Hylé Tapes 041 : "SPAZIO" by MonoLogue
MonoLogue wants to proudly thank the Sounds.
They are the engine, the source for vibration, movement and creation.
music composed and performed by MonoLogue (aka Marie e le Rose aka Moon RA)
executive production and editing by MonoLogue (aka Marie e le Rose aka Moon RA) in PynkLab StudioS and AmanitaConceptualResearch Labs mastering by Fix In The Mix
Artwork by Zeke Clough
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MonoLogue – Spazio
7.12.17 by Ryan Masteller
"Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in spazio! That’s Italian for “space,” for all of you whose main interaction with the language comes from perusing restaurant menus (and let’s be fair, that’s pretty much the only Italian I come across on a regular basis, I’m not gonna lie). But for Florence-based musician Marie Rose, aka MonoLogue (also MOON RA), Italian is the language she encounters every day, so we all better get used to it. Don’t worry, it’ll be easy – there aren’t too many languages that reverberate as sonorously as MonoLogue’s native tongue. English sure doesn’t – English sounds like a runaway garbage truck down the side of an erupting volcano in comparison. Chunky. Weird.
(Relevant story: I was in Venice several years ago, and the concierge at our hotel, a wonderfully nice man, had to print some documentation for us, but he was having trouble with the computer. He kept saying “Annulla, annulla,” as he was “canceling” what he was doing. It was the most beautiful sound – I could have listened to him repeat that word all day.)
Anyway, let’s join MonoLogue in spazio, shall we? The “Nomade” (nomadic) space traveler drifts through glistening synthesizer excursions on the eleven-minute opener, fractals and prisms sparkling like quasar pulses through the faceplate of a spacesuit. Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in “Spazio, I repeat, because it’s true, and “Ossessione” (obsession) even goes as far as sounding like the low-key interludey passages of the Spiritualized classic. It’s interesting to hear MonoLogue use traditional instrumentation, and maybe I’m conditioned from all the MOON RA I’ve ingested, particularly the miasmic sound fractures of her half of “Mutus Liber” (with Giulio Aldinucci), but I almost didn’t expect such a relaxed atmosphere. Not to worry in the end – the distance is breathtaking, the space – literal and outer – is managed expertly within the compositions.
I love how the tape doesn’t sit still, either, as it progresses, as “Silenzio” (hush) pretends it wants you to be quiet and listen to the ambience of your surroundings, but instead injects your surroundings with its own soundtrack, the ambience erased into active participation. Speaking of active, “Riva” (shore) approaches, dare I say, synth pop territory with its immediately earwormy hook. Ladies and gentlemen, we have washed upon the riva. Um, what planet is this again?
Hylé Tapes is one of my favorite active experimental tape labels, so you should grip whatever you can from the French imprint, damn the shipping cost! And “Spazio” only comes in an edition of 30 – you better act fast if you want one."
"Una deriva cosmica che lentamente conduce verso un approdo sicuro, un tracciato denso di fascino e mistero. Dirige verso il cielo infinito il suo sguardo visionario Rosa Maria Sarri plasmando, ancora una volta sotto lo pseudonimo MonoLogue, un sinuoso viaggio siderale scandito da cinque tappe dalle sfumature cangianti che scorrono fluide lungo una narrazione al tempo stesso coesa e sfaccettata.
Il sipario si apre su un placido errare attraverso la persistente magia di una notte perenne costellata dal riverbero di infinite stelle. Il suono nel suo dispiegarsi avvolgente costruisce gradualmente uno scenario tridimensionale nel quale immergersi fluttuando leggeri (“Nomade”) prima di virare verso una dimensione contemplativa striata da stridenti frammenti che a tratti incrinano il senso di totalizzante quiete (“Ossessione”). Proiettati definitivamente in questo “SPAZIO” privo di limiti e riferimenti si procede senza meta in balia di minimali schegge che nel loro insistente reiterarsi costruiscono un frangente ipnotico ed estraniante (“Perso”). Improvvisamente in questa dilatata assenza irrompono come un’eco imprevista tracce di tangibile presenza vitale sotto forma di indistinti vocalizzi e pulsazioni dal sapore ancestrale (“Silenzio”) che smaterializzandosi lasciano il passo ad una dinamica progressione che segna il conclusivo raggiungimento della meta (“Riva”).
Una peregrinazione immaginifica da affrontare ad occhi chiusi, con la mente lanciata verso scenari irraggiungibili eppure vividamente percepibili."
"SILENZIO" is included on Spool’s Out Radio #108: My Schizoid Postbox