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Il nuovo video della pluripremiata band islandese Hjaltalin, Crack In A Stone, è uscito qualche giorno fa e noi ve lo mostriamo

La cosa più fica è però che abbiamo avuto modo di intervistarli (in lingua inglese, così fate pratica…) e quindi, ecco il risultato.

Hi, thank you for this interview. Let’s start with a bold question: is there a strong connection between the Icelandic climate and the music that you and other bands from there make?
It is probably easier to link our music to our country, the landscape and the climate. We just make music, and we happen to live in Iceland and this is where we grew up. It must have inspired us in a way but we don’t think about that much and it doesn’t affect our work

Is Reykjavik a great place where to explore your creative instinct or do you feel like you need to export your music everywhere bringing other influences to it?
Reykjavik is a wonderful city for artists and creatively thinking people. The size of the city makes it easy for people to connect with others, everything and everybody is easily accessible. There are lots of interesting things happening in music and in arts in general. But on the other hand we live in this little remote island, and going abroad, seeing different places and people, exploring different kinds of music and influences is very important for us. Getting feedback from others, reaching new audience and ears is very healthy and important and that is of course our goal.

Your new record, Enter 4, is coming out these days. What can you tell us about the conception and the recording of this album?
We worked on that album for quite a long time. After a few working sessions in various places outside of the city we felt like there was enough material for us to work with. We took two weeks in October, looked ourselves in a studio, worked long days and nights finishing those nine songs on Enter 4. We somehow managed to finish the album without hardly anyone knowing we were working on new material. So the album came as a surprise to both the public and the press. This intense work, and the fact that we wanted to keep it to ourselves – to keep it a secret – made the making of Enter 4 quite interesting. The atmosphere was tense and mad, but at the same time full of warmth and excitement. What happened in the studio is just between us and those working with us. There was some inexplicable magic in the air.

Yoonha Park directed your last music video, Crack in a Stone. How was this video conceived and how did you get to know this great director?
Yoonha is Rebekka’s boyfriend. Rebekka is our bassoonist. It is a simple as that. An easy task. Yoonha came up with this brilliant but simple idea – and the result is a brilliant but simple video.

You have played live with some orchestras and ensembles too. After this experience, do you think that those performances could belittle your common shows or was it enhancing for your band?
It is just totally different in all respects. Such a fun doing it, but the last year or so, we’ve been focusing on the 7-piece act, which is really the core and heart of Hjaltalin.  I think we could do some more orchestral shows, because that brings a wonderful set of possibilities, but in no way does it belittle the normal Hjaltalin set. The normal set has a kind of intimate energy that is impossible to replicate in a larger setting.

In an interview with The Quietus, when they asked you if the new album was “electronic music”, you answered that it wasn’t. Any suggestion of how should we call it instead? The “clinking” sounds you cited have quite a “glitch” effect in some songs. Do you identify with this definition in some way?
Well, I guess you need to call these things something, but while we are making them, we are not thinking about that at all. With Enter 4, we just wanted to make a record which combines our influences to a whole. On the other hand, it is a normal tendency to categorize and define things. I guess it is a pop/rock album with electronic influences (trip hop for example), but that doesn’t say anything, does it?

In 2011, you’ve been in Italy for a few dates. How was the audience? Would you like to return here soon? (Some spoilers are suggested!)
The Italian audience was great. We felt very much at home in Italy. We played a very memorable gig in Milan, a concert we often refer to when discussing our best gigs. We would love to come back soon, how could we not? We bring ourselves and our music, you supply good people, good vibes and some of your excellent food and wines. OK?

You recorded a cover version of Beyonce’s song, “Halo”. Why did you choose this song? How was your cover received from fans and critics?
We were asked to do a live performance in the national radio station, Ras 2. They asked for three songs, two of our own and a cover. We picked this Beyonce song simply because we had played it a few times for fun in concerts. We wanted to do a traditional well-known hit-song, strip it down and try to make it fit our soundscape. We put it on YouTube few months later. It was very well received and became a hit in Iceland. Honestly, we had not expected that, but it was a nice and pleasant surprise.

A question for reviewers like me: does a band like Hjaltalin find reviews important? Do you read them? Do you ever feel like some critics don’t actually understand your music?
Reviews are important just as the informal reviews you get from your best friend, your mom, that stranger you meet at the bar or that somebody who writes shit about you somewhere on the internet. A good and well written review will though more likely dig into the subject and try, and put it in context with other stuff and music. Negative reviews can be just as good as the positive ones. That is, if you see and feel that the critic has taken some time to really listen and at least tried to understand. You can’t expect everyone to love and admire your work, and you shouldn’t – but getting some feedback must be important. It shows that what you do means something for somebody – whether it pleases them or upsets them.

Thank you for your time. Let’s hope we see you soon in Italy. Bye! 

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Il disco di Edoardo Cremonese, Siamo il Remix dei Nostri Genitori, uscirà l’11 Ottobre 2013 per Dischi Soviet Studio e Libellula Music

Questo il video del primo singolo:

Il video è stato diretto da Stefano Poletti. Altri credits nel video su YouTube.
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LINKS:
Edoardo Cremonese: pagina Facebook
Edoardo Cremonese: pagina Soundcloud
Libellula Music
Dischi Soviet Studio

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PROSSIME DATE EDO
tour by Libellula Booking e 101 Booking

23.10 Arteria, Bologna
07.11 Fishmarket, Padova
08.11 Rive Jazz Club, Cartigliano (VI)
13.12 Circolo Arci Randal, Sestri Levante (GE)
14.12 Circolo Arci Brixton, Alassio (SV)
15.12 Le Mura, Roma

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La giovanissima rapper danese sarà in Italia al Plastic di Milano venerdì 11 Ottobre per promuovere il terzo disco, Desperate Days of Dynamite. 

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ETICHETTA: Dischi Soviet Studio
GENERE: Psichedelia, blues

TRACKLIST:
As Loud as Hell
Joy
Disillusion
Now I Know
Like Flowers
Intermission
Drop the Bomb, Exterminate Them All
The Flow
Psycho Blues
Small Place
Come Back Blues

Dischi Soviet Studio, collettivo artistico ed etichetta della provincia di Padova, mette a segno un altro ottimo colpo con il disco dei fiorentini Neko At Stella. Per capire di cosa si tratta, basta leggere la sequenza di generi citati nella loro biografia: shoegaze, post-rock, noise, desert rock. Ci sarebbe anche altro, ma lungi da noi proseguire troppo con le definizioni.  Il self-titled dei toscani non è certo il prodotto di menti tranquille e riposate, e l’effetto è più quello di un turbamento continuo, in grado di generare, alla fine di un lungo processo di labor lime, un parto geniale, ma sporco di sabbia, ferale e selvaggio. Massangioli e Boato sanno come giocare sporco, così come sanno insudiciare bene i suoni per renderli più pesanti, vissuti, senza cadere nei cliché del vintage che tanto va di moda quando si parla di fare rock blues moderno (non sono i Black Keys, per intenderci, né i White Stripes, che sono pur sempre validissime band nel background dei Neko at Stella). “As Loud As Hell” e “Like Flowers” sono brani stridenti e veementi, dove è difficile trovare il coraggio di qualche passaggio enfatico che ritroveremo in quei momenti più lisergici e psichedelici come “Disillusion”, ma sono egualmente ardimentosi e ben confezionati. Se si lascia perdere qualche venatura più post-romantica, l’album ha un impatto veramente devastante. E’ per questo che è quasi traumatico sentire quanto acido può suonare quel dispositivo bellico che è “Small Place”, così com’è sensazionale ricevere senza protestare i delicati ma efficaci buffetti di “Come Back Blues”, brano che palesa dall’accumulo di ascolti una sempre maggiore audacia. Le varie componenti sopracitate, sopratutto il noise e il post-rock, si fondono in maniera davvero omogenea, risultando talvolta frutto di un complesso rimescolamento di linguaggi che trascende le categorie.  Il songwriting, in particolare, è ineccepibile, mai banale anche quando tenta soluzioni sconsiderate.

Non è per niente male questo Neko At Stella, frutto di un sottobosco musicale fertilissimo come quello toscano, e che trova concretezza soprattutto nel ripercorrimento di linguaggi triti e ritriti mandando a fanculo i loro luoghi comuni. Dire che ce n’era bisogno forse è troppo esagerato, ma ci permettiamo di osare abbastanza da dire che nel duemilatredici italiano è uscito poco di meglio. Granito.

LISTEN HERE:

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profilo Facebook band: https://www.facebook.com/nekoatstella?ref=ts&fref=ts
sito etichetta (Dischi Soviet Studio): http://www.dischisovietstudio.it/

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Recensione a cura di Andrea Marigo

ETICHETTA: Domino
GENERE: Rock, pop

TRACKLIST:
Do I Wanna Know?
R U Mine?
One for the Road
Arabella
I Want It All
No. 1 Party Anthem
Mad Sounds
Fireside
Why’d you only Call Me When You’re High?
Snap Out of It
Knee Socks
I Wanna Be Yours

Probabilmente qualcuno potrebbe definire questo sesto lavoro degli Arctic Monkeys come  il lavoro più completo ed esaustivo della band di Sheffield.
No.  Per me non è così.
Gli Arctic devono ancora farlo il “loro” disco, ci sono andati vicini più  volte, ma ancora non è questo, non fosse che AM parte abbomba con le prime 4 tracce, per poi afflosciarsi su di se.

Do I Wanna Know? è un gioiello di essenzialità, R U Mine? è una bomba, One for the Road ed Arabella si somigliano molto soprattutto per quello che concerne la parte ritmica, (anche se questʼultima riserva un bel riff molto Black Sabbath) parte ritmica che diventerà ripetitiva in diverse tracce tra lʼaltro.
Da qui in poi, tutto il disco prosegue alla ricerca di unʼessenzialità sonora inedita per Turner e soci.
Ripeto la parola essenzialità volutamente perchè a forza di cercare lʼessenziale ci si è giocato un album intero a mio avviso, brani come la conclusiva I Wanna Be Yours o Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High, che presi singolarmente sarebbero anche ottimi pezzi, alla lunga (ma anche dal terzo ascolto) fracassano le palle nellʼinsieme del disco.
La ballata No.1 Party Anthem e la beatlesiana Mad Sounds, altri buoni brani ascoltati a random, in questa tracklist alla fine smosciano.
E poi sto falsetto in continuazione? ebbasta!

Detto ciò AM in sè racchiude 12 brani buoni, con una produzione molto curata, ma siccome un album va valutato nellʼinsieme io dico: mezza delusione, il loro miglior lavoro rimane ancora Humbug.

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01/10/2013 – CSS @ NEW AGE CLUB, Roncade (TV)
02/10/2013 – AMERICA @ GRAN TEATRO GEOX, Padova
02/10/2013 – KATE NASH @ COVO CLUB, Bologna
02/10/2013 – I CAMILLAS, DIGI D’ALESSIO e POPX @ CERVELLI IN FESTIVAL, Venezia
03/10/2013 – WE ARE TIGERS e THE DANCERS @ CERVELLI IN FESTIVAL, Venezia
03/10/2013 – IN ZAIRE e FULKANELLI @ LOCOMOTIV CLUB, Bologna
04/10/2013 – DIMARTINO @ LOCOMOTIV CLUB, Bologna
04/10/2013 – CONTAINER e WATERPROOF @ CERVELLI IN FESTIVAL, Venezia
04/10/2013 – ANTONY HARDING @ COVO CLUB, Bolognac
04/10/2013 – SERJ TANKIAN con la ORCHESTRA FILARMONICA ITALIANA @ GRAN TEATRO GEOX, Padova
05/10/2013 – BLACK PUS @ INTERZONA, Verona
05/10/2013 – JAPANTHER @ TETRIS, Trieste
05/10/2013 – ANT @ LA MELA DI NEWTON, Padova
05/10/2013 – PSYCHIC ILLS @ COVO CLUB, Bologna
05/10/2013 – NINOS DU BRASIL @ ROBOT FESTIVAL, Bologna
06/10/2013 – SONIC JESUS @ ZUNI, Ferrara
06/10/2013 – CALIBRO 35 @ TETRIS, Trieste
09/10/2013 – HANS SOLO @ LA MELA DI NEWTON, Padova
09/10/2013 – TROPIC OF CANCER e DVA DAMAS @ BASTIONE ALICORNO, Padova
10/10/2013 – VIRGINIANA MILLER @ LOCOMOTIV CLUB, Bologna
11/10/2013 – THE HANGOVERS @ LOCOMOTIV CLUB, Bologna
11/10/2013 – THE WOODEN WOLF @ LA MELA DI NEWTON, Padova
11/10/2013 – ANTI PLASTIC @ COVO CLUB, Bologna
11/10/2013 – VINICIO CAPOSSELA E LA BANDA DELLA POSTA @ ESTRAGON, Bologna
12/10/2013 – THE 50MILA FESTIVAL @ ESTRAGON, Bologna
12/10/2013 – THE THERMALS @ COVO CLUB, Bologna
12/10/2013 – COLLE DER FOMENTO @ NEW AGE CLUB, Roncade (TV)
12/10/2013 – FABIO CINTI @ STUDIO 2, Vigonovo (PD)
13/10/2013 – LIGHTNING DUST @ ZUNI, Ferrara
14/10/2013 – RUSSIAN CIRCLES e CHELSEA WOLFE @ LOCOMOTIV CLUB, Bologna
15/10/2013 – RYLAND BOUCHARD/THE ROBOT ATE ME @ LA MELA DI NEWTON, Padova
17/10/2013 – MAN OR ASTROMAN? @ LOCOMOTIV CLUB, Bologna
18/10/2013 – ZEMAN @ TETRIS, Trieste
18/10/2013 – BENNY BENASSI @ GRAN TEATRO GEOX, Padova
18/10/2013 – CASO @ LA MELA DI NEWTON, Padova
18/10/2013 – MARK STEWART @ COVO CLUB, Bologna
19/10/2013 – NO AGE @ COVO CLUB, Bologna
19/10/2013 – EMIKA + SIN/COS @ LOCOMOTIV CLUB, Bologna
19/10/2013 – THE CRAZY CRAZY WORLD OF MR. RUBIK @ CHINASKI, Sermide (MN)
19/10/2013 – DAMO SUZUKI’S NETWORK (with Afterhours & Calcagnile) @ STUDIO 2, Vigonovo (PD)
24/10/2013 – GIRLS IN HAWAII @ MOVEMENT c/o BASTIONE ALICORNO, Padova
24/10/2013 – 65DAYSOFSTATIC e SLEEPMAKESWAVES @ LOCOMOTIV CLUB, Bologna
25/10/2013 – FAT FREDDY’S DROP @ ESTRAGON, Bologna
25/10/2013 – BODY/HEAD feat. KIM GORDON @ COVO CLUB, Bologna
25/10/2013 – SCOTT MATTHEW @ TEATRO MIELA, Trieste
25/10/2013 – NABAT @ LOCOMOTIV CLUB, Bologna
25/10/2013 – EAMON MCGRATH @ LA MELA DI NEWTON, Padova
25/10/2013 – CALIBRO 35 @ AUDITORIUM MALKOVICH, Sommacampagna (VR)
26/10/2013 – CALIBRO 35 @ STUDIO 2, Vigonovo (PD)
26/10/2013 – THE CYBORGS @ TETRIS, Trieste
26/10/2013 – M+A @ COVO CLUB, Bologna
26/10/2013 – LN RIPLEY @ SIN CITY, Negrar (VR)
26/10/2013 – PIL @ ESTRAGON, Bologna
26/10/2013 – NEK @ GRAN TEATRO GEOX, Padova
27/10/2013 – NEGRITA @ TEATRO GIOVANNI DA UDINE, Udine
27/10/2013 – THE THIRD SOUND @ ZUNI, Ferrara
28/10/2013 – SCOTT MATTHEW @ LOCOMOTIV CLUB, Bologna
30/10/2013 – BOB CORN @ LA MELA DI NEWTON, Padova
31/10/2013 – HAREM SCAREM @ MACAKI, Trieste

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