Boomkat Product Review:
The debut release from the WALLS curated Ecstatic imprint comes from Alessio Natalizia, best known as Banjo or Freakout and a member of the aforementioned Walls. This discreetly engaging and evocative suite of spaced-out analogue electronic experiments in his Not Waving guise was inspired by Remote Viewing - the parapsychological technique of seeing objects hidden from physical view - and a wealth of music, from "weird '80s Italian electronica" to classic post-punk and synth epics, Alessio's 'Umwelt' carves a shadowy body of nine tracks evenly balanced for stranger dancefloors and dim-lit bedroom immersion. It's a versatile and varied DIY collection, one minute a wistful synth gazer, the next some furtive tape sludge or half-speed Berlin dub, and with such a breadth of colour, melody and vibe that it could be mistaken as the work of more than one producer. But the variety is best taken as testament to Not Waving's expanded mindset, a focussed but free-roaming headspace that's at once lucid and psychedelic, claustrophobic and escapist - a highly recommended listen for followers of 1991, Pye Corner Audio, Ike Yard, Prostitutes and all spots in between.