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MUSHY

Progressive Electronic • Italy


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Mushy is a solo experimental electronic project based in Rome. Among the head figures of the industrial music scene renewal, Valentina F uses the medium of musical expression in order to produce soundscapes which open the door to strangely nigthmarish illuminations. The sound architecture is a mixture of loops, burgeoning analog drones, tempestuous noises, spectral chants which rise at the surface. The recordings sessions started back in 2003 with the release of the first opus Analitica Dell'Imaginazione (published on Cold Current Prod). With dexterity, this first essay musically translates the deep and resonating obsessions of the divided, atomised ego. The following years will be fruitful in term of creation and involvement into various projects. We can notice involvement in various compilations, a catchy duo with Peter M for the album Fando Y Lis (Mannequin, 2008), a handful of multimedia performances and interactive sound exhibitions in different clubs of Rome (we can remember the performance at Coetus and Spasticalia Festival, 2007). In 2009, the signature for the label FinalMusik will mark a decisive turn with the publication of several unreleased materials gathered for the album Superfetazione (FinalMusik, 2009) and an appearance for the compilation Program Vol.1 (FinalMusik, 2009). Considered as the last Mushy's solo effort to date, Superfetazione confirms the musical path taken by Analitica Dell'Imaginazione but improves on the territories of an organic music which admits an agency of cinematic effects, impulsive vocals, convoluted improvs, dissident
bruitist assaults, fluxuous sound waves.

Mushy's musical adventure might appeal to fans of early "kosmische" synth wizards, cinematic ambient soundscapes, synth-pop futurism and post-nuclear industrial noises.

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BreathlessBreathless
Mannequin Records 2014
Vinyl$23.28
MushyMushy
2008
Audio CD$17.35
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Imports 2013
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Mannequin 2012
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Analitica Dell' Immaginazione
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Fando Y Lis (Peter M. vs Mushy)
2008
3.98 | 3 ratings
Superfetazione
2009
4.00 | 3 ratings
Faded Heart
2011
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My life so far
2012

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Mixxxtape x IYEzine
2012

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 Faded Heart by MUSHY album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Faded Heart
Mushy Progressive Electronic

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars MUSHY is an Italian cold-wave solo project from singer Valentina Fanigliulo. The music is strongly rooted in indie, shoegaze and it could easily pass for a 4AD release from 25 years ago. Due to Valentina's soft breathy and high voice there I can't think of a better comparison then THE CRANES, especially their more electronic based work from end 90's and 00's.

Valentina manages to create a stirringly beautiful nightmarish sounds. Her songwriting may be a notch below that of fellow-cave dwellers like CRANES, CURE or COCTEAU TWINS, but her search for spooky tonalities is equally interesting. An interesting facet from her sound is how it relates to the German electronic innovators from the 70s, this is nowhere as open as on "She Was Elsewhere", which is a clear nod to TANGERINE DREAM, but it is also evident from the arrangements of other songs where cosmic and noisy electronic influences pop up from KRAFTWERKK, CLUSTER or HARMONIA. The remixes at the end show this artist has a much closer affinity with the 80s synthwave movement then with anything related to progressive rock.

This album from MUSHY is only marginally related to progressive rock music for me so I would advise not to approach this with the wrong expectations, but fans of the cold claustrophobic sounds of 80s shouldn't miss this. An excellent album for me but a notch below the 4 stars ratings that I attributed to many works in this progressive electronic sub.

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 Mixxxtape x IYEzine by MUSHY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Mixxxtape x IYEzine
Mushy Progressive Electronic

Review by colorofmoney91
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— First review of this album —
3 stars What a mess.

Italian experimental underground electronic artist Mushy generally creates very emotionally affecting music, but this recent Mixxxtape is extremely messy and takes the term "experimental" to random extremes at times, regardless of it being mostly enjoyable. Despite it's odd construction, it's nice to see one of the interesting Italian underground artists working in the mash-up format, made famous by Girl Talk, though I'd be willing to bet money that Mushy has little or no interest in him at all.

Mixxxtape runs as a single hour-long track that starts off well enough with a fuzzy dub- like synth pop sound, but after 8 minutes it morphs into noisy punk riffing with very annoying female yelling. The track then moves into an avant-pop dance number with unpleasantly piercing synths that stab at the ears like knives before again morphing into a rather reasonable coldwave passage a la Depeche Mode courtesy of The Present Moment, and various following passages of coldwave make up the majority of the middle chunk of this album. The last 15 minutes is a huge industrial electronic passage that progresses from relatively stable and danceable to nearly doom metal intensity, maintaining the strong mechanical beat throughout that sounds like pistons and bulldozers working steadily and tirelessly, which is no doubt courtesy of another group present on this mash-up, the infamous Godflesh.

The majority of this Mixxxtape is enjoyable except for the avant-punk passage near the beginning. The coldwave and industrial portions are all well done, which seem to prove to me that Mushy and The Present Moment have some interesting chemistry, and hopefully they decide to work together on a future release, but all of the other artists present in this mash-up don't really stand out in a pleasant way.

Even though most of the individual passages are quite accessible and even danceable, they hour-long song format and the not-so-smooth transitions between the passages make for a somewhat inaccessible mix. Regardless, it's interesting to see how coldwave works when augmented by the typical Italian experimental electronic style, which makes this Mixxxtape a unique listen. Even if this mix was kind of a mess, it at least works well enough for me to be excited about seeing this type of collaboration mash-up from Mushy or similar artists from her circle. A worthy, but odd, experience.

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 Superfetazione by MUSHY album cover Studio Album, 2009
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Superfetazione
Mushy Progressive Electronic

Review by colorofmoney91
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4 stars Superfetazione is one of those electro-acoustic albums that seems haunted at its core, and it isn't a bad thing. This music is primarily dark, epic, abstract drones that work as a canvas for eerie field recordings. I've always loved field recording-based music because it gives the music a very earthy and organic feel - something to connect with on a slightly more comfortable level which allows the mind to really interact with the sounds. Mushy's music tends to be very black-and-white in sound due to its bleak abstractness, almost sounding like a soundtrack to some of the darkest film noir. A mental painting that I experience while listening to Superfetazione is that of an abandoned mental hospital, because some of the music does take on a ghostly schizophrenic kind of emotional stance. Something I particularly like about this album is how full the sound is, which is something that is surprisingly lacking on most electro-acoustic type albums. Recommended for fans of Peter M., Lustmord, Matteo Uggeri, and Lydhode.

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 Faded Heart by MUSHY album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Faded Heart
Mushy Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
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5 stars After two albums and a handful of punctual collaborations with others, Mushy is back with an exquisite collection of sensual droning pieces, shimmering cinematic soundscapes. In Faded Heart, Mushy demonstrates a great ability to renew her style without neglecting her original musical signature. Mushy's disparate interests for dark romance, the subliminal self and narcotic quiteness are geniously expressed in this idiosyncrasic musical dialogue between enchanting voices, minimal pastoralism and surreal astral synth moves. The opening theme directly announces the color and mood with a distinctive, intuitive stylistic register. It delivers a majestic tripped out cosmic dronescape sustained by ritualistic electro patterns and warmly languorous chants.The ensemble is cohesive with pieces which seem to flow in a night-like grace and sweetness. Probably the most emotionally orientated effort to date from the artist, continously intimate, sinuous and delicately psychedelic. Faded Heart is slightly dis-connected to the post-nuclear industrial music charisma of previous efforts in order to let the place to fundamental isolated mindscapes, expressing the vicissitude of shades and enlightenment. To say the least, this one contains more psych-prog elements than the two first (deeply rooted into experimental synthesized industrialism). A convincing musical transporter , an harmonic call to climb eternity...highly recommended for those who are into the most lyrical vein of the 70s italian electronic avant-gardists and those who dream on the allegorical flicks of Bartas, Parajanov...

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 Fando Y Lis (Peter M. vs Mushy) by MUSHY album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Fando Y Lis (Peter M. vs Mushy)
Mushy Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
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— First review of this album —
4 stars This one is a collaborative work between the two italian artists Mushy and Alessandro Adriani (aka Peter M.) Next to various live peformances / exhibition / cinematic sonorization for trash film art, the duet get the idea to publish an entire effort based on the seminal and mystical movie "Fando and Lis" (released by the legendary A. Jodorowsky). The two sound performers intentionnaly focused their soundscapes on unusual / paralogical moods and atmospheres. The result reveals highly hypnagogic vibes sustained by a delicate study on metabolical sound waves, echoing voices. The release starts with the amazingly sonic and schyzoid "acte I", based on immersive hypno loops, molecular noises and magnetic voices. Acte II develops a menacing-toxic industrial ambience within cloudy frequences, resonant metallic pulses and somnambulic effects. acte III delivers a cinematically charged ambience, featuring delicate floating synth textures, sensual echoing voices in the distance. Deep, dense and obsessional. Hard to classify this album but the hauntingly isolationist / gloomy ambience and the catchy phrases of repetitive motives are not so far from the "confusing" industrial avant gardism of Throbbing Gristle or Alvars Orkester with the exception that this effort features much more emphasise on emotive sequences and lo-fi keys. An important contribution into the genre and above all a crepuscular-contemplative dome. A limited edition within a luxurious artisanal packaging.

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 Superfetazione by MUSHY album cover Studio Album, 2009
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Superfetazione
Mushy Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
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4 stars Superfetazione is the second solo release from Roma based artist Mushy. This last opus (next to various collaborations with Peter M and for compilations) carries on the musical path opened in her previous efforts. Consequently Superfetazione features Theatrical-isolationist- cinematic soundscapes for haunted voices, field recordings and electro loops. In this long blackened ambient escaping, Mushy explores the dynamic-plastic possibilities of neurotic- echoing hall of sounds. The first track opens the album with a blasting industrial noise symphony. With the exception of the infernal "heinz Cibulka" and the atonal "per un'ultima volta", the rest of the album offers a wide range of cinematic ambiences, featuring serious buzzing meditative waves (in the magnificant "Dietro l'innocenza"), spooky electro oscillations (in the claustraophobic "ultimate ratio"), entrancing like atmospheres (in the mystical static "ansiarmonia"). The album closes the musical voyage with a tranquil microtonal dronescape ("my dear") To sum up things, Superfetazione is a pretty relevant mix of moods and timbral atmospheres. Way recommended and essential for those who are into frenzy doomdrones (Stephen Parsick..) and death industrialism (Atrax Morgue...).

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