Mutazione Collects Rarities of Italian Counterculture
'80s Reactionary Italian Electronic Music Compiled By Alessio Natalizia Of WALLS
Various Artists - Mutazione
Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980 - 1988
Compiled by Alessio Natalizia of WALLS
(August 6th, Strut/Ecstatic)
Strut presents Mutazione, a collection of reactionary underground electronic and new wave rarities from Italy from 1980 - 1988, compiled by Kompakt artist Alessio Natalizia of WALLS.
In Italy, they are known as the Anni di Piombo, the "Years Of Lead," a period of unprecedented political turmoil between the late ‘60s and early ‘80s across the country. Sparked following an attempt to merge the neo-fascist Italian Social Movement (MSI) into the ruling Tambroni government and a subsequent coalition between the Christian Democrats (DC) and the Socialist Party, nearly 2000 murders were attributed to political violence during this dark period in the form of bombings, assassinations and street warfare between rival militant factions, including the high profile murder of DC leader Aldo Moro in 1978.
Mutazione is a collection of reactionary underground electronic and new wave rarities from Italy, recorded during the tail end of this turbulent era. Compiled and curated by Alessio Natalizia of WALLS, the release sees the beginning of a new partnership between Strut Records and WALLS' own Ecstatic imprint.
For Mutazione, Natalizia digs deep to explore the full spectrum of sounds from this rich era of Italian music. Styles range from brooding new wave and post-punk to raw electronic pieces and claustrophobic, whispered vocal cuts. There are stories aplenty behind many of the tracks: Laxative Souls’ chilling "Niccolai" samples a telephone call made by infamous terrorist group Brigate Rosse to Aldo Moro’s colleague, explaining where he could find the politician’s body; Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici’s "Back And Forth" comes from a forward-thinking multi-media collective mixing music, computer graphics and art installations, and Doris Norton’s "Norton Apple Software" is culled from an all-electronic instrumental album sponsored by Apple during their early days in 1984.
Based around a hotbed of activism in Tuscany and the Emilia Romagna region, bands emerged from squats and with a shared loathing of the system: “I wasn't involved politically. We were against the system and that's it, left and right were the same to us,” explains Fabrizio Lucarini of Plath. Feeding off the national paranoia and angst, bands created a unique sound, rooted in punk but touching on new wave, electronic, experimental and industrial styles. Much of the music was released on limited cassettes. Fanzines sprang up, both from political groups and the bands themselves, in turn spawning new artists – Turin’s Suicide Dada, featured on this album, emerged from a collective running the VM fanzine in Milan and the TRAX collective’s ‘modular system’ of creative artists and underground musicians also published a fanzine of their own with their releases.
Alessio Natalizia explains: “when people think of Italian music, they often think of Italo disco or prog rock. For me, this more experimental end of the new wave scene is the most exciting music to emerge from Italy over the last 30 years and, since much of it was originally released in such limited quantities, it has remained relatively undocumented until now.”
This exclusive release comes with extensive sleeve notes by two of Italy’s leading music and cultural journalists, Andrea Pomini and Alberto Campo, both now of Rumore magazine. The package also features a wealth of original photos alongside artwork from fanzines, cassettes and LP covers.
TRACKLIST CD 1
1. Die Form – Are You Before
2. Neon – Informations of Death
3. Gaznevada – Going Underground
4. Carmody – Vulcani
5. Daniele Ciullini & De Rezke – Ancona Icone
6. 0010110000010011 (Cancer) – Naonian Style
7. Victrola – Maritime Tatami
8. 2+2=5 – Jacho’s Story
9. Laxative Souls – Niccolai
10. LA 1919 – Senza Tregua
11. Baciamibartali & Winter Light – Always Unique (Kill Myself 2)
12. Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici – Back and Forth
13. L’Ultimo Arcano – 1984-1985
TRACKLIST CD 2
1. A.T.R.O.X. – Against The Odds
2. Doris Norton – Norton Apple Software
3. Kirlian Camera – Edges (Original version)
4. Spirocheta Pergoli – Romero’s Living Dead
5. La Bambola Del Dr. Caligari – Deep Skanner
6. Pale TV – The Livid Triptych
7. Rats – Please
8. Plath – I Am Strange Now
9. Tasaday – Crisalide
10. La Maison – Critical Situation
11. Suicide Dada – Waiting For September
12. The Tapes – Nervous Breakdown
13. Maurizio Bianchi - Auschwitz
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