Becuzzi / Orsi – The Stones Know Everything – Double CD – Digitalis


Becuzzi, now a veteran of the fringe /experimental scene, jettisons some of his microsonics sensibility, and in partnership with relative newcomer, Orsi the duo have sculpted an expansive ambient electronics excursion that emulates the likes of Fennesz, or Shuttle 358. This is a fuller sound than I expected from Becuzzi, having been an admirer of his stripped down “Kinetix” work for sometime, and there is the general lustre of quality around every corner. Guitars are filtered, warped, and re-assembled,and then carefully draped over a sonorous backdrop of finely polished tones and sepulchral chords. This heady mix is punctuated with occasional field recordings and incidentals, keeping the interest at its maximum, and gently reminding of the microsonic glistenings that feature in most of the Kinetix ouevre. The First CD is generally the more atmospheric of the two, showcasing a range of techniques and approaches, whilst the second CD is more protracted and yields more to experimentation. As with all collaborations, it is futile to separate personnel, and make decisions on “who did what”, so it remains for me to say that overall, the success of this double CD offering is in it’s elegant fusion of dreamy guitar drones and dissonance, and fractured tonal experimentation. Highly recommended. BGN


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