Album Review

Cilio, Luciano – “Dell’Universo Assente” – [Die Schachtel]

Thurston Hunger   5/7/2015   A Library, CD

1977 original release, revived in 2004 by Die Schactel. Listening
to it the phrase spooky beauty came to mind on several tracks,
definitely the 1st and 3rd movements of the “Dialogues of the
Present.” The sparse arrangements speak of a haunting, percussion
when it wanders in is dry, stark, a thump through the wall, or
a nervous tabla beneath the spirits of flute and clarinet on #2.
The “Present” is long gone, as is Cilio who claimed his own life
in 1983. This album is re-titled as “The Absent Universe” which
may echo the loss, but doesn’t really capture the compositions
here. While they are not over-populated with sound, they are
far from empty. Cilio himself plays guitar, flute, bass and
mandolin throughout. Guests sit with him in the shadows, notably
a dripline of piano from Girolamo De Simone (who also helped to
recover/remaster some lost tracks it appears). Patrizia Lopez’s
voice swirls in the 1st Quaddro (which there is a rough cut of
on #5 as well) and it chills my blood. Every time. Odd intervals
and odd angles, and then it vanishes. Almost sucked into a silence.
I think she returns on #7 with warped winds, “Studio Per Fiati”
feels like the sound around the sound. On first listen to the closing
track “4th Sonata” I jotted down “post-murder, the killer sits at
the piano.” It is slow, tense and fragile agitated. But now I see
that really it was a friend trying to save a victim from himself.
-Thurston Hunger

you heard it 14 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 201 days ago, Bryan Chandler played Secondo Quadro Da "Dialoghi Del Presente"
  • 2611 days ago, Dada Diogenes played Quarto Quadro "Dell'Universo Assente" Da "Dialoghi Del Prese
  • 2632 days ago, Gram Sayles played Interludio Da "Dialoghi Del Presente"
  • 2632 days ago, Dada Diogenes played Studio Per Fiati - Originale Inedito
  • 2636 days ago, Mr. Slippy played Quarto Quadro "Dell'Universo Assente" Da "Dialoghi Del Prese
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