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Vaporwave pioneer and new age scryer Spencer Clark (The Skaters) and poetic enigma Francesco Cavaliere merge minds as Etrusca 3D with a heady synth throwback summoning 600BC deities into the C.21st
Taking the longest view on matters of provenance, civilisation, and spirituality in the modern age with the blend of sincerity and tongue-in-cheek dramaturgy that has informed their best solo work, on ‘Etrusca 3D’ the duo naturally elide Clark’s signature synth ethers with Cavaliere’s sampled vox to induce proper hypnagogic, Toga-wearing states of mind.
The Etruscans were essentially proto-Romans, and the gods they worshipped would become adapted into Roman civilisation’s own polytheistic belief system (much like many major world religions that followed in their wake over the eons). In ‘Etrsuca 3D’, Francesco Cavaliere follows the mesmerising examples set on his ‘Gancio Cielo’ volumes of 2016, and this year’s ‘Alata Onda’ tape, to provide vocals uttering the names of Etruscan gods, while Clark process them via the “Emax 2 3D machine” in attempt to dial those gods into the future for spiritual guidance and such.
On another level, they’re poetically highlighting how the past continues to inform the future, moving beyond Clark’s formative feedback loop of ‘80s / ‘90s ephemera into the ’00s/’10s and the deeply uncertain ’20s by widening that loop to encompass millennia of esoteric thought, and perhaps show up how humans have always been pretty fucking nuts, whether looking for signs in the sky, the ground, and nowadays on limited edition records; meaning that shamans like these guys are needed now as much as ever.