Boomkat Product Review:
The man behind Banjo Or Freakout is Turin native Alessio Natalizia, who thus far in his career has managed to make quite a name for himself as a covers artist, accumulating plaudits for his radical reinterpretations of Vampire Weekend and Battles' 'Atlas' and even Burial's 'Archangel'. Even on this debut 7" you'll find an imaginative version of LCD Soundsystem's 'Someone Great', all saturated in echo and blurred out drums. Original composition 'Mr No' proves that Natalizia is no musical magpie though, and his writing abilities are every bit as good as his interpretative instincts. The fizzy, glitch-ridden production complements a pristine vocal melody, and the whole thing sounds beguilingly weird, yet potentially very mainstream too. Comparisons to the currently ubiquitous Animal Collective (and Panda Bear specifically) are bound to crop up, but that would be an over simplification, not doing this artist's potential sufficient justice - although just like the AC, Natalizia's strand of electronic song writing is as preoccupied with sonic invention as much as it is with timeless pop sensibilities.