ENG DMG Newsletter, Bruce Lee Gallanter (jun.2014)

Each of the nine tracks here were inspired by a different painting, so we get nine small card reproductions inside the little box that this disc comes in. The artists include Hieronymus Bosch, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol. Henri Rousseau, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Dega, Umberto Boccioni and Yves Klein. I didn’t know of either Framer although Mr. Lombardini is a member of another group on the Auand label called PoLo. The only other name I recognize here is Mr. Bearzatti, who is on more than a dozen discs from Auand and other Italian labels. Each piece features a different set of musicians and works hard to evoke some aspect of the enclosed paintings. The first piece was inspired by Bosch’s somewhat disturbing painting “Garden of Earthly Delights”. The music is an odd blend of electronic sounds with instrumentals used minimally yet mysteriously. Although the music is often interesting, it is rarely are far out as the paintings themselves. The tempo speeds up and slows down unexpectedly for Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory”, which features a series a bent clocks. More obvious is the tribute to Andy Warhol’s peeled banana album artwork for the first Velvet Underground & Nico record. A trio of keyboards, bass & drums plus the corpse-like vocals of Ms. Ayane singing “Sunday Morning”, which was sung by Nico in an even less enthused version than it is here from that first Velvets LP. Much of the music here has that late night ultra laid back sort of dreamy vibe and more about creating a mood than anything else. Simmering quietly while taking us up or down the stream. There are moments when the drums (or drum machine) is sped up or slowed down, giving this an occasional drum n’ bass vibe.