Alessandro Steffana - Poste E Telegrafi - CD
Poste E Telegrafi is the debut solo album from Italian guitarist Allesandro Stefana. Featuring an all-star cast including Mark Ribot & Leo Abrahams, Stefana creates a dreamy world of instrumental perfection and beauty.
Inspired by the work of Ennio Morricone, Ry Cooder, Simon Jeffes, Steve Reich and Brian Eno, he has created a thoroughly modern Western world within his compositions and arrangements. With constant references to traditional music and rural blues, he utilizes electric and acoustic instrumentation with tremendously compelling results. Acoustic, electric, and pedal steel guitars along with banjo, kalimba, baliphones and found objects were all carefully combined with some primitive electronic instruments such as an arpeggiator, omnichord and home made vinyl loops. His sound is entirely original yet clearly rooted in traditions such as Film Music, Blues, Experimental, Ambient and Avante Garde musics. Stefana manages his cast of collaborators very well. Most tracks on Poste E Telegrafi are duets with these musicians keeping the sound and arrangement simple and pure. Instruments breathe and pulse with life and excitement in this highly original album. To call this a “promising debut” would be to dismiss the tremendous success delivered by Poste E Telegrafi.
1. Western Soda
2. Semi Tostati Di Cielo
4. Poste E Telegrafi Blues
5. Fiori Campionati
6. Whales Cemetery
7. Titoli Di Coda
"Seven songs that seem a longest undercarriage on the desolated America, an hallucinated dream in the desert, instrumental compositions dilated and cinematic where percussive instruments of the African tradition (kalimba and balaphon), chordophones typical of the (Afro)American (banjo and steel guitars), and some electronic instrument are mixing together.
"Stefana has an incredible curriculum: from the lumière electrique (an album on independent label Wallace Records) to collaborations like guitarist for some Italian songwriters (Marco Parente, Emidio Clementi, Vinicio Capossela) and with the indie Italian scene (Goodmorningboy, Micevice) and with international musicians like Marc Ribot. This last one has participated to the realization of 'Poste e Telegrafi,' that remembers the Ry Cooder of 'Music For Alamo Bay' and its fascination for the desert, but also the Friends of Dean Martinez, last interpreters of the music of the great American frontiers. Moving and reflexive in some its passages, but also strong and psychedelic. 7 out of 8" ~ Andrea Prevignano, Rumore (Roughly translated from Italian)
"The most noticed will remember Alessandro 'Asso' Stefana like initiator of the lumière electrique, Italian duo of beginning millennium able to escape from the simple postrock’s approaches; for the majority of the public he is the guitarist of Vinicio Capossela and Marco Parente, present at the percussions of a solo debut that sees Stefana to sign for one prestigious American Independent, and to show not indifferent qualities also in the composition: we are from the parts rarefied and natural of the stations of mail in the old West, with the change of horses and the nights to the bivouac. Atmospheres that remember Vincent Gallo, Ronin or the Airportman, completely instrumental on which relief some special hosts: Marc Ribot gives body at 'Poste e Telegrafi Blues,' Vincenzo Vasi plays bass in the ambient of 'Western Soda,' Leo Abrahams (already with Brian Eno) at laptop guitars in 'Fiori campionati,' while it is for entire sign by the author the track 'Semi Tostati di Cielo,' that maintains how much postulates in the title it.
"A light narcotic final, not scratch the beauty of a sure difficult disc, for sure equally perfumed. 7 out of 8" ~ Enrico Veronese, Blow Up (Roughly translated from Italian)