• Louis Carnell

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    A Certain Ratio

  • Lee Ranaldo

    Lee Ranaldo

  • Nicolas Bougaïeff

  • Daniel Avery

  • nonpareils

    Nonpareils

  • Daniel Blumberg

  • Chris Liebing

    Chris Liebing

  • K Á R Y Y N

    K Á R Y Y N

  • The Pop Group

  • GUO

  • HAAi

  • Molly Millions

  • Visionist

  • Telex

  • Sylph

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    Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

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    I Predict a Graceful Expulsion

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    Music for Parties

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    Transverse

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    Three Mantras

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    Red Mecca

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    Voice Of America

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    The Living Legends

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    Live At The Lyceum

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    Cabaret Voltaire 1974-76

  • 2×45 —
    2x45

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    The Original Sound Of Sheffield '78 / '82 Best Of

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    Live At The YMCA 27.10.79.

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    Methodology '74-'78: Attic Tapes

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    Mix-Up

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    Listen Up With Cabaret Voltaire

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    Hai!

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    Yashar

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    Sweet Tooth Bird

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    Yours Truly Cellophane Nose

  • Moby —
    This Wild Darkness

  • Fever Ray —
    IDK About You

  • Daniel Avery —
    Slow Fade

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    Wanna Sip

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    Like A Motherless Child

  • Fever Ray —
    To The Moon And Back

  • Liars —
    Staring At Zero

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Moroccan Mountains

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Thrown Over The Wall

  • Liars —
    Cred Woes

  • Ben Frost —
    Threshold Of Faith

  • ADULT. —
    Uncomfortable Positions (feat. Lun*na Menoh)

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    New Thing

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    World Be Gone

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    Love You To The Sky

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    Dizzy Dizzy (The Singles Pt. 2)

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    She Brings The Rain (The Singles Pt. 1)

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Circular (Right As Rain)

  • ADULT. —
    We Are A Mirror (feat. Douglas J McCarthy)

  • Lift To Experience —
    Falling From Cloud 9

ALESSANDRO CORTINI Announces New Album SCURO CHIARO

Alessandro Cortini has announced details of a new album, SCURO CHIARO, out on 11 June 2021 on vinyl, CD and digitally.

SCURO CHIARO comes from a place that delights in the affirmation of life’s constant variations, simultaneously presenting both bewilderment and vulnerability with its sombre hues and pulsing, synthetic surfaces. For Cortini, this is best captured in ‘CHIAROSCURO’, a track whose waning hook draws us in to a sublime eruption of near-dissonant guitar. “It represents the record, where I was and where I am emotionally,” he reveals. “It’s to do with the conscious decision about trying to be positive, of striving for happiness while accepting the fact that happiness is not all positive.”

Watch the video, directed by Marco Ciceri with CGI by Ciceri and Axel Schoterman for ‘CHIAROSCURO’:

The album’s title plays on the term for heavily contrasting light and shadow in painting and other visual arts. Cortini explains, “SCURO CHIARO is the opposite of chiaroscuro (the use of light and shadow to give strong contrast), and in a way it shows that no matter how you order things there’s always going to be two elements that tend to be the opposite of each other that make up the truth—or make up everything.”

On his previous album, VOLUME MASSIMO (2019, his first for Mute), Cortini developed a process he carried through to this album, working through his archive of personal recordings, carefully surveyed to find sounds and elements with which to compose. “To me things that were created apart in time can fit together in a work of art, and it doesn’t matter when they were created,” says Cortini. “You drink wine that is ten years old with a meal that is freshly handmade. The final product, in my opinion, doesn’t need to be made at the same time.” The artwork for SCURO CHIARO, shot by Emilie Elizabeth, is an extension of the thematic bridge between the two works.

Cortini’s recently collaborated with electronic musical instrument manufacturer Make Noise to create a bespoke instrument and effects unit, Strega. “Strega is a successful attempt to condense my sonic aesthetic into a music making box,” Cortini says. “Throughout the time that I finished the record I was receiving prototypes, and their work was integrated on the record.”

There’s a great volatility to SCURO CHIARO, yet its intention is to make itself meditative in the face of opposites and inconsistencies. Its masterfully composited pieces reflect this in part and in whole.

SCURO CHIARO TRACKLISTING:

ECCO

CHIAROSCURO

LO SPECCHIO

CORRI

SEMPRE

VERDE

NESSUNO

FIAMMA

RECENT DISCOGRAPHY:

ILLUSION OF TIME – with Daniel Avery (2020, Mute / Phantasy)

VOLUME MASSIMO (2019, Mute)

IMMEDIATE HORIZON – with Lawrence English (2018, Important Records)
AVANTI (2017, Point of Departure Recordings)
ALESSANDRO CORTINI AND MERZBOW (2017, Important Records)
FORSE (2015, Important Records)

PRE-ORDER: https://mute.ffm.to/ac-sc ‘CHIAROSCURO’ on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mE27ezBt6Nc

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