the 3 minutes you spent watching the video, the album Hy Brazil will be available on free download for a week!!

Giovanni Ferrario Alliance shares new song “Brush”

GiovanniFerrario3(phLucaRugge)(1)

Giovanni Ferrario Alliance has shared “Brush”, a first taste of upcoming album “Places, Names, Numbers” (via Gold Flake Paint).

A while ago I was next to a friend who was very ill. Despite everything he hadn’t lost his sense of humor and described to me his dreams, his visions always very clear, with even funny implications.
Brush talks about how you can reach a state of lucidity while you are sick and in treatment, under the influence, sometimes psychedelic, of heavy medication. ‘We want more, we want to stay together’, simple things in a parallel universe.

Have a listen to “Brush” below.

WEIRD BLACK new tracks in free download

Weird Black are taking the opportunity given by the Rome Psych Fest (where they will play on May 14th) to share 2 unreleased songs. Objects In Dreams Are Weirder Than They Appear is the title of this work available for free download on soundcloud, and as the bands puts it “this 2-Tracks-Bootleg was recorded as what remains of ‘Hy Brazil’ psy and lo-fi experience.” The band’s debut album, Hy Brazil, came out earlier this year and we are still playing it loud!

Giovanni Ferrario alliance covers Wyatt-Benge, announces release in October

Giovanni Ferrario Alliance just joined the growing WWNBB’s family and we couldn’t be happier! Ferrario, who in his career has worked with names like PJ Harvey & John Parish, is going to release his new full length Places Names Numbers in October 2016, and as a taste of what the album will be, he decided to record the song Costa, a cover by Robert Wyatt and Alfreda Benge. Giovanni Ferrario Alliance shares the song accompanied by a beautiful and mesmerizing video created by Jean De Oliveira. Enjoy!

GIOVANNI FERRARIO ALLIANCE – COSTA (cover R. Wyatt / A. Benge) from We Were Never Being Boring on Vimeo.