An effortless meshing of beauty and power
Banjo Or Freakout - Banjo Or Freakout

A dizzyingly ferocious support slot on the recent Gold Panda tour proved that London-based producer/remixer Alessio Natalizia’s one-time bedroom project is now fully-formed. After drip-feeding several teasing singles, this Nicolas Vernhes-produced debut long-player, featuring Bloc Party’s Matt Tong, is a thing of gorgeousness; tremolo guitars, unfolding drum patterns and dreamlike arrangements push the listener into a serotonergic headspin. Snippets of Mary Chain, Can and Caribou hint at Natalizia’s mindset - ‘Move Out’ is a foggy, distorted epic, while the nursery rhyme of ‘Idiot Rain’ unravels its treasures in languorous style. An effortless meshing of beauty and power.


Words by John Freeman


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