Officine Schwartz ‎– L'Opificio

Kom-Fut Manifesto Records ‎– KFM 002
Vinyl, LP, Album



only one edition, 1000 pressed, poster cover

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, hand-etched): L'OPIFICIO A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, hand-etched): L'OPIFICIO B

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
again_010, 061 Officine Schwartz L'Opificio(CD, Album, RE, RM) Again Records, Luce Sia, Fonoarte again_010, 061 Italy 2018 Sell This Version



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June 2, 2012
This is an unusually diverse record, varying in style so often it could pass as a compilation album. The cover is a huge sheet printed both sides & folded down into nine 12” squares, the- record itself hidden within the centre. One side is an enormous cartoon consisting of one frame per square, while the other side is made up of lyrics, info, manifestos etc. about the group and the label itself. It is all written in Italian, so incomprehensible to me.
Side one opens with the dramatic "Il Dio Macchina Ha Voluto Il Caos" which is a classical-sounding piece - string sections and what sounds like horns, over which the occasional Industrial sound can be heard (crashing metal, factory noise). An impressive intro! “In Fabbrica" is more in an Industrial vein - a rhythm of machine-like sounds.. over which Saxophones scrawl their graffiti. It is both passive & grating. “Canto D’Amore Delle Ruspe & Dei Sassi’’ is close to Gregorian / Medieval vocal harmonies than to modern music. "Inno Del I'Opificio" is a quiet, melodic piece of Folk music based arpund acoustic guitar, violin & running water sounds. It reminds me a little of ATARAXIA, although is perhaps a touch less atmospheric. lt’s certainly a ‘nice’ piece of music. “Il Mare D’Inverno” is a sort of slow Oom Pah Pah thing under which lies a clattering Industrial type noise. An off key piece based around simplistic piano gives the main body of the song a break. The sax & off-pitch violin give it an edge of tension.

Side two opens with “Hej Pole’ Shiroko” based around a pipe organ over which little else is added. It has a passive, warm feel to it, if you happen to Iike church organ sounds. About halfway through it gains a dramatic, BACH-like feel to it, followed by a slow dark piece with someone talking-over in Italian. It has a funeral dirge feel to it and is perhaps one of the most accomplished tracks on the whole album. “Tamme Vogel” is a heavy drum thing akin to something TEST DEPT might do, except not quite as heavy. Over the top is chanted something in Italian by a group of people. "Torna In Cantiere”, based on a piece of music by MOZART is a melodic choral piece which again might pass for ‘church’ music. "Asturiana” is another Folk-like song, this one with a very Spanish flavour to it. “Si Riposa La Domenica” is a simplistic-yet-beautiful piece of music - the vocalist has a wonderful voice - it’s worth the price of the LP just for this, “Einheitsfrontlled” concludes the album, working along similar lines to much of the rest of the album, with thumping music and chanted vocals,

A wonderfully strange album. Judging by it’s imagery, they see themselves as Industrial musicians, but their sound is rooted in more Traditional musics, and they don’t care what style they adopt. There must be dozens of members, and the good majority are clearly talented people. The album sounds surprisingly fresh, despite it’s looking more often to the past than to the future. A ‘group’ worth watching.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.