Valentina Magaletti - Rotta LP
Valentina Magaletti's Rotta is released roughly two years since Blume Edition's last LP in 2020. The album encounters the Italian born, London based percussionist and composer embarking into the territory of the solo performer, sculpting a remarkable sense of emotive ambience and space from complex polyrhythms and electronic interventions. Rotta is an absolutely stunning, exploratory gesture of solo percussion and electronics by Valentina Magaletti shines like a beacon of hope into strange and uncertain times. Born in Southern Italy and conservatory trained, Valentina Magaletti first emerged on the London scene during the early 2000s. Over the last two decades, her work as a drummer and percussionist of rare and unparalleled talent has cut wild path across numerous idioms of music, collaborating with Nicolas Jaar, Jandek, Charles Hayward, Graham Lewis, Thurston Moore, and numerous others, in addition to her work within Tomaga, Holy Tongue, Moin, and Vanishing Twin. Rotta, a work for percussion and electronics, draws upon Magaletti's enduring, exploratory pursuit of ecstatic ritualism through sound and joins her growing body of efforts, begun with 2020's A Queer Anthology of Drums, that encounters her working as a solo performer, among most challenging creative positions for an improvisor. Recorded in a single take within the nearly empty void of Cafe Oto in London, during late October of 2020 -- one of a handful of months between the UK's first and second lockdowns -- Rotta encounters Magaletti's occupying an explicitly experimental realm, weaving a remarkable tapestry of polyrhythms from behind the kit into the ambience of the room and further electronic interventions. Deeply emotive and cathartic, drawing upon its title's double meaning in Italian -- "broken" and "route" -- the piece displays intense virtuosity and direct, real-time immediacy, balanced against the unmistakable presence of vulnerability and risk; profoundly human and expressive cries sent through Magaletti's hands, amplified by skin, wood, and spun brass. Played against bristling textures of electronics, complex rhythms allude to the utterances of vocal language and speech, staggering and dancing toward deeper meanings that only the beat can express. Magaletti's Rotta is an immersive expanse of sonorous texture, ambience, and rhythm, cohesively bound at the borders of freely improvised noise. A deeply intimate sense of space, tension, and dynamics focus the lens on one of the most dynamic artists working today. Coral pink vinyl; edition of 300.