Marasma ‎– Signals

Shadow Records ‎– SDW090-2
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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 06172 00902 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 706172009024
  • Matrix / Runout (mirrored): SIGNALS ***1/1DCA7437*
  • Mastering SID Code: L803
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI F700

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November 13, 2004
edited over 13 years ago

Fabulous wobbly downtempo from the Italian duo Marasma. Their debut SIGNALS, originally released on Freerange and licensed to the US by Shadow, is dense and dark, like fine chocolate. “Pimp in Velvet,” the opening track, bristles with sleaze. The jazz aesthetic is in full effect, but it’s slightly more edgy, not as frivolous. So, while “Escape from the Landlord” starts off swinging, it veers into stranger territory a quarter of the way in, then swings back out, throwing in freeform industrial sounds towards the end. There’s a swirling sonic density to “I Have Got Garlic Hanging on My Front Door” that makes it stand among others of its ilk. “The Bed and the Window” makes the digital sounds entirely organic, while “Queen of the Scene” has a seductive rhythm and an ethereal, sexy vocal. The tracks evolve and loop back upon themselves, never growing stale. “Between Lunch and Dinner” has a woozy feel, like old-time jazz on a codeine high. Completely beguiling.