Boomkat Product Review:
Valerio Tricoli and Anthony Pateras’ Astral Colonels debut on vinyl with a masterful study in tension between tape and solo piano for cult Italian “industrial” label; Second Sleep.Both adept improvisors and collaborators, Revox tape maestro Tricoli brings his subtly unpredictable, ferric rifts and sleights to Pateras’ longheld focus on hallucinatory electro-acoustic phenomena, creating a seat-edge anticipation for the listener from only their fractured nudges and harmonic shifts.
The two sides contrast in their approach and appeal. On side A’s ‘The Difference of Similarity’ the music feels haunted and fractal, as though caught in a k-hole or like sleepwalking a creaky stately home, with keys wilting in the manner of The Caretaker’s music, and blown around long, wide, moonlit corridors before this playfulness contracts into colder, frozen stasis and pinched microtonal frequencies. By contrast the B-side’s ‘The Similarity of Difference’ is much brighter, allowing the keys to ring out in stumbling flights and flurries diffracted in mid-air by Tricoli’s spindly fingers on the Revox, putting his Jérôme Noetinger-styled chops to nearly imperceptible yet psychedelic use.
We look forward to slipping into other dimensions with this LP playing the background.