Few newcomers have created that stir that Italy’s Alessandro Parisi has caused. Following releases on Lux Rec, Minimal Rome and Flight Recorder this young producer has captivated audiences with his textured electronics and vivid soundscapes. It is to this bright talent that Frigio Records have turned to proudly introduce the label’s first full vinyl full length: Cathar Rhythms.
Soundtracks have always been a focal point for Parisi, a core of his inspiration. This love of the analogue movie score permeates the six track album, fortified with a new toughened rhythmic edge. Claps and snares ricochet against rising arpeggios and rich chords, as in the building tide of “Wenstern Monk.” Darkness is never far from the Parisi palette, the blackened alleyways and leaden grandeur of the cathedral peppered Italian capital. But now that ashen aspect has been further blotted by bolstered beats. This nightsky is combined with one of the cores of Italian society, Religion. Spiritual motifs festoon the LP. “Trapped Angel” shatters drum patterns against sweetened choral vocals for an intoxicating blend of ethereal electronics. The divine is balanced with the base, heavenly with the human. Percussion peals, bruising the lofty “Bishop Fulk” before the final confession. Strung-out, haunting bars are pierced for “Moments of Extremis,” Parisi finding equilibrium between saintly synthlines and sinister slicing snares.
Cathar Rhythms marks a new musical venture for this talented Italian. His well-honed, brooding electronics are further fortified with full rhythms and an even darker countenance. “Something wicked this way comes…”