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GIANNICO, FRANCESCO - L'Immagine Di Me Lontano

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Silentes / 13(3) sps2367
Release Year: 2023
Note: described as atmospheric sounds from "a 43-year father in a midlife-crisis", this is the first album for the Italian melancho-droner who has albums out already on Boring Machines, Time Released Sound, and Dronarivm; to discover !...- "an album of sonic soundscapes that feel like a wordless, imageless movie; one full of neo-noir scenery and shady characters....Giannico attempts to recreate the memory of childhood by colliding disparate elements together...." - lim. 200 copies
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CD, 6-panel digisleeve, ltd. 200 copies

Timeless sounds merge into a singular experience, giving birth to "L'Immagine di Me, Lontano," where timeless samples, devoid of memory, reimagined through the constant employment of granular synthesis, blend with echoes of distorted strings and distant pianos. Sounds excerpted from the sonic fabric of the world metamorphose into fragments of emotions, suspended between reality and imagination. The recordings, rich with unknown atmospheres, unveil their deepest essence, revealing a hidden language that transcends human comprehension. This is an album made by drawing on multiple sound materials that were reworked and layered with extreme care over the course of a year and a half. The goal was to achieve a rich sound composed of multiple layers that maintained the dynamics and uniqueness of timbre of the various instruments and sounds used. From time to time, the use of soundscapes came in handy, such as in the form of reworked recordings or transformed into actual instruments. But the particular use of reverb also created a fourth dimension, linking all the elements into a more organic production. The resulting acoustic image was meant to be a memory of my childhood. That's why sometimes you will hear harder, more melancholy tracks and sometimes freer, more out-of-the-box tracks. This exactly represents my current situation, that of a 43-year-old father with a midlife crisis, a bloody boomer basically :)


"There's a bewitching darkness to be found in Italian electroacoustic composer and producer Francesco Giannico's recent collection L'immagine di me, lontano, an album of sonic soundscapes that feel like a wordless, imageless movie; one full of neo-noir scenery and shady characters. Having written a thesis on the history of film music for university, Giannico merges his academic sensibilities with unhinged experimentalism on the often exigent, always rich nine tracks.
Replete with spluttery electronics, tenebrous ambiences, and sinister motifs, the album is a transient and deeply meditative collection of freeform electroacoustic musings. Comprising a multitude of auditory sources collected over a year and a half period, Giannico attempts to recreate the memory of childhood by colliding disparate elements together, seemingly at random though held together by reverb. The result is an illusory and often vague hodgepodge of sounds that never want for intensity, though they may lack any graspable structures for the less adventurous listener.
The gentle backbone of "Anxiety" is given flairs of erratic wind instruments and, at over eight minutes, is the longest track on the collection, feeling like its oceanic centrepiece. Elsewhere, on "Le cose che ti hanno sorretto", sweeping cinematic strings play under disturbing industrial clatters, while the closing track, "Dall'interno", hints at a hidden beauty that was there all along. More than anything, this album imbues a sense of inquisitive dread on the listener, who finds themself thrust into a chaotic world of equally perplexing and fascinating abstract music. Unyieldingly visceral, L'immagine di me, lontano finds Giannico at the top of his obscure and often challenging game. " [No Transmission]