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Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017: Alessandro Cortini - Avanti

Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017: Alessandro Cortini - AVANTI

  • AVANTI
    Artist
    Alessandro Cortini
    ReleaseProduct
    AVANTI
    Label
    Point Of Departure
    Catalogue Number
    PODR001
    Release Date
    October 2017
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    Alessandro Cortini inaugurates new imprint Point Of Departure with AVANTI, the follow-up to his Forse triptych for Important Recs and two breakthrough LPs for Prurient's Hospital Productions. Themed around notions of transportation via music and nostalgia for moments romanticised or misremembered, AVANTI is proof if any were needed of the truly staggering emotional depth and range that makes Alessandro Cortini's music such a powerful force.

    Having played a semi-consistent role as a member of Nine Inch Nails since 2004, Cortini first truly broke into ours and many others' consciousness with the still evocative and highly entrancing albums Sonno and Risveglio. Released to great acclaim in 2014 and 2015 respectively, the mixtures of ambient recordings made during extensive touring using a Roland MC 202 (Sonno) and a TB303 (Risveglio) fed through a delay pedal, instantly marked Cortini out within the legions of fans plugged directly into the quieter side of Discreet Music and most prominently SAW-era AFX.

    With the AFX reference playing a consistent comparison within his solo musical career to date, on AVANTI it's fellow Warp artists and memory archivists Boards of Canada with whom any comparisons should really be made. Having recently rediscovered an archive of home videos made by his grandfather, who passed away a few years previously, AVANTI sees Cortini excavating the content of a cache of several Super 8 films of family gatherings as well as hours of dinner-time conversations that had been recorded onto cassette for posterity. Using these recordings as a jumping off point, Cortini uses them as a time machine to journey backwards to paint several paintings of the same picture. Each one carrying a slightly different depth and weight to the Buchla led electro-acoustic drones that hold its crumbling remnants together. Remnants of youth misremembered weave in and out of the mind, while things once forgotten float back up to the surface, meaning the recordings appeared to be almost as fallible as his recollections – both showed signs of degradation. Using the dissolving memory aspect to beautifully translate some of the most affecting sounds to cross memory with music since The Caretaker took his first steps up the stairway to the stars.

    Whether it's collaborating with Merzbow on harsh noise albums, crafting razor edge techno for Shifted's Avian imprint or recording the ambient sounds of the city outside whichever hotel window he finds himself within, stationed hundreds of miles from home while on the road with NIN, Alessandro Cortini's music has always had a deeply personal isolationist feel to it, yet it's on AVANTI that he really opens up to us, the thought patterns that make his sound such a rich and absorbing entity.

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By far our favourite escape into blissful ambience that 2017 gave us was Alessandro Cortini's AVANTI. Leaving behind the sleep-deprived electronics of his previous albums on Important and Hospital Productions, AVANTI finds Alessandro Cortini delving into the sort of nostalgia for moments romanticised or misremembered that has made Boards of Canada such an important part of our daily listening habits. Making AVANTI by far 2017's most powerful and emotionally charged recording.

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Alessandro Cortini inaugurates new imprint Point Of Departure with AVANTI, the follow-up to his Forse triptych for Important Recs and two breakthrough LPs for Prurient's Hospital Productions. Themed around notions of transportation via music and nostalgia for moments romanticised or misremembered, AVANTI is proof if any were needed of the truly staggering emotional depth and range that makes Alessandro Cortini's music such a powerful force.

Having played a semi-consistent role as a member of Nine Inch Nails since 2004, Cortini first truly broke into ours and many others' consciousness with the still evocative and highly entrancing albums Sonno and Risveglio. Released to great acclaim in 2014 and 2015 respectively, the mixtures of ambient recordings made during extensive touring using a Roland MC 202 (Sonno) and a TB303 (Risveglio) fed through a delay pedal, instantly marked Cortini out within the legions of fans plugged directly into the quieter side of Discreet Music and most prominently SAW-era AFX.

With the AFX reference playing a consistent comparison within his solo musical career to date, on AVANTI it's fellow Warp artists and memory archivists Boards of Canada with whom any comparisons should really be made. Having recently rediscovered an archive of home videos made by his grandfather, who passed away a few years previously, AVANTI sees Cortini excavating the content of a cache of several Super 8 films of family gatherings as well as hours of dinner-time conversations that had been recorded onto cassette for posterity. Using these recordings as a jumping off point, Cortini uses them as a time machine to journey backwards to paint several paintings of the same picture. Each one carrying a slightly different depth and weight to the Buchla led electro-acoustic drones that hold its crumbling remnants together. Remnants of youth misremembered weave in and out of the mind, while things once forgotten float back up to the surface, meaning the recordings appeared to be almost as fallible as his recollections – both showed signs of degradation. Using the dissolving memory aspect to beautifully translate some of the most affecting sounds to cross memory with music since The Caretaker took his first steps up the stairway to the stars.

Whether it's collaborating with Merzbow on harsh noise albums, crafting razor edge techno for Shifted's Avian imprint or recording the ambient sounds of the city outside whichever hotel window he finds himself within, stationed hundreds of miles from home while on the road with NIN, Alessandro Cortini's music has always had a deeply personal isolationist feel to it, yet it's on AVANTI that he really opens up to us, the thought patterns that make his sound such a rich and absorbing entity.

Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017

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  • Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017
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    Various Artists
    ReleaseProduct
    Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017
    Label
    Bleep
    Catalogue Number
    BLEEPEOY2017
    Release Date
    November 2017
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    2017 was a momentous year for music within our world, and with our top 10 albums we have compiled what we consider to be the most important releases from across the board.

    While the top spot is taken with the razor-sharp electronica of Jlin's Black Origami, Lee Gamble landed on Hyperdub pushing the boundaries of ambient jungle forward, while Brainwaltzera's update on the classic Braindance sound topped the acid-electronic revival by a mile. With new age receiving a massive resurgence in 2017, the most notable releases by far were from Visible Cloaks mystical reaching Reassemblage, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's influence exploring transitions of youth within The Kid and Alessandro Cortini's AVANTI presenting emotionally charged trip into the misty realms of nostalgia. Each album shone a light on a different aspect of this freshly realised sound.

    2017 also heralded the much-anticipated arrival of contemporary R&B icon Kelela's debut album Take Me Apart, an incredibly powerful album of soaring songcraft and experimental electronics delivered with a soulful edge. While Forest Swords turned in his greatest album to date with Compassion, splitting between the ecstasy and melancholy of his earlier recordings, his Compassion offered a journey through the nightland edges of his sound world. A journey perfectly complimented by Blanck Mass' brilliant album of brainfreeze techno and angle grinder electronics that was World Eater. While a special dedication goes out to Photay whose Onism packed in the year's tightest selection of ear worms designed to move your mind.

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