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meerkat: kapnos

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website, usa, april 2009

Meerkat is the name of a parallel project formed by some of the great artisans of current experimental electronic music (Luca Bergero, Matteo Uggeri, Luca Sigurtà, Andrea Ferraris, Andrea Marutti, Paolo Ippoliti, Laura Lovreglio, Fabio Selvafiorita, Adriano Zanni and Davide Valecchi).

The concept of "Kapnos" is inspired by Maurizio Bianchi, Hue (Matteo Uggeri) and the greek researcher Spyros Abatielos. It's an allegorical term taken from the Greek terminology and means "smoke" something related to combustion, chemical reactions and living between air and fire.

This concept resonates particularly well with the sound materials provided in this effort: the stylistic register destined for instrumental micromal-ambient sounds immediately conceal some mystical meaning conveyed through natural symbols.

"Kapnos" features a vast array of field recordings, weird concrete noises, precarious improvisations, electronic treatments, trancey-inspired drone buzz and other absorbing loops. It can be understood as a musical hermetic allegory of the cosmos, a private contemplative experience about sounds and silence that precede our being (language) and which are consequently related to the harmony of the spheres.

This is an atmospheric album in the most uncompromising sense of the term. Another dimension to micro-tonal spacious electronic music.

[Philippe Blache]