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Artist: UMBERTO
Title: Confrontations
Format: LP
Label: Not Not Fun
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Kansas Citys goblin king of neo-Giallo, brood-blooded dark fantasy soundtracking returns with his fourth official full-length, two years after the badass psychodrama of Prophecy of the Black Widow. The time betwixt was well spent, on tours (Europe twice, including the Mogwai-curated All Tomorrows Parties fest), one-off tapes and 12-inches (Welcome to the Chill Zone, Final Exit, etc.), and tweaking the mixes and minutia of the seven undead invasion omens comprising Confrontations. What instantly distinguishes this new album from the previous two is its ominous, slow-burn compositional model, building its evil temple brick by brick, basking in the tension of each new chiming, Carpenter-esque synth line or monkish doom Om for multiple measures before stirring the next substance into the cauldron. This elegant sense of patience gives the tracks a more oozing, operatic aura; these confrontations arent hostile showdowns in the woods but the creeping dread of alien-nation body snatchers infiltrating the populace. Death comes slipping. Can someone hire this genius to score the They Live remake already? X-filed highway cover artwork designed by Dionysian visualist TIM GOODWILLIE." -Not Not Fun.
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Artist: UMBERTO
Title: Freeze!
Format: 7"
Label: Not Not Fun
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"After 2 full-lengths mining vintage horror scores and Italo/Goblin-isms for inspiration, Kansas City riddler and composition whiz Umberto slow-pans his focus out of the graveyards and black widow cobwebs into the celluloid-stained artificial streets of Beverly Hills police beats and pop culture ghost-busting. Freeze! is an inscrutable but impressively legit reinvention of Jan Hammer-style 80s soundtrack cheese: soaring keyboard lines, fast-tappin piano, locked-in bass grooves, goofy canned drums, baroque purple haze soloing, etc. Put An APB On Those Bastards kicks things off with a tension-ramping Corvette cruise into the heat of the night, while Illegal Entry With Intent To Zuul is a pitch-perfect rooftop chase scene that ends with somebody falling fifty stories into a posh private pool (and is apparently also somehow about that horned dog demon that possesses Sigourney Weaver in G-Busters?). A bizarre and thoroughly enjoyable curveball from one of our fave current music-makers. Black vinyl 45s in pro-printed jackets with hilarious/hijacked Eddie Murphy artwork by Derek Goon. Edition of 500." -Not Not Fun

Artist: UMBERTO
Title: Prophecy of a Black Widow
Format: LP
Label: Not Not Fun
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"The one Umberto performance we had the rad fortune to bear witness to involved at least a dozen dudes, dads, and ladies all on stage wearing sunglasses at night and shredding keyboards/keytars bathed in a sea of fog machinery and strobe lights and extraterrestrially-costumed interpretive dancers. Shit was BEYOND. Umberto mastermind Matt Hill allegedly went to legit music school back in the day and used to play bass for Expo 70 (Justin/Expo released the debut Umberto tape/CDR, From The Grave, on his Sonic Meditations label) before splintering into his current electro-satanic Goblin worship guise -- and we for one cant get enough. Prophecy Of The Black Widow is his sophomore LP and though the badass evil Italo goth-synth horror-score blueprint of Grave remains, the main variation is subtle vibe-shift from 70s Argento/Carpenter-isms into more early/mid-80s new wave creep-scapes. Theres still plenty of eerie nightmare keyboard riffs and vintage witch-disco breakouts but the synths squelch with more of a neon retrofuturist bent and theres even one brazenly feel good soaring-into-the-sunset closing credits anthem (the literally-titled Everything Is Going To Be Okay). Whatever prophecy Prophecy is foretelling, were on board. Black vinyl LPs in jackets with sick fake-3D lettering and art by Seth Johnson." -Not Not Fun
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Artist: UMBERTO
Title: Temple Room
Format: 12"
Label: Not Not Fun
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Upon relocating from the Midwest to Los Angeles last year, MATT HILL discovered a number of his original audio folders were deleted or corrupted beyond repair. In preparation for a string of performances, he holed up and tried to recreate some of these lost compositions, strip-mining his memory for clues and notation. This revisitation process had a particularly transformative effect on the seething lead cut from 2010s Prophecy of the Black Widow, elongating its curvature into even more elegantly paranoid shapes, riding the beat through wider corridors of spider webs and blood-red light. "Temple Room (Extended Version)" functions like a directors cut: expansive, indulgent, and attuned to a deeper strain of the nightmare. Catch Umberto on tour this spring in half the Western world. Edition of 427 LPs." -Not Not Fun.

Artist: UMBERTO
Title: From The Grave..
Format: LP
Label: Permanent
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
Repressed. "EXPO 70 bass/synth player MATT HILL has gone solo. His debut LP under the UMBERTO moniker is an analog masterpiece heavily influenced by the classic film score work of Goblin, except arguably better. From the moment you drop the needle, youll be transported to Italy as an extra in a vintage horror flick directed by Dario Argento. This is some of the most accessible, yet totally authentic sounding music of the "giallo" genre weve ever heard. It was previously only available as a hyper limited edition CDR and cassette tape via Sonic Meditations. For fans of Goblin, John Carpenter, Zombi, and classic Italian horror soundtracks."-Permanent Records.
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