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Artist: BELLOWS
Title: Rustl
Format: LP
Label: Boomkat Editions
Country: UK
Price: $21.00
"Italian electro-acoustic maestros Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti aka Bellows serve up an engrossing, labyrinthine LP of freeform concrète dub. Rustl is Bellows fourth side, following a critically acclaimed trio of albums released since 2007 for Entracte, Planam and Kning Disc, and also follows Boomkat Editions last release, by another Milanese artist, Lorenzo Senni, which was coincidentally also mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi (BKEDIT 010LP). In a slight change from Bellows usual working method, Rustl represents a nimbly frayed sound much closer to what they do in a live situation. Using a few cassette players with tape loops animated by a couple of effects and recorded direct to two-track tape with no overdubs or mixing, they improvise ten viscous, amorphous plays framed by deep, bubbling subs, skittish percussions, and wheezing ferric abstractions with the most uncanny grasp of dub space. Their haptic, small sounds reveal tiny new sleights and discordant quarks with every listen, offering something more akin to a petri dish of live, kinetic cultures than the more fixed forms of their previous slabs. RIYL Senufo Editions, Alva Noto, Actress, Pole, Bernard Parmegiani. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Edition of 300." - Boomkat Editions.
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Artist: BELLOWS
Title: Reelin
Format: LP
Label: Holidays
Country: Italy
Price: $27.00
"Third act for the duo composed of Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti after their eponymous debut on Kning Disk and the acclaimed Handcut LP on Planam-Senufo (featured on the Wire list of the best releases of 2010). CDJ, Sony Walkman, Revox A77, and Memory Man are the perfect instruments to create labyrinthine meta-pathways through quietly convective thickets of acousmatic sound, from spacious clouds of fuzzy electronics verging on dub imprints to water-stained electronics reminding of BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypas Space Finale and more fractal, decaying bleeps nudged and frayed with a beautifully tactile intuition. Originally released on CD by Entracte, here it comes in a deluxe LP edition with embossed lettering on the cover and printed inner sleeve. Edition of 250 copies." -Holidays.

Artist: BELLOWS
Title: Sander
Format: 12"
Label: Latency Recordings
Country: France
Price: $19.00
"Floating, immersive tape loops and improvised analogue electronics by the Milanese duo of Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti. Enigmatic melodies, subtle sound textures and rumbling sub-bass pulses..." - Latency Recordings.
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Artist: BELLOWS
Title: Handcut
Format: LP
Label: Planam
Country: Italy
Price: $29.00
"Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti, two musicians from Italy with an extensive solo activity, started the Bellows project together in 2006 and released their first CD in 2007. Their second release, an LP available now on PLANAM, was recorded in November 2009 in Tübingen, Germany. Quite different from the first, this new project was developed around the simple technique of cutting/destroying and amplifying vinyl records with contact microphones, creating new grooves and physical loops while capturing the sounds on a Revox tape machine with long tape loops. No further transformations or processing were applied even if a couple of effect pedals and simple sine waves were sometimes used too. The result is a sort of very atmospheric and modern-electronic music as if these sonorities were recorded at the beginning of the last century on 78rpm shellac records. The sleeve features the original artwork by Italian artist Amedeo Martegani. Edition limited to 250 copies." - Planam.

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