There was a time in Italy when movies did not suck. Or at least, when they sucked, they did it in a graciously peculiar way.Alongside the world-famous auteurs (the Fellinis, the Viscontis, the Bertoluccis), there was a plethora of lesser known, critically unappreciated directors, often mockingly called cinematografari, frantically tackling (and twisting) every kind of movie genre: western, comedy, thriller. For some reason, they excelled especially in their wild, sick take on horror and crime dramas – and music played a big role in these successes.Classically trained composers like Ennio Morricone and Stelvio Cipriani rubbed shoulders with former pop stars-turned-soundtrackers like Nico Fidenco and Pino Donaggio and together happily immersed themselves in the muddy waters of this cinematic swamp, creating their own distorted versions of the funk, psychedelia and beat rock canons. The aberrant results were then applied like thick make-up to equally mind-boggling, malevolent, highly styl..
A Silent Place
Portland/Oregon-Sacramento/California: 580 miles. One of the longest trip for the first Jennifer Gentle North American tour. They play at the Academy of Fools, a sort of garage converted as an Art Gallery: a big open space, low ceiling, completely empty, walls without anything, no stage, no audio system, just a microphone. It seams the beginning of a bad night, on the contrary due to the wonderful view and the beautiful Californian Sun, or just for themselves and their fans, the Jennifer Gentle decided to play anyway; not their usual repertory to much noisy but just an improvisation made by their instinct. The result was a hypno jam session, relaxed, honeiric. The day after Jennifer Gentle play at the Davis KDVS radio, where they propose and records the same jam of the previous night, which became the “Sacramento Session”. Back to home, working on Marco’s improvisations with different sounds, manipulated, mixed and remixed, they found the specular image from a distorted mirror of the “..