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BORGA, ASCANIO - Bad Ground (soundscapes of utter desolation)

Format: CD-R
Label & Cat.Number: Asciano Borga AB CD 01
Release Year: 2006
Note: ed. of 100 / great dark drone - newcomer from Italy !
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Great dark drone / isolationism-ambience newcomer from Italy !

"Disquieting homemade isolationism by Ascanio Borga of Rome. "Bad ground" sounds like a biologists characterization of what is left behind to rot in the soil by industrial pollution, or confines where something terribly evil has happened, like a death camp. Either way, Borgas "soundscapes of utter desolation" are no tourist sites. Released last year, this is apparently Borgas first album in four years, but if a gestation period of that length is necessary for him to conjure up such spine-tingling "untertainment", then Ill gladly wait until 2010 for the next one. For Bad Ground is a minor masterpiece of hopelessness.
The CDR is comprised of two suites. "The Boundary" would have made a highly serviceable alternative soundtrack to Andrei Tarkovskys seminal film "Stalker". As in the movie, one should heed the guides warning about crossing into this zone - what lays beyond is frightening, inhuman, and beyond reclamation. The scariest thing is that, despite the environments utter lack of fecundity, there does seem to be "life" of some sort dwelling inside the drones - but not life as we know it, or would voluntarily choose to acquaint ourselves with.
That eleven-and-a-half minute piece segues seamlessly into the thirty-five minute title track. Nothing but hostility here, either, both from above and below. With electric guitars, synthesizers and samples, Borga succeeds in turning the very earth we walk upon and the skies that vault above us into a single, leaden, threatening habitat. Almost disconcertingly, the final ten minutes feature soaring guitar chords over a bed of cozy, deeper note clusters, almost a pick-me-up; perhaps there is some kind of redemption, some sanctuary to be found here after all.
An excellent accomplishment and a worthy example of the genre." [Stephen Fruitman / Sonomu]