jason on 10/18/2010 at 12:19AM
I've really been digging the organic sounds of young Italian netlabel La bèl (yes, as-in labélnetlabel.com). Their 5th and newest release is The Dreams Trilogy, a collection of dream-inspired gently imaginative compositions from Alessandro Coronas and guests, under the name Ballpen.
Hailing from Sardinia, Coronas is a percussionist at heart, and so the album is full of acoustic rhythms posing as melody and vice versa; some locked down in-beat while others tumble free. I've got a soft spot for the percussionist's approach to composition, and this release in particular recalls Hexlove's Harp Drafts, with a little bit of The Sea and Cake-style Chicago sound. The Dream Trilogy's sleeptalky guest vocals are remeniscent of Sigur Ros, and I wouldn't be surprised if "Kid A" the song was an influence as well -- in particular the rhythm of "Sea Dream" and the bassline to "Serene nightmare" which sounds like a slowed down take on one aspect of the Kid A melody. For what it's worth, this is the first time I've drawn a comparison to Radiohead on this here blog...
Not only is The Dreams Trilogy a great album, but Alessandro Coronas contributes these truly fantastic accompanying liner notes:
This music is based on how my dreams have been working throughout the years. The thing I like about dreams is that there are no schemes, no shames, no recipes and everything can happily or strangely cohabit with everything else. The way the songs are composed are similar to what I’ve expereinced in my dream so far. Like the hospital in my hometown turned upside down and placed in the middle of a race circuit, or me riding a turtle dressed up like Darth Vader, chasing my auntie along the dock of an unknown port in Malaysia. And other billions of strange and funny combinations of the puzzle- pieces of my life. And everybody’s life I suppose. Some of this dreams are made in a song form, some others are built like a possible dream would develop.
Some vocal parts sound like somebody that’s sleep talking and the music is supposed to be what’s sonically going on in his/her head or you can hear that the music melts when somebody is falling asleep. And if you listen at a reasonable low volume you can still hear the music and what’s going on in the room next to yours at the same time. It’s very interesting. I swear.
La bél netlabel tells us that "IN MY OPINION YOU CAN GET A CHANCE TO WIN A BALLPEN PIJIAMA". That is, if you can crack the riddle burried in this here zip file. The zip also comes with lyrics.