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    Mutazione: Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980-88 [coll] – [Strut]

    Double disc choosing dirt over disco in 80’s Italy. Culled
    with care by Alessio Natalizia (of the Walls project on
    Kompakt) and thorough liner notes in English translation.
    They are worth peruuing for all the This Heat and Tuxedomoon
    references. Like those translated notes, much of the singing
    on this is done in English, with an eye to the US/UK, but
    certainly their own ear. No need to get an interpreter for the
    omnipresent angst on these cuts. Guitar and synth are often
    employed with no battle, but equal parts stark squalor.
    Lots of whispery vox on tracks, that sense of conspiracy
    which to me intimated the 90’s rock concrete of the Starfuckers.
    All of side A is so very good, an adrenalin jag from the very
    first lurches of Die Form with spazzy sax in it as well and a
    killer version of Gaznevada’s “Going Underground” Side B
    still has that dark feel of being recorded in an abandoned
    subway but the synth slides in a bit more. And by the end
    of side C, female voices from Rats and La Bambola Del Dr
    Caligari add a sultriness, but it’s just a tempting trap.
    Arguably the most “mutated” track leads off Side D, with
    Spirocheta Pergoli choked vocals and a stolen TV screen
    sputtering and splattering music The liner notes mention
    Maurizio Bianchi, whom KFJC has many recordings and
    colors from in the same breath as Doris Norton, who makes
    her KFJC debut 30 years later here. Homegrown software
    sounds from her. A lot of room for various DJ’s to get into
    this, tunnels from punk, industrial dance and experimental.
    Hopefully more revival work from these Italians scenes
    to be unearthed as well. Swank job by the Strut folks
    and Natalizia! -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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