Italian electro-acoustic composers Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti reconvene their unique Bellows collaborative project for a new album on Shelter Press.
Continuously drawing an hypnotic maze with albums on Boomkat Editions, Entr’acte, and Ielasi’s cult Senufo label, Bellows offers their first album on Shelter Press with Strand.
Clocking right under 40 minutes, Strand is direct and desorienting. With eight tactile but distant untitled tracks, the album convokes a complex sound palette between acousmatic sound and fractal beats.
Recorded in Milano at their very own Standards recording studio, Strand marks a shift in Bellows previous recording process, bringing more music gear on the table: tapes, modular synthesizers, effects and samples. Captured live over the course of a four days improvised session, the album floats between ghostly melodies, musique concrète, and analog electronics.
Echoing with the artwork by Amsterdam-based artist Louis Reith, whose collages made of found black and white images are disrupted by bold geometric constructions, the album is disorienting and fascinating, seating right in between the challenging world of electro-acoustic and a more welcoming beat-oriented territory.
Strand is a fascinating body of work, growing over time and revealing more of its complexity at every listen.
Released on June 9th, 2017 on LP and digital formats. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi and cut at D+M, with artwork by Louis Reith.
released June 9, 2017
All music by Bellows (Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti)
Cut to vinyl at D+M and pressed at Pallas
Artcover by Louis Reith
Design by Bartolomé Sanson
After having listened to "Drawn With Shadow Pens" many times this new album sounds less chaotic but just as good, if not better. I thought he had quite a grip on his sound design skills already but maybe he was just booting up.
Favorite track: It's a tie between "Vecto" and "Contrary Unto Them" S. Argüelles
I've been a fan of Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti separately for years - not sure how I'd missed this duo until now. A beautiful collection of unadorned, effective pieces of music. Can't really ask for much more. Michael Upton
If Disambiguation isn’t the gothic ambient album of the summer, it’s certainly the ideal soundtrack for sunbathing alone on a float at an abandoned community pool. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jul 12, 2018