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Liberatore, Matteo: Lacquer (Tripticks Tapes)

A series of concise noise explorations from Italian-born, Brooklyn-based guitarist Matteo Liberatore, more typically heard in composed and improv/experimental forms including work with Elliott Sharp & Weasel Walter, here in an assertive album of guitar-driven analog synthesis & noise using unusual structures, alien utterances and intense twists and turns.
 

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Label: Tripticks Tapes
Catalog ID: TTT021
Squidco Product Code: 32649

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold In Plastic Sleeve
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"After a series of explorations within the idioms of classical and experimental guitar, LACQUER sees Italian-born, Brooklyn-based composer/improviser Matteo Liberatore take a full-fledged plunge into electronic music. The same heightened sense of control essential to his work with strings is mapped onto a layered palette of airtight analog synthesis to deliver what the artist describes as "a work of surface". At once twisted and trance-like, its eight pieces display a balancing act of dense distortion and mangled textures with razor-sharp precision.



Matteo Liberatore is a boundary-pushing guitarist and composer working at the intersection of free, noise, rock and electronic music. Now based in Brooklyn, he spent much of his life in the medieval region of Abruzzo, Italy, amidst dramatic landscapes that are reflected through a performance and composition style of "unsettling beauty" and "striking physicality" (The New York City Jazz Record).

Liberatore is known for his nuanced and precise treatment of timbre, texture, rhythm and gesture-whether through the elegant immediacy of unadorned instrumentation or the affecting dislocation of electronics and preparations. The latter approach can be heard in his first solo album released on Innova Recordings-aptly titled Solos-which was included in Ted Gioia's best albums of 2018 and presents "a dark world of innovative sounds... strange yet accessible music that seems just a beginning of an exploration of unlimited possibilities." (All About Jazz)

Matteo currently balances several projects: a solo electronic album soon to be released on Tripticks Tapes created entirely with synthesizers, LACQUER, serving as a sequel to Solos and exploring the electrifying boundaries of noise and contemporary composition; a duo with Amirtha Kidambi (vocals) creating "interdimensional" (The Quietus) improvised aural landscapes that are at once spacious and unrestrained, as heard on their debut album Neutral Love (Astral Spirits); and a quartet with an album currently in production comprised of Brian Chase (drums), Vanessa Baish (poetry), and Manami Mizumoto (violin) that explores time-based composed / improvised pieces with a raw rock edge. He is also an active member of New York's improv scene, having released albums with Ava Mendoza, Joanna Mattrey, gabby fluke-mogul, Elliott Sharp, Weasel Walter, Catherine Sikora, and also having participated in compilations alongside Aaron Dilloway, C. Spencer Yeh, and many others.

During his formative years, Liberatore studied classical guitar under Maestro Marco Salcito at Conservatorio di Foggia; obtained his M.M. in Jazz Performance at NYU, and shortly after toured the U.S. and Europe in art-rock and electropop projects such as Una Lux, which released an EP produced by former Sonic Youth producer Nick Sansano and was reviewed favorably by NPR, WNYC, and Magnum Magazine."


Artist Biographies

"Matteo Liberatore is a boundary-pushing guitarist and composer working at the intersection of free, contemporary classical, electronic, and noise music. Based in Brooklyn, Liberatore spent much of his life in the medieval region of Abruzzo, Italy, amidst dramatic landscapes reflected in a playing and composing style of "unsettling beauty" and "striking physicality" (The New York City Jazz Record).

Matteo is known for his nuanced treatment of timbre, texture, gestures, and rhythms, and his work aims to convey precise musical ideas--whether through the elegant immediacy of unadorned instrumentation or the affecting dislocations of electronics and preparations. The latter approach can be heard in his first solo album--aptly titled Solos--released on Innova Recordings in 2018: "This is not just sonic novelty or gratuitous use of extended techniques; each of the pieces, while largely improvised, [has] clarity and purpose" (Avant Music News). Solos was included in Ted Gioia's best albums of 2018.

An active member of New York's improv scene, Liberatore has performed with Ralph Alessi, Elliott Sharp, Tony Malaby, Ingrid Laubrock, Jon Irabagon, Tom Rainey, Nina Dante, Brian Chase, Andrea Parkins, Ava Mendoza, Amirtha Kidambi, Sandy Ewen, Weasel Walter, Joanna Mattrey, Brandon Lopez, Carlo Costa, and Michael Foster. Liberatore also partners with performance artists and dancers such as Dia Dearstyne and Rachel Mckinstry.

In his formative years Liberatore studied classical guitar under Maestro Marco Salcito at Conservatorio di Foggia; obtained his M.M. in Jazz Performance at NYU, working with Jean-Michael Pilc, Wayne Krantz, and Peter Bernstein; and toured the U.S. and Europe in art-rock and electropop projects such as Una Lux, with a debut EP produced by former Sonic Youth producer Nick Sansano and reviewed favorably by NPR, WNYC, and Magnum Magazine."

-Matteo Liberatore Website (https://www.matteoliberatore.com/about)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Turista 03:41

2. Otto 04:16

3. Candy Wax 04:13

4. Noon 03:04

5. Soft Hue 04:33

6. Red Rubino 03:14

7. Desire and Decay 03:54

8. Balm 06:03

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