Boomkat Product Review:
New wave/neu beta psychopomp, Alessandro Adriani ov Mannequin Records, makes an arresting solo LP debut with Montagne Transparenti’s ghoulish suite of atypical Italian horror atmosfear and stylised body music, highly recommended if you're into Demdike Stare, Not Waving or Italian Library Records...
Over the best part of a decade now, Adriani has issued a handful of tapes, CDs and vinyl as Newclear Waves, and more recently been noted for his smart refixes of Nico Fidenco’s Zombi Holocaust OST and Lata Ramasar’s hugely infectious TGNTL, all of course running in parallel to his duties behind the brilliant Mannequin node.
All that experience bleeds out of Montagne Transparenti, from his bony drum machine patterns to the dripping, carmine synth tones and the album’s stealthy but sturdy narrative backbone; operating like the soundtrack to a special trans-continental mission from his current home in Berlin, to his ancestral base in Rome.
Night-lit autobahns and cannibal-infested schloss-scenes ensue from the widescreen intro of Fase Lunare I and ritual vibes of Verso lo Zenith; unfurling the sleek cosmic cruiser L’acquina di Nettuno and shades-on Munich pulse of Pianeta Rosso, before traversing the Alps to the airborne Badalamenti waltz of Attraverso le asperita and rolling into the zombie-gangster disco with Montagne Transparenti. The blood-lust really comes thru in Fuoco, and slicks out from the electro-sex squirm of Rotaziuone Sincrona, shoring us at Ostia with the red-smeared gaze of Fase Lunare II.