Boomkat Product Review:
Sibling duo Elisabetta and Emanuele Porcinai conjure an absorbingly glum sort of electro-acoustic, ambient songcraft on ‘Threads’, their first record as Aperture. Traces of Felicia Atkinson’s ephemeral narrations, the shoegazing labour of Grouper, and the decayed wist of Cotton Goods all spring to mind inside.
“Together they produce elegantly brooding songs and intoxicating spoken word, written via free associative methods.Their debut album Threads is the culmination of some full decade gradually conjoining Emanuele’s musical practice with Elisabetta’s spoken word and poetry (previously only deployed in conjunction with her work as a visual artist). It sees the duo drift onto fertile new sonic ground, somewhere between the emotional intensity of performance art and fringe electronic music at its most expressionistic.
Threads is an exploration of aural intimacy, with domestic sound sources forming a vital element of the album’s musical bedrock. Rhythms built from footfalls and table-tapping sit comfortably alongside lush synthesizers, wistful pianos, and ambient washes, all backing up Elisabetta’s penetrating spoken words. The musical and verbal halves of Aperture play with free association and improvisation alike.”