Boomkat Product Review:
Sound sensitive maestro Giuseppe Ielasi makes his guitar gently sing and weep with a sublime solo showcase for 12K, landing 15 years since his debut for the label.
Cradling two tributes to his father, who sadly passed in 2020, ‘The Prospect’ portrays Ielasi at his most nakedly honest, with only an electric guitar and tube amp for company. Shy of any clutter or studio trickery, Ielasi expresses his melancholy through lissom tunings and ethereality, following the themes of his 2020 album ‘Five Wooden Frames’ to a patented play of puckered, high register plucks and genteel strokes that resonate both a personal, and classic Italian, search for instrumental tone.
We’ve all been through some shit in the past few years, and this album is effectively Ielasi’s take on it all. Quietly quizzical and humbly lowkey, the two parts each feature parallel electric guitar lines recorded simply through a tube amp. In both, negative space is prized as much as the notes themselves, with lingering lacunae tempering the listeners breathing and supplying suitable space for reflection on his fractured line of thoughts in a way that reminds to the more reserved Loren Connors works as much as a more collected Michael Pisaro piece.
Giuseppe’s work never fails to fascinate on some level, from his collaborations with Kassel Jaeger and Andrew Pekler, thru his Bellow duo with Nicola Ratti, curation of Senufo Editions, or exquisite mixing and mastering execution on tonnes of great records. If, like us, you appreciate all the above, this one is very much worth making time for.