Luca Forcucci | B(l)(e)(e)(n)dings
LFO Records (LP/DL)
“Wonderful electro-traditional experimental music”
An album that sounds like an electronic locomotive at its beginning, I must write about it. Luca Forcucci’s B(l)(e)(e)(n)dings is the outcome of the collaborative work between Swiss researcher, composer and artist Forcucci, Cara Stacey – a pianist, ethnomusicologist and player of several South African indigenous instruments hailing from Johannesburg, and Mpho Molikeng, musician, actor and poet, hailing from Lesotho (South Africa), also a player of indigenous instruments. This collaboration took place in several regions of Southern Africa, namely, Mozambique, Eswatini, Limpopo, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and the East Coast.
I already gave you a hint about B(l)(e)(e)(n)dings. An exotic work and in the same time, contemporary and universal, acoustic and electronic. Exotic in terms of originating in or characteristic of a distant musical approach, that of a fusion between contemporary electronic music with traditional South African music. Old and modern instruments in a state of essential dialogue, in absolute equality and rotation. A fact that makes the sound quite polymorphic, as everything is making circles, thus, giving space after a while, giving the sense of moving, of evolving, of exploring!
Compositions that are strikingly unusual and strange in effect, clocking around 38 minutes. A transition of world music and instrumentation into current electronic experimentalism and vice versa, whilst all elements sound intact and without any compromise; distinguishable and merged amazingly into something completely unique. An iconic representation of where this album was born, B(l)(e)(e)(n)dings is something like an experimental tribute to African beauty to my ears, in every possible extend, but without any direct reference to the subject. You can only imagine, having this magnificent sound as a compass. As a physical object, B(l)(e)(e)(n)dings is offered as a limited edition of ten 10″ dubplates, signed and numbered, with print on archival paper.
Bodyscape, Forcucci’s brand-new album (released just yesterday on the Glistening Examples imprint) is available here.