A new album announced today which is a collaboration between renowned Italian composer Gigi Masin and cult producers Tempelhof, along with first single ‘Corner Song’. It’s a gorgeous instrumental of woodsy and watery percussion and transcendental soundscapes reminiscent of German abstractionists such as Popol Vuh and with an added New Age tint.
The album will be released on Cascine in North America on and Hell Yeah in the rest of the world on June 10th.
Gigi Masin is a regarded and influential minimalist composer has played a role in the European avantgarde music scene since the 70’s. His work has been sampled by artists including as Bjork, Friendzone, Main Attraktionz and To Rococo Rot. Recent endeavours include performing on the Maxmillion Dunbar and Co La project Lifted on PAN.
Tempelhof (aka the duo of Luciano Ermondi and Paolo Mazzacani) are known in minimal producer circles for their spacious and expressive downtempo tracks. They’ve previously released one solo album (‘Frozen Dancers’) and another collaborative LP with Gigi Masin (‘Hoshi’).
The nine tracks on the album are a kind of ambient travelogue with nods to minimal Japanese electronic music, German avant-garde and echoes of world music, featuring soundscapes that are both classically informed and contemporary, some floating and beatless and others driven by dustings of distant percussion, twinkling keys and wordless vocals.
Tempelhof (aka Luciano Ermondi and Paolo Mazzacani) are known in minimal producer circles for their spacious and expressive downtempo tracks. They’ve previously released one solo album (Frozen Dancers) and another collaborative LP with Gigi Masin (Hoshi) and are much respected at home in Milan and throughout niche producer circles.
Gigi Masin has played a role in his country’s music community since the 1970s via radio, television and in theatre via his directorial work, and his music has previously been sampled by Bjork and To Rococo Rot among others. Recently, his full-length Talk To The Sea is regarded as a benchmark ambient LP, while album Lifted 1, released April of this year, created with Maxmillion Dunbar and Co La under the name Lifted, is still gathering praise.
Their second album together is an ambient exploration with nods to minimal Japanese electronic music, drawing from both classically informed and contemporary soundscapes, with some tracks floating and beatless and others driven by dustings of distant percussion, punctuated with bright pianos, meditative synths and wispy electronics.
The video for the first track to be released from the project is out now, ahead of full details on the album following early next year. Tuvalu is a gently ambient and melodic electronic track captured in the form of a disorienting visual travelogue, through a patchwork of Super 8 footage shot in the seventies by an anonymous Italian video maker, unfolding in classic documentary style over different cultures and terrains. Out soon on Cascine.