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Artist: M. ZALLA (PIERO UMILIANI)
Title: Problemi dOggi
Format: LP
Label: Black Sweat
Country: Italy
Price: $26.00
Repressed. "Italian maestro Piero Umiliani, during his period of fascination with psychedelic and electronic atmospheres, composed a good number of musical portraits dedicated, as this title reveals, to the problems of his time. In the early 70s, Italians were worried about the mafia, terrorism, and social conflicts; and one can sense that the music represents these anxieties in its experimental nature. Dark, disturbing, and unique in the long and extremely productive career of Piero Umiliani. And if, in 2015, titles like "Mondo in Crisi," "Problemi Sociali," "Azione Sindacale," and "Mafia Oggi" sound sadly relevant, its even more surprising to find that the music of Problemi dOggi (Problems of Today) still sounds alien and unique. The record, released under Umilianis M. Zalla alias in 1973, presents various styles, from Pink Floyd atmospheres (or The Braens Machine, if you prefer...) to compositions characterized by a great use of drum machines and Moog synthesizers. One listen to the beginning of the opening track "Produzione" justifies the words of Sean Canty (Demdike Stare), citing the music as the first techno/trance track in history. But between the grooves of this record, reissued here for the first time, its easy to find moments that many other artist and musicians -- from The Residents to Aphex Twin and Four Tet -- may have caught during their careers." - Black Sweat.

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