Giuseppe Ielasi / Inventing Masks
All music by Giuseppe Ielasi
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
Artwork by Yana Wernicke
Error Broadcast Collective
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Distributed by Alpha Pup / Kudos Records
"Inventing Masks shares a similar sensual approach, with gently pulsing sonic forms defined with clarity bordering on the palpable. A vertical descent into an aural space where ludic activity is encouraged."
"Inventing Masks can stand alongside some of the greatest loop-based records of the sampledelic era. Put a vocalist on top of this and you could even end up with something in the ballpark of Tricky’s Maxinquaye. It’s not quite funky, but it is most certainly freaky, and as The Beastie Boys identified, the latter is where the real action is."
"It’s the sort of subtly agile, crooked business that reveals new fissures and half-cut motifs with each listen, and we’d imagine it sounds great when consumed in smudged, altered states."
"A scrappy tenderness that commands attention"
"Ielasi’s music is quite far from hip hop in many respects, of course, but that same time-bending rhythmic introspection is present in full force."
Giuseppe Ielasi is an Italian guitar player with a long-ranging history in improvised music. He runs the Milan-based micro label Senufo Editions. In 2008, Ielasi released the first installation of his ‘Stunt’ series, with sequels in 2009 (‘(Another) Stunt’) and 2010 (‘(Third) Stunt’). The concept of improvised and processed guitar was extended towards a more rhythmic approach, enhancing Ielasi’s research on form and texture with a raw and unhewn twist.
Originally released in 2013, Error Broadcast re-issued ‘Stunt (Appendix)’ just recently (ebc028). After a hiatus of three years Inventing Masks is a new moniker the producer uses to publish his self-titled debut LP. ‘Inventing Masks’ comprises six concentric but slightly out-of-balance sound sculptures, equally inspired from generative composition, ambient music, and hip hop.