K-Conjog – Magic Spooky Ears (2018 :: Schole Recordings, SCH-056)
From the always detailed, informative desk of Schole Records:
イタリア人コンポーザー、エレクトロニックミュージック・アーティスト K-Conjog の最新作をリリースします。
Fabrizio Somma, aka K-Conjog, is a producer, a musician and a composer of electronic music.
After a handful of digital releases straddling indietronic and IDM between 2004 and 2005, he achieved his first LP “Il nuovo è al passo coi tempi” (literally, The new is up to date), edited by Snowdonia Dischi/Audioglobe. It is a cut&paste mix of sounds with a dada attitude and an eye always to Musique Concrete and Electronic Music.
In 2010, the EP “Le storie che invento non le so raccontare” was released by the English label Dirty Demos, and Somma turns his sound to more melodic directions, leaving the electronic vibe only in the background. He recorded a short Lo-Fi album that, by word of mouth and thanks to some specialized blogs, was soon sold out.
The EP also became a video project, starting the partnership with the director Francesco Lettieri, with whom he won several awards.
2012 is the year of “Set Your Spirit Freak!“, a LP published by the American Abandon Building Records. In that album, the lesson learnt with “Le Storie che invento” finds its maturity.
Somma leaves the Lo-Fi behind, fostering again the melodies that, melancholy and repeated, inflect with orchestral and ambient sounds, while the electronic beat glues together the various elements of the album.
In Italy, it was very well received. The video of ‘Qwerty,’ once again directed by Francesco Lettieri, won the PIVI in 2012. But the greatest success was reached abroad.
Garnering in general excellent reviews, the album strongly recommended in America, England, Japan, France and Germany. The magazine “The Wire” inserted one of the tracks, ‘Untitled 155, ‘among the most interesting brand new products of that time.
2014 is the year of the EP “Dasein,” once again published by Abandon Building Records. Here the orchestral sounds give way to refined elements of Piano Music, Ambient and Electronic, which will lead Somma – among the many stages – to the ROBot Festival in Bologna.
In 2015, on Record Store Day, “Fermati, O Sole” is released by Trovarobato/Fresh Yo!/Bad Panda Records. It is an EP both in vinyl and digital version, soundtrack of the namesake exhibition by Valerio Berruti.
Over the years, Somma remixed The Polyphonic Spree, IOSONOUNCANE, Origamibiro, Melodium and many others.
In October 2018, “Magic Spooky Ears“, will be released: a brand new LP for the Italian White Forest Records and the Japanese Schole Inc.
‘Millennials Otters‘ is the track that foreruns the album.
The track, for its synthetic texture and dance shades, marks once more a change of course, only partially revealing the sound of the new album.
The clip that goes along the track, created by the designer Giuseppe Santillo – who also edited the single and the upcoming album covers – brings to light the conflicting relationship between nature and technology and is produced with cutting-edge digital art techniques.
Label/Cat#: Schole – SCH-56 // White Forest Records
Country: Japan, Italy
Style: Ambient, Deep House, IDM, Experimental
Format: CD, Album
1. What Begin Began (04:51)
2. Kingpink (04:36)
3. Same Old Grace (04:21)
4. Millennials Otters (06:36)
5. Love Walks On Unexpected Ways (05:10)
6. Replica (02:00)
7. Old Enough To Look Young (04:58)
8. Monotone (04:58)
9. Cheeks (04:54)
10. Falcon (05:33)
Total length: 47:57
Art direction by the ever so talented Shin Kikuchi.
Music: Fabrizio Somma
Artwork: Giuseppe Santillo
Design: Fabio Catapano
A&R: Akira Kosemura
Mastering: Hiromits Shoji
Sales Promotion: Kazumitsu Yoshida, Romain Meril and Matthieu Burel
Production Management: SCHOLE INC.
Review :: Words by AG, November 2018
Schole Records out of Japan is constantly searching near and far for talented virtuosos to feature on their world renowned and respected music label.
November 2018 is no different than the normal formula of high-quality, emotive works; respected diverse Italian electronic music producer K-Conjog AKA Fabrizio Somma joins Schole with glorious electronic instrumentation, vocal experimentation, acoustics, and intelligent layered productions.
‘What Begin Began‘ starts off the album with flowing vocal chops. Immediately, we hear complex melodies that diverge from a strong, inspiring downtempo note which evolves into forte soundscapes & wonky addicting synth experimentation over dreamy background harmonics. ‘Kingpink‘ follows suit of ‘What Begin Began,’ building upon simplicity with equally playful mixing. Riveting melodic flow appears inside a tight bassline before leading to dreamy poignant beats to close out the track. ‘Same Old Grace‘ ventures into experimentation and uplifting bold vocal feature. Connecting back to the diversity of Schole’s sound, electronic harmonies with vocals standout on Schole’s roster. Suddenly, around the half-point mark of the track, deep emotive piano notes elegantly grace the listener and lead into cinematic beauty. Later, the harmonics close out ‘Same Old Grace‘ with returning, passionate sun-soaked vocals. ‘Millennials Otters‘ breaks into total dancefloor realms with unsuspecting textures before implementing an intelligent layered soundscape. Vocal stabs, glitchy experimentation, and vibrato effects shine in this album single with remix support from equally talented Japanese artists akisai and daisuke miyatani.
‘Love Walks On Unexpected Ways‘ rounds out the second half of the album with playful exotic melodies and drone harmonics that are tucked inside of gorgeous, beautiful piano notes. Later, rhythmic downtempo guitar, essential to Schole’s sound, joins with trumpets and strong percussion. A heartfelt piano ballad joins guitar and wonky sounds only to cross vocal stabs. ‘Replica‘ seems to be Somma’s tribute to the ambient sound and combines layers of harmonics for a wonderful piano ballad. In ‘Old Enough To Look Young,’ Somma continues to explore a deeper side of intelligent electronic wonder. After a few moments, K-Conjog returns to his diverse electronic formula combining textures and instrumentation alike over melody. ‘Monotone‘ is a track directly out of a dream with voiced out chords and sonic notes; add another vocal track to talented producer K-Conjog’s count. It’s almost as if shoegaze has equipped in full force. ‘Cheeks‘ returns to organic beat patterns among oscillating melodies, with ambidexterity not too far behind from the talented Italian producer. Lastly, in ‘Falcon,’ the album comes to a close with perplexing soaring piano haze and sublime, deep ambient soundscapes. Truly an emotive closing piece for reflection, K-Conjog + Schole is a collaboration for fans of cinematic melodies and diverse electronic experimentation.
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