Rosso Polare – Cani Lenti

Cesare Lopopolo und Anna Vezzosi bilden in Milano zusammen ROSSO POLARE und 2/4 von Smirne. Bei “Lettere Animali“ haben sie Instinkt und Intuition groß geschrieben. Auf Cani Lenti (Takuroku, TR128 / DNN 030 C) schwingen sie als mehr oder weniger lahme Hunde zwischen den Polen Rot und Schwarz. Lopopolo pocht, wetzt, zupft Gitarre, schlägt den Beat, sie mischt ihren Atem, ihre Stimme, mehr Tier als Mensch, zu surrender Elektronik, oder was? Hunde bellen, zu Tamtam, Tamburin, Klarinetten und weiteren perkussiven Geräuschen, und mir kommt “Eskimo“ von den Residents in den Sinn. Im Schatten eines Johannisbrotbaums mischen sie Archaisches mit Künftigem, mit primitiver Kalimba, träumerischer Gitarre, Vögel piepsen, Wasser gluckst. Beat treibt den Puls hoch und Homo sapiens flötend out of Africa, der Zauberer rasselt, Metall scheppert, Allez hopp & wuff! Regen prasselt, Vezzosi wispert, Art brut im Herzen, dem pulsenden Motor, dem äffischen Jockey des menschlichen Galopps von bestialischer Seligkeit zu scharrender, trötender, sägender Kakophonie. Bis hin zu schriller Flöte, surrig rumorendem Noise und irgendwie wohl gitarristischer Dulcimer. Ein Klingklang, der Hundeschwänze in Bewegung setzt.

Rigobert Dittmann (Bad Alchemy 114)

 

 

Italian duo Rosso Polare treat us to their 2nd album, following the wonderful ‘Lettere Animali album, which was one of our highlights of 2020.
 Cani Lenti is a collection of duels, some may say. As the two minds of Cesare Lopopolo and Anna Vezzosi converge, a dichotomy of harmonious and contrasting sounds ebb, swirl and clatter in and amongst themselves. Using techniques from call and response improvisation, tape manipulation, experimental music and free-form folk, their approach to music making feels both atypical and familiar, organised and free-flowing, rooted and landless. Like the films of fellow Italian film-maker Alice Rohrwacher, Rosso Polare’s music feels grounded in the earth, but sprouts and spreads in strange and often anachronistic ways.
The duo describe this album as it’s a struggle – a skirmish – that strives to resemble filmic sonorisations and forgotten sounds. Together they lead us on a journey into the depths of Chthonian Music. Fans of the likes of Sun Araw, The Art Ensemble of Chicago and General Strike – dive in!
Otoroku

The Italian duo of Cesare Lopopolo and Anna Vezzosi created one of 2020’s most intriguing debuts with Lettere Animali on the Russian Klammklang label, so it made perfect sense for Takuroko to reach out to them. The resulting Cani Lenti is a heady swirl of bowed and plucked strings, clattering percussion, electronic crackle, free improv clarinet and found sound: an inspired collection of sonic contradictions. “It’s music that I find quite landless in a way,” Hope offers. “And I’m always kind of curious about the kind of Mediterranean folk, dub and musique concrete influences, many different elements that would probably normally be quite incongruous with one another. I think somehow they made it work in a way that felt really harmonious and strange and beguiling in its own way. And very intimate too. It’s representative of two people locked down together.”

Stewart Smith (The Quietus) 7/12/2021

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