Boomkat Product Review:
After almost a decade in incubation this incognito down-time project from two of the UK's most esoteric and fastidious purveyors of the "absolute obsolete" finally comes to fruition via a handful of club-recordings from carefully selected European events which were open minded enough to de-robe the audio-visual theatrical-trash / industrial-post-punk / battered-disco of La Stanza Nera.
Scraped from the shelves of hundreds of Minimal punk 45s, free-jazz unknowns 8mm reels, VHS tapes and repetitive mechanical funk Canty and Votel reveal an inverted side of their combined personality which has previously taken projects like the euphoric modular-electronic Neotantrik (featuring Suzanne Ciani and Bruno Spoerri) and longstanding Demdike Stare / Votel art collabs to almost every major city on the map.
Conceptually based around obscure art-house theatre and black-room cinematic dream sequences La Stanza Nera draws from a bottomless well of restrained uniformed film collages meshing trash cinema, agit-theatre, high-art and low-fidelity (in collaboration with Neotantrik's Andy Rushton) complete with a drum-heavy soundtrack of irreverent metallic disco and plastic punk... not exempt from the duo's stylistic bolt-holds of avant-garde noise and fringe-giallo sound effects).
Exacted with typified trail-and-error technique from seldom aired vinyl and cassette sources splicing treasure to trash and channelling tequila and tin-foil this series of unique one-off sporadic events and recordings come as a much welcomed outlet for Canty and Votel to combine the sleazier corners of their enviable record collections and provides an extra glimpse into the uncompromised reaches of this longstanding duo's private inverse-pop penchants.