"Foundation" is an Eibon Records / Afe co-production that comes in the form of two full-lenght CDs packaged in a beautifully designed heavy cardboard sleeve.
It features most of the tracks originally contained on the first untitled Amon album which was out on Murder Release in 1996, the whole "Mer" limited edition CD-R released by Blade Records in 2000, and a few unreleased/rare bonus tracks.
Popular demand for a "Mer" second edition has always been high, and five years later from its original release it's time to make it available to the public again along with an improved version of the untitled Amon debut CD.
All the tracks on "Foundation" were performed and recorded by Andrea Marutti between September 1995 and April 2000 at Lips Vago Digital Studio and were fully remastered and post-produced on purpose of this release.
"Foundation", the title track, was sourced from a Memory Moog improvisation played by Riccardo Marmugi.
"Prepare to Leave" was originally released by Eibon Records on the "Dissolution Fahrenheit" CD compilation back in 1997.
"I think I can see them now: people in the immediate future, reviewing this double set just after it's out and writing down dark ambient as if it was the most proper thing to do. I can see them now, settling for the easiest explanation, classifying and taxonomizing, the you-know-what of simple references and shiny truth-skipping.
But you know what: the first disc preview went on and on, it was late at night, I was standing at the window, looking outside: tiny distant stars and the darkest still shape of the hill guarding the valley below: there was a huge, shiny grey cloud swallowing half of the landscape: it looked exactly as a spaceship made of fog.
And it was so damn perfect, with Amon trademarks sounds and scapes eating the whole of my ears: and it struck me: I thought: how about spaceships made of sound? Damn, the man who played these tracks knew exactly what he was doing!
The box-shaped ticket you're about to buy will grant over two hours of deep space travel at a time: and you will use it as long as needed, back and back again. No money-back guarantee here: you won't be needing them among asteroid belts and comet tails.
Space is just a press play away. Consider yourself warned."*
*Words by Paolo Ippoliti
"Get this and learn why this project has gained a cult status among ambient-industrial aficionados."
"...lo stordimento durante l'ascolto è da mettere in conto come un effetto collaterale..."
"...ciò che stupisce, prima di ogni altra cosa, è l'idea che questa musica, concepita e registrata esattamente dieci anni fa si mantenga tutt'oggi perfettamente attuale..."
"...chiunque sia un minimo avvezzo a questo tipo di impostazione musicale non può non raccogliere la sfida dell’ascolto e rinunciare al recupero di questa raccolta..."
"...The sound materials selected for the occasion features stunningly conceptualised organic drones suspended on a blackened chaosmic surface. Highly recommended and a legitimate introduction to Amon's typical musical world."