Boomkat Product Review:
Immersive experiments in synthetic tonal colour, space and rhythm from Italy’s Sebastiano Carghini, arriving as the 2nd in the EN X PL series minted by Nick Klein’s Psychic Liberation and Maine’s Enmossed imprint.
Working shades away from the likes of Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti’s solo and Bellows projects, Carghini explores the sonic semantics and sentiments of blue-ness in a fine tradition of artists “engaging a word that is never just a word, the color that’s never merely a color.” Caraghini’s efforts have previously appeared on the likes of the ace Second Sleep and New York Haunted in recent years, and this one follows aesthetic suit; using a stripped down palette of tape loops of old studio hardware fed thru multiple tape decks and FX, to locate an uncertain ferric mid-ground where the sounds take on a quietly unpredictable life of their own.
Over the eight tracks of ‘Blue’ Caraghini diffracts the idea of blueness into myriad connotations. The lower case nuance of ‘Ice Stream’ suggests a sensation of ice-forming, and ‘Impromptu Temper’ explores a more agitated sort of blue-as-grumpiness, contrasting neatly with the contemplative conception of ‘Emotional Part’. ‘Daydream Loopy’ is perhaps closest to the absorbing, between-worlds fissures explored by Bellows, and there’s a clearly jazzy sort of blueness to the set’s closing statement that may get right under the skin of Mica Levi heads, too.