Roberto Crippa is an italian sound-artist based in London and here is his third album. The refined work of Abscent is a deep dive into a dense and gloomy mixture of boulder rhytms, distressing atmospheres and sinister clangors. Although it could be easily ascribed to the industrial genre as well to more sleepy, nebulous and crumpled drifts of (post)techno realms, there’s something strongly personal and idiosyncratic that flows as decisive detail through the furrows of this record. Human warmth envelopes the sound matter like a shroud, machines spread organic fragances to settle a hyper-realistic soundtrack for the confusing and dark times we’re living.

SS090 ASTRAL COLONELS - The Difference Of Similarity / The Similarity Of Difference LP

Astral Colonels are Anthony Pateras and Valerio Tricoli and this is their second album. On side A (The Difference Of Similarity) the formidable use of a sound arsenal based primarly on prepared piano and tapes and a bright use of echo and repetition create winding tensions grafted into harmonics, irregular spiral-shaped non-progressions intertwining costantly on the ridge between the familiar and the unknown, a recurring alternation of stasis and fibrillation that delivers listeners to a thrilling, eventful audio experience. Side B (The Similarity Of Difference) is more focused on the piano that here sounds just like an elegantly lame carillon able to take us in a charming journey dappled by only apparently discreet electroacustic whiz and burst.