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Matteo Uggeri

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3 stars The Distance must be listened to as a collaborative project between Alessandro Calbucci (loops, guitar manipulations...) and Matteo Uggeri (Field recordings, electronic treatments). With this new experimental droning ambient based album, music allows us to face unconscious reasons of human existence not so much in a sense of diversion but as a means of speaking about life. The sensorial-neurotic fundations of moving-expressive drone waves admits implicit links with alchemical inclinations (a sustained attention given to the relationship between macro-cosmical and micro-human bodily elements). The first piece called Last brings temporative harmonic sound forms that slowly move on burgeonning physical noises. The tremendous minimal-chording vibes suggest heavenly sounds. Under starts with cinematic-sonic projections of natural sounds of water, winds, fallen stones that are progressively covered by langurous, deeply introspective droning movements. Some strange-eerie instrumentations also appeared in the background. Celestial harmonies of the earth. The third piece (there) reiterates the same schema but it's growing into a loud and demential orchestration that conjuges a lot of dissonant / consonant sounds. The last piece features peaceful, serene and cloudy electronic textures, a poetical transport to a complete other world. As most of Matteo Uggeri's personal musical works, The distance provides mental sound genalogies that should be experienced in ascetic- quite meditative listening exercices.
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4 stars The Distance is droning ambiance at its best and is very evocative of despair, hopelessness, and paranoia, and even the name of this album (meaning the amount of space between two things or people), really matches this album's sound.

Beginning with the sound of distant fireworks, emphasizing the albums title, all these tracks lead on with nearly the same constant drone throughout, sometimes sounding semi-Eastern like a sitar, but is most likely and electronically manipulated guitar. Various other sounds make the cut here, such as the skipping of stones and dropping of rocks into a lake or brook, and the infernal buzzing of bugs and cave dwelling creatures, as well as the dripping walls and the echoing deep of the caves themselves. The calmest track here is the finale, "Return", which sounds like motoring back to sanity after a journey through what very well could have potentially been the most mentally disturbing trek seen through anyone's mind's eye.

This music is very visual, and really paints a mental landscape of disorientating complexity with minimalistic soundscapes.

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Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011 | Review Permalink

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