ecstatic offer a fascinating, often dizzying insight to the primitive industrial minimalism of italian siblings, giancarlo and roberto drago, a.k.a. the tapes, via selected works 1982 - 1992 sourced from original tapes and pressed to vinyl for the first time ever.

following on from ecstatic’s issue of “mail artist” danielle ciullini’s domestic exile collected works 82-86, this set surveys a blind-spot in most people’s knowledge of early ‘80s italian underground music, framed against a backdrop of the anni di piombo, or years of lead - a period of domestic political turmoil between the late ‘60s and early ’80s - and the mushroom shadow of nuclear war.

like their international tape-scene allies, the tapes reacted to this world thru a matrix of mono- synths, drum machines, microphones and 4-track recorders, mostly recording/experimenting ideas direct-to-tape in one take and making a virtue of their lo-fi set-up’s infidelities and imperfections - randomness and mistakes were embraced rather than discarded - whilst absorbing the counter-cultural influence of william burroughs or throbbing gristle, and the sci-fi dystopia of j.g. ballard and john foxx.

these 21 tracks, drawn from 10 different, limited tape releases, perfectly distill a wandering, weirdo spirit, ranging from the funereal swagger of tanz fabrik and the darkwave hip-thrust of the day of silence to freeform, motorik trajectories such as time out of joint and singular enigmas like the actress-esque bobble of the wait and falso movimento b2’s weightless, hyaline spindles.

collected and compiled by alessio natalizia (aka not waving) and remastered by matt colton, selected works 1982 - 1992 represents a decade of modest but searching and instinctively grooving experimentation of the rarest, precious and compelling kind.

 

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