Boomkat Product Review:
Compelling, deftly pulsating new age kosmiche treks from instrument builder Tony Rolando, whom his collaborator Alessandro Cortini describes as “a source of sonic emotional relief and enlightenment”
Fleet on the heels of his 2021 debut ‘Old Cool Echoes’ for Important’s Cassauna label, comes ‘Breakin' Is A Memory’, two pulsating and widescreen testaments to both his skills as an instrument builder, and his tactile familiarity with the machine. Comparable with early 0PN, Caterina Barbieri, and indeed, Alessandro Cortini, with whom he worked on creating the Strega instrument in 2019, the durational works bridge early ‘80s spheres and the modern day in sleek, polychromatic arcs cascading with sumptuous iridescence and urgent rhythms that feel as though they’re searching for a film to soundtrack or a life to excite.
Presented as with the option to play at 33 or 45 for remarkably differing results, at 45rpm, as found on the individual digital cuts, it’s a thrilling ride deftly layering his arps into crystalline lattices that evoke the feeling of sitting still while moving at speed between the uplift of ‘Running Toward an Edge’, to a sort of warped synth-pop sound like Mick Karn on Ket jamming with 0PN in ‘Moonlit through a Veil of Smoke’, and the Tangerine Dreamy tang of ‘Breakin’ Is a Memory’. The other side follows a subtler route of low-lying frequencies and fantasy flick synth vamps with ‘In a Forest of Phenomena’, to give his Strega a run out with the chrome-burning flares of ‘Broadcasting Live from the Funhouse (Strega Version)’.