Boomkat Product Review:
An alchemical triumph of modern concrete and avant-garde composition, Valerio Tricoli's 5th album, 'Miseri Lares' is one of the most remarkable records in PAN's distinguished catalogue.
The Italian artist's first solo LP in seven years is the culmination of tireless experimentation in studio and live arenas - he's got a formidable reputation on the experimental live circuit both solo and in the band 3/4HadBeenEliminated - and pays testament to his adroit instrumental skill and virtuosic electronic processing. It's his magnum opus - a definitive work characterised by incalculably complex construction and a haunting sense of spirit and narrative which is all too often intangible or elusive in this area of the sonic map.
His bewildering alloys of atomised acoustic textures and cut-up vocals are at once jaw-droppingly unreal and disturbingly visceral, matching the oneiric strategy and dramaturgy of Robert Ashley with the sort of precise, pointillist dynamics associated with Bernard Parmegiani and the visual analogues of H.R. Giger. Weaving texts by Italian poets Dante and Guido Ceronetti along with excerpts from The Ecclesiastes, H.P. Lovecraft, E.M. Cioran, and his own writings within the fabric of its eight extended pieces, the scale of Tricoli's ambition and vision can't be sniffed at.
But more importantly it's the way he so vividly, affectively invokes the unknown and states of psychological panic that will resonate beyond experimental circles and into the listening lives of soundtrack fans, sound designers and inquisitive ears looking for unpredictable, powerful, and mind-bending new sensations and ideas. This is what we feel PAN to be all about, presenting challenging, spectacular work that transcends borders.