FABIO ORSI, GIANLUCA BECUZZI AND ( E T R E ) (A.K.A. SALVATORE
BORRELLI) ARE THREE YOUNG ITALIAN MUSICIANS WITH SIMILAR BACKGROUNDS IN THE FIELD OF EXPERIMENTAL SOUNDSCAPES. THEY
BLEND ELECTRONICS, FIELD RECORDINGS AND ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS INTO A FRACTURED TAPESTRY OF DRONES, FOLK MUSIC AND SOUND COLLAGES.
LIKE A DAY DREAM, THE SOUNDS FLUTTER SEAMLESSLY FROM ONE IDEA TO THE NEXT.
Fellow Italian sound artist Salvatore
Borreli (a.k.a. ETRE) joins frequent collaborators Fabio Orsi and Gianluca Becuzzi on this exquisite electro-acoustic composition
that is divided into three Acts. Although each Act clocks-in at precisely sixteen minutes and sixteen seconds, this trio manage
to weave together a vast array of sounds, with no less than six distinct passages, within each of these Acts. Ambient tones
give way to eerie repeating piano or acoustic guitar lines; ocean-side field recordings segue to fly-on-the-wall conversational
din; high frequency fizzle leads to wind-swept sonics; muffled clanks of glasses set to distant sounds of trains.
Borreli’s liner notes provide some important context clues as to the general state of flux that “So Far”
is in. He writes:
Every recording says to us what we were in another history of our existence. Every
recording in this work is a persistent plug of my presence inside living; I don’t remember everything but what is recorded
has been recorded in my heart before. Music reopens those closed spaces, bringing me down.
I remember: Centre
of Athens, Some lovers, Different roads, Many flames, 100 or 200 trains, My childhood, The sun before the black, “Infinite
Jest” and some letters, Doors closed behind of me and sometimes in front of me, Nights and their nicotine addiction,
In less capable hands, a conceptual framework such as this could lead to a jumbled mess
of fragmentary sounds. But there is a fluidity to which these sounds unfold, with recurring and subtly altered field recordings,
found sounds, and instrumental motifs establishing a sense of time, place, and a general storyline. These gentlemen clearly
set out to create, and have achieved rather convincingly, a complex, yet altogether dream-like audio narrative. 8/10
-- David Perron / Foxy Digitalis